Bristol Rovers announce fourth pre-season friendly against Wayne Rooney's new club at the Mem

-Credit: (Image: Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images)


Bristol Rovers will host Plymouth Argyle at the Mem in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday, July 30 as their preparations for the 2024/25 League One season step up with the Championship side now managed by England and Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.

The Pilgrims narrowly survived relegation in their first season in the second tier for 13 years by beating Hull City on the final day of the 2023/24 campaign, pipping Birmingham City to 21st place by one point.

Having sacked Ian Foster in April, Director of Football Neil Dewsnip and first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell took charge for the remainder of the season and steered the Devon outfit to survival. Since, England's second-highest ever scorer and United icon Rooney has taken over at Home Park.

The 38-year-old was dismissed by Birmingham in January after a run of nine defeats in 15 matches in charge but has returned to management relatively quickly after four months having had spells in the dugout at Derby County and DC United previously.

It's another friendly against relatively local opposition for Rovers with Plymouth also situated in the south west. The two clubs faced each other as recently as 2023 en route to Argyle's League One title win. That season saw them play each other four times with two league fixtures and two EFL Trophy matches with two ending in draws and the other two victories for the Pilgrims.

The news comes after Rovers announced that they would be travelling to three non-league sides based in the south west for friendlies in Melksham Town, Bath City and Yeovil Town. Matt Taylor's side will then fly out to Portugal for a week-long training camp which will integrate two friendly matches with the opponents yet to be confirmed.

Players are expected back to The Quarters for the start of pre-season training on July 1 with the 2024/25 season set to start on the weekend of August 10.

Bristol Rovers' confirmed pre-season schedule so far

  • Melksham Town (A) - Friday, July 5, 7:30pm KO

  • Bath City (A) - Saturday, July 13, 3pm KO

  • Yeovil Town (A) - Tuesday, July 16, 7pm KO

  • Portugal friendlies with opponents TBC - Tuesday, July 23 and Saturday, July 27

  • Plymouth Argyle (H) - Tuesday, July 30, 7pm KO