Back In December 1986

December 21, 2016


(Part One)




Bristol Rovers supporters may recall that the future did not look bright back in December 1986.

Financial pressures had forced the club to relocate to Twerton Park and share with Bath City.

At this same stage of the season in 1986 the future of the football club was in doubt.

One win in 12 matches was the record leading up to the Home Boxing Day match against Bournemouth.

The previous two matches had seen a 3-0 defeat to BS3 Robins and a 4-1 hammering by Gillingham.

October 4th 1986 was the last Home win when Chesterfield had lost 3-2 to the Mark Johns winner.

The crowd for the Home match against Newport County on December 14th was just 2,660.




Boxing Day brought little good cheer with the Cherries winning 3-0 in front of 3,573 supporters.

The highest crowd at Twerton Park that season was on April 18th 1987.

The occasion was a Bristol stalemate in front of 4,695 supporters.

There was one higher HOME crowd that season some 8 days previous.

Bristol Rovers had to play Swindon Town in a Home match at Ashton Gate on the 18th of April 1987.

The story of that 4-3 defeat and the reason for the ground switch are for another day.

Suffice to say that festive joy was in short supply among Bristol Rovers supporters 30 years ago.



What would the coming days bring?

Was there to be any light at the end of this long tunnel?

Would the end of 1986 and the start of 1987 bring any upturn in fortunes?

Part Two of “THIRTY YEARS AGO” will follow in a few days.


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