Turns out a global pandemic has only intensified Jack Peat’s hatred for the EFL Trophy
I found my blood boiling once again last month when Rovers lined up against Wolverhampton Wanderers under-23s in the Papa John’s (yes the Papa fucking John’s!) Trophy on an ill-fated Tuesday night.
Continue reading “Papa John? Don’t Preach”
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”
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.
Continue reading “Football and Food – an understated connection”
A wet and windy Memorial Stadium welcomed travelling fans for a game that, in cricket speak, would be determined by the coin toss. Continue reading “Bristol Rovers 0-4 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”
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”
A damp and miserable Fratton welcomed the arrival of Doncaster Rovers to Portsmouth, with both teams looking to bounce back after an indifferent run of form. Continue reading “Portsmouth 2-2 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
BAM! ZAP! POW! KASSAM! And to a glorious winter’s day in Oxfordshire for the clash of the Vikings and the U’s. Continue reading “Oxford United 1-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
Trying to cram a match report on an eight goal thriller into 250 words is no easy feat, especially when you waste 18 of them telling you that, and 10 telling you that. Continue reading “Ebbsfleet United 2-6 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
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.
Continue reading “Why ‘churnalism’ will be the death of club reporting”