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Map showing the locations of the 24 teams in
League One during the 2008-09 season

The 2008-09 season was the 126th season of football played by Bristol Rovers, and their 82nd in the Football League.


NoNatNamePosLeagueFA CupCarling CupJP TrophyTotal
1EngSteve PhillipsGK460101010490
2WalRyan GreenDef260100010280
3WalJoe JacobsonDef220000000220
4EngChris LinesMid454101010484
5EngCraig HintonDef251100010271
6EngSteve ElliottDef393001010413
7ScoStuart CampbellMid440101010470
8EngAndy WilliamsFwd4100100051
9EngRickie LambertFwd45291010104829
10ScoDarryl DuffyFwd43131010104613
11NirJeff HughesDef/Mid436101010466
13EngMike GreenGK0000000000
14WalDavid PipeMid391001000401
15WalByron AnthonyDef302101010332
16EngDanny ColesDef/Mid5100000051
17EngJo KuffourFwd41111000004211
18EngBen HuntFwd120100010140
19EngSean RiggMid/Fwd80001010100
20EngCraig DisleyMid443101010473
21EngTom ParrinelloDef0000000000
21EngDanzelle St Louis-HamiltonGK0000000000
22EngJoe WhiteMid0000000000
23WalBen SwallowFwd0000000000
24EngAlex KiteDef0000000000
25EngJames TyrellDef0000000000
26WalLewis HaldaneMid/Fwd0000000000
27EngMatt GrovesFwd0000000000
28EngAdam MahdiMid0000000000
29WalJosh Klein-DaviesFwd0000000000
30EngCharlie ReeceMid1000000010
31EngCharlie CloughMid0000000000
32EngAaron LescottDef443101010473
33EngLiam HarwoodDef0000000000
34EngJames FraserMid/Fwd0000000000
35EngRichard WalkerFwd0000000000
36JamRichard LangleyMid0000000000



Bristol Rovers team kit for the 2008-09 season. Copyright Historical Football Kits and reproduced by kind permission.

The team kit for the 2008-09 season is manufactured by Errea, and the main sponsor is Cowlin Construction. The secondary shirt sponsor was Blackthorn.

The away kit consists of green shirts and black shorts.



Rovers have arranged nine pre-season friendlies, including a tour of Denmark and Sweden. The game against FC Copenhagen was played at Copenhagen's training ground, and was attended by about 50 Gasheads. The game with ADO Den Haag was originally due to be played at Whaddon Road, but after the delay to the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium, the game will instead be played in Bristol.

16 JulyWeymouthAway2-1500Duffy, Jacobson
19 JulyTorquay UnitedAway1-11,410Jacobson
22 JulyFC CopenhagenAway2-3~50Hughes, Rigg
24 JulyMalmö Anadolu BIAway4-0Not knownKlein-Davies (4)
26 JulyLimhamn BunkefloAway1-0Not knownDuffy
28 JulyYate TownAway1-0825Mahdi
30 JulyRotherham UnitedAway1-0Not knownLambert
31 JulyLlanelliAway0-2192
2 AugustADO Den HaagHome2-31,896Lambert, Hunt
5 AugustSalisbury CityAway1-3Not knownWilliams (pen)


