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Craig Disley
Craig Disley
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 203 (25)
Date of birth: 24 August 1981
Place of birth: Worksop
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Position: Midfielder
Date joined: 26 June 2004
Joined from: Mansfield Town
Date left: 30 June 2009
1 League appearances and goals only.

Craig Disley is a central midfielder who joined Rovers in the summer of 2004 from Mansfield Town. For the whole of his time with the club he wan an almost permanent fixture in the starting lineup, but he was released on expiry of his contract in the summer of 2009 in spite of missing a total of only five league games in the previous three seasons. Following his release he signed a two-year contract with Shrewsbury Town.


Prior to joining Rovers, Craig's only other professional club was Mansfield Town, who he joined as a trainee. He went on to make 158 appearances for The Stags, scoring 16 goals, before moving down to Bristol. After 5 years with The Pirates he was told that his services were no longer required, and that he was free to join another club. He was offered a two-year deal by Shrewsbury Town, but he was released again at the end of this contract in 2011 having made 42 league appearances and scored three goals.

He signed a two-year contract with Grimsby Town in 2011 and was almost ever-present for them in the league during his first season, missing just two matches.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1999–00 Mansfield Town 5 0
2000–01 Mansfield Town 24 0
2001–02 Mansfield Town 36 7
2002–03 Mansfield Town 42 4
2003–04 Mansfield Town 34 5
2004–05 Bristol Rovers 28 4
2005–06 Bristol Rovers 42 8
2006–07 Bristol Rovers 45 4
2007–08 Bristol Rovers 44 6
2008–09 Bristol Rovers 44 3
2009–10 Shrewsbury Town 18 1
2010–11 Shrewsbury Town 24 2
2011–12 Grimsby Town 44 1
2012–13 Grimsby Town 40 7

Record against Rovers[]

Craig has played against Rovers four times at first team level and never lost. The highlight of these games was when he scored two goals in Mansfield's 3–1 win over Rovers in 2003. He also won two other games, and drew once.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
20 November 2001 Mansfield Town Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Mansfield
6 April 2002 Mansfield Town Field Mill 2–0 to Mansfield
30 September 2003 Mansfield Town Memorial Stadium 3–1 to Mansfield Scored two goals, substituted in 68th minute
12 April 2004 Mansfield Town Field Mill 0–0 Substituted in the 75th minute