Panic no more people. Brian Stock has finally put pen to paper on a contract extension allowing the good folk of Doncaster to sleep soundly for the first time since they heard the transfer window flapping open somewhere downstairs, and chose not to go and investigate. It turns out Stock’s new deal is not just monumental news for Rovers fans either. The national and international media are currently awash with stories about the long serving leader delaying his announcement before finally deciding to stay exactly where he is. Well, admittedly I had the sound off, but I presume they were talking about Stock. Who knew Al Jazeera were such fans?
Anyway, to celebrate this, admittedly long-known-about, but still welcome news we’ve dedicated episode 114 of Viva Video to the Rovers captain with a Brian Stock special edition. Not that the previous 113 episodes of our weekly media feature haven’t been in anyway focussed or carefully planned, and instead just thrown together on a whim you understand. This Friday, it’s all about the skipper, as we bring you six of the best Brian Stock strikes.
6. Blackpool 2-3 Doncaster Rovers (7th February 2009)
This is a goal that often gets overlooked in Brian Stock’s highlights reel, but the technique he displays is superb. Setting himself the moment the ball his prodded in his direction by a Blackpool defender to hit a fantastic controlled drive from the edge of the box to the corner of the net. A fine hit that set Rovers on their way to a similarly fine win, their fifth in six games in the run that would steer them from relegation certainties to mid-table safety.
5. Leeds United 0-1 Doncaster Rovers (19th January 2008)
Not the greatest free-kick Brian Stock has ever struck, indeed not even the best he’s ever struck against Leeds as Preston fans will testify. However, it’s the significance of this goal which resonates most. Just six years previously Leeds were striding through Europe as Yorkshire’s number one club, whilst Rovers, in the Conference, were not even in the county’s top ten. That the two could meet in a league game, and that Rovers could outplay United, at Elland Road, and win, completely unthinkable.
4. Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Huddersfield Town (14th October 2007)
Another often overlooked Stock strike from early in Rovers promotion season. Live on television in a certain network’s Super Sunday slot Doncaster took apart Huddersfield with a clinical ease which should have merited a higher scoreline than the 2-0 result produced. The opening goal was struck emphatically by Stock, meeting Jamie Coppinger’s lay-off with a fierce first-time shot right into the top corner.
The above two goals can be found in the same video here below, though to keep you on your toes, number four (after 44 seconds) comes before number five (1min 25seconds in).
3. Crewe Alexandra 3-3 Doncaster Rovers (30th January 2007)
Altogether now; “We’ve won it one time, we’ve won it one ti-i-ime. Johnstones Paint Trophy. We’ve won it one time.” And that we’re able to sing that song at all is in part thanks to a thunderous shot from the captain in the Northern Final First Leg. Away at Gresty Road, Paul Heffernan had already given Rovers the lead when Stock doubled Rovers’ lead with an incredible hit from all of 35 yards. Don’t believe me? Here’s a clip to prove it, 36 seconds in, and look out for the unsuspecting home fan casually strolling past the net as the ball nestles just feet from his face.
2. Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Plymouth Argyle (6th December 2008)
Thankfully the terrible quality of this video, is juxtaposed with the brilliant quality of the strike. With Rovers rock bottom of the Championship and finding the net as easily as a fisherman with amnesia, any hope of a resuscitation needed something special to spark it. Step forward the captain, with one touch to set himself and a second touch to fire a 30 yard strike in off the bar.
1. Nottingham Forest 0-1 Doncaster Rovers (6th March 2007)
Those of you who are quite canny when it comes to spotting themes may have noticed certain similarities in the previous five goals, and our number one Stock strike isn’t about to buck that trend. Yes, it’s another wonder strike from distance, a stock Stock goal if you like. This sensational swerving, dipping strike stuns the City Ground and fells promotion chasing Nottingham Forest in their own backyard.