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Will Carpenter


Posted Tuesday, February 26th 2019

Past Encounters: Bristol Bears vs Gloucester Rugby

With Friday's West Country derby edging ever close, we take a look back at four memorable encounters between Bristol and Gloucester - including THAT drop goal.

Gloucester 6-12 Bristol - September 1980

One of Bristol’s most remarkable victories over Gloucester came during the disappointing 1980 campaign, and saw the legendary Alan Morley emphatically leave his mark on a memorable encounter.

Bristol took a surprise lead when full-back Phil Cue set up an unconverted try for Morley.

Two Peter Butler penalties accounted for Gloucester’s only points, before Morley scored his second at the end of the first quarter.

Ten minutes into the half, a skilfully delayed pass from the presumably dazed Hesford gave Morley the space to scurry through to complete a memorable hat trick.

Half an hour remained for Gloucester to claw back the lead, and needless to say they tried their hardest to do so. With ten minutes left, Price made his most effective break, and only a brilliant tackle from Fry prevented a try for Mills. It was the closest Gloucester came, and Bristol’s superb defence triumphed in a nail-biting conclusion.

Gloucester 15-20 Bristol – March 2006

Bristol took a big step toward securing their Premiership status for the following season by surprising Gloucester at Kingsholm – their only win at Kingsholm in the Premiership era.

Simpson-Daniel scored inside two minutes as Bristol made a nightmare start, before Shaun Perry sneaked down the blindside to edge Bristol in front. After Allen restored Gloucester’s lead, despite prop Terry Sigley seeing red for stamping, Brian Lima scored the decisive try for Bristol.

At the final whistle, coach Richard Hill, praised his forwards’ heroic effort.

Bristol 14-12 Gloucester – November 2006

In one of the club’s most iconic wins of the Premiership era, Bristol went back to the top of the table thanks to a drop-goal by their replacement outside-half Jason Strange in the 11th minute of stoppage-time. 

Gloucester seemed to have snatched victory five minutes into time added on when Willie Walker landed his fourth penalty of the night, but Bristol's tight forwards seized possession for one final surge.

When the ball came back to Strange, four defenders charged at him but the Welshman, who had been on the field for 15 minutes, held his nerve and defeated the swirling wind to send the ball through the middle of the posts.

It was Strange's first drop-goal for the club. What a time to deliver it.

Bristol 29-26 Gloucester – February 2008

In February 2008, a spirited Bristol fought back from 17-9 down to inflict only a fourth defeat of the season on Dean Ryan’s Gloucester at the Memorial Stadium.

After tries from James Simpson-Daniel, Jack Adams and Anthony Allen had put Gloucester in front, Bristol clawed their way into a 23-17 half-time lead through Scott Linklater and Jason Hobson, before Jason Strange and Willie Walker traded penalties early in the second period.

Strange’s 66th-minute drop-goal - one far less remembered than his 2006 effort - then put the hosts 29-20 up, before Walker’s late penalties earned a losing bonus point for the visitors.


Bristol Bears' hotly anticipated West Country derby versus Gloucester is on general sale.

Adult tickets start from £30 and U12s from £10 for this mouthwatering clash against the high-flying Cherry and Whites.

Pack Ashton Gate on Friday, March 1st (7.45pm KO) with a huge crowd expected at Ashton Gate.

The popular fan village will be in full swing, with local food and drink outlets, as well as live music and entertainment.

Tickets are available to members to purchase online now by clicking here, or via supporter services on 0117 963 0600.