Bristol City vs Aston Villa 1979, Division One

Bristol City - with enthusiastic, committed training sessions like these, I certainly can't believe they got relegated...

Bristol City – with enthusiastic, committed training sessions like these, I certainly can’t believe they got relegated…

By Miles McClagan

Programme: Bristol City vs Aston Villa (Division One)

Date: 29/12/1979

Result: 1-3

We’ve touched on this series about how those collectors who are out there frantically bidding at auction for four-page FA Cup pamphlets are missing the true social history encased in even the plainest of programmes.

So here’s another little secret – the big clubs don’t always produce the most interesting programmes.

Take Liverpool in the 1980s, which had the odd paragraph of “bantz” but mostly focused on churning out reports on their latest 4-0 win. Collect the programme of a successful team at your peril.

You don’t have to be a big team to produce a big programme. The greatest programme of all time? Coventry City 1971/72 (more of which later) which was just groundbreaking.

Hospital DJ Geoff Rose - did you know he's met the Black and White Minstrels? And Count Basie? And Gerry Gow?

Hospital DJ Geoff Rose – did you know he’s met the Black and White Minstrels? And Count Basie? And Gerry Gow?

And quick – who made the best programme of the late 1970s? That would Bristol City – giddy in the First Division and heading for the 80s with swagger and style…

“The Robin” certainly shone for the last home game of the 1970s, a defeat from visiting Aston Villa.

For just 30p you could learn all about the (inevitably named) “Rockin Robin” cheerleader group (now studying recorded tapes to improve performance, how very “new decade”), be teased by the back page (why IS Donnie Gillies going in there?) and you could learn about the exciting name-dropping world of Geoff Rose…

So if, like me, you’ve never given Bristol City much of a thought, sit back and enjoy the world of “The Robin”… There’s a new decade coming, so say goodbye to the 70s with girls in socks…

Bristol City Rockin Robins

The Bristol City “Rockin Robin” cheerleaders – seen here casually discussing whether Tony Fitzpatrick should get into the Scotland squad.

The-Robin-Danny-Gillies

Check out the flares. Possibly a perm, too. Boots with heels. Dare we say…thank goodness the 80s came along?

So why IS Donnie Gillies is walking into Sapphire Productions? And we have to wait until next time to find out? I think that counts as “sizzle”…

For those of us of a certain age, these are the couches of our childhood. They're still out there, decaying in student share houses, or soaking up the fresh sea air at your cousin's shack on the coast.

For those of us of a certain age, these are the couches of our childhood. They’re still out there, encrusted with bodily fluids in student share houses, or soaking up the fresh sea air at your cousin’s shack on the coast.

Would you like a Divan? We’ve got brown, and brown and some out the back in brown…

Quite tame after all that leg the Rockin' Robins were showing.

Quite tame after all that leg the Rockin’ Robins were showing.

Advertising in the Bristol City programme – 35 years from now you can get your advert scanned into a football culture blog… long after your business is gone of course…

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  • Frank

    So many perms.