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League One during the 2009–10 season

The 2009–10 season was the 127th season of football played by Bristol Rovers, and their 83rd in the Football League. It was spent in League One, where the team finished in 11th place, having been in the top 10 after every other game this season, except the first. The cup competitions were again a disappointment, with Rovers only progressing beyond the first round in the League Cup, where they lost at the second stage to Cardiff City after having beaten Aldershot Town. In the Johnstone's Paint Trophy they fell on penalties to Hereford United, and in the FA Cup it was Southampton who ended the Pirates' campaign.

The season ended with fifteen players leaving the club – fourteen after being released, while Andy Williams moved to Yeovil Town on a Bosman after rejecting a one-year deal at The Mem. There were changes on the coaching side too, with Director of Football Lennie Lawrence leaving the club and new coaching staff being appointed in preparation for 2010–11.



For more details, see 2009-10 pre-season.

Rovers arranged eleven pre-season friendlies, two of which were cancelled because of poor weather. Five of the fixtures were for the first team, including two home games against Crystal Palace and a Liverpool XI, while the remaining games were for reserve and youth sides. The first team fixtures are listed below.

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
18 July Torquay United Away 4–1 1,335 Duffy (2), Swallow and Rigg
21 July Cheltenham Town Away 2–2 Lambert (pen), Hughes
24 July Crystal Palace Home 0–3
28 July Hereford United Away 2–1 651 Kuffour (2)
3 August Liverpool XI Home 4–3 Kuffour, Lambert, Anthony (2)

Competitive matchesEdit

Date Competition Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers League Pos
8 AugustLeague OneLeyton OrientHome1–2 7,745Lambert17th
11 AugustLeague CupAldershot TownHome2–1 3,644Duffy (2)
15 AugustLeague OneStockport CountyAway2–04,084Kuffour, Coles9th
18 AugustLeague OneHartlepool UnitedAway2–13,137Lescott, Kuffour6th
22 AugustLeague OneHuddersfield TownHome1–06,952Hughes4th
26 AugustLeague CupCardiff CityAway1–39,767Elliott
29 AugustLeague OneWycombe WanderersAway1–25,214Lines7th
1 SeptemberLeague TrophyHereford UnitedAway0–0970
5 SeptemberLeague OneMillwallHome2–06,038Hughes, Lines4th
12 SeptemberLeague OneOldham AthleticHome1–06,674Kuffour3rd
19 SeptemberLeague OneBrentfordAway3–16,528Dickson (2), Lescott3rd
26 SeptemberLeague OneBrighton & Hove AlbionHome1–18,098Kuffour3rd
29 SeptemberLeague OneSouthamptonAway3–219,724Dickson, Kuffour, Williams3rd
3 OctoberLeague OneNorwich CityAway1–524,117Hughes (pen)3rd
17 OctoberLeague OneSouthend UnitedAway1–26,853Grant (og)5th
24 OctoberLeague OneYeovil TownHome1–27,812Dickson6th
27 OctoberLeague OneLeeds UnitedHome0–411,448 6th
31 OctoberLeague OneMilton Keynes DonsAway1–29,711Lines8th
6 NovemberFA CupSouthamptonHome2–36,446Duffy, Hughes (pen)
14 NovemberLeague OneCarlisle UnitedHome3–25,862Kuffour, Hughes, Lines8th
21 NovemberLeague OneGillinghamHome2–16,210Lines, Hughes (pen)7th
24 NovemberLeague OneCharlton AthleticAway2–415,885Hughes (pen), Lines8th
1 DecemberLeague OneExeter CityHome1–07,313Duffy6th
5 DecemberLeague OneColchester UnitedAway0–14,942 7th
12 DecemberLeague OneSwindon TownHome3–07,613Williams, Hughes, Kuffour6th
19 DecemberLeague OneTranmere RoversAway0–24,755 7th
28 DecemberLeague OneMillwallAway0–210,014 9th
19 JanuaryLeague OneHuddersfield TownAway0–012,624 9th
23 JanuaryLeague OneHartlepool UnitedHome2–05,794Lines, Duffy9th
30 JanuaryLeague OneWycombe WanderersHome2–36,688Lines (2)9th
2 FebruaryLeague OneLeyton OrientAway0–52,931 9th
6 FebruaryLeague OneWalsallAway0–03,866 9th
9 FebruaryLeague OneWalsallHome0–15,919 9th
15 FebruaryLeague OneCharlton AthleticHome2–17,624Elliott, Heffernan9th
20 FebruaryLeague OneGillinghamAway0–15,302 10th
27 FebruaryLeague OneColchester UnitedHome3–26,023Blizzard, Kuffour, Lines9th
2 MarchLeague OneStockport CountyHome1–05,322Hughes9th
6 MarchLeague OneSwindon TownAway4–010,341Kuffour, Heffernan, Lines, Hughes9th
13 MarchLeague OneTranmere RoversHome0–06,477 9th
17 MarchLeague OneExeter CityAway0–15,269 9th
20 MarchLeague OneYeovil TownAway3–05,968Kuffour (2), Heffernan9th
27 MarchLeague OneSouthend UnitedHome4–36,476Kuffour, Hughes (2, 1 pen), Grant (og)8th
2 AprilLeague OneCarlisle UnitedAway1–35,407Heffernan8th
5 AprilLeague OneMilton Keynes DonsHome1–06,406Kuffour8th
10 AprilLeague OneOldham AthleticAway1–23,769Kuffour8th
13 AprilLeague OneSouthamptonHome1–58,607Hughes (pen)9th
17 AprilLeague OneBrentfordHome0–06,048 9th
24 AprilLeague OneBrighton & Hove AlbionAway1–26,922Williams9th
1 MayLeague OneNorwich CityHome0–38,836 9th
8 MayLeague OneLeeds UnitedAway1–238,234Duffy11th


