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”
It’s a funny first memory watching the mighty Doncaster Rovers. We were hosting Yeovil Town and if memory serves right it wasn’t our finest 90 minutes of football. However, it was my first match, and I had been itching to get down to Belle Vue.
Continue reading “Remembering the first time: Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town, February 1999”
Another lockdown! Who saw that coming? Yep, that’s right, everyone. Thankfully we were on the front foot here at popular STAND fanzine, and so we’ve put together a special quiz to help you pass the time. And the good news? It’s not on Zoom!
Continue reading “The big 21st century Doncaster Rovers quiz”
It’s 19 years since I left Doncaster but I’ve not lost the accent. Nor have I lost that ingrained sense of pragmatism that comes with growing up in the town. So before the fixtures had even been released for the current season I’d come to the terms with the fact I was unlikely to see Rovers play in it. I haven’t had a season ticket in a decade, I live 200 miles away. If there’s to be a pecking order I’m lower mid table at best. Continue reading “The Only Fan in The Valley”
Don’t call it a comeback. To be fair, when I elected to take a break from popular STAND 17 months ago, I didn’t expect the world as we know it to grind to a halt. It would be particularly pretentious to suggest these two things are directly connected, but we miss one season in 22 years and suddenly the final League One standings are being calculated on the back of a fag packet and the FA can’t bring themselves to let fans back into football grounds. So yeah, let’s not call it a comeback. It’s much more of an intervention. Continue reading “Don’t call it a comeback”
It’s almost 13 years since Doncaster Rovers moved to the Keepmoat Stadium, and yet, whenever I’m prompted to think about watching Doncaster Rovers, my mind still goes to Belle Vue. Continue reading “podular STAND podcast: the Belle Vue episode”
Human memory is a funny thing. I can remember snatches of Doncaster Rovers last season in football’s fifth tier more clearly than I can recall my mum’s birthday. It’s either the 20th or 21st, but I’ll have to check with my sister; whereas I can still see ecstatic bodies tumbling out of the Pop Side in the wake of Tristan Whitman’s celebratory pitch-length run any time I close my eyes. Continue reading “podular STAND podcast: the 2002-03 season episode”
This felt like a season of 0-0 draws. Which is hard to explain given that in reality I saw only one. But stick with me, whilst I thrash this out. I saw 31 football matches and though all of them offered me something, none really stand out. All of them – even the six-goal thriller I saw at Penrhiwceiber, even Wales qualifying for a major tournament – felt less like games I’ll one day tell people I was there for, and more like matches I will be reminded I was at. Continue reading “How I watched football: 2019-20”
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”
popular STAND has always been here as an independent platform for supporters to speak out. That’s why it was founded 22 years ago.
When I took over as editor in 2011, after a decade writing for the ‘zine, I was determined, and proud, to uphold that ethos. And I was also determined to use the fanzine to showcase the very best of our town. Not only through platforming great writers, but also supporting and backing great causes, from and in Doncaster. Continue reading “Editorial: on popular STAND and Black Lives Matter”