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Full name Bristol Rovers Football Club
Nickname(s) The Pirates, The Gas
Founded 1883
Ground Memorial Stadium, Bristol
(Capacity: 11,000 (3,000 seated))
Owner Flag of Jordan Wael al-Qadi
Manager Flag of England Joey Barton
Current League League One 
2021–22 League Two, 3rd (promoted)
Website Club home page
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Bristol Rovers F.C. are a professional football club in Bristol, England. They compete in League One, the third tier of the English football league system. They play home matches at the Memorial Stadium in Horfield, they have been competing there since 1996. They spent 89 years in the heart of North Bristol between 1897 to 1986 at the Eastville Stadium. Following a sale of the land they spent ten years at Twerton Park in Bath. The club's official nickname is "The Pirates", reflecting the maritime history of Bristol. The local nickname of the club is "The Gas", derived from the gasworks next to their former home, Eastville Stadium. This nickname originally began as a derogatory term used by fans of their main rivals, Bristol City, but was affectionately adopted by the club and its supporters. Cardiff City and Swindon Town are considered their second and third biggest rivals. Other rivalries include; Cheltenham Town, Exeter City, Forest Green Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and Yeovil Town. These rivalries are considered West Country Derbies and are often heated encounters. The women's team play in the Gloucestershire County Women's League.

The club was founded in 1883 as Black Arabs F.C., and were also known as Eastville Rovers and Bristol Eastville Rovers before finally changing its name to Bristol Rovers in 1899. The club's official nickname is The Pirates, reflecting the maritime history of Bristol. The local nickname of the club is The Gas, from the gasworks next to their former home Eastville Stadium, which started as a derogatory term used by fans of their main rival Bristol City but was affectionately adopted by the team. According to a survey conducted in December 2003, Cardiff City and Swindon Town are considered their second and third biggest rivals. Rovers contest the Bristol derby against Bristol City and the Severnside derby against Cardiff.

Rovers were admitted to the Football League in 1920 and maintained their league status until relegation in 2014. They previously came close to losing their league status in 1939, when they were re-elected after finishing bottom of Division Three (South), and in 2002 when the team finished one league position away from relegation to the Football Conference. Their highest finishing positions were in 1956 and 1959, on both occasions ending the season in 6th place in Division Two, then the second tier of English football.

Players

As of 5 March 2022

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Flag of England GK James Belshaw
2 Flag of England DF James Connolly (on loan from Cardiff City)
4 Flag of England MF Josh Grant
5 Flag of England DF Alfie Kilgour
6 Flag of England MF Sam Finley
7 Flag of England MF Luke Thomas (on loan from Barnsley)
9 Flag of England FW Leon Clarke
10 Flag of Wales FW Aaron Collins
11 Flag of Scotland MF Sam Nicholson
12 Flag of Scotland MF Elliot Anderson (on loan from Newcastle United)
15 Flag of Scotland MF Paul Coutts (captain)
16 Flag of England DF Nick Anderton
17 Flag of England DF Connor Taylor (on loan from Stoke City)
19 Flag of England MF Harry Anderson
No. Position Player
20 Flag of Republic of Ireland DF Trevor Clarke
21 Flag of England MF Antony Evans
22 Flag of England FW Harvey Saunders
24 Flag of Wales MF Siôn Spence (on loan from Crystal Palace)
25 Flag of Wales DF Cian Harries
26 Flag of Republic of Ireland MF Glenn Whelan
28 Flag of England MF Jon Nolan
30 Flag of Wales DF Luca Hoole
32 Flag of Finland GK Anssi Jaakkola
33 Flag of England MF Alex Rodman
35 Flag of England GK Jed Ward
38 Flag of England FW Ryan Loft
39 Flag of England DF Junior Brown

