By Lucas SwainRickie Lambert – Liverpool
Undoubtedly the most talented player to bear the famous blue and white quarters in the last ten years. Lambert, who has since gone on to score over 100 goals for Southampton, appear in a World Cup, and score in the Champions League, played for Rovers for 3 years, guiding them to promotion via the League 2 play-offs in 2007.
After leaving Rovers for £1,000,000, Lambert’s career continued progressing as he passed any challenge that was brought his way. Achieving promotion with Southampton out of League 1 and the Championship, Lambert took to the Premier League very well, which eventually brought him to the club he supported as a child, Liverpool.
Liverpool evoked interest in Lambert in the summer of 2014 as a mass exodus was ongoing in the south coast. Lambert initiated a raid of Southampton as Liverpool signed not only himself but also Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.
Darryl Duffy – Salgaocar FC (India)
The award for the most travelled ex-Bristol Rovers player certainly lands with Darryl Duffy, who is currently plying his trade in India!
Recently India has seen the introduction of the Indian Super League, where big-name, World Cup winners such as Alessandro Del Piero, Alessandro Nesta and many others are partaking in a 3-month league which attempts to improve popularity of football in India.
Duffy is currently playing in the I-League, which is the normal domestic league. Last season, Salgaocar, based in the city of Goa, finished 3rd in the table with Duffy scoring 14 goals in 24 appearances.
Considering the Scotsman used to partner Lambert up front for Rovers, it’s quite a contrast to the life the English international is currently living.
Rógvi Baldvinsson – Ålgård (Norway)
You’ve definitely passed the Bristol Rovers memory test if you can remember Baldvinsson, as he was only at the club for two weeks!
Signed from Ålgård in 2012, Baldvinsson was acquired during Mark Mcghee’s tenure at the club, but he didn’t last very long. Appearing in nothing but pre-season friendlies, the Faroe Islands international returned to Norway after announcing on his Twitter page he was leaving for personal reasons.
Whilst the Faroe Islands aren’t one of the most successful UEFA nations, it’s was another player Bristol Rovers can add to the list of internationals who have played for the club – he also scored against Sweden, a game in which Zlatan Ibrahimovic also scored.