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…

New Season, New Stock

We’ve decided to celebrate a new season with a new range of stock in the popular STAND shop. Added to the classic long-standing Viva Rovers designs and the Keep Calm pastiche purchased by Ian Duerden himself, comes The Bernard Range. Inspired by the star of our masthead ‘Bernard Glover from Wheatley’ we now boast a…

Go Away! #1 Walsall

New season, new division, new opponents, new feature. League One. Just the name alone is enough to send a chill down your spine. A new place, a darker place. Home to the unfamiliar (Crawley), and the long forgotten (Stevenage), it is a savage foreboding environment into which we must stride purposefully and show no fear,…

Playing Away #1 Bridlington Town vs Whitley Bay

We’re men of the world here at popular STAND, and so we realise that on occasion, there comes a time when you feel the need to seek alternate pleasure. Football sadly is not solely a game played by men (or women) in red and white hoops and so sometimes circumstances dictate that we must watch…

Out of Love – On Finding it Hard to Follow Your Club

Valentines Day. I suppose that’s as good a day as any to realise you no longer feel the attraction you once did. On Valentines Day Matt and I sat at the back of the West Stand and held something of a mid-match confessional. Whilst below us Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who looks more like the proprietor of…

Paul Raven’s Newsround 06.07.12

A week of comings and goings , well goings at least, to recap for Paul Raven in his Newsround this week. Also featured this week Dean Saunders auditions for the Big Top, and the Belles are in Euro action. Walker Walks Director of Football Mickey Walker has been released from his post as part of…

Belles Ring Out at Euros

Three members of the Doncaster Rovers Belles squad tonight featured in their second match at the UEFA Women’s Under 19s Championships in Turkey. Sadly for the England trio of Mary Earps, Beth England and Jess Sigsworth (pictured above from left), their fixture against Spain ended in defeat, following on from an opening match loss to…

Taking The Mickey

Rovers have announced today that local-legend and rumoured founder member Mickey Walker has been released from his contract at the club. Walker, now 67, has been relinquished from his role as part of restructuring at the club following relegation from the Championship, after twelve years with the club. “This club has been part of my…

Paul Raven’s Newsround 29.06.12

An interesting week for Paul as he was able to get his teeth into some proper transfer news rather than the usual rumour-mongering. And speaking of transfers, if anyone is interested Paul Raven is available on a swap deal, ideally for another player who’s name sounds more like John Craven so we don’t have to…

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…

FAWSL: Doncaster Rovers Belles 0-2 Liverpool

Disappointment for the Doncaster Rovers Belles on Saturday, as two great strikes from visitors Liverpool proved the difference between the two FAWSL sides. The 2-0 defeat drops the Belles back to the foot of the table as the League pauses for a mid-season break for international and Olympic fixtures In front of a crowd of…

Paul Raven’s Newsround 22.06.12

Eyes down and look in, a much busier seven days for Paul Raven to recap in his Newsround this week, including familiar new owners, fixture fun, Belles back in action, non-transfer rumours, and a not-quite international. Forum For the Future Sees Bramhall and Watson Back, But Not On Board Rovers, in conjunction with the Viking…