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Tom Eaves
Full name Thomas James Eaves
Nationality Eng England
Rovers apps (goals)a 16 (7)
Position Forward
Date of birth 4 December 1991
in Liverpool
Height 6 ft 5 in
27 September 2012 from Bolton Wanderers (loan)
27 December 2012 to join Bolton Wanderers
Senior clubs
Oldham Athetlic
Bolton Wanderers
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 31/12/2012

Striker Tom Eaves joined Rovers on loan from Bolton Wanderers late in September 2012 following the team's disappointing start to the 2012–13 season. They had scored a total of just five goals in their first nine games, leading to manager Mark McGhee feeling the need to bolster his forward line with Eaves and Derek Riordan, who joined on a short-term contract the same day.

He made his debut in the 2–1 victory over Exeter City on 29 September 2012, Rovers' first win of the season, and he scored his first goal for The Gas, and his first goal in senior football, a week later in a 3–1 win over Northampton Town.

By the time he returned to his parent club at the end of December 2012 he was The Pirates' top league scorer with seven goals to his name. During his loan spell there had been changes of management at both Rovers and Bolton, and although new Gas boss John Ward wanted to extend the deal, Dougie Freedman wanted him to return to Bolton.


After having previously played youth football with Crewe Alexandra he joined Oldham Athletic's Centre of Excellence in 2007, and two years later signed professional forms with them.

He made 15 appearance for Oldham in his first season as a pro, all of which were in League One and all from the substitutes' bench. Premier League side Bolton Wanderers were impressed enough with what they saw that season to offer him a three-year contract, and to pay Oldham an undisclosed fee for his services. He failed to make an immediate with The Trotters though, and didn't play a single first team match in his debut season with the Greater Manchester side, then an injury suffered in a pre-season game in 2011 kept him out for the entire 2011–12 season.

He returned to fitness in time for the following campaign, and was loaned to Rovers at the end of September 2012.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2009–10 Oldham Athletic 15 0
2010–11 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
2011–12 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
2012–13 Bristol Rovers (loan) 16 7

Record against Rovers[]

Tom's sole appearance against Bristol Rovers came in a League One fixture, when he was on the winning side in a League One fixture at Boundary Park.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
10 April 2010 Oldham Athletic Boundary Park 2–1 to Oldham Subbed on after 76 mins