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Coming Up: Bristol Rovers

9 June 2016

As the fixture release date draws nearer, we’ll be taking a look at the newly promoted and relegated sides will be joining us in League One next season.

Today we take a look at the side that clinched the last remaining promotion place in Sky Bet League Two last season, Bristol Rovers.

Nickname: The Pirates
Founded: 1883
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Manager: Darrell Clarke
Last season: 3rd in League Two

The Pirates ensured they won back to back promotions for the first time in the Club’s history with a dramatic final day win over Dagenham & Redbridge.

Lee Brown scored in the 92nd minute and, with results elsewhere going their way, that strike sealed their ascent into League One.

Next season will be their first in the third tier of English football in five years having been in the National League just two years ago.

Striker Matty Taylor is one to watch out for next term as he finished the campaign as the top scorer in all four divisions with 27.

The Pirates have a familiar face in their ranks in the form of former Port Vale midfielder Chris Lines.

The 30-year-old returned to the Memorial Stadium, where he started his career, following a two-year stint at Vale Park, during which he made over 50 league appearances.

The last time the Valiants came up against Bristol Rovers was during the 2012/13 season.

The sides exchanged home wins with Vale thrashing the Pirates 4-0 in Burslem but suffering a disappointing 2-0 loss away from home.


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