2007–08 Bristol Rovers F.C. season

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Bristol Rovers F.C.
2007–08 season
Chairman Ron Craig
Manager Paul Trollope
League One 16th (W:13 D:17 L:17 F:45 A:53)
FA Cup Quarter-finalist
League Cup 2nd round
Football League Trophy 2nd round
Top goalscorer League: Rickie Lambert (13)
All: Rickie Lambert (19)
Highest home attendance 12,077 v West Bromwich Albion
Lowest home attendance 3,313 v A.F.C. Bournemouth

The 2007–08 season covers the period from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2008. It marks the 125th year of football played by Bristol Rovers F.C. and their 81st season in The Football League. The team plays in Football League One having won the Football League Two playoff game at Wembley Stadium on 26 May 2007, beating Shrewsbury 3–1 in front of a crowd of 61,589.

Chronological list of events[edit]

This is a list of the significant events to occur at the club during the 2007–08 season, presented in chronological order. This list does not include transfers, which are listed in the transfers section below, or match results, which are in the results section.

  • 7 July: Aaron Lescott signed a new two-year contract, running until the summer of 2009.[1]
  • 10 July: New contracts were signed by Richard Walker, Lewis Haldane and Chris Carruthers. Haldane signed a three-year contract, Walker a two-year one and Carruthers one-year.[2]
  • 10 August: First-Team Coach Paul Trollope and Director of Football Lennie Lawrence both signed extended contracts with the club.[3] Bill Smith resigned from his position as chief executive to concentrate on his other business commitments.[4]
  • 17 August: A delay in the demolition of the Memorial Stadium was announced, meaning that the club will play the whole season there and not move to Cheltenham in January as had previously been announced.[5]
  • 18 August: Craig Disley signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2009.[6]
  • 23 August: Goalkeeping coach Steve Book was registered as a player after backup goalie Mike Green broke his finger in a reserve match.[7]
  • 28 August: Rovers' League Cup run came to an end after a 2–1 defeat to Premier League side West Ham. The game was overshadowed by the injury to Kieron Dyer who suffered a suspected broken leg.[8]
  • 4 September: Charlie Clough, who was promoted to the first team squad in the summer, signed his first professional contract on his 17th birthday.[9]
  • 2 October: Edward Ware is appointed to the club's board of directors.[10]
  • 9 October: Rovers' hopes of reaching the Football League Trophy final for the second year running came to an end as they lost their second round tie with A.F.C. Bournemouth 1–0.
  • 15 October: Former Rovers defender Billy Clark was appointed the club's new under-18's coach.[11]
  • 24 November: Both Steve Elliott and Richard Walker received 3 match bans after being handed straight red cards by referee Rob Styles in a bad tempered derby with Swindon Town. Joe Jacobson picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in the same game, resulting in a one match suspension for the Welshman.[12]
  • 22 December: Craig Disley received his fifth yellow card of the season in the match away to Leeds resulting in a one game suspension.[13]
  • 26 December: Captain Stuart Campbell picked up his fifth yellow card of the season. He was suspended for the FA Cup Third Round tie with Fulham
  • 22 January: Rovers beat Fulham in the 3rd round of the FA cup, after drawing the original match 2:2 they won the replay at The Memorial Stadium on penalties after a 0:0 120 minutes.
  • 16 February: Rovers beat Southampton in the 5th round of the FA cup, courtesy of an 84th-minute strike by Rickie Lambert.
  • 9 March: The club-record-equalling FA Cup run ended at the quarter-final stage, with a defeat to West Bromwich Albion, in front of a Memorial Stadium record crowd for football of 12,011.[14]
  • 3 June: The football club announced that the stadium redevelopment would be postponed for a further year after the initial accommodation providers pulled out and a leak on an unofficial club website caused negotiations with an alternative provider to collapse.[15]

