Fast improving Rovers prove Eagles victory was no fluke

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TUESDAY: Doncaster Rovers proved that their first win of the season at the weekend wasn’t a fluke as they held seventh-placed Hull City to a 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Whilst there had been an element of luck in John Oster’s goal which secured Rovers a 1-0 win over visiting Crystal Palace, there was nothing lucky about Simon Gillett’s equaliser.

THURSDAY: Rovers goal-keeping coach Lee Butler (never let him shake your hand) is well known for being a bit of a joker, so former Rovers’ captain and manager Ian Snodin, who was up at the training ground, will not have been too surprised when Lee ‘accidently’ spilt what looked to be milk over him.

FRIDAY: I’m reliably informed that Rovers’ director of football Mickey Walker rode in to the club’s training ground on a racehorse

Apparently new Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders, who has handed out a couple of televisions and a set of golf clubs to players as an incentive during training sessions since taking over, promised that the morning’s best trainer would get a half share in a racehorse.

Brian Stock thought he had done more than enough to win the prize but it went to new No 2 Brian Carey.

SATURDAY: Rovers came away from Peterborough with a 2-1 win after a Jekyll and Hyde display.

The result probably flattered Rovers in view of the fact that Posh hit the woodwork three times, but what a second half display as they made it seven points from three games under Saunders.

MONDAY: Dons’ joint-owner Carl Hall was well and truly taken in by an elaborate hoax involving team boss Tony Miller, assistant coach Neil Barron and conditioner Pete Bell.

“Both Pete, Neil Barron went on holiday to Dubai, where Neil is a regular visitor, at the end of the season,” said Miller. “Before he went Neil told Carl that he might be able to get an investor to put money into the club.

“When they came back they rang me and said they had bought two outfits to pose as Sheikhs and that they were going to play a joke on Carl. The next day I had a meeting with the players at which Carl and both Neil and Pete were in attendance. Neil had previously phoned Carl and told him that he had two potential investors who owned the hotel where they had stayed and that they were in Doncaster on business and wanted to meet him.

“When the meeting with the players had finished I rung Neil without Carl knowing. Neil pretended it was the investors and both he and Pete left to ‘greet them.’

“At this point Carl came over to me very excited and told me about the potential investors. It was a real struggle for me to keep a straight face. In the meantime Neil and Pete had got changed into their Sheikh’s outfits.

“When they had their outfits on they came up to the press room and as we got a glimpse of them Carl went flying past me convinced they were genuine. Unfortunately, Carl found out that neither ‘Sheikh My Hand’ or ‘Sheikh An Vac’ had any money.”