Tolling for the Belles; On a Week of Campaigning

The amount of traffic this website has seen since we shone a light on the nature of the FA’s restructure of the Women’s Super League has been unprecedented; thousands of views from all over the globe. Whilst I’m proud of this site and our humble print fanzine, I don’t for one minute assume that all…

The Belles’ Toll – Update and Points of Action

On Sunday night I wrote an article for this site about the Doncaster Belles and how they had been ‘relegated’ one game into the current season as part of the FA’s plans to expand the Women’s Super League. That piece has since had a lot of exposure, indeed it ensured Monday was the busiest ever day…

It Was Ten Years Ago Today; Point of Return

In a corner of South Yorkshire the 10th May is Sir Francis Tierney Day. He won’t mean much to many who reside more than ten miles from the chimney at Peglers Works (except perhaps supporters of Crewe and to a lesser extent Notts County) but Franny Tierney will always hold a special place at Doncaster…

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…

Brentford vs Doncaster Rovers; A Few Pre-Match Thoughts

I had a good night last night; half-price drinks, food, good company and I didn’t think about football once. Then this morning, the moment I stepped outside into the South London sunshine and closed my girlfriend’s front door behind me, it began again. All those feelings I’d tried to suppress by telling myself that its…

Talking a Good Game; On Becoming a Football Commentator

A couple of years ago, in London for the weekend, I was invited to a house party somewhere in the middle of the city where I knew no-one bar the guy I had tagged along with. Between the lift and the door to the flat I asked who’s house party it was I was about…

Doncaster Rovers Belles – 2013 FAWSL Season Preview

It’s that time of year again. League tables are starting to be annotated with Ps and Rs, play-off dreams are being shrugged off and put down to the cheddar eaten before bed, and the summer stretches out ahead of us as a long expanse of nothingness in which we’ll have to feign an interest in…

Stadium Tedium; 10 Things That Modern Stadia are Missing

I’ve mentioned this before in these pages, but a couple of years back I was in a pub when I noticed the television above the bar showing a Rugby League match. There was no sound, but the anchor and pundits were rolling through their pre-amble in front of backdrop of red seats and newish concrete;…

Tea & Biscuits with Sean O’Drsicoll & Dean Saunders

Former Rovers managers Sean O’Driscoll and Dean Saunders come face to face today as Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers meet in the Championship. In issue 62 of popular STAND Jack The Miner imagined a meeting of the two in order to settle the debate over which was indeed the better manager. Sean O’Driscoll’s 2007/08 promotion…

On Supporting Two Clubs

In issue 62 of popular STAND fanzine, sold ahead of Saturday’s game, Kerrang! magazine editor James McMahon explained how he came to be a Doncaster Rovers fan with a seson ticket… for Leyton Orient. Being one of those football fans who agrees with 85% of what David Conn says, subscribes to When Saturday Comes (although…