High time football got real over its finances

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IT proved a second successive blank weekend for Doncaster Rovers and their fans.

Even though the game against Crystal Palace was called off on Friday, there were still fans who finished out of pocket having booked train tickets or hotels in the capital for the game.

Irrespective of whether you were out of pocket, as a supporter it’s always disappointing not to have a game.

I went down to London and took in the Fulham v Stoke game along with a few more Donny fans, but there’s nothing like watching your own team.

But with the weather improving, at least we had the Tuesday night game against Blackpool to look forward to and that went ahead.

Rovers must have felt confident about clawing their way out of the danger zone this week, but football has a way of kicking you when your down, and with us losing 3-1 against the Seasiders, and Coventry winning, we slumped to the bottom of the league.

Blackpool took an early two-goal lead, which was strange for them as they don’t tend to score many first goals.

We managed to pull a goal back with a dubious penalty, but we will take anything at the moment, and had James Hayter volleyed home on the stroke of half time, who knows what would have happened?

When Matt Gilkes pulled of a wonder save from Martin Woods you just knew it was not to be Rovers’ night, and the Seasiders grabbed another goal to kill off the game.

When manager Dean Saunders, who seemed to spend a long time in the dressing room with his players after the match, eventually spoke to the media, he bemoaned the fact that we hadn’t taken our chances.

Rovers travel to Leeds tomorrow but a lot of fans seem to have have voted with their feet and will not attending the fixture because they feel Leeds are fleecing fans by charging us £36 to get in and £25 for under 16’s.

I know many fans who are not going on principle. We took 11 buses to the game last season whereas we are struggling to fill three this year.

It’s about time football took a reality check.

The high wages, the high ticket admission prices and travel, and the fare being served up does little to help the man or woman in the street.

Mighty Rangers have gone into administration this week and Portsmouth are reportedly on the brink of doing so.

If they do it will be the second time in the last couple of years. Being docked 10 points is clearly not a sentence worthy of the crime.

Coaches for the game at Leeds, leave Retford 11.45am and pick up at Harworth 11.50, Bawtry/Rossington 12.00, Hare and Tortoise 12.05, Infirmary 12.15 and Keepmoat 12.30. Seats are still available. Please call Paul on 07961 727769/01427 880154 or Len on 01302 817347.

This is your last chance to book if you want to go on the Supporters’ Club trip to Stainforth Dogs next Friday evening and the ten-pin bowling with the players and staff on Wednesday, March 14,

Let’s hope we get three points this weekend.