The Only Fan in The Valley

The Only Fan in The Valley

It’s 19 years since I left Doncaster but I’ve not lost the accent. Nor have I lost that ingrained sense of pragmatism that comes with growing up in the town. So before the fixtures had even been released for the current season I’d come to the terms with the fact I was unlikely to see Rovers play in it. I haven’t had a season ticket in a decade, I live 200 miles away. If there’s to be a pecking order I’m lower mid table at best. Continue reading “The Only Fan in The Valley”

Don’t call it a comeback

Don’t call it a comeback

Don’t call it a comeback. To be fair, when I elected to take a break from popular STAND 17 months ago, I didn’t expect the world as we know it to grind to a halt. It would be particularly pretentious to suggest these two things are directly connected, but we miss one season in 22 years and suddenly the final League One standings are being calculated on the back of a fag packet and the FA can’t bring themselves to let fans back into football grounds. So yeah, let’s not call it a comeback. It’s much more of an intervention. Continue reading “Don’t call it a comeback”

podular STAND podcast: the 2002-03 season episode

podular STAND podcast: the 2002-03 season episode

Human memory is a funny thing. I can remember snatches of Doncaster Rovers last season in football’s fifth tier more clearly than I can recall my mum’s birthday. It’s either the 20th or 21st, but I’ll have to check with my sister; whereas I can still see ecstatic bodies tumbling out of the Pop Side in the wake of Tristan Whitman’s celebratory pitch-length run any time I close my eyes. Continue reading “podular STAND podcast: the 2002-03 season episode”

How I watched football: 2019-20

How I watched football: 2019-20

This felt like a season of 0-0 draws. Which is hard to explain given that in reality I saw only one. But stick with me, whilst I thrash this out. I saw 31 football matches and though all of them offered me something, none really stand out. All of them – even the six-goal thriller I saw at Penrhiwceiber, even Wales qualifying for a major tournament – felt less like games I’ll one day tell people I was there for, and more like matches I will be reminded I was at. Continue reading “How I watched football: 2019-20”

How a radical rescue plan could put fans at the heart of a revival

How a radical rescue plan could put fans at the heart of a revival

With the prospect of several fan-free months becoming an increasing reality, thoughts have turned to how lower league clubs, the majority of whom are dependent on gate receipts for survival, will make it out of the current pandemic unscathed. Continue reading “How a radical rescue plan could put fans at the heart of a revival”

Editorial: on popular STAND and Black Lives Matter

Editorial: on popular STAND and Black Lives Matter

popular STAND has always been here as an independent platform for supporters to speak out. That’s why it was founded 22 years ago.

When I took over as editor in 2011, after a decade writing for the ‘zine, I was determined, and proud, to uphold that ethos. And I was also determined to use the fanzine to showcase the very best of our town. Not only through platforming great writers, but also supporting and backing great causes, from and in Doncaster. Continue reading “Editorial: on popular STAND and Black Lives Matter”

podular STAND podcast: the coronavirus episode

podular STAND podcast: the coronavirus episode

Football without fans is nothing. Ordinarily. Now, apparently it’s a means of boosting the nation’s morale. Yep, of course we’ll all be perked up and completely over this country’s many thousands of the needless deaths once we can see Bournemouth getting turned over in an empty Etihad Stadium Continue reading “podular STAND podcast: the coronavirus episode”

podular STAND podcast: the Brentford episode

podular STAND podcast: the Brentford episode

Well, we just couldn’t hold it off any longer. Come with us, away from all this, to Saturday 27 April 2013, and to Griffin Park. The League One promotion race has come down to a 90 minute final day showdown between 3rd place Brentford and 2nd place Doncaster Rovers at Griffin Park. Only one team can go up. It couldn’t be any more dramatic than that… or could it? Continue reading “podular STAND podcast: the Brentford episode”

podular STAND podcast: the football kit episode

podular STAND podcast: the football kit episode

Brace yourselves for a kit clash. Or should that be a clash over kits? In the 16th episode of the popular STAND podcast, podular STAND, Glen Wilson, Jack Peat, and the returning James McMahon discuss their favourite and least favourite Doncaster Rovers shirts. Continue reading “podular STAND podcast: the football kit episode”