That’s more like it! Bristol City, Rovers and Rugby win on same weekend for first time since 2006
WHEN referee Stephen Martin blew the final whistle on Bristol City's game against Ipswich Town on Saturday – minutes after Jon Stead had struck the winning goal – it ensured a weekend Bristol had been waiting for since November 2006.
With City beating Ipswich 2-1, and Rovers having secured a 3-1 win at Rotherham minutes earlier, they ensured both of the city's Football League clubs won on the same weekend for the first time since last January.
But more than that, with Bristol Rugby having beaten Leeds 12-9 on Friday night, it became the first time all three of the city's main professional sports clubs won on the same weekend since November 18, 2006.
Back then, more than six years ago, City were 3-1 winners at home to Gillingham, Rovers won 2-0 at Bury and Bristol won 19-12 at Bath in the Premiership.
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Plenty has changed in between, with managers, coaches and players coming and going. But that quirky stat about the last weekend of collective success has been an easy and quick way to provide a snap-shot of the city's sporting malaise since the relative highs of the 2006-07 season – when City and Rovers were both promoted and the rugby club finished third in the Premiership.
Now the monkey is off the back, and it has coincided with an improvement in all three teams' fortunes.
City and Rovers may remain in their respective relegation zones, but both can look forward with a degree of optimism under new managers. Bristol Rugby's win on Friday, meanwhile, took them back into the all-important top four of rugby's Championship.
The grim stat has been eradicated and the teams can feel better about their hopes for the rest of the season – but there remains plenty of work to do between now and May.