1883–84 Black Arabs F.C. season

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Black Arabs
1883–84 season
Ground Purdown
Home colours

The Black Arabs season 1883–84 was the first played by the team that would later become Bristol Rovers. This was the only season that they used the name Black Arabs, the name being changed to Eastville Rovers for the following season.The Black Arabs were founded by W.E.Braund.

The team wore a predominantly black kit, from which they took their name, with a gold sash.

Results[edit]

Black Arabs F.C. were not part of a league, and only played friendly matches during their first season. There is no record of the goalscorers from this season, and some match results have also been lost over time.

The first match was against Wotton-under-Edge on 1 December 1883 and two days later the Dursley Gazette carried the following report:

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. The home team were in every point superior to their antagonists and after a one-sided game Wotton were declared victors by six goals to nil. —Dursley Gazette, 3 December 1883, reproduced in Byrne & Jay (2003).


Date Opposition Venue Result
1 December 1883 Wotton-under-Edge Away Lost 0–6
22 December 1883 Warmley Away Lost 1–3
12 January 1884 Bristol Wagon Works Away
19 January 1884 Bristol Wagon Works Home Drew 1–1[1]
26 January 1884 Warmley Home Lost 0–4
16 February 1884 Wotton-under-Edge Home Lost 0–2
1 March 1884 Bristol Wagon Works Away Won 3–0[2]
8 March 1884 Bristol Wagon Works Home Lost 0–3[3]
15 March 1884 Right Against Might Home Lost 0–1[4]
22 March 1884 Right Against Might Away Drew 0–0[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football". Western Daily Press. 23 January 1884. Retrieved 13 October 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Football". Western Daily Press. 7 March 1884. Retrieved 13 October 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Football Matches". Western Daily Press. 13 March 1884. Retrieved 13 October 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "Sporting Intelligence". Bristol Mercury. 18 March 1884. Retrieved 13 October 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "Football". Bristol Mercury. 25 March 1884. Retrieved 13 October 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)). 
  • Byrne, S & Jay, M (2003): Bristol Rovers Football Club, The Definitive History 1883–2003. ISBN 0-7524-2717-2