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Posted Thursday, May 31st 2018

Bitton to host Community Match

City will face Bitton AFC in the club’s annual Community Match. 

Sponsored by ETM Recycling, the Western League Premier Division side will welcome Lee Johnson’s squad to the WDS Associates Legal Services Stadium on Sunday, July 8th (2pm kick-off).

For the past five years, City have begun pre-season with a friendly against a local amateur team, with all profits equally split between Bristol City Community Trust and the host club.

Ashton & Backwell United, Portishead Town, Keynsham Town, Brislington, Hengrove Athletic and Bristol Manor Farm have benefited in recent seasons, and Bitton are the latest club to hold the annual fixture. 

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that our club has been selected to host this year’s Community Match,” said Bitton AFC chairman John Langdon.

“We have just celebrated our 125th season of football in the community so for Bristol City to visit an FA Charter Standard Development club like ourselves, whose young players aspire to reach professional football, is a fitting tribute.”

The club’s official charity will be at the venue from 12noon, delivering a range of football-fun activities, free of charge, to supporters of all ages and abilities ahead of kick-off. 

Community Trust chief executive Dan White said: “We are delighted to take the annual Bristol City Community Match to Bitton as it demonstrates the club’s long-term commitment towards supporting the community.

“Bitton is a fantastic club and it will be a great occasion, as it always is. A big thank you must go to Lee Johnson, his coaching staff and players for once again supporting the fixture.

“All the funds raised from the day will be invested back into grassroots football, helping to benefit the football provision available throughout the city.”

City head coach Lee Johnson commented: “We are looking forward to the Community Match at Bitton as they have notoriously been successful in recent years.

“The fans really enjoy getting into close proximity of the players and the players enjoy meeting all the fans. It’s a game that allows us to give a bit back to the local teams and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

Tickets will be priced at adults £7 and under-16s £4, all of which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters are to pay £7 and will receive a free carer if required.

The Community Match always proves a popular fixture amongst the fanbase so supporters are encouraged to pre-book their tickets to avoid disappointment. 

Parking is also available at the WDS Associates Legal Services Stadium (BS30 6HX) for £3. 

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