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The Bristol Rovers club record holder for most league appearances is Stuart Taylor. The Bristolian defender played 546 times in Divisions Two and Three for The Pirates, scoring 28 times between 1965 and 1980, breaking the previous appearance record of 486 games which had been held by Harry Bamford since 1958.

Twenty of the top 25 most used players were born in England, including Stuart Campbell, who was capped at under-21 level by Scotland, and Kenyan international Peter Hooper. Of the five non-English players, four are Welsh and one is Scottish.

Three of the 25 were full internationals. Geoff Bradford played once (and scored) for England, Peter Hooper won a single cap with Kenya while on national service in the country, and David Williams made five appearances for Wales in 1986.

Top 25 most used playersEdit

RankPlayerNationaPositionbAppscGoalscYearsd
1Stuart TaylorEng EnglandDefender546281965–1980
2Harry BamfordEng EnglandDefender48651946–1958
3Jackie PittEng EnglandMidfielder466161946–1960
4Geoff BradfordEng EnglandForward4622421949–1964
5George PetherbridgeEng EnglandForward457851945–1962
6Harold JarmanEng EnglandMidfielder4521271959–1973
7Ray WarrenEng EnglandMidfielder450281936–1956
8Alfie BiggsEng EnglandForward4241781953–1968
9Bobby JonesEng EnglandForward4211011956–1973
10Ian HollowayEng EnglandMidfielder397421981–1999
11Ray MabbuttEng EnglandMidfielder395271956–1969
12Jesse WhatleyEng EnglandGoalkeeper38601919–1930
13Vaughan JonesWal WalesDefender381121976–1993
14Frankie PrinceWal WalesMidfielder362221967–1980
15Lindsay ParsonsEng EnglandDefender36001963–1977
16David WilliamsWal WalesMidfielder352661975–1985
17Peter SampsonEng EnglandMidfielder34041948–1961
18Josser WatlingEng EnglandDefender323191947–1963
19Doug HillardEng EnglandDefender318121957–1968
20Phil BaterWal WalesDefender31031974–1986
21Peter HooperKen (1921-1963) KenyaForward2971011953–1962
22=Ian AlexanderSco ScotlandDefender29161986–1994
22=Stuart CampbellSco ScotlandMidfielder29132004–2011
24Jimmy HaydonEng EnglandDefender29051921–1931
25Geoff FoxEng EnglandDefender27621947–1955
Notes

a Nationality is defined as the country represented by a player at any level of international football, or their country of birth if they have never played internationally.

b The position where the player played the majority of their games. Simplified to Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder or Forward to allow for comparison between modern formations and the old 2–3–5 lineups.

c Appearances and goals in Southern League and Football League matches only.

d Period over which the player's appearances were made. This may have been split over two or more spells at the club.

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