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Biggest City Crowd For 22 Years

Bristol City will record their biggest crowd for 22 years when Newcastle United come to Ashton Gate this weekend (Saturday, 3pm).

Lee Johnson’s side have made a cracking start to the 2016/17 campaign, winning their first three games against Wigan Athletic, Wycombe Wanderers and Burton Albion.

It’s actually the first time since 2001/02 that City have opened a season with three straight wins. Danny Wilson’s side in that campaign actually won four in a row, beating Northampton Town, Swindon Town, Cheltenham Town and Wigan.

In the stands, City have only attracted nine 20,000-plus attendances since 1990, the largest against Chelsea in the FA Cup back in January 1990 (24,535).

With the Lansdown Stand lower tier operating at a ten per cent capacity reduction for the Newcastle game, and the upper tier – open to home fans for the first time but still with safety limitations on numbers – it looks unlikely the attendance from that Chelsea game will be surpassed.

However, the crowd will top the Bristol derby attendance of 1996 (20,007), the last to attract a figure in excess of 20,000.

Sales have just surpassed the 21,000-mark, so this weekend’s Sky Bet Championship encounter will be the biggest football crowd at Ashton Gate since the 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the FA Cup third round tie of January 1994 (21,718).

No further tickets are available for this game.

20,000-PLUS CROWDS SINCE 1990

16/01/96 – v Bristol Rovers, 20,007
19/01/94 – v Liverpool, 21,718
08/01/94 – v Liverpool, 20,612 (abandoned)
28/12/93 – v Nottingham Forest, 20,725
06/04/93 – v Bristol Rovers, 21,854
04/09/91 – v Bristol Rovers, 20,183
05/03/91 – v Bristol Rovers, 22,269
17/02/90 – v Cambridge United, 20,676
27/01/90 – v Chelsea, 24,535