It’s safe to say that Bristol Rovers have had their fair share of ups and downs over the years, but one moment will stand out above the rest.
On 17th May, it marked five years to the day when the Pirates clinched promotion into League Two after a dramatic 5-3 win on penalties over Grimsby Town at Wembley.
Bristol Rovers booked their spot in the Play-Off final after beating Forest Green Rovers over two legs, where they kept clean sheets in both matches to be one game away from promotion back into the Football League.
It was the worst possible start to the Play-Off final for Darrell Clarke’s side though, as Lenell John-Lewis opened the scoring on the day after just two minutes.
But the Pirates responded as Ellis Harrison equalised after 29 minutes. Both sides couldn’t be separated for the remainder of the game, which saw it head to penalties.
It was Bristol Rovers who held their nerve from the spot, as they made a timely return to the Football League, much to the delight of the club’s supporters.
One player that played their part in that promotion-winning season was Tom Lockyer, with the defender making 48 appearances in all competitions in that campaign.
Lockyer took to Instagram to look back at the five-year anniversary of the Play-Off final win, which is certain to go down with the Bristol Rovers fans.
Lockyer left the club in the summer of 2019, and went on to sign for Charlton Athletic, where he has gone on to be a regular in Lee Bowyer’s side in the Championship.
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What a day this was for the Bristol Rovers supporters.
It was a remarkable two years for the club, as they achieved back-to-back promotions from the National League into League Two.
Lockyer was brilliant for the Pirates as well, and it would have been frustrating to see him depart the club when he did, but it was clear to see he was destined for better things.
It’s good to see that the club is still one that remains close to his heart though.