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Chris Lines
Chris lines
Full nameChristopher John Lines
NationalityEng England
Rovers apps (goals)a168 (21)
PositionMidfielder
Date of birth30 November 1985 (Age 31)
in Bristol
Height6 ft 2 in
Joined
2005 from youth team
Left
11 August 2011 to join Sheffield Wednesday
Senior clubs
Bristol Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday
Milton Keynes Dons
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 21/05/2013


Chris Lines is a product of the youth system at Bristol Rovers, graduating from the Bristol Academy of Sport. He made his first team debut in January 2006 at the age of 20, but remained a fringe player at the club during his first two seasons. Eventually he forced his way into a regular starting spot midway through the 2007-08 season, replacing Lewis Haldane as first choice on the left side of midfield and putting in some impressive performances.

After having forced his way into first team contention he became an almost permanent fixture in the senior team lineup, his performances attracting attention from several other teams. In January 2010 with his contract approaching expiry he was courted by a number of teams, but elected to sign a new long-term contract with Rovers, taking him up to the summer of 2013. That contract proved to be a wise move for Rovers as it allowed them to garner a transfer fee in 2011 when he was signed by Sheffield Wednesday in August of that year. He had spent time training with Crystal Palace in the summer of 2011, but they elected not to sign him, allowing Wednesday to make their move shortly after the start of the season.

In all Chris played 168 league games and scored 21 goals in his six years as a Rovers first team player.

CareerEdit

Chris, who attended Monks Park School, less than a mile from the Mem, came through the youth system at Bristol Rovers (having previously spent a year with Bitton) and joined the first team squad in 2004. He spent just over six seasons as a professional with the club, playing 192 games in all competitions, before joining Sheffield Wednesday on 12 August 2011.

He played in almost all of Wednesday's games during their promotion season from League One in 2011–12, but Chris found himself surplus to requirements at Hillsborough when they were playing in The Championship, leading to him being loaned out to Milton Keynes Dons for the second half of the season.

SeasonClubLeague
AppsGoals
2004–05Bristol Rovers 00
2005–06Bristol Rovers 40
2006–07Bristol Rovers 70
2007–08Bristol Rovers 272
2008–09Bristol Rovers 454
2009–10Bristol Rovers 4211
2010–11Bristol Rovers 423
2011–12Bristol Rovers 10
2011–12Sheffield Wednesday 413
2012–13Sheffield Wednesday 60
2012–13Milton Keynes Dons (loan)160


Record against RoversEdit

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

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