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Baldrick backs Bristol City bid

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Interview: Bristol City fan Tony Robinson

Long-standing Bristol City fan Tony Robinson says Gary Johnson is the man to take the club to the Premier League.

"Gary Johnson's doing the most extraordinary job," the former Blackadder actor told BBC Points West.

"I think I said at the beginning of the year that a great manager was someone who adds five or 10% to the team and makes them much better."

"Gary seems to have made them 50% better. How privileged we are to get him after so many difficult years."

With five games to go and City at the top of the Championship, Robinson is excited about the possibility of Premier League football next season.

"I have schlepped my way round so many dreadful football grounds for the last 30 years," he said.

Tommy Banner and Pete Budd from the Wurzels
Somerset legends The Wurzels are regulars at Ashton Gate

"So many afternoons shivering in blitzed environments watching us squeeze out a goal less draw and hating every minute of it even though I loved it.

"The idea that we can be going to Old Trafford and Anfield and the Villa is just so exciting."

Pete Budd and Tommy Banner from The Wurzels are also looking forward to a return to the Robins' glory days.

"That would bring back memories of 1976, when City won promotion to the old First Division and we were number one in the charts," said accordion player Banner.

"We've got every chance this year because we've got the best manager we've ever had.

"We've been in the dressing room a few times and the atmosphere is exactly the same as it was in 1976 - all the boys are together."


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