Media team rise to the challenge in cup week

WHAT an interesting week we have had since I last wrote my last column.

We have had a big FA Cup tie against Premier League side Wolves followed by a game in the FA Youth Cup against Middlesbrough.

Both games threw up differing challenges for the media department.

For the Wolves game it was the first time that the press box had been fully booked out as every national press and agency came to town, plus we also had Tony Cottee doing in-vision reporting for Sky Sports News.

Keeping all of them happy was a big task for my team, but one that they succeeded in matching with their skills and dedication. We got praise from the media for our hospitality and the help we gave. I took on a new role as I sat in the press room during the game rather than pitchside to work on our match day social media by updating the club's Twitter and Facebook output throughout the game.

I found it strange to not be sat in the thick of it at pitchside, but instead sat in a room with a cup of tea and surrounded by journalists. Funny one for the afternoon was John Buckley's attempts to say their keeper's name - Marcus Hanherman. After many attempts in his role as PA analyst he gave up and just said the Wolves keeper.

Everything from Mahammerdan to Hanneran came out!

After the match the differing styles of post match interview between Sean and Mick was good to watch with Sean being very technical and intense whereas Mick came in sat back and did a very laid back blunt Yorkshireman's view of the game. For such a big game media wise everything slotted in place and we seamlessly ran the show for the game.

Wednesday was a funny day as I had nipped home at lunch only to be called back before I could bite into my sandwich as I was informed that the on-off saga with Matthew Kilgallon was coming to a close and that he would sign up that afternoon.

Wednesday night was a big game for the young lads of the youth team as they took on Middlesbrough who included five with England Under-18 experience.

Scouts outnumbered the press with lots of the Premier League represented, plus Celtic. Some big names from the past included Imre Varadi and Gordon McQueen plus Tony Mowbray and our own manager Sean.

At 2-0 down I said to kitman Dave Richards that at least there would be no extra time. At which point Rovers' young lads got their heads up and scored two goals! Then it was all Rovers as they pushed forward for the killer winning goal. Unfortunately it was not to come and they got caught twice in extra time to lose 4-2, but what a show they put on for the hardy 200 or so fans there. They were a credit to the club.

I will finish with a plea to all you Doncaster fans out there. The board have backed Sean by bringing in quality players like Billy Sharp, David Healy, Matt Kilgallon, Joe Mills and kept James Coppinger here, so now get your bottoms down here tomorrow and support their ambition of Premier League football.

It is just 15.

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