Bristol Rovers out for quick return to Football League against Grimsby

16 May 2015 07:00
Darrell Clarke, the Rovers manager, says the Conference play-off final at Wembley is one of the biggest games in the club’s history• Sainsbury’s and Bristol Rovers in legal play-off over ‘dilapidated’ stadiumDarrell Clarke had intended to celebrate Bristol Rovers’ place in the Conference play-off final with a quiet bite to eat in Portishead with Steve Yates, the club’s coach, and their partners, but best-laid plans sometimes get shelved. Euphoric after seeing off Forest Green Rovers in the semi-final, Clarke stopped the taxi at the Queen Vic on Gloucester Road, around the corner from the Memorial Stadium, pushed open the door of a pub packed with Bristol Rovers fans and started singing “Wembley”.“The place just erupted, it was great,” the Rovers manager says, smiling. “It was spur of the moment. Me and Steve thought we’d just pop in because we knew the hardcore supporters were going to be in there, and we ended up being in there for 45 minutes. I did a speech and a singsong – after the year we’ve had, it was the right time to enjoy it.” Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian