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15 October 2021

Match Previews


15 October 2021

The Bantams will be looking to make it back-to-back wins at the Utilita Energy Stadium this Saturday when they welcome Bristol Rovers in Sky Bet League Two.

The Gas have drawn only one game so far this season, winning four and losing six, while no side outside of the relegation zone has conceded more than the Pirates so far.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our 12th opponent of the season.


The Pirates utilised the transfer window heavily this summer, with the club letting go of 22 players and bringing in 17 fresh faces - including former Premier League midfielder Glenn Whelan.

INCOMINGS: Sam Finley (Fleetwood), Nick Anderton (Carlisle), Leon Clarke (Shrewsbury), Paul Coutts (Fleetwood), Harvey Saunders (Fleetwood), Junior Brown (Scunthorpe), Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley), Harry Anderson (Lincoln), Brett Pitman (Swindon), Antony Evans (SC Paderborn), Connor Taylor (Stoke, loan), Aaron Collins (Forest Green), Trevor Clarke (Rotherham), Luke Thomas (Barnsley, loan), James Belshaw (Harrogate), Sion Spence (Crystal Palace, loan), Glenn Whelan (free agent)

OUTGOINGS: Michael Kelly (Eastleigh), Ali Koiki (Northampton), Luke Leahy (Shrewsbury), James Daly (Stevenage), David Tutonda (Gillingham), Kyle Bennett (Telford United), Jordi van Stappershoef (AZ Alkmaar), Abu Ogogo (Southend), Mark Little (Yeovil), Josh Hare (Eastleigh), Tom Davies (Tranmere), Ed Upson (Newport), Max Ehmer (Gillingham), George Williams (Cambridge), Liam Armstrong (Gloucester), Ollie Hulbert (Hereford, loan), Jonah Ayunga (Morecambe), Jack Baldwin (Ross County), Brandon Hanlan (Wycombe), Benn Liddle (Queen of the South, loan), Josh Barrett (free agent), Alexis Andre (free agent)


Leon Clarke

Former Wolves and Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke joined the Pirates in summer and has scored once in two appearances. 

Clarke's move to Bristol Rovers was the 23rd of his career, and the 36-year-old still knows where the back of the net is - scoring the winner on his debut for the club against Crawley Town.

Paul Coutts 

Another summer signing, Coutts has spent the majority of his career at Championship level.

The 33-year-old is best known for a right foot which has earnt him plaudits for his range of passing and set-pieces.

Coutts joined the Gas to re-join former manager Joey Barton, and has made seven league appearances under him this season.

Brett Pitman 

Former Bournemouth man Pitman has made seven appearances for Bristol Rovers this season, netting once.

The frontman scored 101 goals for the Cherries across three appearances and joined the Pirates on a free transfer from Swindon, after scoring 11 goals in 37 appearances.


Paul Coutts captains the Gas despite only joining the club this summer.

Following the departure of former captains Max Ehmer and Luke Leahy, new manager Joey Barton had to elect his on-field leader at the start of the season.

The veteran midfielder’s previous experience with manager Barton accelerated his seniority in the squad and he now captains his new side.


Former Newcastle, Manchester City and QPR midfielder Joey Barton is the man in charge at the Memorial Stadium.

Barton took the managerial post at the Gas in February this year, with the side languishing in the relegation zone of Sky Bet League One.


Bristol Rovers 3 (Antony Evans 35’, Sam Nicholson 86’, Harvey Saunders 90+4’)

Carlisle 0

BRISTOL ROVERS: James Belshaw; Luca Hoole, Connor Taylor, Junior Brown (Nick Anderton 37’), Cian Harries (booked 23’); Harvey Saunders (booked 76’), Antony Evans, Harry Anderson (Luke Thomas 68’), Glenn Whelan (booked 90’); Paul Coutts © , Aaron Collins (Sam Nicholson 78’) SUBS (not used): Zain Westbrooke, Pablo Martinez, Jed Ward, Brett Pitman



City Wins: 5

Draws: 8

Bristol Rovers Wins:  15

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