THE first international break of the season has been and gone and the Premiership and Championship clubs all return to action this weekend.
What is to stop teams like ourselves, who have very few players on international duty, playing the likes of Peterborough? Especially, as they are now playing international games on a Friday night to give their poor tired players extra time to recover.
With the break, Saturday was classed as Non-League day when fans from Premiership and Championship clubs are encouraged to go along and support their local non-league side.
I went to watch Retford United play Bridlington Town in the North East Counties League for a fiver. It was a very enjoyable game followed by a quiz and a pint.
Other Rovers’ fans I know went to see the ‘Donny derby’ between Askern Villa and Rossington Main, or the Armthorpe-Brigg FA Cup tie.
Wherever you watched your football, I hope you enjoyed it.
The one good thing with the break is that it has allowed some of our players to recover from injury, so come tomorrow against Cardiff, manager Sean O’Driscoll might have a selection headache.
The trip to South Wales will be a difficult, but it will not so hyped-up by the ‘Bellamy factor’ as last season. On paper, the Bluebirds look are a very strong side, but they missed out in the play-offs for the second year running last term. Let’s get down there and give them a hiding and claim our first three points of the season.
Next Thursday sees the first Supporters’ Club fans forum of the season at Retford United FC Social Club on Leverton Road in Retford (DN22 6QF) at 7.30pm,
O’Driscoll, assistant manager Richard O’Kelly, Dave Morris and Steve Uttley are all hoping to attend. There is also a free buffet and a question- and-answer session. You don’t have to be a member to attend as all fans are welcome.
Also you can see the photos from the Inca Trek walk we completed in the summer.
This season the Supporters’ Club are running an away weekend to Bournemouth between March 23-25 to coincide with the Southampton showdown.
The cost is £130 per person which includes coach travel and full board. The trip is limited to 100 people, and a £30 deposit needs to be paid by the end of September to secure a place.
Also, congratulations to Steve Uttley (Rovers’ media manager) who completed the Buxton 24-mile Hack along with his partner Carol.