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2009-10 matches
League One
Team Home Away
Brentford 0–0 3–1
Brighton 1–1 1–2
Carlisle 3–2 1–3
Charlton 2–1 2–4
Colchester 3–2 0–1
Exeter 1–0 0–1
Gillingham 2–1 0–1
Hartlepool 2–0 2–1
Huddersfield 1–0 0–0
Leeds 0–4 1–2
L Orient 1–2 0–5
Millwall 2–0 0–2
MK Dons 1–0 1–2
Norwich 0–3 1–5
Oldham 1–0 1–2
Southend 4–3 1–2
Southampton 1–5 3–2
Stockport 1–0 2–0
Swindon 3–0 4–0
Tranmere 0–0 0–2
Walsall 0–1 0–0
Wycombe 2–3 1–2
Yeovil 1–2 3–0
FA Cup
Team H/A
Southampton H 2–3
League Cup
Team H/A
Aldershot H 2–1
Cardiff A 1–3
League Trophy
Team H/A
Hereford A 0–0

The teams prepare for kick off

On 29 September 2009 Bristol Rovers traveled down to the south coast to face Southampton in a League One fixture. It was the first league meeting between the clubs for over 31 years, with Southampton spending the intervening years in the upper levels of English football, while Rovers had become mired in the lower divisions. Going into the game Southampton were bottom of the league, and still on a negative points total following a ten-point deduction by the league. Rovers meanwhile were flying high in third place, and had only lost two league games up to this point.

The Saints lineup included Rickie Lambert who had moved to St Mary's from Rovers for an undisclosed fee just a month earlier, and he was given a warm reception by the Rovers fans when his name was announced prior to kick off.

Southampton took the advantage in the first half through Adam Lallana, before loanee Chris Dickson grabbed an equaliser three minutes before the break, sending the sides in it half time with the score level at 1–1. Southampton wasted no time in taking the lead again after the second half kicked off when Rovers old boy Lambert struck a shot against the crossbar, which bounced down to the ground and back out to Papa Waigo N'Diaye, who put the ball in the net. Although most media outlets credited N'Diaye with the goal, the referee had ruled that Lambert's original shot had crossed the line and bounced back out, and awarded the goal to him. Rovers worked hard to earn a second equaliser, scored by Jo Kuffour, and the score remained 2–2 until the 90 minute mark. The fourth official's board showed five minutes for either side to grab a late winner, and this was duly provided by Rovers substitute Andy Williams, whose stunning long-range shot found the back of the net in the 96th minute, sparking wild celebrations.

Jeff Hughes was booked in this match, but the yellow card was later rescinded after it was confirmed that the referee had booked the wrong person in a case of mistaken identity.

Match details[]

Southampton 2–3 Bristol Rovers
Lallana (34)
Lambert (46)
(1–1 HT) Dickson (42)
Kuffour (65)
Williams (90+6)
at St. Mary's Stadium attendance: 19,724
1 Kelvin Davis 27 Mikkel Andersen
23 Lloyd James 2 Carl Regan Yellow
6 Rahdi Jaidi 15 Byron Anthony
12 Neil Trotman 5 Danny Coles Yellow
2 Dan Harding 32 Aaron Lescott
Sub-off 35 Jacob Mellis 3 Mark Wright Sub-off
Yellow 14 Dean Hammond 7 Stuart Campbell
Sub-off 19 Morgan Schneiderlin 4 Chris Lines
Ball 7 Rickie Lambert 11 Jeff Hughes Yellow
Sub-off 9 Papa Waigo N'Diaye 9 Chris Dickson Ball Sub-off
Ball 20 Adam Lallana 17 Jo Kuffour Ball Sub-off
13 Tommy Forecast 51 Rhys Evans
Sub-on 18 Joseph Mills 6 Steve Elliott
Sub-on 4 Marek Saganowski 16 Dominic Blizzard Sub-on
5 Chris Perry 20 Charlie Reece
Sub-on 10 Paul Wotton 23 Ben Swallow
11 Lee Holmes 8 Andy Williams Sub-on Ball
15 Oliver Lancashire 10 Darryl Duffy Sub-on



  • Andy Williams scoring the winning goal, and Bristol Rovers' Goal of the Season, in the 96th minute.