Tag: Doncaster Rovers

Sign My Son & I Might Lend You Some Money

When Blue Square Premier club Histon spoke to an investor about putting some more money into the club, he agreed, but with a rather peculiar clause which the club decided not to take him up on. Will clubs like Histon cut their cloth accordingly, or is this just the start of a new trend?

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Match Of The Week: Southampton 1-2 Doncaster Rovers

Ten years ago, Southampton and Doncaster Rovers went into their matches desperately seeking points to avoid relegation. Southampton had just been knocked out of the FA Cup by Fulham, who were on their way into the second division of English football under Kevin Keegan. They had won their last league match against Charlton, but a 7-1 defeat at Anfield left them three points adrift of Coventry City in the Premier League relegation places, although they would go on to pull just clear of the drop. On the same day, Doncaster Rovers beat Morecambe 2-1 at Belle Vue in the Conference. It was their first win in five matches, but it was enough for them to leapfrog over Welling United and out of the relegation places in the Football Conference. Doncaster also revived their fortunes over the course of the second half of the season, eventually finishing in sixteenth place in the table. Since then, the two clubs have had vastly differing fortunes. Southampton made it to the FA Cup final in 2002, losing to Arsenal at the Millenium Stadium, but were relegated in 2005 and have never looked that likely to get back into the Premier League since then. Doncaster Rovers were promoted back into the Football League at the end of the 2002/03 season as play-off winners, and again into League Two at the end of the following...

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Rising From The Ashes

During the mid to late 1990s, while the Premier League reaped the almost ridiculously ostentatious rewards of the Sky TV boom, supporters of many smaller clubs found themselves having to mobilise against a rash of asset stripping new club owners. Each protest brought its own stark images, be they the collecting tins outside Bootham Crescent as York City were run into the ground by Douglas Craig, the desperate pitch invasion at The Goldstone Ground after David Bellotti and Bill Archer sold Brighton’s stadium to developers and pocketed the money, or the black card protests at Selhurst Park after Wimbledon announced their move to Milton Keynes. Perhaps the most vivid and poignant images of the era, however, came from Doncaster Rovers’ Belle Vue. As the club tumbled out of the Football League in 1998, Doncaster’s supporters marched a coffin from the town centre to the stadium and, as The Last Post played, they performed the last rites for a club that seemed to be at death’s door itself. The key player in the collapse of Doncaster Rovers was businessman Ken Richardson. Richardson had previous – he had been at the centre of the “Flockton Grey” betting scandal of 1982, when an average racehorse running in a nondescript race at Leicester was swapped for what was, effectively, a “ringer”. Richardson and his trainer, Stephen Wiles, bet £20,000 on the fake horse,...

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Football League Play-Off Preview

It’s that time of year again, when Wembley fills with expectant supporters for the play-off finals. Over the course of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, three matches will be played that decide who will be in what division next season, and it’s time to have a look forward to those three matches, starting with Monday’s match between Stockport County and Rochdale. Stockport and Rochdale may well be comparatively near neighbours geographically, but whilst one of them has never been promoted, the other has had a tumultuous fifteen years or so, which resulted in the near closure of the club and an eventual take-over by the club’s own supporters. They’re now trying to undo the damage that was wreaked upon them by the previous owners, and their place in the play-offs is no small surprise in itself. Stockport County vs Rochdale: If you’re under the age of about 40, you won’t be able to remember Rochdale playing in any division other than the basement of the Football League, though whether you call it Division Four, Division Three or League Two probably depends upon your age. Since being relegated into Division Four in 1973, they have barely troubled either end of the table (although they did have a close brush with the drop in 2004, and managed a play-off place in 2003. Celebrating their centenary appears to have had a beneficial effect...

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