That’s Squad Numberwang (new season)

With Rovers bringing in eight new faces over the summer, well seven new faces and one aged one if you count Chris Brown, its time to bring you up to speed with who’ll be wearing what on their shirt this coming season. Of course we don’t do things by halves here at Viva Towers, so we don’t just tell you who currently has each squad number, but who’s shoes (or armpits) they are trying to fill. Our squad numberwang list below contains every player to have worn each squad number since they were introduced to Rovers at the start of the 2002-03 Conference season. Consider yourself very informed…

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. Richard Naylor

previously worn by: Wayne Thomas, 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. Chris Brown

previously worn by: Steve Brooker, 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. Ryan Mason

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

14. Tommy Spurr

previously worn by: Franck Moussa, Josh Payne, 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. Giles Barnes

previously worn by: Ryan Mason (first loan spell), 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: Jason Euell (loan), David Healy (loan), Quinton Fortune, Richie Wellens, Brian Stock (on loan), Ricky Ravenhill

20. Oscar Radford

previously worn by: Joseph Mills (on loan), 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 (currently on loan at Kilmarnock)

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. Kyle Bennett

previously worn by: Byron Webster, 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. James Baxendale

previously worn by: Dennis Souza, 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: Matt Kilgallon (on loan), Jack Wilson, 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. Rachid Bouhenna

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

30. Paul Keegan

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

31. currently vacant

previously worn by: Jordan Bradshaw, 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: Ryan Burge, 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. currently vacant

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

35. currently vacant

previously worn by Brett Lucas, Charles Fisher, Barry Richardson, Anthony Griffith

36. currently vacant

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


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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