Powersystems Proud To Sponsor Green Racing Engineers of The Future

Powersystems Proud To Sponsor Green Racing Engineers of The Future

Powersystems UK Are Proud To Sponsor Green Racing Engineers of The Future

Recently the Rotary Racer Greenpower Team, based at Chipping Sodbury School, welcomed representatives from Powersystems UK, their latest sponsor.

What began as an initiative at Chipping Sodbury School to get ‘lads and dads working together now involves the whole family working to build electric powered cars to race.

Made and raced by girls and boys, Rotary Racer is a car built by the Greenpower club at Chipping Sodbuy School.

Rotary Racer are one of four Greenpower teams from Chipping Sodbury School taking part in the Greenpower electric racing series.

The team comprises of 10 students from years 7-13 (aged 11-18), along with parents/carers, and support from the school’s Design & Technology department.

The Greenpower Education Trust is a UK based charity which helps to encourage children into engineering by enthusing them to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through the power of motorsport.

This gives students the opportunity to design, build and race their own battery power racing cars at various circuits around the country including Silverstone, Goodwood and Castle Combe.

Greenpower will be celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2019. It has come a very long way from a single race held at Goodwood in 1999, to an international scheme with teams from 5 different continents, and licences operating across the globe. Races have been held at many different locations across the country, including the prestigious Silverstone.

Hoping to encourage more children to consider a career in STEM, Powersystems is now supporting Chipping Sodbury School through sponsorship.

Chris Jenkins, Managing Director of Powersystems said, ‘We are delighted to support green engineers of the future. The prospects of UK Engineering is a topic that we care about deeply.

Attracting new talent into the sector is critical and we are delighted to support these engineers, as a business, Powersystems has seen a renewed focus and energy for engineering apprenticeships over the last couple of years and we are committed to supporting the continuation of this, inspiring young people from an early age.

Engineering is a very flexible field and it can be applied in many ways. All the different fields you can work in will probably surprise you!’

The Rotary Racer – The RR9 and RRX

Greenpower cars race in 1.5 hour sprint-style races on full size racing circuits and generally average a speed of around 30mph. They achieve equivalent MPG values of greater than 3000 MPG. The aim of Greenpower is to promote engineering & technology as exciting careers to those aged 9-25. The concept is for teams to design, build, develop and race highly efficient “green” electric racing cars.

The car is powered by two 12v batteries, and reaches speeds of approx. 30mph.

The team competes in two race categories F24 and F24+. F24 races last for 90 mins and have two driver changes, with this event happening twice per race day.

F24+ for 16 years plus race for 60 mins with one driver and different gearing to enable higher speeds.

The Rotary Racer team finished 5th in the F24 2018 International Final held at Rockingham in October and over the winter months the team have continued working on building a new car to race in the 2019 season.

The new car competed at its first race at Goodwood on the 12th May 2019. The car is completely funded by fundraising and donations to cover the costs of parts, race entries and ongoing development.

The Season So Far…

The 2019 season started in the rain, with the Goodwood Test Event. 44 cars made their way around the Goodwood Motor Circuit, with FireBird from Team Bird GP taking 1st place by only 20 seconds. Watch this space for further updates

Dates for your diary – You are welcome to come along and support, bring the family and make a day of it!

22 June Saturday – Castle Combe Summer Action Festival

23rd of June Sunday – Castle Combe Green Power Racing Event

  • F24 Race 1 is at 11:45 and runs to 13:15 – both RR9 and RRX will be on track
  • F24+ is at 14:00 till 15:00 – only RR9 will be racing in this section
  • F24 Race 2 is at 15:30 till 17:00 – again, both RR9 and RRX wil be racing
  • (Time can change slightly depending on the running of the day)
  • Rotary Racer have a big white gazebo on the hill of Camp Corner which is the last corner before the start/finish straight
  • Powersystems have given 10 goodie bags for the ‘Kids into Motorsport Stand’.

30 June Sunday  – Goodwood Heat

  • Also to be held at the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit is our annual Goodwood Heat on Sunday 30th
  • Normally a swelteringly hot day, full of exciting racing, and a chance for the students to show off all of their hard work that they have put into building and perfecting their cars.

17 October  – Silverstone

  • The 2019 Greenpower International Finals will be held exactly 20 years on from when it all started on the 17thOctober 1999.
  • With only the top teams being accepted into this event, expect very fast racing from both F24 and F24+ teams. To add to the excitement, this milestone event will be held at the spiritual home of British motorsport, Silverstone.

