Bristol City Memories: The Subs Bench Interviews



200 pages / 262 x 182mm
ISBN: 978-1-911408-76-5

Out of stock


Publication November 2020




  1. First book of its kind on Bristol City FC
  2. Interviews with iconic figures including owner Steve Lansdown, former manager Steve Cotterill and 22 past players, including Louis Carey, Tom Ritchie, Geoff Merrick and Scott Murray.
  3. Photos and press cutting from memorable games stretching back over six decades.


Promotion seasons, trophies lifted, giant-killing cup ties, spectacular goals – all indelibly engraved in the minds of Bristol City supporters who follow their team through thick and thin.

Relegation battles won and lost, heavy defeats, crippling financial problems that threatened to put their club out of business, each drama part of the rich tapestry that constitutes life as a Robins fan.

But what is it like to be in the front-line as the most memorable days in City’s history unfold? How does it feel to actually score a crucial goal, win a cup final, clinch promotion or take decisions with the club’s very existence at stake?

The interviews in Bristol City Memories, carried out for the Subs Bench television programme, answer those questions, taking readers into the dressing room and boardroom, onto the team coach and pitch, providing insights that will surprise and inform even the staunchest fan.

Which City player was named after a pair of swimming trunks? Who ended up in a fist fight with the manager after being left out of the team? Why might the Bosman Ruling have been named after a Robins defender? Whose best pal cost him a move to Liverpool? And who missed the start of season through dropping a barbecue on his foot?

The answers lie in a book packed with stories from past players and other iconic figures, who have helped shape City’s history. Liberally illustrated with photos, and press cuttings, it offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes guide to events at Ashton Gate over the past six decades.