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Grounds for optimism? What is the state of play with the West Country's top football and rugby clubs

Create: 02/22/2017 - 00:00

Desiring a new stadium and achieving it as many of our Westcountry clubs  have found is far from the same thing. We take a quick look at the regional state of play.

 
BATH CITY
With the Supporters' Society becoming the biggest shareholder in 2016 there is a continuing debate about whether the club should redevelop Twerton Park or continue to look for a new ground in Bath.
 
BATH RUGBY

What does a good stadium look like? Matthew Birchall of BuroHappold gives his expert view

Create: 02/20/2017 - 00:00

If football and rugby stadiums were advertised by estate agents then the property descriptions for the West Country could range from ‘bijou, modern, experimental design’, to ‘rather dilapidated, in need of some refurbishment’.

Suffice it to say that virtually all of the region's professional clubs either now play home matches at, or plan to in the near future, new or redesigned grounds. 

Beware the underdog as FA Cup brings joy and pain for West's professional clubs

Create: 11/03/2016 - 17:40
Paulton Rovers v Norwich City, Shortwood United v Port Vale and Salford City v Notts County. Unlikely match-ups, for sure, but just three examples of ties thrown up by the FA Cup first-round draw in recent years. 
They're also precisely the sort of fixtures guaranteed to give Football League managers the jitters. Humble surroundings, TV cameras and audiences almost universally hoping for an upset, locals pulling together in supporting their club with bunting and decorated shops gaining unusual amounts of publicity. 
 

Scott Murray: On Bristol City, the Highland League, and working in a fish factory

Create: 10/26/2016 - 08:09

A legend at Bristol City and the devil incarnate to Bristol Rovers, Scott Murray never shied away from winding up his opponents. But the current Robins kit man, who also played for Cheltenham Town, Yeovil and Bath City in a career that spanned 22 years and more than 600 appearances, has a more serious side to his character, as he reveals in this XtraTime interview.

Tell us about your senior debut way back in 1990 – football was rather different then, wasn't it?

Bristol Sport: Steve Lansdown explains his vision as revamped Ashton Gate opens for business

Create: 08/22/2016 - 18:17

Speak to some, and they'll tell you Bristol Sport is a mega organisation seeking to consume all within its path. To others it is a beneficial body that has given the city a great stadium, restored its rugby club to the top flight of the English game and seeks to do the same with its football team. But which is true? XtraTime sought an answer through interviews with owner Steve Lansdown and chief executive Andrew Billingham

Bristol City 2016-17: Andrew Billingham relishing clashes with Championship big guns

Create: 07/12/2016 - 15:08
Bristol City fans were able to reflect on a job well done by new head coach Lee Johnson (above), who steered the Robins to SkyBet Championship safety with something to spare after arriving amid a relegation scrap in February.
Four wins – including hammerings of Bolton Wanderers, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town at Ashton Gate – and three draws in their last ten matches saw City to an 18th-place finish in their first season back in the second tier, some 12 points clear of the trap door.

How goalkeeper Steve Phillips crossed Bristol's big footballing divide

Create: 05/04/2016 - 16:15

Death threats, summer training, Wembley triumphs and derby joy on both sides of Bristol's great footballing divide – current Bath City goalkeeper Steve Phillips tells XtraTime about an eventful Football League career that spanned 17 years and more than 600 matches 

 
You served Bristol City for ten years and went on to enjoy three excellent seasons at the Memorial Stadium – do you have a preference for one Bristol club or the other?

Bristol City negotiate uneven financial playing field in Sky Bet Championship

Create: 11/06/2015 - 17:20
Parachute payments. They might well be a lifesaver for clubs relegated from English football's top division but do they also sound the death-knell for newly-promoted clubs looking to reach the promised land at the first attempt?
With the 2015-16 season nearly two months old, Bristol City supporters must be getting the distinct impression that their team is operating on an uneven playing field on their return to the Sky Bet Championship after an absence of two years.

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