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Rover of the Day: Archie Irvine

25 June 2020

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Archie Irvine born June 25, 1946

Archie began his career in his native Scotland, playing for Airdrieonians, before moving south to join Sheffield Wednesday in September 1968.

In December of the following year he moved to Rovers, along with Ian Branfoot, in a deal that saw Harold Wilcockson join the Hillsborough club. A fiery, combative midfielder, Archie did not always see eye to eye with referees but became a fans’ favourite, winning the Supporters’ Player of the Year in successive seasons.

In 1973-74 he played in Rovers’ 2-2 FA Cup draw against Liverpool at Anfield as well as the replay, which Rovers lost. He was appointed Rovers captain but after six seasons, left in July 1975 to join Scunthorpe United where a played for a further season.

His record for Rovers was 247 appearances and 19 goals.


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