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Donny Dog On Tour

24 May 2013

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I have been a very proud dog since that day at Brentford, before I re-live that moment I will take you back a bit further.

Over 2,000 fans and their dog (me) travelled on the M180 to our locals Scunthorpe!  I remember waking up to snow in Doncaster and was hoping that the match would not be postponed; we had been on a good run and needed to keep the momentum going. 



When I arrived at the ground Scunny Bunny took me into the executive area where I saw our very own Boxing World Champion Jamie McDonnell.  On the pitch it was a great performance and came away 3-2 winners.


Then it was my eagerley anticipated visit to the Ricoh, leading up to this game there was doubt whether it would be going ahead there.  I was positive that it would and when Good Friday came I was excited. 



Coventry mascot 'Sam' and Coventry Ice Hockey mascot took me around to meet the fans and they made me most welcome.  I stayed out in the first half with the fans and at half time I was able to throw balls into the crowd (sorry only to the home fans).  We lost 1-0, but next up Swindon.


We had the Sky cameras at the Keepmoat on Easter Monday as we entertained Swindon Town.  I was disappointed Rockin Robin could not make the game, but I had a good day with my friend Erik the Viking.  Boom boom Jamie McCombe scored the only goal of the game so it was victory and infront of the tv cameras too!



Tranmere and Carlisle were the next visitors to the Keepmoat; we managed to win one but lost the other.


I was on my travels again to Crewe and I stayed amongst the fans throughout the game and I am so glad I did.  Billy Paynter scored both goals and I was sat near his family, his daughter paid more attention to me!  The atmosphere had to be one of the best for me and the fans were brilliant (again).  It ended 2-1 and everyone was jumping for joy, including me.


Last game at the Keepmoat against Notts County and this game could have seen us promoted, but it wasn't meant to be.  I can forget all that now because the last game of the season had arrived, we travelled down to Brentford where it was a sell out crowd. 


The travelling support and atmosphere was incredible, fans were in their fancy dress.  I met with Buzz Bee and Buzzette who were 'buzzing' and so was I (haha).  Who would have thought how the season was going to end.  At the start we needed a win or draw to get promoted and Brentford had to win to get promoted. 


It was a battle between 2nd and 3rd place for that elusive promotion spot, best home record up against best away record.  It was looking like a 0-0 game, but when the referee pointed to that penalty spot it was heartbreaking for us and a massive cheer came from the rest of the ground. 


Please save it, please save it!  Some fans had left the ground and some turned away as they could not watch (including our very own Billy Paynter).  The next few seconds were incredible; Bang the ball hit the crossbar and the fans could not believe it, scramble in the box and then the ball came over to Billy Paynter. He found himself one on one with the keeper before he passed to Copps. We will never forget the moment that fans favourite James Coppinger tapped the ball into the back of the net.  A lot of us did not realise we had scored, our emotions were like a rollercoaster. 


Bournemouth had drawn with Tranmere so it was Doncaster Rovers who were Champions.  Everyone was jumping around and tears of joy were shared amongst the fans.  It was a feeling like no other and even now fans are still watching those last 17.5 seconds. 


A day that will never be forgotten 27th April 2013.


This season has been the best so far for me and special thanks to EVERYONE.  I have a few community events coming up and one of which is Cantley Carnival on Saturday 25th May.  I hope to see lots of you there!


I look forward to seeing you all next season back in the Championship and congratulations to Bradford City and Yeovil Town in their victories at Wembley in two exciting playoff games.


AND a huge welcome to our new manager Paul Dickov!



Donny Dog


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