Yes, its time once again for our weekly educated guess at Roman Numerals with our latest edition of Viva Video. For the latecomers amongst you this is our weekly elbow deep delve into the internet to bring you a video clip tenuously linked to Doncaster Rovers, or at the very least, their coming opponents. We’ve gone for the latter of those options this week with a Cardiff City video, though it’s bound to please a number of Rovers fans too as it features the humiliation of an old foe.
It may be hard for some folk to believe, but as recently as January 2002 Leeds United, currently of the third tier, were the top team in the country. That month they arrived at Ninian Park as the Premier League leaders set to take on Division Two Cardiff City in an FA Cup 3rd round tie. The West Yorkshire side were welcomed by a boisterous and unrelenting home crowd, and despite taking the lead, were eventually humbled by a team who just simply wanted to win, much more than they did. This week’s Viva Video instalment contains the highlights of The Bluebirds surprise victory over Leeds, but whilst we revel in that we must also take a moment to acknowledge that sadly this video does show the darker side of football, with the cameras regularly focussing on an unwanted foreign object being thrust from the crowd to the pitch side. Yes, we can only apologise for the numerous shots of Sam Hamman you’re about to see. Oh, and also tut at the coin throwing.
Things to look out for in this video then include an always welcome cameo from Viva Rovers’ hero Leo Fortune-West, unsurprisingly shown irritating defenders on a set-piece. Commentator Martin Tyler gets to Leo’s very essence as he describes him as “certainly not the most subtle or sophisticated player”. Also worth savouring are the inciting comments of Bobby Gould at the start, who, when asked what part the stadium will play in the game, offers the historically adept summary that “this stadium goes back many many many years”. He then goes on to boldly state “I believe there is an atmosphere here”, though sadly stops short of listing its component gases.