George Dowling has described his City debut as the best day of his life.
Seventeen-year-old Dowling hails from Bedminster and is a lifelong fan of his local club. He has been coming to Ashton Gate since the age of six and joined the Academy soon after.
The midfielder was named as a substitute for the first time in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Huddersfield Town, before his big moment arrived in the 70th minute.
“On Friday I got told I was in the squad, then on Saturday I got told I was on the bench, and then I managed to get myself on,” an excitable Dowling told Bristol City Player HD
“I’m absolutely buzzing. It’s the best day of my life so far – a dream come true.
“I’ve been here since I was six, so to get the opportunity to make my debut is an unbelievable feeling.
“It’s surreal. When I got told I was in the squad, I didn’t know what to do.
“I’ve always had a season ticket and then I would use the free tickets we’d get given (from the Academy), but to actually play is just unbelievable.
“After the second goal went in, I saw the gaffer look at me and I knew it was going to happen.
“I was nervous, but as soon as I got to the side of the pitch it was more excitement because I could hear the fans cheering.
“Once I got that initial first touch out of the way I felt I grew into the game and got more confident.”
Dowling joined fellow Academy graduates Scott Golbourne, Joe Bryan and Zak Vyner on the field of play, having replaced another in the form of fellow Bristolian Bobby Reid.
“That’s my motivation – to copy what they’ve done and hopefully get more and more appearances,” he added.
“Zak has definitely pushed me on this year, along with the rest of the Under-21 team – training with the first team like he does and to have got the appearances that he has this season.”