Still Following “The Likes of Doncaster”

A week ago I explained how upon promotion to the Championship Doncaster Rovers changed their name adopting, primarily for the purposes of journalistic juxtaposition, the new prefix “The Likes of“. In the same way that teams dream of playing the Arsenals and the Chelseas of this world, to get there they expect to be beating The Likes of Doncaster. Rather than be belittled by its regular use, Viva Rovers wishes to reclaim the inadvertent rename as our own, and so for the second time we celebrate it’s usage.

Having already brought you some examples of The Likes Of Doncaster being namechecked in the press from August through to April, today we move on to more recent examples. Below, you will find further embraces of our new name and use as a deterrent to would be Premier League relegation fodder…

May 2011; When Saturday Comes (Issue 291)

Losing Pride by Phil Sharman

“Derby, the only club outside the big cities to win two League titles in living memory, now have a lower average wage than the likes of Doncaster and Scunthorpe, never mind Wigan and Blackpool.”


18th May 2011; ESPN Soccernet

Full Steam Ahead by Phil Mason

“Look now at West Ham, with the albatross around their neck of moving to the Olympic Stadium after 2012 (more borrowings!) and contemplating visits from the likes of Doncaster and Barnsley.”


20th May 2011; The First Post

Premier League Strugglers Face Final Day Misery by Jonathan Harwood

“With relegation costing the clubs as much as £40m, and presenting them with the unappetising prospect of away games at the likes of Doncaster and Millwall, all five will be fighting tooth-and-nail to stay up.”


20th May 2011; Football Fan Cast

Caption Competition: The Victims of this West Ham Debacle by Tom Jones

“What are these West Ham thanks thinking? Perhaps they’re contemplating the trips they’ll have to make to the likes of Doncaster and Barnsley next season?”


22nd May 2011; A Life Inside & Outside Politics

I Guess Thats Why They Call It The Blues by Mark Cole

“Goodbye Birmingham City! Enjoy your run in Europe next year as you travel to the likes of Doncaster, Barnsley and Brighton in the Championship!”


23rd May 2011; BBC Midlands Today

‘Sports Report’

“Birmingham City will be playing the likes of Doncaster, Barnsley and Brighton next season…”


23rd May 2011; Leisure Leagues Net

Hey Mr TangerineMen Thanks For Entertaining Me by Alex Z

“It was by the narrowest of margins, goal difference none the less, but reality will smack hard when Bloomfield Road is playing host to the likes of Doncaster Rovers next campaign, as opposed to United and Chelsea.”


26th May 2011; Gulf News

Looking back: Shooting stars of English Football League by Ashley Hammod

“Man United, Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal will now go forward for Champions League representation with their top-four status confirmed, while fifth-place Tottenham, League Cup winners Birmingham and FA Cup runners-up Stoke will play in the Europa League — in the draw with the likes of Lazio and Atletico Madrid. The irony is Birmingham will be playing their domestic games against the slightly less fashionable likes of Doncaster next year.”


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.


One thought on “Still Following “The Likes of Doncaster”

  1. Looks like an ideal logo for a T-Shirt Glen? And not a bloody red one.I like like an overripe tomato in red.
    A nice white one, with possibly red collar and cuffs. Ta and keep up the good work.

    Posted by Dave Sharman | June 16, 2011, 5:30 pm

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