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Bristol City Story
Started on 27 April 2014 by andybooy
Latest Reply on 7 August 2018 by andybooy

Oldham vs Bristol City - 21st April 2014
Baldock 15, 88 mins
Burns 72 mins

Manager's review
City had a match only 48 hours ago so made a string of changes to the starting 11 to keep things fresh with Osborne, Cunningham, Gillett, Burns, Reid, and Bryan coming in for Keane, Catala, Trebel, De Lanlay, Propper and Emmanuel-Thomas. Booy's second team players did not disappoint and in particular playing on the right wing Wes Burns put in a splendid MOTM performance with two assists, a goal and a match rating of 9.1. The Welsh U21 striker is starting to pressurise Sam Baldock and Ivan Bolado for a starting place in the team. If City win their final two matches of the season they will surpass Charlton's record 101 points set in 2011/12.

Peterborough vs Bristol City - 26th April 2014

Manager's review
Andrew Booy had his strongest 11 available but it seemed his squad had over-celebrated this week as they were demolished by a Peterborough side fighting to confirm their playoff place. Davy Propper played with an incredible 4.2 rating scoring an own goal and being at fault for two other goals. It was an embarrassing performance and manager Booy has demanded that his team send off the City fans with a win on the last game of the season at Ashton Gate next week. City cannot now beat Charlton's record points haul of 101 points but can get a century of points with a win against Leyton Orient next week.

Bristol City vs Leyton Orient - 3rd May 2014
De Lanlay
De Lanlay 33 mins

Manager's review
Somewhat surprisingly Booy decided to name the exact same side that performed so embarrassingly at Peterborough last week. The team did perform much better and were unlucky not to grab all three points to finish the season with over 100 points. MOTM De Lanlay scored midway through the 1st half and just as it seemed City would see out the game Orient replied in the 74th minute to grab a share of the points on the final day of the season. The result however did not dampen the Ashton Gate faithful who stormed the pitch on 90 minutes to celebrate a hugely successful season and promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.
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April 2014 - THE REVIEW


Preston vs CITY - 5th April 2014 0-2
MK Dons vs CITY - 12th April 2014 1-0
CITY vs Rotherham - 19th April 2014 3-0
Oldham vs CITY - 21st April 2014 3-1
Peterborough vs CITY - 26th April 2014 0-6
CITY vs Leyton Orient - 3rd May 2014 1-1

After the last two games of the season manager Andrew Booy decided to scrap the monthly awards. A full season review will follow soon including the reveal of the Fans Player of the year and the Managers player of the year awards!
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Competitions round-up

Sky Bet League One - 1st (Champions)
FA Cup - Lost in 5th round (vs Charlton)
Capital One Cup - Lost in 1st round (vs Stevanage)
Johnstone's Paint Trophy - Lost in South Quarter Final (vs Coventry)

Key Player Stats

Top Goalscorer - Sam Baldock (35 goals)
Most Assists - Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (17 assists)
Player of the Match - Sam Baldock (7 times)
Yellow Cards - Adrien Trebel (15 cards)
Red Cards - Adam El-Abd (4 times)
Average Rating - Sam Baldock (7.16 rating)

Detailed Squad Stats

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Bristol City best 11 season 2013/2014

Fans/Managers player of the year award

Winner - Sam Baldock

The Bristol City vice-captain lead his team from the front with an outstanding season. He only missed 2 matches in all competitions starting 54 of the 56 matches played (only ever-present GK Hansen played more games than Baldock). In these 54 matches Baldock scored an amazing 35 goals, 30 in Sky Bet League one to pick up the top scorer award across all divisions in England. Sam created 14 assists (2nd only to Emmanuel-Thomas with 17) for his teammates and also picked up the player of the match award 7 times. He finished the season with the highest average rating in the team of 7.16.
It was surprising to see that only Baldock was selected for the Sky Bet League one team of the season and that Kevin Davies of Preston also beat Baldock to the League One player of the year award. Phil Parkinson also stole the manager of the year award from Andrew Booy after guiding Bradford City to promotion through the playoffs.

