List of Bristol Rovers F.C. players

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Bristol Rovers record scorer, Geoff Bradford, who scored 355 goals for the club, 242 of which were in the Football League.
For a list of all Bristol Rovers F.C. players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Bristol Rovers F.C. players.
For the current Bristol Rovers squad, see Bristol Rovers F.C.#Current squad.

Bristol Rovers Football Club is an English professional association football club based in Bristol, who play in Football League One, the Third tier of the English football league system, as of the 2016–17 season. The club was formed in 1883 under the name Black Arabs F.C.[1] playing their home games at Purdown in Bristol,[2] but they used the name for only a single season, becoming Eastville Rovers[1] and moving to a site known as Three Acres in 1884. Eastville Rovers were somewhat nomadic, moving home in 1891 to the Schoolmaster's Cricket Ground, in 1892 to Durdham Down, and in 1894 to Ridgeway, before finally settling at Eastville Stadium and changing their name to Bristol Eastville Rovers in 1897.[2] Two years later they adopted their current name of Bristol Rovers when they became founder members of the Southern League.[1] They remained at Eastville Stadium for 99 years, before leaving in 1986 when financial pressures meant that they could no longer afford to pay the rent, whereupon they moved to Bath City's Twerton Park, a move that saved the club £30,000 a year.[3] After playing for ten years in Bath, the club returned to Bristol in 1997 when they agreed to share Bristol Rugby's Memorial Stadium.[4] Since joining The Football League in 1920, when the top division of the Southern League effectively became the Football League Third Division, Rovers have spent most of their time in the second and third tiers of the English football league system; the team has never played in the top flight and spent six years, 2001 to 2007, in the fourth tier.[5][6]

In the club's early history the appearance record was held by goalkeeper Arthur Cartlidge,[7] who played in 258 Southern League games between 1901 and 1909.[8] His record stood until it was broken by another goalkeeper, Jesse Whatley, who played 14 times in the Southern League and a further 372 in The Football League, making a total of 386 overall.[9] Following the Second World War the Bristol Rovers board introduced a no-buy/no-sell policy, which remained in force until the abolition of the maximum wage in football in 1961; as a result some players in that era had a high number of appearances for the club.[10] Eight of the top nine most-used players played during this time, each making over 400 appearances. These eight were Bobby Jones (421 appearances), Alfie Biggs (424), Ray Warren (450), Harold Jarman (452), George Petherbridge (457), Geoff Bradford (462), Jack Pitt (466), and Harry Bamford (486).[11] The club's all-time leading appearance maker, Stuart Taylor, played in 546 League games between 1965 and 1980.[12] The club's highest scorer by a wide margin is Geoff Bradford, who scored 242 times in The Football League,[13] exceeding the next-highest scorer Alfie Biggs by 64 goals.[14]

Players[edit]

Rovers' second highest appearance maker, defender Harry Bamford who played for the club between 1946 and 1958.
Forward Alfie Biggs made 424 appearances for Rovers in two spells between 1953 and 1961 and again between 1962 and 1968. With 178 goals, he is the club's second highest goalscorer.
Ian Holloway, who played 397 league games in three spells with the club.
Stuart Campbell made 291 appearances between 2004 and 2011 and is currently the leading appearance maker of the 3rd millennium.
Lee Brown is, as of 5 February 2017, the leading appearance maker of the current Bristol Rovers squad with 241 appearances.
England international Gary Mabbutt, who played 131 league games between 1977 and 1982.
Tony Pulis made 130 Rovers appearances in two spells from 1975 to 1981 and 1982 to 1984.
Rovers' most capped player Vitālijs Astafjevs, who played 167 times for Latvia.

