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Rovers relegated to the Conference

The final League Two table. Rovers are relegated after finishing level on points with Wycombe, but with an inferior goal-difference.

Bristol Rovers have been relegated out of the Football League for the first time in their history, causing some fans to take to the pitch in anger.

Rovers just needed to avoid defeat to secure their League Two future, but they lost 1-0 at home to Mansfield.

And with relegation rivals Wycombe and Northampton both winning, it means Rovers drop into the Conference along with Torquay United.

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke speaks to the media after their 1-0 defeat to Mansfield. Credit: ITV News West Country

Rovers in bottom two at half-time

Bristol Rovers are in danger of losing their place in the Football League.

The Pirates are losing 1-0 at half-time to Mansfield at the Memorial Stadium.

As it stands, with relegation rivals Northampton and Wycombe both winning, Rovers are currently in the drop zone.


Five men given football banning orders

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.

Charlotte Leslie hits back at 'personal attacks'

Charlotte Leslie has condemned what she calls 'personal attacks' made in a statement from TRASHorfield:

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)

Charlotte Leslie 'thrilled' that Rovers plans will go ahead

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:

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. [...]

– Charlotte Leslie MP (Con, Bristol North West)
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