The Bottom Six

The Bottom Six

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.

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Editorial: Where did it all go wrong for Doncaster Rovers in 2021-22?

Editorial: Where did it all go wrong for Doncaster Rovers in 2021-22?

At the end of the summer I sat in the same spot I’m writing this editorial, whilst Richie Wellens looked back at me and my decor via Zoom, and told me that he didn’t foresee Rovers being in a relegation battle come the second half of the season. A couple of weeks later Gavin Baldwin told the BBC that ‘we are nowhere near [a relegation battle] at this stage’. 

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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Crewe Alexandra: 250 word match report

Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Crewe Alexandra: 250 word match report

Doncaster Rovers versus Crewe Alexandra. Or the two baldest men in the universe fighting over the world’s smallest comb. For both clubs, this season has been an absolute shambles throughout. And yet, we couldn’t both lose this one…

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Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Once upon a time, there was a mighty Prince named Adebayo. He travelled far and wide. Despite visiting many lands, he never found his true calling – until his short visit to a fortress called Belle Vue. During his time in the Kingdom of Doncaster, he was transformed from a Prince to a King.

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Fleetwood Town 0-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Fleetwood Town 0-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

OK, with seven games left beyond it this match wasn’t quite must-win. But as terrible as the rest of League One’s bottom six are, they can’t possibly keep fucking up forever, so this was a real opportunity to attack a match and put ourselves a frankly implausible one point from safety.

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Editorial: How do you solve a problem like the Rovers?

Editorial: How do you solve a problem like the Rovers?

Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s all Nick Clegg’s fault. OK, not Doncaster Rovers propping up the League One table, nor the abject season of awfulness that’s caused it, but the weird atmosphere of division among supporters watching on.

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Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Plymouth Argyle: 250 word match report

Doncaster Rovers 1-3 Plymouth Argyle: 250 word match report

A blustery Eco-Power on a bright January afternoon provided the backdrop for the meeting with promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argyle. Several player arrivals in the week, along with the departure of Omar Bogle, meant the Rovers faithful were in a more positive mood going into the fixture.

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