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Pre-Christmas Blues – Birmingham City preview

I have fond memories of Rovers last trip to St Andrews. Rovers of course lost that game 1-0 having done everything right with the exception of failing on two minor aspects; A. getting the ball into the goal and B. marking giant Cameron Jerome on a set-piece. Rovers pinged the ball about delightfully that game, took the game to The Blues from the outset, stunned their hosts and really deserved much better. And as if the performance wasn’t exciting enough, I got to sit behind Jamelia for the whole game. It still amazes me I remember any of the action. Continue reading

Saints and Queasy – Sounthampton preview

After picking up just a point from a trio of games against sides in their own half of the table, Rovers face an even more daunting task at the Keepmoat Stadium today as League leaders Southampton roll into DN4. After seven points from a possible nine in his opening week in charge manager Dean Saunders is struggling to find form from his assortment of new acquisitions and so expect to hear him humming Yazz’s most famous hit if he passes you on his way into the ground’s Main Reception today. Continue reading

Lion Down – Millwall Preview

“Millwall, Millwall, you’re really dreadful, and all your girlfriends are unfulfilled and alienated”. Writer Graham Linehan has brought us many great things, but his football chant composing remains criminally under appreciated and sadly underused. So if you are going to tonight’s game please feel free to belt out that opening line – as previously ‘sung’ by Dylan Moran’s character Bernard in Black Books – providing of course you’ve got your best running shoes on and you’re confident you can get through the train before they close behind you. Continue reading

“Get Down off that Goal Post” – Barnsley preview

I’m not sure why Barnsley versus Doncaster Rovers has never properly taken off as a derby game. Its got all the ingredients; proximity for a start, plus the roots of mutual hatred based on more similarities than folk seem prepared to admit. Last season, in the away end toilets at Oakwell, stood a bloke loudly proclaiming how backwards and disgusting the local population were… whilst simultaneously taking a piss and using both hands to send a text. As rivalries go, it’s certainly got legs. Continue reading

Punch Line – Ipswich Preview

After lacklustre back to back home performances Rovers travel to Ipswich for arguably their toughest game in a month from which manager Dean Saunders has targeted the collection of a minimum of eight points. Though Doncaster have had some luck over Ipswich in the past, remaining unbeaten against the Tractor Boys in their first four meetings since Rovers return to the second tier, that run came to a crashing end with Town’s 6-0 win at the Keepmoat Stadium last season. Continue reading

All That Smog – Middlesbrough preview

Whether he is involved in tonight’s game or not, all the talk at the Keepmoat Stadium is likely to be about one El Hadji Diouf. Love him or hate him, or perhaps tolerate him or hate him would be more accurate, the Senegalese forward is now a Rovers player, and will be for the next three months. The man turned down by Sam Allardyce due to opposition from West Ham fans and the basis that his lack of conditioning meant he was “not ready to play for a considerable time” does, it would seem, fit Rovers’ current plans. Continue reading

Sky Blue Thinking – Coventry City preview

At last, a chance to forget about the circus going on off the field around Doncaster Rovers, as it continues to divide fans’ opinions, and just watch some football. Because, whatever your misgivings about the ‘change in approach’ undertaken by the club in the last month (and we sure have plenty) you can always take solace in the fact that Mr McKay is unlikely to don a hooped shirt himself tomorrow. Continue reading

Pleasure Beached? – Blackpool preview

Living up to the notion that he’s raised the mood throughout Doncaster Rovers and brought a smile to everyone’s face at the club, Dean Saunders continues his feel-good approach by taking the club to the seaside today. Little Kyle Bennett has packed his bucket and spade, Billy Sharp and John Oster have their sights firmly set on the arcades, whilst Jon Parkin zeros in on a Rock Emporium. A tenuous opening I know, but at least I didn’t make links to Friday night’s game and donkeys on the beach. Continue reading

Ignition Leeds – Leeds United preview

When is a derby not a derby? When its Doncaster Rovers versus Leeds United that’s when. Sure we share a county, and we don’t care for them much, but this fixture is way down on our list of out-and-out proper derbies, and I should imagine a lot lower on their’s. It sits below Rotherham definitely, and I shall never be as pumped for a meeting with Leeds as I was our FA Cup fixture with Scunthorpe in 2001. My flat-mates disowned me that week. Some have barely spoken to me since. Continue reading

Tiger Aspect – Hull City preview

Where do we even begin? There was little evident in Saturday’s game to suggest a revolutionary approach by Dean Saunders, with what extra impetus and excitement there was fuelled by the introduction of Billy Sharp, rather than the shiny new suit in the dugout. That is of course wholly understandable, given that Saunders had known his squad for little more than 24 hours, and the high chance that the side fielded was as much influenced by the immortal Mickey Walker, partnering Saunders in the dugout, as it was the new man. Continue reading

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