Bristol Rovers have had a season of highs and lows to say the least, but it has been put on pause for now as football takes a backseat until April 30 at the earliest.
Prior to the recent suspension, Rovers sat in 14th place in League One, with 45 points from their 35 games, with neither the threat of relegation or a late play-off push looking likely.
But Ben Garner will need to sit tight for now and hope that his Rovers side can hit the ground running and when the action gets back underway.
In the mean time, we take a look at TWO Bristol Rovers facts that you might find interesting…
The side were founded as ‘The Black Arabs’
The club was formed all the way back in 1883, by none other than a school teacher called Bill Somerton.
At the time, the city was a rugby stronghold, and the local club were called ‘The Arabs’. The football club named themselves after that team, with the ‘black’ part of the name referring to the all-black kits the side originally wore. A gold sash was added to the playing shirts, and the club now often wear black away kits.
Just after formation, the side played at Purdown in East Bristol, then becoming known as the ‘Purdown Poachers’.
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The origins of the famous quartered strip
Albert Prince-Cox became the club’s manager in 1930, and one of the innovations that he introduced to the Gas was their famous blue and white quartered strips, which first featured in 1931. The design is still worn to this day.
Prince-Cox chose this design as he simply thought it would make his players look bigger and more imposing.
There was a period in the 1960’s and early 1970’s where the club alternated between blue and white striped shirts, and all-blue strips, before readopting their famous quarters in 1973.