2008–09 Bristol Rovers F.C. season

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Bristol Rovers F.C.
2008-09 season
Chairman Nick Higgs
Manager Paul Trollope
League One 11th
FA Cup 1st round (Eliminated by Bournemouth)
Carling Cup 1st round (Eliminated by Watford)
Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st round (Eliminated by Bournemouth)
Top goalscorer League:
Rickie Lambert - 29
All:
Rickie Lambert - 29
Highest home attendance 10,293 (vs. Leeds United FC) 7 March 2009)
Lowest home attendance 5,870 (vs. Crewe Alexandra) 27 September 2009)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

During 2008 and 2009, Bristol Rovers Football Club participated in League One, The 2008-09 season covers the period from 2008-07-01 to 2009-06-30. It marks the 126th year of football played by Bristol Rovers F.C. and their 82nd season in The Football League.

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.

  • 14 July: Former player Junior Agogo completed a transfer from Nottingham Forest to Egyptian side El Zamalek, earning Rovers an undisclosed amount of money from the sell-on clause agreed when he joined Forest.[1]
  • 5 August: Club chairman Ron Craig stepped down from his position, and was succeeded by Nick Higgs. Craig retained a position on the board of the football club.[2]
  • 11 August: Defender Danny Coles signed a two-year extension to his contract with the club. The new deal expires in the summer of 2012, and was agreed as a result of Rovers receiving a number of transfer bids for the player from Plymouth Argyle.[3]
  • 23 August: Rovers stunned Hereford United with a 6-1 demolition.

Match results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

League One[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers League pos
9 August Carlisle United Home 2-3 8,285 Lambert, Williams 16 Report
16 August Brighton & Hove Albion Away 1-1 6,210 Lambert (penalty) 20 Report
23 August Hereford United Home 6-1 6,735 Duffy (2), Lambert (2), Hughes, Lines 8 Report
30 August Leeds United Away 2-2 21,064 Lambert, Duffy 11 Report
6 September Peterborough United Away 4-5 4,876 Elliott, own goal, Hughes, Lambert 15 Report
13 September Walsall Home 1-3 6,609 Elliott 19 Report
16 September Cheltenham Town Away 1-2 4,546 Lambert 21 Report
20 September Yeovil Town Away 2-2 5,748 Lambert (penalty), Kuffour 19 Report
27 September Crewe Alexandra Home 0-0 5,870 19 Report
4 October Colchester United Away 1-0 4,811 Lambert 15 Report
11 October Leyton Orient Home 2-1 6,425 Coles, Hinton 11 Report
18 October Huddersfield Town Away 1-1 13,779 Lambert 13 Report
21 October Oldham Athletic Home 2-0 6,379 Lambert, Lines 12 Report
25 October Southend United Home 4-2 7,055 Lambert (4) 11 Report
1 November Leicester City Away 1-2 18,941 Kuffour 13 Report
14 November Scunthorpe United Home 1-2 7,173 Lambert 13 Report
22 November Swindon Town Home 2-2 8,016 Lambert, Lines 14 Report
25 November Hartlepool United Away 1-1 3,171 Hughes 15 Report
6 December Millwall Away 2-3 8,123 Lambert, Kuffour 15 Report
13 December Tranmere Rovers Home 2-0 6,217 Kuffour, Lines 14 Report
20 December Stockport County Away 1-3 5,364 Disley 15 Report
26 December Milton Keynes Dons Home 1-2 9,002 Kuffour 16 Report
28 December Northampton Town Away 0-0 5,557 16 Report
17 January Leyton Orient Away 2-1 4,262 Hughes, Duffy 17 Report
24 January Colchester United Home 0-0 6,634 17 Report
27 January Cheltenham Town Home 3-2 6,600 Lambert (2), Duffy 12 Report
31 January Southend United Away 0-1 7,234 14 Report
14 February Scunthorpe United Away 2-0 4,156 Duffy, Kuffour 14 Report
17 February Yeovil Town Home 3-0 8,049 Pipe, Duffy, Lambert 13 Report
21 February Leicester City Home 0-1 9,138 14 Report
24 February Oldham Athletic Away 2-0 3,745 Duffy, Anthony 14 Report
28 February Carlisle United Away 1-1 5,343 Hughes 14 Report
7 March Leeds United Home 2-2 10,293 Hughes, Kuffour 14 Report
10 March Hereford United Away 3-0 3,199 Lambert (3) 14 Report
14 March Walsall Away 5-0 5,169 Duffy (2), Disley, Lescott (2) 12 Report
17 March Crewe Alexandra Away 1-1 3,879 Duffy 12 Report
21 March Peterborough United Home 0-1 7,103 13 Report
28 March Stockport County Home 2-0 6,214 Anthony, Lambert 12 Report
31 March Huddersfield Town Home 1-2 6,286 Kuffour 14 Report
5 April Tranmere Rovers Away 0-2 8,119 14 Report
10 April Northampton Town Home 1-0 6,666 Kuffour 11 Report
13 April Milton Keynes Dons Away 1-2 10,251 Elliott 12 Report
18 April Millwall Home 4-2 6,618 Disley, Lambert (2), Kuffour 11 Report
21 April Brighton & Hove Albion Home 1-2 6,193 Lambert 11 Report
25 April Swindon Town Away 1-2 10,977 Duffy 12 Report
2 May Hartlepool United Home 4-1 7,363 Kuffour, Duffy, Lambert, Lescott 11 Report

