The 2012-13 Football League fixtures are announced in the morning, but then you knew that. Tomorrow will not only be the day we get to discover when Rovers will play their 23 respective league opponents, but also one in which get to revel in just how much news agencies and official club websites can pad out what is in effect the publication of a list into a ‘news’ story. So whilst the press race to press ‘publish’ first thing in the morning the fanzine has decided to get the jump on them and enjoy a lie-in by publishing our fixture announcement piece tonight. Here you go…
The fixtures for the 2012-13 NPower Football League season have today been released with Doncaster Rovers set to begin life back in League One with a [daunting/promising/relatively easy] [trip to face/home tie against] [insert club]. This opening day clash will be the first time the two clubs have locked horns since [Rovers’ promotion/they met at Belle Vue/Rovers’ return to the League] in [insert month and year].
As with [last year/many of their recent seasons] Doncaster will end the season with a [tricky/potentially important/notable] fixture [at the Keepmoat Stadium/away from home] against [Division newcomers/potential play-off candidates/familiar foes] [insert club].
Rovers are set to face a testing Christmas and New Year with several games in quick succession over the festive period, most notable of which is the local derby against [Scunthorpe/Sheffield United/Notts County] on [Boxing Day/New Years’ Day].
Fans [won’t have to wait long/will need to be patient] for the first of the season’s big South Yorkshire derbies against Sheffield United, which will take place at [Bramall Lane/the Keepmoat Stadium] on [insert date], whilst the season’s first M180 derby against Scunthorpe [is not until/comes a little sooner on] [insert date].
[September/October/November] looks set to be a particularly daunting month for Dean Saunders’ men as they host [insert names of highest profile opponents] at the Keepmoat Stadium, whilst also making difficult away trips to [insert names of at least two clubs that are some distance away].
Other notable dates see Rovers come face to face with former manager Sean O’Driscoll and his Crawley Town side on [insert date] at [the Keepmoat/Broadfield Stadium], whilst they will also renew rivalries with former Conference foes Stevenage on [insert date].