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On this day: September 4

4 September 2021

Only one Rovers player was born on this day.

In 1939 John Parry was born in Holywell in North Wales. He spent five years with Liverpool without appearing in the first team and was transferred to Rovers in September 1961. The full-back made his senior debut in a League Cup tie at Rochdale, which Rovers lost 0-4. It was a sign of things to come, and Parry was only on the winning side three times in 15 appearances. He left Rovers at the end of the 1961-62 season, and nothing is known of his further career.

Of those born around September 4, the most successful was Bert Turner. Born on September 3 1907 in Sheffield the winger played for five Football League clubs but enjoyed his best spell with Rovers between 1933 and 1937.

During season 1934-35 the left winger formed an excellent attacking partnership with centre-forward Reg Baines and right winger Stan Burton. Rovers won the Division Three (North) title and Bert scored 25 League goals, five of them coming in a 7-1 home win over New Brighton on February 16 1935. In 1937 he moved on to Cardiff City and then to Bristol Rovers and Bath City, the war bringing down the curtain on his career. He died in 1963, aged 56.

A recent player born around this date was goalkeeper Ben Smith, born in Newcastle on September 5 1986. Signed from Stockport County in August 2006 he went on to make 29 appearances over four seasons. Although first choice goalkeeper for a short time, he spent most of his Rovers career as deputy to Neil Sullivan. Ben joined Shrewsbury Town in July 2010 and later owned a bar in that town.

Rovers have played 14 Football League matches on this day with mixed results. Perhaps the best result came on September 4, 1946 when goals from Clarrie Jordan, Jackie Thompson (penalty) and Bert Tindill secured a 3-1 win over Chester at Sealand Road. It was one of 18 away wins for Rovers in the 1946-47 season, which is still a Football League record.

The last time Rovers played a League match on this day came in 2004 when goals from Nick Fenton, Michael McIndoe and Gregg Blundell helped Rovers to a 3-1 League One victory over Walsall.


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