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Vote for your standout player of the 1930s

9 December 2019

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Rovers fans have voted for their hall of fame nominee of the 1920s and – with the result of that vote due to be announced at our match on December 21 – we now move on to the 1930s.

Club historian John Coyle has shortlisted the four standout players from the 1930s and you can read all about them below.

Voting closes at 1pm on Friday December 13.

Stan Burton

Wombwell-born Stan joined Rovers in 1932 and soon established himself as a crowd favourite. A tricky winger with an eye for goal, his mazy runs earned him the nickname “Dizzy” and he certainly left many opposing defenders feeling that way. He was part of the Rovers team that won the Division Three (North) title in 1934-35. In all he scored 54 goals in 207 senior appearances before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1938, going on to earn a FA Cup runners-up medal in 1939. His achievements are even more remarkable when it is considered that he was deaf.

 

Fred Emery

After joining Rovers in 1924, Fred went on to become one of Rovers’ longest serving players. He made 417 Football League appearances for the club in a career that spanned 12 seasons, a club record only beaten by James Coppinger. Overall, he played 438 games for Rovers and stands behind only Coppinger and Colin Douglas for total appearances. The scorer of 31 goals, many from the penalty spot, Fred helped Rovers to their first divisional title in 1934-35 as club captain and later served as manager from 1936 to 1940.

 

Bert Turner

In the mid-1930s Rovers boasted a formidable pair of wingers, with Stan Burton on one flank and Sheffield-born Bert Turner on the other. Bert joined Rovers from Walsall in 1933 and his 25 League goals were a key factor in Rovers’ 1934-35 Division Three (North) championship season. In February 1935 he scored five goals in a 7-1 home win over New Brighton. In all he scored an impressive 53 goals in 122 senior appearances before moving to Cardiff City in 1936.

 

Ronnie Dodd

Hailing from the North East, Ronnie Dodd made a huge impression in his debut season, 1933-34. The bustling centre-forward scored 24 goals in 34 League games and the following season he helped Rovers to the Third Division (North) title. Injuries restricted his Rovers career after that before he moved to Walsall in 1937. However his record stands at an impressive 39 goals in 70 games. Sadly his football career was ended by serious injuries sustained in the Second World War.

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