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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.

Bristol Rovers High Court battle against Sainsbury's ends - with no decision

A week-long legal battle over the future of Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium site concluded in the High Court today.

The hearing was called to settle an ongoing dispute between the football club and Sainsbury's over a land deal involving the club's current home in Horfield.

After six days the hearing finally drew to a close today, but Mrs Justice Proudman made it clear she would not make an immediate decision on what she described as an "extremely complex case".

She has instead reserved judgment until a later date.

Bristol Rovers is involved in a High Court dispute with Sainsbury's Credit Credit: ITV News

Mrs Justice Proudman, sitting in London, was told the football club agreed a deal with the supermarket chain in 2011, as part of its plans to move to a new ground on the Frenchay campus of the University of the West of England (UWE).

The terms of the deal were that Sainsbury's would buy the Memorial Stadium for £30 million and lease it back to the club for a peppercorn rent until its move to the new ground was completed - at which time a new supermarket would be built on the site.

The club would use the money to finance the building of the new 21,700-seat stadium.

At the time the deal was made, the court heard, there was no planning permission or infrastructure in place, the costs were uncertain and Bristol Rovers were still negotiating with UWE.

The Club is hopeful that judgment in its favour will be made soon, allowing it to draw a line under this dispute and move forward with the construction of the new UWE Stadium and planning for next season in League 2.

– Bristol Rovers spokesman


Rovers announce open-top bus tour

After securing their spot back in the football league Bristol Rovers have confirmed its open top bus parade will take place this Bank Holiday Monday.

The celebratory route will start at Deanery Road, Warmley Railway Station, travel to the Lawrence Hill Roundabout, before proceeding to the Memorial Stadium for midday.

Fans are being asked to arrive early.

The Rovers will travel from Warmley Railway Station to their Memorial Stadium

Bristol Rovers win opening leg of play-off semi-finals

Bristol Rovers have the advantage after the first leg of the Conference play-off semi-final.

The Pirates were 1-0 winners over West Country rivals Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn.

The only goal of the game was scored by Matty Taylor against his old club in the 17th minute. Forest Green came close to equalising after Ellis Harrison was sent off for the visitors. The return leg is at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday.

100-year-old loyal Rovers fan is rewarded with a corporate box

Kitty Thorne has been given a corporate box to reward her for her loyalty Credit: Bristol Rovers

A 100-year-old football fan has been rewarded for her loyalty to Bristol Rovers with her own corporate box.

Kitty Thorne, thought to be Britain's oldest female football fan, has attended nearly every Rovers home game since her first match in 1954 - when she traveled to the ground by steam train.

She has made the 52 mile round trip from her home in Trowbridge around 1,500 times to see her beloved team in action.

Now Kitty has been rewarded for her long-standing loyalty and has been given a corporate box at Memorial Stadium.

Football is my life, and Rovers is my club. I love coming here. It's what I look forward to. I'll keep coming to games as long as I can.

– Kitty Thorne
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