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City’s opening day fixtures examined

With the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship fixtures released tomorrow (9am), we examine City’s last five opening day league outings.

Nottingham Forest 1-0 City
Saturday, August 18th 2012
Sky Bet Championship

Having withstood early pressure, Derek McInnes’ side felt aggrieved when Liam Fontaine was clearly tripped inside the area and all protests were dismissed. Riled by the decision, City continued to carve out chances as Greg Cunningham’s drifting free kick dropped just beyond Fontaine at the back post, before Jon Stead glanced a header agonisingly over the crossbar. The big-spending home side - managed by Sean O'Driscoll - slowly rediscovered their dominance and with 19 minutes to play, Adlene Guedioura coolly guided Simon Cox’s cross beyond Tom Heaton from eight yards to clinch maximum points for Nottingham Forest.

City 2-2 Bradford City
Saturday, August 3rd 2013
Sky Bet League One

O’Driscoll handed debuts to five summer singings in a new-look City outfit as his team kicked off the 2013/14 campaign at home to League Two play-off winners Bradford City. Debutants Scott Wagstaff and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas struck either side of half-time to open their Ashton Gate accounts but two soft goals from Nahki Wells and Rory McArdle was enough to frustrate City and ensure the points were shared in the club’s return to League One.

Sheffield United 1-2 City
Saturday, August 9th 2014
Sky Bet League One

Supporters got a taste of what to expect from their side during the 2014/15 season when City marked their return to purple and lime with a first victory at Bramall Lane since 1957. A debut goal from Aaron Wilbraham was cancelled out by Michael Higdon soon after, but Steve Cotterill’s side retook the lead 18 minutes from time when Wade Elliott finished off a fine team move. This victory instigated the beginning of a triumphant season, as City went on to be crowned the League One champions and lift the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley.

Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 City
Saturday, August 8th 2015
Sky Bet Championship

City supporters returned to the second tier of English football with a sense of déjà vu as their 2015/16 campaign began in Sheffield – this time against Wednesday. However, Steve Cotterill’s team were unable to replicate the same result in the Steel city, falling to a 2-0 defeat at Hillsborough. Tom Lees opened the scoring for the hosts on the hour mark with a towering header from an unmarked position, before Lewis McGugan doubled the Owls’ advantage when he tapped in from Ross Wallace’s deep cross.

City 2-1 Wigan Athletic
Saturday, August 6th 2016
Sky Bet Championship

A dramatic turnaround clinched victory for City on the opening day of the 2016/17 season at the expense of Sky Bet League One champions Wigan Athletic. With the Lansdown Stand in operation for the first time, Alex Gilbey stunned the home crowd when he fired the visitors into the lead with an expertly-taken first-half opener. However, Lee Johnson’s double second half substitution prompted a memorable comeback. Hordur Magnusson headed the equaliser from fellow debutant Gary O’Neil’s corner, despite it initially being awarded to Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, and Bobby Reid netted a last-minute winner when he redirected O’Neil’s strike to create a fairytale ending in BS3.