Doncaster Rovers old boys take a trip down memory lane at Earl of Doncaster reunion

Rovers players from the past reunited at the Earl of Doncaster last weekend.
Rovers players from the past reunited at the Earl of Doncaster last weekend.

It was a case of all our yesterdays as a group of former Doncaster Rovers players held a reunion in the town last weekend.

The anecdotes were free flowing as the players took a trip down memory lane meeting up with teammates they had not seen for more than a decade.

The idea came when several players bumped into each other at the funeral of Steve Adams who died earlier this year at the age of 57 following a long battle with cancer.

Adams, a skilful winger, made 35 first team appearances for Rovers from 1989-91 and was a popular figure in the dressing room.

The event, at the Earl of Doncaster, was organised by former Rovers stars Paul Raven, Colin Douglas and Lee Turnbull assisted by Alick Jeffrey, son of the legendary Rovers striker.

Former boss Dave Cusack and Mark Atkins, who had a brief spell alongside Dave Penney as joint caretaker manager in 2000, were among those in attendance along with ex-youth coach Jim Golze. Apart from Cusack and Raven, other members of the centre back union included Glenn Humphries, Russ Wilcox and Andy Crosby.

Steve Gaughan, Raven’s teammate from the side that reached the FA Youth Cup final in 1988, was also present along with a strong Scottish contingent led by Douglas, John Buckley, Billy Russell and Jim Dobbin.

The elder statesman of the gathering was 65-year-old Pat Lally, who played for Rovers from 1978-82, while players who came through the youth system included Scott Maxfield, Craig Bennett, Max Nicholson, Chris Redhead, Lee Thew, Mark Rowe, Mark Nesbitt, Jamie Roberts, Roger McKenzie and brothers Mark and Neil Illman.

Goalkeepers Mark Samways and Nick Buxton were also present along with midfielder Sean Parrish and winger Daral Pugh, who made over 150 appearances for the club.

The entertainment was provided by brilliant pianist and comedian Colin ‘Fingers’ Henry, father of former Rovers left back Nicky Limber, who had the players in stitches with his jokes – often at their expense!

Turnbull, who compered the evening, said there were plans to set up an ex-players association with the aim of making the reunion an annual event.