Bristol City 'super fan' Ian Cottle dies - club to honour his memory
A BRISTOL City 'super fan' who died unexpectedly after attending 939 home and away games in succession will have part of the club's stadium dedicated to his memory.
Ian Cottle died on January 13, aged 44, the day after he saw his beloved team lose 4-0 to Leicester City at Ashton Gate.
On Saturday supporters of both clubs took part in a minute's applause in his memory before the 2-1 home victory over Ipswich.
Mr Cottle was born to Janet and Ivor Cottle on March 4, 1968 and had one brother, David. He attended many games with his brother who is a wheelchair user.
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Both brothers, who live in Bath, had campaigned to improve wheelchair facilities at Ashton Gate.
The club has confirmed that following representations from them and other supporters with disabilities, the club will embark on the construction of a new wheelchair viewing platform in the Williams stand over the close season.
With Mr Cottle's family's permission, City will dedicate the area to his memory.
David Lloyd, supporters liaison officer for Bristol City, said: "David and Ian had been quite vociferous about the facilities at Ashton Gate and how they needed improving.
"I and they had lots of conversations and it was agreed facilities needed to be better.
"The club were saddened to hear of Ian's death and would like to offer our condolences to Ian's family and friends.
"A new viewing platform will be built in the close season in the Williams Stand ready for next season. A plaque will be erected in Ian's memory so when David does return there is something to remind him of his brother."
Mr Cottle was the inaugural Bristol City Supporter of the Year back in 2007 when the team were promoted to the Championship from League One.
It took him 19 years to amass the 939 consecutive games but he had attended more games beforehand.
Supporters, including Mr Cottle's brother, David, took to the Bristol City fans forum to air their views.
David posted: "On Saturday he (Ian) attended his 939th consecutive Bristol City fixture, a record he was very proud of and for the last seven years he had taken me to a large number of football matches in my wheelchair, note this would include every appearance by Louis Carey.
"Our Football Club is lucky to have supporters prepared to demonstrate that level of loyalty and commitment."
Rudolph Hucker wrote: "Sincere condolences to Ian's family and friends. Rest peacefully, Ian. City 'til you died."
Kingswood Red said: "So sad to read this after the euphoria of the new manager etc. Put's things into perspective. RIP Ian."
Phantom wrote: "Very sad news, puts things more into perspective with all that's gone on around BS3 recently.
"Was a top bloke and always had time for a chat. Thoughts with his family and close friends – BCFC certainly lost one of their characters."
Sleepy 1968 said: "This is very upsetting news. Sincere condolences to Dave and Ian's family, friends and work colleagues.
"Ian was a great city fan, and a big sports fan, and a lovely bloke (gentle giant). For him to be taken at such an early age is just horrible. RIP mate."
Gazred wrote: "Very sad loss. I take my hat off to you sir, 939 games back to back – phenomenal record, showing true dedication to the club. RIP."
A service for Mr Cottle takes place at Haycombe Top Chapel in Bath at noon tomorrow followed by his burial at 1pm.
Flowers or donations to the royal national Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) are being received by G.F Hunt Funerals, Livingstone Road, Bath, BA2 3PH.