OK, its time to draw a big fat festive line under this feature. Despite having two further celebrity Rovers fans recommended to me in the past week (thank you to Gavin and Mike for your suggestions) there could only be one man to which we could dedicate this feature on Christmas Eve. Yep, it’s the big man himself, the only man in red and white to be talked about more than Billy Sharp this week, it’s Father Christmas.
A true Northerner, Father Christmas has always been a fan of the Rovers, and has proudly displayed his colours whenever pictured. Although his year-round preparations do not allow him to get to many games, he can always be relied on to make an appearance at the Rovers on Boxing Day. And he is always made to feel welcome, not least for the mounds of coal he has delivered to rival fans over the years. Contrary to popular belief there are actually no coal-fields in Barnsley, it’s just where they’ve stored all the gifts they get from Father Christmas for being bad boys and girls having visited Oakwell.
Father Christmas is such a big Rovers fan that he has named many of his reindeer after Rovers players. Dasher is named after the speed of Michael McIndoe, and Dancer after the legendary skills of winger ‘Dizzy’ Burton. Donner of course took his name from the prefered post-match snack of John Doolan, whilst Comet was named after the future employees of David Esdaille. Father Christmas did stop short of painting his sleigh red and white hoops though, as frankly only a complete tool would deck their vehicle out in Rovers colours.