Another popular Bristol Rovers song is "Tote End Boys", which was written and sung by Ben Gunstone. The name "Tote End Boys" derives from the section of Gasheads who stood in the Tote End terrace at Rovers' old home, Eastville Stadium.
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When Bristol Rovers were known as Black Arabs F.C. in 1883, they played their home games at Purdown, Stapleton. The following year they moved to Three Acres, the precise location of which is not known, but is believed to have been in the Ashley Down area of Bristol, where they remained for seven years. This was followed by brief stays at the Schoolmasters Cricket Ground, Durdham Down and Ridgeway.
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The retired Conservative MP for Hayes and Harlington Terry Dicks is a Bristol Rovers fan. He mentioned the club in parliament on 5 May 1994 when debating with Labour MP and Chelsea fan Tony Banks. Another notable fan is Mercury Prize winning DJ Roni Size.
Even though al-Qadi seems to have done his due diligence before taking on Bristol Rovers, this still hasn’t stopped him being sniped at for not buying a team closer to home. But in his defense, and leaving aside all the work that he’s done to promote the domestic game through his role at the JFA, al-Qadi said Jordanian football—while having professional teams—simply lacks a comparably mature corporate structure that allows investors to buy and sell teams.
The current manager of Bristol Rovers is Darrell Clarke. He joined Rovers in June 2013 as Assistant Manager and then took control of the first team nine months later on 29 March 2014 (with 8 games of the season remaining) when the previous manager John Ward changed roles to become 'Director of Football' at the club.
The first time Rovers encountered Yeovil was a Football League Trophy match which was played on 31 October 2001, which Rovers won via a penalty shoot out. The most recent encounter between the teams was in a Football League Two match on 15 August 2015, which Rovers won 1–0 with Ellis Harrison scoring a late winner. Because of the close proximity many players have also represented both the clubs, for example Adam Virgo, Gavin Williams, Dominic Blizzard and Tom Parkes.
When Rovers were admitted to The Football League in 1920 they wore white shirts with blue shorts. These remained the team colours until 1930, when the colours were reversed to blue shirts and white shorts for one season. The blue and white quarters were first worn in 1931, when they were introduced to try to make the players look larger and more intimidating. Rovers continued to wear the quarters for 31 years until they were replaced by blue pinstripes on a white background.
In February 2016 it was announced that a 92% stake in the club had been bought by the Jordanian al-Qadi family and that Wael al-Qadi, a member of the Jordan Football Association, would become the president.
It’s early June, and I’ve arranged to meet Wael al-Qadi in his office near the top of AJIB’s gleaming new headquarters in Amman. But I’m not here to talk to the assistant general manager about credit cards and ATMs. No, I’ve come to hear him explain why, earlier this year, his family decided to buy Bristol Rovers, one of the oldest teams in the English Football League.
The term "Gasheads" is now universally accepted within the English media and football fraternity as referring to Bristol Rovers supporters. After the club's relegation to Football League Two in 2001, the club designated the squad number 12 to the Gasheads to signify them as the club's 12th Man in recognition of their loyal support.
This is a list of the most noted former players at Bristol Rovers Football Club, stating the period that each player spent at the club, their nationality and their reason for being listed. To be included in this list a player must have made over 400 league appearances for the club, scored over 100 league goals or hold a club record.
For the 1920–21 season, the Southern League teams were moved into the new Division Three of the Football League, which became Division Three (South) the following season. They remained in this division for over 30 years, before winning the league, and promotion in the 1952–53 season.
The remarkable tale begins back in the early 1980s, when a teenage al-Qadi was sent to boarding school in London and started attending Chelsea matches. Cheering from the stands at Stamford Bridge, his lifelong love of the sport was sealed. “Once you get the football bug, it becomes part of you. Especially in England, where football is part of the culture,” said al-Qadi, who’s now 46.
Until recently, Wael al Qadi’s family was best known for founding the Arab Jordan Investment Bank (AJIB). But now they’ve joined the elite ranks of business figures from our region to own a team in the multi-billion dollar English Football League.
In January 2007 planning permission was granted for a new 18,500 capacity all-seater stadium to be built on the site of the Memorial Stadium. Building work was originally intended to begin late in 2007, but a number of delays set the project back first until the summer of 2008, and then until the summer of 2009.
