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November 14, 2014


Looking for a book for a Bristol Rovers supporter for Christmas .

Have a look at these FIVE books written by Rovers supporters for Rovers supporters ?


2014 08 12 Keith Book 2

A recent book produced by Keith Brookman, the Pirate programme editor, continues to attract interest and can be purchased from the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Shop at 199 Two Mile Hill Road or from Pirate Leisure for just £9.99.

Volume Two, taking in 100 images, covers the ten years, 1991 –2001 and follows a similar format to the very popular first volume and moves into the world of colour photography.

This second volume of the excellent series is a must-buy for any Rovers supporter.


mike jay br book

This is an up-to-date and definitive historical record of Bristol Rovers Football Club, relating the story of the club from its origins in 1883, through the glory years and tougher times, to where it is today.

Emphasis is placed on why the club started, who the figureheads of the club were at various  points in its long history, how two World Wars were survived and how the club lived through exile in Bath to return to its home patch.

No football club simply starts, and no club can be where it is today without a wealth of stories and a plethora of anecdotal incidents.

Stephen Byrne’s informative text illustrates how all this came to pass, while Mike Jay’s carefully constructed seasonal charts add statistical weight to the history.

The book  also features a full-colour picture section, bringing to life the many players, fans, trials and triumphs of this great club.

Amberley Publishing. £20.

The book came out in August 2014 so it may be prove to be the perfect present for the diehard Gashead.

A book signing was held at the Mem in October 2014.


2014 08 Keith Book 1

This recently produced book by our programme editor, Keith Brookman, continues to sell well and is available from the BRSC shop at 199 Two Mile Hill Road or from Pirate Leisure at a cost of £9.99 each.

Going under the title of ‘The Bristol Rovers Archive’ Volume One, it takes us through fifty years of nostalgia, from 1951 – 1991. It contains some 96 images from a bygone era with full descriptions by the author.

A must for any Rovers supporters, so get your copy for the perfect Christmas gift. 



Bristol Rovers Local Hero

Harold Jarman is a Bristol-born sporting legend.
A highly talented winger for Bristol Rovers, he made almost 500 League appearances for the club, scoring over a century of goals. Although he has taken on many different roles for clubs in the UK and the United States, his heart has always belonged to Bristol – he returned initially as youth team manager, then caretaker manager (saving the  Pirates from relegation) before coaching and managing the youth and reserve teams on and off for eighteen years.

During the summer months between 1961 and 1973, Harold also enjoyed playing professionally for Gloucestershire County Cricket club, delighting crowds with his skill and particularly his astute fielding. In this book, Mike Jay and Ian Haddrell explore a remarkable life, accompanied by fascinating pictures, many unpublished from Harold’s own collection.

Foreword by Ian Holloway. Written by  Mike Jay & Ian Haddrell. From the at a cost of £9.99.

A book signing for this book took place at The Mem recently.




A very recent book written by various contributors and edited by Martin Bull.


You can enjoy reading about 50 years of utterly marvellous away memories of Bristol Rovers fans.

There are funny, poignant and emotional short stories.

The book is full of photographs of Gasheads.  You will not have seen many of these photos anywhere else.

 (The featured image was kindly borrowed from a local organisation, with grateful thanks.)


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