Chris Garland

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Player Information

Position
Striker
D.O.B.
24 April 1949

Born: Ashton Gate, Bristol
Signed from: Apprentice, 1966
Position: Striker
Seasons played: 1966-71, 1976-83
Appearances: 248
Goals: 54

One of only two players to represent City in all four divisions of the Football League (the other is Tom Ritchie), Chris was brought up little more than a goal kick away from Ashton Gate. Having represented Bristol Boys and been an apprentice for two years, he signed professional forms for the club aged 17 shortly after John Atyeo retired from playing.

Chris made his League debut in a 2-0 win over Preston North End at Ashton Gate in December 1966 and a year later began to form an effective strike partnership with John Galley, complementing the big centre-forward’s aerial prowess with his athleticism and incisive running, which made him a nightmare to mark.

Regarded as the Golden Boy of Ashton Gate because of his blond hair and good looks, Chris was the idol of many young fans, and it wasn’t long before his talent was recognised by First Division scouts and managers.

In 1971, having earned an England Under-23 cap against Bulgaria at Home Park, Chris became Bristol’s first £100,000 footballer when sold by City to Chelsea. He went on to play in a League Cup final while at Stamford Bridge and later moved to Leicester City before returning to the Robins for £110,000 in 1976.

After scoring vital goals against Leeds United, Manchester United and a double against Liverpool that season to help ensure City’s survival in the First Division, Chris’ career was blighted by injury, severely restricting his first team appearances

Following his departure as one of the Ashton Gate Eight, he returned for a third spell with the club, playing on a non- contract basis in Terry Cooper’s 1982-83 Fourth Division side and scoring in a 2-2 draw at Darlington.

Later he had spells with Gloucester City as a player, Yeovil Town as a coach and Minehead, where he became manager.