DONCASTER Rovers will be hoping to give their supporters - especially those who travel over to Boundary Park for today’s League One clash against Oldham Athletic - a belated Christmas present in the form of three points.
“It would be nice for the supporters were the lads to beat Oldham,” said Supporters Club chairman Len South.
“We also owe them one for knocking us out of the FA Cup last month, just four days after we’d beaten them at home in a rearranged league match.
“For some reason we faded after a good start and ended up going down 3-1 in a game we had been expected to win given our impressive away record and the fact that we had beaten them in midweek.
“Oldham can blow hot and cold but I thought that they played well on the day and deserved to win. We were lacking in a lot of areas and we didn’t play to our best.
“But I think it could have been a different story had Iain Hume and David Cotterill not been suspended after picking up bookings in midweek and had one or two others who were either injured or ill played.
“I’m hoping that today will be a totally different game and that we can come away with three points.”
Although a couple of the Supporters Club coaches are stopping off en route for karaoke and turkey sandwiches, many fans would have preferred to have been at home instead of having to travel.
“I don’t think the Boxing Day fixtures have been very kind to us in recent years,” said South.
“I know the weather may have intervened on the odd occasion, but I can’t remember the last time we were at home on Boxing Day (it was back in the 2007-08 season when Rovers beat Northampton Town 2-0 in a League One game).
“Even though the Football League try to keep games fairly local, it can make a big difference to the time you are out of the house on Boxing Day at a time when people may have family or friends staying over, so I think it’s a little unfair on supporters having to travel on most occasions in recent years.”
Despite the fact that Rovers are away again, South is expecting a decent following.
“All football fans love Boxing Day games; there is a special atmosphere,” he said.
For some fans the result of a Boxing Day game can make or break the festive celebrations.
“I personally wouldn’t say that a defeat takes the edge off Christmas, though it is obviously disappointing,” said South.
“We have some disappointing results over the years on Boxing Day but there have also been some good ones.
“I can remember going to the City Ground a few years ago and beating Nottingham Forest 4-2 in style - that was a cracking game.
“Going back even further, I also remember the game at Bradford City when Glynn Snodin scored from a free-kick.”
“As is the case throughout the season, we aren’t going to win every game,.
“But hopefully we can beat both Oldham and Preston (on Saturday) and that would set us up nicely for the big home game against Sheffield United on New Year’s Day.”