George swaps red trousers for blue at Rovers
ELECTION hopeful George Ferguson broke the habit of a lifetime – he wore blue trousers.
At a recent hustings event, the Tobacco Factory owner promised to hang up his trademark red slacks if he ever went to watch Bristol Rovers play at the Memorial Stadium. And on Saturday, true to his word, Mr Ferguson appeared at the Pirates' ground dressed in the unfamiliar colour.
Following a "question time" held at The Greenway Centre in Southmead, Rovers' chairman Nick Higgs invited Mr Ferguson to the FA cup tie, which Rovers lost 2-1 to Sheffield United.
Mr Ferguson told The Post: "I bought the trousers from Next in Cabot Circus for £20.
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"I was interviewed on the Rovers pitch and I got a really nice reception from the fans. If I'd turned up wearing red trousers, I don't think the reception would have been so warm. It was just a bit of fun."
As Mr Ferguson entered the Greenway Centre on October 22, a Rovers fan called Pat asked him if he would wear her team's colour to a game.
Having broken his blue trouser duck, Mr Ferguson revealed he will probably wear them again on Wednesday, when the Memorial Stadium holds another mayoral hustings organised by The Post.
As for which football team he supports – Rovers or City – the 65-year-old was diplomatic.
"I support any sports team with Bristol in the name. I like both football teams to do well because I think it's good for the city," he said.
On November 15, the people of Bristol will be able to vote for their first ever elected mayor.