by Harry Minton ¦ @hdog_bcfc
I started getting into football in 2016 when I played a futsal match in PE at school and I liked it. So, because futsal is very similar to football, I thought that I would like football, and boy was I correct.
I enjoyed the game the minute I got my first real taste of it, watching England on TV at the Euros in France in 2016. I watched England vs Iceland in Menorca, and got excited when Wayne Rooney scored the penalty in the fourth minute. But, it eventually ended in heartbreak.
And then, one day, my Dad asked me if I wanted to go and watch Bristol City matches. I said: “Sure, why not!”
I wasn’t that sure what I was getting myself into, but it would prove to be a rollercoaster ride.
Being a young Bristol City supporter in today’s game is really exciting.
Whenever I walk into the ground, I get the buzz of the atmosphere around me. It means so much to me being a Bristol City fan. No matter what the result was last week, I’m always excited for the next game and I’m always hopeful we can win. I follow all the players on social media, I follow a lot of football accounts which helps me keep up to date with the latest news and transfers and recently I have been brave enough to do my own reports on my Instagram page (hdog_bcfc). I have gone from 5 followers to 248!
So, my Bristol City journey began with me getting the home kit for the 2016/2017 season. My Dad and I went to the merchandise shop at the stadium and I was very impressed with how the surroundings looked. I got the kit with my surname and the number nine on the back because that was my age at the time, and also, that kit was gorgeous.Embed from Getty Images
Loanee Tammy Abraham scoring in 16/17.
Then I went to my first Bristol City match against Wigan. It was an amazing experience! I thought we scored in the wrong end at first, because I didn’t know we switched ends at half time.
In November, I went to my first away game (against Reading) and it was pretty weird; I had never been to a different stadium before. We lost the match 2-1 – it wasn’t the best result but it gave me a taste of what away games were like and I loved it.
We almost got relegated that season, going on an eight game winless streak, losing to the likes of Preston, Reading, and Cardiff.
But then, our season was saved after wins against Rotherham, Wigan, Huddersfield (which was a brilliant game, winning by four goals to nil), Wolves, QPR, Barnsley, and a win against Brighton to confirm our safety. That season we finished 17th on 54 points.
Now, obviously in this next season, I would start to understand football a little bit more. We beat four Premier League teams in the cup, and would go on to beat Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace.
But the best of them all? We beat Manchester United by two goals to one, Korey Smith getting that late goal to put us through to the semi-finals. Going to the stadium and experiencing the games were amazing as well, especially the Manchester United game. There were just so many people there and the atmosphere was exhilarating – the same could be said about the atmosphere for the other games I went to as well.Embed from Getty Images
What a night!
I was also a mascot for the Leeds game at home that season, so meeting the players and walking out of the tunnel with Callum O’Dowda is something I will remember for the rest of my life. We lost the game but I will never forget being a mascot that day.
Other games that stood out to me that season were the Derby, Cardiff, the Manchester City game at home (we narrowly lost that game but it was amazing to watch), Sheffield Wednesday (when Bobby Reid scored his first professional hattrick) and the Hull game where there were 10 goals scored.
I also went away to Birmingham, Derby and Burton. Bristol City finished that season in 11th on 67 points.
As we went in to the next season my love for Bristol City continued to grow as well as my hate for Bristol Rovers! Games that stood out to me in this next season were QPR away, Blackburn at home, Nottingham Forest away (it has to be up there as one of my favourite away games), and QPR at home (one of the best home games, it was just absolute scenes).
Moving to the most recent season, games that stood out to me were Charlton at home (again one of my favourite home games, it was mental when Josh Brownhill scored the late winner!), Cardiff away (when Brownhill scored that thunderbolt) and Fulham away (my favourite away day).
Looking ahead to the next season, I am very excited for it actually. We’ve made some good signings and I’m hoping we can push for play-offs. It will be very tough because there are a lot of good quality teams in the Championship this year. I am backing Dean Holden and I hope he does a great job.
If I could see two games again from my time so far as a Bristol City Fan it would have to be the home game against Manchester United and my favourite away game is the Fulham game from last season. I was at the very back of the stadium for that one and when we scored our fans went crazy and I remember my Dad stopping me from ending up five rows down as I was jumping up and down with them.
I hope you like my piece on being a young Bristol City fan and, as always, Up the Cityyy!