On picking up his award Baldock said "it has been a delighted to play with this team under the management of Andrew Booy this season. We always believed we could do great things this campaign and I am happy to contribute so many goals into what was a fantastic team effort".
When probed about the recent transfer speculation linking him with a big money move to the Premiership Baldock said "I do not want to talk about my future at this time, I want to celebrate promotion with my friends and family before thinking about next season"......not a too positive sign for Bristol City fans!

Summer Transfers round-up

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Maxim Choupo-Moting Free transfer from Mainz

Choupo-Moting is a Cameroonian-German Striker who was signed on a Bosman free from Mainz in the German 1st Division for whom he played 18 times for in 2013/14 and scored 6 goals. Choupo-Moting is known for excellent high work rate, long stride, and powerful direct dribbling ability. He has made 32 appearances for Cameroon scoring 9 goals for his country. He can also play on the left-wing.

Matej Vydra Free transfer from Udinese

Matej Vydra is a young striker signed on a free transfer from Udinese. Booy was keen to pick Vydra due to his experience at Championship level with Watford and also his high potential growth as he is still only 22 years old. Udinese signed Vydra for 2.6 Million in 2010 but he has been loaned out for the past four years to Club Brugge, Watford and West Brom making a combined total of 51 league appearances and scoring 23 goals. He has made 10 international appearances for the Czech Rep national side.

Maikel Kieftenbeld Free transfer from FC Groningen

Maikel Kieftenbeld is a defender who joins City from FC Groningen in the Dutch Eredivisie on a Bosman free transfer. He has been an ever-present in the Dutch top flight for Groningen for the past 4 seasons making 113 league appearances. Booy plans to use Kieftenbeld at right-back but the Dutch utility player is also capable of playing at centre/right midfield.

Fausto Rossi Free transfer from Juventus

Fausto Rossi is a flairful Italian midfielder signed from Juventus on a free transfer. Rossi never made a 1st team appearance for Juventus after coming through their youth setup but was loaned out to many high-profile European teams including Vicenza, Brescia and most notably R. Valladolid in Spain last season for whom he made 35 appearances in a team that got relegated from the LIGA BBVA. Rossi will be used on the left wing but can also play central midfield.

Franco Zuculini Free transfer from Arsenal de Sarandi

Franco Zuculini is a tough tackling central midfielder signed from Argentinian side Arsenal de Sarandi on a free transfer. The young midfielder has been unable to get his career off and running until last season and Booy has taken a chance on the 23 year old as he sees him as a foil for the other attacking players in the City midfield.

Marc Wilson Free transfer from Stoke

Marc Wilson adds premiership quality to the City squad after joining from Stoke City on a Bosman. The Irish international can play anywhere across the defence and also in central midfield and adds much needed home-grown experience to a multi-national Bristol City team. Wilson played 92 times for Stoke City after signing from Portsmouth for 4.5 million in August 2010.
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Wesley Burns 1.1 million to Rangers

19 year old Wes Burns came through the youth ranks at Ashton Gate and really began to flourish towards the end of the 13/14 season making 30 appearances (21 from the bench) scoring 6 goals with an average rating of 6.99. Largely playing as the 3rd choice striker behind Baldock and Bolado it is thought that an offer of over 1 million was too good for City to turn down.

Emmanuel-Thomas 4 million to Cardiff

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was a key member of the promotion winning squad playing 54 games for the Robins on the left wing scoring 9 goals and providing 17 assists (highest in the team) with an average rating of 7.08. Following the arrival of Fausto Rossi and other high profile summer signings it is thought that Emmanuel-Thomas's 1st team place was under threat so when an offer of 4 million came in from Premiership side Cardiff it was easy for Booy to let his left winger go.

