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A look ahead to Bristol Rovers

10 August 2012

Read out preview of the Sky Blues' final friendly of their pre-season campaign with the Gas

Coventry City travel to the Memorial Stadium to play Bristol Rovers in their final pre-season friendly before the 2012/13 League One season kicks off.

Andy Thorn’s side beat Port Vale 1-0 in a behind closed doors friendly on Tuesday with Gary McSheffrey netting the only the only goal of the game just before half-time.

This will be the last pre-season game for City before Tuesday’s Capital One Cup game at Dagenham and Redbridge which kicks off the 2012/13 season.

INTRODUCING

Bristol Rovers are looking set to mount another promotion challenge from League Two with former Millwall boss Mark McGhee at the helm.

Despite losing Mustapha Carayol to Championship side Middlesbrough, McGhee has strengthened the Gas with former Bristol City striker David Clarkson and former Shamrock Rovers defender Jim Paterson. 

The Gas had a difficult season last year, finishing 13th place in the league despite being favourites for promotion. Paul Buckle was relived of his duties in January with the side struggling outside the relegation zone despite having brought in 19 players during the summer.

After two years out of football, McGhee steered Rovers away from the relegation zone and has looked to refocus the club on promotion throughout pre-season. With the strength of the signings made, Bristol Rovers could be in for a very successful season.

CONNECTIONS

ELLIOTT WARD

The Norwich City defender made over 100 appearances in a four-year spell at the Ricoh Arena.

City signed him from West Ham United and during his time at Upton Park, he had a short loan spell at the Memorial Stadium.

During December 2004, he made four appearances for Rovers and he is currently playing for Premier League club Norwich City.

STEVE MORGAN

The defender spent three years at the club after moving to Highfield Road in 1993 from Plymouth Argyle.

He had a successful spell at the club, making 68 appearances and scoring two goals in the Premier League before moving on to Wigan in 1996.

During his final year at the club, he had a loan spell at Bristol Rovers and made five appearances.

KENNY HIBBITT

The midfielder moved to Highfield Road during July 1984 and after giving fine service to Wolves during a 16-year spell.

He had a brief spell in America with the Seattle Sounders but was brought to the club by Bobby Gould to provide experienced back-up.

However, he began to play regularly in the City side and during a two-year spell; he made 42 appearances and scored four goals. 

After failing to get a coaching job at the club, he moved on to Bristol Rovers where he made 56 appearances and scored five goals in two seasons before retiring. 

TICKETS

The game, which takes place on Saturday, August 11th (K.O 3pm), features reduced tickets prices for travelling Sky Blues fans.

The seats, which will be located in the South Stand, will be priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (under-16's and over 65's).

The tickets are available to purchase now direct from Bristol Rovers FC or on the gate.

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