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Andy Dorman
Andy Dorman
Full nameAndrew Joseph Dorman
NationalityWal Wales
Caps (goals)3 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a25 (2)
PositionMidfielder
Date of birth1 May 1982 (Age 36)
in Chester
Height6 ft 1 in
Joined
10 November 2011 from Crystal Palace (loan)
Left
6 May 2012 to join Crystal Palace
Senior clubs
New England Revolution
St Mirren
Crystal Palace
Bristol Rovers
New England Revolution
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 2/05/2013

Andy Dorman joined Rovers on a month's loan from Championship side Crystal Palace in November 2011 in order to provide cover for an injury-depleted midfield, becoming Paul Buckle's 19th signing since taking charge of the club in the summer.

The Welsh international went straight into the starting eleven for the FA Cup first round tie against Corby Town, which Rovers won 3–1. He played in every game during his first month, leading to his deal being extended until the end of the 2011–12 season. In all he played in 25 league games and three times in the FA Cup, scoring two league goals before returning to his parent club.

It was reported in the local media that he accidentally dropped down two divisions to play for Rovers because he didn't realise that they were playing in League Two rather than League One, but he later put the record straight, stating that although he didn't realise initially that Rovers had been relegated, he was well aware of the situation by the time he signed.

Club careerEdit

Andy's career path is a slightly unusual one for a British footballer, starting out in American collegiate sports on his way into the professional game. He played NCAA soccer for Boston University Terriers in the America East Conference from 2000 until 2003, before being drafted by Major League Soccer side the New England Revolution in the sixth round of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft with pick number 58 overall.

He was a regular member of the Revolution lineup during his four seasons at Foxborough, making a total of 112 league appearances and a further twelve in cups and playoffs. Despite expressing a desire to stay with New England in 2008, contract negotiations between the parties broke down and Andy found himself back in the UK with St Mirren partway through the 2007–08 season. He scored 19 goals in 88 league games in two and a half years with The Saints, including achieving the title of joint top scorer in 2008–09 with 12 goals, before opting to leave them to sign for Crystal Palace on expiry of his contract in 2010.

After starting the 2010–11 season as a first team regular with The Eagles, Andy found appearances fewer and further between as the campaign went on, and during his second year with the London club he was loaned out to Rovers having made just a single league appearance for The Eagles. He and the club agreed a mutual termination of his contract in the summer of 2012, leading to him re-joining the New England Revolution that November, in plenty of time for the beginning of the 2013 season.

Career statsEdit

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2004New England Revolution 202
2005New England Revolution 302
2006New England Revolution 326
2007New England Revolution 307
2007–08St Mirren 183
2008–09St Mirren 3610
2009–10St Mirren 346
2010–11Crystal Palace 201
2011–12Crystal Palace 10
2011–12Bristol Rovers (loan)252

Record against RoversEdit

Andy has never played a competitive first team match against Bristol Rovers.

International careerEdit

Andy's international career with Wales only came about because of a change in FIFA's eligibility rules in 2009. Although he had grown up in Wales, he was born in England and had English parents and grandparents, and so did not qualify to play for the principality, but a new ruling that you became eligible to play for a country if you lived there for at least five years before the age of 16 meant he was now available for selection.

His first cap came against Croatia on 23 May 2010, which saw him drafted into the starting eleven thanks to 15 other players being unavailable for selection. A year later he was brought back into the team for two games in the 2011 Carling Nations Cup, a quadrangular tournament involving Wales, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Here he faced Scotland and Northern Ireland, the latter game in front of just 529 spectators in the 51,700-seat stadium.

International appearancesEdit

N.B. Wales's score is always given first. (Source: Soccerbase)
DateOppositionResultVenueCompetition
23 May 2010Cro Croatia0–2Stadion Gradski vrt, OsijekFriendly
25 May 2011Sco Scotland1–3Aviva Stadium, DublinCarling Nations Cup
27 May 2011Nir Northern Ireland2–0Aviva Stadium, DublinCarling Nations Cup