Today we introduce a new, occasional, column from Stephen Byrne who, together with Mike Jay, has researched and published books on the club’s history and produced a player by player guide of all those to have worn the blue and white quarters.
We begin with a link via last Saturday’s visitors to the Memorial Stadium, Rotherham United.
One of their substitutes, Matthew Olosunde (born Philadelphia 07/03/98), is the 21st player born in the USA to oppose Rovers in the League.
Seven full USA internationals have faced Rovers in the League (the most recent being Sunderland’s Lynden Gooch last season) and 13 have appeared in all competitions; Olosunde won a solitary cap against Bolivia in March 2018.
Only one Rovers player (Will Packwood) was born in the USA, although conversely ten are known to have died over there.