Life's a Gas: supporting Bristol Rovers with my blind dad from the Guardian
Ruth Williams has lived in Bristol all her life. She grew up in the city’s Bedminster district and bravely wore her Bristol Rovers scarf at a school where the majority of students were Bristol City supporters. The reason for becoming a Gashead was simple; her dad Roy has supported them all his life. “My first Bristol Rovers match was a 1-1 draw against Hull City on 15 September 1990. I was 12 years old at the time and the club were in the old second division. Having lost their Eastville Stadium in 1986, Rovers were groundsharing with Bath City at the time. It was a bit of a trek getting to Twerton Park. But the game stuck with me and I was hooked. I’m 38 now and have been going to games with my dad regularly ever since. We’ve had season tickets for nearly a decade.”
Roy Williams has been blind all his life. Mervin Davis, a friend of the family, took him to his first Bristol Rovers game in 1951, when he was four years old. “One Friday evening, as I was arriving home from the Royal School for the Blind, Merv was repairing a window I had broken with my football earlier. What’s wrong with wanting to be as good as Geoff Bradford, even though I couldn’t see where the goal was?”
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