Squad numbers

The number 23 was not generally used in English league football until the introduction of squad numbers into the club game. This was initially done by the Premier League in 1993, followed by the Football League in 1999.

N.B. stats last updated on 23 April 2012.

Players who have worn shirt number 23
1999–2000Tom WhiteEng EnglandDef3 (0)0
2000–2001Clinton EllisEng EnglandFwd2 (13)1
2001–2002Alvin BubbEng EnglandMid3 (10)0
2002–2003Neil ArndaleEng EnglandDef1 (0)0
2003Leon BellEng EnglandMid0 (0)0
2003–2004Shane HobbsEng EnglandFwd0 (2)0
2004Ijah AndersonEng EnglandDef0 (0)0
2005–2007Scott ShearerSco ScotlandGK47 (0)0
2007–2008Ryan PaddockWal WalesDef0 (0)0
2008–2012Ben SwallowWal WalesMid17 (23)0
2012Matthew LundNir Northern IrelandMid9 (3)0
Total82 (51)1
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 23.

  • Number of league games played between the start of the 1999–00 season and 23 April 2012: 596
  • Number of appearances by players wearing number 23: 133
  • Percentage of Rovers games featuring a number 23: 22.3%

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