More information about any of our upcoming events can be found

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Notes To Editors

This article is written by Jules Daly, Marketing and Communications Manager at Powersystems UK. Email jules.daly@powersystemsuk.com Telephone 01454 318000

Photography Copyright please credit all images used to www.powersystemsuk.co.uk

Powersystems UK Ltd are a specialist High Voltage electrical engineering company established in 1977.  Our head office is located in Yate, Bristol. Our current turnover to December 2018 is in excess of £27 million, in 2019 we celebrate our 42nd year of trading.

Powersystems have grown by reputation to become a major force in the design and installation of high voltage infrastructure across the whole of the United Kingdom.

As one of the first Lloyds National Electricity Registration Scheme ‘s accredited Independent Connection Providers we are capable of delivering contestable grid connections at voltages up to 132kV.

We have supported and delivered projects for diverse clientele; this includes:

  • Dyson Hullavigton, electric vehicle research and development facility for UK electric vehicle production
  • Millbrook Proving Ground, electric vehicle testing facility
  • EV infrastructure, for bus transportation projects UK wide
  • Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio, London
  • Rolls Royce Aero Engines and Airbus
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Formula One Race Teams (Mercedes Petronas, Williams F1 and Red Bull Technologies)
  • Public Sector – Ministry of Defence, Universities, NHS Trusts UK wide, Schools, Water Utilities.
  • Bristol, Newport and Southampton Port Authorities

Powersystems UK Ltd. is an Employee Owned Business and as such has a keen interest in the well-being of all its employees. We encourage and empower you to be imaginative, share great ideas and be involved in the success of our business.

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Bristol Rovers FC Hosts Open Day

Bristol Rovers FC Hosts Open Day

Powersystems Visits Bristol Rovers FC

Powersystems attended an ‘Open Day Sponsors Morning at Bristol Rovers FC for the start of the new 2016 season as well as to showcase the new ‘away kit’ that they have sponsored. The team were out and about meeting and thanking those who support the club. Despite the grey weather, it was a fantastic morning, and they thanked all the players for signing their shirt!

Top: Director Derek Earby and Engineer Mark Tanner pose with the new away shirt and Rovers Manager Darrell Clarke.
Below: Mark Tanner and Rovers Striker Matty Taylor.

Bristol Rovers FC Formation and Early Years

Bristol Rovers were formed, as the Black Arabs, in September 1883, following a meeting of five young men at a restaurant on Stapleton Road, in the Eastville district of the city. The name of the club was derived from the black shirts worn by the players and a rugby club known as the Arabs, who played on an adjacent pitch, at Purdown, in East Bristol. 

First Match

The Black Arabs played their first match, a friendly fixture, on December 1883 and played a further nine games during their first season, during which time they assumed the nickname of ‘The Purdown Poachers’.

The club became known as Eastville Rovers in 1884/85 and continued to play friendly matches for a number of seasons, though they moved grounds on several occasions. They joined the Bristol and District League, forerunner of the Western League, in 1892 and moved to a ground at Eastville in 1897. 

Another Name Change

Professionalism and a further name change, to Bristol Eastville Rovers, came at the start of the 1897/88 season, with the name Bristol Rovers being adopted prior to the start of the following campaign. 

Having competed in the Western League and the Birmingham and District League, Rovers joined the Southern League at the start of the 1899/1900 season. They acquitted themselves reasonably well at the higher level and clinched the Championship of the Southern League in 1904/05. 

Though they remained in the competition until 1920, it proved to be the club’s only Championship success before they became members of the Football League in 1920.

Bristol Rovers FC Into The League

The first season of League football saw Rovers finish in 10th position, though during the 1920’s and 1930’s, they were never serious contenders for promotion and in fact had to seek re election to the Third Division (South) at the end of the 1938/39 campaign.

However the 1950’s saw a change in the club’s fortunes. The Third Division (South) Championship was won in 1952/53 and the club established themselves in the top half of the Second Division for the remainder of the decade under the guidance of manager Bert Tann.

Relegation came at the end of season 1961/62 and it was 1973/74, by which time Don Megson had taken over as manager, before Rovers again achieved promotion. Failure to make an impression at the higher level resulted in relegation, once again in 1981. 