Note: Fixture lists are subject to copyright, and therefore matches will not appear in this section until after they have been played. See for more details.
9 AugustLeague OneCarlisle UnitedHome2-37,965Lambert, Williams16th
12 AugustLeague CupWatfordAway0-15,574
16 AugustLeague OneBrighton & Hove AlbionAway1-16,210Lambert20th
23 AugustLeague OneHereford UnitedHome6-16,735 Duffy (2), Lambert (2), Hughes, Lines8th
30 AugustLeague OneLeeds UnitedAway2-221,044Lambert, Duffy11th
2 SeptemberJohnstone's Paint TrophyAFC BournemouthAway0-32,220
6 SeptemberLeague OnePeterborough UnitedAway4-54,876Elliott, Blackett (og), Hughes, Lambert12th
13 SeptemberLeague OneWalsallHome1-36,609Elliott19th
16 SeptemberLeague OneCheltenham TownAway1-24,546Lambert21st
20 SeptemberLeague OneYeovil TownAway2-25,748Lambert, Kuffour19th
27 SeptemberLeague OneCrewe AlexandraHome0-05,870 19th
4 OctoberLeague OneColchester UnitedAway0-14,811Lambert15th
11 OctoberLeague OneLeyton OrientHome2-16,425Coles, Hinton11th
18 OctoberLeague OneHuddersfield TownAway1-113,779Lambert13th
21 OctoberLeague OneOldham AthleticHome2-06,379Lambert, Lines12th
25 OctoberLeague OneSouthend UnitedHome4-27,055Lambert (4)11th
1 NovemberLeague OneLeicester CityAway1-218,941Kuffour13th
8 NovemberFA CupAFC BournemouthAway0-13,935
14 NovemberLeague OneScunthorpe UnitedHome1-27,173Lambert13th
22 NovemberLeague OneSwindon TownHome2-28,016Lambert, Lines14th
25 NovemberLeague OneHartlepool UnitedAway1-13,171Hughes15th
6 DecemberLeague OneMillwallAway3-28,123Lambert, Kuffour15th
13 DecemberLeague OneTranmere RoversHome2-06,217Kuffour, Lines14th
20 DecemberLeague OneStockport CountyAway1-35,364Disley15th
26 DecemberLeague OneMilton Keynes DonsHome1-29,002Kuffour16th
28 DecemberLeague OneNorthampton TownAway0-05,557 16th
17 JanuaryLeague OneLeyton OrientAway2-14,262Hughes, Duffy17th
24 JanuaryLeague OneColchester UnitedHome0-06,634 17th
27 JanuaryLeague OneCheltenham TownHome3-26,600Lambert (2), Duffy12th
31 JanuaryLeague OneSouthend UnitedAway0-17,234 14th
14 FebruaryLeague OneScunthorpe UnitedAway2-04,156Duffy, Kuffour14th
17 FebruaryLeague OneYeovil TownHome3-08,049Pipe, Duffy, Lambert13th
21 FebruaryLeague OneLeicester CityHome0-19,138 14th
24 FebruaryLeague OneOldham AthleticAway2-03,745Duffy, Anthony14th
28 FebruaryLeague OneCarlisle UnitedAway1-15,343Hughes14th
7 MarchLeague OneLeeds UnitedHome2-210,293Hughes, Kuffour14th
10 MarchLeague OneHereford UnitedAway3-03,199Lambert (3)14th
14 MarchLeague OneWalsallAway5-05,169Duffy (2), Disley, Lescott (2)12th
17 MarchLeague OneCrewe AlexandraAway1-13,879Duffy12th
21 MarchLeague OnePeterborough UnitedHome0-17,103 13th
28 MarchLeague OneStockport CountyHome2-06,214Anthony, Lambert (pen)12th
31 MarchLeague OneHuddersfield TownHome1-26,286Kuffour14th
5 AprilLeague OneTranmere RoversAway0-28,119 14th
10 AprilLeague OneNorthampton TownHome1-06,666Kuffour10th
13 AprilLeague OneMilton Keynes DonsAway1-210,251Elliott12th
18 AprilLeague OneMillwallHome4-26,618Disley, Lambert (2, 1 pen), Kuffour11th
21 AprilLeague OneBrighton & Hove AlbionHome1-25,193Lambert11th
25 AprilLeague OneSwindon TownAway1-210,977Duffy12th
2 MayLeague OneHartlepool UnitedHome4-17,363Kuffour, Duffy, Lambert, Lescott11th


Permanent transfer
Loan signing


Jeff Hughes signed for Rovers after a his loan move last season. On the player's return to training Darryl Duffy and Ben Hunt signed from Swansea City and West Ham United respectively while Ben Swallow, James Tyrell and Joe White were all promoted from the youth team.

Players transferred in
DatePlayerNationOld clubContractFee
6 JuneJeff HughesNir Northern IrelandCrystal Palace3 yearsUndisclosed[1]
3 JulyDarryl DuffySco ScotlandSwansea City Undisclosed
3 JulyBen HuntEng EnglandWest Ham United Free
3 JulyBen SwallowEng EnglandYouth Free
3 JulyJames TyrellEng EnglandYouth Free
3 JulyJoe WhiteEng EnglandYouth Free
29 AugustJo KuffourEng EnglandAFC Bournemouth3 years£60,000
1 SeptemberLiam HarwoodEng EnglandCarshalton Athletic1 yearFree
21 NovemberRichard LangleyJam JamaicaUnattached1 MonthFree
16 FebruaryDanzelle St Louis-HamiltonEng EnglandStoke City3 monthsLoan


During the summer break it was announced that James Fraser was to join East Sussex team Lewes on loan at the start of the season, where he linked up with assistant manager and former Rovers player Justin Skinner. This was initially a one-month loan, but Lewes have the option of extending it to three months. Out of favour striker Richard Walker was also loaned out, this time on a one-year deal to Shrewsbury Town, as was Lewis Haldane who moved to Oxford United for the duration of the season.

