2019/20 Opposition Guide: Bristol Rovers

Ahead of the 2019/20 Sky Bet League One campaign, bwfc.co.uk will profile each of Wanderers' opponents.

In our latest article, we have Bristol Rovers whom we will visit on Tuesday 22 October 2019...

Nickname: The Pirates, The Gas

Founded: August 1883

Stadium: Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 12,296 (3,000 seated)

2018/19 Finish: 15th in League One

2018/19 Top Scorer: Jonson Clarke-Harris, 11 in all competitions

Manager: Graham Coughlan

In a professional playing career that lasted 19 years, Coughlan's most notable spells came during his time at Livingston and Plymouth Argyle.

During his three season stint in Scotland, the former centre-back aided the Lions to the Scottish Premier League, after finishing top of the First Division with Coughlan playing a major role in the triumph.

The move back to England followed, with Coughlan heading to Plymouth Argyle.

From there during his time at the Pilgrims, the defender earned several honours including Argyle's Player of the Year for 2001/02 and the PFA Second Division Player of the Year 2003/04.

Once he called time on his playing career in 2013, Coughlan took up a role at Southend United as a first team coach.

In 2018, he joined the Pirates as a defensive coach before taking on a caretaker role following the departure of Darrell Clarke and Marcus Stewart.

In January 2019, he was given the managerial job on a permanent basis.

Distance From The University Of Bolton Stadium: 178 miles

Getting To The Ground

By Car: The Memorial Stadium is located on Filton Avenue, just off the Gloucester Road (A38) and is approximately 2 miles from the centre of Bristol. Memorial Stadium is well sign posted with brown and white signs from the main motorway junctions on the M32 (from M4) and M5 (junction 18). 

Whether you're coming from east or west exit the M4 at junction 19 and join the M32. Travel along the M32 for 3.1 miles until you reach junction 2.

Here, exit the motorway and take the third exit signposted Horfield and Southmead and follow the road through a division and a roundabout both of which have clear signs reading "The Memorial Stadium".

Once through this area you join Muller Road and you should continue to drive along it for 1.4 miles until you come to signal-controlled crossroads. Signposted right is Horfield Health Centre and Library.

At this junction ignore the sign and turn left into Filton Avenue where the ground is located almost immediately on the left.

The Stadium Address for SatNavs is as follows:

Memorial Stadium,

33 Filton Ave,



Matchday Parking

The stadium car park is only accessible to permit holders, where attendants will direct car parking. Spaces are not available on a match-by-match basis.

With very few exceptions, finding a space within a five to ten-minute walk is relatively easy - parking on Muller Road is a popular choice as is Gloucester Road although this is often more difficult.

If Muller Road and Gloucester Road are busy then there are many other roads across the other side of Gloucester Road - travel past the Wellington pub along Kellaway Avenue and you'll find another area of roads often used for match day parking.

Although there is plenty of on-street parking available, please be reminded that it is a predominately residential area so please ensure that private driveways are not obstructed.

By Bus (from Bristol City Centre): From the city centre a number of buses run up Gloucester Road and along Filton Avenue directly past the Memorial Stadium.

Detailed timetables and bus numbers can be found at the First Group website.

Nearest Train Station: Trains also run from the city's main station, Bristol Temple Meads, to Montpelier (less than two miles from the stadium) and to Bristol Parkway (a similar distance).

Timetables for trains can be found at the First Great Western website.

Head to Head: Wanderers and Blackpool have met 31 times competitively, with the first meeting taking place in 1905.

Wanderers have won 12 of the clashes against the Pirates, with the last meeting between the sides in February 2017 ending in a 1-1 draw as Josh Vela opened the scoring for Wanderers, before Billy Bodin equalised with 15 minutes to go.

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