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In 1897 the amateur team Bristol South End turned professional and changed their name to Bristol City. In 1900 the team merged with another local team Bedminster F.C. They joined the Football League Second Division in 1901 and were promoted to the First Division as Champions in 1906. In 1909 they reached the cup final, losing to Manchester United. The glory years were short lived, however, and City were relegated again in 1911. This proved to be the start of a 65 year exile from the top flight. After a rocky period of ups and downs in the second and third divisions, things improved after the appointment of Alan Dicks as manager in 1967. In 1976 the club finally made it back into the First Division. This stay in the top flight lasted four years with 13th place being the best finish. By 1982 the club had been relegated to the Fourth Division and declared bankrupt. A new company was set up to allow the team to continue playing, however, and the club began to improve again. They reached the second tier for a brief spell in the early 90's and again in 2007. The team plays at Ashton Gate which has a capacity of 21,497.


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