By Lucas SwainOn This Day is a new feature to the website where we look back at previous Rovers matches that have taken place on specific dates with today's date being interesting back in 2005.
Thanks to an 80th minute free-kick from Chris Carruthers, which turned out to be his only goal for the club, Bristol Rovers beat 2nd placed Grimsby Town 1-0 at Blundell Park back in 2005.
Rovers headed to Grimsby on a three match unbeaten run, but little return was to be expected when they travelled north. Grimsby had started the first half of the 2005/06 season exceptionally well, placing them just 4 points off League 2 front-runners Wycombe Wanderers.
One player this fixture was particularly special for was soon-to-be Bristol Rovers captain Stuart Campbell, who spent three years before his arrival at the Memorial Stadium in Grimsby.
Looking back on the teams now, two players have since swapped sides and now bear the colours of the opposition from that day in 2005.
Steve Mildenhall, playing for Grimsby for just one season, was the Mariners’ number one goalkeeper throughout the 2005-06 aiming to help the club bounce back to League 1 at the first time of asking. However, the club fell short and eventually lost in the play-offs, shortly after then-manager Russell Slade departed Grimsby for Yeovil and decided to take Mildenhall, plus another player with ties to Rovers – Jean-Paul Kalala – with him.
Gone in the opposite direction is Craig Disley, who is swiftly approaching 150 league appearances for Grimsby since his arrival in 2011. Disley is enjoying a successful spell at Grimsby where he scored in both legs of the Vanarama Conference Play-Offs just last season. It’s likely the 33-year-old to see out his playing days with the Mariners.
Bristol Rovers: Scott Shearer; Chris Carruthers, Steve Elliott, Craig Hinton, Aaron Lescott; Stuart Campbell, Craig Disley, Ally Gibb, James Hunt; Junior Agogo, Richard Walker.
Grimsby: Steven Mildenhall; Justin Whittle, Rob Jones, Gary Croft, Tom Newey; Ciaran Toner, Paul Bolland, Gary Jones; Gary Cohen, Andy Parkinson, Michael Reddy.