No Nat Name Pos League FA Cup Carling Cup JP Trophy Total
Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1EngSteve PhillipsGK0000000000
2EngCarl ReganDef350102010390
3EngMark WrightMid240100000250
4EngChris LinesMid42111020104611
5EngDanny ColesDef361000000361
6EngSteve ElliottDef211101110242
7ScoStuart CampbellMid460102010500
8EngAndy WilliamsFwd433101000453
9EngRickie LambertFwd1100000011
9GhaChris DicksonFwd144000000144
9IrlPaul HeffernanFwd114000000114
10ScoDarryl DuffyFwd303112210346
11NirJeff HughesDef/Mid44121120104813
13EngMike GreenGK0000000000
14WalDavid PipeMid70002010100
15WalByron AnthonyDef370102000400
16EngDominic BlizzardMid341102010381
17EngJo KuffourFwd42141020004514
18EngBen HuntFwd2000000020
19EngSean RiggMid/Fwd0000100010
20EngCharlie ReeceMid140001010160
21EngCharlie CloughMid0000000000
22EngJoe WhiteMid0000000000
23WalBen SwallowFwd230102010270
24EngAlex KiteDef0000000000
25EngJames TyrellDef0000000000
26WalLewis HaldaneMid0000000000
26EngWayne BrownMid4000000040
26EngLamar PowellFwd0000000000
27EngFraser ForsterGK4000000040
27DenMikkel AndersenGK380000000380
28WalEliot RichardsFwd5000000050
29EngNeikell PlummerFwd0000000000
30EngDan CayfordDef0000000000
31EngMark CooperDef0000000000
32EngAaron LescottDef242001010262
33EngOllie ClarkeMid0000000000
34EngGeorge BoothMid0000000000
35EngSteve KingdonMid0000000000
36EngJack McKennaMid0000000000
46EngRob HolmesGK0000000000
47EngPat BaldwinDef6000000060
48EngDaniel JonesDef170000000170
51EngRhys EvansGK3010201070

