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Bristol City 'East End Shed Man' becomes internet hit

Ben Swift has a near clear view of the Ashton Gate pitch. Credit: Bristol City TV

A Bristol City fan has gained supporters of his own after he was seen watching his team play, for free, from the roof of his garden shed.

Ben Swift's home sits next to the Ashton Gate Stadium. When the club's Wedlock Stand was demolished in July it left him with a clear view of the pitch.

It's earned him the nickname 'East End Shed Man' and has won a league of followers on Twitter.


Bristol City's Baldock joins Brighton

Sam Baldock has left Bristol City to join Brighton. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City striker Sam Baldock has joined Championship side Brighton on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has been the subject of numerous bids from the South Coast club throughout the summer transfer window.

Baldock scored 36 goals in 93 appearances since arriving at Ashton Gate from West Ham in August 2012.

He was League One's top goalscorer last season with 26 goals.

FT: Sheffield United 1 - 2 Bristol City

Bristol City's League One campaign has got off to great start after a 2-1 win at promotion favourites Sheffield United.

New signings Mark Little and Aaron Wilbraham combined to give City the lead in the 20th minute. Little's fantastic run and cross was headed in by the former Crystal Palace man.

The home side had several chances to equalise, before levelling through Michael Higdon in the 32nd minute.

Steve Cotterill's men took all three points when Wilbraham flicked the ball on to Wade Elliott who fired into the far corner.

It's City's first opening day win in 6 years, and their first win at Bramall Lane since 1957.

Bristol City can build at Ashton Vale

Plans approved to build at Ashton Vale Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol City's application to build on the controversial site at Ashton Vale has been approved.

The City Council's agreed the club can build a sports academy on half of the land as long as they keep the other half as a green space. The decision is a compromise, after plans to develop the whole site came up against opposition from protesters.


Two new signings for Bristol City

Wade Elliott joins Bristol City after successful loan spell last season. Credit: Tim Parker/PA

Bristol City have completed the signings of midfielder Wade Elliott and defender Mark Little.

35-year-old Elliott has signed a one year contract, after impressing during a loan spell at Ashton Gate last season.

He made 19 appearances for the Robins last term and bagged three goals.

He's played for Birmingham City, Burnley and Bournemouth.

25-year-old Little has agreed a three-year contract. The right-back will join on a free transfer following the conclusion of his Peterborough contract.

Manager Steve Cotterill told the club's official website:

"I’ve known Wade a long time. He’s got so much experience and was invaluable to us last season. We looked a far better unit when he came into the midfield.

"Mark has so much energy, pace and power to bring to the squad. He doesn’t stop running down that right-hand side."

Defender Mark Little will join Bristol City on July 1st. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Wire.

More than meets the eye with Louis Carey

After 19 years and a club record 646 first team appearances for Bristol City, you might think Louis Carey would want a break from football. Not a bit of it. The former skipper wants to play at another club for one more season and embark on a career in coaching.

But, as our Bristol Correspondent Richard Payne discovered, there's more to the Bristolian than meets the eye.

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