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The number 47 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.

An unusually high number for a football team, it has only been used by a single player, Pat Baldwin, who was brought in on loan from Colchester United in November 2009. The reason for its use was that The Gas had a large squad during the 2009–10 season, and a number of under-18 players were also assigned squad numbers that year, so 47 was actually the lowest number available when Baldwin joined the club.

N.B. stats last updated at the end of the 2012–13 season.

Players who have worn shirt number 47
YearsPlayerNationPositionGamesaGoalsa
2009–2010Pat BaldwinEng EnglandDef6 (0)0
Total6 (0)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 47.

  • Number of league games played from the start of the 1999–00 season and the end of 2012–13: 644
  • Number of appearances by players wearing number 47: 6
  • Percentage of Rovers games featuring a number 47: 0.9%

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