Gender and Football: Belles, Balls and Bureaucracy

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Gender and Football | No Comments
Gender and Football: Belles, Balls and Bureaucracy

It’s 2012. I am standing on my old school field, in roughly the same spot where sixteen years earlier, during Year 8 PE, I face-planted the cinder-running track attempting the hurdles. I am one of a crowd of twenty or so watching a football match on the new 3G Astroturf. I am joking with one of the players warming up to go on. “A pint a goal, seems fair”. …

Hopeless Football League Teams 7: Doncaster Rovers, 1997-98

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Hopeless Teams | 13 Comments
Hopeless Football League Teams 7: Doncaster Rovers, 1997-98

In Matt’s previous house there was a photo on the wall. It was of himself, sat on the grass, legs crossed, head bowed beneath his baseball cap. The picture was taken at Belle Vue as Doncaster Rovers took on Hull City. The date, Saturday 4th April 1998. The time, just after ten past three. The piece of grass on which Matt was sitting, the centre-spot.

This was just one …

Sean O’Driscoll: a Primer

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Uncategorized | 17 Comments
Sean O’Driscoll: a Primer

Nottingham Forest fans read on, for we are very pleased to welcome back Glen Wilson, steward of Doncaster Rovers’ Popular STAND Fanzine and late of award winning blog, Viva Rovers. Here Glen provides us with an insight into Sean O’Driscoll, recently installed in a supporting role to Steve Cotterill at the City Ground.

‘The natural state of the football fan is bitter disappointment’ wrote Nick Hornby and for the …

Great Football League Teams 8: Doncaster Rovers, 2003-4

Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in Great Teams | 11 Comments

For the eighth in our series of great football league teams down the years, we turn to the Doncaster Rovers of 2003-4, courtesy of Glen Wilson, curator of one of the leading club sites on the world wide web, Viva Rovers. Donny are currently enjoying a protracted glory spell in historical terms and Glen looks back to the early days of the revival.

Half a decade. That’s how long …

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