As a Cardiff City fan I hate to give Bristol
city credit but they’ve been in the top division of English football
You have an additional R in River SeRvern
Shouldn't that say "and" not "but?" What is remarkable about smaller cities not having cathedrals?
Could you also have 'Bath' for cities under 150,000 population without a cathedral (it has an abbey)? And also Bath for 'a city since time immemorial'? It's got the Roman Baths at least :)
According to Wikipedia, Bath has only been an official city since 1090, but obviously the settlement goes back to Roman times.
It's like saying "The UK is not a country, because England, Wales etc. are countries".
had a football club compete in the Premier League" accepts Canterbury as an answer, but Canterbury's population falls far short of the mark, being around 55,000 in the 2011 census. It hasn't grown threefold in the last decade!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_status_in_the_United_Kingdom, under "city status conferment"