Apart from Mark McCammon’s impressive feats for Barbados, and Alan Blayney’s (remember him?) solitary Northern Ireland cap Viva Rovers has not had to trouble itself with the reporting of international matches. Until now that is; with not one, but, count them, an unprecedented three Rovers players on international duty this week.
Admittedly one of those is only with Rovers on loan, but we’ll forgive that for now and revel in the fact that Stuart Elliott featured for Northern Ireland in their convincing 4-1 win over Georgia at Windsor Park. Although having only started for Rovers once since his arrival on transfer deadline day Elliott was included in the starting eleven for his country on Wednesday; playing on the left of Nigel Worthington’s four-man midfield.
Its been seventy years since a Doncaster Rovers player last played for Wales; Eddie Perry is in fact Rovers only ever Welsh international by virtue of his three caps in 1938. On Wednesday two of Rovers current crop had a chance to emulate Eddie’s achievement with Brain Stock and Stephen Roberts both in John Toshack’s squad for the trip to Luxembourg. Both were named on the bench, and sadly both were still there at full time as the only two unused substitutes in Wales 2-0 win. Hopefully they’ll get another chance before 2078.