On watching James Coppinger

I’ve been watching Coppinger for a more than a third of my life; a factor more constant to me than home, or employment or relationships.

Game of Chants

Whatever your stance on flares at football, surely we can agree that no amount of pyro is going to make a pre-season friendly at Lincoln feel like a party.

Doncaster Rovers v Barnsley Preview; Encouraging a Derby

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…

Why Doncaster Rovers Want to Beat Leeds United

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…

Where Are They Now? Doncaster Rovers’ Conference Opponents

Amongst all the off-field wrangling and boardroom posturing it may have actually escaped your notice that Rovers have a match tonight. And not just any match either as we host our bogey team Yeovil Town in front of Sky’s many cameras allowing viewers across the nation to watch us to capitulate to a solitary strike…

Do Not Go Gentle; On John Ryan Stepping Down

I was on commentary duty at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon. Roughly three minutes before kick-off, as I was running through the usual preamble, I looked to my left to see Chris jabbing at his laptop screen, pointing out a tweet from the local press stating that John Ryan had resigned as chairman. My reactionary feeling,…

#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…

Rovers’ 2013-14 Fixtures Released

The 2013-14 Football League fixtures are announced in the next few hours, always a fascinating day, not simply to see how the season will take shape, but also marvel at how much news agencies and official club websites can pad out what is in effect the publication of a list into a ‘news’ story. But…

Happy Tristram Whitman Day

Thanks to popular STAND subscriber Wayne Tomlinson who emailed us today to remind us that the 1st May is of course Tristram Whitman Day. Sometimes you forget how far Doncaster Rovers have traveled in just a decade, and as we get set for a second spell in the second tier it is often a little…