Bristol Rovers Winning Side

It was Gerry Francis who built Rovers next promotion winning side. Appointed as Manager in July 1987, Francis guided Rovers to the play off final in 1988/89 and one season later, his team clinched the Third Division Championship and made an historic first visit to Wembley in the Leyland Daf Final.

After seeing the club safely through their first season at a higher level, Francis departed, being succeeded first of all by Martin Dobson, and then by Dennis Rofe and Malcolm Allison. 

John Ward began a three year tenure in the hot seat in March 1993, too late to save the club from another relegation. He gradually built a promotion challenging side and led Rovers to Wembley in the play off Final against Huddersfield in 1994/95, where the Yorkshire side ran out 2-1 winners. One year later, Rovers finished in 10th position and Ward’s contract was not renewed.

Ian Holloway, who returned to the club for a third time, on this occasion as player/manager, replaced him, and in his second season at the helm guided the club to the Second Division play offs, though they were beaten by Northampton at the semi final stage.

A mid table finish was achieved in 1998/99 and promotion was almost achieved the following season, but after his side had occupied  a top six place all season  defeat at Cardiff on the final day of the campaign edged them out of a play off spot and consigned them to another season of Second Division football. 

Basement Division

Several key players departed prior to the start of the 2000/2001 season and Holloway was relieved of his duties at the end of January 2001. Garry Thompson took on the role of caretaker manager until the end of the season. However, he was unable to prevent the side being relegated to the League’s basement division, for the first time in the club’s history. 

In July 2001, Gerry Francis was persuaded to delay his retirement from the game and accepted an offer to become Director of Football and Team Manager, with the intention of guiding the club back to the Second Division as quickly as possible.

Goals, and wins, dried up and Francis resigned in December 2001 for personal reasons. His departure saw the return of Thompson as manager, this time on a permanent basis.

There was a slight improvement in results following his appointment, but a disastrous run of six consecutive defeats pushed the club perilously close to the bottom of the table and they finished the season with only Halifax Town below them. 

Thompson was relieved of his duties with three matches remaining and Director of Youth Football, Phil Bater, took over as caretaker manager. 

Ray Graydon Director of Football

Shortly after the season ended, former player Ray Graydon was appointed as Director of Football and Team Manager and, following the departure of 17 players, eight new signings were made in an attempt to revive the club’s fortunes.

However in Graydon’s first season in charge there was a very real danger of relegation to the Conference. 

Only three wins and a draw from the final four games was enough to preserve Football League status.

Season 2003/04 followed a similar pattern and, once again, Rovers flirted with relegation to The Conference. 

The club ended the year 2003 with defeat at Kidderminster and another defeat at Macclesfield, on 13th January 2004, proved to be Graydon’s last match in charge.

Once again, Bater was asked to step in as caretaker manager and he began his second spell in charge with a 2-2 draw at Rochdale and a 1-0 win against Carlisle. 

It proved to be the only win of his 12 games at the helm and following defeats at Yeovil and Boston, which left Rovers just three points above a relegation spot, the Directors took drastic action.

Bater was replaced by joint caretaker managers Russell Osman and Kevan Broadhurst, who proceeded to bring in five new players on transfer deadline day, ahead of an all important clash against fellow strugglers York City. Rovers eased their way to a 3-0 win and never really looked back, achieving a final placing of 15th, with a total of 55 points.

At the end of that season Ian Atkins, who had been appointed to the managerial vacancy with two games to go, assumed full control and signed eight new players in the summer of 2004.

Having matched supporters’ expectations at the beginning of the 2004/05 campaign, when they were top of the league by the end of August, it was hoped that would be a position that could be maintained until May. It wasn’t to be, though, and the club finished in 12th position with a total of 60 points.

A total of twelve games were lost, only one of which was at home, and the side set a new club record for the number of draws in a season, sharing the points on no fewer than 21 occasions.

A 4-2 defeat at Chester City on 17th September 2005 proved to be the last game in charge for Atkins and Paul Trollope was handed the role of caretaker manager and central defender John Anderson relinquished a playing role to assist him. The two of them remained in charge for a total of nine games and quickly stabilised the club’s position.

In early November, the experienced Lennie Lawrence took on the role of Director of Football, with Trollope being appointed to the post of First Team Coach, and Anderson reverting back to being a player.

As the season progressed, the team constantly flirted with the play offs though never actually gained a place in the top seven.

