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Rovers fan makes history in Ultimate Quaran-team Tournament

5 April 2020

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Rovers fan Daniel Pearson made history as the first person to represent the club at e-sports.

Daniel took part in the Ultimate Quaran-team Tournament, an online competition which set 128 clubs from around the world represented by a single person taking each other on FIFA20.

The tournament was created by Leyton Orient to help fill the gap left by the hiatus in professional football due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The knockout competition threw up a repeat of the 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup third round, with Rovers drawn at Preston North End.

Dan looked on course to repeat that impressive Deepdale win as he secured a 3-1 second-half lead, but a fightback by the virtual Lilywhites saw them snatch a last-minute equaliser to earn a replay.

The rematch was tougher for Dan, who trailed 2-1 going into the final stages and saw a last-minute penalty from a virtual Ben Whiteman palmed away to end hopes of a cup run.

The competition, which started out as a bit of fun on social media, is raising money for three worthy causes with well over £50,000 raised already through JustGiving.

Hosts Leyton Orient set up the JustGiving page which is raising money for EFL clubs who are struggling through what is a challenging time for everyone with 75% of donations helping those, with the remaining 25% split between Mind charity and World Heath Organisation's COVID-19 solidarity response fundraiser.

You can donate by clicking here or find out more information on the tournament here.

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