Match lineupsEdit

Started gameSub-off Subbed on
Included on benchSub-on Subbed off
Played no part in matchYellow Booked
Player was not with Bristol Rovers for this gameRed Sent off
Ball ScoredRed ball Scored an own goal
NoNatPlayerLeague game
1234567891011121314151617181920212223 2425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
1EngSteve Phillips
2EngCarl Regan Yellow Yellow Yellow Sub-on Sub-on Yellow Sub-on
3EngMark Wright Sub-offSub-off Sub-offSub-offSub-offSub-off Sub-offSub-on Sub-on Sub-onSub-offSub-offSub-off Sub-off Sub-off Sub-offSub-on Sub-off Sub-on
4EngChris Lines Sub-off Ball BallSub-off Sub-offSub-offSub-off Sub-onBallBallBall BallYellow Ball BallBallYellow Sub-off Ball BallYellow Yellow Yellow Yellow
5EngDanny Coles Ball Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow YellowRed
6EngSteve Elliott Yellow Yellow Ball Yellow Yellow YellowSub-off
7ScoStuart Campbell Yellow Yellow YellowYellow Sub-off Yellow Yellow
8EngAndy Williams Sub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onBallSub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-offSub-off Sub-onYellow Sub-off Sub-onSub-onBallSub-off Sub-offSub-offSub-on Sub-onSub-off Sub-onSub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-onSub-off Sub-onYellowSub-on BallSub-offSub-offSub-on
9EngRickie Lambert Ball
9GhaChris Dickson BallBallSub-offSub-off BallSub-offSub-offSub-off BallSub-offSub-on Sub-offSub-off Sub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-off
9IrlPaul Heffernan Ball Sub-off BallSub-off BallSub-off Ball
10ScoDarryl Duffy Sub-onSub-offSub-offSub-offSub-offSub-offSub-off Sub-onSub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onYellowBallSub-off Sub-offSub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-onBall Sub-offSub-off Sub-on YellowBallSub-off
11NirJeff Hughes Sub-off YellowYellowBall Ball YellowBallBall Sub-offBall YellowBallBall YellowBallYellow Sub-off YellowSub-offBall Ball Sub-off BallBallRed Ball Yellow
13EngMike Green
14WalDavid Pipe Sub-off Sub-onSub-on
15WalByron Anthony Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow Yellow YellowSub-off Yellow YellowSub-off Yellow
16EngDominic Blizzard Sub-on Sub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-offSub-off Sub-offSub-offSub-off Sub-offSub-off Sub-on Sub-on Sub-on YellowSub-off BallSub-off Sub-off Sub-offYellow Sub-offSub-offSub-off Sub-offYellow
17EngJo Kuffour YellowBallBallSub-off Sub-offBallSub-off BallBallSub-off BallSub-off BallSub-off Sub-off BallSub-off Ball BallBall Ball BallBall Sub-off
18EngBen Hunt Sub-on Sub-onYellow
19EngSean Rigg
20EngCharlie Reece Sub-on Sub-on Sub-onYellow Sub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-off Sub-on Sub-onSub-on Sub-off Sub-off
21EngCharlie Clough
22EngJoe White
23WalBen Swallow Sub-on Sub-on Sub-on Sub-off Sub-onSub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-onSub-off Sub-onSub-onSub-on Sub-on Sub-onSub-on Sub-on Sub-on Sub-off
24EngAlex Kite
25EngJames Tyrell
26WalLewis Haldane
26EngWayne Brown Sub-off Sub-off Sub-on
26EngLamar Powell
27EngFraser Forster
27DenMikkel Andersen Yellow Red ball
28WalEliot Richards Sub-on Sub-onSub-onSub-onSub-on
29EngNeikell Plummer
30EngDan Cayford
31EngMark Cooper
32EngAaron Lescott Ball Sub-off BallSub-off Sub-off YellowSub-offSub-off Sub-offSub-off Sub-on
33EngOllie Clarke
34EngGeorge Booth
35EngSteve Kingdon
36EngJack McKenna
46EngRob Holmes
47EngPat Baldwin Yellow YellowRed ball
48EngDaniel Jones Yellow Yellow
51EngRhys Evans
NoNatPlayer1234567891011121314151617 1819202122232425262728293031323334353637383940414243444546
League game



Jo Kuffour14014
Jeff Hughes12113
Chris Lines11011
Darryl Duffy336
Chris Dickson404
Paul Heffernan404
Andy Williams303
Steve Elliott112
Aaron Lescott202
Dominic Blizzard101
Danny Coles101
Rickie Lambert101
Own goals by opposition[a]202
  • [a] Both own goals were scored by Anthony Grant of Southend United. He scored one o.g. in each of the league meetings between the clubs.


