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Getting To Know: Bristol Rovers

20 March 2014

We get to know Friday's opponents Bristol Rovers a little better...

- Bristol Rovers were formed in 1883 and were known as the Black Arabs. They became Bristol Rovers in 1899.

- They joined the Football League in 1920, and have never dropped out of it since, though they survived by just one league position in 2002.

- They were relegated from League One at the end of the 2010/11 season, and have been in League Two ever since.

- Ian Holloway, currently manager of Millwall Football Club, is a Bristol Rovers fan.

- There have been 31 men appointed manager of the club, excluding caretaker managers, up to today.

- World Cup winner Alan Ball played 17 games for the club in the 1982-83 season and scored two goals.

- Bristol Rovers moved to the Memorial Stadium in 1996. It was called the Memorial Ground when they first moved, but changed two years later.

- In 1951, the club reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, but lost a replay to Newcastle United, 3-1, who went on to win the FA Cup.

- Their biggest ever league win is 7-0, which has happened on three occasions. Against Brighton in 1952, Swansea Town in 1954 and Shrewsbury Town in 1964.

- They lost 12-0 to Luton Town in a Division 3 South game in 1936 – their biggest ever league defeat.

- Bristol Rovers received £2,000,000 for Barry Hayles from Fulham in November 1998. It remains their record fee received.

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