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The number 33 was not 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.

The first player to wear the number 33 during a match was goalkeeper Rhys Evans, who spent a portion of the 1999–00 season on loan from Chelsea. The number would later be allocated to two more goalkeepers, Martin Horsell and Steve Book, neither of whom wore it in a competitive match.

The man who has played the most games in the 33 shirt for Rovers is winger Mark McKeever, who made 12 appearances in 2001. No player has ever scored a league goal wearing this number.

N.B. stats last updated at the end of the 2011–12 season.

Players who have worn shirt number 33
YearsPlayerNationPositionGamesaGoalsa
2000Rhys EvansEng EnglandGK4 (0)0
2000Clinton EllisEng EnglandFwd0 (0)0
2000Rune JohansenNor NorwayFwd0 (2)0
2001Mark McKeeverIrl Republic of IrelandMid7 (5)0
2001–2002Jamie ShoreEng EnglandMid0 (0)0
2002–2003Richard RoseEng EnglandDef9 (0)0
2003Tobi JinaduNga NigeriaDef0 (0)0
2004Gary TwiggSco ScotlandFwd7 (1)0
2005–2006Martin HorsellEng EnglandGK0 (0)0
2007–2008Steve BookEng EnglandGK0 (0)0
2008–2009Liam HarwoodEng EnglandDef0 (0)0
2009–2010Ollie ClarkeEng EnglandDef0 (0)0
2011Scott DaviesIrl Republic of IrelandMid4 (3)0
2011–2012Oliver NorburnEng EnglandMid1 (4)0
2012Aaron DownesAus AustraliaDef8 (0)0
Total40 (15)0
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 33.

  • Number of league games played between the start of the 1999–00 season and the end of 2011–12: 598
  • Number of appearances by players wearing number 33: 55
  • Percentage of Rovers games featuring a number 33: 9.2%

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