As you will have no doubt read on this site and others, Rovers will be going green at their next home game. When Doncaster take the field against Crystal Palace next Saturday they will do so in a one off green and white hooped kit to generate awareness (and money through a subsequent auction) of the Childrens’ Charity NSPCC.
A welcome and appreciated move all round you would think. Give over, we’re Yorkshire folk don’t forget, this is just an excellent opportunity for a good moan. As such one of Rovers’ popular fans’ forums has been plagued by posts complaining about the decision, with some unecessarily lofty arguments citing the kit colours links to secteriansim and even more ridiculously, the IRA.
There’s nowt as queer as folk, but for all the ‘Rovers play in red’ arguments being tabled on other forums there remains one aspect that a lot of people are forgetting. Namely that I have always understood Rovers traditional away colours to be green and white. Indeed the club has worn a green away kit as recently as the 2002-03 season, a kit that was incidently chosen by a fans’ vote.
For this week’s Viva Video we have managed to dig out footage of Rovers playing in green. Its from an FA Cup 2nd round tie at Grimsby in 1989, a match for which, as this clip suggests, Rovers were very much on the back foot. Anyway, the key thing is that Donny are in green and it doesn’t look as criminal as some folk would have you believe.
Over to Blundell Park we go and listen out for some fantastic commentary hyperbole… “you will not see a ball better hit than that anywhere”… allegedly.