Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury Town

Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Sky Bet League One, The Memorial Stadium, Monday 1 April, 3pm KO BST


A second league fixture of the Easter weekend puts Bristol Rovers up against Shrewsbury Town in Sky Bet League One action.

After a trio of consecutive away matches, Matt Taylor’s Gas will now play three home games in quick succession, welcoming the Shrews, Bolton Wanderers and Reading to The Memorial Stadium over the first eight days of April. 

Paul Hurst’s side find themselves in the bottom half of the division but have returned to winning ways in recent matches, and know a run of results will see them push into the top half of the league. 



Tickets are still available for Shrewsbury Town’s visit to The Memorial Stadium on Monday and can be purchased here

Tickets will also be available on the day from the ticket office. 





Not since the late 1980s have Shrewsbury Town graced the second tier of English football. 

Having consolidated themselves in League One in recent seasons though, the Shrews are looking to go the next step and move up through the divisions. 

Promotion back to League One was secured in the 2015/16 season, making the Shropshire-based side one of the longest serving in the division. The highs of the 2017/18 campaign saw the team reach two finals but slip at the final hurdle, losing the EFL Trophy final against Lincoln City and the League One Play-offs versus Rotherham in extra time. 

The appointment of Steve Cotterill as manager in 2020 helped to stop a slide towards relegation, and League Two, but the experienced boss stepped away at the end of last season. Former West Ham and Bolton Wanderers midfielder Matt Taylor was named manager, but was replaced by the returning Paul Hurst in January. 

Wins over the likes of Northampton Town, Reading, Port Vale and Carlisle United have put some much needed points on the board, moving the Shrews away from the drop zone and into a more comfortable position on the final stretch of the 2023/24 season.




Previous Meetings…

Since the 2016/17 season Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town have played each other 13 times in League One action. 

As it stands, results are evenly split between the two teams. The Gas have claimed six wins, as have the Shrews, with one draw between the clubs in that run of games. 

Rovers were victors earlier in the season in the reverse fixture, beating Shrewsbury 2-0 at New Meadow courtesy of finishes by John Marquis and Aaron Collins. 


Allocated seating...

Seated tickets come with an allocated seat and row number, and supporters are kindly reminded to sit only in the seat that comes with the ticket.


Persistent standing...

Furthermore, Bristol Rovers FC must ensure we operate in full accordance with national rules and regulations. A particular issue that has been fed back by some fans is persistent standing which will impact the Club's ability to achieve 100 per cent occupancy, should standing continue.

Supporters wishing to stand for matches are kindly advised to locate themselves in one of the available terraces.


Match Officials…

Referee: Elliot Bell

Assistant Referees: Stuart Butler and Mark Derrien

Fourth Official: Thomas Harty


What Are The Odds? 

Rovers are currently available at 17/20 for the win while a 2-0 win is available at 15/2.

Odds correct at the time of writing. To see more information click HERE. Please bet responsibly.

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