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Posted Monday, January 22nd 2018

Flags out for cup semi-final

Ashton Gate will be a sea of colour on Tuesday as 22,000 flags are being handed out to home supporters.

The foil flags will be placed across the Dolman, South, Lansdown and Atyeo Stand, with the singing section adding their own flags into the mix.

Fans are urged to take their seats by at least 7.35pm to help build the atmosphere.

Supporter liaison officer Matt Parsons said: "The foil flags will create a real buzz and vibrancy across the stadium as they shimmer under the floodlights.

"The idea is for our supporters to start waving them in the lead up to kick-off and continue as the teams emerge on to the pitch.

"We've got a team of volunteers from the Bristol City Community Trust to help us lay out the 22,000 flags and it really is going to make for a great spectacle on Tuesday night.

"We saw against Manchester United what Ashton Gate can be like under the lights and I reckon it'll go up a notch again versus Manchester City. It's a massive game and chance for the club to make history by reaching our first major cup final since 1909"

Stu Rogers, chair of the Supporters Club & Trust, commented: "It's great that our football club is adding colour and spectacle to the undoubted noise we will all bring as City fans.

"It is time for us all to do our bit and get behind the lads."

A spokesman for Section 82 said: "It’s great the club want to do something like this which incorporates all fans.

"We will be supporting them in their plans and helping them in any way to improve the atmosphere."

Fans are encouraged to take the flags home with them as a souvenir of the night - and feel free to bring them along to future home games!