The last time Cardiff and Bristol Rovers were in the same league was in the 1999–2000 season.The first time Rovers encountered Yeovil was a Football League Trophy match which was played on 31 October 2001, which Rovers won via a penalty shoot out.After relegation to the Conference, a rivalry also emerged with Forest Green Rovers.In the past, rivalries also emerged with Severnside rivals Cardiff City known as the Severnside derby.The current home kit consists of a light blue and white quartered shirt and white shorts, while the away kit is black and gold with the same colours as the trim.During the 2008–09 season a special third strip, which is black with a gold sash, and is a reproduction of the original Black Arab shirt, was used for a single match to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the club.Rovers were Football League Trophy finalists in 19.The club was formed following a meeting at the Eastville Restaurant in Bristol in September 1883. C., after the Arabs rugby team and the predominantly black kits in which they played.
The club played only friendly games until the 1887–88 season, when it took part in the Gloucestershire Cup for the first time.
They have twice reached the final of the Football League Trophy, in 1989––07, but finished runners-up on both occasions.
On the second occasion they did not allow a single goal against them in the competition en route to the final, but conceded the lead less than a minute after the final kicked off.
This name only lasted for the 1883–84 season, and in a bid to draw more fans from the local area the club was renamed Eastville Rovers in 1884.
Football: Wotton-under-Edge v Black Arabs (Bristol). A match under association rules has been played at Wotton-under-Edge between these clubs, resulting in the defeat of the visiting team.
relegation from the Football League was narrowly avoided on two counts; firstly they ended just one league position above the relegation zone, and secondly the rules were changed the following season to increase the number of relegation places to two, meaning that if Rovers had finished in that position one year later they would have been relegated.