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Alan Warboys
Alan Warboys
Full name Alan Warboys
Nationality Eng England
Rovers apps (goals)a 144 (53)
Position Forward
Date of birth 18 April 1949
in Goldthorpe
1972 from Sheffield United
1976 to join Fulham
Senior clubs
Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff City
Sheffield United
Bristol Rovers
Hull City
Doncaster Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 13/12/2011

Alan Warboys was half of the famous Smash and Grab forward line of the 1970s along with teammate Bruce Bannister. The pair came to national attention with their goalscoring exploits, with Warboys picking up 53 goals in his 144 league appearances between 1972 and 1976.

He and Bannister were both included in the inaugural PFA Team of the Year for Division Three for the 1973–74 season, the only time two Rovers players have received this honour in the same year.


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Warboys (right) with goalkeeper Dick Sheppard

Originally from Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire, Warboys began his footballing career in nearby Doncaster, signing for Doncaster Rovers during the 1966–67 season. He made his senior debut in April 1967, shortly after his 17th birthday.

Just over a year later he moved to another South Yorkshire club in Sheffield Wednesday, where he spent two years and scored 13 goals in 79 league appearances. He joined his first side outside Yorkshire in 1970 when he signed for Cardiff City, where he scored twice on his home debut against the team he had only just left. He went on to make 60 league appearances for the Bluebirds, scoring 27 times. He had a brief stint back in Yorkshire with Sheffield United in 1972, where he failed to score in seven league appearances, before beginning his four-year stay with Rovers later in the same year.

Smash and Grab back at Bristol Rovers, Memorial Stadium, 2008

Warboys (left) and Bruce Bannister posing with a Bristol Rovers fan in 2008

After leaving Rovers in 1976 he spent a year with Fulham, where he scored twice in 19 league games, and then had two years with Hull City, scoring 9 times in 49 matches. He rounded his career off back at his first club, Doncaster Rovers, making 89 league appearances and scoring 21 times, adding to the 12 goals in 40 appearances in his first stint with the club. He finally hung up his boots in 1982 and went on to work as a lorry driver in Doncaster.