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
8 November 1 A.F.C. Bournemouth Away 0-1 3,935 Report

Carling Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 August 1 Watford Away 0-1 5,574 Report

Johnstone's Paint Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
2 September 1 A.F.C. Bournemouth Away 0-3 2,220 Report

Team kit[edit]

The team kit for the 2008-09 season is produced by Erreà. The main shirt sponsor is Cowlin Construction, a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty, and the secondary shirt sponsor is Blackthorn Cider. The home shirt features the traditional blue and white quarters in a lighter shade of blue from the previous season to match the colour of the sponsor's logo, and the away kit is green with black trim.[4]

2007-08 home colours
2008-09 away colours

Squad[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total League 1 FA Cup Carling Cup Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 England GK Steve Phillips 49 0 46 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
13 England GK Mike Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 England GK Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Wales DF Ryan Green 28 0 26 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
3 Wales DF Joe Jacobson 22 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 England DF Craig Hinton 27 1 25 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
6 England DF Steve Elliott 41 3 39 3 0 0 1 0 1 0
15 Wales DF Byron Anthony 33 2 30 2 1 0 1 0 1 0
16 England DF Danny Coles 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 England DF Tom Parrinello 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 James Tyrell 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 England DF Aaron Lescott 47 3 44 3 1 0 1 0 1 0
33 England DF Liam Harwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 England MF Chris Lines 48 4 45 4 1 0 1 0 1 0
7 Scotland MF Stuart Campbell 47 0 44 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
11 Northern Ireland MF Jeff Hughes 46 6 43 6 1 0 1 0 1 0
14 Wales MF David Pipe 40 1 39 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
19 England MF Sean Rigg 10 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
20 England MF Craig Disley 47 3 44 3 1 0 1 0 1 0
22 England MF Joe White 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
26 Wales MF Lewis Haldane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 Jamaica MF Richard Langley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England FW Andy Williams 5 1 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
9 England FW Rickie Lambert 48 29 45 29 1 0 1 0 1 0
10 Scotland FW Darryl Duffy 46 13 43 13 1 0 1 0 1 0
17 England FW Jo Kuffour 42 11 41 11 1 0 0 0 0 0
18 England FW Ben Hunt 14 0 12 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
23 England FW Ben Swallow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 England FW Matt Groves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 Wales FW Josh Klein-Davies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 England FW James Fraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 England FW Richard Walker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Seven players have been added to the Bristol Rovers squad since 1 July 2008, in addition to Jeff Hughes who signed at the end of the previous season. Four players were signed from other clubs – Darryl Duffy, who was signed from Swansea City for a fee in the region of £100,000, Ben Hunt, who was signed for free after having been released by West Ham United, Jo Kuffour who was signed from A.F.C. Bournemouth and Liam Harwood who was signed from Carshalton Athletic. Three Bristol Rovers youth players were also awarded their first professional contracts by the club – Ben Swallow, James Tyrell and Joe White, who is the son of former Rovers player Steve White.

