7 things that make you a true Doncaster Rovers fan

"They'll throw it away from here, you know. Just watch."
"They'll throw it away from here, you know. Just watch."
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Consider yourself a true Doncaster Rovers supporter?

If you want to display your real affection for your red and white heroes, here's a light-hearted look at the seven things that make you a true Rovers fan.

This will always be better than a 15,000 all-seater stadium

This will always be better than a 15,000 all-seater stadium

1. You will always maintain that Belle Vue is better than the Keepmoat

Crumbling, dirty, out-dated, shabby and damp, Rovers' old ground will always have more appeal than lots of plastic seats, breezeblocks and a nice place to park your Ford Focus.

2. You'll have listened in awe to two female supporters lovingly known as The Shouty Bags

"Is it fish for tea?" "Get a yellow shirt on!" "Get him a wedding ring!" All puzzling entries in the matchday lexicon of two dearly-loved female Rovers fans who used to berate anyone and everyone from the Main Stand Terrace. Woe betide anyone who dared take them to task.

"Bl**dy Russians - Pushemov, Shovemov." A true Rovers fan can decipher this code.

"Bl**dy Russians - Pushemov, Shovemov." A true Rovers fan can decipher this code.

3. You've heard matchday announcements by Ken Avis

The mantra "A reminder to patrons seated in the Main Stand, under the fire regulations, there is no smoking in the Main Stand and we do ask for your co-operation" is forever rooted in the minds of 40-something Rovers fans. That and Mike Hunt losing his keys/bus pass/season ticket. Every. Single. Week.

4. You can remember Derby matches used to be against Leek Town

Forget rivalries with Scunthorpe, Barnsley, Leeds and Sheffield United, during the Conference days, Rovers had to pretend to have intense rivalry with a small town in Staffordshire that no-one had ever visited. Ever.

Ken Avis - a man who knew his rules on smoking.

Ken Avis - a man who knew his rules on smoking.

5. You were there for THAT midweek afternoon match

March, 31, 1992. A seriously wonky floodlight caused a Belle Vue fixture against Barnet to kick-off at 2pm on a Tuesday. 1,247 people were there. Were you? Can you tell your grandchildren the day you saw Mike Jeffrey bag the winner?

6. You'll know that Mirsad Bubalovic is the greatest Rovers player ever

Forget Alick Jeffrey, Francis Tierney, James Coppinger or Colin Douglas, the first name that should spring to mind for any true Rover is Mirsad Bubalovic. He was the finest player ever to grace Belle Vue. He made one subsitute appearance. A legend was born.

The glitz, the glamour, the excitement - all from playing a small town in Staffordshire.

The glitz, the glamour, the excitement - all from playing a small town in Staffordshire.

7. Rovers can throw away absolutely any situation whatsoever

10-0 up in injury time? You can only class yourself as a true Rover if you can nudge the supporter next to you and grumble: "You watch, we'll lose this." See also: "Bl**dy rubbish" moaned 30 seconds into the game and endless pleas to "gerrit forrad."

Mike Jeffrey in action for Rovers.

Mike Jeffrey in action for Rovers.

This is the finest player ever to play for Doncaster Rovers. Honestly.

This is the finest player ever to play for Doncaster Rovers. Honestly.