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Aaron Downes
Full name Aaron Terence Downes
Nationality Aus Australia
Rovers apps (goals)a 8 (0)
Position Defender
Date of birth 15 May 1985 (Age 39)
in Mudgee, NSW
Height 6 ft 1 in
1 January 2012 from Chesterfield (loan)
6 May 2012 to join Chesterfield
Senior clubs
Hampton & Richmond
Frickley Athletic
Bristol Rovers
Torquay United
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 14/05/2013

Defender Aaron Downes joined Rovers on a month-long loan on new year's day, 2012 from Chesterfield. Brought in to provide cover following a string of injuries to key Rovers players, Downes quickly established himself as a key player in The Pirates' defence, leading to his temporary contract being extended until the end of the 2011–12 season.

He won the club's inaugural Player of the Month award for January 2012, but almost immediately suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the side until the season was almost over. He played a total of eight times in the league and once in the FA Cup before returning to his parent club.

He has international honours for Australia at the under-20 and under-23 levels, but has never been capped by the senior national team.


Although born in Australia, all of Aaron's senior football has been played in England. He began with brief spells at non-league clubs Hampton & Richmond and Frickley Athletic, before being snapped up by manager Roy MacFarland to play for Chesterfield.

He had played his youth football at the Australian Institute of Sport before moving to England to play professionally, but his senior career was dogged by injury problems. In spite of these setbacks, he played 174 league games for The Spireites in seven and a half years before joining Rovers on loan at the beginning of 2012.

He was released by Chesterfield in the summer of 2012, and despite expressing an interest in securing his services once again for Rovers, manager Mark McGhee opted not to offer him a contract, leading him eventually to sign a year-long deal with Torquay United towards the end of July.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2002–03 Hampton & Richmond 1 0
2003–04 Frickley Athletic 3 0
2004–05 Chesterfield 9 2
2005–06 Chesterfield 22 0
2006–07 Chesterfield 45 3
2007–08 Chesterfield 40 2
2008–09 Chesterfield 42 2
2009–10 Chesterfield 7 1
2010–11 Chesterfield 0 0
2011–12 Chesterfield 9 0
2011–12 Bristol Rovers (loan) 8 0
2012–13 Torquay United 38 5

Record against Rovers[]

Aaron has played two competitive first team matches against Bristol Rovers, both times while playing for Torquay United during the 2012–13 season.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
20 October 2012 Torquay United Memorial Stadium 3–2 to Rovers Scored Torquay's second goal
27 April 2013 Torquay United Plainmoor 3–3 Michael Poke also in team