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Bristol City reveals Ashton Gate's new look

The new West Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Bristol City has unveiled artists impressions of how the redeveloped Ashton Gate stadium will look.

Earlier this month they revealed the project is on schedule and should be ready in time for next season.

More images will be on display at a supporter consultation meeting at the stadium next Thursday 4 December.

The new South Stand at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport

Burgess could make Bath debut tomorrow night

Bath rugby have named new signing Sam Burgess among the replacements for this Friday's match with Harlequins at the Rec.

Burgess could make his first appearance in competitive rugby union Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 25 year old arrived at the club a month ago but only recently returned to training having fractured a cheekbone in his final rugby league game in Australia.

See the full press release from Bath Rugby.

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Elton John to play Gloucester rugby stadium

Elton John performing in Poland earlier this month Credit: PA

It's been announced that Elton John and his band are to play Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester next year as part of their European tour.

The concert on Sunday 7 June will be the rock star's first ever performance in Gloucester. It will feature classics from his five-decade-long career.

I am very much looking forward to playing my first show in Gloucester. My drummer, Nigel Olsson, and guitarist, Davey Johnstone, have been with me since 1970 and 1972 respectively and we all have such fond memories of our early shows in the area.

The fans there have always shown a great love for my music and my band and I can't wait to bring our show to Kingsholm Stadium. I promise it will be worth the wait and am sure we will all have a fantastic time.

– Elton John

Gloucester Rugby's Chief Executive says the club couldn't be more excited about the gig.

We have held some successful concerts at the stadium in the past but this really enhances our reputation as a venue for top quality acts and will be part of an exciting year for the club, culminating with hosting four fixtures as part of Rugby World Cup 2015 later in the year.

– Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby's CEO

Tickets go on sale on Friday 28 November at 9am.

Full report: Paul Buckle joins Cheltenham

Football and Cheltenham Town have appointed Paul Buckle as the club's new manager. He has put pen to paper on a one year rolling contract at Whaddon Road and succeeds Mark Yates who was sacked yesterday.

Buckle returns to the English game after spending the last 18 months working in America. He jetted in this afternoon and our Sports Correspondent Matthias Kurth was there to meet him.

Paul Buckle is new Cheltenham Town manager

Former Bristol Rovers boss Paul Buckle is the new manager of Cheltenham Town. Credit: ITV News West Country

Cheltenham Town have appointed Paul Buckle as their new manager.

The former Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Luton Town manager has agreed a 12 month rolling contract, and will take charge of his first match against Oxford United at home on Saturday.

Buckle, 43, replaces Mark Yates who was sacked yesterday after five years in charge at Whaddon Road.

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Cheltenham Town Chairman: Yates departure 'hardest decision I've had to make'

The Chairman of Cheltenham Town Football Club has said in an interview that parting company with the team's Manager, Mark Yates, was the 'hardest decision' he's had to make.

Paul Baker released a video interview this morning confirming the decision.

Mark was understandably very upset and I was too. Everybody who knows him will have a lot of sadness with the decision we’ve had to take, but we have to look after the business and look at results and performances.

– Paul Baker, Chairman, Cheltenham Town FC

Cheltenham Town part company with Manager Yates

Mark Yates oversaw more than 250 matches at the club. Credit: Dave Howarth/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Cheltenham Town have parted company with manager Mark Yates, with immediate effect.

A popular figure and promotion-winning captain during his playing days, Yates returned to take charge at Whaddon Road in 2009 after leaving Kidderminster Harriers.

He has since overseen more than 250 matches and twice guided the club into the League Two play-offs, and the third round of the FA Cup on two occasions.

The 44-year-old was the third longest serving manager in the top four divisions of English football, behind only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Paul Tisdale of Exeter City.

His final match at the helm was the 4-1 home defeat by Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday, which left Cheltenham 18th in the table.

Bristol City fans raise £10,000 for six-year-old Oskar

Bristol City fans have raised £10,000 for a young boy with cerebral palsy.

6-year-old Oskar Pycroft led the team out in his wheelchair ahead of their match against Preston North End on Saturday. The club have given their backing to a campaign to raise money for an operation in America which could help Oskar walk.

Oskar Pycroft leads out the team at Ashton Gate Credit: Bristol Sport
Bristol City Captain Wade Elliott pushes Oskar in front of thousands Credit: Bristol Sport
Oskar gives a high ten to the Robins mascot Credit: Bristol Sport
That all-important bucket - Saturday's collection at the ground raised £10,000 towards Oskar's operation Credit: Bristol Sport

Crowd-funding launched for Bristol surfing lake

The organisers behind an inland surfing lake near Bristol are starting a crowd-funding campaign.

The money will be used to find sustainable ways to power the project and fund charitable schemes.

They hope to raise £150,000 by selling memberships and other rewards.

Work on The Wave Bristol at Easter Compton is due to start next year.

Architect's impression of The Wave, near Bristol. Credit: The Wave
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