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Steve's champagne moment

11 December 2014

Bristol City boss promises JG some bubbly after Saturday's game

Win, lose or draw at Ashton Gate on Saturday, Reds’ boss John Gregory has been promised a bottle of champagne by his Bristol City counter-part Steve Cotterill after the Sky Bet League One game.

Speaking ahead of the game, Cotterill said: “John’s a really good friend of mine – he’s a top man and I’m looking forward to seeing him on Saturday.

“When we played them last season in the final game he gave me a nice bottle of champagne so I owe him one and it will be on the side waiting for him on Saturday.”

Cotterill has a high regard for what JG has done in re-shaping the squad since the teams drew 1-1 in the final game of last season – and their friendship goes back to the days when he was in charge of Cheltenham and John was Aston Villa boss.

He added: “We needed to organise a testimonial for (Cheltenham captain) Chris Banks and John brought a full Villa team down and was absolutely fantastic. I will never forget that.

“We looked at the teams from the game on the last day of last season and I think there is only one Crawley player still there and two or three of ours so there has been a massive turnaround.

“They have had some great results and since they went to a 3-5-2 formation they have had some success.

“But as ever it’s all about how we play. If we perform as we can then we can be a match for anyone in this division.”

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