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There were nine pre-season warmup matches arranged for 2011, three nominally at home, although one of those was played at Twerton Park, and six away. There was originally a game scheduled against Kidderminster Harriers on 26 July, but a game against Reading was arranged on the same day. Although Rovers offered to send a reserve side to the game Kiddy pulled out of the fixture as they wanted to face a full strength team.

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
6 July Mangotsfield United Away 5–1 1,169 L.Brown, McGleish, Richards, Swallow (2)
8 July Bath City Away 2–0 1,200 Anyinsah, W.Brown
11 July Salisbury City Away 5–2 603 Bolger, Anyinsah, Dutton (og), McGleish, Zebroski
14 July Inverness Caledonian Thistle Home1 2–2 841 McGleish (pen), McLaggon
19 July Burnley Home 2–0 2,500 Harrold, Richards
21 July Weston-super-Mare Away 2–0 Lines, McLaggon
26 July Reading Home 1–2 3,309 Kuffour
30 July Gloucester City Away 3–2 425 Virgo, Anthony, McGleish
1 August Bitton Away 1–2 Richards

1 Game played at Twerton Park, Bath

Mangotsfield United[]

Mangotsfield United Mangotsfield United 1–5 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Knighton (39) (1–2 HT) L.Brown (29)
McGleish (43)
Richards (68)
Swallow (71, 85)
Venue: Cossham Street – KO: 6 July 2011 @ 1945

Rovers kicked off their pre-season campaign at Mangotsfield United's Cossham Street ground. They fielded an almost completely changed team in each half, with only Charlie Clough and Lance Cronin playing the full 90 minutes, and although the game was mainly to work on fitness, the 5–1 result will have no doubt pleased new manager Paul Buckle.

Rovers initially took the lead just before the half hour mark when a long range shot from Lee Brown was deflected past the keeper, but Mangotsfield equalised ten minutes later when Tom Knighton put the ball past Cronin with a left-footed strike from the edge of the area. Rovers asserted their dominance after this however, and goals from Scott McGleish late in the first half and Eliot Richards in the second, capped off with a brace from Ben Swallow wrapped things up for The Gas.

Buckle included two trialists in the side for the first half, Cian Hughton, who was released by Lincoln City, played at the back and former Rovers loanee Reggie Lambe was included in midfield after having been released by Ipswich Town. There were also some familiar faces in the Mangos lineup. Defender Tom Parrinello was making his debut for Mangotsfield after moving from Gloucester City, and former Gas men Geraint Bater, Matt Groves and trialist Tom Godsell also played in the game.

Rovers lineups
Second half
Richards Kuffour
Swallow Campbell Gill W.Brown
Sawyer Clough Virgo Smith
Cronin
First half
McGleish Zebroski
Reece Stanley Lines Lambe
(trialist)
L.Brown Anthony Clough Hughton
(trialist)
Cronin

Bath City[]

Bath City Bath City 0–2 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
(0–1 HT) Anyinsah (6)
W.Brown (61)
Venue: Twerton Park – KO: 8 July 2011 @ 1945

Rovers won their second pre-season game thanks to a 2–0 win over Bath City at The Pirates' former home, Twerton Park. Goals from new signing Joe Anyinsah and Wayne Brown sealed the victory over the Conference National side.

Rovers starting lineup
McGleish
(Richards, 46)
Zebroski
(W.Brown, 46)
Swallow
(Reece, 58)
Stanley
(Jefferies, 46)
Gill
(Campbell, 46)
Anyinsah
(Carayol, 46)
L.Brown Anthony
(Yiadom, 75)
Virgo
(Clough, 58)
Smith
(Boateng, 46)
Bevan

Rovers made eight substitutions during the game; Stuart Campbell, Mustapha Carayol, Michael Boateng (trialist), Wayne Brown, Eliot Richards and Darren Jefferies all came on at half time, replacing Smith, Anyinsah, Stanley, Gill, McGleish and Zebroski. Charlie Reece and Charlie Clough replaced Ben Swallow and Adam Virgo after 58 minutes, and Byron Anthony made way for a second trialist, Andrew Yiadom, in the 75th minute. Only Scott Bevan and Lee Brown played the full 90 minutes.

Salisbury City[]

Salisbury City Salisbury City 2–5 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Sawyer (76) (0–3 HT) Bolger (28)
Wright (90) Anyinsah (29)
Dutton (og 37)
McGleish (47)
Zebroski (65)
Venue: Raymond McEnhill Stadium – KO: 11 July 2011 @ 1945

Rovers continued their run of pre-season wins with a comfortable victory over Conference South side Salisbury City.

Rovers lineups
Second half
McGleish Zebroski
Harrold Stanley Gill W.Brown
Yiadom
(trialist)
(Jefferies, 76)
Bolger
(Reece, 55)
Anthony Smith
Cronin
First half
Richards Anyinsah
Carayol Stanley Campbell Swallow
L.Brown Bolger Virgo Boateng
(trialist)
Bevan

Unused substitute: Ollie Clarke

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[]

Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers 2–2 Inverness Caledonian Thistle Inverness Caledonian Thistle
McGleish (pen 26) (1–0 HT) Ross (50, 80)
McLaggon (72)
Venue: Twerton Park – KO: 14 July 2011 @ 1930

Rovers twice took the lead against their Scottish top-flight opposition, but were twice pegged back to lose their 100% pre-season win record. The 2–2 draw meant however that they remained unbeaten going into a five-day break before facing Burnley.

