How I watched football: 2021-22

How I watched football: 2021-22

Hiraeth is a Welsh word meaning a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, or a home which maybe never was. I’m not sure it has an antonym, but if it did, that is what I experienced on the last Saturday in August, 2021. Standing in uncharacteristic sunshine, looking over Blaenau Ffestiniog Amateurs’s Cae Clyd ground towards the mountains of Eryri – including the peak of Moelwyn Mawr which I’d been stood on just three hours earlier – I felt a pleasingly strong sense of finally returning home to a place I’d never previously lived.

Continue reading “How I watched football: 2021-22”

The Bottom Six

The Bottom Six

Jack Peat set out to tackle this season’s most pressing question; why weren’t Rovers relegated sooner?

In all my years of watching Rovers, I can recall only a handful that have felt as abysmal as this one. Indeed, off-field matters excluded, this has probably been the worst. Performances both home and away have been uninspiring. Players have struggled to gel. Any positive moments have been fleeting and all too often dissipated in the same puff of smoke in which they appeared. It has been tough, and few people reading these pages will need reminding of that, but what has been most perplexing of all in my view is that we weren’t put out of our misery sooner.

Continue reading “The Bottom Six”

Editorial: Where did it all go wrong for Doncaster Rovers in 2021-22?

Editorial: Where did it all go wrong for Doncaster Rovers in 2021-22?

At the end of the summer I sat in the same spot I’m writing this editorial, whilst Richie Wellens looked back at me and my decor via Zoom, and told me that he didn’t foresee Rovers being in a relegation battle come the second half of the season. A couple of weeks later Gavin Baldwin told the BBC that ‘we are nowhere near [a relegation battle] at this stage’. 

Continue reading “Editorial: Where did it all go wrong for Doncaster Rovers in 2021-22?”

popular STAND fanzine issue 108

popular STAND fanzine issue 108

Well, thank God that’s all over. A terrible season that started badly and never really looked like getting better. A 46 game-long slow trudge towards League Two. Each of our most recent engagements with the fourth tier have ended in promotion… it’s hard to see 2022-23 going a similar way.

Continue reading “popular STAND fanzine issue 108”

Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Crewe Alexandra: 250 word match report

Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Crewe Alexandra: 250 word match report

Doncaster Rovers versus Crewe Alexandra. Or the two baldest men in the universe fighting over the world’s smallest comb. For both clubs, this season has been an absolute shambles throughout. And yet, we couldn’t both lose this one…

Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Crewe Alexandra: 250 word match report”

Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Once upon a time, there was a mighty Prince named Adebayo. He travelled far and wide. Despite visiting many lands, he never found his true calling – until his short visit to a fortress called Belle Vue. During his time in the Kingdom of Doncaster, he was transformed from a Prince to a King.

Continue reading “Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”

Fleetwood Town 0-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Fleetwood Town 0-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

OK, with seven games left beyond it this match wasn’t quite must-win. But as terrible as the rest of League One’s bottom six are, they can’t possibly keep fucking up forever, so this was a real opportunity to attack a match and put ourselves a frankly implausible one point from safety.

Continue reading “Fleetwood Town 0-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”

Editorial: How do you solve a problem like the Rovers?

Editorial: How do you solve a problem like the Rovers?

Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all Nick Clegg’s fault. OK, not Doncaster Rovers propping up the League One table, nor the abject season of awfulness that’s caused it, but the weird atmosphere of division among supporters watching on.

Continue reading “Editorial: How do you solve a problem like the Rovers?”

popular STAND fanzine issue 107

popular STAND fanzine issue 107

This is only the penultimate edition of the fanzine for 2021-22, but you won’t have to get far through its pages to see that the majority of our correspondents are already accepting of it ending in relegation. Rovers have had a mini resurgence, just before this issue went to print, but it hasn’t been enough of a revival to switch faint hopes the way of creeping beliefs.

Continue reading “popular STAND fanzine issue 107”