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A Poetic Pre-Season

With Doncaster Rovers themselves now having finally, albeit unresponsively, embraced Twitter, here at Viva Rovers we’ve had to find a new way to keep ahead of the media pack. But what could our niche be? Well with this site having once been infamously dubbed ‘high-brow’ I felt it was perhaps up to us to traverse the boundaries between football coverage, social network and poetry. Yesterday we duly undertook an experiment during our coverage of Doncaster’s pre-season friendly at Solihull Moors and not only tweeted live updates of the game, but also restricted these tweets to the form of Haiku. So for those not on Twitter, here’s how that match coverage panned out. Your move official club media.

Solihull away.
Preseason friendly fixture.
Kicking off at three

Kick-off in an hour.
Not too warm at Damson Park.
How will Rovers play?

Not yet at the game.
Have underestimated
The walk to the ground

Match now underway.
Rovers playing in light blue.
It doesn’t look right.

Not many chances.
Stock put one in the car park.
Martis poked one wide

Billy Sharp denied,
By a very good save. As
Was Logan before

James Hayter comes close.
But the Solihull keeper,
saves well once again

Goalless at half time.
Solid and safe performance.
Subs for second half

Player on crutches
Its Mark Wilson. Though he says
Its just a bad toe

George Friend has played well
Defended solidly and
Keen to get forward

One nil to Rovers.
Billy Sharp slots it home from
Dumbaya’s cut back

ROK came on for Stock.
Probably should have scored but,
Old legs were too slow

It finished one nil.
Decent enough performance.
Good preseason game


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.


2 thoughts on “A Poetic Pre-Season

  1. A triumph Glen.

    Posted by Sheepskin Stu | July 18, 2010, 6:50 pm
  2. Viva Rovers; taking football punditry where no man has gone before. Except perhaps Stuart Hall.

    Posted by Mike Follows the Rovers | July 26, 2010, 12:03 pm

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