Bristol Rovers football club have been a little bit nomadic over recent years, having spent 89 years at Eastville they then moved to Twerton Park to groundshare with Bath City in 1986.
The football club spent 10 years there before moving to their current home the Memorial Stadium, to top it all they have even played home games at their football rivals Citys Ashton Gate following a fire at Eastville …. a none fire damaged Eastville is shown below !!
Unfortunately we have had to set the resolution fairly low so as not to exceed our bandwidth limits but the text on the picture reads as follows;
“Bristol Rovers Eastville ground has a capacity of 39,000 and a record attendance set in January 1960 when 38,472 spectators watched an FA Cup fourth round tie against Preston North End. The playing surface measures 112 yards by 76 yards. Inset : Colin Dobson, a key figure in Rovers promotion last season.”
I have also found an absolutely stunning piece of old film footage on Google that shows the old Eastville ground as it used to be in the 1970s.
Older fans will find this brings back some great (and not so great) memories while younger fans who never experienced what these football grounds used to be like might just get a feel for why us “older” fans go on about the “good old days” !!