popular STAND’s Euro 2020 charity sweepstake

popular STAND’s Euro 2020 charity sweepstake

They’re here, they’re there, they’re every f***ing where! Yep, it’s finally time for the Covid-delayed and needlessly continent-scattered European Championships of 2020. And even though England, Wales and Scotland have all qualified, it’s nice to have a back up stream of disappointment handy. So, we decided to host a charity sweepstake

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popular STAND fanzine: issue 104

popular STAND fanzine: issue 104

Perhaps the greatest tribute Rovers could offer in a year of false dawns over lockdown-easing and returns to normality, was a season that got us all excited about what was coming, only to emphatically disappoint and then drag on longer than anyone really cared for it. I laid the groundwork for issue 103 by telling you how upbeat the contents were, ‘a true testament to the hope and excitement that Darren Moore’s Rovers have offered us’. Come this release of 104 and that statement has aged like a fine milk.

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Voice of the Pop Side: Down with the Decorations

Voice of the Pop Side: Down with the Decorations

A timely delve into our archive, finds this piece from issue 82 of the fanzine when, as Rovers hurtled towards relegation off the back of a 17 game winless run, John Coyle took a look at seasons in which the club has faltered after Christmas.

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popular STAND fanzine: issue 103

popular STAND fanzine: issue 103

When you’re producing four issues a season, you’d expect to have a reasonably clear picture of how that campaign is going to pan out by the time the third one reaches the hands of the reader. But this isn’t a regular season. It’s one that we’re increasingly unlikely to be present to see any of, and it’s one of such stop-startedness that when the bulk of this issue was written, even though we were bidding farewell to January, Rovers still had half of their league games yet to play.

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Remembering the first time: Doncaster Rovers vs Bristol Rovers, October 1985

Remembering the first time: Doncaster Rovers vs Bristol Rovers, October 1985

As with all things Rovers I approached the writing of this article with the diligence it deserved. I’d planned on researching who actually played in the game, Rovers’ league position at the time, the attendance, the weather, John Buckley’s pre-match meal and so on.

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Into The Farther Corner

Into The Farther Corner

David Waugh reviews Harry Pearson’s latest football book

If you sleep with someone, don’t read this book in bed. “I was just nodding off then,” my wife will grumble as the bed shakes for the fourth time that night (no, come on, you’re better than that!) and I try to suppress laughter. “It’s your fault,” I say, “You gave it to me for my birthday. Just listen to this…”

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