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Trophies Are So Important - Lansdown

Steve Lansdown has spoken of the importance he places on Bristol City breaking their 60-year title hoodoo this year.

City’s last six promotions – in 1965, 1976, 1984, 1990, 1998 and 2007 – have all been as runners-up.

Not since 1954/55 has the club clinched a title, when Pat Beasley’s side landed the Division Three South championship.

“Winning the title is something I want,” he told bcfc.co.uk.

“We’ve had promotion-winning teams but no one has won the title since 1955; the closest we got was in 1990 when we came second to (Bristol) Rovers.

“Bearing in mind we’re going to have a museum at the rebuilt Ashton Gate, we want trophies to put in it!”

In between City have landed the Football League Trophy twice; in its guise as the Freight Rover Trophy in 1986 and LDV Vans Trophy in 2003. They were also Anglo-Scottish Cup winners in 1978.

Another trophy could be added to the mix on Sunday when City tackle Walsall at Wembley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final (3.30pm kick-off).

Lansdown remembers fondly City’s last appearance in the same competition.

“That was our first trophy since the last time we won the same competition in 1986,” he said of the 2003 victory over Carlisle United at the Millennium Stadium.

“That’s why I’m so keen for us to win the League One title this season because the last one was the 1954/55 Division Three South.

“It was a great day in Cardiff. There were some big characters in the team like Scott Murray, Louis Carey, Lee Peacock and Peter Beadle.

“The thing that sticks in my memory was going down to the pitch before kick-off and looking up at the red and white of Bristol City.

“To have nearly 40,000 fans streaming across the Severn Bridge to see us win the game, even if it wasn’t a great match, it was great.

“Of course we hoped it was going to be the first of many, but after that we lost in the play-off semi-finals, then a year later in the final itself.

“It took us nine years to get out of League One last time and we pushed on to be just one game from the Premier League.

“The learning curve came in the Championship, from after Gary (Johnson) left and then on. We were chasing things and we were paying too much money for them.

“We paid the price. The learning curve was financial, but I describe it as value for money.”