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Dunford says family pressurised him to step down

"My family have been pressuring me to step down for a while. I did resign in February of this year, when the team was moving up the League 2 table, but I was persuaded to stay on by the Chairman and Toni Watola.

Relegation was a great disappointment to me after nearly 30 years of service to Bristol Rovers, and I am still not over the pain of it."

– Geoff Dunford, Statement


FT: Bristol Rovers 0 - 0 Grimsby Town

Bristol Rovers' first ever game in the Conference has ended goal-less.

After an uneventful first half, an impressive crowd of 7,089 saw new signing Matty Taylor denied by Grimsby goalkeeper James McKeown in the 60th minute.

Rovers 'keeper Steve Mildenhall made a great save from Paddy McLaughlin, while Town's Lenell John-Lewis should've done better from close range.

Bristol Rovers host Grimbsy Town in Conference opener

The Conference will provide a different challenge for Rovers this term Credit: Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers will host Grimbsy Town for their first game in the Conference next season.

The Gasheads meet the North East club on the 9th of August.

They were relegated from the football league after failing to beet Mansfield on the last day of the season.

They'll then come up against Barnet, Altrincham and Telford United.

It'll also be a busy Christmas period for Rovers, who play Torquay away on Boxing Day and at home on New Years Day in a new look South West derby.

There is a full list of fixtures on the club's website.

Prime Minister warns supermarket not to pull out of Rovers development

The Prime Minister has warned supermarket firm Sainsbury's not to pull out of the Memorial Ground redevelopment. Money raised by Bristol Rovers from the sale would pay for a new ground nearby.

But comments by the incoming chief executive of the chain suggest it'll concentrate on opening smaller, city-centre type shops. Our political reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

Ten arrests after early morning raid for Rovers disorder

The disorder took place the Memorial Stadium Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Police have made a number of arrests during a dawn raid after trouble at Bristol Rovers' end of season game against Mansfield Town.

Properties in Bristol and South Gloucestershire were targeted and ten arrests were made.

Two others have agreed to attend police stations voluntarily this morning.

Those detained by police have been arrested for violent disorder, ABH, affray, common assault and public order offences.

The game which was the club's last at the Memorial Stadium was overshadowed by a pitch invasion. There was also trouble before the game where a police horse was punched.


Six more men sought after violence at football match

Police have released these images of people they want to speak to following anti-social behaviour during a Rovers match Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have released six more images of people they want to speak to in connection with violence during a Bristol Rovers v Mansfield game.

The end of season game at the beginning of May resulted in Bristol Rovers being relegated for the first time in the club's history.

Police are now looking for a total of 18 people.

FA investigation ongoing after Bristol Rovers appeal

Bristol Rovers say that an FA investigation is ongoing after the club appealed because of an alleged breach of league rules by Wycombe Wanderers.

Rovers were relegated on the last day of the season after failing to beat the Buckinghamshire club at the Memorial Stadium.

They believe the club breached FA rules on Third Party Ownership of at least one of their players.

Bristol Rovers have today received a letter from the FA confirming that their Governance department is undertaking an investigation into whether or not Wycombe Wanderers breached the rules surrounding third party ownership.

This investigation is currently ongoing and any decision on whether disciplinary action will be taken, will be given in due course.

No time frame has been given as to when a decision will be reached.

– Bristol Rovers Football Club

Football League investigating Rovers relegation claims

Rovers played Wycombe at the Memorial Stadium on the last day of the season Credit: ITV News West Country

The Football League has confirmed it's investigating claims by Bristol Rovers that they shouldn't have been relegated. Rovers finished level on points with Wycombe Wanderers but below them on goal difference but say their opponents breached FA rules on player ownership.

Wycombe have yet to respond.

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