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Bristol Rovers F.C. was formed in 1883 as Black Arabs F.C. This name came from the Arabs Rugby team and the predominantly Black kit the team wore in its early years. The name only lasted one season and was changed to Eastville Rovers F.C. in a bid to attract more fans from the local area. The club is nicknamed the Pirates due to their maritime connections. In 1897 the team then turned professional and became Bristol Eastville Rovers. This was shortened in 1899 to Bristol Rovers. Later that year the team joined the Southern League, where they remained until joining the Football League in 1920 when many of the Southern League teams joined the newly formed Division Three (South). This was after the team were crowned Southern League Champions in 1905. The club's major honour was victory in the Watney Cup in 1972, following victory over Sheffield United in the final. Rovers have spent the majority of their stay in the league in the third tier of the Football League, occasionally having spells in the second tier and more recently the fourth. They have not reached the top division at all in their history to date.

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