Rovers vs Pats - H2H
In this week's H2H we take inspiration from our forthcoming 'Back to the 70s' night which takes place in conjunction with Friday night's game with St Patrick's Athletic.
Pat's 0-1 Rovers
Bass League Championship - Richmond Park
The first game from that famous league winning season we focus on is the Bit O'Red's 1-0 win over the Saints at Richmond Park on February 20th 1977.
Rovers were under pressure for the points as they battled it out with Bohs, Drogheda and Waterford at the top of the Bass League of Ireland table. The game was decided as early as the first minute when Rovers took the lead albeit in fortunate circumstances. Mick Leonard finding Gary Hulmes whose effort took a touch off Pat's defender Phil Paisley before drifting past goalkeeper Mick O'Brien for the only goal of the game.
The win saw Rovers keep up the pace ahead of a tough run in. League honours were eventually wrapped up on the final day with a famous win over Shamrock Rovers at the Showgrounds two months later.
Rovers 2-1 Pat's
League Cup - The Showgrounds
Also from that famous campaign is Rovers' League Cup win over the Saints which took place early on that season. The Bit O'Red had already recorded wins over Galway Rovers and Athlone Town in the same competition.
Paul 'Ski' McGee and Michael Betts were on target for Billy Sinclair's men against a strong Pat's team as the Bit O'Red secured a 2-1 win on September 26th 1976. Matt Byrne scoring the consolation goal for the Inchicore men. Rovers progressed to the final where they were beaten by Shamrock Rovers.
Rovers 1-0 Pat's
Premier Division - The Showgrounds
A second-half Raffaele Cretaro goal inflicted a fourth consecutive league defeat on Liam Buckley's St Patrick's Athletic on July 9th 2016. The Saints looked the better side during the first-half, but Rovers turned the game around and Cretaro's second half strike was enough to secure the win for the Bit O'Red.
The three points saw Dave Robertson's team move level with both the Saints and Galway as Rovers finished the 2016 season in fifth place.
Played for both
Now in his second stint at the Showgrounds, John is one of the most established players in both Dave Robertson's system and in the League of Ireland. The Galway man initially signed for Rovers in 2010, winning the EA Sports Cup and FAI Cup twice in his first stint in Sligo.
Russell signed on at Inchicore ahead of Rovers' 2012 league winning season but went on to claim a league medal for himself the following year when Liam Buckley led Pat's to the title. John returned to Rovers in 2014, the same year as the club won the Setanta Sports Cup. The last team to ever do so.
John has to date made 156 appearances for Rovers, scoring 17 times.
The most decorated player in the history of Sligo Rovers, Gavin signed for the club in 2006 ahead of our first season back in the Premier Division following promotion the season previous. 'Peersy' is the sixth most capped player in Rovers' history with 346 appearances for the club over eleven seasons.
During his time in the west, Gavin accumulated one league title, three FAI Cups, one League Cup and one Setanta Sports Cup honour.
Peers returns to the Showgrounds on Friday for the first time following his move to Pat's in pre-season.
Greene spent two spells with Rovers. His first was in 2011 when he joined from Bohs. Aaron was part of the team which secured Rovers' fourth FAI Cup at the Aviva Stadium with a penalty shoot-out win over Shelbourne. He moved on to Shamrock Rovers the following year, missing out on Rovers' league success.
However he returned to the Showgrounds under Ian Baraclough in 2013, winning the Setanta Sports Cup in 2014 with a 1-0 win over Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium.
Aaron was signed by Pat's mid-way through the 2014 season. He has since lined out for Limerick and currently plys his trade at Bray Wanderers.