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This page shows the ELO score history of the selected club - mapping their best and worst sides of all time, and their most unlikely victories and defeats based on their ELO score.

Inspired by ClubELO.com, the ELO rating system is a method of calculating and comparing the relative strengths of teams in competition. For every match played, the ELO scores of the two teams are considered, and adjusted for other factors (such as home advantage), to calculate the likelihood of the match result. When the actual result of the game is known, the ELO score is adjusted accordingly, comparing the expected outcome of the game with the actual outcome - so a victory over Manchester United will be worth more points than one over Supermarine. The resulting ELO score can be used to compare the strengths of teams over time, and to project future results based on the current form of all teams.

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BRISTOL CITY
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A historical overview of Bristol City's ELO scores.

 

A list of the top 15 Bristol City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1907 Saturday, September 7, 1907 4118.60  
  1908 Saturday, January 4, 1908 4055.12  
  1906 Monday, December 31, 1906 4042.05  
  1909 Wednesday, February 10, 1909 4013.76  
  1910 Saturday, March 19, 1910 3962.33  
  1979 Saturday, November 3, 1979 3962.15  
  1905 Tuesday, December 26, 1905 3951.97  
  1978 Tuesday, December 26, 1978 3951.65  
  1977 Monday, December 26, 1977 3937.27  
  1911 Monday, January 2, 1911 3927.97  
  1975 Saturday, October 18, 1975 3914.43  
  1904 Saturday, November 26, 1904 3907.25  
  1976 Saturday, March 27, 1976 3905.26  
  1980 Saturday, January 5, 1980 3888.99  
  1973 Saturday, September 1, 1973 3887.94  
 
 

A list of the worst 15 Bristol City sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1982 Monday, December 27, 1982 3427.93  
  1983 Saturday, January 22, 1983 3432.88  
  1933 Saturday, October 7, 1933 3515.81  
  1950 Saturday, January 21, 1950 3519.52  
  1952 Saturday, August 23, 1952 3522.96  
  1949 Saturday, March 26, 1949 3525.02  
  1984 Saturday, February 18, 1984 3527.25  
  1936 Monday, December 28, 1936 3529.94  
  1935 Thursday, December 26, 1935 3542.67  
  1937 Saturday, January 2, 1937 3542.95  
  1948 Saturday, October 9, 1948 3544.65  
  1897 Saturday, September 11, 1897 3547.29  
  1951 Saturday, December 22, 1951 3549.20  
  1934 Saturday, April 28, 1934 3556.00  
  2005 Tuesday, December 6, 2005 3564.47  
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant victories in Bristol City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Leeds United (4186) vs. Bristol City (3797)
  Tuesday, February 19, 1974
-491.4 5.6% 0-1 +18.9 
  Bristol City (3627) vs. Portsmouth (3969)
  Wednesday, January 30, 1935
-209.8 23.0% 2-0 +23.1 
  Millwall Athletic (3828) vs. Bristol City (3547)
  Saturday, September 18, 1897
-412.4 8.5% 2-6 +34.3 
  Everton (4014) vs. Bristol City (3735)
  Monday, April 6, 1931
-408.7 8.7% 1-3 +27.4 
  Bristol City (3920) vs. Liverpool (4195)
  Saturday, December 16, 1978
-169.6 27.4% 1-0 +14.5 
  Bristol City (3684) vs. Leeds United (3959)
  Tuesday, September 30, 1997
-210.9 22.9% 2-1 +7.7 
  Bristol City (3657) vs. Brentford (3931)
  Saturday, January 26, 1946
-146.3 30.1% 2-1 +14.0 
  Liverpool (4025) vs. Bristol City (3754)
  Tuesday, January 25, 1994
-343.0 12.2% 0-1 +8.8 
  Bristol City (3746) vs. Middlesbrough (4014)
  Saturday, January 16, 2016
-227.2 21.3% 1-0 +15.7 
  Bristol City (3890) vs. Liverpool (4146)
  Monday, May 16, 1977
-152.5 29.4% 2-1 +14.1 
  Bristol City (3729) vs. Bradford City (3985)
  Saturday, March 6, 1920
-136.6 31.3% 2-0 +20.6 
  Bristol City (3864) vs. Manchester City (4107)
  Saturday, February 19, 1977
-139.2 31.0% 1-0 +13.8 
  Bristol City (3739) vs. Chelsea (3972)
  Saturday, January 27, 1990
-155.5 29.0% 3-1 +21.3 
  Bristol City (3736) vs. Sheffield United (3957)
  Tuesday, September 22, 1992
-147.8 29.9% 2-1 +7.0 
  Bristol City (3706) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3923)
  Friday, October 23, 1998
-150.0 29.7% 2-1 +14.1 
  Bristol City (3524) vs. Notts County (3739)
  Saturday, March 4, 1950
-120.7 33.3% 4-0 +25.0 
  Fulham (3989) vs. Bristol City (3776)
  Saturday, April 19, 1958
-319.6 13.7% 3-4 +17.3 
  Bristol Rovers (3713) vs. Bristol City (3500)
  Saturday, December 10, 1983
-305.4 14.7% 1-2 +17.1 
  Plymouth Argyle (3813) vs. Bristol City (3603)
  Saturday, January 7, 1961
-314.1 14.1% 0-1 +17.2 
  Bristol City (3693) vs. Chelsea (3900)
  Monday, April 21, 1930
-77.5 39.0% 2-1 +12.2 
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant defeats in Bristol City's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Bristol City (3921) vs. Crewe Alexandra (3463)
  Saturday, January 14, 1911
+583.4 96.6% 0-3 -33.8 
  Grimsby Town (3639) vs. Bristol City (4046)
  Wednesday, January 15, 1908
+280.6 83.4% 2-1 -16.7 
  Brentford (3627) vs. Bristol City (3958)
  Saturday, January 13, 1906
+202.5 76.2% 2-1 -15.2 
  Crewe Alexandra (3255) vs. Bristol City (3567)
  Tuesday, September 7, 1982
+220.9 78.1% 4-1 -27.3 
  Leyton Orient (3446) vs. Bristol City (3757)
  Saturday, December 7, 1946
+186.3 74.5% 4-1 -26.1 
  Luton Town (3536) vs. Bristol City (3842)
  Tuesday, August 11, 2015
+265.3 82.2% 3-1 -12.3 
  Leicester City (3627) vs. Bristol City (3917)
  Saturday, February 11, 1905
+156.2 71.1% 2-1 -14.2 
  Hartlepool United (3429) vs. Bristol City (3717)
  Saturday, January 7, 1989
+207.0 76.7% 1-0 -15.3 
  Chester (3520) vs. Bristol City (3798)
  Saturday, January 3, 1970
+172.3 72.9% 2-1 -14.6 
  Bristol City (3730) vs. Gillingham (3453)
  Saturday, December 14, 1946
+402.1 91.0% 1-2 -18.2 
  Northampton Town (3542) vs. Bristol City (3820)
  Saturday, April 2, 1927
+151.4 70.5% 2-0 -21.2 
  Bristol City (3714) vs. Torquay United (3437)
  Saturday, September 17, 1938
+407.8 91.3% 1-3 -27.4 
  Crewe Alexandra (3586) vs. Bristol City (3861)
  Tuesday, August 26, 2008
+224.4 78.4% 2-1 -7.8 
  Shrewsbury Town (3476) vs. Bristol City (3746)
  Tuesday, August 18, 1998
+202.5 76.2% 4-3 -7.6 
  Colchester United (3439) vs. Bristol City (3709)
  Tuesday, August 15, 1995
+201.1 76.1% 2-1 -7.6 
  Bristol City (3687) vs. Exeter City (3419)
  Saturday, December 7, 1985
+357.8 88.7% 1-2 -17.7 
  Bristol City (3679) vs. Oxford United (3412)
  Tuesday, September 10, 2002
+330.7 87.0% 0-1 -8.7 
  Burton United (3617) vs. Bristol City (3882)
  Saturday, April 8, 1905
+131.8 68.1% 2-0 -20.4 
  Chesterfield (3491) vs. Bristol City (3750)
  Saturday, April 26, 2003
+194.4 75.4% 2-0 -22.6 
  Bristol City (3795) vs. Swindon Town (3539)
  Wednesday, August 24, 2011
+305.4 85.3% 0-1 -8.5 
 
