Here, we look at what happened next for every player that made an appearance in the memorable 2007/08 season. Part two will follow soon.
5. Lewis Guy
2007/08 appearances: 35. The forward earned his place in Rovers folklore by scoring their first goal in the second tier for more than 50 years, but struggled for regular appearances over the first two Championship seasons, ending with more than 160 in total for the club. Guy had loan spells with Oldham and Hartlepool before joining MK Dons permanently in the summer of 2010. He moved to Scotland with St Mirren in 2012, returning to England with Carlisle before dropping into non-league with Gateshead, Barrow and Chorley. He ended his career back in Scotland with League Two side Annan Athletic.
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6. James Hayter
2007/08 appearances: 39. The goalscoring hero of the play-off final remained with Rovers through their four year Championship run, adapting into a deeper role following the arrival of Billy Sharp. He made more than 170 appearances before leaving in the summer of 2012. He then joined Yeovil Town, earning promotion via the play-offs in 2013 with the Glovers alongside League One champions Rovers. He remained with Yeovil until 2015 before dropping into non-league. He retired in 2018.
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7. Paul Heffernan
2007/08 appearances: 30. The Irish forward looked to be on his way out of Rovers following promotion to the Championship but fought his way back into the side and scored ten goals in the 08/09 season. He was a bit part player the following season and had loan spells with Oldham and Bristol Rovers before being released in the summer of 2010. He joined Sheffield Wednesday and became a popular player despite struggling for regular appearances. Heffernan then switched to Kilmarnock, reaching the Scottish Cup final. He remained in Scotland for the rest of his career, with spells at Hibernian, Dundee, Queen of the South and Dumbarton.
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8. Sam Hird
2007/08 appearances: 7. The defender's Rovers career was only beginning in the 07/08 season but he put himself firmly in the hearts of supporters with a brilliant performance in the play-off final against Leeds - his former club. He forged a strong partnership with Matt Mills in the Championship and remained with the club until the summer of 2012, by which time he had made more than 160 appearances. He then joined Chesterfield for a six year spell which brought him more than 230 appearances and plenty of success during a boom period for the club. After a spell with Alfreton, he joined National League leaders Barrow in January 2019 where he remains currently.
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