FA Cup Memories: From Just A Pub Team
A nod today to a fellow faithful Rovers website – Just A Pub Team – who yesterday uploaded some terrific footage from the DRFC archive that I thought people should see.
As F.A. Cup 1st Round weekend arrives, Just A Pub Team have uploaded the highlights from the first ever Match Of The Day visit to Doncaster Rovers, a snapshot in time of when Rovers really were a pub team having a laugh. In late October of 1999, Rovers hosted once rivals Halifax Town in the competition at Belle Vue in a featured game, shown below. Gary Lineker was the host of the programme, and legendary commentator Tony Gubba was down at OBV to call the action as Halifax, the team who had gone into the Football League at our expense little over a year earlier, came looking to avoid an upset.
On a personal level, seeing this footage brings back great memories (despite the result) as this was my first season watching the club, and the first Rovers team I can remember. I still remember the game well, stood on the Main Stand Terrace with my dad cheering on the boys in white (no red in those days) in what was the highest profile match I’d seen to date. It was my first “proper” FA Cup tie, and it had a lot to live up to after my maiden game in the competition had yielded a 7-0 win over Crook Town in qualifying a fortnight earlier.
The Rovers side that day, as you can see below, featured such luminary names as Dave Penney, Andy Warrington and Simon Marples, whilst the opposition line-up threw up some interesting names too. Future Rovers’ Jamie Paterson and Lee Butler (looking altogether more svelte than we know him to be) played for Halifax that day, along with former Rover Steve Gaughan and the current Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.
Anyway, enjoy the video below, share it on around the Rovers fandom and check out Just A Pub Team for some great club-related content.