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Groundsman Andy was Rovers’ man of match!

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  • by Paul Mayfield
 

‘Brian Flynn’s Barmy Army’ . . . ‘Brian Flynn’s Barmy Army’, has a bit of a ring to it - and the fans on Saturday who attended the game against Orient, belted it out for a good 10 minutes during the game.

The scoreline flattered our guests. If we had got out of third gear we may have overhauled our goals deficit on Tranmere.

The game wouldn’t have gone ahead without the hard work by head groundsman Andy Thompson and his staff, and the fans who shifted all the snow, including one Orient fan who had travelled up early to help. We salute you.

The pitch held up remarkably well. It was only fitting that Andy received the man of the match accolade from the match sponsors.

The team carried where they had left off against Stevenage. The same combination of a Cotterill corner and Rob Jones heading home got the ball rolling and the points were secured in the second half when another Cotterill assist (how many has that been?) found Chris Brown. Not known for his pace, he outpaced the defence to knutmeg the O’s keeper Jones.

On the playing side, it was difficult to pick out a man of the match, Coppinger, on his 300th appearance, Jones leader extrordinaire or Brown, whose work rate is brilliant.

But the man who just shaded it for me was Paul Keegan, blighted by injury, and lack of opportunity, he showed his true potential.

When Brian was asked about Keegan after the game, he asked “how many men does it take to carry a piano ? his answer was five, four to carry it and one to play it (has he been to Eric Cantona’s school of rhymes ?)

What he was getting at? I think was was you have your workers, but with Paul calling the Tunes, a leader.

It was nice to interview Brian face to face, in my case literally at low level (lol). Throw Jonesy in and you get the Little and Large Show. I believe they will lead us back to the Championship, and with Rob is taking his FA Coaching Licences, there is a bright future.

There is a real feelgood factor around the place, and through In Rovers We Trust, the club is listening to it’s fans.

Currently they are asking for new kit designs for next season, and prizes are being given to fans who buy their season tickets early.

No game this weekend due to Milton Keynes being in the FA Cup, so the next fixture is Bury away. By all the talk this could be a sell-out in the away end, with the dearest tickets being £17.

Please book early for the supporters coaches, as I think there will be a high demand. Also, remember England Under-19s are coming to the Keepmoat. We beleive that if we can get a good attendance for thsi fixture, the FA may give us another under 21 game. There are special priced tickets for season ticket holders.

The transfer window is nearly closed, do you think we need to add to the squad?

Well with no footy, why not pay a visit to your local non-League club to give them support, there are plenty to choose from in the area.

Get your friends to come and support the mighty Rovers in their next home game against Walsall.

And season-ticket holders, get your five free tickets by taking your season ticket to the ticket office.Lets get the ‘Moat a rocking .

 

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