Players transferred out
Date Player Nation New club Contract Fee
3 July Richard Walker Eng England Shrewsbury Town 12 months Loan
8 July Lewis Haldane Wal Wales Oxford United 12 months Loan
1 August James Fraser Eng England Lewes 1 month Loan
8 August Josh Klein-Davies Wal Wales Luton Town 1 month Loan
9 August Charlie Clough Eng England Mangotsfield United 2 months Loan
9 August Matt Groves Eng England Tiverton Town 2 months Loan
14 August Adam Mahdi Eng England Cirencester Town 1 month Loan
1 September James Fraser Eng England Tiverton Town 3 months Loan
1 September Andy Williams Eng England Hereford United 4 months Loan
12 September Alex Kite Eng England Oxford City 1 month Loan
19 September Sean Rigg Eng England Grays Athletic 1 month Loan
19 September Adam Mahdi Eng England Clevedon Town 1 month Loan
19 September Ben Swallow Eng England Taunton Town 1 month Loan
23 September Joe White Eng England Chippenham Town 3 months Loan
10 November Alex Kite Eng England Chippenham Town 3 months Loan
20 November Ben Swallow Eng England Bridgwater Town 1 month Loan
28 November Josh Klein-Davies Wal Wales Newport County 1 month Loan
11 December Matt Groves Eng England Mangotsfield United 3 months Loan
12 December Tom Parrinello Eng England Weston-super-Mare 2 months Loan
15 December James Fraser Eng England Bognor Regis Town 2 months Loan
16 December Liam Harwood Eng England Margate 3 months Loan
1 January Josh Klein-Davies Wal Wales Lewes 2 months Loan
6 January Andy Williams Eng England Hereford United 4 months Loan
6 January Adam Mahdi Eng England Godalming Town 1 month Loan
12 January Joe White Eng England Yate Town 3 months Loan
12 January Charlie Reece Eng England Solihull Moors 1 month Loan
21 January Richard Langley Jam Jamaica Released
10 February Tom Parrinello Eng England Weston-super-Mare 18 months Free
20 February Ben Swallow Eng England Chippenham Town 1 month Loan
27 February Alex Kite Eng England Weston-super-Mare 3 months Loan
13 March Josh Klein-Davies Wal Wales Bath City 1 month Loan
19 March Adam Mahdi Eng England Released
25 March Matt Groves Eng England Weston-super-Mare 3 months Released
25 March Liam Harwood Eng England Carshalton Athletic 13 months Transferred
27 March Ben Swallow Eng England Mangotsfield United 1 month Loan
30 March Mike Green Eng England Clevedon Town 2 months Loan
29 April Josh Klein-Davies Wal Wales Weston-super-Mare Released
30 June Craig Disley Eng England Shrewsbury Town 2 years Released
30 June Ryan Green Wal Wales Hereford United 1 year Released
30 June Craig Hinton Eng England Northampton Town 1 year Released
30 June Joe Jacobson Wal Wales Oldham Athletic 2 years Released
30 June Richard Walker Eng England Burton Albion 2 years Released



Rickie Lambert29029
Darryl Duffy13013
Jo Kuffour11011
Jeff Hughes606
Chris Lines404
Craig Disley303
Steve Elliott303
Aaron Lescott303
Byron Anthony202
Danny Coles101
Craig Hinton101
David Pipe101
Andy Williams101
Own goal by opposition101

Two Rovers players have scored an own goal. They was Steve Elliott in the 2-2 draw with Leeds United, and Byron Anthony in the 2-1 defeat to Milton Keynes Dons.


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Craig Disley YellowYellowYellow
Jo Kuffour YellowYellowYellow
Ryan Green YellowYellow
Aaron Lescott YellowYellow
Craig Hinton Yellow
Joe Jacobson Yellow


Player of the yearEdit

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Main article: 2008-09/Reserves

There is no league league football for the reserves this season, having resigned from the league at the end of last season, although they are due to play a number of friendly games.


Main article: 2008-09/Under-18s

For the 2008-09 season the Under-18 side was managed by Billy Clark, and competed in the Puma Youth Alliance, South West Conference. They also played in the Puma Youth Alliance Cup and the FA Youth Cup.

All of Rovers' youth teams were run under the control of the Bristol Academy of Sport at Filton College, but new Football League rules meant that the youth setup was transferred back to the club during the 2008–09 season.


Main article:2008-09/Women

Bristol Academy W.F.C., the women's team affiliated with Bristol Rovers, are playing in the FA Women's Premier League National Division, the top flight of women's football in England.


  1. Jeff Hughes' transfer fee was described as an undisclosed fee in excess of £100,000
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