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Swindon Town duo join QPR

Massimo Luongo playing for Swindon in the play-off final at Wembley. Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Archive

Swindon Town midfielders Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin have joined Championship side Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Australian international Luongo, 22, initially joined Swindon on loan in 2013 before completing a permanent move later that summer. He made over a century of appearances for Town and netted 14 goals.

Gladwin, also 22, signed from non-league Marlow in 2013, scored 11 goals last season - with eight of them coming in the Robins' final seven fixtures.

Ben Gladwin celebrates his goal against Sheffield United in the play-off semi-finals earlier this month. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

I'm really pleased to be joining the club - and I'm really excited.

There was interest from the Premier League but for me, personally, I think this move is a little more realistic at this stage of my career.

Playing is what it's all about, sitting on the bench is no way to improve your game.

Chris Ramsey is a fantastic coach and I'm sure he'll improve me on the training pitch.

I spoke to him earlier this week and was hugely impressed by what he had to say and where he sees me fitting in.

– Ben Gladwin


Bristol Rugby 80 minutes away from the Premiership

Bristol Rugby are just 80 minutes away from a place in the Premiership.

Andy Robinson's men take on Worcester tonight in the second leg of their play-off final.

Bristol go into the game with a one point deficit, but Director of Rugby Andy Robinson insists his players are feeling confident:

Robinson makes a total of five changes from the side that suffered a 28-29 loss in the first leg. Two of the changes are enforced after injuries to Ryan Jones (shoulder) and Gavin Henson (shin).

Jack Tovey starts in the midfield, while Marco Mama and Ben Glynn come into the pack. Nicky Robinson and Ben Mosses are also named in the backline.

Mosses can't wait for the game after scoring two tries against Worcester this season:

BREAKING: Former Swindon Town manager Andy King dies

Andy King managed Swindon Town in the early 2000s. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Andy King, a former manager of Swindon Town FC, has died at the age of 58.

The football legend who managed Swindon Town a couple of times between 2000 and 2005, is believed to have suffered a heart attack earlier today. Before his work as a manager he enjoyed a long playing career that included a legendary stint at Premiership side Everton during the seventies.

Tributes have been paid to him on Twitter by clubs and fans.

Dozens of people attend meeting to save Hallen Football Club

Dozens of people attended a public meeting tonight to try and save an amateur football club near Bristol.

Hallen FC may have to fold after Almondsbury Parish Council announced it was closing it's forty year old complex. More than twenty thousand pounds is needed to keep the Hallen Centre open, and the club says it's given a number of solutions - including the help of two other organisations - to the council.

But the Council insists the centre isn't financially viable.


Paper apologises for mocking Bristol Rovers bus tour

Bristol Rovers FC have done more than prove their critics wrong on the field. The club's open top bus tour celebrating their recent promotion victory was mocked in the media for a lack of fan interest - but left a newspaper red-faced after thousands turned up to celebrate.

The Mirror and a few Twitter users couldn't resist giving the club a hard time for a picture that appeared to show the players looking sheepish as its celebration bus rolled through a deserted Bristol.

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The Mirror asked in its headline "Is this the worst ever start to an open top bus parade?" - but had to eat its words after fans pointed out that the bus was only on its way to its first destination, and that thousands of fans did come out to celebrate the team's promotion back to the Football League.

Fans pack the streets wearing Rovers colours. Credit: ITV News

OK, hands up. We'll admit it. We MIGHT have jumped the gun. As many proud Rovers fans have pointed out, that is pretty much what ANY open top bus looks like… on the way to the start of a parade. A fair point, well made.

As many of you have pointed out, loads of supporters lined the streets a bit later on and to their credit, they look very happy. And why not? Rovers have returned to the Football League at the first time of asking.

– The Mirror

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
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