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From The Chairman

1 March 2013

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What a lovely feeling it is to be going into tomorrow afternoon's home game with Hartlepool United top of the League One table.

It is something that has eluded us so far into the new year but has now been established with the last gasp victory at Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.

In the second half last Saturday, at home to Yeovil, you could see the football and confidence bouncing back into the team and how the bringing down of David Syers didn't lead to a penalty I will never know.

We didn't lose as a result of it and the blip of two defeats was further cast into oblivion by the performance at Shrewsbury. 

Some of the football was tremendous and the performances of youngsters James Husband and John Lundstram just showed what potential they have.


I must congratulate Brian Flynn in giving James his head in that left wing-back role and also for engaging John on his loan from Everton. Some of his across field balls to David Cotterill were top notch and it is what we have been looking for from midfield. Shades of Brian Stock were brought to mind against Shrewsbury.

Please get behind goalkeeper Gary Woods against Hartlepool and for the rest of the season. All the top keepers make mistakes and for me Gary has had a good season and is learning all the time.


This will be no easy game against the Monkey Hangers who have really come on this past two months under new manager John Hughes. 

They are the form team right now in League One and you can imagine the high profile of the game with their No1 fan Jeff Stelling of Gillette Soccer Special on Sky, seeing his boys against the top of the league while they are scrapping for points to avoid relegation.

That is why we need a good attendance to back our team, which after all is top, and that alone should encourage more you to come out and support us.

We are in a busy period of three games in a week, and it continues for the next two weeks with MK Dons away on Tuesday. That game is followed by another long trip to Bournemouth before a home game against Carlisle United on the Tuesday. Portsmouth follows on the Saturday fortunately that game is also at home.

We need your support as I would like to keep ahead of the chasing pack now and have automatic promotion sewn up before we go to Brentford for the last game of the season.

Then we can really let our hair down and celebrate instead of wondering about the impending play-offs. We have the squad to do this and as I have said before the boys are up for it.

I wasn't around in 1946-47 and 1950-51 when we last topped the old Division Three (now League 1) and I have lost count since Tuesday night how many times I have looked at the league table.

Saturday should see one of the best games at the Keepmoat this season and please make sure you are there to cheer on Captain Fantastic, Rob Jones, and his boys.

Rovers Till I Die

John Ryan

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