LOOKING BACK | CITY'S '09/10 SEVERNSIDE SUCCESS
It was a season in which the Bluebirds got the better of Saturday’s opponents Bristol City, and it culminated in a 6-0 Championship victory at Ashton Gate.
Scroll down for Match Highlights, including Michael Chopra making it five at Ashton Gate!
Our first encounter of the season came in August 2009. Michael Chopra had started the campaign in fine form, with six goals in four games to his name. After a Bristol City own goal, Chops added to his tally before racing to the corner flag to perform a celebration (pictured above) which would remain long in the memory for many City fans. Gavin Rae would go on to add a third as City started a season of Severnside Derbies with a convincing win.
There was plenty more to come though...
The Bluebirds had been due to play Bristol City again at Ashton Gate on January 2nd in the Third Round of the FA Cup. However, the match was postponed because of a frozen pitch and put back until the 12th. In blistery conditions at Ashton Gate, the Bluebirds braved the snow to battle to a 1-1 draw.
City's scorer that day?
Of course, it was Michael Chopra again. There was a hint of controversy after the goal too, as Chopra raced down the touchline in celebration before seemingly being tripped by Bristol City boss Gary Johnson, whose son Lee is their current manager.
The replay took place at Cardiff City Stadium a week later on January 19th as the Bluebirds recorded a 1-0 victory. Remarkably, it was just seven days later that the two sides met once again, as City made the short trip over the Severn Bridge to Ashton Gate, this time in League action.
On this occasion, the Bluebirds were in astounding form and raced into a four goal lead by the half-time whistle to put the game to bed.
A further two were added after the interval, to complete the rout. The Bluebirds scorers in the superb 6-0 away victory were Whittingham, McCormack (2) and Chopra (2), who added to a Liam Fontaine own goal.
So, the Bluebirds finished the season with an 11-1 aggregate score-line against Bristol City - all the more remarkable considering that the Robins were fellow challengers for the top six that season, and finished the campaign just six points off the Play-Off spots.
Watch Michael Chopra make it FIVE against Bristol City below with FULL HIGHLIGHTS of the 6-0 win on Cardiff City Player HD HERE