Expert corner: Laurie Sheffield

HALF of one of Doncaster Rovers' most prolific striking partnerships in modern times, Laurie Sheffield netted 41 goals in just 73 league appearances during two spells at Belle Vue during the second half of the 1960s.

Sheffield and the legendary Alick Jeffrey fired Rovers to the Fourth Division championship in 1965-66 by bagging 50 goals between them - more than half of Doncaster's total for the season. Swansea-born Sheffield spent time on the books of his hometown club as a teenager before joining Rovers from Newport County in 1965. Still living in Doncaster, the 69-year-old watches every Rovers home game and helps out in the Keepmoat's Premier Club hospitality lounge on match days.

ROVERS produced a terrific performance against Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday.

So to come out against a top club like Bristol City on Tuesday and do it again was tremendous.

City looked physically strong and, even though they threw on some big fellas, Rovers coped well.

I don't know how long they can keep this marvellous run going but the thing I've noticed from speaking to one or two players is that they are really enjoying their football.

I don't believe they will be going down to Swansea thinking it's a challenge to get something from the game down there.

The players seem so relaxed, everyone is working hard for each other and they are quick on the ball.

They're going into every match with this confidence and I think if they played Arsenal tomorrow they would go into it with the same attitude.

Now they believe they can beat anybody.

I think the reason behind Rovers' recent winning run is that Sean has got his midfield combination just right.

Brian Stock and Richie Wellens have been brilliant all season but the key for me has been bringing in Martin Woods and John Spicer.

When Woods and Spicer came into the side it made a hell of a difference to the midfield because they provide more support to the attack and more threat in the box.

Before Christmas the midfielders were getting back to defend, which is obviously important, but were finding it hard to break forward.

Even though I was born in Swansea I will be shouting for Rovers this weekend - but my son will be shouting for the Swans because he is a Swansea fan!

When I was captaining the Welsh Schoolboys aged 15 I signed for Swansea as an apprentice but never signed a professional contract with them.

In those days you were an apprentice until 17 and then the club either gave you a contract or told you that you were on your bike.

But I only lasted six months at the club.

They were a tremendous international side at that time with superb players like Ivor Allchurch and Mel Charles.

So I said to my father that I wouldn't get into that team and decided to leave.

Loads of clubs wanted to sign me because they had seen me playing for the Welsh Schoolboys - but I went to Bristol Rovers and that was a disaster.

From there I signed for Newport County and then joined Doncaster, where we won the old Fourth Division championship in 1965-66 when Alick scored 22 goals and I got 28 goals in the same season.

When I stopped playing football I didn't go back to Wales because I love it in Doncaster.

Swansea are my second club and I want them to do well.

But I have no passion for Swansea - my club is Doncaster Rovers.

Prediction: Playing Swansea this Saturday could be the best time to play them. They are in the middle of a cup run and under pressure to stay in the play-off hunt. I fancy us to get a point - 1-1.

Free Press prediction: Rovers to repeat last season's 2-1 success.