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CHARITY LEGENDS MATCH REPORT

DRSG Committee Member and Charity Hero Rob Johnson gives us a Match Review of his experience in the Charity Legends Game:

On 23rd May I was given the glorious opportunity to fulfil a lifelong ambition to play on the Keepmoat pitch – what follows is my account of a surreal but brilliant experience.

After a classic athletes night of preparation (7 pints and a pizza) the night before, I woke up early on the morning of the game to butterflies in my stomach and dreams of scoring in my mind. I was cautiously optimistic despite my head still being a bit fuzzy from the night before and I set off to meet my fellow players at the Earl of Doncaster. On the way I received a text: ‘Right wing. Second half’ I shuddered at the prospect of having to play midfield on such a massive pitch as I glimpsed my beer gut in the reflection of a car window but I was pleased to be playing in the second half rather than having to come off at half time.

I arrived at the Earl and was relieved to see my anxiety and nervousness mirrored on the faces of my teammates as we waited for the coach to take us to the Keepmoat. News filtered through that Darius Vassell had dropped out to be replaced by Mark Draper which made all of us breathe a sigh of relief – particularly the defenders.

When we arrived at the ground we were filmed coming off the coach and friends and family were on hand to give us a cheer as we emerged from the coach, all of us were trying to play it cool but I spectacularly failed at not grinning like a lunatic at the ludicrousness of the situation.

Entering the home dressing room for the first time to see my kit hung up with ‘Johnson 17’ on the back was a huge thrill obviously despite my slight annoyance at been given number 17… I imagined some of the arses that have sat on the bench I was sitting on and all the great players who had strolled victorious into that same room as well as the countless shit players who had trudged in after a defeat and the nerves really started to kick in.

We walked around the pitch in our suits for a bit evoking memories of Liverpool’s ridiculous white suits from the 1995 FA cup final before changing into our training tops for a warm up. Before I knew it we were walking out in our kits and shaking hands with the legends as kick off hurtled ever closer. I literally couldn’t believe how bloody massive Dave Beasant was, my penis shrank inside my body as we shook hands and I was also struck by how much Darren Anderton looked exactly the same as in his Euro 96 heyday.

Charity Heroes Team Photo

The game kicked off and despite our co manager Danny Schofield (ex Huddersfield Town) telling us to take our time and enjoy it, the charity side looked nervous in the first few minutes. Former Arsenal striker Perry Groves must have offended our left back Andy Mankin at some point as he felled him in the box three times in the first half, with referee Andy Butler awarding a penalty for one of them which Rob Pick duly dispatched for 1-0. Darren Anderton smashed home a second from 25 yards which led to my first Anderton inspired semi on of the day and before long the Legends were 3-0 up. The upside of this for me was that the pressure was lessened for those of us playing in the second half as the game seemed to be lost already.

Legends take a storming leaad

From nowhere though a Ryan Becks inspired come back began, starting with a pretty hilarious mix up between Beasant and his defence (don’t tell him I said that) and ending with Adam Myers levelling the game at 3-3 just before half time with a composed finish from Tom Ambler sandwiched in between. The second half team looked at each other with grim faces as the realization kicked in… it matters a lot more now. Shit.

Charity Heroes Hit Back

The second half begun with the charity team swapping all 11 players which meant that I started on the right wing. Everyone had said it was important that your first touch be a positive one and my first pass went without a hitch, it was to someone stood 3 yards away but still a strong start. My second touch was to someone clearly stood offside. My third touch was a shanked cross as was my fourth – a cross so mis-hit it actually looked like a shot. I came worryingly close to curling up in a ball and violently weeping at this point but Danny Schofield took me aside and basically just told me to calm down and I regained focus.

From there the match was a blur of goals, sideways passes (shout out to Mark Wilson) and one glorious crossfield ball from me that led to one of Karl Harrison’s two goals which I spoke about at great length to anyone who would listen for the rest of the night.

Charity Heroes score again

My first abiding memory is of feeling sick with the effort of trying to track Lee Hendrie, looking up at the score board with horror at the realization that only four minutes of the second half had passed. The Legends regained the lead of course, but the charity team fought valiantly and we pegged them back a couple of times before fitness and the outrageous ability of Darren Anderton, Julio Arca and Lee Hendrie started to show. At one point I had a ten yard head start for the ball against a 43 year old Darren Anderton and he just glided past me and stole it away. He looked so handsome as he did it as well. What a guy.

