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The club was originally founded in 1883 as Black Arabs FC before changing its name to Bristol Rovers 16 years later. Nicknamed ‘The Pirates’, they play their home matches at Memorial Stadium which holds over 12,000 spectators. The club have a long period of history and remember, you can find all the exclusive Bristol Rovers news and content right here in just a few, easy clicks.
Rovers joined the Football League in 1920 and have played there ever since, apart from the 2014/15 campaign where they participated in the Conference Premier. The club have never reached the top tier of English football and their best league finishes dates back to 1956 and 1959, ending both campaigns in sixth place in Division Two.
The Pirates have never won the FA Cup, and their best achievement in the competition has been reaching the quarter-finals – achieved on three occasions – their most recent during the 2007/08 season, losing to West Bromwich Albion.
The club’s widest margin of victory first came back in 1952, beating Brighton & Hove Albion 7-0 in Division Three South. They have won 7-0 three times since in league competitions – against Swansea City in 1954, Shrewsbury Town in 1964 and Alfreton Town in 2015.
Stuart Taylor holds the record for most appearances, featuring 546 times for Rovers between 1966 and 1980. Geoff Bradford tops the goalscoring charts, netting 242 times for the club between 1949 and 1964.