Most Rovers fans expected Messrs Lawrence and Trollope to make a concerted bid for promotion in 2006/07, and they were not disappointed, though the route to League One was something of a roller coaster ride.

The campaign got off to an inauspicious start, with a 4-1 defeat at Peterborough on the opening day of the campaign and Rovers entered 2007 in 13th place in the league. 

Involvement in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy meant that the club fell behind with league fixtures and by the time Notts County visited the Memorial Stadium, in March, they had slipped to 17th place.

That game proved to be a turning point and a 2-0 win was followed by further victories against Stockport County and Wycombe Wanderers, though sandwiched in between those latter two wins was a home defeat at the hands of Wrexham, which severely dented play off hopes.

April, though, turned out to be a very special month as Rovers won five and drew one of the six league games played, which meant that they travelled to Hartlepool on the final day of the season knowing that victory would cement a play off place.

With four minutes of that game remaining, the score was 1-1 and results elsewhere meant that Rovers were out of the play off places. However, Rickie Lambert powered in a header to seal a famous victory and sixth place.

In the play off semi final Lincoln Cit were beaten 2-1 at the Memorial Stadium in the first leg and 5-3 in the second leg at Sincil Bank. That 7-4 aggregate victory saw them through to the play off final at the new Wembley Stadium, where they faced Shrewsbury Town.

40,000 Gasheads

Roared on by almost 40,000 Gasheads, Rovers hit back after conceding an early goal to lead 2-1 at the break thanks to two goals from Richard Walker. Sammy Igoe added a third in the final minute of the game to clinch promotion.

The win capped a remarkable season for the club in which they had appeared at the Millennium Stadium and Wembley in major finals. 

Rovers acquitted themselves well in their first season back in League One and finished in a respectable 16th position.

Their second season at the higher level resulted in an 11th place finish, with a points tally of 63. Unfortunately a poor start to the campaign proved costly and whilst the goals for tally was impressive, the goals against column was cause for concern right up until Christmas.

The highlight of the season was the goalscoring form shown by Rickie Lambert, who scored an amazing 29 league goals, a total that included four against Southend and a hat trick against Hereford United.

Lambert moved on to Southampton after the first game of the following season, but his departure didn’t, initially, appear to cause too many problems and Rovers went into October lying in third place in the league table.

Unfortunately they didn’t win a game away from home until the following March, although home results ensured that the club continued to occupy a top ten place.

Eventually, though, they had to be content with 11th place for the second season running, after amassing 62 points in a highly competitive league.

The 2010/11 season proved to be a disaster for the club and relegation was all but confirmed on the penultimate day of the season.

The only bright spot was the form of striker Will Hoskins, signed in the summer on a free transfer from Watford, who scored 20 goals, a total that earned him a move to Brighton & Hove Albion in the close season.

No fewer than four managers were employed in an attempt to arrest the slump in form. Paul Trollope was sacked as manager in December 2010 and Darren Patterson was handed the job in a caretaker capacity.

His reign lasted just over a month and took in only two games, before Dave Penney was appointed on a permanent basis. However despite bringing in eight new players, either on loan or on short term deals, he was only able to record two wins and left after just 13 games in charge.

Popular skipper Stuart Campbell took over as caretaker manager and went very close to keeping the side in League One. No one could have tried harder to keep the club up but the damage had been done prior to his appointment and no blame could be attached to Campbell for the club’s ultimate relegation.

Shortly after the end of the season Rovers appointed former Torquay United manager Paul Buckle as their new boss and he was charged with the task of leading the club back to League One at the earliest opportunity.

However, results weren’t all that were expected and in spite of signing no fewer than 21 players, Buckle was relieved of his duties on 3rd January 2012 and his assistant, Shaun North, was placed in temporary charge of team affairs.

Shaun took charge for three games before reverting back to the role of assistant manager following the appointment of new boss Mark McGhee on 18th January 2012.

The experienced former Scottish international striker was able to steady the ship and Rovers finished the season in 13th place.

Whilst that was a long way short of pre season expectations, there were signs that McGhee was building a squad capable of mounting a sustained challenge for promotion this time around.

There was a drastic improvement in home form, and the side remained unbeaten at the Memorial Stadium from the time of his appointment until the end of the season.

Away form, though, could best be described as ‘patchy’ and the manager will undoubtedly be looking for improvement in his first full season in charge.

