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Bristol Rovers investigating racial abuse

Bristol Rovers Football Club have released a statement saying they will conduct a full investigation after a visiting goalkeeper was racially abused.

Dartford Keeper Jason Brown was abused by one or more Rovers supporters who were stood on the terrace behind his goal during the match last night.

The police are also involved in the investigation.

Any supporters found to have been involved in the incident will be prosecuted and banned from this football club for life.

Bristol Rovers operates a zero tolerance approach to abusive behaviour and, after all of our efforts to eliminate racial abuse from the Memorial Stadium, we are devastated at last night’s incident.

A small minority of so called supporters are bringing our club into disrepute and we run the risk of attracting a punishment from the Football Association should we continue to experience problems such as this.

Just one week after the Eastleigh Chairman praised the behaviour of our supporters, we are now investigating a very serious matter that happened in our own stadium and it is imperative that those responsible for last night’s incident are caught and punished.

– Bristol Rovers Football Club

'Confident but not overconfident' - Rovers boss Clarke

After stringing together an unbeaten run of six consecutive games, Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke says he and his team are "confident but not overconfident" of what they want to achieve. Namely, achieving promotion from the Conference.

Rovers host Dover at the Memorial Stadium this weekend knowing that a sixth win in seven outings could catapult the club up to third in the table.

The Pirates had two players sent off in their midweek draw away at Eastleigh, however, and Clarke stresses the importance of keeping his team on the pitch and fit.

"We have got a mall squad, so it's important that we don't pick up too many suspensions and injuries. The games come thick and fast - this is our 14th game already and we're only in the early stages of October"

Dunford asks fans to continue to show their support

In a statement after his resignation from Bristol Rovers Geoff Dunford asks fans to continue to support their team.

"My participation over the last two years has dwindled to mostly giving financial support and I hope the board can find someone young and energetic to replace me. In Chris Jelf and Edward Ware the club have two people who can lead us to better things. They are prepared to work hard with Nick to bring about a change in our fortunes. It will not happen overnight, but please show patience."

"To all Gasheads, please back your team in their hour of need. Positivity is so important."

– Geoff Dunford

You can read the full statement here

Dunford says family pressurised him to step down

"My family have been pressuring me to step down for a while. I did resign in February of this year, when the team was moving up the League 2 table, but I was persuaded to stay on by the Chairman and Toni Watola.

Relegation was a great disappointment to me after nearly 30 years of service to Bristol Rovers, and I am still not over the pain of it."

– Geoff Dunford, Statement

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FT: Bristol Rovers 0 - 0 Grimsby Town

Bristol Rovers' first ever game in the Conference has ended goal-less.

After an uneventful first half, an impressive crowd of 7,089 saw new signing Matty Taylor denied by Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown in the 60th minute.

Rovers 'keeper Steve Mildenhall made a great save from Paddy McLaughlin, while Town's Lenell John-Lewis should've done better from close range.

Bristol Rovers host Grimbsy Town in Conference opener

The Conference will provide a different challenge for Rovers this term Credit: Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers will host Grimbsy Town for their first game in the Conference next season.

The Gasheads meet the North East club on the 9th of August.

They were relegated from the football league after failing to beet Mansfield on the last day of the season.

They'll then come up against Barnet, Altrincham and Telford United.

It'll also be a busy Christmas period for Rovers, who play Torquay away on Boxing Day and at home on New Years Day in a new look South West derby.

There is a full list of fixtures on the club's website.

Prime Minister warns supermarket not to pull out of Rovers development

The Prime Minister has warned supermarket firm Sainsbury's not to pull out of the Memorial Ground redevelopment. Money raised by Bristol Rovers from the sale would pay for a new ground nearby.

But comments by the incoming chief executive of the chain suggest it'll concentrate on opening smaller, city-centre type shops. Our political reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

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