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🔍 Opposition: Bristol Rovers

Lowdown on the Gas

19 August 2021

Saturday at St James Park, is there no better place? Certainly this weekend as Bristol Rovers make the short trip down the M5 to Devon.

So bury your treasure and read up all about the Pirates.

  • Founded: 1883
  • Nicknames: The Pirates, The Gas
  • Honours: Third Division (S)
  • Home Kit: MACRON Blue and white quartered shirts, White shorts and blue shorts
  • Away Kit: MACRON Yellow and green quartered shirts, yellow shorts and socks.
  • Form: LLLW (15th in League Two)

Formed on the Stapleton Road in 1883, ‘Eastville Rovers’ went through a number of name changes prior to sticking with Bristol Rovers. In the 1888/89 season, The Pirates claimed the Gloucestershire Senior Cup before turning professional in 1897.  Rovers’ nickname derives from the infamous maritime history of the City, whereas ‘The Gas’ was adopted from the term used by rivals City, where Eastville Stadium laid next to a gasworks.

Bristol is one of Britain’s largest cities built heavily on its accessible waterways and sadistic past. The City was a major trade port for the British Isles during the 15th and 16th Centuries. At the height of the slave trade more than 2,000 ships sadly exported half a million people to work in America.

Bristol’s modern economy is built on the creative and aerodynamic industry with Airbus one of the largest employers on the Avon. One of the UK's most popular tourist destinations, Bristol was named the best city in Britain in which to live in 2014 and 2017, and won the European Green Capital Award in 2015. 

Rovers were an original member of the Third Division in 1920 and won the division in 1952/53, with their first Football League honour. The Pirates repeated the feat in 1989/90 and managed to reach the dizzying heights of Division 1 (modern Championship) in 1992. Rovers have a strange stat of the most players to have scored four goals in a single match, without a player scoring five. A staggering 12 players have completed a four-goal haul for the Gas including Sydney Leigh in 1921, against Exeter City, and a certain Jamie Cureton who netted four against Reading in 1999.  

In 2015, The Gas dropped out of the Football League but completed an immediate return, with a play-off win the following season, bouncing with back-to-back promotions. Last season Rovers stumbled to a measly 24th place finish.

Manager

Joey Barton is currently Bristol Rovers manager. The controversial former Premier League midfielder played for Manchester City and Newcastle United during his career. He joined the Memorial Stadium as Boss in February, his second managerial appointment after Fleetwood Town.

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Stadium

  • Name: Memorial Stadium
  • Capacity: 12,296
  • Year opened: 1921
  • Record Attendance: 12,011 (vs West Bromwich Albion, 9th March 2008)
  • Address: Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0AQ

Opened to commemorate the fallen Bristolian rugby players after the First World War, the Memorial Ground has been a rugby ground since its construction. The Bristol Bears had been tenants of the Horfield stadium until 2014 when the rugby club set their ambitions higher and moved to Ashton Gate.

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Rovers have been playing at the Mem since 1996 after moving from Twerton Park. There have been many plans to expand the stadium, most notably to an 18,500 all-seater in 2007. Planning permission was granted though delays and a club financial crisis made the development untenable.

In 2017, new owners the Al-Qadi Family reinstated their commitment to expand the ground beginning first with redevelopment to the in-house facilities.  

Ones To Watch

Aaron Collins is one of Rovers’ new recruits. The striker arrives at the Memorial Stadium on a two-year deal. A highly-rated talent, the 24-year-old possesses a good degree of EFL experience, with spells at the likes of Newport County, Tranmere Rovers, Morecambe, Colchester and most recently at Forest Green Rovers.

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It was A. Collins and A. Collins who both found themselves on the scoresheet when Exeter met Forest Green on Boxing Day (though Archie trumped him with his piledriver). That goal was one of 11 for Aaron last term which guided the Club on the Hill to the League Two Play-offs, where he netted in the thrilling second leg against Newport County. That proved his final game for Forest Green and joined the Pirates last month.

Head to Head

The Pirates usually offer exciting affairs and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the inaugural fixture- a 5-0 victory for the Bristolians. Not every game has been as grim a reading for City fans with some fans remembering the brilliant 2-0 away victory in 2011. That’s proven to be our last victory on the Severn estuary, but the two Westcountry adversaries lock horns again on 21st August.

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Exeter City wins: 29

Draws: 31

Bristol Rovers wins: 31

Recent encounters

Exeter City 2-0 Bristol Rovers | Football League Trophy | St James Park | 13th November 2018

Jonathan Forte and Joel Randal were on target as City blew away their Westcountry adversaries in the FL Trophy group stage.

