Sunday, 22 November 2015

Total Football - Part 6

Johan Seegrun sends out an attacking side at Kingsbay. Jake Cheetham starts, after being substituted in the previous match, along with disappointing new signing Marco De Loon. Will it work? Can Rovers find the net for the first time this season?

Meanwhile in Spain, John Rogers is in for a shock...

Sunday, 8 November 2015

1975/76 Season Review

The 1975/76 season sees Rovers chasing "The Treble" and ending trophyless.

A slow start to the season was not helped by injuries to key players. Full-back, Ralph Derry suffered a career ending injury against Weston Town, forcing Roy into the transfer market. Powerful Portdean left-back, Duncan McKay impresses and is signed for a massive £300,000. The big Scot is not a hit with his new team-mates, who think him arrogant and selfish. However the Rovers back their man in a bruising encounter away at Portdean, with Duncan scoring the equaliser.

Later in the season with the squad straining, Rovers fans are introduced to perennial substitutes Len Peters and Trevor Cassidy, neither of whom impress Roy with their ability or attitude.

However, despite the issues, Rovers were flying high in the league and fighting for all three domestic trophies. But after the thrashing of Whitburn in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, Jumbo Trudgeon announces his retirement, signing off with a hat-trick.

Again Roy seeks a replacement from outside his squad, angering Cassidy and Peters. Young university student, Gerry Holloway, playing for Fourth Division Malbury United has great potential, but is another with suspect temperament. But Roy takes a punt on the speedster and throws him into the first team immediately. In true Roy of the Rovers fashion, Holloway nets the winner at Railford and becomes a key part of the Rovers first-team squad for years to come.

A disastrous result away at Hansfield (0-3) sees Rovers knocked out of the League Cup at the Semi-Final stage (2-3 on aggregate). But the title challenge is still strong and convincing wins over Deans Park and Sandford see Rovers reach Wembley for the F.A. Cup Final.

Double dreams end with a defeat at Westhampton gifting Tynecaster the title. Rovers finish runners-up before a cruel defeat in a match that they dominate versus Oldfield in the Cup Final.

1975/76 Roy of the Rovers Line-ups and Stats

1975/76 Roy of the Rovers Line-up

G - Carter, Morton
D - Baxter, Derry, Peak, Giles, McKay, Peters
M - Slade, Trudgeon, Holloway, Cassidy, Makin
F - Race, Gray, Eliot, Wallace, Fane, Shaw

In - Duncan McKay (Portdean), Gerry Holloway (Malbury United), Len Peters & Trevor Cassidy (both reserves)
Out - Ralph Derry & Jumbo Trudgeon (both retired)

Tynecaster United win the league, Rovers second, Burndean third.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

The Lost Years 1996/97 Part 10

Roy Race's return as manager of Melchester Rovers had not quite gone to plan. Three defeats in three games meant Rovers needed to win four of their remaining five matches to stand any chance of escaping the drop...

Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 1996/97 Part 10
Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 1996/97 Part 10

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Total Football - Part 5

The 2015/16 football season moves along at pace. Declan McKaffree makes his debut for Walford Rovers, while John Rogers reveals a little more of his history.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

The Lost Years 96/97 Part 9

Roy Race is back, but Rovers aren't responding the right way. Defeat in his first match back led Roy to return to his favourite 4-3-3 system. But without injured playmaker Gary Bracken, Roy wants skipper Steve Wootten to be his creative force. Will it work?

Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 96/97 Part 9
Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 96/97 Part 9

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Total Football - Part 4

Melchester Rovers take on newly promoted Castleton at Mel Park in Johan Seegrun's first league match in charge. Declan McKaffree has big news. While John Rogers continues his adventures in Spain...

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Lost Years 1996/97 - Part 8

Roy Race was back in the Mel Park hot seat. Mervyn Wallace had resigned after the FA Cup derby defeat to Melborough, with Rovers stuck in the First Division relegation zone. A consortium of businessmen had taken over the club and offered Roy the job. But Rovers must avoid relegation or they will pull out, leaving part-owner, Roy, with massive debts...

Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 96/97 Part 8
Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 96/97 Part 8

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Lost Years 96/97 - Part 7

It's derby day in Melchester as Rovers take on great rivals Melborough in the FA Cup 4th Round. Can Rovers keep out a 'Boro side with Rocky Race in great form? And it's big news at the final whistle!

Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 96/97 Part 7
Roy of the Rovers The Lost Years 96/97 Part 7