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In Focus: Bristol Rovers

10 June 2019

Name: Bristol Rovers Football Club

Founded: 1883

Ground: The Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 12,296

Manager: Graham Coughlan

Last season: 15th in Sky Bet League One

Bristol Rovers will compete in Sky Bet League One for the fourth straight season since their promotion back to the third-tier in 2016.

The Gas ended last term with a 15th placed finish in the division under the management of Graham Coughlan.

And Rovers ensured of their place in next year’s Sky Bet League One line-up following an end of campaign run of form which saw them lose just once in their final six outings.

A final day 2-1 victory over promoted runners-up Barnsley at their Memorial Stadium saw them conclude 2018/19 four points above the bottom four relegation places.

From their 46 games played, Rovers won 13, drew 15 and lost 18 of their fixtures, as they prepare themselves for a fourth year of Sky Bet League One football.

Boss Coughlan arrived at Bristol Rovers initially as a defensive coach before being appointed as permanent manager in January after Darrell Clarke’s departure back in December, when the side were 21st and rooted in the drop zone.

Dublin-born Coughan, who played as a centre-back in his career, turned professional in his homeland with Bray Wanderers before crossing the Irish Sea when he signed for then-reigning Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers in 1995.

Coughlan left Ewood Park permanently for Scottish outfit Livingston in 1999 after a previous loan spell.

He made 50 league appearances in two-years at Livingston and was a part of the team who won the Scottish First Division title in 2001.

Coughlan then switched to Plymouth Argyle in 2001 and went onto become a favourite with the Home Park faithful in his four-year stay at the Pilgrims as the Devon club won two promotions.

In 177 league appearances at Argyle, he was a key member of the squad that won the Third Division in 2002 before a Second Division title that followed in 2004.

Later in his playing days, Coughlan turned out for Sheffield Wednesday, Burnley, Rotherham United, Shrewsbury Town before hanging up his boots with Southend United in 2013.

The 44-year-old became part of the coaching staff at Bristol Rovers last summer before replacing Clarke as manager, guiding the Pirates to safety with one game of the season remaining.

Tranmere Rovers will play Bristol Rovers for the first time in the league since March 2011 when the two sides meet in Sky Bet League One next term.

TRFC’s record against the club from the Memorial Stadium currently stands at won 10, drawn six and lost 15.

The last fixture saw Tranmere come out on top 1-0 in an FA Cup first-round tie at Prenton Park in November 2014 courtesy of Max Power’s second-half penalty.

You can still sign up to what TRFC play League One football at Prenton Park next season! CLICK HERE to buy your season ticket.


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