Don’t worry, don’t panic, everything is OK. Viva Rovers remains. I was not executed in a retribution attack by militant supporters of John Ryan’s book at the West Brom game as I’m sure some of you thought. No fear not as I am still here and all is fine. The sad truth is that I’ve just been busy with the day job all week, and as they pay me and this gig doesn’t then alas sometimes I have to bow to capitalism like that and do what I’m supposed to. Its a tough life.
However, we can always get over the hardness of life by doing what modern man, or woman, does best. Yep, thats right toss off more important things and chores to watch pointless videos on the internet. Thats why the internet is here, and thats why we have our Viva Video feature. This week I’ve excelled myself as I’ve managed to dig out a video that will please our weekend opponents Ipswich and also connects to the Rovers. And for once it doesn’t show Doncaster getting beat either.
Ipswich Town of course have a proud history, and can boast the 1981 UEFA Cup on their honours list, which kind of craps on our Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cups. But Town’s forrays into Europe were not limited to the 70s and 80s. Eight years ago, whilst Rovers were still thrashing about in non-league football Ipswich had qualified for the UEFA Cup and were drawn against Internazionale.
In the home leg at Portman Road Ipswich controlled their illustrious opponents, but were struggling to make the breakthrough. And then in the 81st minute came the moment which looked set to elude the Tractor Boys. Jamie Clapham whipped in a cross from the left and it was met at the far post by the head of Alun Armstrong. The forward of course went on to play for Rovers a couple of years later, but the chances are this will be the first time most Roveers fans have seen him hit the net.