Monthly Archives: January 2015

Uche Ikpeazu

Uche Ikpeazu  Age 19 (Born 28 Feb, 1995)

At 6ft 3 Uche Ikpeazu is big, strong and reasonably mobile.  He holds the ball up well and is a handful for centre backs because of his physical attributes (he has already scored against Rovers this year).    Went through the ranks at Reading before turning down a pro deal to sign for Watford (a deal which included an undisclosed amount of compensation).  Has spent two spells on loan at Crewe who were keen to extend his latest spell by all accounts.

A promising youngster, it remains to be seen if he will provide the cutting edge Doncaster Rovers are looking for (his goal ratio is around 1 in 4 for Crewe in League 1).  Many hoped the club would go for a proven goalscorer or otherwise give the Rovers very own promising youngsters a go.  Surely McKay and Madeville fall into the same category as Ikpeazu?  At the very least he may offer a physical presence and a different option to Curtis Main.

His record is below, as is a short video of his 2 goals for Crewe this year including the one against Doncaster Rovers..

Uche Ikpeazu video here

Club

From

To

fee

APPS

GLS

Doncaster

27 Jan, 15

Loan

0

0

Crewe

26 Nov, 14

26 Jan, 15

Loan

7 (1)

2
Crewe

13 Jan, 14

01 Jun, 14

Loan

10 (5)

4
Watford

01 Jul, 13

Free

0

0

Reading

01 Jul, 12

01 Jul, 13

Youth

0

0

Totals

 

 

£0 17(6)

6

 

Doncaster Rovers Documentary “They think it’s all Rovers”


IMG_2672Doncaster Rovers Documentary.
 The fascinating, painful and cringeworthy glimpse into the world of Doncaster Rovers during the 1997-98 season.  This period has been well documented and led to the clubs fall into the Conference and almost into extinction.

Look out for some spectacular match action as well as Danny Bergara’s spine tingling quotations from Winston Churchill (not sure he nailed it word for word, but judge for yourself) a vast array of dodgy looking blokes and Prince Moncrieffe’s collection of baseball hats and sunglasses.  Enjoy.

*Due to some issues with my web host I’m having trouble hosting the video on this site.  Fortunately some kind person has posted it on YouTube here –            They think it’s all Rovers (1998)

Doncaster Rovers Abdul Razak

abdul razak 2
Don’t know very much about Doncaster Rovers new signing Abdul Razak?  Well, you’re not on your own.  I’ve done some research and trawled through google to see what i could find on the Rovers newest recruit.

Born 11 November 1992 the 22 year old midfielder is an Ivory Coast international (well, not for a while and he did not make the squad for the AFCON  tournament currently in progress but he has 5 caps nonetheless).

Having been a youth at Crystal Palace he joined Man City in 2011, making a promising start with a handful of premier league appearances.  However he spent some time out on loan, latterly with Charlton where he couldn’t break into the first team and ultimately had his loan ended early.

A spell in Russia with Anzhi again only yielded 7 appearances before returning to England with West Ham.  Things didn’t work out in London and he failed to make an appearance.  Another handful of games followed in Crete before Razak signed for the Rovers.

For someone who promised so much he has hardly set the world on fire (of course not, he wouldn’t have signed for Doncaster Rovers otherwise) but more  worryingly, he has hardly played and at 22 he is running out of time to fulfil the potential he initially showed.  He is strong, mobile and has a great range of pass with the vision to match.  He could prove a useful foil alongside a more advanced Ritchie Wellens, but there are still more questions than answers against the player.
Such a promising but stuttering career is something of a conundrum.  When asking why, my cynical mind wonders about things like attitude and off field issues?  A view which is not reduced by reports of him being sent home for fighting with team mates while on International duty in 2013.  Given the Man City connection, surely Dickov has done his homework and must feel he can handle any issues Razak brings with him? Time will tell, but it appears as though the current short term deal will suit both parties well.

His record is below as well as a youtube clip of him playing while on loan at Brighton here.

2011–2013 Manchester City 5 (0)
2011 → Portsmouth (loan) 3 (0)
2012 → Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) 6 (0)
2012 → Charlton Athletic (loan) 2 (0)
2013–2014 Anzhi Makhachkala 7 (0)
2014 West Ham United 0 (0)
2014– OFI Crete 9 (0

Doncaster Rovers Abdul Razak