The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

BRIS­TOL City had a slightly dif­fer­ent pre­sea­son than most with a trip to Botswana.

They didn’t just play foot­ball, but also helped the lo­cal com­mu­nity. It was a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence and ap­par­ently made the play­ers re­alise how priv­i­leged they are to do what they do.

How much of an im­pact that has had on their ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble cam­paign is im­pos­si­ble to know, but it cer­tainly hasn’t done them any harm.

They won the Johnstone’s Paint Tro­phy in im­pres­sive style at the week­end and have dom­i­nated the League One race. It’s not easy to com­bine those two things.

They still need to get over the line, but I think we can safely say they’re go­ing to be in the Cham­pi­onship next term.

They will be fo­cus­ing on what they need to add for the step up. In my eyes, the jump from League One to the Cham­pi­onship is big­ger than from League Two to One. But Bris­tol City are a big club and have got an ex­cel­lent manager in Steve Cot­ter­ill.

Go­ing back to the JPT fi­nal, what other coun­try in the world could at­tract a crowd of over 70,000 to a fi­nal be­tween third-tier teams? That’s some­thing to be proud of.

WIN­NER: Steve Cot­ter­ill

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