Joe Bryan 1.7 million to Rangers

Left sided youngster Joe Bryan made only 11 appearances for the Robins in 2013/14 (mostly at the start of the season) and therefore with the step up to the Championship Andrew Booy thought that he needed to let Bryan leave. So when Rangers again approached Booy with an offer of 1.7 million it was easy for the Robins to let Joe go. Some City fans will keep an eye on Rangers games next year with both Burns and Bryan making the move north of the border this summer.

Sam Baldock 7.5 million to Leeds

The major departure at Ashton Gate this summer was the sale of 2013/2014 Player of the Year Sam Baldock. It seemed that Leeds United had seen Baldock as their main summer transfer target after being promoted to the Premiership last season and after long negotiations an offer of 7.5 million was simply far too much to turn down. It was with regret that Booy agreed to let Baldock leave but it is thought that both Choupo-Moting and Vydra are more than capable of filling Sam's boots and the money from the sale has left Bristol City in a financial strong position (see below)

Other Notable departures

Brendan Moloney 210K to Doncaster
Marlon Pack 240k to Yeovil
Liam Kelly 20k to Yeovil
Jordan Wynter Free to Dundee
Louis Carey released
Erik Lukin (defending coach) released

Bristol City Financial Summary 1st July 2014

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The Squad 2014/2015….


Andre Hansen

Played every game last season and is a strong player for Championship level. Almost at the height of his potential now but at age of 25 no need to replace any time soon.

Frank Fielding

Backup GK who is significantly worse than Hansen. Didn't play one game last season and simply in squad as backup.

Gerry Taylor

16 year old GK who has potential rating. If progresses quickly should replace Fielding as backup to Fielding by end of season/start of next season.


Jose Catala

Complete wing back who finished season as 1st choice left-back. Oldest and weakest member of starting 11 and will possibly be replaced in 1st team by start of campaign.

Greg Cunningham

Backup to Catala on the left side of defence. Expect a reduction in game time this season after playing a part in 38 games last season.


Maikel Kieftenbeld

Summer signing utility player who will start the campaign at right-back. Will be a key member of the side this campaign especially as he can play in a number of positions.

Karleigh Osborne

Backup RB who made 42 appearances last season but should see much less pitch time this season. Interest from other Championship sides which could mean he will depart soon.


Marc Wilson

Like Kieftenbeld can play in number of positions and will be a key squad member this season. His premiership experience and ball playing qualities will build up attacks from defence.

Stefan Strandberg

Vice Captain who will lead from the back. After finishing the season in his preferred CB position will look to build on from strong finish to last season.

Derrick Williams

Young backup CB who played 43 times last season but like many will be more of a backup this campaign.

Adam El-Abd

4th choice CB. Same standard as Williams. Club captain but as he won't be starting Strandberg will be captain on the pitch most of the time. Played 41 times last season but poor discipline let him down (sent off 4 times).


Fausto Rossi

Replacement for Emmanuel-Thomas on the left wing. Not as attack minded but better quality. 2nd best player in squad. Can also play in CM.


Erik de Lanlay

Attacking right winger who was one of the stars last season. Still only 22 and will hope to improve even more from last campaign.

Scott Wagstaff

Not a great player. Just here for cover in MR position.


Franco Zuculini

Good ball winning midfielder who will protect the back 4 and allow the other midfielders to create/score goals.

Adrien Trebel

Advanced playmaker who is only 23 and has potential to grow this season again. With Zuculini alongside him will have more licence to get forward this season.

Bobby Reid

Young deep lying playmaker who will not get much game time this season as is simply a backup.


Maxim Choupo-Moting

Deep lying forward who will be the main replacement for Baldock this season. Can also play on left wing. Best player in the squad.

Matej Vydra

Young poacher who again will hope to replicate the goals scored by Baldock last season. Bags of potential and proven Championship goalscorer.

Ivan Bolado

1st reserve forward. Regular last season who scored 26 goals last season but will be backup to Choupo-Moting and Vydra this season.

