Bristol football derby

Bristol City take on Bristol Rovers at Ashton Gate in the city's first professional derby in seven years, the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

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Report: Trouble at Bristol derby match

19 people have been arrested so far after trouble erupted at last night's football clash between arch rivals Bristol City and Bristol Rovers.

Police and stewards were also injured in the violence after the final whistle.

It flared when the game finished and some City fans spilled onto the pitch at Ashton Gate and ran towards the Rovers end. And there was trouble outside the ground too. Richard Payne reports

Richard Payne's report contains mobile phone footage courtesy of the Bristol Post


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Bristol City manager condemns 'disgraceful' violence

Bristol City manager Sean O'Driscoll said that although the match against Bristol Rovers was "tremendous", violence which broke out after the football derby was "disgraceful".

Mr O'Driscoll added: "That's what people will now be talking about...players were disappointed as well. The game was played in good spirit, competitive but not overzealous. We wanted the supporters to act in the same manner but unfortunately they didn't".

Pitch invasion and injured police at Bristol derby

Twelve people have been arrested and police officers injured after Bristol City and Bristol Rovers met at Ashton Gate last night. At the end of the game police say fans got on to the pitch and officers worked with stewards to bring them under control.

Known hooligans attached to both clubs were identified and arrested. Three police officers who were injured have received medical treatment. Their injuries aren't thought to be serious.


FT: Bristol City 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers

Joe Bryan scores City's winner. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Bristol City have beaten local rivals Bristol Rovers 2-1 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Ashton Gate this evening.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas put the hosts ahead in the 12th minute with a long-range strike.

Rovers equalised just before the hour mark when Mark McChrystal headed in a free-kick.

But Bristol-born Joe Bryan struck an impressive winner to send City through to the second round.

Bristol City's Joe Bryan tussles with Bristol Rovers defender Michael Smith (left) during the Johnstones Paint Trophy match at Ashton Gate. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Up to 18,000 City and Rovers fans head to the Gate

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