There have been calls for patience and perspective all season from certain corners of the Keepmoat Stadium following the infamous ten day pre-season preparations Paul Dickov was dumped with in
the wake of yet another summer of disastrous takeover attempts.
Not everyone listened but, sure enough, it unsurprisingly took until the new year for the Scot to develop a sound, solid squad that has now brought us within reach of the play-offs.
After a shock relegation in the last gasp moments of last season when for so long it looked like we’d survive, the powers that be at Doncaster Rovers have several times now reiterated that this season is about building a sustainable foundation for the football club with a long-term vision.
For me, part of this is about taking advantage of the club’s reputation of being a warm, friendly, family club, and getting involved.
As James Coppinger enjoys his tenth season at Doncaster Rovers, it must count for something when an icon such as himself even joins up to the Viking Supporters Cooperative, one of the most widely respected supporters trusts in the country that meets regularly with club officials to provide fan input.
I’m one of those who considers myself “Rovers Till I Die,” and if you do too, it’s a good idea to join Copps in order to get involved and have your say. For £12 per annum, or a quid a month, it’s worth it, which is why I joined and eventually became a director of the trust.
One way the VSC has helped is by being integral to the development of fan forums as well as pushing to develop the atmosphere at the Keepmoat. As a result, there have been many initiatives from the club, such as the move towards an unreserved seating section in the South Stand, comparatively good value season ticket prices, and the ripple effect of different supporters groups starting off their own positive campaigns, with one recent example being the Black Bank movement using a crowdfunding platform to raise funds for flags and banners to be displayed in what will be a revived South Stand next season.
Ultimately, though, for me the first step to really get involved in our club as supporters is to join an independent, not-for-profit supporters trust that still retains excellent dialogue with the club itself. As many of us as possible need to join Copps, and sign up.