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Five men given football banning orders

Five men have been given football banning orders totalling 20 years following the disorder during the Bristol City v Bristol Rovers local derby last year.

It follows a police investigation into disturbances after, during and before the Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash on September 4 2013.

  • James Bagnall, 25, of Shickle Grove, Bath admitted assaulting a police officer. He was jailed for 18 months. He also admitted throwing a seat into the crowd and was jailed for a further 12 months. He was given a six-year football banning order.
  • Lee Cousins, 40, of Soundwell Road, Bristol, was given a suspended two year jail sentence. He also had a five-year football banning order.
  • Thomas Burke, aged 20 of Bredon, Yate, was given a suspended 15-month jail sentence for violent disorder. He was given a three-year football banning order.
  • Alex Parsons, 20, of Walnut Close, Coalpit Heath was handed a suspended a 16-month jail sentence. He was given a three-year football banning order.
  • Jordan Lloyd, 22, of Filton Avenue, Filton, was handed a suspended 18-month jail sentence. He was given a three-year football banning order.

Bristol City twice pegged back in Tranmere draw

Derrick Williams scored his first goal for Bristol City in the 2-2 draw with Tranmere. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport
  • BRISTOL CITY 2 - 2 TRANMERE ROVERS

Bristol City's hopes of back-to-back league wins were dashed after drawing with fellow strugglers Tranmere at Ashton Gate.

Steve Cotterill's men went ahead twice, but were pegged back on each occasion.

Sam Baldock had given City a 13th minute lead when his cross somehow ended up in the back of the net after deceiving goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

Tranmere levelled five minutes later through Jake Cassidy, and that's how it stayed until 12 minutes from the end.

Baldock's cross was headed home by Derrick Williams for his first goal in professional football.

But within two minutes, Rovers earned a share of the points when veteran midfielder Jason Koumas curled the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.

Both teams are level on points, just two above the relegation zone.

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No pitch inspection planned for Ashton Gate

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To reiterate, there is NO PITCH INSPECTION planned at Ashton Gate today. #BristolCity v Tranmere Rovers kicks off at 3pm.

Bristol City's League One match with Tranmere Rovers is definitely on.

Swindon Town played last night and drew 0-0 with Colchester at the County Ground. The visitors played the last 20 minutes with ten men after having a player sent off. Mark Cooper's men remain four points off a play-off place.

But in League Two, Bristol Rovers match at Bury, and Cheltenham's home game with Wycombe have both been postponed.

Yeovil Town have a free weekend, because scheduled opponents Wigan are playing in the FA Cup.

Is safe standing the future for football ?

Bristol City today showcased a standing area at Ashton Gate that they hope will lead to a move away from all-seater stadia in this country.

Clubs in the top two divisions in England don't currently allow standing at matches under rules set out following the Hillborough disaster in 1989, when 96 people died.

But if they get the go-ahead, Bristol City will accommodate up to four thousand fans in so-called 'safe standing areas' as part of their £40 million redevelopment. Chris Spittles reports.

Plans for Bristol City 'safe standing' seats expected

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Bristol City could become the first club in the UK to have safe-standing seats. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City Football Club are expected to unveil plans to install the UK's first block of 'safe standing' rail seats in its revamped stadium.

The announcement is expected at a press conference at the club later, and will be the first modern 'standing' seat since they were abolished in the 1990's.

"Exciting times" for Bristol City FC

Steve Lansdown has confirmed work on Bristol City's Ashton Gate stadium could begin as early as May. Speaking at the club's Annual Supporters Meeting he said:

We’ll sign the section 106 agreement any day now, and then we have six weeks to wait for the Judicial Review period. We wanted to give some certainty to supporters, so if we get through to March with no Judicial Review, then we will be going ahead with the redevelopment plans, starting in May. It’s exciting times

– Steve Lansdown, Bristol City, majority shareholder

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Ashton Gate work could start this summer

Work on the stadium could begin as early as May 2014 Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bristol City football club's majority shareholder Steve Lansdown has announced work to redevelop Ashton Gate could begin as early as this summer.

Speaking at the club's Annual Supporters Meeting Mr Lansdown said a section 106 agreement will be signed soon and provided there is no Judicial Review application work could begin as early as May.

Read the full statement on the club's website.

City and Rovers knocked out of the FA Cup

Bristol Rovers' Eliot Richards is tackled by Birmingham City's Hayden Mullins. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

It's been a disappointing night for the West Country's football teams.

Both Bristol clubs have been knocked out of the FA Cup. Rovers lost their third round tie at Birmingham 3-0, while City went down 2-0 in their replay at Watford.

And in League One, Swindon Town were beaten 2-0 at bottom-of-the-table Stevenage.

City & Rovers hope for FA Cup shocks

Tonight's FA Cup 3rd round matches Credit: ITV News West Country

Bristol City play Watford tonight in an FA Cup third round replay. The teams drew 1-1 at Ashton Gate 10 days ago. The winners will face either Manchester City or Blackburn who play tomorrow.

Bristol Rovers are also in third round action this evening. They take on Birmingham City for the right to play Swansea.

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