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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


Teen heartthrob backs Bristol Rovers

Jake Short at the world premiere of "Dolphin Tale 2" in Los Angeles in September Credit: PA

An American teen actor and heart throb has made an official complaint to a computer games firm after it scrapped his favourite team - Bristol Rovers.

Disney star Jake Short sent a tweet to EA Sports asking why the non-league side wasn't in the new Fifa 15 game.

Jake, 17, has appeared in Dexter and is playing Fletcher Quimby in the TV comedy A.N.T Farm and also, it appears, a fan of die-hard grassroots football.

The teen star tweeted his 800,000 followers asking why Bristol Rovers, currently sixth in the Football Conference, isn't in the latest Fifa game.

It is not known if the actor has any connection with Bristol but there is a simple explanation. The football simulator game has yet to licence the Conference so when Rovers fell from League Two, they also lost their place in the game.

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