Austin Ansell

Young 16 year old forward with potential. Will get experience in reserve/U18 squad this season.
Can't believe Maxim Choupo-Moting and Vydra accepted your offer! You've built a great squad, you can aim for promotion into the Premier right away, looking forward to seeing how you do :)

Bristol City coaching team takes shape by signing Moniz, Kaul and Ochoa

Andrew Booy has added to his back room team in preparation for the start of the Championship season with the signings of Ricardo Moniz (technical coach), Sebastian Kaul (defensive coach) and Jose Angel Ochoa (fitness coach). Mark O'Connor has been released as under 21 manager with assistant John Pemberton taking control of the reserve squad instead.

Bristol City coaching team
Steve Black - Aerobic
Jose Angel Ochoa - Strength
John Pemberton - Tactics
Marcel Lucassen - Ball Control
Sebastian Kaul - Defending
Ulf Kirsten - Attacking
Ricardo Moniz - Shooting
Joe Corrigan - GK Shot Stopping
Lee Kendall - GK Handling

Bristol City continue to deal in the summer transfer market

Stefano Denswil - 1.9 million from Ajax

Denswil is a 21 year old centre-back who has spent is whole career at Dutch giants Ajax once winning the league with them in 2013. He became a regular in the team last season (2013/14) and it is seen as a real coup that Booy has managed to purchase such a young prospect for almost half of his actual value. Denswil is now the best outfield player at Ashton Gate.

Tom Ince - from Free Transfer

Tom Ince is a left/right winger who is the son of former England captain Paul Ince. Ince began his career at Liverpool but after failing to break into the 1st team he joined Blackpool in August 2011. Tom then went on to play 77 league games for Blackpool scoring 24 goals and was voted as the Sky Bet Championship young player of the year in 2012/13. Last season Ince was on loan in the Premiership with Crystal Palace playing 36 times and scoring 7 times in a side that finished bottom and were relegated.

Will Hughes - season loan from Arsenal

Will Hughes is a 19 year old English midfielder who plays for Premier League champions Arsenal. The gunners signed Hughes last season for 4.7 million from Derby County and allowed him to return to Derby on loan for the same season. Hughes played 41 times for Derby in the Championship last campaign scoring 6 goals and providing 7 assists. Booy has brought Hughes in to provide cover across the midfield for the upcoming season. Hughes has enjoyed a successful summer being a key part of the England U19 side that won the European U19 Championship that has just finished.

Mario Buitrago - 5 million from Lanus

Mario Buitrago is a 19 year old Colombian regen striker signed from Argentinian premier division side Lanus. Booy has smashed the old Bristol City record transfer fee of 2.3 million paid for Nicky Maynard in 2008 by spending a whopping 5 million on Buitrago. It is not seen as a gamble however as Mario has a potential of and could grow to become one of the best strikers in the this space!!!

Benoit Costil - from Free Transfer

Costil joins on a free transfer after leaving French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais on a bosman in the summer. Benoit has played his whole career in France quietly building his reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in Europe. Costil is better than current City GK Hansen so it remains to be seen if Booy needs to keep two high profile keepers at the Gate this season.

Armand Traore - from Free Transfer

Senegalese international left wing back Traore left QPR in the summer after his contract expired and Booy choose to add him to the City squad as cover for the left side in the Robins squad. Armand has Championship experience with QPR and has been brought through the Arsenal youth setup in his earlier career so should be a useful additional to the squad.

Bristol City have now received 26.43 million in outgoing transfer fees and only spent 6.9 million on incoming players in preparation for their upcoming Championship campaign

Ivan Bolado - 1.3 million to Watford

Scott Wagstaff - 300k to Bournemouth

Greg Cunningham - season loan to Reading (1.2 million for season)

Bobby Reid - season loan to Yeovil (575k for season)

Frank Fielding - 200k to Arsenal

Andre Hansen - 3.6 million to FC Bayern

Derrick Williams - 5.5 million to Hertha BSC

Karleigh Osborne - season loan to Stoke (525k for season)

Jose Catala - 750k to Burnley

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