Tag Archives: FA Cup

Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace: 250 word match report

Had this match been played out exclusively in the parts of the pitch that weren’t penalty area Rovers could be hugely satisfied, having moved the ball with a confidence that belied the divisional gap. But football doesn’t work that way and in the two 18-yard-boxes the clinical difference told; despite winning a dozen corners Rovers failed to test Wayne Hennessey, Palace were ruthless. Continue reading Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal Palace: 250 word match report

podular STAND: the Doncaster Rovers podcast – episode 13

Yes, that’s right this fanzine has a podcast. Still. After an extended period on gardening leave podular STAND has finally been risen from its slumber by FA Cup Fever. Not only has Doncaster Rovers’ best FA Cup run in over 60 years brought excitement to the town, it’s also managed to bring three of our regular contributors around a microphone for an hour. Continue reading podular STAND: the Doncaster Rovers podcast – episode 13

How do we solve a problem like the FA Cup?

Bosnia Herzegovina, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, USA, Deepdale. What connects these places? Well, the last one probably gave it away, but these are the dozen locations you would’ve needed to be in order to watch Rovers FA Cup match at Preston, live. Bumped 23 hours because supposedly the people of Skopje couldn’t get through a Burek brunch without Andy Butler heading everything in the background. Well, they’re only human. Continue reading How do we solve a problem like the FA Cup?

Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Rochdale: 250 word match report

Doncaster Rovers have been criticised in some quarters in recent weeks for the amount of goals they have conceded in the dying minutes of matches. In this FA Cup fixture against Rochdale, Rovers were the team desperately throwing everyone forward to try to grab an equaliser at the death, but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. Continue reading Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Rochdale: 250 word match report

Dab Cams and Dud Cups; on the FA’s Failing of Lower League Clubs

Up on the Wembley big screens, as England were preparing to face Malta, the pre-match audio-visual assault of corporate messages paused long enough to herald the introduction of Dab Cam. As fans took their seats a roaming lens flitted about the stadium and zoomed in on supporters and remained fixed on their gurning faces until they made a misguided and peer-pressured attempt at performing ‘the dab’. And so, another new in-stadium phenomenon was instantly born; the Mexican Cringe. Continue reading Dab Cams and Dud Cups; on the FA’s Failing of Lower League Clubs

Oldham Athletic 2-1 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report

Rovers, perhaps, demonstrated the extent of their ambition in the FA cup with only three players from the previous week keeping their place, but while it was a welcome relief to see names like Craig Alcock and Marko Marosi back on the teamsheet, the players’ unfamiliarity with each other was all too apparent. Continue reading Oldham Athletic 2-1 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report

Cambridge United 1-3 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

In my first year of university I met a girl from Cambridgeshire. ‘I’ve been up north once,’ she said, ‘it was weird, the houses were joined together’. That’s the difference between the home counties and us – they view terraces as a novelty. I try not to hold judgements, but arriving in Cambridge Sunday I saw a mime artist ordering a crepe. It really is a different world. Continue reading Cambridge United 1-3 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report