This painting represents the Bristol City team that beat in those days, one of the best teams in Europe, Leeds United, in the 5th round of the FA Cup.

The game would be decided at Elland Road after City drew at home, with Keith Fear equalising in the second half after a superb goal from Leeds Billy Bremner.

In the replay, Alan Dicks side manged to put in an even better perfomance and win the game, beating the Divison 1 giants who were on an unbeaten run of over 40 games. The only goal of the match was scored by Donnie Gillies. On the way back, the players were on the same train as all the fans and they all celebrated together.

Although Bristol City got beat in the next round by Liverpool, City fans look back at this day as one of their most memorable.

 

1. Gerry Sweeney (Midfield/Right Back): Initially with non-league Renfrew, Sweeney signed for Morton in 1966. He played 137 games for the club before moving to England with Bristol City in 1971. Sweeney was a regular in Alan Dicks's City side that won promotion to the First Division during the 1975–76 season. Sweeney finally left City in 1982 when he was one of the infamous "Ashton Gate Eight", a group of top-earning players who tore up their contracts in order to save the free-falling club from bankruptcy. In all he managed 406 league games for the club, placing him near the top in City's appearance records.

2. Ray Cashley (Goalkeeper): He joined Bristol City as a youth player and was their number one goalkeeper in the early 1970s despite starting his career as a fullback. He made his debut for Bristol City against Southampton in the FA Cup in 1970. In the 1975–76 season, City were promoted to the First Division but Cashley lost his place to John Shaw soon afterwards and had only brief spells in the side for the remainder of his time with City. Cashley even scored a goal for City on 18 September 1973, with a long clearance from his own penalty area against Hull City on a gusty night. In total, he made 262 appearances, 227 of those in the league for The Robins.

3. Brian Drysdale (Left back): Alan Dicks signed Drysdale in May 1969 for £10,000 from Hartlepool United for Bristol City. Drysdale had a loan spell at Reading in 1977. After 8 years and playing 282 games, Drysdale left Bristol City to join Oxford United in July 1977.

4. Gerry Gow (Midfielder): Gow played for Bristol City in the 1970s, making 375 appearances for them in The Football League. Gow made his debut for Bristol City in 1970 at the age of 17. He was a member of the side which achieved promotion in 1976 to the First Division. He left Bristol City aged 28 following the team's relegation to the Second Division in 1980. Afterhis time at Bristol City he played for Manchester City,

5. Gary Collier (Central defender): Born in Bristol, Collier played in the Football League for Bristol City and Coventry City between 1972 and 1980, making a total of 195 league appearances before moving on and playing in the United States for various teams.

6. Geoff Merrick (Central defender): Centre-half Merrick was quick, good in the air and an exceptional reader of the game. Arsenal twice tried to poach his services, but Merrick remained loyal to City.

He helped the club into the top flight in 1976 and probably would have gone on to join the exclusive 500 appearance club had it not been for the financial demise in 1982.

Merrick was one of the Ashton Gate Eight; players who tore up their long, lucrative contracts to ensure the survival of the club.He went on to play in Hong Kong and also turned out locally for Gloucester City.

7. Trevor Tainton (Midfielder): Tainton remains third on the club's list of all-time appearances, behind Louis Carey and John Atyeo.The short midfielder spent 15 years with the club and was a member of the 1976 squad that secured promotion to the top flight.He remained with the club until 1982, when he became one of the Ashton Gate Eight, tearing up his contract to save City from financial turmoil.

8. Tom Ritchie (Forward): Edinburgh-born Ritchie was signed by Alan Dicks in July 1969, arriving at the same time as Gerry Gow.

He played a key role in the club's rise, culminating in 1976 when they were promoted to the top flight.

Ritchie is one of only five players to make 500-plus appearances for the club, thanks to a second spell at Ashton Gate.He left initially in 1981 to join Sunderland in a deal woth £180,000, before being loaned out to Carlisle United.

After the club's financial collapse in 1982 after successive relegations, Ritchie returned under the guidance of Terry Cooper for a further two seasons.

He left for a second time in December 1984, joining Yeovil Town - then managed by his former team-mate Gow in the Southern League.

9. Keith Fear (Forward): A member of the 1976 promotion-winning squad, striker Fear came through the City youth ranks.

He spent nine seasons at Ashton Gate, before departing for Plymouth Argyle.

He also spent time with Chester City, Wimbledon and Bangor City, as well as playing on loan in the US with St Louis Stars whilst still on the books at Ashton Gate.

10. Donnie Gillies (Defender/forward): Gillies began his career as a forward but moved into a right-back role.A £30,000 signing from Greenock Morton for Alan Dicks in 1971.

He spent seven years at the club, helping the team to secure promotion to the top flight in 1976.

Also won the Anglo-Scottish Cup with City in 1977/78.

11. Ernie Hunt (Inside forward): He played in the Football League for Swindon Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Everton, Coventry City, Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City playing a total of 469 games scoring 165 goals. He also played for Los Angeles Wolves in the United Soccer Association.

12. David Rodgers (Centre half): Rodgers made over 190 league appearances for the Robins between in the 1970s and 1980s.He followed in the footsteps of his father Arnold, who also made over 190 appearances for the Robins, and left the club 1982 following several years of first division football.

Rodgers was part of the 'Ashton Eight', a group of eight players who, fearing Bristol City would have to fold, tore up their contracts to save the club.

He and seven other players ripped up their contracts on the 3rd of February 1982 with the club just minutes from folding.

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