So on July 18th we started the Year of ClubFootball, where the Pounders will endeavour to try and visit all the 92 Football League Club Stadiums, to raise funds and awareness for Clubfoot and for STEPS Charity.
Tuesday was a lovely evening, where we took advantage of Derby County’s free away travel for pre-season friendlies, we boarded a very hot coach to watch our team, Derby County, play a pre season friendly over at Doncaster Rovers. Derby were playing two friendlies that evening, one at Port Vale, and this one at the Keepmoat at Doncaster. We chose this one, mainly due to having already been to Vale Park many years ago. Plus the plan in the future is to hit the Stoke City and Port Vale in one day.
I actually quite like Doncaster Rovers as a club too, and wanted to go and see the new(ish) stadium. Not the biggest attendance, with just over 2000 fans visiting, but to be expected for a pre-season. Derby had brought over 600 fans with them and it was quite a nice and relaxed atmosphere, which livened up slightly in the second half. Mainly due to a missed penalty by Chris Martin which perked the away fans up.
The ground is situated in a nice area next to a lovely landscaped lake, and with it being a warm quiet night we had chance to walk around the ground to take in the surroundings pre-match.
The game itself wasn’t too inspiring as would be expected for a pre-season friendly. Doncaster started well, but Derby had most of the first half possession, with Richard Keogh scoring from a Jacob Butterfield corner. Chris Martin hitting the post too in the first half.
Second half and Doncaster made a few substitutions and started to dictate possession for a period and deservedly equalised through Tommy Rowe. Derby had a chance to retake the lead from a dubious given penalty but ballooned the ball over the bar. Rumour has it, it’s just collided with Nick Blackman’s second half shot against Kidderminster the week before.
All in all a really pleasant visit to the Keepmoat. Big shout out to the extremely friendly turnstile operators and stewards, and we wish Doncaster all the best for the coming season.