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Wael Al-Qadi, a Jordanian Football Association member, has been named president of the southwest England club.
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Bristol Rovers Football Club has won the following honours:
Further delays meant that by 2011, the club had begun exploring different options with regards to the future of the club's stadium. In June 2011, the club announced its intention to relocate the club to a new 21,700 all seater stadium, to be built on land at the University of the West of England's Frenchay campus. To fund the project, the current site of the Memorial Stadium will be sold to supermarket Sainsbury's.
In the past, rivalries also emerged with Severnside rivals Cardiff City known as the Severnside derby. Rovers most recent meeting against Cardiff was a League Cup match on 26 August 2009, which Cardiff went on to win 3–1. This game took place at the new Cardiff City Stadium and the Rovers only goal from the game came from Steve Elliot. The last time Cardiff and Bristol Rovers were in the same league was in the 1999–2000 season.
Rovers play their home games at The Memorial Stadium in Horfield, a ground they formerly shared with Bristol Rugby Club. The team moved to The Mem, as it is known informally, at the beginning of the 1996–97 season, initially as tenants but purchased it two years later.
The team has won promotion on five other occasions: in 1973–74 from the Third Division to the Second Division, again in 1989–90 as Division Three champions, in 2006–07 to the Football League One, in 2014–15 to League Two from the Conference Premier, and then in 2015-16 to League One. The club has been relegated six times—in 1961–62, 1980–81, 1992–93, 2000–01, 2010–11 and most recently at the end of the 2013–14 season.
Football: Wotton-under-Edge v Black Arabs (Bristol). A match under association rules has been played at Wotton-under-Edge between these clubs, resulting in the defeat of the visiting team. The home team were in every point superior to their antagonists and after a one-sided game Wotton were declared victors by six goals to nil.
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They have twice reached the final of the Football League Trophy, in 1989–90 and 2006–07, but finished runners-up on both occasions. On the second occasion they did not allow a single goal against them in the competition en route to the final, but conceded the lead less than a minute after the final kicked off.
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He began talking to lower league clubs in Belgium and Spain, but negotiations petered out and came to nothing. His attention then shifted to the UK, whose investor-friendly football industry had welcomed several foreign owners over recent years (not least from the Middle East).
Bristol Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Bristol, England. They compete in League One, the third tier of English football. The team play their home matches at Memorial Stadium, in Horfield, a suburb of Bristol, and are affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA.
Rovers have played at the 11,916-capacity Memorial Stadium since 1996 but are looking to build a larger venue.
Rovers also played five home games at Ashton Gate Stadium, home of rivals Bristol City, following a fire which destroyed the South Stand of the Eastville Stadium on the night of the 16–17 August 1980. Rovers returned to Eastville in October 1980. During World War II, some friendly matches were played in Kingswood, and in their early history some games were played at Parson Street, Bedminster
He soon came to the realization that owning and running a football club would be a natural progression for him and a potentially fruitful business move for his family, which also has major investments outside the banking sector. “I knew where I wanted to be. It was my calling. I established lots of good connections and they encouraged me to come into the football industry,” al-Qadi said. “After exploring several avenues, it became clear that owning a club would be the most ideal thing.”
As of March 2014, 32 men have been appointed as a manager of Bristol Rovers Football Club, excluding caretaker managers. Bobby Gould, Gerry Francis and John Ward are the only men to have been given the job on a permanent basis twice, although Garry Thompson had a separate spell as caretaker manager before later being appointed permanently, and Phil Bater was caretaker manager on two separate occasions.
For the majority of their history, Bristol Rovers have played their home games at the Eastville Stadium, where they remained for a period of 89 years from 1897–1986. Financial problems led to the team being forced to leave Eastville, and they found a temporary home at Twerton Park, the home of Bath City. They stayed in Bath for 10 seasons, before returning to Bristol in 1996.
The club was formed following a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant in Bristol in September 1883. It was initially called Black Arabs F.C., after the Arabs rugby team and the predominantly black kits in which they played. This name only lasted for the 1883–84 season, and in a bid to draw more fans from the local area the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884.
As a European football match played silently on a large widescreen TV next to us in his office, al-Qadi used words like “ecstatic” and “overwhelmed” to describe the past few rollercoaster months that saw him become president of a demoralized club that he very likely saved from financial ruin, and which then managed to clinch a nail biting promotion to League One on the final day of the season.