VIDEO: Sad decline of Rovers’ Belle Vue ground

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Just over eight years ago, a ball was kicked at Doncaster Rovers’ Belle Vue ground for the very last time.

The date was December 23, 2006 when, on a chilly winter’s day, Rovers took on League One leaders Nottingham Forest to bring the curtain down on 84 years of footballing action ahead of the club’s move to the sparkling new Keepmoat Stadium just a stone’s throw away.

Doncaster Rovers Belle Vue ground, suffered badly after a gas explosion. (6434MC)

Doncaster Rovers Belle Vue ground, suffered badly after a gas explosion. (6434MC)

There was more to cheer about just a few days later when, on New Year’s Day 2007, Rovers began their tenacy at the Keepmoat, Mark McCammon, Paul Heffernan and Jonathan Forte all on the scoresheet in front of 14,470 fans as Sean O’Driscoll’s side trounced West Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town 3-0.

* See next Thursday’s Free Press for more photos and memories of Belle Vue and in the meantime, look back on the club’s old stadium in this emotional video.

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