Bristol Rugby spent two further seasons in the RFU Championship under incoming Head Coach Liam Middleton, despite going close in 2012.
The Zimbabwean led Bristol to a first placed finish in the league during the 2011-12 campaign, remaining unbeaten at the Memorial Stadium for the duration of the season.
Impressive victories over London Welsh and Cornish Pirates stood out, while Bristol also did the double over Bedford Blues.
But, despite topping Pool A of the play-offs, Bristol's promotion hopes were left in tatters after a disastrous semi-final display against Cornish Pirates.
In 2012-13, a squad ravaged by injury endured a slow start to the season, sinking to eighth place by November following a 63-7 reversal to Nottingham.
Middleton was replaced by Director of Rugby Andy Robinson and the former England Head Coach steered the Club back up the league, beating Newcastle Falcons on the final day of the regular season.
However, that victory wasn't enough to secure a place in the top four, and Bristol missed out.