WILL the real Doncaster Rovers please stand up?
Saturday’s performance against Notts County, where we limped out of the FA Cup and kissed goodbye to £67,500 winning money - money not to be scoffed at - was embarrassing.
Too many of the players who had put in sparkling performances against Barnsley only five days previously, must have wanted January 28 off so badly to catch up on late January sales or something. How else can you explain it?
However, you must give credit to Notts County. They came with a game plan and they had more desire to win and deserved a tie against Stevenage in the next round.
Surely we should not have to resort to playing a player from the start who had not kicked a ball in anger in six months. I’m worried about my beloved club, and where we are heading.
It was great to see the fans respond to the reduced ticket prices at £10 for adults and a £1 for the kids - though there should have been more there. What else can the directors do to get more bums on seats?
The VSC Supporters Club and the football club are looking at ways to get fans down to the Keepmoat, under the guidance of Martin O’Hara. Look out for more details over the coming months.
The closure of the South Stand did us no favours as the experiment with the singing section in the West stand failed miserably.
County’s opening goal looked like there may have been a push on Habib Beye in the build up, and I noticed the linesman put his flag half up in the build up then bring it down again, He can’t have been wired up at that point as his earpiece was dangling out of his shorts.
With Billy Sharp not playing it led to all kinds of speculation prior to the start. He was at the game but we wondered whether he had agreed a move and and the club concerned didn’t want him to be cup-tied
We could have done with Jordan Rhodes on the pitch instead of sitting in the press box in the first half as the previous night he had scored five goals for Huddersfield at Wycombe,
He was there with his dad, Andy, who many of you will know served us well between the sticks in the 80s.
We have seen several permanent departures this week with midfielder Dean Shiels being released from his contract to link up with his dad on a permanent basis at Kilmarnock. Veteran defender Richard Naylor has also left.
Tomorrow sees another hard game against Cardiff City, who have been in the play-offs for the past two seasons. We will need to have our wits about us to keep out the likes of Miller, Earnshaw and Whittingham.
But with Martin Woods and John Oster back from injury we could have that bit of bite back in the team.
We owe Cardiff one after getting on the wrong end of a couple of pastings at their place over the past past two seasons.
We are hoping to start the up Supporters Fans Forums again shortly. If they are as good as last season they will be interesting.
We urge fans to book early for the coaches to Bristol City and Hull City so we can get the required amount of coaches booked.
Departure times for Bristol City are: Retford 8.15, Harworth 8.20, Bawtry/Rossington 8.30, Hare and Tortoise 8.35, Infirmary 8.45 and Keepmoat 9pm.
The North Branch Supporters Club have come up with a novel way of raising money for the club. They are collecting old mobile phones and turning them into cash. Collection points are Rossington Co-op, the Supporters’ Club shop, plus many in North Doncaster area. Phone the branch mobile 07780-316923 for more details.
Doncaster Rovers Belles are holding a Race Night for their ladies’ teams on Friday January 27.
Tickets for the event, being held at the Police Club in town, cost £8 and include a meal. Give me a call for more details on 07961-727769 or speak to Belles’ manager John Buckley.
The Supporters’ Club are going to the dogs at Stainforth on Friday February 24th and all fans are welcome.
Tickets at £12 include admission, race card, free drinks and a meal. Phone me for tickets.
We also hope to have a ten pin bowling night with the players, management and staff from the Rovers on Wednesday March 14 at the Doncaster Bowl. The cost will be around £5. Places are limited, so I need to know as soon as possible.
We will again be running a supporters’ coach from Retford to tomorrow’s game leaving Retford at (1pm), Ranskill (1.10), Harworth (1.20), Rossington Styrupp/ Labour Club (1.30). There is no need to book just turn up.