David Pipe

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David Pipe
David Pipe 12-05-2012 1.jpg
Pipe after playing for Newport County in the 2012 FA Trophy Final
Personal information
Full name David Ronald Pipe
Date of birth (1983-11-05) 5 November 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Caerphilly, Wales
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Midfielder or Full-back
Club information
Current team
Forest Green Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Coventry City 21 (2)
2004–2007 Notts County 141 (4)
2007–2010 Bristol Rovers 86 (3)
2009–2010 Cheltenham Town (loan) 8 (0)
2011–2014 Newport County 100 (0)
2014– Forest Green Rovers 25 (0)
National team
2002–2005 Wales U21[1] 12 (0)
2003 Wales 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:02, 14 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Ronald Pipe (born 5 November 1983) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a midfielder or full-back for Forest Green Rovers.


Born in Caerphilly, Wales, Pipe began his career in the youth team at Coventry City. He made his senior debut for the Sky Blues on 31 August 2002 as a second half substitute for Gary McSheffrey in a 1-0 home defeat against Nottingham Forest.[2] He scored his first senior goal in a away win over Gillingham on 5 October 2002 when he netted alongside Jay Bothroyd.[3]

At the start of the 2003-04 season, he was limited to just a single League Cup appearance. He subsequently joined Notts County on loan in January 2004.[4] He made his debut for his new loan club three days later on 17 January 2004, helping them to a 1-0 away win over Wrexham.[5] In April 2004, he had his contract at Coventry terminated, allowing him to join Notts County permanently on a two-year contract.[6]

Having been a mainstay of the Notts County squad for three consecutive seasons, Bristol Rovers paid £50,000 for his services in July 2007.[7] His first appearance for Bristol Rovers came in a 1-1 away draw against Port Vale in August 2007.[8]

He joined Cheltenham Town on loan in November 2009.[9] His loan at Whaddon Road was then extended until the end of January 2010.[10] He returned to Bristol Rovers at the end of the month but failed to make another appearance in the 2009-10 season. In June 2010, he was jailed for 38 months for fracturing the skull of another man in an unprovoked attack in Bristol.[11]

In September 2011, he spent time training with then Conference National side Newport County who he signed for on a non-contract basis later that month.[12] He made his debut for Newport County on 17 September 2011 playing 75 minutes in a 1-0 away defeat against Braintree Town.[13] He helped Newport to the final of the 2011-12 FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium in May 2012, however was on the losing side as York City came out on top in a 2-0 win.[14][15]

In June 2012, he was appointed as captain of Newport County. And 12 months after he been a part of a side that had lost at Wembley in the FA Trophy final, he led Newport to the Football League as captain at Wembley in a 2-0 win over Wrexham in the 2013 Conference National play-off Final on 5 May 2013.[16] In June 2013, he was named in the 2012–13 Conference Premier team of the year[17]

He was a regular in the Newport County side in their first year back in Football League Two, however in February 2014, it was announced that he would be let go alongside Michael Flynn at the end of the season.[18] Two months later, in April 2014, it was confirmed that he had been released by Newport.[19] In the same month, he insisted there was no falling out with manager Justin Edinburgh in relation to the decision for him to be released.[20]

On 7 May 2014, he joined Forest Green Rovers on a two-year deal, also being named captain at The New Lawn.[21][22] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2014–15 Conference National season on 9 August 2014, providing an assist in a 1–0 away win at Southport.[23]


Pipe earned his one and only international cap for Wales in 2003 in a friendly international against the United States of America.[24][25] He had previously earned twelve caps at under-21 level.[26]


  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 980. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ "Coventry 0-1 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. 31 August 2002. 
  3. ^ "Gillingham 0-2 Coventry". BBC Sport. 5 October 2002. 
  4. ^ "Mills bags loan duo". BBC Sport. 14 January 2004. 
  5. ^ "Wrexham 0-1 Notts County". BBC Sport. 17 January 2004. 
  6. ^ "Pipe signs for Magpies". BBC Sport. 15 April 2004. 
  7. ^ "Bristol Rovers swoop to sign Pipe". BBC Sport. 10 July 2007. 
  8. ^ "Port Vale 1-1 Bristol Rovers". BBC Sport. 11 August 2007. 
  9. ^ "Cheltenham recruit pair on loan". BBC Sport. 26 November 2009. 
  10. ^ "Defender David Pipe stays on loan at Cheltenham". BBC Sport. 4 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Footballer David Pipe jailed over club attack". BBC News. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Newport County sign former Wales midfielder David Pipe". BBC Sport. 15 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Braintree Town 1-0 Newport County". BBC Sport. 17 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Lanre Oyebanjo seals York City's FA Trophy win against Newport County". 12 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Newport County 0-2 York City". BBC Sport. 12 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wrexham 0-2 Newport County". BBC Sport. 5 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Newport duo named in Conference Premier team of the season". BBC Sport. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "David Pipe and Michael Flynn to leave Exiles". BBC Sport. 26 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Defender David Pipe released by Exiles". BBC Sport. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "No animosity over Newport County exit says defender". BBC Sport. 25 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "Forest Green Rovers sign ex-Newport defender". BBC Sport. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Forest Green boss Ady Pennock swoops for Newport County captain David Pipe". Stroud News & Journal. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  23. ^ "Southport 0–1 Forest Green". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  24. ^ "USA sink poor Wales". BBC Sport. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "David Pipe". National Football Teams. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "First Team: David Pipe". Bristol Rovers F.C. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012.