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How far would you go for your football team?

As the weekend approaches, football fans up and down the country will be preparing for long journeys, well, up and down the country.

All our region's sides are in action this weekend and all of them bar Bristol City are away.

Bristol City v MK Dons

Blackpool v Swindon Town

Morecambe v Bristol Rovers

Portsmouth v Yeovil

Halifax v Cheltenham Town

Grimsby v Forest Green Rovers

But of all those away trips spare a thought for Bristol Rovers fans this weekend. Their trip to Morecambe comes just 4 days after a gruelling trip to Hartlepool and to show you just how many miles that is we've made a little graphic showing the routes. Rovers fans look away..........

Rovers chairman scotches rumours about the club

The Memorial Stadium Credit: PA

Bristol Rovers chairman Nick Higgs has told ITV News West Country that there is no truth in the rumours of a company sort-out bid or approach for the club.

"I keep hearing about this so called consortium from various sources. Would somebody be kind enough to tell us who they are, as we are very curious to find out ourselves!"

I keep hearing about this so called consortium from various sources. Would somebody be kind enough to tell us who they are, as we are very curious to find out ourselves!

– Nick Higgs


Bristol Rovers winger is Gibraltar's very own Rooney

Credit: David Davies/PA

Wayne Rooney may have become England's top goal scorer with 50 - but did you know a Bristol Rovers player has become Gibraltar's - with two?

Rovers winger Jake Gosling is the first player to score more than one goal for Gibraltar - getting into those record-books after his country lost 8-1 to Poland.

Watch his Rovers teammates give him a special present in honour of the achievement...


Bristol Rovers back in court to seek an appeal

The Memorial Stadium in Bristol. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA Archive/PA Images

Bristol Rovers are due back in court today to seek an appeal against a judge's ruling.

The judge found in favour of Sainsbury's after they pulled out of a deal to buy the club's Memorial Stadium.

The £30 million agreement would have enabled Rovers to build a new ground on university land on the outskirts of the city.

Rovers fans turn out for Open Day

Bristol Rovers hold an Open Day Credit: ITV News

Despite the rain Bristol Rovers fans have been turning out to meet their favourite players this afternoon.

An open day has been held at the Memorial Stadium where supporters have been getting autographs and photos with the footballers, a look around the changing rooms and even getting the chance to hold the cups the club won last season.

Bristol Rovers hold an Open Day Credit: ITV News
Bristol Rovers hold an Open Day Credit: ITV News

'No agreement': Bristol Rovers respond to takeover rumours

Bristol Rovers players huddle during a match. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers are looking to talk to new investors about the potential sale of the club - but say there is no agreement yet.

A report in the Bristol Post suggested the club was attracting American investors. Rovers say they would consider the right offer.

The club say they have spoken to former Reading director Chris Samuelson in an "informal conversation", but that they are one of several clubs he is looking at.

"The board of directors have made no secret of their intention to secure investment in a bid to take the club forward and cement its long-term future.

"Additionally if a potential buyer were to approach us with the right offer, made for the right reasons, we would obviously consider this offer.

"At this moment in time there has been no offer. However, this situation may change in the future.

"We have a very clear, ambitious plan to move this club forward and are actively looking for new directors with expertise.

"That plan is dependent on new or increased investment."

"But at this moment in time there is no agreement in place to sell Bristol Rovers."

– Statement from Bristol Rovers

Rover's celebrate their promotion with open-top bus tour

Bristol Rovers fans can celebrate being promoted back to the Football League once more when they take to the streets in an open-top bus.

Fans are being encouraged to wear their colours and cheer on the team either along the route, or at the Memorial Stadium.

The route will start at 11.15am, near the old Warmley Station before finishing at the Lawrence Hill Roundabout.

Full details of the route:

  • Start: Deanery Road, near the old Warmley station,
  • Travelling along Kingswood High Street
  • Through St George,
  • Finish: Lawrence Hill Roundabout.
  • Buses will then head to the Memorial Stadium
Bristol Rovers' Lee Mansell scores the winning penalty against Grimsby Town. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

At the stadium speeches will be made and the players will celebrate from the executive boxes. They will then be introduced to the fans, who will be allowed on the pitch.

Lord Mayor Alastair Watson will present the players with their league runners-up medals. The promotion trophy will also be on display.

The club has booked a barbecue, ice cream van and food kiosks, and bars will be open along, with merchandise stalls.

The Championship play-off final will be shown in the bars.

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