My pitchside comeback marked return to form

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Monday was the January transfer window deadline day - though for most clubs outside the Premier League it has little effect as they can loan players outside of the period anyway.

Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll said that many people get into a frenzy over it but for most club managers it has little effect.

We had the ongoing saga of signing Ryan Burge, a young lad from Jerez - part of the Glenn Hoddle Academy.

For club secretary Jenny Short it was a complicated day as she had to deal with Jerez Industrial CF who are no Real Madrid, and the Spanish FA, plus Glenn Hoddle!

What many fans don’t see is all the negotiations and paperwork that has to be done, plus now there is a online system set up by UEFA which Jerez are not on.

We had the press release ready early on but could not send out until at least most of the deal was done.

It was only on Wednesday that his international clearance came through so he could not be considered for Tuesday’s game against Burnley.

We then had to waiting around to see what else in the line of business Sean would do and it was Joe Mills extending his loan that finalised the day’s trading.

You are always on edge and ready on deadline days because until it closes you never know what might happen.

To give Chris Mortley some extra time to work on some new projects, and expand the official website, I have taken over the match programme from the Burnley game onwards along with some new writers such as Dave Parker.

I am starting to bring in new ideas and articles to refresh the programme.

It’s much harder to sell programmes these days as many of the younger generation read online with the programme being a more traditional club publication. If anyone has any ideas for the programme please contact me on

About six years ago, The Star’s Steve Hossack wrote a story about me called ‘the lucky owl is back at Rovers, which was about me being an Owls’ supporter but since I had joined Rovers they started to climb up the table.

Dave Penney and the players at the time gave me much stick over this.

In the 80s there was an owl in the stand at Belle Vue and at that time we were successful but when it left we took the big tumble down into the Conference and a jokey chat with Steve led me appearing on the back page of The Star.

Now you only have to look at my record because since I have been here we have never finished lower season lower than the previous season.

After Christmas we tried out a new way of doing things at home matches and I left pitchside to run the press box throughout the game.

My last game was the win against Scunthorpe and I did not return pitchside until Burnley. Now if you look at that in the period I was away from the side of the pitch we did not win one game.

Superstition in football is rife, so guess what, I will be back pitchside for the Portsmouth game a week on Saturday.

Thanks to the Trespass store in the Lakeside Village Shopping Outlet who have kindly taken over as equipment providers and advisors for our NSPCC Inca Trek walk. We have all been down to have our boots fitted.