Development squad and Under-18s

No. Position Player
36 Flag of England DF Sam Heal
41 Flag of England FW Jarmani Langlais
42 Flag of England DF Niall Lovelock
43 Flag of England MF Jerry Lawrence
46 Flag of England MF Owen Brain
No. Position Player
47 Flag of England FW Lucas Vaughan
48 Flag of England DF Tyron Mbuenimo
51 Flag of England MF Malik Sesay
52 Flag of Wales MF Max Edwards-Stryjewski
Flag of England DF Zak Ford

Out on loan

No. Position Player
8 Flag of England MF Zain Westbrooke (on loan at Stevenage)
14 Flag of England MF Cameron Hargreaves (on loan at King's Lynn Town)
18 Flag of Wales DF Pablo Martinez (on loan at Gloucester City)
23 Flag of England MF Tom Mehew (on loan at Swindon Supermarine)
27 Flag of England MF Ben Liddle (on loan at Queen of the South)
29 Flag of England FW Kieran Phillips (on loan at Swindon Supermarine)
No. Position Player
31 Flag of England MF Lucas Tomlinson (on loan at Gloucester City)
34 Flag of England FW Ollie Hulbert (on loan at Gloucester City)
40 Flag of Jersey FW Brett Pitman (on loan at Eastleigh)
44 Flag of England MF Ryan Jones (on loan at Bath City)
49 Flag of England FW Harvey Greenslade (on loan at Tiverton Town)

Honours

External links

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History: Seasons

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Bristol Rovers F.C. squad - 2022–23

1 Belshaw · 2 Connolly · 4 Grant · 5 Kilgour · 6 Finley · 7 Thomas · 9 Clarke · 10 Collins · 11 Nicholson · 12 E.Anderson · 15 Coutts · 16 Anderton · 17 Taylor · 19 H.Anderson · 20 Clarke · 21 Evans · 22 Saunders · 24 Spence · 25 Harries · 26 Whelan · 28 Nolan · 30 Hoole · 32 Jaakkola · 33 Rodman · 35 Ward · 38 Loft · 39 Brown ·

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Bristol Rovers F.C. seasons

2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 · 2020-21 · 2021-22 · 2022-23 ·

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Bristol Rovers F.C. squad seasons

2014-15 · 2015-16 · 2016-17 · 2017-18 · 2018-19 · 2019-20 ·

Bristol Rovers Football Club - Managers

Homer (1899–1920) • Hall (1920–21) • Wilson (1921–26) • Palmer (1926–29) • McLean (1929–30) • Prince-Cox (1930–36) • Smith (1936–37) • Fletcher (1938–50) • Tann (1950–68) • Ford (1968–69) • Dodgin (1969–72) • Megson (1972–77) • B. Campbell (1977–79) • Jarman (1979–80) • Cooper (1980–81) • Gingell (1981) • Gould (1981–83) • Williams (1983–85) • Gould (1985–87) • Francis (1987–91) • Dobson (1991) • Rofe (1991–92) • Allison (1992–93) • Ward (1993–96) • Holloway (1996–2001) • Francis (2001) • Thompson (2001–02) • Bater (2002) • Graydon (2002–04) • Bater (2004) • Atkins (2004–05) • Trollope (2005–10) • Patterson (2010–11) • Penney (2011) • S. Campbell (2011) • Buckle (2011–12) • McGhee (2012) • Ward (2012–14) • Clarke (2014–18) • Coughlan (2018–19) • Dunnec (2019) • Maherc (2019) • Garner (2019–20) • Widdringtonc (2020) • Tisdale (2020–21) • Widdringtonc (2021) • Barton (2021–)

EFL League One 2022–23

Accrington Stanley · Barnsley · Bolton Wanderers · Bristol Rovers · Burton Albion · Cambridge United · Charlton Athletic · Cheltenham Town · Derby County · Exeter City · Fleetwood Town · Forest Green Rovers · Ipswich Town · Lincoln City · Milton Keynes Dons · Morecambe · Oxford United · Peterborough United · Plymouth Argyle · Port Vale · Portsmouth · Sheffield Wednesday · Shrewsbury Town · Wycombe Wanderers

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