It seems ages since the mighty Rovers humbled Leicester City.
International breaks may give the players a rest, but for the fan it can be torture.
Kicking-off at the Madejski Stadium in Reading tomorrow, the game on paper looks like a home banker. The Royals are one of our bogey sides and with the impressive Nigel Adkins at the helm, it will not be easy for us.
We have not had much luck down there in recent games. I remember us leading 2-0 before controversial refereeing cost us the points and we lost.
Who can forget the 7-5 game at Belle Vue? Ian Snodin’s hat trick for us as former Rovers manager Kerry Dixon hit four of Reading’s goals and still ended up on the losing side.
It was good to see Marc De Val come back from his early season injury and scoring in the reserves’ 3-1 victory against Hartlepool United. This is what we have missed over the past seasons - a reserve side who play competitive football. The juniors also had a good 2-0 victory last weekend.
With the news that James Husband could be out for up to 12 weeks, we have not ventured into the loan market and presumably Paul Dickov thinks we have enough cover. However, I fear if the rumours of Reece Wabara returning to Manchester City are true, that could leave us short.
Football finances are clearly showing for fans travelling to the next two away games. We have four coaches going to the game at Reading on Saturday with the hosts charging £25 advanced ticket prices.
Next Friday we travel to Middlesborough who have slashed the prices to £12 due to Sky television coverage. I can see over 10 coaches making that trip.
The Supporters Club are hoping to have a night at the dogs at Stainforth on Friday, November 15. The cost is about £12 for the ‘six pack’ deal - admission, food included. Phone me on 01427 880154 for more.
It’s that time of year again, the Christmas draw tickets should be on sale from next week.
Coach times for Saturday’s trip to Reading are: Retford 8.30am, Harworth 8.35am, Bawtry/Rossington 8.45am, Hare and Tortoise 8.50am, Infirmary 9am and Keepmoat 9.15am.
Fares are £22 adult, £20 OAP and £18 under-16s (add £2 for non-members). You can join on the day.
Enjoy the game, let’s break that hoodoo and bring home the three points.