The ideal Christmas present for any City fan
Last year, the Trust published 'City 'Til I Die', a book of
memories of the joys and anguish of supporting City from fans young and old.
It makes an ideal Christmas present for
any City fan - and if you buy the book now, you get our booklet in honour of
the Ashton Gate 8 absolutely
To buy the book online for Christmas please act now! Select postal
delivery or collection and click the 'Buy Now' button.
|Postal delivery - £12.50|
For Xmas delivery*, please order by midnight on 17th December (UK only)
|Collection - £10.00|
For collection in Bristol on December 22nd (see below)
|FREE Ashton Gate 8 booklet|
We will add a free copy of the AG8 booklet to your order (don't worry that
this doesn't appear on the payment page).
Buy now / Collect later
If you select the 'Collection' option, you can collect your purchase from us on
Thursday evening, 22nd December between 7.30 and 8.30pm at Bar
Read a review of the book by Ed Furniss, BCFC Head of Media:
Every City fan has his or her cherished memory of supporting the club they
love. City Til I Die gathers some of these
stories together to help raise funds for the John Atyeo Statue Fund. City Redz
to Senior Reds have contributed their own tales from the City in an entertaining
volume, now on sale online and at the club Megastore.
Some of these anecdotes come from the dressing room. Louis
Carey recalls watching Liverpool play a friendly with his dad, who had
his "John Motson sheepskin coat burnt by the chap behind us smoking a cigar".
Former City centre-forward Roy Bentley, who would go on to
skipper Chelsea to their 1954/55 Football League title win, reveals how a bad
tackle from a Cardiff player during the war ultimately saved his life - a broken
ankle forcing him to miss a doomed trip with the Navy.
Other contributors missed out on their dream of playing for their boyhood
club: Steve Sutor recollects his excitement at being called up
for the reserves after impressing in goal for City Colts only to be passed over
in favour of a left-back called Ray Cashley. Fred Staniforth, who played for
City in the 1909 FA Cup final, is no longer around to recall one of the club's
greatest hours – but his grand-daughter Mary James provides
candid Edwardian-era pictures of Fred and his team-mates in her affectionate
Most of those featured in the book, however, have followed City from the
other side of the advertising hoardings, whether it was in the old Cowshed,
"Crackers Corner" or shiny new seats at Wembley.
Some of the stories are written for laughs. Mike Patten
recalls a snowball fight between City and Leyton Orient fans while
Joanna Baggs accidentally sits on an older supporter's false
teeth which had flown out of their mouth celebrating a goal. Others get in hot
water - Ian Hall recalls how a trip to Birmingham led to an
early-morning police visit to his parents' house; while former ballboy
Andrew Marshfield continues to feel guilty about giving the
ball away too quickly to allow York to score an equaliser – "the look I got from
[goalkeeper] John Shaw was priceless".
A number of younger fans show us that this fanaticism - such as Dawn
Hallett sleeping out in a caravan for Wembley tickets last May -
will continue for another generation at least, including eight-year-old
Amana Parsons who says she has defied her family of Gasheads to
follow City because "Rovers players aren't very good".
The mood of the book is best summed up by Pete Lomas who
asks "Why Do We Suffer?" but concludes: "For all the heartaches there are
undescribable [sic] ecstatic moments."
But the overall impression is how Bristol City Football Club has acted as a
bond between dads and sons, grandparents and grandchildren and strangers on the
terraces who have become lasting friends; and as a rock for those whom life has
handed genuine heartbreak, not just the sentimental kind usually written into
back-page or website headlines.
Lifelong supporter Pat Baldwin has lost a son, suffered a
marriage break-up and redundancy and was recently diagnosed with multiple
sclerosis, but says "attending Ashton Gate has helped lift us throughout all
these troubles". She writes: "I really look forward to seeing the friends I have
made who sit around me, and if one of us missing for a game or two, there are
always phone calls to make sure everything is okay. This side of football is
never publicised – only the few idiots who cause problems seem to get
Tim Leigh, who lost his wife last season and who continues
to attend games with his teenage boys, offers a perspective often lost in the
hysteria that follows every weekly up or down. He writes: "Did I cry when we
lost the play-offs to Hull? Of course I did; I cried because we lost, I cried
because my wife wasn't there with us, I cried because football is more than just
a game, it is the glue that binds families like us together."
postage date. If you order by the date shown above, we will be able to
post your order by the 'last postage date' for Christmas delivery being
advertised at the time of writing by Royal Mail. Please note,
however, that the Supporters Trust cannot be held responsible for any
failure to deliver by Christmas caused by industrial action, Acts of God
or any other form of delay.