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Celebrity Fan Club; #9 Dr Seuss

Come on, stick with it. We can get this feature through to Christmas. We can do it. Believe me its no more fun for me to write these as it is for you to read them, but we will get through this. OK, so enough excuses its time for episode number 9 in our much loved romp through Rovers’ Celebrity followers. This week we are returning stateside for another very famous Rovers fan, none other than celebrated writer and cartoonist Dr Seuss.

Yes, as can be seen quite clearly by his most famous character ‘The Cat in the Hat’ Dr. Seuss was indeed a huge fan of all things Doncaster Rovers. So ardent was his support for Donny that he made sure he could show his true colours to a worldwide audience by incorporating them into the hat of his central character. Despite numerous attempts at Court Jester styled novelty hat spin-offs the fact remains that no-one wears a novelty Rovers hat like the cat.

Rumour has it that Dr. Seuss became hooked on all things Rovers thanks to the influence of one of his fellow students at medical school, the infamous Dr. Erskine. Indeed Seuss’ would have followed up his new found fanaticism by sponsoring some of the Rovers squad had Erskine not already taken up all available sponsorship packages. Instead Seuss had to make do with referencing the club throughout his future work.

Doncaster Rovers themes are evident in much of Dr Seuss’ work, indeed not only does the Cat in the Hat sport red and white hoops, but the characters of Thing One and Thing Two were inspired by David and Darren Esdaille. Horton Hears a Who was originally titled Sutherland Sees a Something and The Grinch is of course based loosely on Ken Richardson, as too true a depiction would have ‘haunted the children of America forever’ to quote Seuss’ publishers.


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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