The biggest crowd at a game involving Bristol Rovers in the 2012–13 season saw them comfortably beaten by a promotion-chasing Bradford City side.

Injuries to travelling squad members Oumare Tounkara and Ellis Harrison meant that manager John Ward was only able to name six substitutes for the game, rather than the maximum permitted seven. The depleted bench was called into action early, when Danny Woodards suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury thirteen minutes into the game and was replaced by Ollie Clarke.

Bradford were already a goal up by this point, thanks to a Nahki Wells header in the sixth minute, and after Fabian Broghammer fouled Ricky Ravenhill the area with a little over 20 minutes played Wells doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Andrew Davies made it 3–0 to Bradford deep into first half injury time, but a goal from Tom Hitchcock early in the second half gave Rovers some hope of taking something from the game. That hope was short lived however, and when Garry Thompson scored Bradford's fourth it put the result beyond doubt.

Match detailsEdit

Bradford City Bradford City 4–1 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Wells (6, pen 22)
Davies (45+5)
Thompson (57)
(3–0 HT) Hitchcock (50)
Venue: Coral Windows Stadium (Valley Parade) – KO: 9 April 2013 @ 1945
Attendance: 10,621 – Referee: Tony Harrington
1 Jon McLaughlin 13 Steve Mildenhall
2 Stephen Darby 2 Michael Smith Yellow
3 James Meredith 4 Danny Woodards Sub-off
Ball 5 Andrew Davies 21 Clayton McDonald
23 Rory McArdle 29 Mark McChrystal
4 Ricky Ravenhill 14 Lee Brown
7 Kyel Reid 16 Joe Anyinsah Sub-off
Ball Sub-off 11 Garry Thompson 15 Oliver Norburn Yellow
Sub-off 18 Gary Jones 11 Fabian Broghammer
9 James Hanson 26 Ryan Brunt
Ball Ball Sub-off 21 Nahki Wells 27 Tom Hitchcock Ball Yellow
12 Matt Duke (GK) 20 Conor Gough (GK)
Sub-on 14 Will Atkinson 3 Jim Paterson
16 Carl McHugh 10 Eliot Richards Sub-on
Sub-on 17 Alan Connell 18 Mitch Harding
20 Zavon Hines 24 Ollie Clarke Sub-on
22 Michael Nelson 30 Tom Lockyer
Sub-on 24 Nathan Doyle


  • Ball 6 mins: Goal for Bradford City scored by Nahki Wells
  • Sub-onSub-off 15 mins: Ollie Clarke replaced Danny Woodards
  • Ball 22 mins: Goal for Bradford City scored from the penalty spot by Nahki Wells, following a foul on Ricky Ravenhill by Fabian Broghammer
  • Ball 45+5 mins: Goal for Bradford City scored by Andrew Davies
  • Ball 50 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Tom Hitchcock
  • Ball 57 mins: Goal for Bradford City scored by Garry Thompson
  • Yellow 61 mins: Oliver Norburn booked for a foul on James Meredith
  • Yellow 66 mins: Tom Hitchcock booked
  • Sub-onSub-off 71 mins: Eliot Richards replaced Joe Anyinsah
  • Sub-onSub-off 72 mins: Nathan Doyle replaced Gary Jones
  • Sub-onSub-off 76 mins: Will Atkinson replaced Garry Thompson
  • Sub-onSub-off 80 mins: Alan Connell replaced Nahki Wells
  • Yellow 88 mins: Michael Smith booked for a foul on Kyel Reid

2012–13 matches
League Two
Home0–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–3 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–3 3–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–3 3–2 1–0 0–0
Away0–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–1 3–0 0–4 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–4 1–2 3–1 0–0 3–3 A–A
FA Cup Capital One Cup Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Rnd1 Rnd1 Rnd1sw
Res1–2 Res1–3 Res0–3

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