The Johnstone's Paint Trophy and promotion omens are looking good for Bristol Rovers, says captain Stuart Campbell as the npower League 1 Pirates prepare to visit League 2 Wycombe Wanderers in the Trophy's Southern Section quarter-final.

Long-serving winger Campbell was a member of the Rovers team that reached the 2007 Trophy Final, in which they lost 3-2 after extra time of a tremendous game against Doncaster Rovers at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

At the end of the same season Campbell and Co. were at Wembley for the League 2 Play-Off Final, this time coming out on top as they defeated Shrewsbury Town in another excellent advertisement for The Football League's lower divisions.

Former Leicester City and Grimsby Town player Campbell, who left the Mariners to join the Pirates in the 2004 close season, told "The similarities between this season and 2006/07 are uncanny.

"We won at Wycombe in the Trophy at about the same time as this (it was 31st October 2006), and we were also in a very similar position in the League 2 table to the one we're in now in League 1.

"The Trophy definitely kick-started our season in 06/07. The longer we went on in the Trophy the greater the interest we got from our supporters and stronger we seemed to get in the League.

"We beat Bristol City over two legs in the Area Final, which was brilliant for the fans, and although we then lost in the Final everyone enjoyed the day out in Cardiff and we eventually had the best possible consolation when we won the Play-Off Final."

Since their 2007 promotion Rovers have fared pretty well in League 1, following a 16th-place finish in their first season with 11th place in each of the last two campaigns - last term after being in sight of the Play-Offs for much of the closing stages.

As they head into their Trophy tie at Adams Park they are lying 12th in the table, one position higher than they were in the corresponding week of the 2006/07 League 2 season, so as Campbell says the similarities are uncanny.

"Getting to two Finals again would be fantastic," said the 32-year-old winger, but right now we can't think any further than the Trophy game at Wycombe. They're on a good run at the moment and looking a decent side, so it's going to be very tough."

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