The Long Weekend; five matches, five days, four countries

Doable. That’s Ralph’s verdict. It’s always Ralph’s verdict. And, as ever, that’s enough for you to agree to go along for the improbable; the unrecommended but ultimately possible. Wales Under 21s play in the Czech Republic’s northern tip on Monday evening. Within 24 hours of that final whistle the senior team kick-off 600 miles away…

Playing Away #2 Whitby Town vs Blyth Spartans

Continuing our series of sneaking off whilst Rovers’ back is turned for a bit on the side popular STAND Editor Glen Wilson hops up the North Yorkshire coast to the Turnbull Ground for Whitby Town vs Blyth Spartans. Whitby Town 1-3 Blyth Spartans Evo-Stick Northern Premier League Attendance: 407 Just along from the station, there’s…

“Yes, I have got coloured blood – it’s red”

In the latest issue of the print fanzine we were delighted to include a fascinating article by Jack the Miner on the late great Charlie Williams. So great was it that we felt it deserved a much wider audience than our issue 59 circulation, and so we’re delighted to reproduce it here on the website…

Jamie Coppinger’s Team-Mates – All 137 Of Them

It’s quite easy, particularly in the hyperbolic world of modern football, to oversell something, to exagerate it’s standing or importance. However, even with that in mind, it is no exageration to call Jamie Coppinger’s departure from Doncaster on Friday night (hopefully temporarily we must add), the end of an era. Coppinger has been with Rovers…

Go Away! #2 Yeovil Town

Tell me more about Yeovil Yeovil, short for ‘All Up In Yeovil’, is a town in Somerset, made infamous by its prevalent gang culture. For decades the town has been the setting of a prominent gang war between the Pen Mill Crew in the Eastside and the Westsiders from the Preston Plucknett Ghetto, making it…

Can You Remember The First Time?

Those of you familiar with the print edition of popular STAND, or indeed with long enough memories to recall Viva Rovers’ first online incarnation, will be familiar with our statistician. The man who goes by the name of Dutch Uncle, the self-proclaimed only Plaid Cymru voting Rovers fan in the Netherlands. From his underground bunker…

Double Headache; Rovers 0-1 Crawley Town / Belles 0-4 Arsenal

Selling the fanzine over the course of a season gets you many things; sunburn, pneumonia, ignored, to name but three, but it also gets you an insight into the mood of supporters. Standing outside the ground for an hour and a half watching the day’s attendance drift by you are able to gain a sense…

popular STAND issue 59: Available Now

popular STAND‘s 59th issue went on sale ahead of Rovers’ match with Crawley Town at the weekend. Sales went very well, but we still have a handful of copies left so if you want one get in touch, via email, twitter or the comments box at the foot of this page. To whet your appetitite,…

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…