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Club to celebrate 1000th competitive match

Saturday's Gallagher Premiership clash with Worcester Warriors at Ashton Gate will be the club's 1000th competitive fixture, more than 50 years since the first against Lydney at the Memorial Stadium in November 1971.

The club's first fixture in an RFU recognised competition was a 32-9 victory over Lydney at the Memorial Stadium on Monday, November 1st 1971 in the club knockout cup. 

Scroll down to read Mark Hoskins' report from that historic day. 


The numbers

Overall record

  • Played: 1000
  • Won: 546
  • Drawn: 21
  • Lost: 433
  • Points for: 24,271
  • Points against: 21,140
  • Tries: 2897
  • Conversions: 1975
  • Penalties: 1968
  • Drop goals: 62

Firsts

  • First game RFU club knockout competition 01-11-1971 against Lydney at the Mem, won 32-9
  • First League game 26-09-1987 against Gloucester at the Mem, lost 16-21
  • First European game 12-10-1996 against Treorchy at the Mem, won 53-5
  • First Heineken Cup game 11-10-2002 at Leinster, lost 23-29

Other significant games

April 28th 1973 - first cup final against Coventry at Twickenham

Bristol lost John Pullin at the start of the game to injury and had to play the entire game with 14 players, before losing 15-27.

April 30th 1983 - John Player Cup final against Leicester

Bristol won 28-22.

May 7th 2011 - B&I Cup final against Bedford

Won 17-14.

October 16th 2020 - Challenge Cup final against Toulon

Bristol battled to 32-19 victory over Toulon in Aix-en-Provence.

Players

641 players have appeared in competitive games.

Youngest

Callum Braley was the youngest to debut at 17 years and 185 days, Ioan Lloyd second youngest at 17 years and 205 days. Andy Uren is the fourth youngest at 17 years and 290 days.

Oldest

Jeff Probyn oldest at 42 years and 285 days, George Smith 38 years and 48 days.

Most appearances

Darren Crompton 282, Roy Winters 192, Paul Hull 187, Jack Tovey 179, Matt Salter 169

Most games started

Darren Crompton 221, Paul Hull 182, Roy Winters 164, Mark Regan 149, Matt Salter 148

Most points

Adrian Jarvis 933, Felipe Contepomi 861, Jason Strange 825, Callum Sheedy 815, Mark Tainton 757

Most tries

Penalty tries 77, David Lemi 70, George Watkins 65, Sean Marsden 52, Lee Robinson 45


The first competitive fixture

Monday, November 1st 1971
Bristol 32-9 Lydney

A bit of club history was made at the Memorial Ground on Monday November 1st, 1971, when Bristol played their first match in the RFU’s new club knockout competition. The early rounds were intentionally regional, with Gloucester playing Bath at the same stage of the competition. It was Bristol’s fourth home game in ten days, and thirteen of the side which played against Aberavon two days earlier turned out again. The changes saw Roger Swaffield come in for Chris Williams, while Mike Fry replaced Hamish Bryce.

There was a surprise start to the evening, with Lydney taking the lead after nine minutes. John Morris’s penalty kick towards touch was fumbled by Dave Tyler, and Dave Dibbell snapped up the loose ball and sprinted thirty yards to score. Morris converted, and then proceeded to torment Bristol with some well-placed high kicks. He increased his side’s lead with a twenty-five yard penalty goal, and Lydney were still 9-0 ahead after nearly half an hour. Then Nick Evans transformed the game with a brilliant break. He beat six men in a dazzling race to the line, and soon afterwards he set off on a spectacular forty-yard sprint to set up a try for John White. Alan Pearn converted the second try, and added the extras again after Dave Tyler had forced his way over the line. This gave Bristol a 16-9 half time lead.

Lydney still looked threatening in the second half. Morris missed a straightforward penalty, and David Crabbe twice came close to scoring a try. However, Bristol eventually raised the siege, and after Pearn had kicked a penalty, Dave Rollitt charged down a Morris kick and Charlie Hannaford scored his side’s fourth try. Another Pearn penalty followed, and the scoring concluded with the best move of the match. Peter Knight exchanged passes with Evans in his own twenty-five, and Hannaford and Dave Phillips carried on the move before giving Jon Gabitass the space to burst clear. Pearn converted, and Bristol were safely through to the next round.    

Bristol: N D Evans, D G Tyler, J R Gabitass, R L Swaffield, P M Knight, A H Nicholls ©, A F A Pearn, A J Rogers, J R White, M J Fry, P A Brown, R J Orledge, D M Rollitt, D A Phillips, R C Hannaford

Tries: Evans, White, Tyler, Hannaford, Gabitass

Con: Pearn (3)

Pen: Pearn (2)

Lydney: J Evans, D T Crabbe, N Halford, P Kingston, D J Dibbell, C G Williams, J F Morris ©, G A F Sargent, D Turley, R Charles, K Lindley, P A Eastwood, M Parr, J Farleigh, C Purvis

Try: Dibbell

Con: Morris

Pen: Morris

Referee: T May (Cornwall)

Man of the Match: John White


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