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26th May 2007 23:44

Bristol Rovers gained promotion from League Two, with a 3-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at the magnificent new Wembley Stadium this afternoon.

by Martin Shaw

Att. 61,589 (app 39,000 from Bristol Rovers, approx 22,500 from Shrewsbury)

Shrewsbury took an early lead with a header by Drummond from a cross, but Rovers hit back with two superbly taken goals by Richard Walker to lead at the break. It was pulsating stuff, but the second half was poor fayre. Shrewsbury had the better chances, notably from Derek Asamoah, but they couldn't force an equaliser. In stoppage time, Shrews keeper MacKenzie went up for a corner, but Rovers broke and Sammy Igoe ran half the length of pitch from his own penalty area, before firing into an empty net from 45 yards, to give the scoreline a flattering gloss.

Derek Asamoah was one of the best players on the pitch, while for Rovers, Craig Disley was anonymous.

So, the Stags will be playing at the New Meadow next season, pictured here in August 2006 by Martin Shaw:

A selection of photos from the game at Wembley below, by Martin Shaw.

To see more photos from Wembley (the conference play-off final, click here.

Rovers players celebrate their second goal:

Rovers fans celebrate their second goal:

Richard Walker celebrates his second goal, on the giant screen. The screens are the size of 600 domestic TV screens.

A Stags fan waves to the camera:

Asamoah takes a throw-in:

Asamoah about to take a free-kick:

Rovers celebrate their third goal:

It's full-time:

Disley, centre, in the Royal Box:


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