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Scandal of the sinking Pirates.

Byline: NEIL MOXLEY

BRISTOL is one of the 10 largest cities in England. The fact that one of its two professional football clubs is now competing outside the Football League for the first time in its 94-year history is a damning indictment of what has taken place at Bristol Rovers.

The fourth highest crowd in the bottom two professional tiers turned out at the Memorial Stadium last week to see Rovers drop into the Conference.

Several clubs have struggled to make it back from there.

It took Luton Town five seasons of frustration before John Still returned them to the Football League last month. Others who remain on the outside, looking in, include Kidderminster Harriers, Wrexham, Cambridge United and Lincoln City.

It is hellishly difficult to stop the rot.

With the uncertainty of the stadium plan still hovering above them, it could be a long road back for the Pirates.

Surely I cannot be alone in thinking that somewhere along the line they have been short-changed in that part of the west country.
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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion Columns
Publication:The People (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 11, 2014
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