So the game wrapped up with a Dolly Parton approved score line of 9-5 to the Legends team but I will always have THAT 30 yard pass, the knowledge that I merked Phil Babb and hearing my mates chanting ‘you fat bastard’ from the stands.

WIN 2 VIP Charity Legends Game Tickets

This Saturday, the 3rd annual “Charity Legends Game” will take place at the Keepmoat Stadium, with a Legends team starring already announced Dave Beasant, Lee Hendrie, Des Walker and Darius Vassell will take on a team of local Charity Heroes. The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group have a pair of VIP Match Tickets to give away to one lucky fan. 

The VIP Match Experience will include:

  • Access to an Open Bar
  • Pre-Game Entertainment
  • Post Game Meal
  • A Chance to meet the Legends and Charity Heroes
  • Auction to a Match Worn Shirt
  • Entry into a  VIP Raffle
  • Central Seating for the game

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is by entering our “Caption Competiton” on our Forum HERE and submit your caption before Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 19:30.

The winner will be selected by representatives of both the DRSG Committee and the Eve Merton Dreams Trust.


Eves Dreams Trust was set up in 2011 by Martin Lawrence & Clynton Johnson. It is a non profit organisation that donates the money it raises to help create a dream for a terminally or seriously ill cancer patient in the Doncaster area which is why so many local people are very passionate about this charity which has enabled brilliant events like the legends games, the dragon boat race, poker nights and an evening with Paul Merson.

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May with a team of Football Legends going up against a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools. Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for Children. Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available for just £10 and if that wasn’t all; DRFC fans can save 50% off with their DRFC Season Ticket.

Charity Legends Game Poster

Darius Vassell announced for the Legends Game

Ex Aston Villa, Man City, Leicester, England and more importantly Ankaragücü legend has been announced as the newest addition to the Eve Merton Dreams Trust Legend match at the Keepmoat on the 23rd May! (This saturday)

Not many  England players have had such a contrasting time in the uncomplimentary glow of international limelight as Darius Vassell – probably, and rather unfairly remebered for missing THAT penalty in 2004. However, his glorious overhead kick 2 years earlier in a Man Of The Match performance against Netherlands should surely have earnt him his position in legend folklore.

Vassells 6 goals in 22 international caps must have made an impact on the ‘seductive-swede’ Sven Goran Eriksson as he decided to sign him for his Leicester squad years later.

To run with the Dave Beasant salad cream mishap Vassell also had a famously bizarre injury – he decided upon noticing a blood blister under his big toenail to take a Black and Decker to it and drill a hole through. Grim! This resulted in a blood infection and no doubt countless ‘no more nails’ related DIY jokes at his expense. (You’d hope).

So, the people of Doncaster are being spoilt rotten now with the lineup leaks coming through nicely – its a genuinely impressive collection of proper footballing world legends and a few of our own Viking Legends too, so get yoursen down with tickets on sale for just £5 an Adult and £3 per child!! Theres no excuse!!

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May with a team of Football Legends going up against a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools. Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for Children. Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available for just £10 and if that wasn’t all; DRFC fans can save 50% off with their DRFC Season Ticket.

 

And it all goes to a great cause, read more here:

http://www.evestrust.co.uk/

 

 

 

Doncaster & District Football Association Challenge Cup Final

Doncaster & District Football Association Challenge Cup Final

Doncaster and district FA

The towns most prestigious local grass roots cup competition, the Doncaster & District Football Association Challenge Cup Final is held at the Keepmoat Stadium on the evening of Friday 15th May

 

This seasons final returns to the home of Doncaster Rovers after a 9 year absence and to the Keepmoat Stadium for the very first time. Previous finals have always been well attended and Askern Welfare won the last final hosted by the Rovers at Belle Vue in 2006 when they defeated Maltby Sheppey 4-0.

This seasons final sees Denaby United from the County Senior League versus our very own Sutton Rovers from the Doncaster & District Senior League. Both teams have had tremendous seasons with Denaby sealing promotion to Division One in the County Senior League & Sutton doing the double of being crowned Doncaster & District Senior League Premier Division Champions & Senior League Cup winners, so it is all pointing towards being a cracking final.

Tickets are available from the Keepmoat stadium ticket office by telephone on 01302 762576 or you can purchase them online.

All tickets purchased before the day from the ticket office are at a cheaper discounted price of only £3 adults and £1 concessions. A cash turnstile will also be in operation on the evening where prices on the night will be £4 adults and £2 concessions

So come along and support your towns local grass roots football and watch what promises to be a very entertaining match.