Supporters Trust Launches Search for Fans’ Stories
Your chance to feature in an exciting new book about your experiences of supporting Bristol City Football Club.
Way of life
Following Bristol City becomes a way of life for many of us. At Ashton Gate or traveling away we experience moments of elation and exhilaration which become landmarks in our lives. But as we have discovered only too well, there are also the low points of despair and disappointment when we feel that all our hopes have been dashed and our club’s future has seemed unclear.
Memories of supporters
Bristol City Supporters Trust, in partnership with the National Literacy Trust, Supporters Direct and BCFC, is publishing a new book which will be on sale for Easter 2009. ‘City ’Til I Die’ will reflect the memories and experiences of supporters both young and old. Players and managers may come and go, but it is the fans who give the permanent character to a club like ours. And so as a celebration of the fans, this book will reveal the funny, the absurd, the emotional, the peculiar or unbelievable that is part and parcel of following The Robins.
We want to meet our longest standing fan! Who has the funniest Bristol City tale? Who travels the farthest to get to home matches? Who has seen more matches than anyone else? Who are our record breakers? Get in touch so these and many other stories get in to the new book. ‘City ’Til I Die’, real football stories from real football fans… Make sure your memories are included! Storytelling sessions will also be held in the club and around the town as part of the memory-gathering process. Details will be advertised on the club websites.
Please get in touch
If you have a story or set of experiences about either yourself, a family member, a neighbour or friend which you feel deserves to go into the book please get in touch. Either e-mail your 200-300 word stories to firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.tilidie.co.uk, post them to 18 Darby Crescent, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5LA or telephone Steve on 0790 6802432 to talk about your story. The deadline is February 14th 2009.
Take Part in a Piece of Bristol City History
The ‘City ’Til I Die’ project is based on an existing concept that has proven very successful at other clubs, designed to capture the personal stories and club-related memories from a wide range of the club’s die-hard supporters. Real Bristol City stories told by real Bristol City fans. Funding for the project has been provided by Bristol City Supporters Trust, the National Literacy Trust, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the Football Foundation and Supporters Direct. As well as producing an entertaining read, the publication of this book will give a number of benefits to the Club, the Supporters Trust and to the community which they serve.
- 600 free copies of ‘City ’Til I Die’ will be distributed to local schools, libraries and community groups, strengthening the Football Club’s links with the local community, and encouraging a new generation of Robins fans.
- All profits from ‘City ’Til I Die’ will go to the fund raising appeal for a statue to John Atyeo.
- It will present a picture of the changing history of being a supporter through the eyes of generations of fans, encourage a sense of belonging and show what it has meant to be a Bristol City fan through the decades. It will be a positive representation of supporters’ tradition, values and identities.
‘CITY ’TIL I DIE’, REAL FOOTBALL STORIES FROM REAL FANS…
MAKE SURE YOUR MEMORIES ARE IN THE NEW BOOK!