Bryan and De Cordova-Reid – built in Bristol, firm friends at Fulham

For a city of Bristol’s size, it is remarkable that they have not tasted any great success in English football. Neither Bristol City nor Bristol Rovers have not won a major cup competition, and the city has not hosted a Premier League match or European fixture.

It is a strange enigma but what it all means for Bristolians is that their top-flight representation, for now at least, has to come from those who have left the city. Nathan Dyer, Scott Sinclair, Jack Butland and Lloyd Kelly have all flown the flag in recent times and dating further back, you can pick out Liam Rosenior and Gary Mabbutt.

Today, two of the city’s most successful academy products reside at Fulham. Through Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Joe Bryan, a connection has formed between Bristol City and Fulham, one that feels all the more acute seeing as the teams meet today for a third time this season, and the second time in seven days.

Rosenior, who was born in Wandsworth, made his first steps in the senior game at Bristol City before moving to Premier League Fulham in 2003. When Fulham travelled to Ashton Gate last week, Bristol City fielded three familiar Fulham faces. Defender Rob Atkinson moved to Bristol City in the summer from Oxford United, having spent two years at Craven Cottage between 2017 and 2019 without making an appearance.


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