Mehew, David

Birth Date

29th October 1967


Camberley, Surrey



Biographical Text

David Mehew, who made over 220 league appearances for Bristol Rovers, played seven league matches on loan for the Grecians in 1994 towards the end of his time as a Gashead. Having started at Leeds, he finished his professional career at Walsall before continuing in non-league football in the Bristol area.

David joined Leeds United as a trainee in 1984 having represented England at under-16 level. Leaving Leeds as a seventeen-year-old, he was given an opportunity with Bristol Rovers and never looked back as he made 222 league appearances (63 goals) over a nine-year period.  

Still only aged twenty-six, but facing an uncertain future with the Bristol club, David arrived on loan at St James’ Park towards the end of the 1993/94 campaign and made his debut against Brighton and Hove Albion on 26 March 1994. Joining the club as it faced an end-of-season fixture backlog, David started five games - and twice appeared as a substitute - during his brief stay with the Grecians. 

Subsequently released by Bristol Rovers, David played a dozen or so league games for Walsall in 1994/95 before embarking on a non-league career at what was still a relatively young age. Starting with Yate Town, and always based in Bristol, David appeared for Bath City (at least two spells), Farnborough Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Forest Green Rovers (including a FA Trophy final appearance), Clevedon Town, Paulton Rovers, Brislington, Weston-Super-Mare, Bitton, Bristol Manor Farm and Gloucester City where he was to become manager between 2008 and 2014.

With two sons - Olly and Tom - now progressing through the Bristol Rovers academy before playing semi-professional football themselves - David later worked as manager of Mangotsfield United.



Appearances as Substitute




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