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Ship shape and Bristol fashion

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The two unfortunates blog are rattling through England's football cities and their attention has turned to Bristol where they have recruited a new writer who is well up to their high standards.

For an outsider the paradox about Bristol is that it has two football clubs.   Admittedly, it is a large city, ranking eighth in England, and arguably the regional capital of the south-west.  However, it is also in area where the rugby tradition is strong.

For a variety of reasons, mainly poor decision-making at Bristol Rovers, a gap has opened up between City and Rovers in recent years.   Indeed, City now form part of a larger entity called 'Bristol Sport'. However, rather than pushing on to the Premier League, promoted City are engaged in a relegation battle in the Championship.

The writer makes an interesting comparison with Cardiff which is the capital of a devolved administration.  However, he thinks it has more to do with people getting on and doing things in Cardiff.