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Voting now open for the stand out player of the 1970s

4 February 2020

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Voting for Rovers stand out player of the 1970s is now open.

Supporters are invited to choose from the below shortlist of four players which was compiled by club historian John Coyle.

The winner will be inducted at Tuesday’s match against Bolton Wanderers which will take place at the Keepmoat Stadium on February 11.

You can vote for your favourite at the bottom of this page – voting closes Friday.

 

DENNIS PEACOCK

A solidly built goalkeeper, Dennis joined Rovers from Nottingham Forest at the start of the 1975-76 season. Initially on loan, his move became permanent as part of the deal that took Terry Curran to Forest. He soon established himself as first choice and was twice an ever-present. He was a key member of the team that reached the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 1975-76. After a spell at Bolton Wanderers, where he joined the manager who had signed him for Rovers, Stan Anderson, Dennis returned in the 1980s and again became a fixture in the Rovers team. The terrace shout of “Easy for Dennis,” still heard occasionally at the Keepmoat today, is a reference to this man, whose 373 appearance represent a record for a Rovers goalkeeper.

 

BRENDAN O’CALLAGHAN

Tall and gangly, Bradford-born Brendan could look un-coordinated at times, but his aerial ability made him a menace to opposing defenders. An old-fashioned No. 9, he formed an effective partnership with Peter Kitchen and their goalscoring exploits made Belle Vue an entertaining place to watch football in the mid-1970s. Brendan’s best season came in 1975-76, when he scored 27 goals, six of them in a thrilling League Cup campaign which saw Rovers reach the last eight of the competition. His 76 goals in all competitions put him fifth on our all-time scorers list. In March 1978 he was transferred to Stoke City, where he went on to play over 250 League games. He also won six caps for the Republic of Ireland.

 

MIKE ELWISS

 A local lad who came through Rovers’ youth system, Mike made a huge impression as a 17-year-old in 1971-72, scoring twice on his League debut at Newport County and going on to score 16 times in his first season in professional football. The young striker soon attracted plenty of attention and was watched by Liverpool boss Bill Shankly at one point. Elwiss proved his prolific form was no fluke, scoring 13 times in 1972-73 to finish as top scorer for the second consecutive season. In February 1974 Preston North End paid £70,000 to secure his services and he went on to help them gain promotion to the Second Division. Sadly, a knee injury ended his career at the age of 27. In all for Rovers, he scored 35 goals in only 108 games.

 

STAN BROOKES

A contemporary of Mike Elwiss and another local youth product, defender Stan was equally adept at full-back or in the centre of defence. Following his debut season in 1971-72, he established himself as a key member of the team and seldom missed a game. He helped Rovers to reach the quarter-finals of the League Cup in 1975-76. Released by Rovers at the end of the 1976-77 he moved to Belgium and had six seasons with KV Mechelen, helping them twice to earn promotion to the Belgian top flight. This was at a time when few English players sought to ply their trade abroad. In all for Rovers, he made 263 appearances, scoring seven goals.  

 

 

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