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Bristol Rovers shake it up

Darrell Clarke is taking the top job. Credit: PA

Bristol Rovers have announced that Darrell Clarke will take over as first-team manager, with John Ward becoming the club's director of football.

Ward, who began his second spell as boss in 2012, steered the club to a mid-table finish last term but has struggled to find consistency this campaign.

Clarke became Rovers' assistant manager in the summer and the former Salisbury player-manager now faces the task of keeping the Pirates, who sit 20th in the Sky Bet League Two table, in the Football League.

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Rovers leave it late to get through

It took a late winner to get Rovers through. Credit: PA

John Joe-O'Toole hit a dramatic stoppage-time winner as League Two Bristol Rovers came from behind to clinch an FA Cup third-round tie at Birmingham with a 2-1 win at Crawley.

O'Toole edged his side through in the first minute of added time with a low shot at the near post.

Crawley started well and went ahead on 14 minutes when Nicky Adams crossed perfectly and Jamie Proctor headed in at the far post, before Elliot Richards equalised with seven to go.

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Crawley v Bristol Rovers postponed


MATCH POSTPONED: Tomorrow’s FA Cup 3rd round tie against Bristol Rovers is off due to a waterlogged pitch. More details to follow...


Game will now be on Wednesday Jan 8, kick off 7.45pm.


Here’s our groundsman Matt Moss at the Stadium earlier today. Hopefully we can get the FA Cup replay on Jan 8 now.



Managers slam pitch invasion

Fans got on the pitch after the game. Credit: PA

Both Bristol clubs have united to condemn the violence and pitch invasion which marred Tuesday night's derby clash.

The bosses of Bristol City and Bristol Rovers criticised supporters who took to the pitch for spoiling a competitive game, and branded the scenes "disgraceful".

Happy birthday Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway with hair – a scary sight – playing for Bristol Rovers in 1990. Credit: PA

Happy 50th birthday to Ian Holloway. Ollie is currently Crystal Palace boss, with managerial stints at Bristol Rovers, QPR, Leicester City, Plymouth Argyle and Blackpool under his belt, not to mention a fair few games as a tenacious midfielder in the days of short shorts – mostly for Rovers and QPR.

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