“Project Black Arabs” the match reports 1883 to 1905
Our aim is simple. To make available information on a little researched and under publicised period of Bristol Rovers Football Club’s very early history in an interesting and easily accessible way. The Bristol Rovers History Group is about sharing and celebrating the history of Bristol’s oldest professional football club and providing resources all can enjoy. We want to make the football club’s history freely available to all who hold our club and its place in the sporting history of Bristol so dear. It is hoped that this project and other resources on “The Pirate Revisited” website will inspire future generations of Bristol Rovers fans to expand and build on the research already undertaken. It is our intention to slowly build on these match reports and photographs right up to the time when Bristol Rovers became champions of the Southern league in 1905. I will then review whether I have the circumstances to continue that research up to our joining the football league 100 years ago this season. I hope that all football fans from children to the serious football historians will find the project interesting and useful. All reports and photos are presented in good faith and our history group cannot be held responsible for any unintended inaccuracies. We do though welcome feedback with a view to improvement and the refinement of historical accuracy.
Eric Whitlock Bristol Rovers History Group archivist. Jan 2021