Monthly Archives: December 2016

Retro Rovers Video – Rovers v Bristol City 1983

Found this video from the 1983-84 promotion season. We finished runners up to York City that year in Division 4 and this was an excellent win against a useful Bristol City team.

Terrific strike from Andy Kowalski and a goal from David Harle, which he follows up with a bizarre but terrific ‘running on broken glass’ celebration.  Good to see Ernie Moss in action also, running clear before being dragged down by the keeper.  Moss got 17 goals that year and was joint top scorer with Duggie, but was robbed of one here.

Rovers:  1.Boyd  2.Russell  3.Harle  4.I Snodin  5.Lister  6.Humphries  7.Miller  8.Moss  9.Douglas  10.Kowalski  11.G Snodin.

Mickey Norbury

Will always be considered something of a hero by Rovers fans after scoring a hat trick against Scunthorpe United at Glanford in the Rovers 5-0 demolition of their rivals (see the video of Norbury’s 2nd goal below).  Former jail bird, ‘Mental’ Mickey joined Rovers in 1994 having enjoyed a good record at Preston North End; however he suffered a broken leg at Deepdale which kept him out for 18 months and his promising career never really recovered.  At Rovers he proved a decent, hardworking strike partner for the more skilful Graeme Jones, though he himself didn’t find the net throughout the whole of the 94-95 league season before suddenly scoring 5 goals in as many games.  He left the club for Halifax the following season and drifted into the non-league game where he enjoyed some success as a striker in the conference.

In January 2007, whilst Goole’s assistant manager he was handed a six year touch line ban having been charged with two accounts of foul and abusive language and threatening behaviour towards referees.   “I’ve had my share of sending’s off but never once have I threatened a referee – until this season” however happily this ban was later reduced to 182 days following an appeal.

Sometimes hot headed and occasionally reckless, Mickey was no stranger to red and yellow cards throughout his career, however his performance at Glanford Park made him a cult figure among Rovers fans, in total he made 27 appearances for the Rovers, scoring 5 times.