Date Player Previous Club Contract Cost
3 July Scotland Darryl Duffy Swansea City 3 years ~£100,000[5]
3 July England Ben Hunt West Ham United 1 year Free[6]
3 July England Ben Swallow Youth team N/A[6]
3 July England James Tyrell Youth team N/A[6]
3 July England Joe White Youth team N/A[6]
29 August England Jo Kuffour A.F.C. Bournemouth 3 years £60,000[7][8]
1 September England Liam Harwood Carshalton Athletic 1 year Undisclosed[9]
21 November Jamaica Richard Langley Unattached Monthly Free
16 February England Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton Stoke City 3 months Loan

Out[edit]

Date Player New Club Contract Cost
4 July England Richard Walker Shrewsbury Town 1 year Loan[10]
7 July Wales Lewis Haldane Oxford United 1 year Loan[11]
1 August England James Fraser Lewes 1 month Loan[12]
8 August Wales Josh Klein-Davies Luton Town 1 month Loan[13]
9 August England Charlie Clough Mangotsfield United 1 month Loan[14][15]
12 August England Matt Groves Tiverton Town 1 month Loan[15][16]
14 August England Adam Mahdi Cirencester Town 1 month Loan[15]
1 September England James Fraser Tiverton Town 3 months Loan
1 September England Andy Williams Hereford United 4 months Loan[17]
12 September England Alex Kite Oxford City Loan
19 September England Sean Rigg Grays Athletic 1 month Loan[18]
19 September England Adam Mahdi Clevedon Town Loan[18]
19 September England Ben Swallow Taunton Town Loan[18]
23 September England Joe White Chippenham Town 3 months Loan[19]
10 November England Alex Kite Chippenham Town 3 months Loan
20 November England Ben Swallow Bridgwater Town 1 month Loan
28 November Wales Josh Klein-Davies Newport County 1 month Loan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Agogo Sell On Clause". Vital Football. 2008-07-05. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Higgs named new Rovers chairman". Sporting Life. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Coles pens new Rovers contract". Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  4. ^ "The look of Rovers in 2008/09". bristolrovers.co.uk. 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Duffy seals Bristol Rovers switch". BBC Sport. 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Press conference at the MEM". bristolrovers.co.uk. 2008-08-03. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-03. 
  7. ^ "Rovers tie up Kuffour deal". Sky Sports. 2008-08-29. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  8. ^ "Langley gets a second chance". Bristol Evening Post. 2008-08-28. Archived from the original on 1 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  9. ^ setantasports.com staff (2008-09-02). "League One deadline day round-up". Setanta Sports. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  10. ^ "Shrews sign Rovers striker Walker". BBC Sport. 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  11. ^ "Haldane set for Oxford loan move". BBC Sport. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-07. 
  12. ^ Howard Griggs (2008-06-16). "Lewes secure loan signing". The Argus. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  13. ^ "Luton Town bring in 11 new faces". BBC Sport. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-09. 
  14. ^ "Latest news". Mangotsfield United Official Website. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  15. ^ a b c "Trio of youngsters out on loan". bristolrovers.co.uk. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  16. ^ "Groves Joins Tiverton Town". Vital Football. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  17. ^ "One in and one out for Rovers on deadline day". Bristol Evening Post. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  18. ^ a b c "Three players move on loan". bristolrovers.co.uk. 2008-09-19. Archived from the original on 23 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  19. ^ "White moves out on loan". bristolrovers.co.uk. 2008-09-25. Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
Preceded by
2007-08
Bristol Rovers seasons
2008-09
Succeeded by
2009-10