John Atyeo

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07 February 1932

Position: Forward
Nationality: English
Born: 07/02/1932
Died: 08/06/1993

John Atyeo is arguably the club's greatest-ever player.

Wiltshire-born Atyeo remains City's all-time leading scorer with 351 goals, and was the record-holder for appearances until Louis Carey pipped him by one in December 2013.

Initially on the books of Portsmouth, Atyeo joined City in 1951 as a part-time professional whilst also working as a quantity surveyor.

He signed on full time terms for the 1958/59 campaign before reverting to part-time status in 1963/64 in order to prepare for his post-football job as a mathematics teacher.

Of his 15 seasons at Ashton Gate, Atyeo scored 20-plus goals in 11 of them.

He also notably collected six caps for England, scoring a remarkable five times. He was never on the losing side for his country and even scored the goal to secure qualification for the 1958 World Cup in Sweden - although he was never selected for the finals.

Chelsea, Spurs, Liverpool and AC Milan reportedly all made approaches for Atyeo's services but he remained loyal to City.

Atyeo formed part of the 1954/55 Division Three (South) title-winning squad, scoring 28 times.

Ten years later he fired 31 goals and captained the team as City finished runners-up in Division Three.

Atyeo sadly passed away in 1993 from heart failure. The club subsequently named the newly-built stand at the open end of the stadium in his honour the following year.

In 2016 a statue of Atyeo was unveiled at Ashton Gate following a Supporters Club & Trust-led project.