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Bristol City fan who watched games from his shed is given season ticket

Bristol City fan Ben Swift is thrilled to have been given a season ticket Credit: ITV News

A Bristol City fan, who's been enjoying uninterrupted views of Ashton Gate on match days - from his shed - has been given a season ticket by the club.

Ben Swift, otherwise known as "Shed Man", has been able to catch games for free from the back of his garden ever since redevelopment of the stadium began. He'll lose that once the new south stand is completed so the club have given him a proper seat.

He told ITV News: "It's come as quite a big surprise they didn't really have to do that. I haven't really done too much in a way to earn it as I've been watching it for free for most of the season."

Matt Smith takes Bristol City a step closer to Wembley

Bristol City's Matt Smith celebrates scoring at the Priestfield Stadium Credit: PA

Bristol City are a step closer to Wembley after winning 4-2 at Gillingham in the first leg of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final.

The home side went ahead in the 6th minute, but Matt Smith responded with all four of City's goals. He's now scored seven times since joining on loan from Fulham.

No date has been confirmed yet for the return leg at Ashton Gate.


Rovers & Torquay fans raise £4,000 for Oskar

Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs presenting Oskar Pycroft and his mum Lizzy with more than £4,000 in donations at the New Year's Day game Credit: Neil Brookman

A total of £4,198.39 was raised by Bristol Rovers Supporters through bucket collections prior, during and after the New Year’s Day Torquay United match at the Memorial Stadium, to help pay towards an operation for 6 year-old Bristol City fan, Oskar Pycroft.

Oskar has bilateral spastic cerebral palsy. He can't stand, sit or walk without help and is in constant pain with his muscles and joints. Without complex medical intervention, Oskar faces a life of continuing pain and will never be able to walk independently.

An operation called SDR which could change his life. Surgeons will perform the operation in Bristol on a private basis as Oskar does not meet current NHS criteria.

Oskar’s mum Lizzy is aiming to raise £50k to enable Oskar to have this treatment in Bristol.

I would like to thank all our supporters and those of Torquay who gave so generously for Oskar‘s operation. This money, together with the Supporters Club quiz night and a donation from the Fans Forum, means the total donation from Bristol Rovers fans is in excess of £4,650 and I know this will greatly help boost Oskar’s operation appeal.

It is only right that there should be rivalry in Bristol which is all part of the excitement of football. However, what is even more important is that football is very much a family. It is at times like this that two football families in Bristol have rightly come together to support Oskar to help him walk. We wish the youngster every success with the operation ahead.

– Nick Higgs, Bristol Rovers Chairman

You can find out more about Oskar's appeal here.

Bristol City through to Area Final of JPT

Bristol City's Luke Freeman and Coventry City's Jim O'Brien battle for the ball. Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City are through to the area final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Steve Cotterill's men beat fellow League One side Coventry 2-0, with Derrick Williams and Aaron Wilbraham on-target at Ashton Gate.

They'll now play Gillingham over two legs - with the winners reaching the overall final at Wembley next March.

Bristol City fans raise £10,000 for six-year-old Oskar

Bristol City fans have raised £10,000 for a young boy with cerebral palsy.

6-year-old Oskar Pycroft led the team out in his wheelchair ahead of their match against Preston North End on Saturday. The club have given their backing to a campaign to raise money for an operation in America which could help Oskar walk.

Oskar Pycroft leads out the team at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport
Bristol City Captain Wade Elliott pushes Oskar in front of thousands Credit: Bristol Sport
Oskar gives a high ten to the Robins mascot Credit: Bristol Sport
That all-important bucket - Saturday's collection at the ground raised £10,000 towards Oskar's operation Credit: Bristol Sport

Bristol City captain helps young fan raise money for operation

It's not everyday that the captain of Bristol City pops round to your house for a cup of tea to chat football but thats exactly what happened to 6 year old Oskar Pycroft.

Oskar suffers from cerebral palsy and Wade Elliott is lending his support as the family try to raise money for an operation in America which could help him walk.


A match to remember for one 6 year-old City fan

A six year-old Bristol City fan will be leading out the team in his wheelchair as they face Preston North End at Ashton Gate tomorrow.

Oskar Pycroft has cerebral palsy and other problems and his family are raising money for an operation in the USA, which could help him walk.

Their campaign has won the backing of the club.

'They're doing a bucket collection for my operation and do you know why I want the operation? So I can walk more.'

– Oskar Pycroft
Oskar at home with Robbins Captain Wade Elliot. Credit: ITV News

Missiles thrown at police horses at football derby

Mounted police in Wiltshire say that they were targeted with missiles at the County Ground in Swindon after clashes between Swindon Town and Bristol City fans on Saturday.

Thames Valley Police's mounted section received many supportive tweets after the match.

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.

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