Fixtures and results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

League One[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers League pos
11 August Port Vale Away 1–1 6,808 Williams 7 Report
18 August Crewe Alexandra Home 1–1 7,750 Disley 14 Report
25 August Oldham Athletic Away 1–0 5,348 Jacobson 9 Report
1 September Nottingham Forest Home 2–2 9,080 Anthony, Walker (pen) 8 Report
8 September Luton Town Away 2–1 6,131 Lambert (2) 6 Report
14 September Leeds United Home 0–3 11,883 7 Report
22 September Carlisle United Away 1–1 6,106 Elliott 9 Report
29 September Leyton Orient Home 2–3 7,181 Walker (2 pens) 14 Report
2 October Southend United Home 1–1 5,762 Walker (pen) 12 Report
6 October Brighton & Hove Albion Away 0–0 5,820 15 Report
12 October Hartlepool United Away 0–1 4,963 15 Report
20 October Yeovil Town Home 1–1 7,726 Elliott 17 Report
27 October Gillingham Away 2–3 5,333 Lambert, Pipe 19 Report
3 November Bournemouth Home 0–2 6,405 19 Report
6 November Northampton Town Away 1–0 5,126 Lambert 18 Report
17 November Millwall Home 2–1 6,991 Lambert (pen), Haldane 17 Report
24 November Swindon Town Away 0–1 9,342 18 Report
5 December Cheltenham Town Home Postponed (Waterlogged pitch)[16]
8 December Swansea City Home Postponed (Waterlogged pitch)[17]
15 December Huddersfield Town Away 1–2 8,118 Pipe 19 Report
22 December Leeds United Away 0–1 27,863 19 Report
26 December Luton Town Home 1–1 7,556 Lambert (pen) 20 Report
29 December Carlisle United Home 3–0 6,254 Lines, Hinton, Williams 20 Report
1 January Southend United Away 1–0 7,664 Williams 19 Report
11 January Tranmere Rovers Away 2–0 5,887 Williams, Lambert 16 Report
19 January Walsall Home 1–1 6,276 Disley 16 Report
29 January Crewe Alexandra Away 1–1 3,942 Ben Williams (og) 17 Report
2 February Port Vale Home 3–2 6,927 Coles, Lines, Lambert (pen) 17 Report
5 February Cheltenham Town Home 2–0 6,780 Hinton, Lambert 15 Report
9 February Doncaster Rovers Away 0–2 8,168   16 Report
12 February Oldham Athletic Home 1–0 5,778 Disley 13 Report
23 February Tranmere Rovers Home 1–1 7,777 Disley 15 Report
1 March Millwall Away 1–0 9,202 Disley 13 Report
4 March Doncaster Rovers Home 0–1 5,993   14 Report
12 March Northampton Town Home 1–1 4,657 Rigg 16 Report
15 March Cheltenham Town Away 0–1 5,187 16 Report
18 March Swansea City Home 0–2 6,410 16 Report
22 March Huddersfield Town Home 2–3 6,585 Klein-Davies, Lines 17 Report
24 March Swansea City Away 2–2 15,048 Lambert, Disley 18 Report
29 March Yeovil Town Away 0–0 6,654 18 Report
5 April Hartlepool United Home 0–0 5,526 17 Report
8 April Nottingham Forest Away 1–1 15,860 Lambert 16 Report
12 April Bournemouth Away 1–2 6,867 Lambert 16 Report
15 April Walsall Away 1–0 5,200 Lambert 15 Report
19 April Gillingham Home 1–1 6,614 Elliott 16 Report
22 April Swindon Town Home 0–1 6,102 16 Report
26 April Brighton & Hove Albion Home 0–2 7,590 16 Report
3 May Leyton Orient Away 1–3 5,132 Lambert 16 Report

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
1 10 November Leyton Orient Away 1–1 3,157 Lambert Report
1 (Replay) 20 November Leyton Orient Home Postponed (Waterlogged pitch)[18]
1 (Replay) 27 November Leyton Orient Home 3–3 3,742 Hinton, Lambert (pen), Disley Won 6–5 on Penalties kicks Report
2 1 December Rushden & Diamonds Home 5–1 4,816 Williams, Disley, Hinton, Lambert (2) Report
3 6 January Fulham Away 2–2 13,634 Coles, Hinton Report
3 (Replay) 15 January Fulham Home Postponed (Dangerous Playing Conditions)[19]
3 (Replay) 22 January Fulham Home 0–0 11,882 Won 5–3 on Penalties Report
4 26 January Barnet Away 1–0 5,190 Lambert Report
5 16 February Southampton Home 1–0 11,920 Lambert Report
QF 9 March West Bromwich Albion Home 1–5 12,011 Coles   Report

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers Notes
1 14 August Crystal Palace Home 1–1 (FT)
1–1 (AET)
5,566 Disley Won 4–1 on penalty kicks Report
2 28 August West Ham United Home 1–2 10,831 Williams Report

Football League Trophy[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
1 Bye[20]
2 9 October Bournemouth Home 0–1 3,313 Report