Only bookings received while playing for Bristol Rovers are included in this list. Cautions received while out on loan, prior to joining or after leaving The Gas are not given.

Danny ColesRedYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellow
Jeff HughesRedYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellow
Byron Anthony YellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellow
Chris Lines YellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellow
Stuart Campbell YellowYellowYellowYellowYellowYellow
Steve Elliott YellowYellowYellowYellowYellow
Carl Regan YellowYellowYellowYellow
Dominic Blizzard YellowYellowYellow
Andy Williams YellowYellowYellow
Pat Baldwin YellowYellow
Darryl Duffy YellowYellow
Daniel Jones YellowYellow
Jo Kuffour YellowYellow
Aaron Lescott YellowYellow
Mikkel Andersen Yellow
Ben Hunt Yellow
David Pipe Yellow
Charlie Reece Yellow

League tableEdit

Coca-Cola League One, 2009–10
1Norwich City (promoted)4629898947+4295
2Leeds United (promoted)462511107744+3386
3Millwall (promoted via playoffs)46241397644+3285
4Charlton Athletic46231587357+1684
5Swindon Town46221687148+2382
6Huddersfield Town462311128256+2680
7Southampton46231498547+3873 †
8Colchester United462012146452+1272
11Bristol Rovers46195225970-1162
12Milton Keynes Dons46179206068-860
13Brighton & Hove Albion461514175660-459
14Carlisle United461513186366-358
15Yeovil Town461314195559-453
16Oldham Athletic461313203957-1852
17Leyton Orient461312215363-1051
18Exeter City461118174860-1251
19Tranmere Rovers46149234572-2751
20Hartlepool United461411215967-850 ‡
21Gillingham (relegated)461214204864-1650
22Wycombe Wanderers (relegated)461015215674-2045
23Southend United (relegated)461013235172-2143
24Stockport County (relegated)46510313595-6025

Southampton deducted 10 points for breaching insolvency regulations.

Hartlepool United deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.


Player of the YearEdit

1Stuart Campbell
2Chris Lines
3Mikkel Andersen

Young Player of the YearEdit

1Mikkel Andersen
2Ben Swallow
3Charlie Reece


League One Manager of the Month
Goal of the Season
Bristol Rovers Vs Southampton - 96th Minute00:38

Bristol Rovers Vs Southampton - 96th Minute

Team kitEdit


Bristol Rovers team kit for the 2009-10 season. Copyright Historical Football Kits and reproduced by kind permission.

This season marked the end of the long-term partnership with Cowlin Construction, who had been the main shirt sponsor for the previous eleven years. Due to the general economic situation at the time, a replacement sponsor proved difficult to find, and the club eventually decided upon having a draw to decide who's name should appear on the shirt.

The football club sold tickets at £1,000 each to local businesses for a place in the draw, which offered three main prizes:

  • 1st prize: The winning company's name on the front of Rovers' home shirts for duration of the season.
  • 2nd prize: The company's name on the front of the away shirts.
  • 3rd prize: A perimeter advertising board at the Memorial Stadium.

All losing entries were awarded with a hospitality package worth £700.

The draw was initially capped at 100 entries, but after the club secured the League Cup draw equipment to pick the winner this was reduced to 96, which was the number of balls that the Football League provided. All 96 tickets were sold before the deadline, and the winners were drawn by comedian Eddie Large.

The winning companies were recruitment specialists N-Gaged, who took the home shirt sponsorship, and solicitors Stevens, Hewlett & Perkins, who had their names added to the away shirts. The third prize winner was Guitarbitz, on online guitar retailer.


Players inEdit

Date Name Nationality From Contract Fee
1 July Carl Regan Eng England Milton Keynes Dons 2 years Free
9 July Dominic Blizzard Eng England Stockport County 3 years Free
31 July Fraser Forster Eng England Newcastle United 1 month Loan
10 AugustRhys EvansEng EnglandBradford City1 yearFree
1 SeptemberMikkel AndersenDen DenmarkReading8 monthsLoan
1 SeptemberMark WrightEng EnglandBrighton & Hove Albion Undisclosed
17 SeptemberChris DicksonGha GhanaCharlton Athletic3 monthsLoan
19 OctoberRob HolmesEng EnglandKidderminster Harriers7 monthsFree
20 NovemberPat BaldwinEng EnglandColchester United1½ monthsLoan
1 FebruaryWayne BrownEng EnglandFulham1½ monthsLoan
8 FebruaryPaul HeffernanIrl Republic of IrelandDoncaster Rovers2 months[1]Loan
14 FebruaryDaniel JonesEng EnglandWolverhampton Wanderers3 monthsLoan

