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Alfred Homer

Bristol Rovers first full-time manager, Alfred Homer.

This is a list of Bristol Rovers managers since the club appointed its first secretary-manager in 1899, along with the number of competitive games managed, winning percentage and titles won.

Although the club were founded in 1888, they did not appoint a full-time manager until 1899, when Alfred Homer, who was assistant secretary of Aston Villa, was appointed as manager-secretary of Bristol Rovers, a position he held for twenty-one years. On joining the Football League in 1920, the club appointed Ben Hall to the manager's post. Hall held the job for one year before handing over to Andrew Wilson, the club's first non-English manager.

Mark McGhee

Former manager Mark McGhee

The next significant manager of Bristol Rovers was Albert Prince-Cox, who introduced blue-and-white quarters as the team's kit because he believed it made the players look larger and more intimidating. He also became the first manager to win a major cup competition with the club when they won the Division 3 (South) Cup in 1935. More success followed in the 1952–53 season when Bristol Rovers' longest serving post-war manager, Bert Tann, won a league title for the first time since 1905 and won promotion for the first time ever when the club won Division 3 (South). Tann remained in charge for eighteen years from 1950 to 1968.

Don Megson was the next manager to win a major trophy, taking the Watney Cup in 1972 in only his third game in charge. Following this, only two more managers won any silverware at a national level. These were Gerry Francis, who won the Division 3 title in 1989–90, and most recently Paul Trollope, who won the League 2 play-off final in 2007.

In all the club has had 32 full-time managers (excluding caretaker managers).

ManagersEdit

  • All statistics are from Bristol Rovers Football Club - The Definitive History 1883-2003 unless otherwise stated.
  • Information correct as at 18 December 2012.
  • Caretaker managers are highlighted in blue.
NameNationalityBristol Rovers careerGamesWonDrawnLost% won[1]HonoursNotes
Homer, AlfredAlfred HomerEng England1899Summer 1899 –
July 1920
65224314826137.3Southern League champions
3 Gloucestershire Cups
Hall, BenBen HallEng England1920July 1920 –
May 1921
451971942.2
Wilson, AndrewAndrew WilsonSco Scotland1921June 1921 –
April 1926
23074649232.2Gloucestershire Cup winner
Palmer, JoeJoe PalmerEng England1926May 1926 –
April 1929
13848226834.8Gloucestershire Cup winner
McLean, DavidDavid McLeanSco Scotland1929May 1929 –
September 1930
5816123027.6
Prince-Cox, AlbertAlbert Prince-CoxEng England1930October 1930 –
October 1936
2951156711339.0Division 3 (South) Cup winner
2 Gloucestershire Cups
Smith, PercyPercy SmithEng England1936November 1936 –
November 1937
521792632.7
Fletcher, BroughBrough FletcherEng England1938January 1938 –
January 1950
22780499835.23 Gloucestershire Cups
Tann, BertBert TannEng England1950January 1950 –
April 1968
89736921631441.1Division Three (South) champions
Gloucestershire Cups: won 5, shared 5
Ford, FredFred FordEng England1968April 1968 –
July 1969
7026162837.1
Dodgin, Sr., BillBill Dodgin, Sr.Eng England1969August 1969 –
July 1972
16372474444.2
Megson, DonDon MegsonEng England1972July 1972 –
November 1977
26991859333.8Watney Cup winner
2 Gloucestershire Cups
Campbell, BobbyBobby CampbellSco Scotland1977November 1977 –
December 1979
9132194035.2
Jarman, HaroldHarold JarmanEng England1979December 1979 –
April 1980
2479829.2
Cooper, TerryTerry CooperEng England1980April 1980 –
October 1981
6813193619.1
Gingell, RonRon Gingell
(caretaker)
Eng England1981 (1)October 198110100.0
Gould, BobbyBobby GouldEng England1981 (2)October 1981 –
May 1983
9140173444.02 Gloucestershire Cups
Williams, DavidDavid WilliamsWal Wales1983May 1983 –
May 1985
10851282947.22 Gloucestershire Cups
Gould, BobbyBobby GouldEng England1985May 1985 –
June 1987
10531254929.5
Francis, GerryGerry FrancisEng England1987July 1987 –
May 1991
20986626141.1Division Three champions
2 Gloucestershire Cups
Dobson, MartinMartin DobsonEng England1991 (1)July 1991 –
October 1991
121298.3
Rofe, DennisDennis RofeEng England1991 (2)October 1991 –
November 1992
6321182433.3Gloucestershire Cup winner
Allison, MalcolmMalcolm AllisonEng England1992November 1992 –
February 1993
1864833.3
Cross, SteveSteve Cross
(caretaker)
Eng England1993 (1)March 199330120.0
Ward, JohnJohn WardEng England1993 (2)March 1993 –
May 1996
18177495542.52 Gloucestershire Cups
Holloway, IanIan HollowayEng England1996June 1996 –
January 2001
24992679036.9
Thompson, GarryGarry Thompson
(caretaker)
Eng England2001 (1)January 2001 –
May 2001
24751229.2 [2]
Francis, GerryGerry FrancisEng England2001 (2)July 2001 –
December 2001
319101229.0 [3]
Thompson, GarryGarry ThompsonEng England2001 (3)December 2001 –
April 2002
23751130.4 [2]
Bater, PhilPhil Bater
(caretaker)
Wal Wales2002 (1)April 200230120.0 [4]
Graydon, RayRay GraydonEng England2002 (2)April 2002 –
January 2004
8122223727.2 [5]
Bater, PhilPhil Bater
(caretaker)
Wal Wales2004 (1)January 2004 –
March 2004
121658.3 [4]
Osman, RussellRussell Osman
Broadhurst, KevanKevan Broadhurst
(joint caretakers)
Eng England
Eng England
2004 (2)March 2004 –
April 2004
631250.0 [6][7][8]
Atkins, IanIan AtkinsEng England2004 (3)April 2004 –
September 2005
6821262130.9 [9]
Trollope, PaulPaul TrollopeWal Wales2005September 2005 –
December 2010
2841067110737.3League 2 play-off winner[10]
Patterson, DarrenDarren Patterson
(caretaker)
Nir Northern Ireland2010December 2010 –
January 2011
20020.0 [11]
Penney, DaveDave PenneyEng England2011aJanuary 2011 –
March 2011
1322915.4 [12]
Campbell, StuartStuart Campbell
(caretaker)
Sco Scotland2011bMarch 2011 –
May 2011
1243533.3 [13]
Buckle, PaulPaul BuckleEng England2011cJune 2011 –
January 2012
29861527.6 [14]
North, ShaunShaun North
(caretaker)
Eng England2012aJanuary 2011311133.3 [15]
McGhee, MarkMark McGheeSco Scotland2012bJanuary 2012 –
December 2012
4412122027.3 [16]
Ward, JohnJohn WardEng England2012cDecember 2012 –0000 [17]

NotesEdit

  1. Rounded to one decimal place
  2. 2.0 2.1 Garry Thompson's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  3. Gerry Francis's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Phil Bater's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  5. Ray Graydon's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  6. Russell Osman and Kevan Broadhurst were appointed joint caretaker managers at the end of the 2003–04 season
  7. Russell Osman's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  8. Kevan Broadhurst's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  9. Ian Atkins's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-05-31.
  10. Paul Trollope's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 2007-11-08.
  11. Darren Patterson's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 7 January 2011.
  12. Dave Penney's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  13. Stuart Campbell's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  14. Paul Buckle's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  15. Shaun North's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  16. Mark McGhee's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 22 May 2012.
  17. John Ward's managerial career. Soccerbase. Retrieved on 18 December 2012.

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