Rovers on this Day – March

MARCH 1ST

Happy Birthday to former Rovers midfielder Alefe Santos, born on this day in 1995.

Former Rovers striker Ted Purdon was born on this day in 1930.

On this day in 1989 two players, Dennis Bailey and Ian Hazel, made their Rovers league debuts in a 1-1 draw against Reading at Twerton Park. Bailey scored our goal that day.

MARCH 2ND

Happy Birthday to former Rovers players Devon White and Lee Hodges, born on this day in 1964 and 1978 respectively.

Lee Hodges [Photo Credit – Alan Marshall]

Former Rovers player John McIlvenny was born on this day in 1930.

Goalkeeper Ron Green made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1985 when we were beaten 2-0 at Hull City.

Defender Steve Morgan, on loan from Coventry City, made his first appearance in a Rovers shirt on this day in 1996 when we were 2-1 home winners against Shrewsbury Town.

Oumare Tounkara played his first game in a Rovers shirt on this day in 2013 in a 3-0 home win against Burton Albion.

Former Rovers defender Dave Palmer died on this day in 2011.

MARCH 3RD

Happy Birthday to the following former Rovers players born on this day; Jordan Stewart (1982), Craig Stanley (1984) and Darren Mullings (1987).

Steve Yates made his debut for Rovers on this day in 1987 in a 1-1 away draw at Darlington.

Luke Russe made his Rovers debut on this day in 2018 when we were 1-0 winners against MK Dons at Stadium MK.

Former Rovers defender Roy McCrohan died on this day in 2015.

MARCH 4TH

Former Rovers player George Petherbridge, a stalwart in the side throughout the 1950’s, died on this day in 2013. 

MARCH 5TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers players David Byrne and Stephane Leoni were born on this day in 1961 and 1976 respectively.

MARCH 6TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers players Francis Joseph and Brian Gayle, born on this day in 1960 and 1965 respectively.

Former Rovers striker Alan Warboys made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1973 in a goalless draw against Rochdale at Eastville.

Sam Oji, on loan from Birmingham City, made his Rovers league debut on this day in 2007 when we drew 1-1 at Accrington Stanley.

Alan Warboys [Photo Credit – Alan Marshall]

MARCH 7TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers defender Graeme Power, born on this day in 1977.

Jeff Hopkins made his Rovers league debut when we beat Blackburn Rovers 3-2 on this day in 1992.

Goalkeeper Lee Jones made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1998 when we lost 2-0 against Northampton Town at the Memorial Stadium.

MARCH 8TH

On this day in 1969 Peter Higgins played the first of his 37 league games for Rovers, a game which ended in a 1-0 defeat by Walsall at Eastville.

Billy Foreman’s league debut for Rovers was on this day in 1977 in a goalless draw against Blackburn Rovers at Eastville.

Oli McBurnie made his first appearance in a Rovers shirt on this day in 2016 when we were 3-1 winners against AFC Wimbledon at the Memorial Stadium.

MARCH 9TH

Central defender David Pyle made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1957 in a 4-2 win against Rotherham United at Eastville.

Striker David Staniforth made his league debut for Rovers on this day in 1974 when we were 2-1 winners against Huddersfield Town at Eastville.

Aidy Boothroyd, the current England U-21 manager, made his first appearance in a Rovers shirt on this day in 1991 in a 2-0 defeat by Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

On this day in 1999 goalkeeper Michel Kuipers played his only league game for Rovers in a 1-0 defeat against AFC Bournemouth at Dean Court.

Drew Shore’s Rovers league debut came on this day in 2002 in a 1-1 away draw against Hartlepool United.

MARCH 10TH

A number of former Bristol Rovers players were born on this day and so it’s Happy Birthday to Geoff Twentyman (1959), Mark O’Connor (1963), Ronnie Mauge (1969), Ian Wright (1972) and Scott Davies (1988).

Geoff Twentyman

Happy Birthday, also, to current Rovers players Jordi van Stappershoef and Sam Matthews, born on this day in 1996 and 1997 respectively.

Joe Jacobson made his Rovers league debut on this day in when we lost 2-1 at York Street, home of Boston United.

Goalkeeper Steve Book made his only Rovers league appearance on this day in 2006 in a 1-0 defeat against Notts County at the Memorial Stadium.