Bristol Rovers FC Up For The Cup

Rovers record in both major cup competitions can best be described as unspectacular, though there have been some very special moments to savour down the years.

In the FA Cup, the club reached the quarter final stage in 1950/51 and drew 0-0 at St. James’ Park Newcastle, before losing the replay by three goals to one. 

The replayed match was the eleventh game Rovers had played in the competition that season, having taken three games to dispose of Llanelli and Gillingham respectively in the First and Second Rounds. 

The same stage of the competition was reached in 1957/58, when Rovers came in at the Third Round stage. Curiously enough, they lost by the same score as in 1951, their opponents on this occasion being Fulham, at Craven Cottage.

In 2001/2002, Bristol Rovers FC became the first Third Division club to win an FA Cup Tie against Premiership opposition away from home when a Nathan Ellington hat trick clinched a thrilling 3-1 win over Derby County at Pride Park. 

In 2007/08, Rovers again reached the quarter final of the competition. Eventual Championship title winners West Bromwich Albion proved to be the best side Rovers came up against in the competition and ran out 5-1 winners in the quarter final, which attracted a record crowd to the Memorial Stadium.

Last season saw Rovers reach the Third Round of the competition, beating non league sides Corby Town and AFC Totton in Rounds One and Two, before suffering a 3-1, home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in the Third Round. 

In the Carling Cup, there was a First Round victory over Watford, in a penalty shootout at the Memorial Stadium, but the club exited the competition at the next stage, suffering a 3-2 defeat at5 Leyton Orient.

For the second season running, Rovers lost to Wycombe Wanderers in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, going down to a 3-1 defeat at Adams Park in a First Round tie. 

Back to Bristol

The club played at five different venues before purchasing Eastville Stadium in 1897. In 1932, the Directors granted a 21-year lease to the Bristol Greyhound Racing Association to operate race meetings twice a week at the Stadium. 

By March 1940, the club found themselves in a precarious financial position and Eastville was sold to the Greyhound Company for £12,000, even though its valuation was nearer £20,000. It was a decision that, with the benefit of hindsight, cost the club dearly. 

In 1980, the South Stand at the ground was destroyed by fire and six years later, faced with mounting debts and an increase in the rental for Eastville, Rovers moved to Bath to share Twerton Park with Bath City.  

During 10 years in exile, the club worked desperately hard to find a new site for a ground back in Bristol, without success.

A move back to their home city was achieved in August 1996, as the Club entered into another ground sharing agreement, with Bristol Rugby Club, at The Memorial Ground. 

In May 1998 The Memorial Stadium Company purchased the ground and Rovers, with a 50% stake in the company, effectively became joint owners. Just two months later, the Rugby Club found themselves in financial difficulty and was forced to call in the receivers. 

Under the terms of the original sale, if either club were unable to meet their share of the running costs, then the other party could buy them out for £10,000. This clause was included to ensure the stadium was secure for the remaining club to continue its business.

For the first time since 1940, therefore, Bristol Rovers FC have a home they can call their own. Initially, this didn’t preclude the club looking at alternative sites for a suitable venue in the area and as recently as September 2003, there were plans to build a 30,000 all seater sports arena some six miles to the north of the Memorial Stadium. 

By January 2004, though, those plans were scrapped after it was reported that 85% of the residents in the area of the proposed development were opposed to the construction of the arena.

 

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Powersystems Proudly Sponsoring Bristol Rovers Away Kit

Powersystems Proudly Sponsoring Bristol Rovers Away Kit

Powersystems Proudly Sponsoring Bristol Rovers Away Kit

Bristol Rovers have released their home and away kits for this season, and we are proud to be on the front of the away kit!

The new kit is looking fantastic and all of us here at Powersystems wish Bristol Rovers the best of luck this football season.

Background Bristol Rovers Away Kit

In September 1883 a group of young men formed a football club and decided to call it Black Arabs FC. They played at Purdown in East Bristol and became known as the “Purdown Poachers” due to their habit of persuading players of other clubs to join them.

The following year they changed their name to Eastville Rovers and in 1892 they joined the Bristol & District League. By the summer of 1895, Eastville Rovers were based at the Star Inn on Fishponds Road and played all their home matches at the Ridgeway Ground in, according to Byrne, Stephen & Jay a “a kit of buff and green.” As no photographs of this unusual outfit exist, artistic licence has been used to present it here.

