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‘To the Ashton Gate Eight and their families, Bristol City salutes you’ - Jon Lansdown

City Chairman Jon Lansdown has paid tribute to the Ashton Gate Eight who have inspired the 2020/21 home kit

Lansdown spoke to Robins TV about the first strip designed in conjunction with the club’s new technical partner hummel, and proudly displaying the club’s sponsor MansionBet, which honours the Robins’ history as it pays tribute to the Eight. 

In 1982, Jimmy Mann, Trevor Tainton, Geoff Merrick, David Rodgers, Gerry Sweeney, Peter Aitken, Chris Garland and Julian Marshall selflessly tore up their contracts to save the club from financial ruin – an act which will never be forgotten. 

Lansdown, who was passionately involved in the kit designs, said: “It is fitting that we pay tribute to the selfless acts of the Ashton Gate Eight in something as significant as the shirt. We are embarking on a new chapter for the club with the new kit partner, club sponsor and head coach, but the club would not look like it does today without the actions of these eight men.

“This is the most technically detailed kit that we have produced and has a number of references to the Eight. It is also poignant that the design is inspired by the shirt that they never got to wear. To all of the Ashton Gate Eight and their families, Bristol City salutes you. Thank you.”

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