As episode fifty-one of our regular video feature falls on an international weekend we are afforded something of a free rein when it comes to content. As I do not have any footage of Dean Shiels playing for Northern Ireland there is little topical and relevent to this past week at Rovers which I can use. And so instead it’s nostalgia time, thanks to a few brilliant film finds from VSC Forum poster Bentley Bullet.
British Pathe have been uploading much of their archive footage onto the web in recent years and thankfully that also means some fantastic old Rovers film as well. I’ve lamented before that owing to years spent in the lower leagues there is little historical film out there on the internet for Doncaster fans to enjoy in the same way that there is for many of the other clubs we now face. Thankfully, as the Pathe archives go way back and beyond our club’s most successful period (the 1950s) such film does now exist.
Personally I find this truly exciting as there are a hell of a lot of famous Rovers names from this era who I have never seen in anything other than black and white photo or caricature. The legendary Peter Doherty, Bert Tindill and goalkeeper Ken Hardwick who began his football as I did, on the Welfare fields at Rossington. All three feature in this week’s clip from the 1952 FA Cup, and though the result may not be to Rovers fans enjoyment the chance to finally see some of these great names in motion certainly is. The 5th round of the FA Cup is as far as Rovers have ever progressed in that competition, and it is from that stage that this week’s video comes; a 4-0 to Portsmouth at a full, and not all to disimilar to now, Fratton Park. “Who’s side is she on?”