In 1897 the club turned professional and became Bristol Eastville Rovers: the following year “Eastville” was dropped and they became known as Bristol Rovers.

In 1899 the club joined the Southern League, winning the championship in 1905.

In 1920, Rovers became founder members of the Football League Third Division along with the rest of the Southern League Division One clubs.

bristol rovers crest circa 1950Rovers hardly set the world alight and remained an average to poor Third Division team until the 1950s.

In 1931, the club adopted blue and white quartered shirts: the manager believed that this design would make his players look bigger. This strip has since become synonymous with the club.

In March 1940 the club, faced with financial problems, sold their Eastville Stadium to the Bristol Greyhound Company and thereafter rented their ground. This decision would come back to haunt the club some forty years later.

In the 1950s the club’s official crest was a variation on the Bristol Coat of Arms but this was never worn on the team shirts.

In 1953 the Pirates won the Third Division (South) championship and took their place in Division Two and for the rest of the decade the club

were firmly ebristol rovers crest 1979stablished in the top half of the division. In 1962 Rovers were relegated to the Third Division. During the Sixties the cherished quartered shirts were dropped in favour of striped shirts and later plain blue. It is fitting that the side that won promotion in 1974 did so wearing quartered shirts that had been revived the previous season.

Rovers’ shirts were, perhaps, considered sufficiently distinctive for the club to eschew wearing their crest during the Seventies, when these began to return to fashion. In 1979 BRFC was embroidered in white on the upper left (blue) quarter. In 1980 a crest finally did appear, a rather ropy pirate leering out of a roundel.

bristol rovers crest 1980

A fairly new crest design that incorporated the traditional quartered motif and the year of their formation was introduced in 1982. This was replaced in 1988 by a simplified version. Throughout the period these badges were used, the upper left quarter was always blue.

In August 1980 the South Stand burnt down and Rovers played five “home” matches at Ashton Gate before they were able to return to Eastville the following month.

bristol rovers crest 1988The team made little headway at the higher level and in 1981 they were back in Division Three. In April 1986, faced with mounting debts and increasing rental payments, the club moved away from Bristol to share Bath City’s Twerton Park ground. Many believed that their days were numbered but they survived and ten years later, with Gerry Francis in charge, Rovers were promoted once again and spent three seasons in Division Two before the inevitable relegation in 1993.

During the Eighties and Nineties, considerable imagination was applied to producing variations on the basic quartered shirts. The 1996 version, however, was universally despised and nicknamed “The Tesco Bag” for reasons that are obvious.

In 1996 Rovers entered into a ground sharing agreement with Bristol Rugby and returned to their home city to play at the Memorial Ground, known locally as “The Mem.” Within a few years, the rugby club fell on hard times and Rovers were able to buy out their interest in the ground for a mere £10,000.

bristol rovers crest 1997A redesigned crest was adopted in 1997, incorporating the figure of a pirate, to reflect Rovers’ official nickname of “The Pirates”, which reflects the city’s maritime heritage. Understandably the club preferred to adopt this identity rather than their more colloquial local nickname, “The Gas,” which derives from the term “Gasheads,” coined by City supporters and adopted by Rovers’ supporters in the Eighties. The term comes from the days when Rovers’ old Eastville ground was frequently filled with an overpowering smell from the neighbouring town gas works.

In 2001 Rovers dropped into Nationwide Division Three the first time that the club has been in the lowest division since their Division Three (South) days. In the early years of the new millennium the club struggled, narrowly avoiding the drop into the Conference.

In 2007, planning permission was granted to redevelop The Memorial Ground as a 18,500 all-seat stadium but work was delayed by the withdrawal of the club’s principal partner and the economic recession. After further delays it was announced in June 2011 that the Memorial Ground site would be sold to Sainsbury’s and the funds used to build a 21,700 seat stadium on the University of the West of England campus in Frenchay. It was hoped the new stadium would be ready for the 2015-16 season but the project collapsed under the weight of multiple legal challenges leading to Sainsbury’s withdrawal.

Going into their final game of 2013-14 Rovers needed one point from their home fixture with Mansfield but lost 1-0, having hit the woodwork three times. As a result they lost their place in the Football League after 94 years but they bounced straight back and then went up to League One in 2016 under the ownership of the Al-Qadi family from Jordan.

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