Arsenal (formerly known as Woolwich Arsenal) and Bristol Rovers have met five times in competitive competition, all of which were cup matches. They have played three times in the FA Cup and twice in the League Cup, and Arsenal have won all but one of the games. The only match that the Gunners failed to win was a League Cup second round, second leg game which was drawn 1-1 at Eastville, after Arsenal had won the first leg 4-0.
Players at both clubsEdit
An incomplete list of players who have been on the books of both Arsenal and Bristol Rovers is given below.
- Alan Ball
- Graham Barrett
- Bobby Gould
- Nick Hammond
- Joe Haverty
- David Hillier
- Jo Kuffour
- Rik Lopez was a youth team player at Arsenal
- Charlie Preedy
- Tom Stanton
- Stuart J Taylor
- Frank Townrow
In addition to these, former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson was lined up as emergency goalkeeping cover for Rovers on a non-contract basis, but never played for the club. Bill Dodgin Jr, son of former Rovers player and manager Bill Dodgin, Sr. also played for Arsenal. Ex-Rovers loanee Sam Oji started out with the Arsenal youth system, but failed to earn a pro contract at the club.
|23 February 1907||FA Cup||Woolwich Arsenal||1-0||Bristol Rovers|
|11 January 1936||FA Cup||Bristol Rovers||1-5||Arsenal|
|28 January 1967||FA Cup||Bristol Rovers||0-3||Arsenal|
|25 September 1984||League Cup||Arsenal||4-0||Bristol Rovers|
|9 October 1984||League Cup||Bristol Rovers||1-1||Arsenal|