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2009/10 Season Review; March

March began with a trip to face Bristol City which I had been long looking forward to. Not only are City one of the nearest Championship teams to my current home, but I also have a good friend who is a Robins fan. It was set to be a good away day whatever, it turned out to be one of my best. It started well with a rare opportunity to pay in cash, at a turnstile, and just got better and better. Continue reading

2009/10 Season Review; February

The late defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium meant that January had ended in disappointment for the Rovers, but there were early signs of good things to come at the start of February. With most Rovers fans busy tying Billy Sharp to the nearest piece of furniture so that he did not disappear out the transfer window, Shelton Martis surprised all by coming through the transfer back door. To continue the surprises the big Dutch Antilles international centre-half joined on a full long-term contract, the holy grail of Rovers offers. Continue reading

2009/10 Season Review; January

The postponement of the Leicester match which ended 2009, was to prove a sign of things to come as a decidedly wintry winter meant January began with three further postponements. The first was the FA Cup third round tie with Brentford which was frozen off despite a sunny day in the capital and so when I should have been taking my place on a the away terrace at Griffin Park I was instead skulking out of Paddington on a rickety First Great Western service. Unsurprisingly it was no substitute, but did boast a better atmosphere than the Ricoh Stadium. Continue reading

2009/10 Season Review; December

Quite often in recent seasons December has been the point at which Rovers have resurrected their campaign. In 2007 a good run of victories up to and after Christmas kick started Doncaster’s ultimately successful promotion push and of course Boxing Day 2008 marked the point that everything started to go right in the race for second tier survival. This season the same happened again, though it all began to go swimmingly earlier than normal, with the month’s opening game at Crystal Palace. Continue reading

2009/10 Season Review; November

Thanks to an international break, rather than it’s one less day, November was to be a short month within Rovers’ season with Doncaster taking to the field just three times in the four weeks. However, it was to be a month of extremes. Whilst October had ended with encouragement for rovers fans in the entertaining draw with Blackpool and the defeat that may not have been at Newcastle, the opening game of November gave reason for even the most optimistic of Doncastrians to have their doubts. Continue reading

2009/10 Season Review; October

Still chasing a second league win and a first away from the sanctity of the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster began October with a tricky trip to face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. According to the BBC this fixture represented one of three successive Yorkshire derbies for the Rovers, though which of Newcastle and Scunthorpe the beeb considered to have been temporarily relocated to the Land u’t’ Gods was never properly confirmed. Continue reading

2009/10 Season Review; September

August had ended in a positive fashion for Rovers, with victory over the league leaders Cardiff to give Doncaster’s season thus far a symmetrical feel. A win and a loss in the Carling Cup, a win, a loss and three draws in the league. After seven games in the season’s opening four weeks the International break at the start of September was no doubt greatly embraced by the Rovers and their squad, but the lack of action on the pitch belied much activity off it. Continue reading

2009-10 Season Review; August

In late summer in 2009, after perhaps one too many glasses of iced cider, there were many a Rovers fan who will have turned to their nearest and dearest and said those three little words which can break the strongest hearts. “Second season syndrome”. Rovers had rallied at the end of their first Championship season to finish in the sanctity of 14th place. However since then they had lost key facets of the team’s spine. Gone were Matt Mills and Richie Wellens, and in their place came wayward experience in the ex-internationals John Oster and Quinton Fortune and untried youth in Byron Webster and Mustapha Dumbaya. Some predicted a play-off push, others relegation and there were convincing cases for both schools of thought as the 2009-10 season got underway. Continue reading

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