Opposition Report: Bristol City  

Blues play Bristol later hoping to make it three wins in three at Ashton Gate.


An in-depth look at today's opponents.....


The Robins come into Saturday’s Ashton Gate showdown as the Championship’s in-form side. Dean Holden’s team have taken 13 points from their last six fixtures, winning four, losing once and drawing one.

Bristol City came from behind in the capital on Tuesday night to overcome QPR. They found themselves one-nil down after just 12 minutes but goals from Nahki Wells and Adam Nagy turned the tie in their favour, sending Holden’s side third in the Sky Bet Championship.

It’s been a case of keeping the ball rolling for the Bristolians – they started the season with three consecutive victories and since that opening day win over Sheffield Wednesday, they’ve lost just four league games with 15 played.


1st Dec – QPR 1-2 Bristol City (W)
28th Nov – Reading 3-1 Bristol City (L)
25th Nov- Bristol City 0-0 Watford (D)
21st Nov- Bristol City 1-0 Derby County (W)
6th Nov- Cardiff 0-1 Bristol City (W)


Dean Holden is Bristol City’s manager. He stepped up into the senior manager’s position after Lee Johnson left the club towards the end of last season.

His managerial CV reads predominantly as one filled with experience as an assistant. So much in-fact that this is only Holden’s second senior managerial position in football – his first came with Oldham Athletic back in 2016. Before then, he’d been the assistant manager at Boundary Park between 2014-15, whilst later in his career, he held the second-in-command post at Walsall and then at Bristol City.

As a player, he enjoyed stints predominantly across the Football League with Oldham and Peterborough but also featured for Falkirk in the Scottish Premier League.


Whilst he didn’t start in Bristol’s 2-1 win over QPR in the week, young midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson has been growing in the Robins’ midfield when given the opportunity. The 21-year-old helped Plymouth Argyle to promotion from League 2 last season and is known for his tough-tackling and ability to move play up the pitch.


Blues enjoyed a superb evening at Ashton Gate on our last visit to Bristol City. Despite going a goal down after just 50 seconds, Blues rallied, bagging three goals to win 3-1. That was in February, whilst in last season’s St. Andrew's game in August, the spoils were shared; the game finished 1-1.


Since 2008, the sides have met 16 times in Championship action. Blues have won 11 of those, there have been three draws whilst Bristol have triumphed just twice. Typically, Ashton Gate has been a happy hunting ground for Blues – five of the last seven games there have finished in Birmingham wins.


Bristol City were formed back in 1894 and three years later, the Robins earned promotion to the Southern League as Bristol South End. Sam Hollis was the manager that oversaw that promotion and he built a squad on a budget of just £40. It was after that 1897 promotion-winning season that the club was renamed Bristol City.