City to kick off pre-season prep by taking on Keynsham Town FC

Published on: 10 Jun 2015

It will be an “honour” to take on Bristol City, says Keynsham Town FC’s manager, as the Robins prepare for their 2015/16 Championship campaign in a pre-season game next month.

The League One champions and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy winners will play Western League sides Keynsham Town and Brislington at Brislington Stadium in Ironmould Lane on Sunday, July 5, as part of the club’s support for local sides.

Each of the non-league sides will play 45 minutes against the Robins, who are celebrating being back in the English second tier after an absence of two seasons.

And Brislington and Keynsham officials will be hoping the game, which kicks off at 1pm, attracts the same level of support as previous City community matches at Ashton & Backwell United in 2013  and Portishead last year.

Keynsham chairman Malcolm Trainer said: “Everyone at the club is really excited to have been chosen to co-host this year’s community friendly. Both Brislington and ourselves are renowned for our hospitality and it will be an honour to take on the League One champions. Hopefully City will go on to have a successful season in the Sky Bet Championship – after they have been beaten by the Toolstation League’s finest, though!”

City manager Steve Cotterill, who is currently devising a detailed pre-season programme for his squad, said: “Everyone thoroughly enjoyed last year’s game at Portishead, with a fantastic turnout of supporters, young and old. I’m sure this year’s match will be equally popular.”

Entry prices for the game have been set at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions, with all profits from the fixture being shared between the two local clubs and City’s Community Trust.

Community Trust director Amy Kington said: “Our role within the greater Bristol area is to use the power of football and other sporting activities to improve the lives of people through participation in sport, exercise and education.

“We recognise the positive role that the club can play within the community and we want this fixture against Brislington and Keynsham to help both clubs attract more players, spectators, coaches and administrators. I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to Keith Burt (director of football), the manager and players for supporting this charitable event. I am confident that this will be a fun and enjoyable day for all.”

Brislington chairman Phil Rex added: “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our club by co-hosting this year’s community friendly. We look forward to welcoming the newly-crowned League One champions and hope some of their success rubs off on our players and our club in the season that follows.”

The Ks have also arranged pre-season friendlies away to Fry Club FC, on Saturday, July 25, and at home to Hallen on Tuesday, July 28.

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