Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Alan Ball. Alan Ball played 17 games for the club in the 1982-83 season and scored 2 goals.
They fielded an ineligible player in a game. The club fielded Steve Bailey in a Division Three game, and finished 12th overall. However, they would have only finished one more place up if they hadn't been docked the points.
No. Their best finish was 6th twice in the then Division Two, in seasons 1955-56 and 1958-59.
Luton Town. Rovers were beaten 12-0 in a Division Three (South) match on 13th April, 1936.
Queens Park Rangers. Challis started his career at QPR in 1994, and played a total of 15 games for the club before moving to the club in July 1998.
Geoff Bradford. Geoff Bradford hit 33 goals in the 1952-53 Division Three (South) season.
The Pirates. This is their official nickname, although they are also known as 'The Gas', due to their former Eastville ground being next to a gas works.
Alfred Homer. Homer managed the club for 21 years between 1899-1920.
The Black Arabs. The club was formed in 1883 as The Black Arabs, after the shirts they wore and a local rugby club. A year later they renamed as Eastville Rovers, and in 1897 became Bristol Eastville Rovers. One year later, they dropped Eastville from the club name and were known as Bristol Rovers.
1996. They moved to the Memorial Ground in 1996, and 2 years later they named it the Memorial Stadium and Rovers became the owners of this stadium. They drew 1-1 against Plymouth Argyle in their first match at this stadium.
Huddie Ledbetter. In 1933, when Huddie was in a Louisiana cell, Folk song expert Dr John A. Lomax and his son came to record prison songs and they met Huddie. In 1933 the first ever recording of "Irene" was recorded("Irene" was later renamed to "Goodnight Irene"). This song is now the offical song of Bristol Rovers and is used mainly in the Blackthorn End at the Memorial Stadium. There are many other songs sung by the Rovers fans but this is the main one.
They achieved their best F.A. Cup run. They reached the quarter-finals of the F.A. Cup. They drew 0-0 at Newcastle United and then they had a replay. Rovers had home advantage but couldn't take advantage of it as they lost 1-3. Newcastle United went on to win the F.A. Cup in 1951, defeating Blackpool by 2-0.
1898. They were formed as the Black Arabs in 1883. A year later, their name was changed to Eastville Rovers. It wasn't until 1897 when they changed their name to Bristol Eastville Rovers and a year later they changed their name to Bristol Rovers, which is what it has stayed ever since.
Ben Hall. Alfred Homer was the first ever manager of Bristol Rovers where he took charge of the club for 21 years from 1899 to 1920. Ben Hall was the second manager but only lasted from 1920-1921. Andy Wilson, the manager after Ben Hall, lasted 5 years from 1921-26. Albert Prince-Cox was actually the 6th manager of Bristol Rovers. He took charge of them in 1930 and lasted with the club for 6 years before Percy Smith took over.
1920. They were stuck in Division Three (South) South until the 1952-53 season, when they were champions and were promoted to Division Two. Two seasons before that saw the Gas reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.