Come on. Cheer up, remember what the Monty Python boys always say. And if you are looking for a sure-fire sign that things are getting a tad desperate at the Keepmoat Stadium then starting articles by quoting late 90s Brit-flick Sliding Doors is probably it. Rovers are in the midst of a terrible run, already plagued by absences , they have now lost their entire forward line to injury. But all is not lost, the club have moved to sign a Premier League striker.
Blackpool’s Jason Euell joined the club late yesterday afternoon on an initial month’s loan to help give cover for the missing trio of Billy Sharp, James Hayter and Steve Brooker. The multi-national striker (capped by both England under 21s and Jamaica) has played in the top-flight for four clubs in total, making his debut for Wimbledon 16 years ago, and subsequently turning out for Charlton and Middlesbrough in the Premier League before featuring for Blackpool this season.
To acknowledge our latest signing this week’s Viva Video brings you a fantastic bit of retro television, featuring of Jason in Premier League action. Look out for Euell’s strike in this clip from Match of the Day, initially screened on 3rd October 1998. Euell features in the September Goal of the Month competition, though it’s probably safe to suggest he didn’t win it. Also featured is a goal I witnessed in the flesh thanks to a friend’s spare ticket; Lee Briscoe’s strike for Sheffield Wednesday against Arsenal. This goal came in the last-minute, to win the match in which Paulo Di Canio had earlier sent referee Paul Alcock tumbling like a slinky down the garden steps.
To try to raise the spirits of Rovers fans we have included a special bonus clip in this week’s Viva Video. As you may have seen last Saturday there was much furore around the Manchester Derby as Wayne Rooney invented something called the ‘bicycle kick’. As the subsequent media coverage intoned this was not simply a great goal, but an outlandish move never before seen in football. Well, unless you were at Hillsborough a year ago this week. In which case you’ve already seen the best overhead kick ever scored by a defender. Altogether now (to the tune of More, More, More) “Ward, Ward, Ward; scorers overhead kicks, scores overhead kicks”.