The list of players below includes all team members who have played in at least 100 professional league games for Bristol Rovers, which includes games played in the Southern League (1899–1920), Football League (1920–2014 and 2015–) and Football Conference (2014–15), and also includes substitute appearances. Statistics are correct as of 8 January 2017

Position key: GKGoalkeeper; DFDefender; MFMidfielder; FWForward

  † Current Bristol Rovers player, as at 5 February 2017
 Capped at full international level[a]
Table of players, including nationality, playing position and club statistics
Player Nationality[b] Pos[c] Club career Apps[d] Goals[e] Ref[f]
Agogo, JuniorJunior Agogo  Ghana FW 2003–2006 126 41 [15]
Aitken, PeterPeter Aitken  Wales MF 1972–1980 234 3
Alexander, IanIan Alexander  Scotland DF 1986–1994 291 6
Anthony, ByronByron Anthony  Wales DF 2006–2012 163 7 [16]
Appleby, BenBen Appleby  England MF 1903–1908 180 9
Archer, LeeLee Archer  England MF 1991–1997 126 13
Armitage, HarryHarry Armitage  England DF 1922–1926 122 0
Astafjevs, VitālijsVitālijs Astafjevs  Latvia MF 2000–2003 110 16
Bamford, HarryHarry Bamford  England DF 1946–1958 486 5
Bannister, BruceBruce Bannister  England FW 1971–1977 206 80
Barrett, MikeMike Barrett  England MF 1979–1984 128 18
Bater, PhilPhil Bater  Wales DF 1974–1981
1983–1986
310 3
Beadle, PeterPeter Beadle  England FW 1995–1998 109 39
Bennett, BertBert Bennett  England DF 1911–1915 101 0
Bennett, FredFred Bennett  England DF 1925–1930 129 2
Biggs, AlfieAlfie Biggs  England FW 1953–1961
1962–1968
424 178
Bradford, GeoffGeoff Bradford  England FW 1949–1964 462 242
Brogan, JamesJames Brogan  Scotland FW 1910–1915 106 24
Brown, JohnJohn Brown  England FW 1963–1968 156 32
Brown, LeeLee Brown  England DF 2011– 241 20 [17]
Browning, MarcusMarcus Browning  Wales MF 1989–1997 174 11
Bush, BryanBryan Bush  England MF/FW 1947–1955 113 19
Campbell, StuartStuart Campbell  Scotland MF 2004–2011 291 3 [18]
Carruthers, ChrisChris Carruthers  England DF 2005 (loan)
2005–2008
100 1 [19]
Cartlidge, ArthurArthur Cartlidge  England GK 1901–1909 258 0
Challis, TrevorTrevor Challis  England DF 1998–2003 146 1
Channing, JustinJustin Channing  England MF 1992–1996 130 10
Clark, BillyBilly Clark  Scotland FW 1904–1908 133 35
Clark, BillyBilly Clark  England DF 1987–1997 248 12
Clarke, OllieOllie Clarke  England MF 2011- 119 9 [20]
Coles, DannyDanny Coles  England DF 2007–2011 102 3 [21]
Collett, AndyAndy Collett  England GK 1994–1999 107 0
Corbett, FredFred Corbett  England FW 1901–1903
1904–1905
1908–1911
139 52
Crompton, EllisEllis Crompton  England FW 1913–1921 150 36
Cureton, JamieJamie Cureton  England FW 1996–2000 174 72
Davis, JoeJoe Davis  England DF 1960–1967 211 4
Day, GrahamGraham Day  England DF 1973–1979 130 1
Disley, CraigCraig Disley  England MF 2004–2009 203 25 [22]
Dix, RonnieRonnie Dix  England FW 1928–1932 100 33
Donald, AlecAlec Donald  Scotland DF 1932–1936 136 0
Dunn, HughieHughie Dunn  Scotland DF 1901–1906 155 1
Eadie, JimJim Eadie  Scotland GK 1973–1977 183 0
Ellington, NathanNathan Ellington  England FW 1999–2002 116 35
Elliott, SteveSteve Elliott  England DF 2004–2010 218 17 [23]
Fearnley, GordonGordon Fearnley  England FW 1970–1977 120 21
Foster, SteveSteve Foster  England DF 1997–2002 197 7
Fox, GeoffGeoff Fox  England DF 1947–1955 276 2
