We take a long look at the history books to see how we fare against tomorrow’s opposition…
The two sides have met a total of 110 times, with Blues winning 46 and drawing 27, leaving the other 37 as Bristol wins.
Bristol Rovers have never beaten Southend in a cup competition, with Blues winning six cup ties and drawing the other two.
The last time Blues beat the Pirates away was on 6th November 2012, which also happens to be the last time Southend scored a goal at the Memorial Stadium.
The first game between the two sides was recorded on the 16th January 1915 at Eastville Stadium. The result ended 0-0 in the English FA Cup, with the reverse fixture being played at Marine Park. The result ended 3-0 to Blues as they progressed through the competition.
The last time we lost to Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall was just under 10 years ago on 1st January 2008. The result ended 1-0 to Bristol Rovers following a 57th minute goal from Andy Williams.
This year will mark Blues 54th season playing against the Pirates. 47 of those seasons have been played in England’s third division, four have been in the fourth division and the last two have been cup competitions in which we weren’t situated in the same league. One of these two cup competitions came on our first ever meeting in 1915 and the other came two seasons ago when we faced Bristol Rovers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.