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Brought to Book: 82 – The Year Bristol City Nearly Died

82 – The Year Bristol City Nearly Died is now on general sale, price £5.

The limited edition booklet was published by the Supporters Trust to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the historic events of 3rd February 1982, when eight Bristol City players tore up their contracts to help save the Club from extinction. Copies were distributed to guests who attended the Trust’s Commemorative Dinner for the Eight earlier this month.

Packed into the 40 full-colour A4 pages you’ll find profiles and interviews with each of the players, along with candid comment from the likes of Deryn Coller, who was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of Bristol City (1982), PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor, who negotiated with the Club on behalf of the Eight, and Roy Hodgson, who was part of the management team in those turbulent times.

The booklet also includes a historical overview of the events leading up to February ’82 and fascinating reflections from the Evening Post’s sports editor at the time, Peter Godsiff. There’s even space for supporters’ memories, including those of Paul Williams of Bristol Blue Glass, who sponsored the decanters presented to the players at the Commemorative Dinner.

Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja, whose financial support for the booklet made publication possible, also gives a highly readable two-page interview!

Whether it’s for the sake of nostalgia, to brush up on your Club history, or just to have a good Bristol City read, be sure to get your copy of 82—The Year Bristol City Nearly Died as quickly as you can. The Trust now has only a few hundred copies left in stock.

Click on the image below to buy online or look out for copies being sold around the ground. Alternatively, write to info@bristolcityst.org.uk outlining your needs.

Funds raised from sales of the booklet will go toward production of a commemorative plaque for the Eight, with excess going to the Trust for sound investment in the Club.

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