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Paul Trollope
Paul Trollope
Full name Paul Jon Trollope
Nationality Wal Wales
Caps (goals) 9 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a 30 (2)
Position Midfielder
Date of birth 3 June 1972
in Swindon
Height 6 ft 0 in
Joined
29 June 2004 from Northampton Town
Left
15 December 2010 (retired)
Senior clubs Teams managed
Swindon Town
Torquay United
Derby County
Grimsby Town
Crystal Palace

Fulham
Coventry City
Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 26/11/2012


Paul Trollope, nicknamed Trolls, was Rovers' manager from 2005 until 2010 and a player from 2004 to 2006. Born in Swindon in 1972, he is the son of Swindon Town legend John Trollope. He was initially brought to Bristol Rovers as a player by then-manager Ian Atkins, and later took on the role of player-coach under him. When Atkins was sacked in 2005, Trollope was asked to take over as caretaker-manager until a full-time appointment was made, and he took team mate John Anderson on as his assistant. He was later given the position of First Team Coach under Director of Football Lennie Lawrence. He retained the title of First Team Coach until September 2009, when it was changed to manager, and he took sole charge when Lawrence left the club at the end of the 2009–10 season.

Following Lawrence's departure Trollope took on Darren Patterson as his assistant, but the partnership was short lived. Trollope was relieved of his duties on 15 December 2010 with the board citing poor performances and falling attendances for their decision to sack him.

Playing career[]

Club football[]

Trollope started his professional career at Swindon but failed to make a single appearance. He joined Torquay United on loan towards the end of the 1991-92 season and signed on permanently at the club in the summer of 1992 where he made more than 100 league appearances. He then moved north to Derby County initially on loan in late 1994 and then permanently in early 1995 for £100,000. In just under three years at Derby, including loans in 1996 at Grimsby Town and Crystal Palace, he made 65 league appearances.

Big spending Fulham signed Trollope for £600,000 in November 1997 and remained at Craven Cottage for over four years. In 2002, he joined Coventry City on a free transfer where he stayed for just a few months making very few appearances. Northampton Town then signed Trollope, again, on a free transfer. He remained at the club until 2004 when he signed for Rovers.

Career stats[]

Paul Trollope

Paul Trollope working as a coach for Birmingham City in 2011

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1989-90 Swindon Town 0 0
1990-91 Swindon Town 0 0
1991-92 Swindon Town 0 0
1991-92 Torquay United (loan) 10 0
1992-93 Torquay United 36 2
1993-94 Torquay United 42 10
1994-95 Torquay United 18 4
1994-95 Derby County 24 4
1995-96 Derby County 17 0
1996-97 Derby County 14 1
1996-97 Grimsby Town (loan) 7 1
1996-97 Crystal Palace (loan) 9 0
1997-98 Derby County 10 0
1997-98 Fulham 24 3
1998-99 Fulham 20 2
1999-00 Fulham 22 0
2000-01 Fulham 10 0
2001-02 Fulham 0 0
2001-02 Coventry City 6 0
2002-03 Northampton Town 41 2
2003-04 Northampton Town 43 6
2004-05 Bristol Rovers 30 2
2005-06 Bristol Rovers 0 0


International career[]

Caps[]

All of Paul's full international caps are listed below.

N.B. Wales's score is always given first. (Source: rsssf)
Date Opposition Result Venue Competition
27 May 1997 Sco Scotland 1–0 Rugby Park, Kilmarnock Friendly
11 November 1997 Bra Brazil 0–3 Estadio Mané Garrincha, Brasília Friendly
25 March 1998 Jam Jamaica 0–0 Ninian Park, Cardiff Friendly
3 June 1998 Mlt Malta 3–0 Ta' Qali National Stadium, Valletta Friendly
6 June 1998 Tun Tunisia 0–4 Stade El Menzah, Tunis Friendly
27 March 2002 Cze Czech Republic 0–0 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Friendly
21 August 2002 Cro Croatia 1–1 Stadion Varteksa, Varaždin Friendly
20 November 2002 Aze Azerbaijan 2–0 Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku Euro Champs qualifier
29 March 2003 Aze Azerbaijan 4–0 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Euro Champs qualifier

Managerial career[]

Little over a year after joining Rovers he was appointed caretaker manager replacing Ian Atkins. Shortly after, he was appointed full time first-team coach with Lennie Lawrence working alongside him as director of football. Despite this system being almost entirely unsuccessful in English football, the system worked very well in its early stages at Rovers with Lennie and Trolls leading Rovers to both the Football League Trophy final and League Two Play-Off Final (winning the latter) in their first full season at the club. On multiple occasions, Trollope has stated that while Lawrence does have a say on team selection, the final decision is his. Lawrence left the club in the summer of 2010 leaving Trollope in sole charge, but Trollope followed just a few months later, when he was placed on gardening leave in December 2010.

Following his departure from Rovers he was appointed as a member of the coaching staff at Birmingham City under manager Chris Hughton, and when Hughton was taken on as manager of Norwich City in June 2012, Trollope followed him to the Norfolk club.

Managerial stats[]

Managerial stats, as at 17 December 2010
From To Club Pld W D L % Won
22 September 2005 15 December 2010 Bristol Rovers 283 106 70 107 37.5

Record at Rovers[]

Season Comp Pld W D L F A GD[1] Pts[1] Pos[1][2] Round reached[3]
2005-06 League Two 37 15 6 16 48 50 -2 51
FA Cup 3 1 1 1 3 3 Second round
League Trophy 1 0 0 1 1 2 First round (South)
2006-07 League Two 46 20 12 14 49 42 +7 72 6th
League Two Play-offs 3 3 0 0 10 5 Winners
FA Cup 5 3 1 1 6 4 Fourth round
League Cup 1 0 1 0 1 1 First round
League Trophy 7 5 1 1 8 3 Runners-up
2007-08 League One 46 12 17 17 45 53 -8 53 16th
FA Cup 8 3 4 1 14 12 Quarter-finals
League Cup 2 0 1 1 2 3 Second round
League Trophy 1 0 0 1 0 1 Second round (South West)
2008-09 League One 46 17 12 17 79 61 +18 63 11th
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 First Round
League Cup 1 0 0 1 0 1 First round
League Trophy 1 0 0 1 0 3 First round (South West)
2009–10 League One 46 19 5 22 59 70 -11 62 11th
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 2 3 First round
League Cup 2 1 0 1 3 4 Second round
League Trophy 1 0 1 0 0 0 First round (South West)
2010–11 League One 19 5 7 7 23 34 -11 22
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 1 2 First round
League Cup 1 0 0 1 1 6 First round
League Trophy 3 2 1 0 9 5 Semi-final (south)
Total League 240 88 59 93 303 310 -7 323
Cups 43 18 11 14 61 57
All 283 106 70 107 364 367

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 League games only
  2. Finishing position for completed seasons only
  3. Cup competitions only
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