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More than 21,000 expected at Bristol City v Newcastle

Bristol City will record their biggest crowd for 22 years when they host Newcastle United this weekend.

With the upper tier of the new Lansdown Stand open for the first time, ticket sales for the match against the former Premier League giants have surpassed 21,000, making it the biggest football crowd at Ashton Gate since the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the FA Cup third round tie of January 1994.

Ashton Gate Stadium. Credit: Simon Galloway/EMPICS Sport

Lee Johnson's side made a winning start to the season after beating Wigan, Wycombe Wanderers and Burton Albion in their first three games.

It's the first time the Robins have opened a season with three straight wins since 2001, although their 100% record was ended last night in a 1-0 defeat at Norwich.

Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring the winning goal against Burton last weekend. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Ashton Gate has only seen nine 20,000-plus attendances since 1990, the largest against Chelsea - 24,535, in the FA Cup in January 1990.

Fans can still secure a seat for Saturday’s match by booking online through bcfc.co.uk or by calling 0117 963 0600 during office hours.

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FOOTBALL: Lee Tomlin signs for Bristol City

Operations Manager Mark Ashton, New signing Lee Tomlin and Head Coach Lee Johnson at Ashton Gate today Credit: Bristol City FC

Lee Tomlin has signed a three-year contract to complete a switch from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee.

He spent part of last season at Ashton Gate on loan - scoring six goals in 18 appearances

From the day the season finished I just wanted to come back.

I loved every minute of my loan spell at Bristol City; the people and the fans.

It was stressful at times this summer but I was just so desperate to come here. I can’t thank Steve Lansdown, Mark Ashton and the gaffer enough for making it happen.

It feels like a big weight off my shoulders now that it’s done. Hopefully I can start where I left off from last season.

– Lee Tomlin
Lee Tomlin in action for City against Hull in April Credit: PA

Head coach Lee Johnson says the club is delighted to welcome Lee back to Ashton Gate.

I believe we’ve signed the most talented player at Championship level in terms of ability. He was fantastic for us last season and I believe his best football is ahead of him.

– Lee Johnson, Head Coach, Bristol City

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Bristol Council City Director to leave her role

Nicola Yates is to quit her £160,000 a year job as City Director at Bristol City Council.

The authority's top officer is leaving after being criticised for earning an additional £18,000 last year for her role in Bristol's European Green Capital.

The city's Lib Dem group called on Ms Yates to repay the additional money.

She also came under fire after presiding over the slowest election counts in the UK for this year's local elections when she was chief returning officer, earning further additional salary for the role.

She will leave her City Director post at the end of July.

It has been an absolute privilege to serve the city during the past three years and I leave with a huge sense of pride in what has been achieved during that period, both within the local authority and for the citizens of Bristol.

– Nicola Yates OBE

The council said it will now be making interim arrangements whilst it recruits for a permanent post holder over the coming months.

I am grateful for Nicola’s contributions to Bristol and wish her well for the future.

She has brought the council a long way in a relatively short time, leaving it with strong governance and a high profile at home and abroad.

– Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
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