Will Collins

City Chat: Having a settled side is great but raises concern over fringe players

Posted on 8:00am Friday 26th September 2014

CITY’S unbeaten league record continued following a thrilling 3-3 draw at League One newcomers Fleetwood Town last Saturday.

Gas Gossip: Optimism rising after fourth win in a row

Posted on 6:00am Friday 26th September 2014

ROVERS made it an astonishing four wins in a row to move within a point of the Conference play-off places.

John Light

INSIDE THE PAVILION: Captain Klinger looking to recruit a quickie down under

Posted on 7:20am Wednesday 24th September 2014

WHATEVER will we do without the Gidmans? This understandable question is accompanied by too much woe, too much hand wringing.

Stroud District Council leader Geoff Wheeler's weekly diary

Posted on 3:32pm Friday 5th September 2014

A round-up of events, issues and committee meetings in the Stroud district with the council leader.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Positive signs from win against Halifax

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Posted on 6:00am Friday 5th September 2014

ROVERS showed signs of further improvement with an excellent 2-1 win over early league leaders Halifax at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: First win was a huge moment for Bristol Rovers

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Posted on 8:00am Friday 29th August 2014

ROVERS enjoyed a positive Bank Holiday weekend with a four-point return from two games to get their Conference campaign up and running.

John Light

John Light talks cricket

Posted on 8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THIS week’s column is written from my sick bed, or rather sick sofa. Important cricket events are taking place, but thanks to the first class Sky TV coverage I am missing little.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: The loss of Gidman can be overcome

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Posted on 10:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

A FINE week on the cricket field. A 50-over win against Worcestershire that takes us into the quarter-finals of the Royal London Cup and Gloucestershire’s best Championship performance of the season with the league leaders (Worcestershire again) being despatched in three days.

Will Collins

City Chat: I would have taken this start

Posted on 7:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

CITY made it two wins out of two in the league with a closely fought 2-1 victory over Colchester United at Ashton Gate last Saturday.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Current attitude of players will get us nowhere

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Posted on 6:00am Friday 22nd August 2014

ROVERS are struggling to adapt to life in the Conference as they slumped to defeat at part-time Altrincham on Saturday.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Urgent need to strengthen squad

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Posted on 8:00am Friday 15th August 2014

ROVERS had a mixed start to life in the Conference Premier, with a positive display at home to Grimsby on Saturday that was followed by a poor midweek defeat at Barnet.

Will Collins

City Chat: Opening day win at Sheffield United has set the bar high

Posted on 6:00am Friday 15th August 2014

THERE are plenty of positives to report from City’s opening day performance at Sheffield United.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: One-Day Cup is competition for us

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Posted on 4:23pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

JOHN BRACEWELL was right.

Will Collins

City Chat: Cotterill's men rightly one of favourites for promotion after solid recruitment

Posted on 8:00am Friday 8th August 2014

CITY begin their 2014/15 League One campaign on Saturday with a visit to promotion favourites Sheffield United.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Time to move on as Rovers start life in Conference

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Posted on 6:00am Friday 8th August 2014

ROVERS are preparing to face reality as the new season is about to kick off and we begin life in the Football Conference.

John Light

Fine Festival – shame about the cricket

Posted on 4:41pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE Festival was fine in all respects bar one and that was the most important of all, the cricket. Played five, lost four, and just one victory. These blunt statistics speak for themselves but regrettably they do not tell the whole story.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Question marks over Gloucestershire bowling attack

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

WHO will take the wickets? That is the crucial question with the Brewin Dolphin cricket festival underway.

Be positive about where you live and change will come

Posted on 6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

Did you read my column last week? What? No you didn’t? Tsk. I’ll let you off (this once), and if you did read it, my eternal gratitude from the four corners of Gloucestershire. And I’ll tell you for why: where we live is blooming great.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Gloucestershire should be proud to maintain Cheltenham Festival

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

THE last remaining cricket festival is upon us – no other county can provide 11 days of first class cricket on an ‘out ground’.

Make this the summer of doing things for others

Posted on 7:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

I’m going to declare this the summer of doing stuff. What? Not snazzy enough a line? Okay then, how about this: the summer where we do things for others. Good right?

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Keeper curse has left Gloucestershire stumped

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Posted on 11:00am Friday 27th June 2014

THE story of four wicketkeepers is the main news this week.

Why should schools be allowed to select by faith?

Posted on 6:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

I’M going to say something and it’s going to be little controversial: I don’t agree with faith schools.

Author Unknown

Councillors need to act like grown ups

Posted on 6:16am Thursday 12th June 2014

IT’S sad to know that whether you’re in Gloucestershire or London, people act the same. And by people, naturally, I mean politicians.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Can England selectors and Bristol planners come to correct decision?

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Posted on 8:00am Friday 6th June 2014

WRETCHED weather has caused a stuttering start to the cricket season. The weather is also showing up the flaws in the first class programme with so many important championship games being ruined by rain.

