Paul Trollope
Paul Trollope
Full namePaul Jon Trollope
NationalityWal Wales
Caps (goals)9 (0)
Rovers apps (goals)a30 (2)
Date of birth3 June 1972
in Swindon
Height6 ft 0 in
29 June 2004 from Northampton Town
15 December 2010 (retired)
Senior clubsTeams managed
Swindon Town
Torquay United
Derby County
Grimsby Town
Crystal Palace

Coventry City
Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers
a League appearances and goals only
Last updated by Gasheadsteve on 26/11/2012

Paul Trollope, nicknamed Trolls, was Rovers' manager from 2005 until 2010 and a player from 2004 to 2006. Born in Swindon in 1972, he is the son of Swindon Town legend John Trollope. He was initially brought to Bristol Rovers as a player by then-manager Ian Atkins, and later took on the role of player-coach under him. When Atkins was sacked in 2005, Trollope was asked to take over as caretaker-manager until a full-time appointment was made, and he took team mate John Anderson on as his assistant. He was later given the position of First Team Coach under Director of Football Lennie Lawrence. He retained the title of First Team Coach until September 2009, when it was changed to manager, and he took sole charge when Lawrence left the club at the end of the 2009–10 season.

Following Lawrence's departure Trollope took on Darren Patterson as his assistant, but the partnership was short lived. Trollope was relieved of his duties on 15 December 2010 with the board citing poor performances and falling attendances for their decision to sack him.

Playing careerEdit

Club footballEdit

Trollope started his professional career at Swindon but failed to make a single appearance. He joined Torquay United on loan towards the end of the 1991-92 season and signed on permanently at the club in the summer of 1992 where he made more than 100 league appearances. He then moved north to Derby County initially on loan in late 1994 and then permanently in early 1995 for £100,000. In just under three years at Derby, including loans in 1996 at Grimsby Town and Crystal Palace, he made 65 league appearances.

Big spending Fulham signed Trollope for £600,000 in November 1997 and remained at Craven Cottage for over four years. In 2002, he joined Coventry City on a free transfer where he stayed for just a few months making very few appearances. Northampton Town then signed Trollope, again, on a free transfer. He remained at the club until 2004 when he signed for Rovers.

Career statsEdit

Paul Trollope

Paul Trollope working as a coach for Birmingham City in 2011

1989-90Swindon Town 00
1990-91Swindon Town 00
1991-92Swindon Town 00
1991-92Torquay United (loan)100
1992-93Torquay United 362
1993-94Torquay United 4210
1994-95Torquay United 184
1994-95Derby County 244
1995-96Derby County 170
1996-97Derby County 141
1996-97Grimsby Town (loan)71
1996-97Crystal Palace (loan)90
1997-98Derby County 100
1997-98Fulham 243
1998-99Fulham 202
1999-00Fulham 220
2000-01Fulham 100
2001-02Fulham 00
2001-02Coventry City 60
2002-03Northampton Town 412
2003-04Northampton Town 436
2004-05Bristol Rovers 302
2005-06Bristol Rovers 00

International careerEdit


All of Paul's full international caps are listed below.

N.B. Wales's score is always given first. (Source: rsssf)
27 May 1997Sco Scotland1–0Rugby Park, KilmarnockFriendly
11 November 1997Bra Brazil0–3Estadio Mané Garrincha, BrasíliaFriendly
25 March 1998Jam Jamaica0–0Ninian Park, CardiffFriendly
3 June 1998Mlt Malta3–0Ta' Qali National Stadium, VallettaFriendly
6 June 1998Tun Tunisia0–4Stade El Menzah, TunisFriendly
27 March 2002Cze Czech Republic0–0Millennium Stadium, CardiffFriendly
21 August 2002Cro Croatia1–1Stadion Varteksa, VaraždinFriendly
20 November 2002Aze Azerbaijan2–0Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, BakuEuro Champs qualifier
29 March 2003Aze Azerbaijan4–0Millennium Stadium, CardiffEuro Champs qualifier

Managerial careerEdit

Little over a year after joining Rovers he was appointed caretaker manager replacing Ian Atkins. Shortly after, he was appointed full time first-team coach with Lennie Lawrence working alongside him as director of football. Despite this system being almost entirely unsuccessful in English football, the system worked very well in its early stages at Rovers with Lennie and Trolls leading Rovers to both the Football League Trophy final and League Two Play-Off Final (winning the latter) in their first full season at the club. On multiple occasions, Trollope has stated that while Lawrence does have a say on team selection, the final decision is his. Lawrence left the club in the summer of 2010 leaving Trollope in sole charge, but Trollope followed just a few months later, when he was placed on gardening leave in December 2010.

Following his departure from Rovers he was appointed as a member of the coaching staff at Birmingham City under manager Chris Hughton, and when Hughton was taken on as manager of Norwich City in June 2012, Trollope followed him to the Norfolk club.

Managerial statsEdit

Managerial stats, as at 17 December 2010
FromToClubPldWDL% Won
22 September 200515 December 2010Bristol Rovers2831067010737.5

Record at RoversEdit

SeasonCompPldWDLFAGD[1]Pts[1]Pos[1][2]Round reached[3]
2005-06League Two37156164850-251
FA Cup311133 Second round
League Trophy100112 First round (South)
2006-07League Two462012144942+7726th
League Two Play-offs3300105 Winners
FA Cup531164 Fourth round
League Cup101011 First round
League Trophy751183 Runners-up
2007-08League One461217174553-85316th
FA Cup83411412 Quarter-finals
League Cup201123 Second round
League Trophy100101 Second round (South West)
2008-09League One461712177961+186311th
FA Cup100101 First Round
League Cup100101 First round
League Trophy100103 First round (South West)
2009–10League One46195225970-116211th
FA Cup100123 First round
League Cup210134 Second round
League Trophy101000 First round (South West)
2010–11League One195772334-1122
FA Cup100112 First round
League Cup100116 First round
League Trophy321095 Semi-final (south)
TotalLeague240885993 303310-7323


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 League games only
  2. Finishing position for completed seasons only
  3. Cup competitions only

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