Guy Ipoua
Rovers apps (gls)1:24 (3)
Date of birth:14 January 1976
Place of birth:Douala
Height:6 ft 1 in
Date joined:August 1998
Joined from:Alicante
Date left:August 1999
1 League appearances and goals only.

Guy Ipoua was a forward who joined Rovers in 1998 from Spainish side Alicante. He became the first Cameroonian to play for the Gas when he made his debut on 8 August 1998, coming on as a 73rd-minute substitute for Jamie Cureton in a 2–1 defeat to Burnley.

During his year-long stint in Bristol he played 24 times in the league, scoring three times, and also played a further seven cup games without scoring before being released in the summer of 1999.

Guy's brother, Samuel Ipoua, is a former Cameroon international. He faced Italy and Austria in the group stage of the 1998 World Cup in France and also took part in the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations.


After moving from Cameroon to France as a child, Guy spent time with a number of European clubs in the 1990s. Before joining Rovers in 1998 he had had spells with AS Nancy, Torino, Atlético Madrid, Novelda and Alicante.

After being released by Ian Holloway Guy remained in England and spent two years with each of Scunthorpe United and Gillingham, before moving to Scotland in 2003 to join Livingston. He made just a single substitute appearance in the league for Livi, and one more in the League Cup, returning to England a year later with Doncaster Rovers, via an unsuccessful trial at American side FC Dallas. His time with Doncaster was also less than successful and he was loaned out to both Mansfield Town and Lincoln City during the year he spent with them.

After spending a year with Hereford United during the 2004–05 season he had a very brief spell at Forest Green Rovers in 2005 before returning home to his native Cameroon to play for Oryx Douala.

Following his retirement from playing he started his own business in Cameroon that helps various organisations with water conservation, and in a 2010 interview he stated that he would like to return to football, possibly as a club chairman.

Career statsEdit

N.B. only appearances for British clubs are included here.

1998–99Bristol Rovers 243
1999–00Scunthorpe United 409
2000–01Scunthorpe United 2514
2000–01Gillingham 90
2001–02Gillingham 408
2002–03Gillingham 335
2003–04Livingston 10
2004–05Doncaster Rovers 90
2004–05Mansfield Town (loan)50
2004–05Lincoln City (loan)60
2005–06Hereford United 197
2006–07Forest Green Rovers 70

Record against RoversEdit

Guy has played against Bristol Rovers three times in his career; twice for Scunthorpe United and once for Gillingham. Of those three games, he was on the winning side once, lost one and drew one.

4 September 1999Scunthorpe UnitedGlanford Park2–0 to RoversLee Hodges also in Scunthorpe lineup
12 February 2000Scunthorpe UnitedMemorial Stadium1–180th-minute sub. Lee Hodges also in Scunthorpe lineup
5 February 2002GillinghamPriestfield1–0 to Gilingham76th-minute sub. Marcus Browning also in Gillingham lineup

Further readingEdit

  • An interview with Guy on the Scunthorpe United website.(4 March 2010)

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