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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.


Carey's City career is over after 19 seasons

Louis Carey broke John Atyeo's all-time appearance record earlier in the season. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Louis Carey's long Bristol City career is over after the club announced it won't be renewing his contract.

The 37-year-old defender has been at Ashton Gate for 19 seasons, making a club record 646 appearances for his home-town team.

Manager Steve Cotterill has released six players in total, including Marvin Elliott, Liam Fontaine and Stephen Pearson.

Midfielder Marvin Elliott joined City in 2007 and was a key member of the side that almost reached the Premier League. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Youngsters Mitch Brundle and Kevin Krans also leave the club, while goalkeeper Elliott Parish has been made available for transfer.

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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'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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