Banner image

Tenerife Diary: Day Five

With matchday on the horizon, day five is about striking the right balance between work and rest as City prepare for their only practice match on foreign shores.

The players arrive at the training pitch for 9.45am, as is the norm, for what is quite a lengthy morning session.

Lee Johnson takes the defenders, while Dean Holden and Jamie McAllister take care of the midfielders and strikers to bed in some more tactical principles ahead of the new campaign.

It has been noticeable throughout the week how the coaching team like to alternate the groups they work with, keeping things fresh for the players.

During the session we speak to Sam Stanton, City’s head of performance analysis, who discusses the benefits of drone technology and the various advancements in equipment off the field, enabling the club to maintain thorough day-to-day analysis of not only their own players, but also upcoming opponents and potential transfer targets.

You can watch that back on Facebook Live. Next to come under the microscope for BCTV is Frank Fielding - City's serial winner on this tour, who discusses his unique treble of Beach Soccer, racing night and quiz night glory.

Aaron Wilbraham presents photographer Matt McNulty with a birthday cake
Lee Johnson gets his message across to the City defenders on the training pitch
Gary O'Neil and Matty Taylor enjoy some downtime at the pool table

After training the lads have a recovery session in the pool before it’s time for lunch. With a free afternoon to relax, we take the opportunity to get the inside view from Joe Bryan and Bobby Reid on their team-mates for BCTV.

It’s been an annual feature for a number of seasons now. Sam Baldock and Scott Wagstaff, Aden Flint and Marlon Pack, Aaron Wilbraham and Lee Tomlin…they’ve all had their chance to dish the dirt over the years so this time we left it up to Bristol’s finest. They didn’t disappoint.

Several members of staff used the downtime to revisit the scene of the players’ Beach Soccer tournament on Tuesday and have a game of their own.

Now I wasn’t there myself to pass judgement, but I’m reliably informed Mr McAllister tackles just as hard now as he did in the Championship, and if City ever suffer a goalkeeping crisis, they could do a lot worse than pass the gloves to Sean “the cat” Gilhespy straight out of the recruitment team.

There’s a surprise in store for an unsung hero at dinner. JMPUK photographer Matt McNulty, whose pictures this week have brought the trip to life, thought he’d kept it secret that it was actually his 28th birthday, but news travels fast in these environments.

Like a game of Chinese Whispers, before long the whole squad knew, forcing Matt to become the centre of attention as captain Aaron Wilbraham delivered a special birthday cake to choruses of “Happy Birthday to you” from players and staff alike.

When red-faced Matt finally escaped the limelight, it was back to the pool table where I finally had my revenge on Gary O’Neil.

I dare say City’s answer to Ronnie O’Sullivan isn’t losing any sleep over his win-loss ratio, but at least it made my night.

Related News

Tenerife Diary: Day Three

Tenerife Diary: Day Three

Posted: Thursday, July 20th 2017

Tenerife Diary: Day Four

Tenerife Diary: Day Four

Posted: Thursday, July 20th 2017

Latest News

Robins TV Live streaming for 2021/22 season

Robins TV Live streaming for 2021/22 season

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021

🎥 Red Zone: Fans back at Ashton Gate

🎥 Red Zone: Fans back at Ashton Gate

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021

Catch Pearson on Sound of the City

Catch Pearson on Sound of the City

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021

Boro away tickets to go on priority sale

Boro away tickets to go on priority sale

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021

Also from Bristol Sport

Joyce shines on Olympic stage
Rugby icon

Joyce shines on Olympic stage

Jasmine Joyce cemented her name as one of the rugby sevens greats with a string of devastating performances in Tokyo as the Team GB women’s squad narrowly missed out on a medal.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021 • Rugby

Saracens and Bath tickets on General Sale
Rugby icon

Saracens and Bath tickets on General Sale

Tickets to Bristol Bears' opening two 2021/22 Gallagher Premiership home fixtures against Saracens and Bath are now on General Sale.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021 • Rugby

Yann Thomas: A Bristolian Bear
Rugby icon

Yann Thomas: A Bristolian Bear

Yann Thomas’ class and consistency during the 2020/21 season may have slipped quietly under the radar of many, but not his peers.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021 • Rugby

Flyers 2021/22 schedule revealed
Basketball icon

Flyers 2021/22 schedule revealed

Bristol Flyers' 2021/22 British Basketball League schedule has been revealed.

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd 2021 • Basketball

Gallery: Bears grind in the gym
Rugby icon

Gallery: Bears grind in the gym

The Bristol Bears squad continued their pre-season campaign at the High Performance Centre.

Posted: Monday, August 2nd 2021 • Rugby