Bristol Rovers 3-1 Exeter City | League Two | Memorial Stadium | 23rd April 2016

Jake Taylor’s second half strike wasn’t enough to claw the Grecians back into the game, as promotion chasing Rovers took the spoils.

Exeter City 1-1 Bristol Rovers | League Two | St James Park | 28th November 2015

Jamie Reid’s dramatic last gasp equaliser shared the points the last time The Gas made the trip to Devons capital.

And Finally...

The song which is synonymous with Rovers is "Goodnight, Irene", which was written by Lead Belly.

Opinions differ as to how this came about but it is thought to have become popular in the 1950s when a version of the song was in the British charts. It is believed that John Clapham is responsible for the song as he used to work at Eastville Stadium for the greyhound racing and the last record he would play at the end of the night was "Goodnight Irene" also having a daughter called Irene, the record would then be left in the player and was played at the football.

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🎟 Grab advance priced tickets for Bristol Rovers clash

Back the boys against Bristol Rovers

21 August 2021

Advance priced tickets are on sale for City's next home match against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, August 21 in a 3pm kick-off.

It was amazing to see so many Grecians at the Park for City's season opener against Bradford City, with an attendance of over 5,600, let's aim for 6000+ this time!

This will be the first league meeting at the Park since November 2015! By buying tickets in advance you can save money and avoid the queues on match day.

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E-tickets

E-tickets are the easiest and quickest way to buy tickets for City matches. On ordering you can select to receive an e-ticket which will be emailed to your phone for you to show on the turnstile - no need to print!

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Admission prices 

Big Bank     IP Office/Stagecoach    
Ticket Type Advance Gate Ticket Type Advance Gate
Adult £19 £20 Adult £25 £26
Senior £16 £17 Senior £22 £23
Young Adult 18-23 £16 £17 Young Adult 18-23 £22 £23
Under-18 £7 £8 Under-18 £12 £13
Wheelchair Area £16 £17 Wheelchair Area £22 £23
Junior Grecians   --- Junior Grecians   ---

How to Buy

To purchase tickets online, please click here. Please note that you will need to log in to purchase.

You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411243 or visit the club shop and reception in person between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. We ask that you please buy online where possible.

Junior Grecians Tickets 

Junior Grecians members get access to free match tickets when purchased alongside a paying adult. There are three family friendly areas available at St James Park, section E in the IP Office Main Stand, in Block A of the Stagecoach Adam Stansfield Stand, and a section of the Thatchers Big Bank which is identified by the white barriers).

How to buy

To book Junior Grecians tickets, please make sure you are logged in first. Then select an Adult and either one or two Junior Grecian tickets to the basket. The system will validate you and change the Junior Grecians tickets to free.

Please note that this will not work if under-18 tickets are added, or tickets are selected in non-family areas. If you experience any issues, please email tickets@ecfc.co.uk who can help.

Tickets are limited and it is advisable to book early. Click here to find out more about the Junior Grecians. 

Match Hospitality

Fancy watching the match in style? Either for corporate or personal use, our matchday hospitality is one of the best ways to enjoy the ECFC matchday experience.  
 
We have a fantastic new package available for the Bristol Rovers match!
  • Use of Paramount Personnel VIP match day entrance.
  • Reserved seat in the IP Office Main Stand.
  • Reserved table in the Supporters’ Trust Suite (Individual group tables).
  • 2-course meal with half-time teas and coffees. (See below for menus).
  • Table service bar.
  • Matchday programme and team sheet.
  • Pre-match interview with a current or former player.
  • View the post-match Man of the Match presentation.
  • Large screen TV showing Sky/BT Sports.
  • Raffle entry for Signed Ball.
The Price
  • Adult £54
  • Child £36
Supporters’ Trust Members
  • Adult £49
  • Child £36
All matchday hospitality prices are inclusive of VAT
 
Saturday, August 21 - Bristol Rovers
Bar Open 12noon, Welcome 12:45pm, Food Served 1pm
  • Braised Lamb Shoulder – Watercress Purée – Dauphinoise Potato – Buttered Cabbage – Lamb Jus Gras
  • Miso Glazed BBQ Hispi Cabbage – Sesame – Wild Mushroom – Goma Dressing
  • Dark Chocolate Delice – Peanut Butter – Banana - Popcorn

How to book

To book hospitality for this match, please click here. 

Should you have any questions or special dietary requirements please call 01392 411 243 or email: commercial@ecfc.co.uk.

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