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The Full Montenegro

Brian Stock may not have ventured to Eastern Europe with Wales at the weekend, but Viva Rovers did. Here’s how our two and a half days in Montenegro panned out.

As a supersticious man, I probably should have sensed all was not going to go according to plan as we walked through Podgorica’s main square on the afternoon of the match and passed a man carrying a scythe. Up until we crossed paths with the casually dressed reaper I was feeling quite confident – the trip was going well. On the stunningly scenic train from Belgrade we’d enjoyed a six-hour Serbian language lesson from Montenegrin student Marijana and earlier that morning we had found the stadium unlocked, enabling us to casually stroll in. All this good will and good fortune had gone to my head, and as we left the hotel for the game in the afternoon I said words I have never before said as a Wales fan; “I reckon we can win today”. That all changed after the scythe. Continue reading

International Stock

Congratulations to Doncaster Rovers’ club captain Brian Stock who received his second full international cap for Wales in today’s friendly against Croatia. Stock was named in the starting XI as a deleted Welsh side took to the field to face Slavan Bilic’s side in Gradski vrt. And though Wales ultimately lost out 2-0 there was much encouragement in Stock’s performance as he looks to secure a place in the side ahead of the Autumn’s European Championship qualifying games. Continue reading

Stock Selection

Regular readers will know that Viva Rovers has something of a distinct bias when it comes to championing the call-up of Doncaster Rovers players to the Wales squad. As such you won’t be surprised at all to read that we are delighted that Brian Stock has been named in the national side by John Toshack for Wales’ friendly with Croatia next weekend. Stock is included in a twenty-one man squad to travel to Croatia for the game on Sunday 23rd May. Continue reading

Tick Stock; Wales 1-3 Russia

Brian Stock mimes along

As a Doncaster Rovers fan I’m beginning to get used to the phrase, “well I never thought I’d see this day”. Seeing 10,000 Doncaster fans at Stoke, Rovers winning the Division 3 title, the move to the new Stadium, trips to the Millennium Stadium and Wembley, or Elland Road and Hillsborough for that matter, and ultimately Championship football. Tonight I added another to that list as I ticked off what for me is one of the most significant “never thought I’d see it” moments. I saw a Doncaster Rovers player play for my country as Brian Stock made his long overdue debut for Wales. Continue reading

International Round-up

Apart from Mark McCammon’s impressive feats for Barbados, and Alan Blayney’s (remember him?) solitary Northern Ireland cap Viva Rovers has not had to trouble itself with the reporting of international matches. Until now that is; with not one, but, count them, an unprecedented three Rovers players on international duty this week. Continue reading

No New Date for Oldham

Rovers will soldier on with their original planned run-in despite a trio of international call-ups. Despite much rumours and thoughts to the contrary Rovers’ match with Oldham Athletic will still take place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Easter Monday (24th March). With three Rovers players, Brian Stock, Stephen Roberts and the on loan Stuart Elliott all called up for international duty just two days after the Oldham fixture there had been a case put forward for a postponement. Continue reading

The Welsh Connection

The Keepmoat Stadium is probably one of the unlikeliest candidates for the mantra ‘the unofficial home of Welsh football’, but with six of the current squad of Welsh decent it certainly has as good a claim as anywhere else. And now this Welsh footballing outpost has finally been recognised by Wales manager John Toshack who has called up defender Stephen Roberts and Brian Stock to the national squad for next week’s friendly with Luxembourg. Continue reading

Three Lions and Twenty-two Women at the Keepmoat

The Keepmoat Stadium is set to host International football for the second time in its short existence and this time its the turn of the women’s game. Rovers’ home ground has been confirmed as the venue for the England women’s national team’s upcoming UEFA 2009 European Championship qualifier against Czech Republic. The match which will be played on Thursday 20th March with a 7:05pm kick-off. Continue reading

Caps and Roberts

The welcome return to form of Stephen Roberts has not gone unnoticed by Rovers’ fans in recent weeks, although sadly it seems it has slipped under the radar of John Toshack. The Wales manager today announced his squad for next month’s international friendly with Norway next month and vivarovers.net were mightily disappointed not to see Stephen Roberts name on the squad list. Only the football league’s three Welsh based clubs can claim to have more eligible Welsh players on their books than Rovers and yet, Doncaster remains unrepresented in Toshack’s latest squad. Continue reading

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