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David Pipe
David Pipe
Nationality: Wal
Caps (goals): 1 (0)
Rovers apps (gls)1: 86 (3)
Date of birth: 5 November 1983
Place of birth: Caerphilly
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Position: Midfielder
Date joined: 10 July 2007
Joined from: Notts County
Date left: 30 June 2010
1 League appearances and goals only.

David Pipe is a right-sided midfielder who joined Rovers in July 2007 from Notts County for a fee of £50,000, making him one of the few players in the squad at the time who wasn't acquired on a free transfer. He has been capped by Wales on one occasion, in 2006, and is a former captain of the Welsh Under-21 side.

David was involved in controversy on 4 September 2009 when he was arrested and released on bail related to claims that a man was assaulted in a night club on Park Street. He was later charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. During the 2009-10 season the club brought in midfielders Dominic Blizzard and Mark Wright, and this coupled with the emergence of youngster Ben Swallow into the first team and Pipe's legal troubles meant that opportunities for him to play became fewer and further between, resulting in him joining Cheltenham Town on loan on deadline day, 26 November 2009. The loan spell was successful enough for it to be extended to a second month. He was released by Rovers in the summer of 2010 as part of a major clearout that saw 15 players leave the club.

Shortly after leaving the Mem he was sentenced to 38 months in prison for his part in the assault, which left another man with a fractured skull.


David's first senior club was Coventry City, for whom he made 21 league appearances, scoring one goal. After failing to establish himself as a first-team regular with Coventry he moved on to Notts County in 2004, where he made more of an impact and earned himself a call-up to the Welsh national team. During his time with the Magpies he played 141 league games and scored four goals. He moved to Rovers in the summer of 2007, and immediately became a regular fixture in the starting XI. Following his release by Rovers in 2010 and his subsequent jail term he signed for Newport County in September 2011.

His second season with Newport saw the team win promotion to the Football League, after beating Wrexham 2–0 at Wembley Stadium.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2000–01 Coventry City 0 0
2001–02 Coventry City 0 0
2002–03 Coventry City 21 1
2003–04 Coventry City 0 0
2003–04 Notts County 18 0
2004–05 Notts County 41 2
2005–06 Notts County 43 2
2006–07 Notts County 39 0
2007–08 Bristol Rovers 40 2
2008–09 Bristol Rovers 39 1
2009–10 Bristol Rovers 7 0
2009–10 Cheltenham Town (loan) 8 0
2011–12 Newport County 34 0
2012–13 Newport County 41 0

Record against Rovers[]

David has played against Rovers five times, all for Notts County. Of those five games, he won twice and lost to the Pirates on three occasions. He only played the full 90 minutes twice and was substituted three times, and on one of those occasions was replaced by former Rovers loanee James Walker.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
14 August 2004 Notts County Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Rovers
22 August 2005 Notts County Meadow Lane 2–0 to Notts County Substituted after 69 minutes
11 March 2006 Notts County Memorial Stadium 2–1 to Notts County Substituted after 89 minutes
14 October 2006 Notts County Meadow Lane 2–1 to Rovers
17 March 2007 Notts County Memorial Stadium 2–0 to Rovers Replaced by James Walker after 74 minutes

International appearances[]

David's sole full international cap is shown below.

N.B. Wales's score is given first. (Source: rsssf)
Date Opposition Result Venue Competition
26 May 2003 Usa United States 0–2 Spartan Stadium, San José Friendly

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