Bristol City players have whip round to help stranded fans
WHEN a bus-full of Bristol City fans found their tyres had been let down, they feared they would be stranded all night.
But their heroes became their saviours when the clubs’ players and manager had a whip round and handed over £300 to help them out.
The 17 fans found themselves in distress after last night’s 2-0 defeat at Birmingham City.
Already disappointed after witnessing a sixth straight defeat for their team, the travelling support were attacked by a gang of youths and two of them were assaulted.
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As they got back into the bus to set off for home, they found the tyres had seemingly been slashed by the gang.
Leaving the nearby St Andrew’s ground, club kitman and former player Scott Murray found they were in trouble and told Robins’ manager Derek McInnes.
He then boarded the team bus and reported the incident to his players, who along with him and club staff stumped up the much-needed cash.
Mr McInnes said: “We couldn’t believe what had happened and wanted to help out in any way possible.
“It looked like they would have a three-hour wait for roadside recovery and there were a number of young lads within the group.
“Given the fact there were 17 of them, we couldn’t get them on the team bus, so everyone in the squad got together to help out and give them an option of catching the train or taxis home.”