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Nigel Pearson takes swipe at Stoke manager; Bristol City employee fumes at mascot

In this article, we see Nigel Pearson takes a swipe at Stoke manager Michael O’Neil, and a Bristol City employee fumes at his club’s mascot.

Robins boss Pearson took aim at Stoke, claiming that Michael O’Neill had told his players that Bristol City were “the worst team in the league”.

This comes despite Bristol City doing a league double over Stoke this season, and followed that up with a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Bank Holiday Monday and was asked post-match how the two results compared, after being booed off in his previous home match after his side picked up a draw with Peterborough.

“Have you seen Peterborough’s results recently?” he told BristolLive. “They’ve got seven points out of nine. I keep saying don’t always look at the table there are no mugs in this division.

“Absolutely no bad sides apart from apparently Stoke’s manager told his players and staff we were the worst team in the league so that’s quite interesting and we’ve beaten them twice so make of that what you will.”

Later in the press conference, he added: “Today we worked hard, against a decent side who certainly moved the ball a lot quicker than Stoke.”

Bristol City currently sit 18th place in the Championship, nine points behind Stoke who are 14th with three games remaining.

While Nigel Pearson takes a swipe at the Stoke manager, another moment that had people talking was when a Bristol City employee fumes at club mascot Scrumpy the Robin was being his playful self.

A video has emerged of the mascot appearing to cheekily take of a Ian Downs aka Downsy’s cap as he was talking to another person. However it the harmless prank rather backfired somewhat when the Downs, a former announcer at Ashton Gate, turned around visibly annoyed, at least thats what some are led to believe after seeing the clip.

He is heard saying: “Right, one more time and I’ll actually hit you. It’s not funny anymore.”

Take a look at the video, which has had thousands of likes as well as nearly 200,000views, below…


@Creedy__: that’s some baseball cap, gilet, skinny jeans, boots combo

@rjcarreyett: all Scrumpy ain’t we 👏

@OliverB_1998: 😭😭😭 English football is unrivalled

@Matty1991Davis: @downsyofficial get a grip ffs.. boring bastard. Can’t wait for the day you leave the football club. The cheer from the supporters will be just as load as a last minute winner

@Stephen84083087: It’s a mascot mate! You’re seriously going to smack the City mascot??!! 😏

@tomcuff1: Downsy being a cock? I don’t believe it

@athole52: Serious sense of humour failure

@ahal56: What a dick 🙈😕

@coreyburke98: Keep your hair on

@Mutley19621: He mugged downsie right off

@HamMike92: Hahahaha is this for real!?

@jonnyblundra: Downsy is such a twat.

@Hughes643Ian: I think it’s still funny 🤣🤣

@Cardyy22: W Scrumpy L Downsy

In other news, the Football Association have charged both Stoke City and Bristol City following a incident involving the two sides at the bet365 Stadium on Good Friday.

The charge comes after Jacob Brown and David Bentley wrestled just before the break in last week’s 1-0 defeat for the Potters. Brown attempted to get the ball down the right-hand side with Bentley in his way.

As Brown tried to get behind him, goalkeeper Bentley took him over an advertising board by holding his leg leading to both sets of playing jumping over and getting involved.

An FA statement released today reads: “Stoke City FC and Bristol City FC have been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20.1 following their EFL Championship fixture on Friday, 15 April, 2022.

“It is alleged that both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 45th minute of the fixture.” Stoke City have until Monday, April 25, to respond to the charge.

Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson said the incident “made me smile” in his post-match press conference. “They were two stubborn players who didn’t want to let go and officials dealt with it pretty well. I hoped it wasn’t going to be one of those silly ones when players were shown red cards.”

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