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Gerry Gow Testimonial - July 2012

More than 4,000 Bristol City fans turned up to thank legend Gerry Gow for his 11 years of service to the club.

An array of stars from the past rolled back the years in a tribute to the former Bristol City and Manchester City legend Gow in front of a supportive crowd at Ashton Gate.

With kick-off delayed by 45 minutes as the Manchester City coach languished in traffic, the crowd were entertained with audio clips from Gerry himself, Norman Hunter, Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Reid, among others.

The teams eventually took to the pitch with huge cheers for heroes Brian Tinnion – making an emotional first return to Ashton Gate since his departure as manager – Jacki Dziekanowski, Shaun Goater, Bob Taylor and Rob Newman.

But the biggest applause of the day was reserved for Gow himself, who received a five-minute standing ovation from supporters of both clubs, who mingled happily in the Williams Stand.

Surrounded by his grandchildren, Gow soaked up the applause from the crowd on what was a very emotional day for the man who has gone down in City folklore as one of the Ashton Gate Eight.

The home side could have taken the lead when Tinnion he dropped in an inch-perfect pass, but Goater squandered the chance. Newman was a forceful presence in the centre of defence, while Dziekanowski tried a few tricks culminating in a right foot shot that flew wide.

However, it was the visitors who broke the deadlock just before half-time, Gary Bennett firing home from close range. In the second half, Lee Matthews rolled through the static Manchester defence to fire home a deserved equaliser. With Gow and Goater swapping sides in the second half, it was left for the Bermudan striker to bundle home the winning goal for the Blues.

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