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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Tuesday, May 15th 2018

2017/18 Season review: February-May

The final few months of the 2017/18 campaign saw the club land their highest league finish for eight seasons, while off the pitch the awards were pouring City's way.

But while Lee Johnson's side would ultimately miss out on the play-offs, they remained in the fight and kept the pressure on the teams around them with the likes of the in-form Bobby Reid.

The Academy graduate had been enjoying his best goal-scoring season since being converted from midfield last summer.

Come May, he netted 19 goals – 21 in all competitions – with a first career hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday along the way as City thumped the Owls 4-0 at the Gate on March 3rd.

A swift, free-flowing move saw Reid play a clever one-two with Josh Brownhill to wriggle clear and his finish was precise inside Joe Wildsmith’s near post to open the scoring.

Then in similar fashion to his first, the Bristolian traded a one-two with Marlon Pack before calmly slotting low under Wildsmith with his left foot.

Brownhill made it 3-0 before Reid stepped up with a calm penalty kick in the second half.

OFF-THE-PITCH SUCCESS

It then rained awards for the Bristolian forward in April, as he was named in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Year, EFL Team of the year and PFA Team of the Year.

And always with his mind on the helping others, Joe Bryan landed the EFL Best Player in the Community award at a special evening in London on April 15th. A Children’s Hospice South West Ambassador, Bryan is a strong supporter of Bristol City Community Trust (BCCT), regularly engaging in player appearances at events such as holiday camps.

And off his own back, he has also supported a self-employed amateur footballer with physio treatment following a severe injury and a local grassroots football club who had their pitches vandalised.

FANTASTIC FIELDING

Fielding pushes away Tomlin's penalty

But back on the pitch, fans were witnessing more great moments between their own sticks too, notably Frank Fielding’s penalty save to deny former Robin Lee Tomlin at Nottingham Forest in April.

Down went Daryl Osborn after he was caught by Fielding and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped Tomlin with the chance to score against his former club but Fielding stood firm and guessed correctly, diving to his right to keep out the spot-kick, to earn a clean sheet and a point in the penultimate game of the season.

City’s season may have ended in defeat at home to Sheffield United a week later, but they rallied once more at 3-0 down to score two goals in the second half.

And it was all smiles at full-time when City completed their end-of-season lap of appreciation as Ashton Gate basked in Spring sunshine.

LAP OF APPRECIATION

The campaign then concluded with the Supporter Club and Trust’s awards. Reid was named Player of the Year by City fans and collected the Top Scorer award with Josh Brownhill landing the Young Player of the Year honour.   

Young left-back Lloyd Kelly, a fellow Academy product, was named Senior Reds’ Young Player of the Year.

So, the 2017/18 season proved to be a year of highs and lows but definitely one which oozed overall progress on and off the pitch, with magical memories that will live with all players, staff and fans for a very long time.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to hearing you cheer City on once again from August 4th.

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