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Belle Vue Bar has undergone a ‘makeover’ ahead of today's local derby against Barnsley.

With the news that Doncaster Rovers old ground Belle Vue was to be knocked down and rebuilt on, the VSC felt it was right to commemorate the ground at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers fans from the Viking Chat forum have kindly donated money to cover the cost of the new wall displays in the bar.

VSC Director Rob Williams commented, "We wanted to make the Belle Vue Bar feel a bit more like home, which Belle Vue was for many Rovers fans for many years. The club gave us this great opportunity and VSC members and forums users have once again put their hands in their pockets and we think the walls look fantastic!".

VSC Secretary Martin O’Hara added, “With Belle Vue being built on, it’s important that we remember it. It’s a memorable place to so many Rovers fans and where better to remember it than the Belle Vue Bar.
“The bar was renamed by the supporters and now it’s being decorated by the supporters as well. There will be a plaque with everyone’s name on who has contributed.”

Situated in the West Stand, the Belle Vue Bar welcomes all supporters from home and away clubs with Sky Sports shown on the TV screens prior to kick off and after the match.

If you're going to the match today make sure to pop in and have a look. We are still accepting donations for this project; click here for details on how to donate.

(Thanks go to Steve Uttley and Mike Floate for the images)

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by Paul Williams

Us and Barnsley have more in common than we’d like to admit. Our industry and economy has been decimated over the last 30 years but we still delight in taking every opportunity to poke fun at our respective stereotypes and this is a proper local derby, unlike those sham ones against the mighty Sheffield clubs.

No doubt the coal carts will be clogging up the road between Dingle Dell and the Keepmoat again this Saturday. Barnsley fans reckon there will be 3,000 supporters in the North Stand, though when you’re all out of fingers and toes at 24 it’s hard to say how accurate that estimate will be.

What we don’t like is Tommy Tyke and his chums getting all uppity because they happen to be higher than us in the league at present - pride before a fall and all that! They think they’ve stolen a gem from us in the shape of Reece Wabara (who ironically refused a new contract in the summer as he wanted to play at a higher level, though I suppose Barnsley is more elevated than Doncaster in geographical terms).

Paul Dickov once described Wabara as a superb athlete – unfortunately he just seems to suffer from occasional memory losses during which, for 90 minutes, he forgets he’s a footballer.

The form book suggests we might struggle to give the Tykes their annual beating this time but our near-neighbours are still a work in progress themselves and due a bad one after beating high-flying Gillingham last Saturday.

Things are slowly improving under Rob Jones and, though the big man will be back on the touchline again this weekend, we could have some joy if we can get Keshi Anderson on the ball enough to force Barnsley backwards and we all know Copps loves playing against this lot more than anyone else.  
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by Paul Williams

Whatever the rights or wrongs of Gary Mackenzie’s red card on Saturday, his suspension means that it will be yet another different Rovers back four for the visit of Swindon.

It could be a quartet of southpaws (left-footers) if Rob Jones has to dig the boots out of mothballs, which would make us look even more lop-sided than normal at the back (hard to imagine, I know). But maybe it would confuse the Robins enough for us to sneak a much-needed win.

Swindon made the play-offs last year and won 2-1 at the Keepmoat, even though Rovers had taken the lead by that rarity – a Curtis Main goal. But they’ve hardly set League 1 alight this season so far and are clearly missing the goals of Andy Williams who will, of course, be lining up against his former team-mates for Rovers this week. Fabian Robert has moved in the opposite direction and the Frenchman has settled in well at the County Ground so will be a threat for the visitors, who are proving better on the road this season.

Crystal Palace loanee Keshi Anderson could make his home debut for Rovers having looked lively before lack of match practice told on Saturday and Jones’ attacking options have increased in the last week with the return to fitness of Danny N’Guessan and Harry Forrester. How good would it be to go into Saturday’s clash with the Dingles on the back of three points?
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