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Posted Saturday, April 7th 2018

"It's been a tremendous journey so far" - Tainton

Mark Tainton is relishing the prospect of Ashton Gate hosting mouthwatering derbies back in the Premiership next season.

The chief operating officer spoke to bristolrugby.co.uk after the club confirmed an immediate return to the Premiership with two games to spare.

He said: “It’s been a tremendous journey for the team this year and we have achieved our goal of returning to the top flight. Huge credit must go to the coaching team and the players for their efforts in what has been an enjoyable campaign.

“We can be really excited about the future for Bristol and the massive challenge that awaits us in the Premiership. We have some mouthwatering local derbies to look forward to, as well as the prospect of world class international players at Ashton Gate week in, week out.

“We have some mouthwatering local derbies to look forward to, as well as the prospect of world class international players at Ashton Gate week in, week out.”

Mark Tainton, chief operating officer

“The supporters have been second to none and they have backed the team all season, often outnumbering opposition fans at away games – that’s unbelievable support and we are very thankful.

“It’s up to us to encourage large attendances at Ashton Gate and to inspire the city to come and fill the stadium. We need to create a matchday experience and an atmosphere for people of all ages – that’s a major focus for us.

“Friday night versus Doncaster is a massive game and an opportunity for the club to show supporters what sort of matchday experience we can create. We hope the night will give fans a taste of what they can expect going forward.

“The board of directors have helped drive the club vision forward and I’m grateful for their continued backing. The support that the Lansdown family have given Pat [Lam] and myself throughout the season has been fantastic.

“They’re 100% behind us and they are committed to helping the rugby club become a force once again. I hope this promotion has paid them back in a small way, but now it is imperative we kick on and continue to push forward.”


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