Rovers go under the spotlight this week with local TV companies and other forms of media descending on Silver Street as the build-up to the big FA Cup tie on Saturday continues. The meeting with GOSPORT BOROUGH (3pm) is going to be 27th FA Cup for Rovers. With the Hampshire visitors also having never reached the 1st Round proper it’s opportunity knocks for one of thee teams to make history. Rovers are of course the lowest ranked side left in the FA Cup this season. So what about that Rovers historical record in the FA Cup – well here it is:
Season 2002/03: Our first experience of the FA Cup and an early exit as we went out in the Extra preliminary Round, beaten 3-0 by Christchurch in a game played at Wimborne Town Football Club.
Season 2003/04: Another early exit as we went out at the first time of asking, beaten in the Preliminary Round 5-0 at Cornish side St Blazey.
Season 2004/05: A third year on the spin and an exit at the first time of asking as we staged the first ever Silver Street FA Cup tie, losing 4-1 to St Blazey.
Season 2005/06: A fourth successive early exit as we went out at the first time of asking beaten here 1-0 by Hamworthy of the Wessex League.
SEASON 2006/07: At last, and indeed, at the fifth time of asking Rovers won an FA Cup. That historic first ever win in the competition came at Chard Town in the preliminary Round played on September 2nd 2005 as we won 4-0. In the 1st Qualifying Round we then entertained Tavistock and beat them 4-0 before going out in the 2nd Qualifying Round, beaten 3-1 at Clevedon Town.
Season 2007/08: September 1st and a preliminary Round game saw us once again out at the first tie of asking and beaten, for the second time in three years in the FA Cup, by Hamworthy United. We were 2-0 down at half-time, then 3-0 down. James Ansell was sent off after getting a second yellow card but David Steele (75) and Danny Jee (85) then set up a grandstand finish but the visitors held on to win.
Season 2008/09: We began with an Extra Preliminary Round game here at home to Wadebridge that we won 6-0. Such was our dominance that, on a wet day, keeper Brian Cann’s cocks were percil white after 75 minutes! Danny Baily lobbed us ahead before the break and we went nap in the second half with Baily going on to bag a hat-trick, sub Luke Skinner scored a cracker and the other goals came from new signing Alexis Piper and a bullet header from Sam Croft. We went out in the next round though, beaten 2-1 at Poole Town where Danny Baily had out us ahead but, after the hosts leveled, Russell Jee was sent off for dissent and we went on to lose.
Season 2009/10: Prior to this season’s run this was our best run in the FA Cup to date and began with a an Extra Preliminary Round 2-2 draw at home to Street with our goals scored by Dean Stamp and David Steele, the latter netting in the final five minutes. The midweek replay at Street was settled by George Rogers in the final minute to seal a 1-0 win. We then faced Falmouth Town and, after drawing 1-1 in Cornwall thanks to a Dean Stamp penalty, we won the replay 2-1 thanks to goals from David Steele and another from Stamp. Next up a 1st Qualifying Round tie here against Poole Town that we won 1-0 thanks to a 2nd half penalty from Russell Jee. That’s where it ended though as we lost 5-0 at home to Bath City on September 26th in front of a big crowd.
Season 2010/11. The FA Cup run began on Saturday August 14 with a 2-0 home win over Western League new boys Merthyr Town who were beaten thanks to goals from Dean Stamp and Ben Mammola.
Season 2011/12. The cup run began, and ended, at the first time of asking as Rovers lost 1-0 at home to Barnstaple Town who scored an 88th minute winner.
Season 2012/13. For the second successive year the Rovers FA Cup run was over at the first time of asking as a trip to Larkhall Athletic ended in a 2-1 defeat though there was a first senior goal for 17-year-old striker Josh Luxon
SEASON 2013/14: For the third year running out at the first time of asking and for the second successive year, beaten by LARKHALL ATHLETIC – this time 4-0 at Silver Street.
SEASON 2014-15; The FA Cup run began with an August 16 3-1 win here over RADSTOCK with LEE DURHAM (2) and DEAN STAMP the scorers. Two weeks later and goals from JASON KENNARD and player-manager SCOTT ROGERS saw Rovers to a 2-0 win at ODD DOWN. Next up a September 13 2-1 win here at Silver Street over SALTASH UNITED with AIDEN MOYLE and DAVID STEELE the scorers. Next up a 0-0 at BLACKFIELDS & LANGLEY who were then beaten 1-0 thanks to a LUKE ALDEN goal. A fortnight ago we were in action here at Silver Street again beating Isthmian League AVELEY 3-2 with goals by TOM BATH (2) and JAMES BLAKE.
Record prior to October 25, 2014 PLAYED 26 Won 11 Drawn 3 Lost 12 Scored 37 Conceded 44