popular STAND fanzine: issue 103

popular STAND fanzine: issue 103

When you’re producing four issues a season, you’d expect to have a clear picture of how that campaign is going to pan out by 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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Remembering the first time: Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town, February 1999

Remembering the first time: Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town, February 1999

It’s a funny first memory watching the mighty Doncaster Rovers. We were hosting Yeovil Town and if memory serves right it wasn’t our finest 90 minutes of football. However, it was my first match, and I had been itching to get down to Belle Vue.

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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”