Dave Savage
Caps (goals):5 (0)
Rovers apps (gls)1:65 (3)
Date of birth:30 July 1973
Place of birth:Dublin
Height:6 ft 2 in
Date joined:July 2003
Joined from:Oxford United
Date left:June 2005
1 League appearances and goals only.

Dave Savage is a midfielder who played for Rovers for two years, from 2003 to 2005. He was a regular in the first team during that time, playing 65 league games and scoring three goals. He was signed on a free transfer from Oxford United by Rovers manager Ian Atkins, who had managed Savage during his time in charge of both Oxford and Northampton Town.

Savage left the club in the summer of 2005 and joined Rushden & Diamonds on a free transfer. He was capped five times by the Republic of Ireland prior to joining Rovers.


Dave's first senior club was Kilkenny City in Ireland, and in 1991 he made the move over to England, where he joined Brighton & Hove Albion for a year. Having failed to make an impact on the south coast he moved back to Ireland, where he joined Longford Town for two years. A second chance to prove himself in the English game came about when Millwall paid £15,000 for his services, and in four years with the Lions he won five caps for Ireland and made over 100 league appearances for the London club.

In 1998 Ian Atkins paid Millwall an £80,000 transfer fee to bring Savage to Northampton Town, the first of three clubs where the pair worked together, and after again making over 100 league appearances for the club joined up with Atkins again at Oxford United in 2001 and Bristol Rovers in 2003. Following his release from Rovers in 2003, he played for Rushden & Diamonds for two years, before signing for Brackley Town in 2007. At the start of his second season with Brackley he took up a player-coaching role, but the position wasn't to last long, as he signed for Oxford City in October 2008. He finally retired from football in 2011, shortly before his 38th birthday.

Career statsEdit

1990–91Kilkenny City ??
1991–92Brighton & Hove Albion 00
1992–93Longford Town ??
1993–94Longford Town ??
1994–95Millwall 372
1995–96Millwall 270
1996–97Millwall 353
1997–98Millwall 311
1998–99Millwall 20
1998–99Northampton Town 275
1999–00Northampton Town 435
2000–01Northampton Town 438
2001–02Oxford United 421
2002–03Oxford United 434
2003–04Bristol Rovers 382
2004–05Bristol Rovers 271
2005–06Rushden & Diamonds 322
2006–07Rushden & Diamonds 351
2007–08Brackley Town ??
2008–09Brackley Town ??
2008–09Oxford City ??
2009–10Oxford City ??
2010–11Oxford City ??

Record against RoversEdit

Dave has played competitive first team fixtures against Rovers ten times, for four different clubs. He won four of those games, drew two and lost four.

8 April 1997MillwallMemorial Stadium1–0 to Rovers
29 November 1997MillwallMemorial Stadium2–1 to Rovers
10 October 1998Northampton TownSixfields3–1 to Northampton78th minute substitute
Carl Heggs and James Hunt both scored for Northampton
14 October 2000Northampton TownMemorial Stadium1–0 to NorthamptonJamie Forrester scored for Northampton. James Hunt also played
6 March 2001Northampton TownSixfields2–1 to NorthamptonScored a 13th-minute penalty
James Hunt also scored, and Jamie Forrester played for the Cobblers
29 September 2001Oxford UnitedMemorial Stadium1–1
2 February 2002Oxford UnitedKassam Stadium0–0Subbed off after 89 minutes
Rob Quinn also played for Oxford
21 April 2003Oxford UnitedKassam Stadium1–0 to RoversJames Hunt and Jefferson Louis also played for Oxford
2 January 2006Rushden & DiamondsNene Park3–2 to Rovers
8 April 2006Rushden & DiamondsMemorial Stadium1–0 to Rushden

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