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Cheltenham Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

Well thats not how it was supposed to happen. Fifty years on from their last spell in the second tier and Rovers are made to wait a little longer by Cheltenham. The gold jewellery coated foul-mouthed girl behind me probably summed it up best. As Cheltenham’s Shane Higgs pulled off his fifth brilliant save of the afternoon from Paul Heffernan’s header she yelled what everyone else was thinking; “Oh will you just f*** off!” In the end it was Higgs who made the difference, had he followed the girl’s advice we could well be Championship football fans now; instead he did more than anyone on show to ensure both his and our football clubs remain in League One. Continue reading


Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Luton Town

What a difference a few hours makes eh? This morning we were play-off bound; down and out of the promotion race. Tonight the dream is resurrected. Good things are never simple are they? With matches running out and Carlisle seemingly uncatchable this match had something of an air of the testimonial about it early on, but that would change as the day afternoon progressed and news filtered through from elsewhere. Continue reading

Leyton Orient 1-1 Doncaster Rovers

Well lets be honest; it wouldn’t be Rovers if we were to chase automatic promotion the easy way. With Carlisle losing at home to Southend, a win for Rovers at Orient would have put them second; instead they couldn’t break the O’s down and had to settle instead for a point. With two games to go, it remains advantage Carlisle in the pursuit of the Championship. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Swindon Town

After all the pressure and tension of the previous few games Rovers there seemed to be something of a care free atmosphere in the Keepmoat Stadium for this match. With Carlisle six points clear of Rovers in second, the edge was taken off, and the players, like the fans, relaxed and did the simple things to produce a comfortable win. Continue reading

Huddersfield Town 2-2 Doncaster Rovers

This morning when I looked at our five remaining games I marked this one out as the most difficult. By the time we play Luton and Cheltenham their fates will have been sealed, Orient are not what they were and I don’t fancy Swindon to get a result at the Keepmoat Stadium. Huddersfield on the other hand is a local derby away from home and to make matters worse they have just sacked their manager. Football sides, like schoolkids, always seem to respond better to the caretaker. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Leeds United

Lets just get the usual often spouted gubbins out the way first shall we. Yes, this was a big game for Rovers, but not because Leeds were not so long ago in a European Cup Semi Final (we defeated someone with a better European record four days ago), because it was a Yorkshire derby and it would affect the promotion race. Yes there were Leeds fans in the Rovers end, there was always going to be, when you average just over 8,000 and your local visitors average three times that its inevitable. And yes the match was not frozen off this time. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Nottingham Forest

“Ah, he’s no left foot” said the old fella in the seat in front of me early in tonight’s first half. I expected to see him in the concourse at full-time getting some sauce to aid digestion of his words, as incredibly he was talking about Gareth Roberts. He may have stumbled to cross the ball inside the opening ten minutes but he proved emphatically that he was in possession of both feet as his left foot free-kick ricocheted off the near post and into the Forest net fifteen minutes from time. Continue reading

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Oldham Athletic

Regular readers of Viva Rovers will appreciate that in more than a year and a half of doing this website I am yet to heap blame on a match referee. I have to this point treated them as a simple matchday variable, something trivial that occasionally affects the game, like the weather or the crowd atmosphere. Well, all good things must come to an end; Mr Walton take a bow. Continue reading

Yeovil Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

In the immortal words of the Fresh Prince “S-s-s-s-sometimes I g-g-get n-nervous and s-s-start to s-s-s-stutter”. Rovers are currently enduring something of a promotion panic attack. After defeat at Brighton last week a far from Good Friday in Somerset has now dropped Rovers to third place. After briefly threatening to catch leaders Swansea Rovers are now in danger of losing a grip on Carlisle in the promotion push. Continue reading

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Doncaster Rovers

Disappointing defeat for Rovers on the South Coast, but alas it’s not as bad as it could have been. If Rovers display at Brighton could be summed up in one word it would probably be ‘jaded’. The consensus being that the Doncaster team at current is looking like a tired version of its recent former self. After edging wins against Gillingham and Port Vale at home perhaps a defeat like this, in comparison to the Yeovil defeat in December, could be the spur to get Doncaster back on form. Continue reading

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