Unlikely hero saves the day for Rovers

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Thank God! I can now settle a bit for the summer as we finally got over the finish line and safety.

We now have another Championship season to look forward to with great games against teams like Leeds and Leicester City instead of what could have been Rochdale and Bury.

What a tense last Saturday was, as we knew that we could not rely on other teams such as Sheffield United to help us get over the line.

As we were drawing 0-0, I heard that United had gone into the lead, but as long as we held on for the point we were still safe. When Steve Brooker came on as a second half substitute, I looked at Kate Evans, who was sat next to me, and said: ‘He’s going to score the goal that keeps us up, is this lad.’

Many people would probably not believe that as Steve has had a nightmare while with us with injuries and niggles and had only scored on his debut before getting injured over two years ago, so he was a most unlikely hero!

But that’s what he was to become has he unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 yards out that sailed into the top corner to send the fans into ecstasy and relief all at once!

Despite Leicester pulling a goal back, the Reds held on and then heard that United had gone down when Barnsley equalised at Bramall Lane.

So it was party time as Status Quo’s Rocking All Over The World rang out from the speakers and the team did a lap of honour. Despite numerous injuries the team spirit never faltered over the past few months as we crawled towards the finish line.

What a roller-coaster of a season it has been as we went from being the top Yorkshire side, and close to the play-offs, to battling relegation. But Sean O’Driscoll’s commitment and spirit never was under question as he managed the resources he had at his command.

What always makes me laugh is that the national media were more interested in us when we were struggling than at the top. The press always loves a bad story.

We can go to Middlesbrough and be relaxed, but I’m sure Sean will approach the game in the same manner he always does. It would be nice to not finish fourth-bottom. We then have to rush back for the end-of-season awards dinner at the Racecourse, which you can still attend by contacting the club.

I would like to thank the fans who have got us through this season. I have a lot of contact through Facebook, forums and personal meetings with many of our great fans, so I get to know their views.

I always like to think that I’m accessible and can deal with fans’ thirst for knowledge although I cannot tell them everything. It’s been a privilege to travel the country and be with those fans.