Graydon, RayRay Graydon  England MF 1965–1971 133 33
Griffiths, ArthurArthur Griffiths  England DF 1897–1904 105 1
Gurney, AndyAndy Gurney  England DF 1992–1997 108 9
Haldane, LewisLewis Haldane  Wales MF/FW 2002–2010 147 15 [24]
Hale, DenzilDenzil Hale  England MF/FW 1952–1959 120 12
Hall, BernardBernard Hall  England GK 1959–1967 163 0
Hamilton, IanIan Hamilton  England FW 1958–1968 149 60
Harrison, EllisEllis Harrison  Wales MF/FW 2011– 131 31 [25]
Harvie, DavidDavid Harvie  Scotland DF 1910–1920 219 1
Haydon, JimmyJimmy Haydon  England DF 1921–1931 290 5
Hillard, DougDoug Hillard  England DF 1957–1968 318 12
Hinton, CraigCraig Hinton  England DF 2004–2009 153 3 [26]
Hodges, LenLen Hodges  England FW 1946–1950 118 20
Holloway, IanIan Holloway  England MF 1981–1985
1987–1991
1996–1999
397 42
Hooper, PeterPeter Hooper  Kenya FW 1953–1962 297 101
Hoyle, BertBert Hoyle  England GK 1950–1953 104 0
Hughes, JeffJeff Hughes  Northern Ireland MF 2008–2011 129 28 [27]
Jarman, HaroldHarold Jarman  England MF 1959–1973 452 127
Jones, BobbyBobby Jones  England FW 1956–1966
1967–1973
421 101
Jones, GlynGlyn Jones  Wales DF 1962–1966 153 0
Jones, VaughanVaughan Jones  Wales DF 1976–1982
1984 (loan)
1985–1993
381 12
Jones, WayneWayne Jones  Wales MF 1966–1972 224 28
Kuffour, JoJo Kuffour  Ghana FW 2008–2012 130 32 [28]
Lambden, VicVic Lambden  England FW 1945–1955 268 117
Lambert, RickieRickie Lambert  England FW 2006–2009 128 51 [29]
Lescott, AaronAaron Lescott  England DF 2004 (loan)
2004–2010
207 5 [30]
Lines, ChrisChris Lines  England MF 2004–2011
2015 (loan)
2015–
237 22 [31]
Lockyer, TomTom Lockyer  Wales DF 2012– 162 2 [32]
Lofthouse, JamesJames Lofthouse  England FW 1923–1926 105 15
Mabbutt, GaryGary Mabbutt  England DF 1977–1982 131 10
Mabbutt, RayRay Mabbutt  England MF 1956–1969 395 27
Martyn, NigelNigel Martyn  England GK 1987–1989 101 0
McArthur, WallyWally McArthur  England MF 1933–1950 261 14
McCaffrey, AidanAidan McCaffrey  England DF 1980–1985 184 11
McChrystal, MarkMark McChrystal  Northern Ireland DF 2013– 114 0 [33]
McLean, JockJock McLean  Scotland MF 1933–1938 134 1
McNestry, GeorgeGeorge McNestry  England FW 1932–1935 113 42
Mehew, DavidDavid Mehew  England MF 1985–1994 222 63
Meyer, BarrieBarrie Meyer  England FW 1953–1958 139 60
Mildenhall, SteveSteve Mildenhall  England GK 2013 (loan)
2013–
127 0 [34]
Miller, PaulPaul Miller  England FW 1994–1997 110 20
Morgan, JerryJerry Morgan  England FW 1920–1925 114 25
Morgan, JimmyJimmy Morgan  England FW 1946–1952 104 24
Munro, AlexAlex Munro  Scotland DF/MF/FW 1962–1971 169 11
Nicholls, JoeJoe Nicholls  England GK 1936–1939 112 0
O'Mahoney, MattMatt O'Mahoney  Ireland[g] DF 1936–1939 101 6
Oldfield, TerryTerry Oldfield  England MF/FW 1958–1966 132 11
Palmer, BillyBilly Palmer  England FW 1912–1913
1919–1922
102 14
Parkes, TomTom Parkes  England DF 2012 (loan)
2012–2016
175 7 [35]
Parkin, BrianBrian Parkin  England GK 1989–1996
1999–2000
246 0
Parkin, TimTim Parkin  England DF 1981–1986 206 12
Parsons, LindsayLindsay Parsons  England DF 1963–1977 360 0
Penrice, GaryGary Penrice  England MF/FW 1983–1989
1997–2002
257 60
Peplow, BillyBilly Peplow  England FW 1908–1915 216 42
Petherbridge, GeorgeGeorge Petherbridge  England FW 1945–1962 457 85
Phillips, SteveSteve Phillips  England GK 2006–2010 136 0 [36]
