The number 11 was historically worn by the left-sided outside forward, or winger. As the 2–3–5 formation fell out of favour, the 11 morphed into a midfield position, and is now associated with the left side of midfield.
Despite its modern connection with the midfield, from the beginning of squad numbering in 1999 it was used by a series of strikers, starting with Jason Roberts. It wasn't until 2002 that it was used regularly in its traditional position. It was also used many times in defence by Chris Carruthers, who although he played in midfield on occasion, was primarily a left-back.
N.B. stats last updated on 26 April 2012.
|1999–2000||Jason Roberts||Grenada||Fwd||41 (0)||22|
|2000||Danny Allsopp||Australia||Fwd||4 (2)||0|
|2000–2001||Graham Barrett||Republic of Ireland||Fwd||0 (1)||0|
|2001||Ansah Owusu||England||Fwd||11 (6)||0|
|2001–2002||Ross Weare||England||Fwd||9 (1)||1|
|2002–2004||Wayne Carlisle||Northern Ireland||Mid||57 (9)||14|
|2004–2005||Jamie Forrester||England||Fwd||20 (15)||7|
|2005–2008||Chris Carruthers||England||Def||85 (10)||1|
|2008–2011||Jeff Hughes||Northern Ireland||Mid||127 (2)||28|
|2011–||Mustapha Carayol||Gambia||Mid||22 (6)||4|
- N.B. Nationality is defined as the country represented by a player at any level of international football, or their country of birth if they have never played internationally.
a League games (+substitute appearances) played and goals scored while wearing the number 11.
- Number of league games played between the start of the 1999–00 season and 26 April 2012: 596
- Number of appearances by players wearing number 11: 428
- Percentage of Rovers games featuring a number 22: 71.8%