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Bristol Manor Farm to host Community Match

City will play their annual Community Match against Western League Premier Division champions Bristol Manor Farm on Sunday, July 9th (4pm).

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

Ashton & Backwell United, Portishead Town, Keynsham Town, Brislington, and Hengrove Athletic have all benefited in recent seasons, and Bristol Manor Farm are the latest club to play host to the annual Community Match.

The team play at The Creek on the Portway, where the capacity will be set at 1,400.

Bristol Manor Farm dominated the Western League Premier Division last season, winning 33 of their 38 league games to finish with 102 points and earn promotion to the Southern League.

Chairman Geoff Sellek said: “When I heard Bristol City were willing to look at Bristol Manor Farm as a club to host what will be their fifth annual Community Match, to say I was excited is an understatement.

“I think what Bristol City have done over the last four seasons is great for grassroots football, the City supporters and the charities that gain funds to support their cause.

“This will be a unique first derby match between City and the third Bristol club with Bristol in its name.

“Our thanks go to Bristol City for picking our club for the fifth annual Community Match. We hope to fill the ground and raise a lot of money for charity.”

Bristol City Community Trust will be at the venue from 1.30pm, delivering a range of activities for supporters of all ages including speed guns, target cages, and small-sided matches.

BCCT head of operations Dan White added: “We are delighted to be taking the Bristol City annual Community Match to Bristol Manor Farm at the start of the new season. It demonstrates the club’s long-term commitment towards supporting the local community through the Community Trust.

“A big thank you goes to Lee Johnson and his first team staff and players for once again supporting the annual event, which we are confident will be a fun and enjoyable day for all.

“The funds raised from the day will go straight back into grassroots football, supporting Manor Farm in upgrading their floodlights and the Trust’s very own football provision throughout South Bristol.”

City head coach Lee Johnson commented: “Last year it was a fantastic occasion. It’s great to see everybody in that kind of environment, giving us the opportunity to be so interactive with the fans.

“It’s always good to be able to come together like that at the start of the season – particularly for so many young kids to meet the players. We’re all looking forward to the Community Match again this year.”

Tickets will be priced at £8 for adults and £4 for under-16s, all of which will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Community Match always proves extremely popular among City supporters and fans are encouraged to pre-book their tickets online as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Parking options are available at The Creek on the day of the game for £5 per car. Again, this will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

City’s pre-season schedule so far:

Sunday, July 9th (4pm) v Bristol Manor Farm (A)
Wednesday, July 12th (7.30pm) v Torquay United (A)
Saturday, July 15th (3pm) v Yeovil Town (A)