Its been a busy and subversive week of real world action at Viva Towers, it started with an invite to appear on Football Focus on Saturday lunchtime, and included operating the tannoy at Worcester City, before escorting a man dressed as Braveheart out of a Basketball match on Wednesday evening. Yet, as surreal a sequence of events as this is, I still felt the need to wait until after midday to update Viva Rovers today as its been so long since we posted an article I was wary you’d all think it to be an April Fool.
Anyway, the focus of this week’s Viva Video is past matches between Doncaster Rovers and Bristol City at Ashton Gate, and to make up for our lack of content in recent weeks we have thrown in a bonus second video at no extra charge. And unlike your local video rental place its something you’ll actually want to see too and not another Jenifer Anniston rom-com.
The first of these two clips of past meetings comes from February 1987, as Joe Jordan makes his Robins debut at a somewhat down at heels Ashton Gate (note the disintegrating advertising hoarding for ‘Miscellaneous Bristol’). Completely unphased by the fact they have turned up in Middlesbrough’s kit City promptly tear Rovers a new one over the course of the afternoon to triumph 5-0 though for the fourth goal at leat they were aided by some distinctly Sunday League defending. The best thing about Doncaster in this clip is their kit, its green, the way Rovers away kits should be, although it does also boast the largest numbers ever seen on a football kit.
City were chasing promotion to the second tier at this time, but their season would ultimately end in disappointment. Held to a 1-1 draw by Swindon on the final day they were pipped for the final play-off place by Gillingham who defeated relegated Bolton Wanderers 2-0. Rovers would end the campaign wedged firmly in mid-table in what would prove their penultimate season in the third tier. The following year Doncaster finished rock bottom of Division Three and would not return to this level for another 16 years.
As we all know revenge is a dish best served a couple of decades later, and so to last season when it was Rovers turn to score five goals at Ashton Gate. Doncaster led 4-2 at the break in this game, but such was the tempo of the game, the width of the woodwork, goal-line clearances and great saves that scoreline could easily have been 8-5. In the end it finished 5-2 to the Rovers, with City just unable to deal with the joint threat posed by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Billy Sharp from the moment they combined to give Doncaster a first minute lead.