Bristol Rovers have announced that John Ward is longer manager. The 62-year-old becomes Director of Football. Darrell Clarke takes over.
Bristol Rovers are through to the second round of the FA Cup after winning 3-2 at York in last night's replay. Watch the goals here.
Bristol Rovers have announced that manager John Ward has agreed a new one-year rolling contract with the club.
Five men have been given football banning orders totalling 20 years following the disorder during the Bristol City v Bristol Rovers local derby last year.
It follows a police investigation into disturbances after, during and before the Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash on September 4 2013.
- James Bagnall, 25, of Shickle Grove, Bath admitted assaulting a police officer. He was jailed for 18 months. He also admitted throwing a seat into the crowd and was jailed for a further 12 months. He was given a six-year football banning order.
- Lee Cousins, 40, of Soundwell Road, Bristol, was given a suspended two year jail sentence. He also had a five-year football banning order.
- Thomas Burke, aged 20 of Bredon, Yate, was given a suspended 15-month jail sentence for violent disorder. He was given a three-year football banning order.
- Alex Parsons, 20, of Walnut Close, Coalpit Heath was handed a suspended a 16-month jail sentence. He was given a three-year football banning order.
- Jordan Lloyd, 22, of Filton Avenue, Filton, was handed a suspended 18-month jail sentence. He was given a three-year football banning order.
It's a busy weekend of sport. The region's football teams all have two games each, with Bristol Rovers fighting for their Football League future.
Manager Darrell Clarke is confident his team can avoid the drop into the Conference:
Charlotte Leslie has condemned what she calls 'personal attacks' made in a statement from TRASHorfield:
– Charlotte Leslie MP (Con, Bristol North West)
There's just one dampener amidst almost universal celebration; It is very sad that in fair defeat through democratic and legal means, TRASH have chosen to make personal attacks. As individuals I wish them all well for the future, hope that they can get over this apparent hatred of me because of our campaign and the way the decision went in the democratic planning process and in court, and be able to move on.
Charlotte Leslie MP (Con, Bristol North West) has welcomed TRASHorfield's decision not to appeal against plans to put a supermarket on Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium site:
– Charlotte Leslie MP (Con, Bristol North West)
I am thrilled that Bristol Rovers will be able to press ahead with their plans for a new stadium. What a shame so much time and money – both the club’s and the taxpayers’ – was wasted on such a futile and ideologically-driven campaign. Now there must be concentration on the positives – a new stadium which will be great for both sport and entertainment, a bold redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium which includes green space, homes and an enhanced war memorial, and let’s not forget a supermarket which will be within walking distance for many local people in Horfield and Lockleaze. [...]
TRASHorfield have strongly criticised two Bristol MPs involved linked to the controversy surrounding the Memorial Stadium development:
– TRASHorfield statement
We condemn Charlotte Leslie MP for her self-serving and spiteful campaign against local people bringing a judicial review in defence of their community. Neither the Memorial Ground nor the proposed UWE stadium are in her constituency. She has shown total disregard of the concerns of ordinary people and taken every opportunity to misrepresent them.
Stephen Williams, the actual MP for the locality in question, has failed to reflect the genuine and well-articulated concerns of so many of his constituents. This is incomprehensible, given his frequently-expressed support for the high street [...].
TRASHorfield say they will not appeal the Memorial Stadium supermarket decision, because there is not enough time to raise the necessary funds.
– Statement from TRASHorfield (Traders and Residents Against Sainsbury's Horfield)
TRASHorfield today confirm that we will not be taking our case to the Court of Appeal. It has not been possible in the short time allowed by Judge Hickinbottom to raise the tens of thousands of pounds necessary to test his judgment and so, despite legal opinion that the judgment is flawed, it will remain unchallenged. We are no longer appealing the lawfulness of the decision-making process; however, the adverse impacts of the Sainsbury’s development cannot be disputed and are irreversible.
It's been announced the group opposing a supermarket on the site of Bristol Rovers' current home will NOT be appealing the judicial review decision.
TRASHorfield were considering taking their case to the Court of Appeal. It means Sainsbury's can now build on the Memorial Stadium, paving the way for Rovers to move to a new stadium at the University of the West of England.
We are delighted that TRASHorfield will not be taking their case to the Court of Appeal #BristolRovers
A full statement from Bristol Rovers can be seen on the football club's official website.
New Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke tells our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth he's confident of keeping the club in the Football League: