VIDEO: Emotional return to Rovers’ Belle Vue

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This is the crumbling and sorry state of Doncaster Rovers’ former Belle Vue ground.
Eight years on from the stadium’s final fixture, the overgrown and dilapidated ground is still awaiting its fate.

Terraces that were once packed with thousands of fans cheering on the likes of Alick Jeffrey, Ian and Glynn Snodin, Billy Bremner and scores of other club legends now lie empty, weed covered and desolate.

The remains of Doncaster Rovers' Belle Vue ground.

The remains of Doncaster Rovers' Belle Vue ground.

The pitch, where countless dramas unfolded between the ground’s opening and eventual closure in 2006, is now overgrown with a tree growing in the middle of the pitch.

Hundreds of rabbits now hop about the turf and dart up and down the terraces of the Popular Side and Main Stand, which are covered in rubble and litter.

It is an emotional sight which will bring a tear as well as many memories flooding back for thousands of Doncaster Rovers fans.

The fate of Belle Vue ground remains in the balance after development plans were put on hold earlier this year.

Planning chiefs at Doncaster Council were expected to give the green light to an application by Barratt Homes Yorkshire to use the 3.38 hectares of land to build 151 new houses.

But the matter was been deferred over legal wrangles.