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Posted Thursday, November 1st 2018

Wembley winners set for Gate return

Terry Cooper, one of the most influential and important managers in City's history, is set for an emotional return to Ashton Gate this evening.

Now aged 74, the man who led the club's recovery from near bankruptcy to a promotion and two Wembley finals during six years as team boss in the 1980s, is flying from his home in Tenerife to reunite with members of his cup-winning 1985/86 squad.

That season City reached Wembley for the first time, beating Bolton Wanderers 3-0 in front of a 54,000 crowd to lift the Freight Rover Trophy.

Tonight sees the official launch of a book about that memorable occasion and the build-up to it. Ten or more of the 13-man squad on duty against Bolton are expected to join Terry in the Sports Bar at Ashton Gate for an event open to supporters.

Those former players include former Manchester United manager David Moyes, England international Keith Curle, now manager of Northampton Town, and both Wembley goalscorers, Glyn Riley, who netted twice, and Howard Pritchard.

Richard Latham's new book 'Wembley Wonders' will be on sale at £20, with an opportunity to have copies signed. Supporters can gain admission free of charge from 8pm.

Glyn Riley

Wembley Wonders features new interviews with all the players involved and is packed with photographs, memorabilia and behind the scenes stories from the 1986 cup run.

Those who buy Wembley Wonders on the night will be able to get their copies signed by the author and most of the squad, managed by Terry Cooper, who did City so proud on that unforgettable May afternoon.

Goalscorers Glyn Riley, who netted twice, and Howard Pritchard will be among the former players on hand to autograph the books and make them collectors’ items.

The book will also be available to purchase online at www.wembleywonders.co.uk

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