Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Hitman - Part 3

After Roy Race's helicopter crash, Terry Spring made the big decision to leave Melchester Rovers. Spring joined his close friend Gary Gunn at Portdean, where Gary's father was manager. Their first match of the season was against Castlemere, Terry was impressing...

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Roy of the Rovers - Hitman - Part 3
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Roy of the Rovers - Hitman - Part 3
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Roy of the Rovers - Hitman - Part 3

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Total Football - Part 9

Chippy Croker, Jake Cheetham and company preview the biggest game in English football; Melchester Rovers versus Melborough, the River Mel Derby!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Hitman - Part 2

Terry "Hitman" Spring makes his debut for Portdean against big-spending Castlemere in the first match of the 1993/94 Premiership season. Richie Gunn, his manager, had made it clear that he expects Terry to dominate the midfield and lead his team forward...

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Hitman - The Terry Spring Story - Roy of the Rovers Spin-off
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Hitman - The Terry Spring Story - Roy of the Rovers Spin-off
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Hitman - The Terry Spring Story - Roy of the Rovers Spin-off

Friday, 8 January 2016

Season Review 1997/98

After the great relief of avoiding relegation in 1996/97, Roy Race now had to secure the second half of his deal with the mystery owners; Melchester Rover's promotion back to the Premiership.

Rovers started well, thrashing Rotherton 4-0 and were soon top of Division 1 - on target for the essential promotion. However a League Cup defeat to Melborough, thanks again to Rocky, set Rovers off on a bad run. One man to shine through the poor form was Craig Foster. Premiership clubs were sniffing, including cross-river rivals Melborough.

Then the unthinkable happened; a swap! Rocky and Fozzie traded clubs, once again Rovers would have a Race wearing the number 9! Rocky proved far to good for the First Division defences as his goals fired Rovers into the Play-Off Final. North Vale were defeated by another Race Wembley goal and Roy had done it; Rovers were back in the big time!

1997/98 Roy of the Rovers Season Review

Squad:
G - Cooper
D - Gronvold, Nash, Kerrigan, Wootten, Lawrence
M - Durham, Bracken, Evans
F - Foster, Race, Templeton

Line-up:
1997/98 Melchester Rovers line-up

Transfers:
In - Jeff Cooper (Gatesfield), Andy Kerrigan (Carford City), Jamie Nash (Youth), Anton Gronvold (Norway), Keith Durham (Railford Town), Dion Templeton (Non League), Rocky Race (Melboro)
Out - Craig Foster (Melboro)

Notes:
Only twelve players were named for Rovers this season, no mention of squad players or reserves. Roy employed a 5-3-2 formation, with Gronvold and Lawrence as wing-backs.
I've not listed any transfers for the players used in the fictional part of the 96/97 season (it can be assumed that nearly all of those players moved on)

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

1996/97 Season Review

Another statistical accompaniment to The Lost Years, this time part 2, the 1996/96 season.

Again little is officially covered but the three key features were the Melboro' cup game, Kevin Clark being banged up for fraud and finally Roy Race's return as manager to inspire Rovers to beat Gatesfield in the final match of the season to avoid relegation. This season also introduces a story regarding Roy's financial commitments to Rovers and the continued boardroom struggles that would be a feature of the next few seasons.

A weak Rovers side struggled to avoid relegation to the Second Division, only escaping on the final day.

1996/97 Roy of the Rovers season review stats opponents squad

Line-up:

1996/97 Roy of the Rovers season line-up

Squad:
G - Smith, Madden
D - Wootten, Coyle, Giles, Lawrence, Steve Clark, Moggs
M - Evans, Bracken, Jason Seely, Chris Seely, Goode, Mark, Kevin Clark
F - Foster, Smart, Ford, Wise

Transfers:
In - Smart, J.Seely, C.Seely, Lawrence, Wise, Madden (all youth)
Out - MacLaren (retired), Bruckner (Rassburg), Styles, Chapman, Harper, Malandro (all unknown), Kevin Clark (sacked)

Notes:
Most of the squad is made up of Rocky's former youth team. Other than Jimmy Coyle, none of these players ever officially played for the Rovers first-team.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

1995/96 Season Review

A summary of the season covered in The Lost Years Part 1. This season was never covered officially and but we know Rovers were relegated and that Rocky Race joined Melboro' after being sent-off. The main features of the season would be the bad behaviour of Rocky after his mother's death and the continual tensions between senior squad members and Mervyn Wallace.

1995/96 Roy of the Rovers Line-ups, Stats, Scorers, Opponents

Typical line-up:

1995/96 Roy of the Rovers season typical line-up

Squad:
G - Styles, Smith
D - Wootten, Bruckner, Dexter, Chapman, Steve Clark, Giles, Upton
M - Kevin Clark, Mark, Harper, Goode, Malandro, Bracken, Evans
F - Race, Ntende, MacLaren, Ford, Foster

Transfers:
In - Bracken, Evans, Foster (all youth)
Out - Dexter (Castlemere), Ntende (Versace), Race (Melboro')

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Hitman - Terry Spring's Story

After the tragic helicopter crash that led to Roy Race's retirement, his protege Terry "The Hitman" Spring decided it was time to move on. Of course, Springo had many offers, from top teams like Tynecaster and Weston Villa. However he chose Richie Gunn's Portdean. This is Terry's story of the 1993/94 season, Hitman...

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Hitman - Roy of the Rovers spin-off starring Terry Spring
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Hitman - Roy of the Rovers spin-off starring Terry Spring