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Gary Sawyer
Full name Gary Dean Sawyer
Nationality Eng England
Rovers apps (goals)a 61 (0)
Position Defender
Date of birth 5 July 1985 (Age 39)
in Bideford
Height 6 ft 0 in
1 July 2010 from Plymouth Argyle
30 June 2012 to join Leyton Orient
Senior clubs
Plymouth Argyle
Exeter City
Bristol City

Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 14/06/2013

Gary Sawyer is a defender who joined Rovers on a free transfer in the summer of 2010 after his contract with Plymouth Argyle expired. He rejected a number of offers from other clubs to join The Pirates, and after taking part in the club's pre-season campaign he made his competitive debut in the opening game of the 2010–11 season, a 3–0 defeat at the hands of Peterborough United in League One.

He remained a first team regular throughout his two-year stint with The Pirates, although he missed a large chunk of the 2011–12 season through injury. Despite being offered a deal to remain with Rovers, he opted instead to move to Leyton Orient on the expiry of his contract.


Gary is a product of the Plymouth Argyle youth system, and he graduated through to the professional ranks in 2002, although it would be a further four years until he made his debut in The Football League. He spent his early years at the club out on loan, firstly a brief spell with Weymouth, before spending two seasons with Exeter City between 2004 and 2006.

He went on to play 95 times in the League for The Pilgrims, before being loaned out to Bristol City towards the end of the 2009–10 season. At the time he stated that he was an admirer of the club, and hoped to earn a permanent move there, but after making just two appearances he returned to his parent club. He had already rejected a new contract with Plymouth before his loan move, so he was picked up by Bristol Rovers on a free transfer in the 2010 off-season.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2002–03 Plymouth Argyle 0 0
2003–04 Plymouth Argyle 0 0
2003–04 Weymouth (loan) 1 0
2004–05 Plymouth Argyle 0 0
2004–05 Exeter City (loan) 32 2
2005–06 Plymouth Argyle 0 0
2005–06 Exeter City (loan) 30 0
2006–07 Plymouth Argyle 22 0
2007–08 Plymouth Argyle 31 1
2008–09 Plymouth Argyle 13 3
2009–10 Plymouth Argyle 29 1
2009–10 Bristol City (loan) 2 0
2010–11 Bristol Rovers 37 0
2011–12 Bristol Rovers 24 0
2012–13 Leyton Orient 34 1

Record against Rovers[]

Gary has never played against Bristol Rovers at senior first team level.