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Tributes to former Bristol Rovers player Ray Mabbutt

Tributes have been paid to former football player Ray Mabbutt, who played for Bristol Rovers.

RIP Ray Mabbutt 1936 - 2016 Credit: Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers have said they are saddened to learn of the death of their former player, who passed away at the age of 80 after suffering a heart attack.

Mabbutt signed for Rovers when he was 20 for just £9 a week.

He went on to play almost 400 times for the club over 15 years. He was still playing - for West Harptree - in his 40s.

He proved to be an exceptional signing, for he was still performing to a high standard over a decade later, having served the club through the majority of the glory years in Division Two and, following relegation in 1962, the seasons of re-establishing the side in third tier football.

A solid, dependable wing half.

– Bristol Rovers, via their website

You might say football was in Mabbutt's blood - two of his three sons grew up to become stars.

Kevin played for Bristol City before being signed by Crystal Palace, while Gary followed his father's footsteps to play for Bristol Rovers before going on to Tottenham Hotspur. He was capped 16 times for England.

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Rovers sign Roos on loan from Derby County

Kelle Roos Credit: PA

Bristol Rovers have signed Kelle Roos on a season long loan from Derby County.

The 24-year-old began his career in his home country, The Netherlands but came to the UK when he signed to Nuneaton Town in 2013.

He signed for Derby County in 2014 before going out on loan in February to AFC Wimbledon.

I was impressed with Kelle when he played against us last season for AFC Wimbledon and his signing gives us added competition for the goalkeeping position.

– Manager Darrell Clarke

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke gives damningly honest assessment of 5-1 defeat to Swansea

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has given a damningly honest assessment of his side's 5-1 defeat to Swansea.

When asked if he expected to face anyone as strong as his Premier League opponents next season Clarke said: "Let's bloody hope not!"

He was speaking after Saturday's gruelling defeat at the Memorial Stadium - with goals from Andre Ayew, Leroy Fer, Kyle Naughton and Wayne Routledge.

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Rovers boss becomes highest paid manager in club's history

The future of Bristol Rovers boss Darrel Clarke is finally clear today as the club announce he has signed another three year deal.

Amid speculation he could leave the team, following an approach by Leeds United, the freshly-signed contract makes Clarke the highest paid manager in the club's history.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

The manager - who has been at the helm since March 2014 and guided Rovers back into the Football League in 2015, before the club were promoted once again, this season.

Darrell believes that the ambitions of Bristol Rovers match his own and is looking forward to the challenge of preparing the club for life back in Sky Bet League One for the 2016/17 campaign.

– Bristol Rovers
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