Pickering, BillBill Pickering  England DF 1931–1937 215 1
Pitt, JackJack Pitt  England MF 1946–1960 466 16
Pounder, TonyTony Pounder  England MF 1990–1994 113 10
Prince, FrankieFrankie Prince  Wales MF 1967–1980 362 22
Pritchard, DavidDavid Pritchard  England DF 1994–2001 163 1
Pudan, DickDick Pudan  England DF 1902–1907 116 0
Pulis, TonyTony Pulis  Wales DF/MF 1975–1981
1982–1984
130 5
Purnell, PhilPhil Purnell  England MF 1985–1992 153 22
Pyle, DavidDavid Pyle  England DF 1955–1962 139 0
Radford, HowardHoward Radford  Wales GK 1951–1962 245 0
Randall, PaulPaul Randall  England FW 1977–1978
1981–1986
240 94
Reece, AndyAndy Reece  England MF 1987–1993 239 17
Richards, EliotEliot Richards  Wales MF/FW 2009–2014 120 15 [37][38]
Roberts, PhilPhil Roberts  Wales DF/MF 1968–1973 175 6
Roberts, ThomasThomas Roberts  England MF/FW 1925–1930 120 6
Roney, PeterPeter Roney  Scotland GK 1909–1915 178 1
Roost, BillBill Roost  England FW 1948–1957 178 49
Sampson, PeterPeter Sampson  England MF 1948–1961 340 4
Saunders, CarlCarl Saunders  England FW 1990–1993 142 42
Shaw, BillBill Shaw  Scotland MF 1909–1912 103 6
Sheppard, DickDick Sheppard  England GK 1969–1975 151 0
Sims, StephenStephen Sims  England DF 1919–1922
1926–1927
111 18
Skinner, JustinJustin Skinner  England MF 1991–1998 187 11
Slatter, NeilNeil Slatter  Wales DF 1980–1985 148 4
Smart, JackJack Smart  England MF 1905–1910 105 3
Smith, MichaelMichael Smith  Northern Ireland DF 2011–2014 101 1 [39]
Staniforth, DavidDavid Staniforth  England FW 1974–1979 153 32
Stanton, TomTom Stanton  Scotland DF/MF 1968–1976 172 7
Stephens, ArchieArchie Stephens  England FW 1981–1985 127 40
Stephens, KennyKenny Stephens  England MF 1970–1977 223 11
Sterling, WorrellWorrell Sterling  England MF 1993–1996 119 6
Stewart, MarcusMarcus Stewart  England FW 1991–1996 171 57
Stone, DavidDavid Stone  England DF 1960–1968 148 6
Sykes, NormanNorman Sykes  England MF 1952–1964 214 5
Tanner, NickNick Tanner  England DF 1985–1988 107 3
Taylor, MattyMatty Taylor  England FW 2014–2016 118 61 [40]
Taylor, StuartStuart Taylor  England DF 1965–1980 546 28
Thomas, MartinMartin Thomas  Wales GK 1977–1983 162 0
Thomson, AndyAndy Thomson  England DF 1999–2002 127 6
Tillson, AndyAndy Tillson  England DF 1992–2000 253 11
Twentyman, GeoffGeoff Twentyman  England DF 1986–1993 252 6
Walker, BobbieBobbie Walker  England MF 1912–1915 107 12
Walker, RichardRichard Walker  England FW 2004–2009 143 46 [41]
Walter, JoeJoe Walter  England MF 1919–1922
1928–1929
124 9
Warboys, AlanAlan Warboys  England FW 1973–1977 144 53
Ward, DaiDai Ward  Wales FW 1954–1961 175 90
Warren, RayRay Warren  England MF 1936–1956 450 28
Watkins, BarryBarry Watkins  Wales DF/FW 1945–1957 115 7
Watling, JosserJosser Watling  England DF/FW 1947–1963 323 19
Weare, ArthurArthur Weare  Wales GK 1945–1951 141 0
Whatley, JesseJesse Whatley  England GK 1919–1930 386 0
Whatmore, ErnieErnie Whatmore  England FW 1923–1928 134 40
White, DevonDevon White  England FW 1987–1992 202 52
White, SteveSteve White  England FW 1977–1979
1983–1986
150 44
Williams, BrianBrian Williams  England DF 1981–1985 163 20
Williams, DavidDavid Williams  Wales MF 1975–1985 352 66
Williams, GeraintGeraint Williams  Wales MF 1980–1985 141 8
Williams, LouisLouis Williams  England MF 1909–1912 106 1
Yates, SteveSteve Yates  England DF 1986–1993 197 0

