#LFW; Leo Fortune-West at London Fashion Week

#LFW; Leo Fortune-West at London Fashion Week

To quote the comedian and writer Charlie Higson from earlier this week; “For f*** sake, is it ever NOT London Fashion Week?” Those of you who frequent Twitter will be aware of that point each year (or seemingly every couple of months) when the hashtag #LFW begins to trend across the social network. As Higson’s quote may have indicated the key reason for this, is London Fashion Week; overpriced clothes on underfed people for the delectation of the over-funded. Continue reading “#LFW; Leo Fortune-West at London Fashion Week”

Jamie Coppinger’s Team-Mates – All 137 Of Them

Jamie Coppinger’s Team-Mates – All 137 Of Them

 

It’s quite easy, particularly in the hyperbolic world of modern football, to oversell something, to exaggerate it’s standing or importance. However, even with that in mind, it is no exaggeration to call Jamie Coppinger’s departure from Doncaster on Friday night (hopefully temporarily we must add), the end of an era. Coppinger has been with Rovers since 2004, when they were beginning life in the third tier off the back of consecutive promotions, and has been central to everything the club has achieved since. Continue reading “Jamie Coppinger’s Team-Mates – All 137 Of Them”

Can You Remember The First Time?

Can You Remember The First Time?

 

Those of you familiar with the print edition of popular STAND, or indeed with long enough memories to recall Viva Rovers’ first online incarnation, will be familiar with our statistician. The man who goes by the name of Dutch Uncle, the self-proclaimed only Plaid Cymru voting Rovers fan in the Netherlands. From his underground bunker in Den Haag, Dutch churns out fascinating Doncaster statistics, hewn from the finest annuals money can haggle for on eBay, and if we’re lucky enough, he allows the fanzine to serve as a medium for them. And if we’re not as lucky, he posts them on the forums. Continue reading “Can You Remember The First Time?”

The 50yard Shoot-Out: Cotterill vs Utley

The 50yard Shoot-Out: Cotterill vs Utley

The half-way line. A very distinct marking on a football field, with its exact position evident in its name. It is a white line dividing the two halves of the field, stretching between the two touch-lines, equidistant from the two by-lines. And yet, when it comes to long distance goals this strip of white paint takes on a much more fluid state. You can score a goal from the half-way line so long as you are within ten metres of the marking, sometimes even further away. Continue reading “The 50yard Shoot-Out: Cotterill vs Utley”

Hayters Gonna Hate

Hayters Gonna Hate

James Hayter has gone. Released at the end of the season, he this week joined Yeovil Town amidst generally wistful clattering from Rovers fans; tweets and forum posts wishing him well and commenting on how he’ll always be remembered for THAT goal. Because James Hayter didn’t score a goal at Wembley against Leeds, he scored THAT goal. His place in Rovers’ folklore seemingly defined by randomly deployed capitalisation. Continue reading “Hayters Gonna Hate”

Dumbuya Misses Out on International Debut

Dumbuya Misses Out on International Debut

After some thorough research the fanzine has discovered that unfortunately Mustapha Dumbuya did not feature for Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations 1st round match against Sao Tome & Principe at the weekend. The match, played in Freetown on Saturday, finished 4-2 to Sierra Leone, giving them a 5-4 win on aggregate, but further details on the game had been hard to come by following a media blackout of the match. Continue reading “Dumbuya Misses Out on International Debut”

Hird You’re Leaving Town

Hird You’re Leaving Town

A somewhat surprise bit of early summer transfer news as Sam Hird leaves Rovers for League Two Chesterfield, signing a two-year deal with the Spirites. Doncaster-born Hird has played over 150 games for Rovers since his initial loan spell from Leeds United back in 2007, the vast majority of them in the second tier. Hird got his break in the Rovers side towards the end of the 2007-08 season courtesy of injuries to Gordon Greer, Adam Lockwood and Stephen Roberts and never looked back, keeping captain Lockwood out of the side for the 2008 play-off final. Continue reading “Hird You’re Leaving Town”

Yes Sir; Diouf Can Boogie

Yes Sir; Diouf Can Boogie

“Senegal and Doncaster Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf lit up the National Sports Stadium yesterday when he performed the famous “Zorai Butter” dance after scoring for the Friends of Benjani…” begins this match report from Benjani Mwaruwari’s testimonial match. An impressive feat at any time for a goal celebration to take the headlines from a game, even more so when you consider the game ended 7-4, and to Diouf’s opponents, Zimbabwe Warriors. Continue reading “Yes Sir; Diouf Can Boogie”

Saunders Confirms Retained List

Saunders Confirms Retained List

Surprises aplenty as Rovers announce which of the squad will be retained and which released following relegation from the Championship. With funds tight, Rovers are in a position where they need to sell players currently contracted in order to be able to offer new deals to those whose contracts have come to their conclusion. Continue reading “Saunders Confirms Retained List”