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James Crawley


Posted Thursday, March 26th 2020

One year on: Return of the Robin

We look back at what was a memorable evening on March 26th 2019, as the club celebrated the permanent return of the robin.

Players and staff were joined by supporters at The Robins pub near Ashton Gate Stadium for the crest launch, while huge crest projections were displayed across iconic Bristol locations.

The modern and fresh look meant the robin would appear on the home and away kits of City and City Women in the 2019/20 season, as well as training and leisurewear. The crest also included '1894' - the year Bristol South End formed before the club became 'Bristol City' a few years later.

The crest's redesign followed a consultation process which saw more than 3,350 responses received in a survey as well as a focus group which represented a cross-section of supporters.

How and why the Robin returned - interview


Photos from the launch

What they said:

Bristol City chairman Jon Lansdown:

"The robin has long been a symbol of Bristol City and has  been part of our history through imagery, words and song. It is important that we have an instantly recognisable crest that reflects the club and we want to fully own this symbolic part of our identity.

“The robin was first used on our kit as far back as 1949 and has been used this season on the white away shirt which has been incredibly popular with supporters. From now on it will appear on all our kit and be a fundamental part of our identity.”

Bristol City Chief Executive Officer Mark Ashton:

"I am sure that supporters will be delighted with what we have achieved with the crest. It is bold, creative and symbolises what this club is all about.

“The return of the robin is something I know fans have wanted for a long time. We saw it return on this season’s away kit and now it is back for good.

“The updated crest takes Bristol City and Bristol City Women into a new era together and I can’t wait for what the next chapter will bring.”

The reveal video