Bristol Rovers


Darrell Clarke’s honest assessments of Bristol Rovers’ performances have earned him great respect from the local media during his time as manager, writes Richard Latham. The Pirates boss can be moody on occasions and sometimes takes great delight in what he calls “keeping you Press lads on your toes”, particularly when in high spirits after …

DARRELL Clarke admits a tinge of disappointment at failing to meet his double-figure target of new signings this summer. But eight out of ten is not bad and some shrewd business, allied to hanging on to players of the calibre of Billy Bodin and Tom Lockyer, means that Pirates fans can look forward with optimism …

ONE of the most impressive features of Darrell Clarke’s time as Bristol Rovers boss is the work put in on the training ground. Not just by the manager himself, but by his coaching staff and players whose attributes include a thick skin and an appetite to learn and improve. After the 4-1 home de- feat …

BILLY Bodin can realistically target 20 goals this season, having begun the campaign fitter, stronger and sharper than at any time during his Bristol Rovers career. The 25-year-old attacking midfielder confirmed that his confidence was sky-high after netting twice in last Tuesday night’s 4-1 Carabao Cup first round win over Cambridge United. And that performance …

AFC Wimbledon Manager: Neal Ardley Manager Neal Ardley prepares for his sixth season in charge of the Wombles after taking charge of the team in October 2012. He will be looking to guide his side higher than the 15th placed finish in 2016/17 following their play-off triumph to get to the third tier in the previous …

TOM Nichols is hoping the chance to work with Marcus Stewart again will help him reach his full potential as a striker. The new Bristol Rovers striker found the back of the net for the first time since moving from Peterborough United with an assured finish in last weekend’s 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion. …

Rovers today made a double transfer swoop, bringing in one of last season’s loanees, Ryan Sweeney, along with his Stoke City colleague Dominic Telford both on season long loans. Ryan will need no introduction to Rovers supporters, who have been hoping he would return for another stint in the blue and white quarters. The central …

There should be a good deal of optimism in the air when Bristol Rovers hold their annual Open Day at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon (midday to 4pm). While pre-season results might suggest otherwise and there has not yet been quite the glut of summer signings predicted, Darrell Clarke has a squad capable of making …