Bristol Rovers programme editor Keith Brookman and former club photographer Alan Marshall have delved into the Rovers' archives to uncover a wealth of pictures from the club's past which are now published for the first time in book form as The Bristol Rovers Archive Number 1: 1951-1991.
The starting date is significant becasue it was the beginning of Rovers' most successful era. The club achieved their highest ever league positions with a squad assembled by Bert Tann at Eastville when Rovers finished sixth in the old Division Two in both 1955/56 and 1958/59. This part of the Bristol Rovers Archive finishes at the end of the Gerry Francis era at Twerton Park, a time when -out of adversity- Rovers produced on eof their best-ever teams.
Keith has researched every picture to provide a valuable insight into four decades of memorable games, players and managers at Eastville and Twerton Park. Some of the profiles have previously appeared in the matchday programme over a number of years.