This season Prostate Cancer UK is the official charity of The
Football League. To celebrate, we've asked bloggers from each of
the 72 clubs to count down their top five strikers to have worn the
No9 shirt, in recognition of the fact that prostate cancer
affects one in nine men.
Hail to the king: The one and only Rickie Lambert. Photo courtesy of Action Images
Here blogger Nathan Bees, of lifesagas-bristolrovers.blogspot.co.uk,
selects Bristol Rovers' five best No9s… and one to forget!
5. Junior Agogo (2003-06)
Junior was an enigmatic character who thrived on being the man we
relied upon to score goals. He was undeniably egotistical, but when
he was delivering finishes that won us games nobody cared. He had
the talent, and was capped by Ghana, but his inconsistency and
inability to stay fit prevented him from reaching any notable
4. Mark Walters (1999-2002)
I've glad that I've had the pleasure to watch 'Wally' don the blue
and white quarters; he always brought with him an air of
indisputable international class. We're famed for producing
talented strikers, but one-time England international Mark was an
example of a player who joined us in his twilight years to display
the sort of quality all clubs crave from a forward.
3. Peter Beadle (1995-98)
Beadle was the scorer of many big goals and the perfect partner to
up-and-coming forward Barry Hayles. He established himself as a
good, old-fashioned striker that Rovers fans grew to appreciate. He
scored a brace against Bristol City in 1996 before making the move
across Bristol to the red side at the turn of the century with less
success - happily for us Gasheads!
2. Devon White (1987-92)
Having drifted harmlessly into non-league football after his
initial flirtation with the professional game, Devon's career
appeared to be about to be peter out. But then Rovers manager Gerry
Francis resurrected his ambitions in 1987 and he never looked back.
He scored 53 goals in 202 appearances to cement his place as a
1. Rickie Lambert (2006-09)
'King Rickie' is a Rovers hero and now deservedly plays Premier
League football thanks to Southampton's promotion. He possesses the
strength of a bear but has a finesse about his play that Lionel
Messi would be proud of. He was predominantly a poacher, but scored
some outrageous goals - like nothing we've ever seen at the
Memorial Stadium. The boy's a bit special.
And the worst…
John Akinde (2010-11)
Although only ever a loanee (thankfully!), Akinde was an absolute
disaster in a Rovers shirt. We signed him from Bristol City and he
made 14 appearances, scored zero goals and failed to hit a shot on
target. It was a move that John, as well as us Gasheads, want to
forget - unfortunately we had to bear the scars of relegation as a
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