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Nickname: The Gas, the Pirates
Manager: Paul Tisdale
Stadium: The Memorial Stadium
Current league position: 20th
Last season’s finish: 14th
Current top scorer: Brandon Hanlan (7 goals in all competitions)
FFV’s one for the future: James Daly
The club was founded in 1883 as Black Arabs F.C., and entered the Bristol & District as Eastville Rovers in 1892. The club moved into the Birmingham & District League in 1897 and then switched to the Southern League as Bristol Rovers in 1899.
They won the Southern League in 1904–05 and were admitted into the Football League in 1920. They were placed in the Third Division South the following year and remained there until winning promotion as champions in 1952–53.
They recorded their highest finishing positions in 1956 and 1959, a sixth-place finish in the Second Division, before suffering relegation in 1962. Promoted in second-place in 1973–74, they spent another seven seasons in the second tier until relegation in 1981.
They won the Third Division title in 1989–90, though this time lasted just three seasons in the second tier and were relegated back into the fourth tier by 2001.
Rovers won the League Two play-off final in 2007, but relegations in 2011 and 2014 saw the club drop into the Conference Premier.
They finished second in the Conference under the stewardship of Darrell Clarke and immediately regained their Football League status with victory in the 2015 play-off final. They followed up this success by securing promotion out of League Two at the end of the 2015–16 season.
Rovers have won the Gloucestershire Cup 32 times, the Third Division South Cup in 1932, the Watney Cup in 1972, and have been Football League Trophy finalists two times.