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City welcome Championship return

Bristol City has welcomed the announcement that the Sky Bet Championship will resume behind closed doors on the weekend of June 20th.

The English football season was suspended on March 13th because of the COVID-19 pandemic with the Robins one point outside the play-off positions with nine scheduled matches – five home and four away – remaining.

And following the EFL announcement that, subject to all safety requirements and Government guidance being met, the league will resume this month, City Chief Executive Mark Ashton and Head Coach Lee Johnson expressed their delight.

Ashton said: “This is an important moment for football and the Championship and no one should underestimate the boost this will give the game, our players, our staff and our supporters. We have all missed football and we can’t wait for that first whistle.

“We all recognise that games must be held behind closed doors for safety reasons and we will miss our fantastic home and away support. I’d like to assure our fans that we are doing everything we can to ensure they can watch every game on a live stream and support the team via our digital channels.”

City’s players returned to their Failand training base on Monday, May 25th for supervised small group training under stringent testing and training procedures.

And Head Coach Johnson commented: “We can’t wait to start playing again. The lads were buzzing to get back to Failand and to now see the light at the end of the tunnel with a start date for matches is a massive boost.

“I know a lot of tremendous work has gone on to get us to this point and I’d like to thank Mark Ashton and all involved. What we can do as a playing group is ensure that we are in the best possible shape, tactically, technically and mentally for when that Blackburn game comes along and I can assure our supporters that we will be.”

The club is currently working through the latest information from the English Football League, including the logistics of how fans can follow all the action via Robins TV for the remaining games.

City’s remaining scheduled Sky Bet Championship matches:

  • Blackburn Rovers (A)
  • Sheffield Wednesday (H)
  • Nottingham Forest (A)
  • Cardiff City (H)
  • Hull City (H)
  • Middlesbrough (A)
  • Stoke City (H)
  • Swansea City (A)
  • Preston North End (H)

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