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Unless otherwise stated, all international caps are taken from Byrne & Jay (2003).[42]
  • b A player's nationality is defined as the country they have represented at the international level if they have done so; otherwise it is their country of birth.
  • c Playing positions are taken from Byrne & Jay (2003) unless otherwise stated.
  • d Number of league appearances for Bristol Rovers
  • e Number of league goals scored for Bristol Rovers
  • f Unless otherwise stated, player statistics are taken from Byrne & Jay (2003).[43]
  • g Matt O'Mahoney was a dual Irish international, having played for both the FAI and IFA national teams.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dates & Honours". Bristol Rovers F.C. 6 August 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Rollin & Rollin (2009), p. 114
  3. ^ Bryne & Jay (2003), p. 384
  4. ^ Byrne & Jay (2003), p. 433
  5. ^ Byrne & Jay (2003), p. 456
  6. ^ Rollin & Rollin (2007), p. 49
  7. ^ Byrne & Jay (2003), p. 82
  8. ^ Byrne & Jay (2003), p. 88
  9. ^ Jay & Byrne (1994), pp. 286–287
  10. ^ Giles (2007), p. 22
  11. ^ Jay & Byrne (1994), p. 95
  12. ^ Jay & Byrne (1994), p. 264
  13. ^ Rollin & Rollin (2009), p. 115
  14. ^ Jay & Byrne (1994), p. 72
  15. ^ "Junior Agogo". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Byron Anthony". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  17. ^ "Lee Brown". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "Stuart Campbell". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  19. ^ "Chris Carruthers". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  20. ^ "Ollie Clarke". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "Danny Coles". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  22. ^ "Craig Disley". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  23. ^ "Steve Elliott". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  24. ^ "Lewis Haldane". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  25. ^ "Ellis Harrison". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  26. ^ "Craig Hinton". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  27. ^ "Jeff Hughes". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  28. ^ "Jo Kuffour". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "Rickie Lambert". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  30. ^ "Aaron Lescott". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  31. ^ "Chris Lines". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  32. ^ "Tom Lockyer". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  33. ^ "Mark McChrystal". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  34. ^ "Steve Mildenhall". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  35. ^ "Tom Parkes". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 June 2015. 
  36. ^ "Steve Phillips". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  37. ^ "Eliot Richard (sic)". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  38. ^ "Eliot Richard". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 23 November 2013. 
  39. ^ "Michael Smith". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  40. ^ "Matty Taylor". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 February 2017. 
  41. ^ "Richard Walker". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  42. ^ Byrne & Jay (2003), pp. 486–487
  43. ^ Byrne & Jay (2003), pp. 489–508

Bibliography[edit]

  • Byrne, Stephen; Jay, Mike (2003). Bristol Rovers Football Club: The Definitive History 1883–2003. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7524-2717-1. 
  • Giles, Edward (2007). Bristol Rovers, The Bert Tann Era: A Personal Memoir. Southend-on-Sea: Desert Island Books. ISBN 978-1-905328-37-6. 
  • Jay, Mike; Byrne, Stephen (1994). Pirates in Profile: A Who's Who of Bristol Rovers Players. Bristol: Potten, Baber & Murray. ISBN 978-0-9524835-0-2. 
  • Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2007). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2007–2008. London: Headline Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7553-1664-9. 
  • Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2009). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2009–2010. London: Headline Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-7553-1948-0.