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'Significant announcement' on Bristol Rovers future expected today

The announcement is expected at 1:30. Credit: PA

Bristol Rovers are holding a press conference at the Memorial Stadium at today (19th February) where they say a "significant announcement will be made" about the future of the club.

It comes amid speculation about foreign investment in the club from an influential Jordanian family.

If true, it could bring Rovers' hopes of anew stadium at Frenchay closer to reality.

Application to list Memorial Stadium rejected

An application to list the entire Memorial Stadium as a war memorial has been rejected. The gates to the stadium are already grade II listed. The move would have prevented a supermarket development on the site but English Heritage says the stands are not of sufficient interest.

English Heritage says the stands are not of sufficient interest Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

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Bristol Rovers' new stadium plans face further delays

The gates to the Memorial Stadium are already listed by English Heritage Credit: Jamie Carstairs

Bristol Rovers' plans to build a new stadium have been hit by another delay.

The club have agreed a deal to sell their current home, the Memorial Stadium, to Sainsbury's to fund a new arena in Frenchay.

But they now have to wait while English Heritage consider an application to have the whole Memorial Stadium site listed as a war memorial.

The bid has been made by Jamie Carstairs, a photographer who works at Bristol University. He doesn't think it is right that a Sainsbury's is build "on a war memorial" created in the wake of the First World War.

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"It's the result of the season"

"It's the result of the season. We were always confident but never complacent. The process has cost us time and money. It's annoying but hopefully we can get in site soon and aim to start playing at the new stadium in August 2015."

-TONI WATOLA, Director of Bristol Rovers Football Club

Toni Watola from Bristol Rovers FC: "We were always confident but never complacent." Credit: ITV News West Country

Decision due on Memorial Stadium redevelopment

An architect's impression of the proposed Sainsbury's supermarket. Credit: Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers Football Club should find out today if the redevelopment of their current home can go ahead. A judge will rule if city planners correctly followed procedures when they granted permission for Sainsbury's to build on the Memorial Stadium site.

Opponents claim the supermarket will hit trade on Gloucester Road. Bristol Rovers need to sell the site to finance their move to a new ground at UWE in Stoke Gifford.

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