We take a look at some new stadiums and places we haven’t visited for a while ahead of the 2017-18 Sky Bet League One fixture release on Wednesday 21 June.
- Wigan Athletic Away Days: Bristol Rovers.
- Latics to head to the Memorial Stadium for the fifth time as they search for first win there.
- Latics have previously played Bristol Rovers at Eastville Stadium and Twerton Park.
Latics will go in search of a first ever win at Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium on their fifth visit their in the 2017-18 season.
Previous to 1998, Latics had played at Bristol’s two previous stadiums – their temporary home at Twerton Park in Bath and earlier the Gas’ Eastville Stadium. Traditionally, though, it’s proved to be a difficult place for Latics to pick up a result with just one win in 12 visits.
Rovers’ main home for the majority of their existence was Eastville Stadium, where they played fixtures from 1897 through to 1986 when financial issues forced the Gas to leave the ground.
The club moved to Twerton Park in Bath and spent ten years sharing with non-league Bath City before moving to the Memorial Stadium in Horfield, a ground they initially shared with Bristol Rugby until 2014.
Twerton Park, Bath, the ground Rovers shared with Bath City between 1986 and 1996.
The Memorial Stadium – which isn’t an all-seater – has a capacity of 12,300 and the biggest crowd for a match at the ground was in 2008 when Gas hosted West Bromwich Albion in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, a crowd of 12,011 witnessing the Baggies win 5-1.
Bristol Rovers attracted their record crowd for an FA Cup quarter final with West Bromwich Albion in 2008.
Away supporters are mostly housed in an open terrace on one side of the East (Dribuild) Stand.
OUR RECORD AT THE MEMORIAL GROUND (commonly known as this although officially named Stadium)
Latics have never won at the Memorial Ground on four visits, continuing a poor record at Eastville and Twerton Park where Latics won just once, securing a 3-2 win early in the 1987-88 campaign at the latter thanks to a second-half Bobby Campbell strike.
Our Memorial Ground record got off to a terrible start as we lost 5-0 towards the end of the 1997-98 season as the division’s top goal-scorer Barry Hayles scored the first goal for Ian Holloway’s play-off chasers before Peter Beadle netted a second-half hat-trick.
The following campaign – after the Gas had lost out in the play-offs – we were defeated 3-2 as Guy Ipoua scored an 86th minute winner for Rovers, who had Jason Roberts in their side.
We collected our first point at the Memorial in March 2000 as we drew 1-1 after Andy Liddell opened the scoring, Trevor Challis levelling for a Rovers side including Nathan Ellington.
Latics legend Nathan Ellington in action for Bristol Rovers against Latics in 2000.
Ellington was in the Bristol side which were held 0-0 by Latics a few months later at the start of the 2000-01 campaign. Rovers going on to be relegated to the fourth tier as Latics were beaten in the play-offs by Reading.
In the same game, a scramble for the ball.