As Viva Rovers has been rendered out of action for much of this week owing to an unpaid internet bill I thought I would make it up to you within our latest instalment of Viva Video. So, you lucky people can waste time in the office with not just one, but two videos this week. One from this season for the Rovers fans amongst you, and another retro classic that will be particularly enjoyed by Derby County fans.
We’ll start with the current season, and in particular the opening day of it when Doncaster Rovers and Derby County last came together. It was of course Rovers first match at this level in fifty years and so a considerable Rovers contingent made the trip to Pride Park. My initial instinct this week was to flag up the video of Paul Merson waxing lyrical about Rovers’ play on that week’s Soccer Saturday, but instead I’ve come back to the fans.
I’m not normally a fan of mobile phone footage on the internet, and I’m pretty sure I’m yet to use any in this section as a result. The picture is often hazy, the sound of terrible quality so that the moment is lost. However, this clip encapsulates the atmosphere of that day perfectly. It captured not only the goal, but that great sound you get as the pall hits the net for your team; the build of anticipation, a brief second of silence as the ball hits the net and then fantastic noise as the goal is celebrated. So for those of you who were in the Rovers end at Pride Park; Brace yourself for some goosepimples.
Our recent trips down memory lane in this feature have met with positive feedback, so here’s another video for the nostalgia fans amongst you. One of the positives of Derby County enjoying much success in the early 1970s is that there remains a lot of footage on the internet from that time. It was a hard choice to pick a game to show you, but I was eventually swayed by some iconic Barry Davies commentary. Also worth noting are, typically, the state of the pitch, and also how few of those playing look much like professional athletes.
Its Derby County against Manchester City. Over to you, John Motson.