Links against clubs we play next season
Rovers have links with every Conference club, though it has to be said that some of them are somewhat tenuous!
In part three of this brief look at the teams we will face in the season ahead, we move from Halifax to Southport.
Our last competitive game against Halifax Town (now FC Halifax) was on 9th February 2002 when goals from Sergio Ommel and Nathan Ellington gave Rovers a 2-0 win.
Among players to have appeared for both clubs are Tim Carter and David Staniforth.
Whilst we did meet in Southern league fixtures, we have played Kidderminster Harriers on nine occasions in competitive fixtures in the modern era, the last time being in February 2005 when we played out
a 1-1 draw at Aggborough.
Chris Beardsley, who spent much of last season here at the Memorial Stadium lined up against us that day.
However the best known player to have appeared for both clubs is probably popular defender Craig Hinton.
Lincoln City are a side we have met on a number of occasions (42 by our reckoning!) with the most recent being the play off final second leg at Sincil Bank in May 2007.
Players who have turned out for both clubs include Jeff Hughes and Devon White.
The last time we met Macclesfield Town was on 3rd March 2012 when we played out a goalless draw at the Memorial Stadium.
Players to have played for both clubs include Rickie Lambert and Carl Regan.
We may not have played against Nuneaton Town in the past, but the aforementioned Craig Hinton has played for both clubs.
In addition former Rovers strikers Julian Alsop and Andy Rammell were born in Nuneaton (another tenuous connection!).
You have to go back to 5th April 1974 to find the last time we played Southport in a competitive fixture, when we lost 0-1 to an Andrew Provan goal.
Frank Curran and Matt O'Mahoney are on a list of eight players to have appeared for both clubs.
Many thanks to Stephen Byrne for his help in compiling this article; a full list of Conference connections will be included in next season’s matchday programme ‘The Pirate’.