Scunthorpe United Vs Doncaster Rovers

Last updated : 20 January 2006 By David Shanks

Saturday sees a visit to Glanford Park to play local rivals Scunthorpe United, there is little love lost between the two sides but the venue has been a happy hunting ground for Rovers over the years.

Many Rovers’ will fondly remember great atmospheres, great goals, great wins and great performances, it is worth noting that even in the ill fated relegation season we managed to put on a respectable show at Glanford Park! There are several names that instantly spring to mind when you think of the highlights, Kieran Brady capping a 1-0 win with a wonder strike, Gary Worthington scoring in a 3-1 win, David Roche planting the ball home from all of 25 yards but perhaps the most famous of all was the Mickey Norbury hat trick. For many young Rovers fans this game provided a rare highlight in what generally transcended into year on year of unfulfilled promise and disappointment in the leagues lowest division. This game provided a memorable 5-0 white wash that is still talked about and indeed sung about today!

Mickey Norbury went into the game on the back of a dreadful run in front of goal, the striker had arrived from Preston with a prolific reputation but despite his hard work and commendable performances, he had failed to register for Rovers in over 20 appearances, that would all change at Glanford Park. After bundling in his first goal for the club in front of the home fans, Norbury saved the best for the masses of Rovers behind the goal. 3-0 up at half time, the travelling faithful were already in a party mood and they erupted when Norbury added his second, a goal of real class. A sweeping move down the left involving Harper and Jones culminated in Norbury smashing the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box without even breaking stride, how had he gone so long without scoring on this form?

There’s only one Mickey Norbury!

One Mickey Norbury!

Walking along, singing a song!

Walking in a Nornury wonderland!

Our new hero completed his hat trick after playing a one-two off referee Singh and planting a volley past the Scunthorpe keeper. What a day, what a performance and what a victory, Rovers fans were in ecstasy!

5-0, we beat the scum 5-0, we beat the scum 5-0, we beat the scum 5-0!

Subsequent trips to Glanford Park were equally enjoyable if not quite so fruitful, Colin Cramb seemed to enjoy playing against Scunny and scored two sublime goals in a 2-2 draw. The first was a sensational strike from all of 40 yards that sailed into the top corner, the second a typical Cramb run that ended with a cut inside leaving two defenders on the floor, followed by a simple finish. Crambies legendary status was certainly aided by his performances against our rivals from down the M180!

More recently we have seen another 2-2 draw, this time the performance was not so impressive and Rovers looked dead and buried at 2-0 down after Jamie Price was sent off for an awful lunge. The away following had enjoyed a memorable season thus far and continued to believe, Rovers ‘til I die rung round the stand to will the lads on and reached deafening volume after McIndoe put us back in the game with a penalty. The moment everybody had waited for finally came in stoppage time when Leo Fortune West bundled the ball home at the far post to send the fans into raptures! Arms were flying all over the place, complete strangers hugged each other and the volume almost lifted the roof off! Our local pride had been salvaged and another point towards the league title was achieved.

This year we visit Scunthorpe in tentative form, still winless in 2006, the Rovers will look to this fixture and long to get back to winning ways. Scunthorpe have proved to be a good side this season with strikers Andy Keogh and Billy Sharp in dangerous form. Rovers will be boosted by the signing of Rangers forward Ross McCormack but many fans will be hoping Dave Penney can add a strong midfielder to boost our chances. The game promises to be a tricky and hard fought encounter, with the extra edge of former Rovers skipper Steve Foster possibly donning the claret and blue and playing against his former team. We will have to be up for this one and at our best to get anything from the game, let’s hope we have more to sing about at the end of the match.

By Jonathan Foster