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That’s Squad Numberwang

Doncaster Rovers today confirmed their squad numbers for the season ahead. Not much in the way of news I know, but we’ve decided to flesh it out and give particular appeal to statisticians and geeks by not just giving you this season’s squad numbers, but a list of everyone to have worn each number. Rovers were still non-league when squad numbers were introduced, but the Conference chose to adopt the Football League’s practice for the 2002-2003 season. This of course was to be Rovers last season in non-league football, so the players below have all played their part in a surprisingly swift and effective rise.

The list below was compiled by contributors to the Viking Supporters Co-operative forum, so we thank them graciously.

1. Neil Sullivan

previously worn by: Andy Warrington

2. James O’Connor

previously worn by: Simon Marples

3. George Friend

previously worn by Gareth Roberts, Kevin Horlock (on loan)Tim Ryan

4. Shelton Martis

previously worn by: Jordan Mutch (on loan), Jos Van Nieuwstadt, Steve Roberts, Dave Morley

5. currently vacant

previously worn by: Billy Sharp (on loan), Matt Mills, Graeme Lee, Phil McGuire, John Doolan, Dean Barrick

6. James Chambers

previously worn by: Kevin Horlock, Mark Albrighton

7. Martin Woods

previously worn by: Lewis Guy, (Sir) Francis Tierney

8. Brian Stock

previously worn by: Sean Thornton, Gregg Blundell, Gareth Owen

9. Steve Brooker

previously worn by: Darren Byfield, Mark McCammon, Neil Roberts, Guy Ipoua, Adebayo Akinfenwa, Peter Hynes (on loan), Paul Barnes

10. Billy Sharp

previously worn by: John Spicer, Gareth Taylor, Bruce Dyer, Alun Armstrong, Adriano Rigoglioso, Justin Jackson

11. Adam Lockwood

previously worn by: Jermaine McSporran, Jamie Paterson

12. James Hayter

previously worn by: Jan Budtz, John McGrath, Barry Miller

13. currently vacant

previously worn by: Ben Smith, Leo Fortune-West, Barry Richardson, Stuart Nelson

14. currently vacant

previously worn by: Paul Heffernan, Andy Campbell (on loan), Chris Beardsley, Leo Fortune-West, Andy Watson

15. Mark Wilson

previously worn by: Nick Fenton, Robert Gill

16. John Oster

previously worn by: Dean Shiels, Andrew Boyce, Anthony Griffith, David Wheater (on loan), Adam Hughes, Mark Wilson (on loan), JJ Melligan, Tristan Whitman

17. currently vacant

previously worn by: Martin Woods, Jonathan Forte (on his second loan), Richard Offiong, Chris Beech, Kevin Sandwith

18. Simon Gillett

previously worn by: Sean McDaid, Jamie Price

19. currently vacant

previously worn by: Quinton Fortune, Richie Wellens, Brian Stock (on loan), Ricky Ravenhill

20. currently vacant

previously worn by: Jason Shackell (on loan), John Spicer, Paul Green

21. Sam Hird

previously worn by: Peter Gilbert (on loan), Michelle Di Piedi, Michael McIndoe, Tyrone Thomspon, Daniel Bent

22. Dean Shiels

previously worn by: Kyle Letheren (on loan), Matt Mills (on loan), Jon Paul Pittman, Neil Sullivan (on loan), John Filan (on loan), Tonny Nielsen, Jon Maloney, Keith Foy, Alan Morgan

23. Byron Webster

previously worn by: Jason Price, Steve Foster

24. Mustapha Dumbaya

previously worn by: Gordon Greer, Robert Pacey, Graeme Lee, Jonathan Forte (on first loan), Stuart Jones, Rob O’Brien, Don Goodman, Tarkan Mustafa, Dene Shields, Brian Quailey

25. currently vacant

previously worn by: Stuart Elliott, Liam Green, Michael Timlin (loan), Ben Saunders, Nic Priet, Steve Burton, Erdem Artun

26. James Coppinger

previously worn by: Chris Brown (on loan), Gregg Blundell, Jon McCarthy

27. currently vacant

previously worn by: Kazenga LuaLua, Craig Nelthorpe, Ross McCormack (on loan), Sam Oji (on loan), Ben Jackson, Chris Dickman, Ben Muirhead (on loan)

28. retired shirt

previously worn by: John Ryan, Danny Hudson (on loan)

29. Waide Fairhurst

previously worn by: Adam Brown, Craig Nelthorpe, Warren Peyton

30. currently vacant

previously worn by: Shelton Martis, Shelton Martis (on loan), Matt Noble, David Mulligan, Jason Blunt

31. currently vacant

previously worn by: Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (on loan), Simon Gillett (on loan), Tomi Ameobi, Lee Cockerham, Adam Brown, Simon Johnson (on loan), Adam Collin (on loan)

32. currently vacant

previously worn by: Elliott Ward (on loan), Steve Brooker (on loan), Craig Nelthorpe, Ross Flitney (on loan), Chris Black

33. Gary Woods

previously worn by: Alan Wright (on loan), Theo Streete (on loan), Adam Brown, Uros Predic, Neil Roberts, Mike Williamson (on loan)

34. Robbie Clark

previously worn by: Harry Worley (on loan), Iain Turner (on loan), Michael Ingham (on loan)

35. currently vacant

previously worn by Charles Fisher, Barry Richardson, Anthony Griffith

36. currently vacant

previously worn by: Danny Cadamateri (on loan), Alan Blayney, Dino Seremet (on loan), Lee Cockerham

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