Nikki Owen

Charging for child support is morally wrong

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Posted on 6:31am Thursday 5th June 2014

MY dad left home when I was seven. He left no forwarding address; he left no note. He simply upped and went and my mum had no idea where he had gone. She had three children under eight to feed.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion: Klinger proved critics wrong by batting on

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Posted on 1:00pm Friday 30th May 2014

TWO whacking county wins, with the weather defeated made last week the best of the season so far.

John Light

Cricket: David Allen was 'hero and example'

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Posted on 10:04am Thursday 29th May 2014

CRICKET throughout Gloucestershire is mourning the loss of David Allen, a true cricketing great.

Inside the Pavilion: Two unfortunate circumstances have held Gloucestershire back

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 23rd May 2014

THE ground was full, corporate punters were feasting, full parking facilities were available, a jolly crowd was impeccably behaved, our bowling and fielding had restricted Somerset to a gettable total (156) and a victory looked probable.

Author Unknown

Politicians need to engage with their communities to win our trust

Posted on 6:01am Thursday 22nd May 2014

IT’S at times like these, I feel used. Take the other day: I nipped into our lounge and saw two cars pull up. Out of them spilt a group of smartly dressed, serious-looking folk, a bunch of leaflets in their hands, and that is when I knew: they were electioneering. And as they popped on their smiles, the thought hit me like a slap on the face: why do politicians only come knocking at our doors when they want our vote?

Nikki Owen

Taking stuff for granted

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Posted on 3:03pm Friday 9th May 2014

There are some things we take for granted. For example: each other.

Nikki Owen

Schoolgirls abducted - but who really cares?

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Posted on 3:00pm Friday 9th May 2014

SOMETIMES, we live our lives completely closeted.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 6:43pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

Gloucestershire cricket president John Light talks all things cricket

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Rovers board took their eye off the playing side and we have paid ultimate price

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Posted on 1:22pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

SO the unthinkable happened and Rovers failed to get the point they needed at home to Mansfield to fend off the threat of relegation to the Conference.

Will Collins

City Chat: New stand will drag Ashton Gate into 21st Century

Posted on 1:00pm Friday 2nd May 2014

THERE was a party atmosphere at Ashton Gate on Saturday as City fans gave the East End a raucous send off.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Work to secure Football League status is not over yet

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 2nd May 2014

GASHEADS breathed a huge sigh of relief after a vital 2-1 victory at Wycombe on Saturday gave a massive boost to our bid to fight off relegation.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 11:29am Monday 28th April 2014

WRETCHED Welsh weather prevented a convincing win for Gloucestershire in Cardiff.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Vital to get a win at Wycombe

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Posted on 1:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

ROVERS’ hopes of avoiding the drop are still hanging by a thread after a disastrous Easter weekend.

Will Collins

City Chat: Two wins make it a Happy Easter

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

IT WAS a very satisfying Easter weekend for City fans with two wins out of two that now sees us in with a realistic chance of finishing in the top half of the League One table.

John Light

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 8:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PROFESSIONAL sport is tough. As well as ability you need a winning mentality, perhaps summed up by W C Fields’ famous line 'Never give a sucker an even break'.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Time for Clarke to justify board's decision

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Posted on 12:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

ROVERS remain deep in the relegation mire after a shocking 2-1 defeat at the hands of bottom of the table Torquay United on Saturday.

Andrew Shepherd

Review: The Quiet Ones (15)

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Posted on 4:57pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE HORROR film genre has been a cinema staple almost since the dawn of moving pictures.

Will Collins

City Chat: Top half finish is still achievable

Posted on 3:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PRECIOUS 1-0 win at Walsall on Saturday lifted City seven points clear of the League One drop zone, pretty much guaranteeing safety this season.

Jane Leigh

Inside the Pavilion with Gloucestershire president John Light

Posted on 4:40pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

“We are the Glorious Gloucester’s famed for our attack In Korea and Alexandria back to back When we have served our country and answered the trumpets call.Take us back to Gloucestershire, most glorious land of all.”

Inside the Pavilion: Gloucestershire will perform better in four-day game this season

Posted on 10:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

THE phoney war of friendlies is ending. On Sunday the real challenge starts when Hampshire visit Gloucestershire for an LV County Championship fixture.

Jeff Bolitho

Gas Gossip: Watching Rovers is like looking after a newborn baby

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Posted on 12:30pm Friday 11th April 2014

DESPITE a hard-earned point at Wimbledon on Saturday, Rovers remain deep in relegation trouble.

Will Collins

City Chat: One more victory should be enough to stay up

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

CITY moved a point closer to League One safety after a hard-fought 1-1 draw with fifth placed Preston North End at Ashton Gate last Saturday.

Will Collins

City Chat: We weren't clinical enough against Swindon Town

Posted on 12:30pm Friday 21st March 2014

CITY kept their first clean sheet since Boxing Day but couldn’t score at the other end, as last Saturday’s game against local rivals Swindon Town ended goalless.

Will Collins

City Chat: Wins over Shrewsbury and Peterborough helped ease League One relegation fears

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 14th March 2014

IT HAS been a fantastic week for City with two wins on the road at Shrewsbury and Peterborough.

Will Collins

City Chat: Steve Cotterill rung the changes and it made a difference

Posted on 12:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

CITY got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Gillingham at Ashton Gate.

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