Michael McIndoe

Joined Rovers in the summer of 2003 as the club were preparing for life back in the Football League.  McIndoe had also spent the previous year in the Conference, playing a starring role in winning the championship with Yeovil, so Rovers manager Dave Penney had seen at first-hand what he was getting as the club paid out £50,000 for the Scottish winger.

McIndoe was an instant success, playing a hugely important role in the team that went on the win the third division that year, and was selected for the PFA Division three team of the year.   He finished second in the clubs goal scoring chart for the season – from midfield, a feat which he replicated the following season in league one.

His talents were placed in the national spotlight during the clubs Carling Cup run in 2005, during which he was the sides talisman, scoring crucial goals against Premier League giants Manchester City, Aston Villa and Arsenal on the clubs unlikely run to the quarter finals.

McIndoe was included in the Scotland ‘B’ squad and was once again selected in the divisional team of the year; such was the impact he had at Belle Vue.

He ultimately left the club because of his desire to play at a higher level, going on loan to Derby County before then signing for then newly promoted Barnsley in the Championship for a fee reported to be £125,000.  Subsequent moves to Wolves, Bristol City and Coventry City followed, each for a sizable fee.

McIndoe was a superb goal scoring winger during his time at Belle Vue, his pace and natural ability made him a handful for any defence and he always seemed to deliver a quality end product, he was one of those players who could produce something out of nothing and turn a game in the blink of an eye, as he did on so many occasions.  The huge impact he had on the team throughout his stay with the club meant he was always a favourite with the fans, but also he was never shy of doing the hard work, tracking back when required and working hard for the team, attributes which went a long way to ensuring the status he gained within the club. 

He made 122 league appearances for the Rovers, scoring 28 goals and in total he turned out 142 times for the club and managed 35 goals during his Rovers career.

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