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Lindsay Parsons (Bristol Rovers)


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b 20.3.1946 Barton Hill, Bristol d 12.4.2019 Bristol
5’ 9”; 11 st 7 lbs FB
Début: 18.4.64 v Notts County
Career: South Gloucester Boys; New Cheltenham; March 1961 Bristol Rovers (professional, 20.3.64) [354+6,0]; 30.7.77 Torquay United (£5,000) [56,0]; 29.9.79 Yate Town; October 1979 Cheltenham Town (free); December 1981 Taunton Town; 1982 Gloucester City (£2,000); 1983 Forest Green Rovers; 1983 Yate Town; 16.7.83 Bristol Rovers (schoolboy coach); 1988 Hanham Athletic; 1989 Frome Town; November 1990 Cheltenham Town (coach; caretaker manager, 23.1.92; manager, 2.5.92); 31.7.95 Gillingham (assistant manager); 6.7.99 Bristol City (assistant manager); 2002 Portsmouth (coach); 12.6.03 Stoke City (assistant manager); 7.10.05 Plymouth Argyle (assistant manager); 2007 Stoke City (coach, to 27.5.13).

Solid, dependable and consistent, if small for a full-back, Lindsay Parsons was the long-serving right-footed left-back in successive Rovers sides. From his League début in 1964, through the promotion campaign a decade later, to helping establish Rovers in second-tier football under Don Megson, Parsons was an apparently immovable figure in Rovers’ rear-guard. A Watney Cup winner with the club in 1972, he appeared in 56 first-class games for Rovers in 1971-72 and in 57 the following campaign, his run of 167 consecutive League appearances encompassing the 1971-72 and 1972-73 seasons. Hard-working and reliable, Parsons was in the Rovers side which recorded the celebrated 8-2 victory at Brian Clough’s Brighton in December 1973, was awarded a testimonial season in 1974-75 and captained the side through the 1976-77 campaign. At Old Trafford in 1972 it was Parsons’ cross which led to Bruce Bannister’s winning goal on an epic League Cup night; famed for his goal-line clearances, Parsons could be efficient at providing goals for others around him. However, that elusive League goal never came his way and he joins an exclusive band of outfield players, often left-backs, who have played in more than 400 League fixtures without once finding the net. He, in fact, claimed a goal against Cambridge United in the FA Cup in December 1971, although Bruce Bannister is always credited with the final, faint touch, and he did score for Torquay in a friendly. He also conceded an own goal after 84 minutes of a defeat at Crewe in August 1968, the fifth goal in a 6-1 defeat, and scored a classic headed own goal against Aston Villa. The son of William Parsons and Ivy Ford, Lindsay Parsons was spotted by Jackie Pitt when playing for New Cheltenham in the Church of England League and, on leaving Rovers, had to choose between former Rovers team-mates, playing under Johnny Petts at Northampton or Mike Green at Torquay. Having played in 72 Southern League matches with Cheltenham, Parsons was coaching there when they finished runners-up in that division three years in succession and a youth team product, Christer Warren, who later played for Rovers, was sold to Southampton for a then club record fee. He was a Southern League Cup winner with Gloucester against Wealdstone, made his Yate début in a 3-0 defeat at Newent Town in September 1979 and worked at Rolls Royce, as well as renovating houses with David Hurford, before serving under several clubs with Tony Pulis, culminating in an FA Cup Final appearance at Wembley with Stoke City in 2011. Married with three children, Lindsay Parsons lived in Downend.


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