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Dave Savage
Nationality: Irl
Caps (goals): 5 (0)
Rovers apps (gls)1: 65 (3)
Date of birth: 30 July 1973
Place of birth: Dublin
Height: 6 ft 2 in
Position: Midfielder
Date joined: July 2003
Joined from: Oxford United
Date left: June 2005
1 League appearances and goals only.

Dave Savage is a midfielder who played for Rovers for two years, from 2003 to 2005. He was a regular in the first team during that time, playing 65 league games and scoring three goals. He was signed on a free transfer from Oxford United by Rovers manager Ian Atkins, who had managed Savage during his time in charge of both Oxford and Northampton Town.

Savage left the club in the summer of 2005 and joined Rushden & Diamonds on a free transfer. He was capped five times by the Republic of Ireland prior to joining Rovers.

Career[]

Dave's first senior club was Kilkenny City in Ireland, and in 1991 he made the move over to England, where he joined Brighton & Hove Albion for a year. Having failed to make an impact on the south coast he moved back to Ireland, where he joined Longford Town for two years. A second chance to prove himself in the English game came about when Millwall paid £15,000 for his services, and in four years with the Lions he won five caps for Ireland and made over 100 league appearances for the London club.

In 1998 Ian Atkins paid Millwall an £80,000 transfer fee to bring Savage to Northampton Town, the first of three clubs where the pair worked together, and after again making over 100 league appearances for the club joined up with Atkins again at Oxford United in 2001 and Bristol Rovers in 2003. Following his release from Rovers in 2003, he played for Rushden & Diamonds for two years, before signing for Brackley Town in 2007. At the start of his second season with Brackley he took up a player-coaching role, but the position wasn't to last long, as he signed for Oxford City in October 2008. He finally retired from football in 2011, shortly before his 38th birthday.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1990–91 Kilkenny City ? ?
1991–92 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 0
1992–93 Longford Town ? ?
1993–94 Longford Town ? ?
1994–95 Millwall 37 2
1995–96 Millwall 27 0
1996–97 Millwall 35 3
1997–98 Millwall 31 1
1998–99 Millwall 2 0
1998–99 Northampton Town 27 5
1999–00 Northampton Town 43 5
2000–01 Northampton Town 43 8
2001–02 Oxford United 42 1
2002–03 Oxford United 43 4
2003–04 Bristol Rovers 38 2
2004–05 Bristol Rovers 27 1
2005–06 Rushden & Diamonds 32 2
2006–07 Rushden & Diamonds 35 1
2007–08 Brackley Town ? ?
2008–09 Brackley Town ? ?
2008–09 Oxford City ? ?
2009–10 Oxford City ? ?
2010–11 Oxford City ? ?


Record against Rovers[]

Dave has played competitive first team fixtures against Rovers ten times, for four different clubs. He won four of those games, drew two and lost four.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
8 April 1997 Millwall Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Rovers
29 November 1997 Millwall Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Rovers
10 October 1998 Northampton Town Sixfields 3–1 to Northampton 78th minute substitute
Carl Heggs and James Hunt both scored for Northampton
14 October 2000 Northampton Town Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Northampton Jamie Forrester scored for Northampton. James Hunt also played
6 March 2001 Northampton Town Sixfields 2–1 to Northampton Scored a 13th-minute penalty
James Hunt also scored, and Jamie Forrester played for the Cobblers
29 September 2001 Oxford United Memorial Stadium 1–1
2 February 2002 Oxford United Kassam Stadium 0–0 Subbed off after 89 minutes
Rob Quinn also played for Oxford
21 April 2003 Oxford United Kassam Stadium 1–0 to Rovers James Hunt and Jefferson Louis also played for Oxford
2 January 2006 Rushden & Diamonds Nene Park 3–2 to Rovers
8 April 2006 Rushden & Diamonds Memorial Stadium 1–0 to Rushden
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