In issue 103 of popular STAND fanzine, editor Glen Wilson tried to shake off the mundanity of lockdown, by revisiting some past footballing hate.Continue reading “Magic Hate Ball”
On a quiet late lunch hour, I noted Yeovil Town blog Best Team in the West, had done their best to hype up this Saturday’s match with ‘Five Reasons to Hate Doncaster Rovers’. An enjoyable read, and an admirable effort to bring some meaning to what is an otherwise nondescript league fixture – for both teams. Continue reading “Five Reasons to Hate Yeovil Town”
Doncaster Rovers versus Barnsley has failed to take off as a proper derby game. I don’t know why. After all, it has all the ingredients for a mutual hatred ready ingrained in our consciousness. It is hard to believe that for three years I managed to channel enough ire into actively despising Rushden & Diamonds – a bloody shoe-shop works team – when everything was pre-packaged and waiting for us across the Dearne Valley. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers v Barnsley Preview; Encouraging a Derby”
Doncaster Rovers versus Leeds United is not a proper derby game. You won’t read many previews today which downplay this fixture, especially in their opening sentence, there are papers to be sold after all. But this point I feel needs to be articulated, particularly given an increasing number of our supporters who seem to regard a side 40 miles away, which we’ve faced just twenty-three times previously, as some kind of auld enemy. One play-off final does not a rivalry make. Don’t people realise that true rivalries take decades of ingrained irrational hatred?