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Classic Encounters - Iron v Rovers V

4 October 2014

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Our final look at derby day games against Scunthorpe and a never to be forgotten afternoon.

There are just hours left until Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United kick off at Glanford Park and renew their rivalry which stretches back to the 1960’s.

All week we have been bringing you tales from derby days against the Iron, but we think we’ve saved the best until last and a result which still gets sung about, even now, by the Rovers faithful.

Game 5
Saturday 15th April 1995
Scunthorpe 0 – 5 Doncaster
Glanford Park
Division 3

Both sides were vying with clubs such as Preston North End, Mansfield and Fulham to gain entry in to the play-offs at the end of the season and many expected a typically tense game between the two sides, similar to the one at Belle Vue earlier in the season, which ended 1-1.

It was to be a rout for Rovers as their striker Mickey Norbury wrote himself in to local folklore by bagging his first ever football league hat-trick, much to the delight of his then manager Sammy Chung.

Norbury slid home Steve Harper’s perfectly weighted cross after a fumble by the Iron ‘keeper early on before the hosts had a chance to level things up but fluffed their lines from the penalty spot and must have had an idea of what was in store.

Lee Warren smartly rounded off a Graeme Jones cross, before the former turned provider for Harper to beat the offside trap and poke through the legs of the goalkeeper for 3-0.

If half time signalled all but the end of United’s afternoon, Norbury was just getting started.

A lovely team move down the Iron right resulted in Jones again getting an assist with a deft backheel for Norbury to slam home in front of the visiting fans.

His third, and Rovers’ fifth, was even better though. A cross from the Rovers right fortuitously ricocheted in to Norbury’s path and he finished with aplomb; a spectacular scissor-kick style lob over the onrushing ‘keeper.

The pair couldn’t quite reach the end of season play offs but the bragging rights belonged to the Yorkshire side for another year at least.


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