Browsing: Bristol Rovers

Now the diggers are moving in at the site of Bristol Rovers’ new Colony Farm training ground, there is only one question on the lips of Gasheads: ‘‘When will work finally start on UWE Stadium?’’  Rumours an announcement was imminent were stoked by a recent Bristol Evening Post piece. Social chatter suggested the announcement, allegedly due to be revealed after the Millwall game, could be bad news. President Wael al-Qadi and chairman Steve Hamer have boxed clever regarding the status of the proposed 21,700 all-seater facility in North Bristol since they took over the club. Planning permission was secured years ago,…

In the recent history of Bristol Rovers football club, it would be fair to say there have been more managerial flops than successes, cast your mind back to the brief reign of Scottish tactician Mark McGhee (recently on the end of a thumping 7-2 defeat at his current club Motherwell) and that tells you all you need to know about our luck pre-Darrell Clarke. It would be no exaggeration to say that Clarke has cemented himself as a Bristol Rovers icon within just three years at the club in which, he has masterminded two promotions and achieved countless other accolades.…

Darrell Clarke is staying at Bristol Rovers because his is a rare case in football today – he’s a manager who is allowed to manage.  Appearing to rule himself out of the running for the Carrow Road hot seat, which was still vacant at the time of writing, DC this week affirmed his loyalty to the club, its fans and the Jordanian owners. His decision, while saying a lot about a man who grew up on a council estate and still holds dear traditional values, bucks the trend amid the modern game’s managerial merry-go-round.  I’m sure it was actually an…

In the modern game, the loan system is an asset utilised by clubs worldwide, from Bristol to Berlin, the option of loaning in another club’s player can prove beneficial for both the clubs and the individual involved. In recent years, Rovers have had their fair share of “hits” and “misses” when it comes to the loan market and the 2016/17 campaign has been no different. In this article, I will be assessing our current crop of loanees (as well as our first team players currently out on loan) and casting my eye over what I believe their chances of playing…

Very rarely are players able to produce affectionate chants from the terraces quite like our very own Chris lines. Renditions of “He’s one of our own, he’s one of our own, Chrissy Lines, he’s one of our own” can be heard regularly at The Memorial Stadium directed towards our home-grown hero. But just why do we love “Linesy” so much? As part of a new TFF series, we will break down 10 reasons why we LOVE Chris Lines 1) THAT goal vs Cardiff Cast your mind back to the 11th of August 2016, the beginning of the 2016/17 season and…

Rovers’ convincing win at the Kassam on Saturday has left fans daring to dream once again. Surely Darrell Clarke’s boys can’t possibly secure a play-off place and earn a chance at a third promotion in three seasons, can they? Here, two Football Forecast bloggers, Doug Shields and Joe Moon examine their remaining games and cast their verdicts on whether or not this team can rewrite history again. At the end of the 2015/16 season, Barnsley clinched the final League One play-off place with 74 points and won at Wembley to secure a spot in the Championship.They did it by winning…

His dramatic right-footed finish in the dying seconds of last season secured him a place in the history books – and in the hearts of Rovers fans forever. But even Lee Brown may not escape the brutal cull manager Darrell Clarke looks set to embark upon to ensure the club secures second tier football in the not too distant future.  The club’s longest-serving player, who has racked up over 200 games for The Gas since he signed in June 2011, was ‘rested’ for the 1-1 draw at Vale Park and replaced by Bob Harris, who Clarke picked up on a…

Bristol Rovers drew their fifth successive league game in an entertaining clash against promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United at the Memorial Stadium. The visiting side came close to taking the lead just 12 seconds into the tie with Rovers goalkeeper Joe Lumley pulling off a smart save to deny Duane Holmes volleyed effort. The hosts, however, dominated the opening period having long spells of possession and at times threatening to run away with the game. A lack of clear-cut chances and solid defending by “The Iron” limited Rovers attacking options with home debutant Bob Harris impressing in the left back position in…

As we make our way into the latter part of the season, I feel it is important to reflect on the many positives to come from our first campaign upon returning to league 1. With survival all but confirmed and 13 games remaining to stake a late claim for a play-off place, it has been a successful homecoming back to the 3rd tier. Personally, like many fans I would have simply settled for a season of consolidation and perhaps one of survival, with the majority of our squad retained from the league 2 promotion as well as several current first…

Goalkeeper For the goalkeeper spot, I have to go with Darlow. The Newcastle keeper has made countless crucial saves to stop his side from conceding. Darlow first broke into the first team towards the end of last season with injuries to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot. He took his chance well and made a very strong case for himself. However, Darlow is only called into action when necessary with the very solid defence in front of him. This season he has made 45 saves and kept nine clean sheets so far. He’s also conceded 18 goals, an average of 0.82…

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