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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.

LEGENDS UPDATE: DYER AND GROVES ANNOUNCED

Hot on the heels of last night’s announcement that Doncaster Rovers centre back Andy Butler is to referee comes news of more former Premier League stars in the shape of former Arsenal striker Perry Groves and ex rover Bruce Dyer.

Despite scoring a paltry 21 goals in 155 games for Arsenal, Groves became something of a cult hero at Arsenal for his work rate and enthusiasm and now has his own fan site and apparently Gunners fans still chant his name. More importantly Groves cult status inspired an ultimately successful campaign from Arsenal fans to push sales of Groves autobiography ahead of Ashley Coles – which is something I am sure we can all get behind.

Groves also played for Southampton and Colchester but it is an Arsenal where he will always be most remembered. He is now currently working as a football pundit on numerous shows but primarily alongside Colin Murray on talkSPORT which I imagine is a terrible experience for Perry.

Speaking of terrible experiences we are also happy to announce the return of Bruce Dyer to the legends game. Dyer played 15 games for Rovers in the 06-07 season scoring one solitary goal in a spell that is perhaps best remembered for his penalty misses in the same game albeit in pre season friendly with Middlesbrough. Much more successful was the time spent at Crystal Palace and Barnsley which saw Dyer hit over 100 league goals in 9 years.

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the KeepmoatStadium 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

Andy Butler to referee the Charity Legends Game

After a slew of former England internationals and premier league stars including Darius Vassell, Dave Beasant, Des Walker, Frank Sinclair and Lee Hendrie, we are pleased to announce that the special guest referee for the Legends game will be a bit closer to home – none other than Rovers centre half and local lad Andy Butler.

Butler is obviously unable to play due to complicated insurance reasons and also because he is probably knackered from carrying the rest of the Rovers defence since January! As a qualified referee Butler has kindly offered to take up the mantle vacated by Uriah Rennie at last year’s legends game.

Butler will have to look out for some tough challenges on Darren Anderton, as any glimmer of contact will no doubt result in serious injury, as well as tongue in cheek chants of ‘the referee’s a wanker‘ from the Rovers faithful…

The announcement of Butler is further strengthening the link between the Eve Mertons Dream Trust and Doncaster Rovers and hopefully will convince the Rovers contingent to come down and support a brilliant local charity with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children with a 50% discount for season ticket holders.

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

Walker and Hendrie join Legends Game

The Eve Merton Dreams Trust have today announced that Des Walker and Lee Hendrie will return to play in the Charity Legends Game on Saturday 23rd May 2015 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Des Walker brings with him a wealth of experience with over 600 career appearances and representing England with 59 Caps. He is fondly remembered stealing the show in Italia 90’, although he may tell you the highlight of his career was his one and only ever professional goal in 1992 against Luton Town in a 1-1 draw.
Robbie Williams look alike Lee Hendrie has the honour of winning the prestigious Man of the Match award in his 2 previous appearances in this fixture, he has also represented the national team on one occasion and despite being with Aston Villa for 12 years he went on to play for 16 other professional clubs in the remaining 6 years of his career.


The Eves Merton 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.

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

Charity Legends Game Poster

Dave Beasant to take part in Charity Legends Game 2015

The Eve Merton Dreams Trust have today announced that FA Cup winner and Crazy Gang Captain Dave Beasant will join the likes of Des Walker and Darren Anderton when the Football Legends take on the Charity Heroes at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May 2015.

Dave made FA Cup history with Wimbledon as he became the first Goalkeeper to not only captain his side during an FA Cup Final but also became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in the final as well, as John Motson fondly reminded us during that fantastic final in 1988.

Incredibly, those facts aren’t considered the most prestigious in Beasant’s career. In 1993 and whilst at Chelsea, he let a 2kg bottle of Salad Cream slip through his usual reliable grip, resulting in a severed tendon in his big toe and ruled him out for up to 8 weeks!

Many goalkeepers have often found themselves getting stick from opposition fans usually about being a salad-dodger. For Beasant however, it probably does spark some truth.

FA Cup Final? Liverpool at Wembley? Aldridge taking a penalty? No problem for Dave. But show the man Salad Cream and he winces like a baby.


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

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.