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Bristol City could pay a record-breaking £6 million for new striker

25-year-old Dwight Gayle would be joining City from Crystal Palace. Credit: Adam Davy/PA

Bristol City are set to smash their transfer record by signing striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace.

Sky Sports News are reporting that a £6 million fee has been agreed between the two clubs, which could rise to £8 million with add-ons.

City were promoted to the Championship as League One winners in May but have been left largely frustrated so far this summer in the transfer market, despite already bringing in forward Jonathan Kodjia for €3 million

Gayle, 25, joined Palace from Peterborough in the summer of 2013 and has scored 18 goals in 24 starts.

Earlier this morning, City confirmed a season-loan for Leicester City goalkeeper Ben Hamer.


Captain says Bristol City are confident of success this season

Bristol Cityare making final preparations for the start of the new football season and life in the Championships.

After promotion from League One last season, Steve Cotterill's side will play Sheffield Wednesday this weekend.

Captain Aaron Wilbraham says the players are confident of further success this year.

Fans to stay away from City's game at Hillsborough

There were queues around the block for tickets for City's final games in League One Credit: ITV News

Bristol City fans have expressed outrage at the price of tickets for the side's first away game back in the Championship.

The board of Bristol City's Supporters Club & Trust have decided to stay away because they think £39 is extortionate.

Nobody’s calling for a boycott, we just think it is a step too far. We think many City fans will vote likewise and choose not to go. Maybe in that way Sheffield Wednesday will get the message that this is unreasonable. After all, it will only cost Reading fans £25 when they go to Hillsborough. Where’s the sense in that?

– Stuart Rogers, Bristol City Supporters Club & Trust

A spokesperson for Bristol City has issued this response

Ticket prices for this fixture are set by the home club and not by Bristol City FC. We will always look to set fair prices for supporters at Ashton Gate as we look to attract as many fans along as possible to support the team.

– BCFC spokesperson

The game will take place at Hillsborough on Saturday 8 August.

Women jailed for defrauding youth football league

Two women have been jailed for defrauding a youth football league out of more than £160,000.

Karen Prictor and Margaret Rivers funded lavish lifestyles by abusing their positions at the North Wiltshire and District Youth and Minor Football League. The pair fraudulently siphoned off £166,000 for themselves over four years.

Karen Prictor was handed four years behind bars Credit: Wiltshire Police

47-year-old Prictor, from Toothill and the league's treasurer, received four years for fraud by abuse of position and money laundering.

Margaret Rivers was handed two years and four months behind bars Credit: Wiltshire Police

While 55-year-old Rivers, from Swindon, and the general secretary, was handed two years and four months for the same.

Motivated by their greed, Karen Prictor and Margaret Rivers defrauded the Football Association out of approximately £166,000.

Even after her passport was seized, Karen Prictor lied on an application to obtain a new passport and booked to go on a luxury holiday to Mexico when she was due in court.

The money they fraudulently siphoned was taken from a not-for-profit organisation which could have been used to help fund activities for the hundreds of local children involved in the league in and around Swindon.

– Clive Read, Fraud Investigator

The youth league is one of the country's largest, with 360 teams of seven to 18 year olds competing across 40 divisions.


The last stand at Ashton Gate is about to go

The Williams Stand is being demolished to make way for the transformation of Ashton Gate Credit: ITV News

The demolition crews are at work again at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol.

This time they're tearing down the Williams' stand in the next phase of rebuilding Bristol City's football ground.

Taking down the 60-year-old stand is part of the £45 million transformation of the stadium.

Once finished, it will become the largest conference and events venue in the South West.

Bristol City FC open top bus tour confirmed

Open top bus tour will take place on Bank Holiday Monday Credit: Bristol City FC

Bristol City FC are holding an open top bus tour on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate this seasons success.

The team are the Sky Bet League One champions and have secured promotion to the Championship after beating Bradford City earlier this month.

Two buses will carry players and staff from Ashton Gate at 12.30pm and head through North Street and Bedminster towards the centre.

After passing through Redcliffe, the bus will park at the Lloyds Amphitheater at around 2pm for a short presentation.

For a full route map click here.

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