Players outEdit

Date Name Nationality To Contract Fee
29 JulyMike GreenEng EnglandGloucester City1 yearLoan
29 JulyAlex KiteEng EnglandGloucester City2 monthsLoan
10 AugustRickie LambertEng EnglandSouthampton3 years£1,000,000+
15 AugustCharlie CloughEng EnglandChippenham Town2 monthsLoan
21 AugustSean RiggEng EnglandForest Green Rovers3 monthsLoan
21 AugustJames TyrellEng EnglandPaulton Rovers3 monthsLoan
21 AugustJoe WhiteEng EnglandYate Town3 monthsLoan
26 AugustSteve PhillipsEng EnglandShrewsbury Town2 monthsLoan
1 SeptemberLewis HaldaneWal WalesPort Vale3 monthsLoan
7 SeptemberNeikell PlummerEng EnglandPaulton Rovers3 monthsLoan
17 SeptemberDan CayfordEng EnglandChippenham Town3 monthsLoan
2 NovemberSteve PhillipsEng EnglandCrewe Alexandra2 monthsLoan
24 NovemberSean RiggEng EnglandPort Vale1 monthLoan
26 NovemberDavid PipeWal WalesCheltenham Town2 monthsLoan
27 NovemberAlex KiteEng EnglandPaulton Rovers1 monthLoan
17 DecemberBen HuntEng EnglandGloucester City2½ monthsLoan
31 DecemberLewis HaldaneWal WalesPort Vale6 months[2]Loan
31 DecemberAlex KiteEng EnglandChippenham Town1 monthLoan
31 DecemberJoe WhiteEng EnglandPaulton Rovers Loan
5 JanuarySean RiggEng EnglandPort Vale5 monthsLoan
27 JanuaryLewis HaldaneWal WalesPort Vale5 monthsFree
1 FebruaryDarryl DuffySco ScotlandCarlisle United2 months[3]Loan
5 MarchAaron LescottEng EnglandCheltenham Town3 monthsLoan
26 MarchDan CayfordEng EnglandClevedon Town1 monthLoan
26 MarchBen HuntEng EnglandNewport County1 monthLoan
26 MarchNeikell PlummerEng EnglandGloucester City1 monthLoan
26 MarchJames TyrellEng EnglandClevedon Town1 monthLoan
30 JuneDan CayfordEng England Released
30 JuneSteve ElliottEng EnglandCheltenham Town2 yearsReleased
30 JuneRhys EvansEng EnglandSouthend United1 yearReleased
30 JuneRob HolmesEng EnglandIlfracombe Town Released
30 JuneBen HuntEng EnglandDover Athletic Released
30 JuneSteve KingdonEng EnglandClevedon Town Released
30 JuneAlex KiteEng EnglandChippenham Town Released
30 JuneAaron LescottEng EnglandWalsall1 yearReleased
30 JuneSteve PhillipsEng EnglandCrewe Alexandra2 yearsReleased
30 JuneDavid PipeEng EnglandNone[4] Released
30 JuneNeikell PlummerEng EnglandClevedon Town Released
30 JuneSean RiggEng EnglandPort Vale2 yearsReleased
30 JuneJames TyrellEng EnglandGlenn Hoddle Academy Released
30 JuneJoe WhiteEng EnglandAlmondsbury Town Released
30 JuneAndy WilliamsEng EnglandYeovil Town2 yearsFree


  1. Heffernan's loan was originally until the end of the season, but he was recalled by Doncaster in early April.
  2. Lewis Haldane's second loan to Port Vale was originally to have been for six months, but the deal was made permanent 4 weeks into the spell.
  3. Duffy was originally loaned to Carlisle until the end of the season, but was recalled early when Heffernan returned to Doncaster.
  4. David Pipe was sentenced to 38 months in prison at the end of the season for wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm.

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