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Robbie Ryan
Nationality: Irl
Rovers apps (gls)1: 65 (0)
Date of birth: 16 May 1977
Place of birth: Dublin
Height: 5ft 11in
Position: Defender
Date joined: 9 July 2004
Joined from: Millwall
Date left: 1 February 2007
1 League appearances and goals only.

Robbie Ryan is a left-back who signed for Rovers in 2004. At the time, his signing was seen as quite a coup. Ryan had been at Millwall for six years and was a regular for most of that time. He rejected a new one-year contract in favour of a three-year deal at Rovers, this despite Millwall being two divisions higher at the time. His last game for Millwall was the FA Cup Final against Manchester United during which he marked Cristiano Ronaldo.

Video game "Championship Manager" is said to have played a big part in his transfer. Ryan Molesworth, son of Rovers chief scout Paul Molesworth, recommended Ryan, knowing his Millwall contract was expiring thanks to the data available in the game.


Ryan's first professional club was Huddersfield Town whom he joined in 1994. He was made to wait until 1996 for his first team debut. His chances were limited and he made a £10,000 move to Millwall in January 1998.

He was a regular for most of his six years at the New Den, missing just four games during the 2000-01 season when Millwall won the Division Two title. He was again an important part of the Millwall set-up the following season when Millwall reached the Division One Play-Offs, losing in the semi-finals against Birmingham City.

Two seasons later Ryan had played more than 250 times in all competitions for Millwall, the majority of which were under the management of future Rovers boss Mark McGhee, but made the two-division drop to Rovers. His first season in Bristol was fairly disappointing, especially considering the quality of football he'd been playing before. Despite this, he made 40 league appearances. Just 17 games later and Ryan's Rovers career was effectively over. He never made another appearance for the Gas, largely due to an ankle injury suffered in November 2005. He remained at the club until February 2007 when his contract was terminated.

He eventually joined Welling United in July 2007, where he remained until the end of the 2007-08 season. In 2008 he joined Ashford Town in August for two months, before moving to Fisher Athletic in October. He later moved to Croydon Athletic, where he finished the season and ended his footballing career at the age of 31, leaving to work as a maintenance engineer on the London Underground.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
1996–97 Huddersfield Town 5 0
1997–98 Huddersfield Town 10 0
1997–98 Millwall 16 0
1998–99 Millwall 26 0
1999–00 Millwall 36 0
2000–01 Millwall 42 0
2001–02 Millwall 37 0
2002–03 Millwall 41 2
2003–04 Millwall 30 0
2004–05 Bristol Rovers 40 0
2005–06 Bristol Rovers 14 0
2006–07 Bristol Rovers 0 0
2007–08 Welling United ? ?
2008–09 Ashford Town 9 0
2008–09 Fisher Athletic 3 0
2008–09 Croydon Athletic 18 0

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