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2008-09 matches
League One
Team Home Away
Brighton 1-2 1-1
Carlisle 2-3 1-1
Cheltenham 3-2 1-2
Colchester 0-0 1-0
Crewe 0-0 1-1
Hartlepool 4-1 1-1
Hereford 6-1 3-0
Huddersfield 1-2 1-1
Leeds 2-2 2-2
Leicester 0-1 1-2
L Orient 2-1 2-1
Millwall 4-2 2-3
MK Dons 1-2 1-2
Northampton 1-0 0-0
Oldham 2-0 2-0
Peterborough 0-1 4-5
Scunthorpe 1-2 2-0
Southend 4-2 0-1
Stockport 2-0 1-3
Swindon 2-2 1-2
Tranmere 2-0 0-2
Walsall 1-3 5-0
Yeovil 3-0 2-2
FA Cup
Team H/A
Bournemouth A 0-1
League Cup
Team H/A
Watford A 0-1
League Trophy
Team H/A
Bournemouth A 0-3

On 20 December 2008 Bristol Rovers made the journey north to Cheshire to face Stockport County in a League One fixture. This was Rovers' twenty-first league game of the 2008-09 season, and it came off the back of a 2–0 win against Tranmere Rovers, a victory which had ended a previous run of six games without a win.

First team coach Paul Trollope kept faith with the same starting eleven who faced Tranmere, and made two changes on the bench – Ben Hunt and Richard Langley taking the places of Mike Green and Sean Rigg, while the Stockport side featured future Rovers loanee James Tunnicliffe. The game ended in a 3–1 defeat, thanks to a hat-trick by Craig Davies, the second player to bag three in a game against the Pirates this season after Craig Mackail-Smith in Peterborough United's 5–4 victory. Craig Disley's first goal of the season provided the consolation for Rovers in a game that tied the club record for their biggest ever defeat to the Hatters. They had previously lost 3–1 on two occasions, once in the 1967-68 season, and again in 1995-96.

Match details[]

Stockport County 3–1 Bristol Rovers
Davies (27, 45, 90) (2–1 HT) Disley (41)
at Edgeley Park attendance: 5,364
Lineups
1 Owain fon Williams 1 Steve Phillips
2 Johnny Mullins 14 David Pipe Yellow
6 Jim McNulty 5 Craig Hinton
16 James Tunnicliffe 6 Steve Elliott
3 Michael Rose 32 Aaron Lescott Yellow
Sub-off 7 Anthony Pilkington 4 Chris Lines
Sub-off 10 Carl Baker 7 Stuart Campbell
8 Gary Dicker 20 Craig Disley Ball Sub-off
Yellow 4 Dominic Blizzard 11 Jeff Hughes
11 Tommy Rowe 9 Rickie Lambert
Ball Ball Ball Sub-off 35 Craig Davies 17 Jo Kuffour Sub-off
Substitutes
Sub-on 9 Peter Thompson 2 Ryan Green
Sub-on 17 Stephen Gleeson 10 Darryl Duffy Sub-on
Sub-on 18 Paul Turnbull 15 Byron Anthony
28 James Vincent 18 Ben Hunt Sub-on
34 Oli Johnson 36 Richard Langley

Timeline[]

  • 24 mins: Goal for Stockport scored by Craig Davies
  • 37 mins: Aaron Lescott booked for not retreating at a set play
  • 41 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Craig Disley
  • 45+2 mins: Goal for Stockport scored by Craig Davies
  • 60 mins: Dominic Blizzard booked for handball
  • 68 mins: Bristol Rovers substitution - Darryl Duffy replaced Craig Disley
  • 70 mins: Stockport County substitution - Paul Turnbull replaced Carl Baker
  • 79 mins: Stockport County substitution - Stephen Gleeson replaced Anthony Pilkington
  • 81 mins: David Pipe booked for a foul on Tommy Rowe
  • 84 mins: Bristol Rovers substitution - Ben Hunt replaced Jo Kuffour
  • 90+2 mins: Goal for Stockport scored by Craig Davies
  • 90+3 mins: Stockport County substitution - Peter Thompson replaced Craig Davies
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