Bristol Rovers FC Tour of Asia and Oceania 1974

Bristol Rovers played eight matches on their off season tour: four in Australia, three in New Zealand and one in Thailand. Prior to their tour, Bristol Rovers had finished second in the English Third Division, thus winning promotion to the Second Division.


NAME                            NATIONALITY   POSITION
Richard James 'Dick' Sheppard   ENG           GK
James 'Jim' Eadie               SCO           GK
Trevor Jacobs                   ENG           DF
Stuart Taylor                   ENG           DF
Peter Aitken                    WAL           DF
Frankie Prince                  WAL           DF
Lindsay Parsons                 ENG           DF
Mike Green (captain)            ENG           DF  
John Rudge                      ENG           MF
Tom Stanton                     SCO           MF
Ken Stephens                    ENG           FW
Alan Warboys                    ENG           FW
Bruce Bannister                 ENG           FW
Colin Dobson                    ENG           FW
David Albry Staniforth          ENG           FW
Gordon Fearnley                 ENG           FW
Don Megson (ENG, Team Manager)
Robert 'Bobby' Campbell (SCO, Club Coach)
Douglas Mearnes Milne (Chairman)
Graham Holmes (Director)
Peter Terry (Secretary)
William Cussens (Doctor)


DATE        LOCATION       RESULT                                                
 9- 5-1974  Brisbane       Queensland               1-2  Bristol Rovers
15- 5-1974  Sydney         New South Wales          0-3  Bristol Rovers
  - 5-1974                 Northern New South Wales 1-9  Bristol Rovers
19- 5-1974  Melbourne      Victoria                 2-1  Bristol Rovers
22- 5-1974  Christchurch   Canterbury               0-3  Bristol Rovers
25- 5-1974  Wellington     Wellington               0-4  Bristol Rovers
26- 5-1974  Auckland       Auckland                 0-2  Bristol Rovers 
30- 5-1974  Bangkok        Bangkok XI*              2-4  Bristol Rovers

* - Bangkok Post reported that the Bangkok XI "in fact consisted of the 
    national players".   

Known Details

For details of matches matches played in Australia, see Greg Stock's contributions
to the OzFootball website.

22/05/1974, Christchurch, English Park
CANTERBURY          0
BRISTOL ROVERS FC   3 (OG, Warboys, Bannister)
Canterbury:         Dando; Blyth, France, Griffiths, Park; Almond, Smith, Vest;
                    Mulgrew, Morton (Madrussan), Hardman. 
Bristol Rovers:     Shepherd; Jacobs, Taylor, Aitken, Prince; Rudge, Fearnley;
                    Stephens, Warboys (Staniforth), Bannister, Dobson.
Referee:            C Houston (Canterbury, New Zealand).

25/05/1974, Wellington, Basin Reserve
WELLINGTON          0
BRISTOL ROVERS FC   4 (Bannister 2, Fearnley, Stephens)
Wellington:         Flecknor; Malcolmson, Minshull (T Winter), G Winter, Tillotson; Barton,
                    Boyland, Brown (Smith); Welch, Richardson, Paddison.
Bristol Rovers:     Shepherd; Stanton, Taylor, Aitken, Green; Rudge, Prince; 
                    Stephens, Staniforth, Bannister, Fearnley.
Referee:            R Harries (Wellington).

26/05/1974, Auckland, Newmarket Park
AUCKLAND            0
BRISTOL ROVERS FC   2 (Warboys, Fearnley)
Auckland:           Jeram; Sibley, B Armstrong, Houghton, R Armstrong; Turner, Legg, Taylor;
                    Hope-Ede (Campbell), Thomas, de Graaf.
Bristol Rovers:     Shepherd; Jacobs, Taylor, Aitken, Prince; Rudge, Stanton; Stephens, Warboys, 
                    Bannister, Fearnley.

30/05/1974, Bangkok, National Stadium, 3300
BANGKOK XI          2 (Jesadaporn na Pattalung 33', Niwat Srisawat 57' pen)
BRISTOL ROVERS FC   4 (Alan Warboys 48', Bruce Bannister 59' 64' 79')
Bangkok XI:         Saravuth Patipakornchai (gk), Suchin Kasivat, Chumpol Reungroong,
                    Prairit Pangdee, Jesadaporn na Pattalung, Niwat Srisawat, [5 missing].
                    Coach: Narong Songkhasuvan.
Bristol Rovers FC:  Eadie, Jacobs, Parsons, Aitken, Taylor, Prince, Rudge, Staniforth, Warboys, 
                    Bannister, Stanton.
Note:               Bangkok Post reported that the Bangkok XI "in fact consisted of the 
                    national players". The match kicked-off at 6 pm.

About this document

Sources: [Smi 75], Greg Stock's contributions to OzFootball, "Bangkok Post"

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