Three relegations, three promotions and three Wembley trips, it’s safe to say that Bristol Rovers have enjoyed some ups and downs since the turn of the millennium.
During the last 20 years, the Gas have had an inability to consistently remain in the same division, as the club have had spells in League One, League Two and the Conference National.
Despite that, the club have also had their share of success, more so in recent times, with back-to-back promotions in 2015 and 2016, as they look to establish themselves in the third tier for the fourth consecutive campaign.
From legends like Rickie Lambert and Richard Walker to the current stars in Jonson Clarke-Harris, Bristol Rovers have overseen a host of quality players in recent times, and in a new series, we take a look at the best Gas XI to play for the club since the turn of the millennium.
We start with the goalkeepers as we look at the FOUR contenders to make it into our side…
Phillips is one of the few players to move across rival lines in Bristol, as he joined Bristol Rovers from Bristol City in 2006. He took over the Number 1 jersey from Scott Shearer.
He has an excellent first season with the Gas in 2006-07, winning the Football League’s Golden Glove after keeping the most clean sheets. Rovers achieved promotion to League One that campaign, defeating Shrewsbury Town 3-1 in the play-off final at Wembley.
In total, Phillips made over 130 appearances for the Gas over four seasons.
Mildenhall made over 150 appearances for Bristol Rovers in a four-year spell at the club between 2013 and 2017 and is considered on of the best recent Gas stoppers, keeping 48 clean sheets during his time at the club, according to transfermarkt.
He first joined the Gas on loan from Millwall at the start of 2013, and went on to appear in all but one of Bristol Rovers’ remaining games that season, keeping a total of seven clean sheets in the process.
The move was made permanent in May 2013, and in that time, Mildenhall helped Rovers on their way to two consecutive promotions.
When Mildenhall retired at the end of the 2016/17 season, he went on to become a goalkeeping coach at the club, and is now at Swindon Town in a similar capacity.
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The 31-year-old Danish stopper, who currently plays for FC Midtjylland, had a spell on loan at Bristol Rovers between 2009 and 2011, and proved to be a great addition for the side.
Signed on loan from Reading for one and a half seasons, he had an excellent first campaign with Rovers, as he finished third in the league’s player of the season competition.
In total, he made 61 appearances for Rovers in League One for the Gas.
The 25-year-old has regularly between the sticks this season at QPR, where he has come through the academy. Prior to that, Lumley was sent out on a number of loan spells to aid his development, with Rovers being one of them for the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.
In total, Lumley kept 8 clean sheets in 19 appearances for the Gas, conceding just 23 goals in the process.
Lumley’s showings during his time at the Memorial Stadium helped the side achieve a 10th place finish in their first season back in League One in over five years.
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