MARCH 11TH

Happy Birthday to these former Rovers players born on this day; David Williams (1955), Tony Pounder (1966), and Neal Trotman (1987).

On this day in 1975 Graham Day and Wilf Smith made their Rovers league debuts when they were in the side beaten 2-1 by Fulham at Eastville.

Chic Bates made his Rovers debut on this day in 1980, a 3-3 draw against Preston North End at Eastville.

Andy Clement made his Rovers debut on this day in 1987, a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Walsall.

MARCH 12TH

Happy Birthday to these three former Rovers players born on this day: Ian Holloway (1963), Steve Bailey (1964) and Cian Bolger (1992).

Former Rovers forward Harry Haddon made the first of his two league appearances for Rovers on this day in 1949 in a 1-1 away draw against Orient.

MARCH 13TH

Happy Birthday to former Bristol Rovers players Martin Phillips and Lewis Haldane born on this day in 1976 and 1985 respectively.

Happy Birthday, also, to current Rovers goalkeeper Anssi Jaakola, born on this day in 1987.

Former Rovers stalwart Ray Mabbutt was born on this day in 1936.

Former Rovers striker Lee Thorpe made his league debut for the club on this day in 2004 when we lost 4-0 at Yeovil Town.

Former Rovers skipper Ray Warren died on this day in 1988.

MARCH 14TH

Former Rovers striker Tony Edge was born on this day in 1937.

Former Rovers skipper Ray Warren made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1936, a 1-0 home defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Eastville.

MARCH 15TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers goalkeeper Kevin Miller, born on this day in 1969.

Another former Rovers shot stopper, Esmond Million, was born on this day in 1938 and former forward Des Jones on this day in 1930.

Former defender Dave Pritchard played his first league game in a Rovers shirt on this day in 1994 when we lost 1-0 against Exeter City at St James’ Park.

On this day in 1987 Rovers lost 3-1 against Bristol City in the Gloucestershire Cup Final at Ashton Gate. Marco Carota and Mark Stevens, neither of whom would play a league game for the club, both appeared in that game and Marco, on as a substitute for Gerry Francis, scored Rovers goal that day.

MARCH 16TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers player Andy Bond, now playing for York City, who was born on this day in 1986.

David Hurford made the first of his six league appearances for Rovers on this day in 1963 in a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Southend United.

Gordon Fearnley made his Rovers debt on this day in 1971 when we were 3-1 winners against Barnsley at Eastville.

Gary Twigg, on loan from Derby County, made his Rovers debut on this day in 2004 in a 2-2 draw against Torquay United at the Memorial Stadium.

MARCH 17TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers players Gary Waddock and Fraser Forster, born on this day in 1962 and 1988 respectively.

MARCH 18TH

Former Rovers forward Tony Gough was born on this day in 1940. He made just one league appearance for the club but would make almost 500 appearances for Bath City.

Bobby ‘Shadow’ Williams made his Rovers debut on this day in 1967 in a goalless draw against Grimsby Town at Eastville.

On this day in 1997 Ryan Morgan made his only league appearance for Rovers when he went on as a substitute in a 1-0 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.

Ryan Morgan [Photo Credit – Alan Marshall]

MARCH 19TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers striker Ross Weare, born on this day in 1977, and to Gary Twigg who was born on this day in 1984.

Gerry O’Brien, on loan from Southampton, made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1974 in a 1-0 home win against Wrexham.

Ryan Broom, currently playing for Cheltenham Town, made his Rovers league debut on this day in 2016 when we were 4-1 winners against Newport County at Rodney Parade.

MARCH 20TH

Happy Birthday to the following former Bristol Rovers players born on this day; Carl Gilbert (1948), David Wilson (1969), Rory Fallon (1982).

The following former players were also born on this day; Gwyn Jones (1935), Gordon Marsland (1945), Lindsay Parsons (1946).

On this day in 1999 Bradley Andrews made the first of his three league appearances in a Rovers shirt as we drew 3-3 at Walsall.

MARCH 21ST

Wally McArthur, who played for Rovers either side of WW2, and who later became the club’s reserve team coach and trainer was born on this day in 1912.

On this day in 1970 Sandy Allan made his Bristol Rovers league debut in a 2-1 defeat at Walsall.

MARCH 22ND

Three former Rovers players were born on this day, namely Bill Roost (1924) and William Murphy and Ted Parsons (both in 1928).