   

The twenty teams that Bristol City are most successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  FC Halifax Town 12 +3.95 
  York City 24 +3.67 
  Stockport County 39 +3.48 
  Wigan Athletic 24 +3.21 
  Manchester City 23 +3.11 
  Glossop North End 20 +2.82 
  Bolton Wanderers 59 +2.47 
  Bradford Park Avenue 21 +2.34 
  Sunderland 44 +2.17 
  Bury 71 +2.06 
  Lincoln City 36 +1.92 
  Blackburn Rovers 42 +1.88 
  Carlisle United 42 +1.47 
  Swindon Town 108 +1.36 
  Portsmouth 55 +1.23 
  Watford 93 +1.21 
  Barnsley 94 +1.14 
  Liverpool 39 +1.13 
  Chesterfield 50 +1.10 
  Hull City 82 +1.04 

The twenty teams that Bristol City are least successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Cambridge United 19 -2.86 
  Bradford City 40 -2.80 
  Oxford United 40 -2.71 
  Arsenal 32 -2.61 
  Wolverhampton Wanderers 64 -2.57 
  Derby County 70 -2.55 
  Fulham 58 -2.42 
  Charlton Athletic 61 -2.39 
  Gainsborough Trinity 12 -2.27 
  Rotherham United 50 -2.25 
  Norwich City 69 -2.19 
  Brentford 76 -2.14 
  West Ham United 35 -2.08 
  Everton 26 -1.89 
  Wycombe Wanderers 18 -1.77 
  Nottingham Forest 86 -1.65 
  Hartlepool United 13 -1.49 
  Colchester United 45 -1.30 
  Birmingham City 61 -1.30 
  Mansfield Town 25 -1.24