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Last Updated: Friday, 18 March, 2005, 15:08 GMT
Bristol Rovers' cult heroes

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Ian Holloway has been voted Bristol Rovers' all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers.

Holloway won with 75% of the vote, ahead of fellow Rovers favourites Devon White and Alan Warboys.


Die-hard Gashead as player and manager.

Ian always gave 110% whether playing or managing, whether doing well or bad. Further, his after match comments which are now legendary, started at Bristol.
Nick Church, UK

Simply Bristol Rovers through and through.
Rob Baker, UK

He typified what Gasheads think 'being Gas' is all about - spirit, determination and not a bad player either. Hated losing, hated City - which was always going to endear to those of us who live on the right side of the river. As a manager he had Rovers playing by far the best football I have seen from a Rovers side in 30 years of watching. Admittedly slightly mad and will probably end up as one of those old blokes you see out jogging talking to themselves.
Rex Lowther

Ian Holloway is Bristol Rovers as much as Bristol Rovers is Ian Holloway. Here is a man that cannot detach himself from a club even when he no longer works for us. He is a cult hero because he has given Rovers more that what the fans can give them - loyalty, money, goals and belief.
Cheltenham Gas

I watched Ollie as a player-manager and he brought a belief back to the club and was the most passionate person I have ever seen at Bristol Rovers during my years watching. He was proud to manage and play for Bristol Rovers and made me and so many others proud to be a Gashead.
Martyn Werrett


Always a Fans' Favourite and scored twice in a memorable victory over the City to win promotion in 1990.Anon.

Showed just what can be achieved with hard work as he transformed himself from a laughing stock into a Premier League striker. Yes he relied on his physical presence but so what? Inspired enormous devotion from the Popular Side at Twerton Park. ALWAYS scored against City, who consistently underrated him.
Mike Jackson

Bruno epitomised Gerry Francis' 'Ragbag Rovers'. A team that ran and ran for one another. Big Devon never was the most skilful player BUT he terrorised opposition defences by his willingness to run and jump at them. The goals he created for Gary Penrice were legendary. Maybe the highest praise heaped on him was after he'd left the club and was playing against Rovers at Meadow Lane for Notts County. As he ran on goal, he shot and nearly hit the corner flag - a huge chant of "Bruno's still a Gashead" went up from the away fans. A true Gas hero!
Gerry Prewett

A true gas warrior. Massive heart, limited ability but created absolute carnage when in the box. Particularly loathed and feared by the lost souls from south of the river, and deliverer of two moments of extreme joy - the 3-0 against City in our championship year, and the first ever Gas goal at Wembley. Also the first black player to be truly accepted by Gasheads, making racism intolerable and unacceptable in the process. Awesome.
Rob Bayliss

He was big, awkward (central defenders hated him) and had very little skill. However, he could always get some part of his body onto the ball and direct it into the net. He also had the highest pitched voice for a 6ft-plus bloke you've ever heard.
Rob Bird


This man and Bruce Bannister, aka 'Smash and Grab', were one of, if not the, best strikeforce this club has ever seen. I have the utmost respect and passion for what he did for our club.
Aaron Watts

My favourite Rovers player of all time. Warboys would shoot from everywhere and if it didn't go in, Brucey was there to finish it off. Rovers' 8-2 capitulation of Brighton on Match of the Day epitomised the player. Bring back the 70s heyday.
Kevin Pratt

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