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”

Football and Food – an understated connection

Football and Food – an understated connection

As anyone who has ever read one of my match reports for this publication will attest, food and football have long enjoyed an intimate relationship in my life. I care as much about the weight of a Cornish Pasty in Plymouth, the meat to mash ratio of the Craven Cottage cottage pie in Fulham or the white béchamel sauce in Middlesbrough’s famed Parmo as I do about the actual game itself, and it’s a connection others tend not to appreciate.

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Southend United 2-3 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Southend United 2-3 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

The key to a good five-a-side team is having a good keeper, a good centre forward and enough players in between to get in the way, I told Popular Stand editor Glen Wilson on the way up to Southend after my work team won their first game of the season. And so it was the case for Rovers in their opening game of the season. Continue reading “Southend United 2-3 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”

VAR – Eats shoots and leaves

VAR – Eats shoots and leaves

This season was always going to be a big one for football referees. The evolutionary scale has shifted once again from one man, one whistle to five men, one whistle, two flags, one board, umpteen cameras and one TV screen. We’ve dropped the wand-wielding idiots on the touchline, but we’ve inherited a far more dangerous precedent. Continue reading “VAR – Eats shoots and leaves”

Why ‘churnalism’ will be the death of club reporting

Why ‘churnalism’ will be the death of club reporting

Oscar Wilde once wrote ‘there is only one thing in life worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about.’ As Rovers fans filtered out of the Emirates Stadium after last month’s League Cup clash there’s reason to believe we’d just witnessed what Wilde was talking of first hand.

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Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report

Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report

Cold, wet, miserable day out in the arse end of the country; by ‘eck this had better be a good game I thought to myself on the way to the ground, my mood momentarily lifted by an outstanding pasty out the back of a van. Continue reading “Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report”