July 25, 2015
Supporters might be interested in reading this Low Down on Bristol Rovers.
(It is written by Jim Bonner for Footy Mad from the perspective of a Pompey fan.)
A closer look at The Pirates and the Memorial Ground.
Chairman: Nick Higgs
Last Season: Conference National – 2nd (Promoted)
Nicknames: The Pirates, The Gas
Rivals: Bristol City
Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers, February 13th (3pm)
Bristol Rovers v Portsmouth: Saturday, September 26th (3pm)
Bristol Rovers: A brief history
Rovers were formed in an Eastville restaurant and were originally named Black Arabs FC after the rugby club which were known for wearing black shirts. The name was changed after a season to Eastville Rovers and then eventually to Bristol Rovers before the turn of the century.
In their most recent guise, Rovers played at Eastville stadium where a fire broke out in 1980. In 1986 the club were forced out of their home and played at Bath’s Twerton Park until they moved back to Bristol to their current home ground; the Memorial Stadium a decade later. A new stadium for Rovers is set to be built eventually.
Rovers’ only trophy triumph of note was their 1972 Watney Cup win. The tournament was a short-lived competition played in the 70’s between the top scorers of each division. Having been relegated into non-league for the first time at the end of the 2013/2014 season, Rovers bounced straight back into League Two with a win over Grimsby in last season’s Conference play-off final.
The Manager: Darrell Clarke
Clarke spent most of his playing career as a winger for Mansfield and Hartlepool before retiring at Salisbury where he went on to become their manager.
Having achieved two promotions from non-league, Clarke was appointed as John Ward’s assistant in June 2013 and was promoted to full manager later that season but couldn’t prevent Rovers’ relegation.
He rebuilt the team the following summer and the club finished as runners-up in the Conference and beat Grimsby Town in the play-off final to return to the Football League after just one season away.
The Stadium: The Memorial Ground (Capacity: 12,000 – Away: 1,100)
The Memorial Ground is certainly one of the most unique grounds in the Football League with all four sides very different from one another. The majority of Pompey fans will be situated in the open west terrace of the East Stand, which does get very cramped and is fairly shallow.
The Pompey fans who wish to be seated can do so in the South Stand which looks more like a giant tent, complete with temporary loos and segregation for the home supporters too.
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