Squad[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total League 1 FA Cup League Cup Football League Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Steve Phillips 57 0 46 0 8 0 2 0 1 0
13 England GK Mike Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 England GK Steve Book 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Wales DF Ryan Green 14 0 12 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
5 England DF Craig Hinton 33 5 24 2 8 3 0 0 1 0
6 England DF Steve Elliott 39 3 33 3 3 0 2 0 1 0
11 England DF Chris Carruthers 24 0 17 0 4 0 2 0 1 0
15 Wales DF Byron Anthony 23 1 20 1 0 0 2 0 1 0
16 England DF Danny Coles 30 3 24 1 6 2 0 0 0 0
21 England DF Tom Parrinello 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
32 England DF Aaron Lescott 43 0 34 0 7 0 2 0 0 0
23 Wales DF Ryan Paddock 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 England DF Alex Kite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 England DF Tom Godsell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Wales MF Joe Jacobson 49 1 40 1 7 0 2 0 0 0
4 England MF Sammy Igoe 28 0 21 0 6 0 1 0 0 0
7 Scotland MF Stuart Campbell 56 0 46 0 7 0 2 0 1 0
14 Wales MF David Pipe 50 2 40 2 7 0 2 0 1 0
17 Wales MF Anthony Pulis 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 England MF Andy Sandell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 England MF Chris Lines 36 2 27 2 8 0 0 0 1 0
20 England MF Craig Disley 52 9 44 6 6 2 2 1 0 0
22 England MF James Palmer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Wales MF Lewis Haldane 38 1 32 1 3 0 2 0 1 0
28 England MF Adam Mahdi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
30 England MF Charlie Reece 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 England MF Charlie Clough 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England FW Andy Williams 52 6 41 4 8 1 2 1 1 0
9 England FW Rickie Lambert 57 19 46 13 8 6 2 0 1 0
10 England FW Richard Walker 31 4 24 4 4 0 2 0 1 0
19 England FW Sean Rigg 38 1 31 1 5 0 1 0 1 0
27 England FW Matt Groves 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
29 Wales FW Josh Klein-Davies 10 1 10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 England FW James Fraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

During the 2007–08 season, Rovers signed six new players. Joe Jacobson, David Pipe, Andy Williams, Danny Coles, James Fraser and Jeff Hughes. The total transfer spending for the season is not known, as the Williams and Hughes transfer fees have not been disclosed, however both are known to be "six-figure" sums[21][22] so the total spending is over £250,000.

Date Player Previous Club Contract Cost
5 July Wales Joe Jacobson Cardiff City 3 years Free[23]
5 July England Andy Williams Hereford United 3 years Undisclosed[21][24]
10 July Wales David Pipe Notts County 3 years £50,000[25]
14 August England James Fraser Worthing 6 months Free[26][27]
1 November England Danny Coles Hull City 3 months Loan[28]
8 January England Danny Coles Hull City 2½ years Undisclosed[29]
8 February Wales Anthony Pulis Stoke City 3 months Loan[30]
27 March England Wayne Andrews Coventry City 2 months Loan[31]
27 March Northern Ireland Jeff Hughes Crystal Palace 2 months Loan[31]
6 June Northern Ireland Jeff Hughes Crystal Palace 3 years £120,000[22][32]

Out[edit]

Date Player New Club Contract Cost
17 August England Andy Sandell Salisbury City 1 month Loan[33]
17 August England James Palmer Tiverton Town 1 month Loan[34]
31 August England Andy Sandell Salisbury City 3 years Undisclosed[35]
10 November England James Palmer Weston-super-Mare Released[36][37]
16 November Wales Josh Klein-Davies Yate Town 1 month Loan[38]
28 December England James Fraser Tiverton Town 3 months Loan[39][40][41]
10 March England Matt Groves Chippenham Town 2 months Loan[42]
30 June England Chris Carruthers Oxford United Released[43][44]
30 June England Sammy Igoe A.F.C. Bournemouth 1 year Released[43][45]
30 June England Tom Godsell Released[46]
30 June Wales Ryan Paddock Weston-super-Mare Unknown Released[46][47]

In addition to the players listed above, coach Kevin Hodges was released by the club at the end of the season.[48]

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2007–08 season is produced by Erreà. The main shirt sponsor is Cowlin Construction and the secondary shirt sponsor is Blackthorn Cider. The home shirt features the traditional blue and white quarters in a darker shade of blue from the previous season, and the away kit is green with black trim.[49]

2007–08 home colours
2007–08 away colours

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Preceded by
2006–07
Bristol Rovers seasons
2007–08
Succeeded by
2008–09