Football


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 …

Bristol City must hit the ground running in their opening Championship fixtures if another season of pressure and anxiety at Ashton Gate is to be avoided. Rarely has the importance of a good start been more obvious. Lee Johnson survived as head coach last season thanks to an unusual degree of patience from those running …

Adam Smith has spoken of his delight after signing a new four-year contract with the Cherries.  Smith first arrived on the South Coast in 2010, signing on loan as the club finished sixth in League One. Four years later and the 26-year-old signed permanently from Tottenham, subsequently going on to play his part in the …

Yeovil Town Ladies FC can confirm that eighteen year old forward player Paige Sawyer, has joined the green and whites, from local side Bristol City Women. Sawyer, despite being a Bristol player for many years, has not featured in nearly as many FA WSL matches, as her ability deserves, and following her release from the …

Nikita Parris believes England have France running scared ahead of their quarter-final at the Women’s European Championship. The Manchester City striker struck the winner as a largely second-string Lionesses side beat Portugal 2-1 in Tilburg on Thursday to make it three wins from three and top Group D. England, who beat Scotland and Spain earlier …

AFC BOURNEMOUTH recorded their second win of  pre-season at Fratton Park yesterday. Lys Mousset and Benik Afobe were the Cherries’ match-winners, as manager Eddie Howe gave a run-out to summer signings Asmir Begovic, Nathan Ake and Jermain Defoe. ‘It was a tough game,’ said Howe. ‘It always is coming here and that’s why we wanted …

BOURNEMOUTH goalkeeper Asmir Begovic felt Antonio Conte was just what Chelsea needed – but still considers that Jose Mourinho was the best manager he worked under at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho signed Begovic from Stoke in 2015 but the Portuguese only lasted until December that year before Guus Hiddink and then Conte took charge. Begovic featured …

Ollie Watkins says Exeter City will always have ‘a special place in his heart’, having moved away from his boyhood club to join Championship side Brentford. The Newton Abbot youngster, who has attracted interest from a number of Championship and Premier League clubs during the past 12 months, has been sold for a club record …