Brian Parkin
Rovers apps (gls)1:246 (0)
Date of birth:12 October 1965
Place of birth:Birkenhead
Height:6 ft 1 in
Date joined:November 1989
& October 1999
Joined from:Crystal Palace
& Yeovil Town
Date left:July 1996
& June 2001
1 League appearances and goals only.

Brian Parkin is a former Rovers goalkeeper who has had two spells at the club. He has since retired from playing and is the Academy Director at Team Bath.

He first joined Rovers in 1989 from Crystal Palace, when Nigel Martyn made the move in the opposite direction and became the first goalkeeper in English football to command a £1,000,000 transfer fee. This meant that Parkin had big shoes to fill, and he immediately firmly established himself as the first choice keeper at the club. He made a total of 241 league appearances at the club during his first spell, and later came back to end his playing career at Rovers as cover for Lee Jones and Nick Culkin.



Brian (back row, left) with teammates Andy Tillson, Ian Alexander and Justin Channing

Brian's first professional club was Oldham Athletic, and he played six league games in his three years there from 1982. A loan spell at Crewe Alexandra in 1985 led to him signing for the club for the start of the 1985-86 season. In all he played 98 league games for Crewe and 20 for Crystal Palace, his next club. From Palace he joined Rovers, where he remained for seven seasons. During the 1995-96 season he gradually became displaced from the number 1 shirt by Andy Collett, who by the end of the season was first choice between the sticks. He left the club in the summer of 1996 to join Wycombe Wanderers, but was only a bit part player in his three years there. He had very brief stints at Notts County, Brighton & Hove Albion and Yeovil Town before re-joining Rovers as a backup to Lee Jones and Nick Culkin. He finally hung up his gloves in 2001, following a 19-year playing career to take up coaching at Team Bath.

Career statsEdit

1982-83Oldham Athletic 00
1983-84Oldham Athletic 50
1984-85Oldham Athletic 10
1984-85Crewe Alexandra (loan)120
1985-86Crewe Alexandra 390
1986-87Crewe Alexandra 440
1987-88Crewe Alexandra 30
1987-88Crystal Palace (loan)00
1988-89Crystal Palace 190
1989-90Crystal Palace 10
1989-90Bristol Rovers 300
1990-91Bristol Rovers 390
1991-92Bristol Rovers 430
1992-93Bristol Rovers 260
1993-94Bristol Rovers 430
1994-95Bristol Rovers 400
1995-96Bristol Rovers 200
1996-97Wycombe Wanderers 240
1997-98Wycombe Wanderers 10
1998-99Wycombe Wanderers 00
1998-99Notts County 10
1998-99Brighton & Hove Albion 00
1998-99Yeovil Town 00
1999-00Bristol Rovers 30
2000-01Bristol Rovers 20

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