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Thousand of Rovers fans line streets for bus parade

Thousands of Bristol Rovers fans have been lining the streets of Warmley and Kingswood as the team celebrated promotion back into the Football League with an open top bus tour.

Rovers dropped into the Conference for the first time in their history last season, but gained promotion in a penalty shoot out at Wembley.

David Woodland reports:


Thousands celebrate Bristol Rovers' promotion

Bristol Rovers are celebrating their promotion back to the Football League with an open top bus tour.

Thousands of fans lined the route through the east of the city, wearing the team's colours to cheer the players on.

Bristol Rovers players on the bus at the Memorial Stadium. Credit: ITV News West Country
Bristol Rovers fans in Warmley. Credit: ITV News West Country
The bus travels along Kingswood High Street. Credit: ITV News West Country

Rover's celebrate their promotion with open-top bus tour

Bristol Rovers fans can celebrate being promoted back to the Football League once more when they take to the streets in an open-top bus.

Fans are being encouraged to wear their colours and cheer on the team either along the route, or at the Memorial Stadium.

The route will start at 11.15am, near the old Warmley Station before finishing at the Lawrence Hill Roundabout.

Full details of the route:

  • Start: Deanery Road, near the old Warmley station,
  • Travelling along Kingswood High Street
  • Through St George,
  • Finish: Lawrence Hill Roundabout.
  • Buses will then head to the Memorial Stadium
Bristol Rovers' Lee Mansell scores the winning penalty against Grimsby Town. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

At the stadium speeches will be made and the players will celebrate from the executive boxes. They will then be introduced to the fans, who will be allowed on the pitch.

Lord Mayor Alastair Watson will present the players with their league runners-up medals. The promotion trophy will also be on display.

The club has booked a barbecue, ice cream van and food kiosks, and bars will be open along, with merchandise stalls.

The Championship play-off final will be shown in the bars.

Swindon's promotion dream is over

Preston North End's Jermaine Beckford scores his third, and his side's four goal against Swindon at Wembley. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Swindon Town's hopes of playing in the Championship next season are over after losing 4-0 to Preston in the play-off final at Wembley.

Jermaine Beckford gave the Lilywhites a 3rd minute lead. Paul Huntington doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

Beckford curled in his second just before half-time, and completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute.

Gloucester's European dream still alive

Jonny May celebrates his stunning try. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Gloucester have kept their European Champions Cup dream alive.

The Cherry and Whites were trailing in their play-off match with Connacht until a last minute try by Billy Meakes took the game into extra time.

Jonny May then scored one of the tries of the season as Gloucester won by 40 points to 32.

They'll now play Bordeaux Begles next weekend.

Read a full match report here.


Fans arrive to watch Swindon in play-off final

The Powell family wave their flags with pride. Credit: ITV News West Country

Swindon Town fans have been arriving at Wembley hoping for success in the play-off final.

The club are taking on Preston North End for a spot in the Championship. Kick off is at 17:30.

Fans gather ahead of the match. Credit: ITV News West Country

All the post-match reaction from The Rec

Bath are through to their first Premiership Final since 2004 after a stunning 47-10 win over Leicester at The Rec.

After the game we got the thoughts of Head Coach Mike Ford, hat-trick hero Matt Banahan, captain Stuart Hooper, try-scorers Anthony Watson and Peter Stringer, plus some of the capacity crowd:

Watch extended highlights of the game on ITV4 at 9pm tonight.

Bath through to Premiership Final

Matt Banahan swallow dives to score his hat-trick try. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.

Bath Rugby are through to the Premiership Final after beating old rivals Leicester 47-10 at The Rec.

Mike Ford's men crossed the line an impressive 7 times, with Matt Banahan scoring a hat-trick, with Kyle Eastmond, Peter Stringer, George Ford and Anthony Watson also going over.

Bath will play Saracens in next week's final at Twickenham.

Read a full match report on ITV's Premiership Rugby page.

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