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Bristol City Supporter of the Year – Shortlisted Nominees

We are proud to announce the following Bristol City supporters who have been shortlisted for the inaugural ‘Supporter of the Year’ award.

Richard Brown
Ian Cottle
Brian Flynn
Bobby Golding
Roy Hayward
Ken Hobbs
Bob & Jean Langford
Bill Lukins
David Stitfall
Sean Takle

For more details about the reasons for their nominations, please read the information below.

To find out who has won, come along to the End of Season Review and Award Ceremony at Ashton Gate’s Dolman Exhibition Hall on Tuesday 8th May at 7.30. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from the Club’s ticket office or by calling 0870 112 1897.

Richard Brown

Nominated by: Robert Brown

Nominee Reason for nomination:
This 21yr old fan will have made 50 games this season despite living in Cardiff as a student. He only applied to Unis within 120 miles of the Gate- Bristol City dominates his life, and he travelled to Tranmere on his own. All in all, he shows dedication and passion every time he attends and he has also missed two of his best friends' 18th and 21st parties for the City this year!


Ian Cottle

Nominated by: David Cottle

Nominee Reason for nomination:
Season 1994/95, we were relegated; the last game of that season was Millwall away. Ian attended that game and every competitive match since, a sequence exceeding 650 games, covering every match played by every current player. Additionally, despite my reduced mobility for the past two seasons Ian has enabled me to attend games, 40 HOME and 16 AWAY (including Middlesbrough); this includes pushing me between Temple Meads and Ashton Gate for home games. Far more games than I ever expected, for which I am very grateful. Two reasons that Bristol City should be proud to have such a supporter of their club.


Bryan Flynn

Nominated by: David Gardner, Gareth Hodge, Mark Davidson

Nominee Reason for nomination:
In organising a massive "whip round" for a Bristolian wounded in Iraq, he managed to bring the Red and Blue halves of Bristol together and show the people of Bristol and Nationally that tribalism and prejudice can be put aside to attain common and worthwhile goals. I think he has enabled a mutual respect to exist between the supporters of the Bristol clubs where none existed before.

His actions reflected the best side of Bristol City supporters as well as himself.


Bobby Golding

Nominated by: Claire Hutton and Simon Baker

Nominee Reason for nomination:
We nominate Bobby G (Bobby Golding) who writes for the programme. We love hearing his away game stories and he gives us a real insight to the whole day and match experience. He is a passionate and loyal supporter and a real ambassador of BCFC.


Roy Hayward

Nominated by: David Hayward

Nominee Reason for nomination:
Since joining the Navy in 1946 Roy has been travelling from all over to watch the City through thin and thinner. Since marrying Mum in 1955 Roy has been travelling from Guildford in Surrey almost every home game and many away. In Oct 2006 dad suffered the first of three heart attacks and subsequent kidney failure he now has dialysis three times a week once on Saturday morning. Despite being a 'do not resuscitate' just before Christmas he has pulled through and recently attended the Forest and Swansea games (with mum) driving himself from his home in Guildford.


Ken Hobbs

Nominated by: Nicola Chappell

Nominee Reason for nomination:
Ken has been to every match this season, accompanying me on long and short journeys. He has gone out of his way to ensure that I have been able to go to every match when work commitments have meant I could not get the coach.

He has been a great friend to enjoy the football with. Whatever the score Ken is always positive and gets behind the team. He is fully deserving of this award.


Bob and Jean Langford

Nominated by: Rachel Birkenshaw

Nominee Reason for nomination:
They have supported Bristol City for 50 years and gone to nearly every match, home and away, since 1991. They dress for the occasion by wearing hats with badges all over them and red and white coats, hats, scarves.

Their lives totally revolve around football. They set off hours early to give them enough time if the car happens to break down to still get to the match for kick off (this has happened once!)

They are members of CATS, City Foundation and season ticket holders. They take their two teenage grandsons to all the home matches and have bought them season tickets.


Bill Lukins

Nominated by: J Taylor

Nominee Reason for nomination:
I would like to nominate Mr Bill Lukins of Shirehampton. He is 78 years old and a life long supporter of BCFC. He goes to all away games on CATS. He sells quickie scratch cards at matches. Please, please give him supporter of the year award. He is a season ticket holder.


Dave Stitfall

Nominated by: Dave Hedges

Nominee Reason for nomination:
Dave has attended EVERY game this season (including all JPT trophy games,) and until last year (Xmas 2005) had not missed a game (any game!) for 3 years. He does this whilst lugging the giant flag (Ship & Castle/Supporters Trust) around the country and assisting a wheelchair bound fellow City supporter to attend these matches also.


Sean Takle

Nominated by: Mark Newman, Red Goblin, Jem Pearce, Barry Takle, Iain Hepworth, Tim Baker, Michael Jones, Joe Churchley

Nominee Reason for nomination:
This nomination is not only for the endless hard work that Sean put into the "campaign" to enable the fans to be allowed back into the East End. Having witnessed Sean from early discussions to designing flyers, devising petitions and then physically walking around locations around Ashton to hand out the petitions.

Secondly and more importantly Sean runs the very successful subcider website, each year he personally pays for the site to continue and has built up a highly successful "alternative" to the mainstream site, which now has over a thousand fans registered to it.

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