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ON MONDAY, April 23, I’m sure that many Bristol Rovers supporters, officials and former players will be at South Bristol Crematorium to pay their last respects to the late Terry Oldfield, who lost his long battle with illness on March 28. One from the ‘old school’ of footballers who demonstrated total loyalty and commitment to …

19th April 2018 in: Bristol Rovers, Features, Football

FOOTBALL has undergone a vast change since I was a young man. I cannot say it has been for the better. “From what I have seen, the present day players fall far below the standard of years ago, in terms of adaptability and skill. Nowadays the team plan comes first.” Sounds like a retired footballer …

31st January 2018 in: Features
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There’s been a fair few occupants in the manager’s chair at Bristol City since I made my very first visit to Ashton Gate way back in December 1961 – the Robins walloped Notts County 6-0 by the way, and I was hooked. Fred Ford was City’s boss back then, probably one of the better managers …

24th December 2017 in: Features
tom_hitchcock

Over the years, there have been many examples of sons following in their dad’s footsteps in the world of professional football. There are plenty of ‘two generationers’ who have worn Rovers’ or City’s colours, such as Alan and Gary Williams, Ray, Gary and Kevin Mabbutt, John and Paul Petts and Joe and Andrew Jordan, to …

3rd December 2017 in: Features
harry_dolman

Today’s guest is a little bit different from the norm. To start with, he never played for either Bristol side. In fact, he never actually played professional football. But, it’s fair to say that he did more for ‘his club’ – Bristol City – than any goalkeeper, defender, midfield maestro or striker – and that …

30th November 2017 in: Features
chris_garland

Although suffering ill health and confined to a nursing home, former Bristol City star Chris Garland had his spirits raised when he was visited by friends Keith Goodenough and Colin Moore and football enthusiast Steve Sutor, who had come to present the legendary striker with the Harry Bamford Trophy. The award goes to a sportsperson …

30th October 2017 in: News
Lambert_Cardiff

Last week we told of Rickie Lambert’s soccer travels from Liverpool to Blackpool; Blackpool to Macclesfield; Macclesfield to Stockport; Stockport to Rochdale and then onto Bristol Rovers, where in his own words, his career really took off. This week we will explore the second part of Lambert’s career and his rise to the England national …

29th October 2017 in: Features
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Over the years Bristol Rovers have had some great centre forwards. The likes of Geoff Bradford, Alfie Biggs and Jason Roberts spring quickly to mind. And another right up there with the best is today’s Memory Lane guest, Rickie Lambert. “It was with Rovers that my game really took off,” said Lambert, when I caught …

22nd October 2017 in: Features
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I’d reached the point where I was beginning to question why I was putting myself through this. I was out running and feeling a few aches and pains and thinking “Why am I doing this? Is it really worth it?” So said much-travelled striker Patrick Agyemang – whose many clubs included a stay at Bristol …

9th October 2017 in: Features
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Well, here’s a first for Memory Lane. Never mind ‘the honeymoon period,’ I actually caught up with my target just two days before his wedding! “I’m getting married on Saturday,” Bo Henriksen told me when I rang to chat about the life and times of this widely travelled footballer and manager, whose career included a …

19th September 2017 in: Features