The Williams Tale

February 3, 2016

Roy Of The Rovers

(An uplifting and inspirational story from Tom Stevens in the Guardian on Tuesday 2nd February 2016.)

Bristol Rovers supporters will enjoy reading this Gashead account of Roy and Ruth Williams.


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Ruth Williams has lived in Bristol all her life.

She grew up in the city’s Bedminster district and wore her Bristol Rovers scarf to school.

This was a brave action at a school where the majority of students were Bristol City supporters.

The reason for becoming a Gashead was simple; her dad Roy has supported them all his life.


Ruth Williams with her dad Roy at the Memorial Ground last Saturday. Bristol Rovers drew 1-1 against Plymouth Argyle.

Ruth Williams and her dad Roy in the Dribuild Stand at The Memorial Stadium on Saturday 23rd January 2016 for the match against Plymouth Argyle.

“My first Bristol Rovers match was a 1-1 draw against Hull City on 15 September 1990.

I was 12 years old at the time and the club were in the old second division.

Having lost their Eastville Stadium in 1986, Rovers were ground-sharing with Bath City at the time.

It was a bit of a trek getting to Twerton Park. But the game stuck with me and I was hooked.


Ruth Williams with friends at the Annexe

Ruth Williams meets up with friends at the Annexe prior to the short walk to The Memorial Stadium for Home fixtures.

I’m 38 now and have been going to games with my dad  since. We’ve had season tickets for nearly a decade.”

Roy Williams has been blind all his life.

Mervin Davis, a family friend, took him to his first Bristol Rovers game in 1951, when he was four years old.


To read this uplifting story in full :-   CLICK HERE

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