Monthly Archives: May 2017

When did it become ok not to win?

I’m angry, well hurt really. People say “well promotion was the aim anyway, that’s what matters” and “you’d have taken promotion before the season” but that just makes me more angry. If the point is not coming first then what is it? Seriously, why do we bother, with any of it? If it’s not the point to come first then why give out medals for doing so? Why did I spend years of my youth pouring over an embarrassingly sparse and almost contradictory ‘Honours’ column of our club, wondering what it would be like to see a team who were good enough to add their names to such an important list.

Try telling the 10 year old me that it doesn’t matter if we finish first or not. I could almost see some logic in that if we were one of European footballs fallen giants and getting out of the bottom division were merely an inconvenient but necessary step to getting back to where we should be.

The fact is we are Doncaster Rovers, this IS our level, here or hereabouts is where we have been for the last 60 years generally speaking and I can’t recall a single moment of the 80’s or 90’s where I wouldn’t have gladly offered any limb of your choice for the chance to be crowned champions of anything. This appalling attitude of ‘it doesn’t really matter’ is symptomatic of the sickening arrogance that runs through the game these days, a game where even it’s most average exponents earn money that would change the lives of most us.

I would love someone will the opportunity to do so, to ask Darren Ferguson to justify his part in this embarrassing conclusion to the season. To ask him for his thought process over recent weeks.  Why he has made consistent changes to personnel and shape when all the evidence screams it was unnecessary? Ask why last week when a win would’ve put us in charge of winning a trophy he lined up with one up front at home? Ask him if today, in what was basically a cup final, he could honestly say that replacing McCullough and Coppinger made our team stronger, and if not – as is so painfully the case, why did he do it? Why did he treat the competition and paying public with such contempt as to withdraw our two best players. I knew then that it was game over. I’m angered by the fact the we simply acquiesced to defeat and snatched it from the jaws of victory.

The most alarming point of the day was that in going behind there was no angry reaction from the players, no desire to change things, no kick up the arses, no hurrying to restart play, no will to win. I’m not saying they don’t care, of course not; I’m saying that at some point over the last few weeks it became acceptable not to win. It became acceptable during Paul Dickov’s reign, it became acceptable during a three month spell under Ferguson last year and it has become acceptable once more. The general malaise around the club has returned and it makes me feel sick. Let’s all feel relieved this season is over, if we still had 10 games left I wouldn’t back us to make the play offs.

I hope all concerned with the club enjoy their summer holiday and return determined to right the wrongs of the last month. I will spend the next few months trying to convince myself that next year will be different because we are back in League One, but the fact will remain that we blew it. We blew the chance to win something, to add another piece to history, to our history. Doing just that meant something to me and it hurts that didn’t. The first time that it doesn’t, the first time ‘I’d take’ second best I’m packing it in, when that’s acceptable then what’s the point?

 

Doncaster Rovers Shirt Gallery

Doncaster Rovers Shirt Gallery

Over the past few years the world of ‘vintage’ or ‘retro’ (or in the words of my wife  ‘Scruffy and old’) Rovers shirts has been one which I have become increasingly immersed in.  Turns out I have got quite a few now and so I thought I would stick them online in the hope that others may enjoy them as I do.

I am always keen to add to the collection so if you have a shirt which I haven’t got and you are willing to part with it or looking to sell one, let me know at info@justapubteam.com

Here is the Doncaster Rovers Shirt gallery:

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1989 – 1990.

Love this shirt.  Always makes me think of Les Robinson.

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1990 – 1991.

As worn by Duggie, Rankine, Noteman, Gormley.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1991-1992.

Slightly different collar to the previous year.  This change was made to both replica and player issue.

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 1990 – 1992.

Love a green away shirt.  This one makes me think John Muir

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1992 – 1993.

Classic jagged hoops. – Mike Jeffrey

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 1992 – 1993.

Classic Seaweed

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1993-94.

Jagged hoops, alternative sponsor.  Get a print of this shirt here..

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1994-1995.

Graeme Jones, John Schofield, Gary Brabin.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 1995/96

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 1995-1996. **NEW**

This is a really nice away shirt.  Mine has Football League badges and bears the number 7 on the back.. Presumably player issue / match worn… Probably by John Schofield.

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1996-1997.

Colin Cramb, Darren Moore, Paul Birch.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 1996/97

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 1996-1997.

**NEW**

Despite the dodgy badge and the fact that it’s yellow I have grown to like this shirt.  Cramb, Moore, Ian Gore et al.

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 1998 – 1999.

First season in the conference.  I picked this up before the club had agreed a shirt sponsor.  Ian Duerden, Lee Warren.

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 1999 – 2000.

often forgotten away shirt, second year in the conference.

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2000-2001

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2000 – 2001

**NEW**

Can’t shake the sight of Carl Alford spooning one into the Asda carpark whenever I see this shirt.

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2000 – 2001.

Another away shirt, think Carl Alford, Jimmy Kelly.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2001 – 2002.

Paul Barnes…

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2002 – 2003.

Mark Albrighton, Paul Green.. John Ryan…

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2003 – 2005.

Division three winners, Fortune-West, Blundell

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2004 – 2005.

away shirt come third shirt.  James Coppinger

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2005 – 2006.

Famous league cup run – McIndoe, Thornton, Coppinger.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2006 – 2007.

JPT trophy winners, Heffernan, Lee, Coppinger

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2006 – 2007.

Excellent away shirt.  Think Brian Stock.  Oh and James Coppinger.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2007 – 2009.

Play off winners.  Jason Price, Paul Green, James Hayter, James Coppinger

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2007 - 2009

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2007-2009.

**NEW**

Think Lewis Guy at Derby.  And James Coppinger

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2011 – 2012.

Championship side, though not much for longer.. Sharp, Diouf and Coppinger.

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2013 – 2014.

Chris Brown.  James Coppinger.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2014 – 2015.

Tyson, Furman, Coppinger.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2014 – 2015.

Forrester, Bennett, Coppinger.

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2015 – 2016.

Williams, Butler, Coppinger

 

 

Doncaster Rovers home shirt 2016 – 2017.

Marquis, Rowe and Coppinger

 

 

Doncaster Rovers away shirt 2016 – 2017.

Houghton, Baudry and Coppinger.