With Leeds-type support we could be up there with the best
I had a great day at the Leger meeting and emerged a few quid better off! I won't say how much, but suffice to say it is not enough for me to take an early retirement. I don't know whether that is a good thing or a bad thing for some people around Doncaster Rovers!
There are some very interesting games in League One this weekend. Rovers got back to winning ways last weekend with a very good win over a good Crewe side, masterminded by that great man Dario Gradi. He is a few years older than me, but apparently looks like me in some way!
Brighton take on Yeovil with the wise old fox Russell Slade taking on Ray Wilkin's brother Dean and his Brighton side. I think it will be a good game ending in a draw.
Carlisle host Bristol Rovers and I have been impressed with the way that Rovers have started their season back in the League One.
However, I think that the way that Carlisle are playing, and the distance between Bristol and Carlisle, that the Cumbrians will end the game as winners.
The silver fox Ronnie Moore takes his Tranmere side to Cheltenham. Ronnie has been doing some great things with Tranmere and I can see him getting a result.
Crewe play Millwall, and I believe that this will be a fantastic game between two good sides. Behind the sides are two good managers in Steve Holland and a dear friend of mine in Willie Donachie, and I see the game ending in a well-contested draw.
Table-toppers Leyton Orient face Hartlepool and this should be a very good game. The young lad Sean Thornton is doing well at Orient and Danny Wilson is having a brilliant time at the moment with Hartlepool. A cracking game in store, but I think it will be a draw.
Luton take on Port Vale at Kenilworth Road. Kevin Blackwell is doing all right at Luton, whereas Port Vale are struggling – particularly away and I reckon that Luton will emerge winners.
Northampton have made a lot of teams come unstuck this season. They entertain Huddersfield and considering the way the Terriers play I can actually see them going to Sixfields and getting a win.
Nottingham Forest take on Gillingham and even with the disappointment of going out of the Carling Cup midweek, I can see them getting a result against Gillingham.
Southend United and Doncaster Rovers is obviously the most important game for me. It will be a very good game and I can honestly see us leaving with something – at least a point in the bag.
Bournemouth play Swindon in about as close as they can get to a derby – either way, they'll all be chewing straw. I think that will be a tight game and I see it ending in a draw.
Walsall entertain Oldham with Oldham struggling to get some momentum going in the league. Walsall will be a tough place to go and I can see there being an upset there with Walsall winning.
Despite all these great games, the game of the weekend for me has to be Leeds United against Swansea City. Leeds have had some great wins to get them back into the black in the league as have Swansea so far this term. Because of the way that both these teams play football and how hard the teams have worked so far, I'd say that will end up in a draw.
I can't help but be impressed with what Leeds have achieved so far. I think that the reason for that is simply that their manager. Dennis Wise is one of those managers with a ‘never say die’ attitude and the man is a hard worker. I don’t know Dennis that well, but as Leeds are one of my old sides, I would love to see them finish runners-up to Doncaster Rovers in the League.
However, all the plaudits can’t go to the manager. Despite losing some players, he has some very good ones remaining and with regular 25,000 crowds – they have a spectacular 12th man.
For me, that is what we need to emulate at the Keepmoat. There is no doubt in my mind that with that kind of support we can be there as well!
Well, those are my predictions for this week. I’ll be back next week to see how badly I have done and to see if I can do a bit better!