Geoff Taylor made his Bristol Rovers league debut on this day in 1952 in a 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

MARCH 23RD

Happy Birthday to former Bristol Rovers players Gary Penrice and Giuliano Grazioli, born on this day in 1964 and 1975 respectively.

James Quinn, then on loan from West Bromwich Albion, and James Thomas who was on loan from Blackburn Rovers, made their first league appearance for Rovers on this day in 2002 in a goalless draw against Exeter City at St James’ Park.

Gary Penrice [Photo Credit – Alan Marshall]

MARCH 24TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers player Billy Bodin, born on this day in 1992.

Happy Birthday, also, to current Rovers player Josh Ginnelly, born on this day in 1997.

Former Rovers player Arthur Hall was born on this day in 1937.

Christian Lee and Richie Partridge made their Rovers league debut on this day in 2001, in a goalless draw against Swindon Town at the Memorial Stadium.

MARCH 25TH

On this day in 2000 Jordan Stewart, on loan from Leicester City, and Robert Wolleaston who had joined us on loan from Chelsea, made their league debuts for Rovers in a 3-0 defeat against Millwall at the Den.

Former Rovers player Charles Cairney died on this day in 1995.

MARCH 26TH

Chris Carruthers made his Rovers league debut on this day in 2005 when we were 2-1 winners against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Former Rovers striker Deon Moore, now with Hemel Hempstead Town, made his Rovers debut in a 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

MARCH 27TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers player Paul Hendrie, born on this day in 1954.

Legendary Rovers winger Peter Hooper made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1954, in a 1-0 win against Rotherham United at Eastville.

On this day in 1959 John Timmins made the first of his four league appearances for Rovers, in a 2-1 defeat against Swansea.

Goalkeeper Richard Crabtree made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1972 in a 2-1 win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Richard Crabtree
[Photo Credit – Alan Marshall]

Striker Steve White’s first appearance in a league game for Rovers came on this day in 1978 in a 3-1 away defeat against Southampton.

Goalkeeper Anthony Williams played the first of his nine league games for Rovers on this day in 1999 in a 1-1 draw against Notts County at the Memorial Stadium.

No fewer than five players made their league debut for Rovers on this day in 2004, namely; John Anderson, Ali Gibb, Bo Henriksen, Aaron Lescott and Danny Williams. We were 3-0 winners against York City that day and Williams and Gibb both scored on their first appearance in the blue and white quarters.

MARCH 28TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers players born on this day; Chris Smith (1966), Andy Thomson (1974) and David John Francis Lee (1980).

On this day in 1970 Don Megson played his first league game in a Rovers shirt when we were 1-0 winners against Orient at Eastville.

Jeff Meacham made his Bristol Rovers league debut on this day in 1987 in a 1-1 draw at Chesterfield.

Striker John Taylor made his Rovers league debut on this day in 1992 in a 1-0 defeat against Watford at Vicarage Road.

John Taylor [Photo Credit – Alan Marshall]

MARCH 29TH

Happy Birthday to the following former Rovers players born on this day; Miah Dennehy (1950), Ian Davies (1957), Glyn Jones (1959), and Scott Sinclair (1989).

Former Rovers goalkeeper Ronnie Briggs was also born on this day, in 1943.

Phil Purnell made his league debut for Rovers on this day in 1986

There was a Rovers league debut for Brian Gayle on this day in 1997 in a 2-1 win against Peterborough United at London Road.

Andy Rammell’s first league game in a blue and white quartered shirt came on this day in 2003 in a 2-1 defeat against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.

Wayne Andrews was injured on his first league appearance in a Rovers shirt, against Yeovil Town, and never played for the club again. The game, on this day in 2008, ended in a goalless draw.

MARCH 30TH

Happy Birthday to former Rovers striker Matty Taylor, born on this day in 1990.

Wayne Carlisle, who joined Rovers, initially on loan from Crystal Palace, made his Rovers league debut against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park on this day in 2002. Rovers lost the game 1-0 and Wayne was sent off in the 62nd minute after picking up two yellow cards.

In the same match Ciaran Toner, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, also made his Rovers league debut.

Wayne Carlisle [Photo Credit – Alan Marshall]

MARCH 31ST

Former Rovers defender Mike Lyons was born on this day in 1932.

Kevin Gall made a goalscoring league debut for Rovers on this day in 2001. Unfortunately, we lost 4-1 against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.