Bristol Rovers away is one of those games to get excited about. Apart from the massive trek needed from Temple Meads to the ground, there is a certain satisfaction about being at a ground where they have an official smoking area (rather than all the other Division Three ones where the unofficial smoking area is the toilets). Although, it has to be said, the stewards at Orient on Tuesday seemed to care about smoking in the ground as much as all stewards did back in the glory days before the smoking ban.
No post about Rovers away can be written these days without referring to the glorious Russell Slade inspired victory when Lloyd Owusu was on fire in the rearranged fixture two seasons ago. It was, of course, rearranged because the original date was scuppered by a LITTLE BIT OF RAIN.
Tomorrow the pitch at the Memorial Stadium, shared as it is with Bristol Rugby Club, might well not be conducive to our attacking flair. By the way, rugby is a silly game played with a silly shaped ball. But it means we get a smoking area (Casper Ankergren will be pleased), terracing, and, hopefully, a joyful away trip. The Memorial Ground was aptly named to commemorate those that lost their lives in WW1 and became Stadium for no good reason more recently.
I include this youtube clip which shows us how all centre backs should behave. Enjoy, and see you on the road tomorrow morning, with just a few TSLR026 left. I'll be flogging that dead horse and hope to be cheering another in Fran Sandaza.