Rovers lineups
Second half
Richards Harrold
McLaggon Stanley Campbell W.Brown
L.Brown Bolger Virgo Boateng
Cronin
First half
McGleish Zebroski
Carayol Gill Campbell Swallow
L.Brown Anthony Virgo Smith
Bevan

Unused substitutes: Darren Jefferies, Joe Anyinsah

Burnley[]

Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers 2–0 Burnley Burnley
Harrold (24) (1–0 HT)
Richards (63)
Venue: Memorial Stadium – KO: 19 July 2011 @ 1945

Rovers maintained their unbeaten run of pre-season games with a comfortable 2–0 win over Championship side Burnley. Goals from Matt Harrold and Eliot Richards sealed victory in a one-sided game which The Pirates dominated.

Rovers starting lineup
Anyinsah
(Carayol, 46)
McGleish
(Kuffour, 46)
Harrold
(Richards, 61)
Zebroski
(Swallow, 46)
Gill
(Stanley, 46)
Lines
(W.Brown, 46)
L.Brown
(Campbell, 46)
Anthony Virgo
(Bolger, 46)
Smith
(Boateng, 61)
Bevan

Unused substitutes: Lance Cronin, Kayne McLaggon

Weston-super-Mare[]

Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare 0–2 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
(0–2 HT) Lines
McLaggon
Venue: Woodspring Stadium – KO: 21 July 2011 @ 1945

Manager Paul Buckle rested a number of his first choice squad for this game, giving a run out to one or two fringe players, and also experimenting with having several players out of their more familiar positions. The game was played in poor conditions with rain, often torrential, falling from start to finish. The Gas secured their fifth win of the pre-season in spite of the weather, thanks to a deflected free kick from Chris Lines and a bizarre second goal when a clearance by Weston's 'keeper Lloyd Irish cannoned off of Kayne McLaggon and into the net.

Rovers starting lineup
Richards
(McGleish, 46)
McLaggon
Carayol
(Harrold, 46)
Lines
(Smith, 46)
Stanley Swallow
(L.Brown, 73)
Boateng Campbell
(Virgo, 46)
Bolger W.Brown
Cronin

Reading[]

Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers 1–2 Reading Reading
Kuffour (3) (1–0 HT) Kanu (63)
Obita (80)
Venue: Memorial Stadium – KO: 26 July 2011 @ 1945

A strong Reading side provided the opposition for Rovers' final home pre-season game. Goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen made his return to The Mem and played the full 90 minutes for the Royals. Although Rovers played well in the first half, their Championship-level opposition proved too strong in the second period and The Gas ended up losing 2–1.

Rovers starting lineup
Kuffour
(McGleish, 46)
Harrold
(Richards, 57)
Carayol
(Swallow, 57)
Stanley
(Gill, 46)
Lines
(W.Brown, 57)
Anyinsah
(Zebroski, 12)
L.Brown Bolger Virgo
(Anthony, 41)
Smith
Bevan

Unused substitute: Lance Cronin

A group of Rovers fans on Twitter decided to take pictures before the game and share them using the hashtag #gaspanorama. Those photos are available on the link below.

Gloucester City[]

Gloucester City Gloucester City 2–3 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Mann (10) (2–2 HT) Virgo (8)
Edwards (45) Anthony (43)
McGleish (75)
Venue: Whaddon Road – KO: 30 July 2011 @ 1500

The Rovers first team ended their pre-season campaign with a narrow victory over Conference North side Gloucester City. Gloucester manager and former Rovers player David Mehew was not present at the game, but his side still provided tough opposition for The Pirates, and they twice equalised after Rovers had taken the lead. Scott McGleish's second half goal proved to be the decider however, and the Gas went into the season proper with another win under their belts.

Rovers starting lineup
McGleish Harrold
(Kuffour, 65)
Carayol
(Swallow, 65)
Lines
(Stanley, 60)
Gill Zebroski
L.Brown Virgo Anthony
(Bolger, 65)
Smith
(W.Brown, 65)
Bevan

Unused substitute: Lance Cronin

Bitton[]

Bitton Bitton 2–1 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Jones (15) (2–0 HT) Richards
Clark (17)
Venue: Recreation Ground – KO: 1 August 2011 @ 1945

A Bristol Rovers XI travelled to Bitton to celebrate the opening of the Western League side's new clubhouse. It was a youthful starting lineup for the Rovers team, which featured just five professional players, along with one trialist and five scholars, and although Bitton dominated the first half, Rovers staged something of a comeback in the second.

15-year-old Rovers midfielder Shaquille Hunter was singled out for special praise, both in the match report on the Rovers website and by Chris Lines on his Twitter feed, and the side also featured former Saint-Étienne, Juventus and Portsmouth man Vincent Péricard who had joined on a trial after having been released by Swindon Town in the summer.

Rovers starting lineup
McLaggon Richards
Péricard
(Trialist)
Dale
(Goddard, 85)
Jefferies Hunter
(Harding, 63)
Lockyer Boateng Finn Crawford
Cronin

Unused substitutes: Matt Macey, Josh Southway, Alefe Santos, Lamar Powell, Pat Keery & Cory King

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