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”
In an alternate take on our 250 word match report, Jack Peat channels his inner Brian Bilston for Rovers comeback draw at AFC Wimbledon.
Continue reading “AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Doncaster Rovers: an alternate match report”
They say that when it rains it pours, and so it proved to be for Rovers on a cold Tuesday night in Cambridge.
Continue reading “Cambridge United 3-1 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
Slow, lethargic, in much need of an upgrade; I was in Scunthorpe to check out the new Pacer experience at Appleby Frodingham Railway.
Continue reading “Scunthorpe United 0-1 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
Picture yourself in a seaside arcade. At the front are the grabbers, which snap frantically at thin air and seldom wield results. In the middle is the boxing machine that gets repeatedly thrashed and at the back are the coin pushing machines which always look like they’re going to pay out, but never do. That is the evolution of Doncaster Rover’s season so far.
Continue reading “Gillingham 1-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
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”