By Jimi BrockBristol Rovers 1-0 Swansea City
On the 7th of April 2001 Bristol Rovers played and beat now Premier League side Swansea City 1-0 at the Memorial Stadium.
Lewis Hogg’s goal for Rovers came early in the first half and was enough to ensure that fellow strugglers Swansea City stayed below them in the table.
Rovers took the lead after eight minutes after Rovers striker Nathan Ellington set up Hogg after a storming run. Ellington again fashioned a chance but hit is volley wide in the 56th minute to keep the game as a nervy affair.
Both sides battled it out on a very soft and boggy styled Memorial pitch but the Gas held on to claim three precious points at the bottom end of the table.
Notable players for the gas that day included Vitālijs Astafjevs who made 108 appearances for Rovers and is the most internationally capped player to ever play for rovers after making 167 appearances for Latvia.
Also making an appearance that day was Nathan Ellington who played 116 times for Rovers netting 35 goals before moving on to Wigan Athletic for a record fee at the time of £1.2 million.
Bristol Rovers: Culkin, Thomson, Foster, Jones, Challis, Pethick, Wilson, Hogg, Astafjevs, Ellington, Lee.
Subs: O’Reilly, Andreasson, Gall, Foran, Owusu.
Swansea: Freestone, Howard, Bound, Todd, Price, Fabiano, Cusack, Phillips, Jenkins, Savarese, Watkin.
Subs: Jason Jones, Roberts, Lacey, Romo, Boyd.