Bristol City

FL125 VOTE

 

  When was Bristol City's best season?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 1975/76 35%
2 2007/08 33%
3 1906/07 12%
3 2006/07 12%
4 1997/98 8%
     

The FL125 Greatest Season voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #OurBestSeason.

The nominations were:

1906/07 - Manager Harry Thickett led City to their highest-ever League finish of runners-up in the First Division. Having been promoted to the top flight for the first time in their history as Second Division champions, the Robins finished just three points behind League winners Newcastle United.

1975/76 - City regained their top-flight status after a 65-year exile at the end of a campaign in which they never look like faltering. Alan Dicks' side never slipped out of the automatic promotion spots from early October, and secured promotion courtesy of a 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the penultimate game.

1997/98 - Although denied top spot on the final day, City were dominant in their quest to return to Division One. A troublesome start was soon forgotten by a 15-match unbeaten run, and promotion was assured with five games still to play.

2006/07 - After two near misses via the Play-Off route under Danny Wilson, Gary Johnson was the man to bring second tier football back to Ashton Gate thanks to a memorable last-day victory over Rotherham United. The season was also fondly remembered for an FA Cup run to the fourth round featuring two epic ties with Premier League Middlesbrough, who only scraped through at the second attempt on penalties after a pair of 2-2 draws.

2007/08 - Johnson's players, still on a high following promotion, threatened to carry their positive momentum all the way to the Promised Land. City were Championship leaders with only five games to go, but defeat at Stoke was a decisive blow as their automatic promotion hopes fell by the wayside. The dream remained alive when the Robins scraped through a pulsating Play-Off semi-final with Crystal Palace, only to come up short at Wembley as Hull City secured the last top-flight place at Johnson's expense.

 

  Who is Bristol City's best ever manager?  
Rank Answer Percentage
1 Alan Dicks 45%
2 Gary Johnson 30%
3 Harry Thickett 11%
4 Terry Cooper 10%
5 Joe Jordan 4%
     

The FL125 Greatest Managers voting shortlists were compiled from data submitted by Football League clubs, which was collected from fans through social media. Supporters were asked to submit their suggestions by interacting with their respective clubs through Twitter, using #FL125 and #GreatManagers.

The nominees were: 

Harry Thickett - The first man to lead City into the top flight, Thickett did so in his first season at the helm in 1905/06. The following year the Robins were runners-up in the First Division - their highest ever League finish. In 1909, he masterminded City's only FA Cup final appearance, a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Crystal Palace Sports Ground.

Alan Dicks - The club's longest-serving manager since the 1940s, Dicks was at the helm for 13 years and took charge of over 500 City fixtures. Having consolidated in the Second Division, the Londoner led City to promotion back to the top tier in between a League Cup semi-final and an Anglo-Scottish Cup triumph. He departed shortly after relegation in 1980, but his presence was missed as City could not halt the slide in becoming the first English club to suffer three successive relegations.

Terry Cooper - The man charged with bringing success back to Ashton Gate, Cooper steered City to promotion from the Fourth Division in 1984 and within a whisker of the Third Division Play-Off places three years later. The former England international brought silverware to the West Country in the form of the Freight Rover Trophy in 1986 - the club's first Wembley appearance - and only came up short the following year on penalties in the final.

Joe Jordan - Initially appointed player/manager as Cooper's successor in 1988, Jordan led City to promotion at the third attempt to the Second Division in 1990 after a League Cup semi-final appearance the previous year. He returned to the job in 1994 after a four-year hiatus but could not prevent relegation back to the third tier. Famously handed Louis Carey his debut away at York in 1995/96.

Gary Johnson - A popular figure among the club's supporters, Johnson ended the eight-year wait to bring second tier football back to Ashton Gate with promotion in 2007. His team, built on a fantastic team spirit, were hungry for more, and came within one win of Premier League football 12 months later, only to be beaten in the Championship Play-Off Final by a solitary goal against Hull City.