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Former keeper Sullivan to celebrate 90th birthday

Bristol City Football Club welcomes back former goalkeeper Con Sullivan to Ashton Gate tomorrow (August 18th).

He celebrates his 90th birthday in the evening with family and friends including former teammates in the Heineken Lounge.

Spotted in the Bristol Downs League, he signed for City in May 1949 aged 20. Within five years he was an Arsenal player in the top flight of English football.

Con made 73 league and seven cup appearances for City, his seminal season being 1951/52 when he was ever present.

He secured his dream move to Arsenal in February 1954 with a friendly against the Gunners on March 30th 1954, part of the transfer deal, attracted a 28,991 crowd to see Con in Arsenal colours.

Con was understudy to Jack Kelsey but made 28 league appearances before a shoulder injury ended his league career in 1958. He returned to his home city to live and work and he still lives in Knowle West.

Con will be in the Supporters Bar, above the Sports Bar & Pizzeria, soon after the end of the City's match with Middlesbrough (3pm kick-off) to meet supporters. Also scheduled to attend are former teammates Jantzen Derrick (1959-1971), Peter McCall (1957-62), Gordon Parr (1957-72), Johnny Watkins (1953-59) and Bobby ‘Shadow’ Williams (1958-65). All supporters are welcome!

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