DON ROGERS ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Don backs Town's new breed

Swindon Advertiser: DON ROGERS ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Don backs Town's new breed DON ROGERS ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL: Don backs Town's new breed

SWINDON legend Don Rogers believes the current crop of Town players have what it takes to fight for a second-straight promotion this season.

The former winger is still a regular at the County Ground to watch his old side in action, and will be in the crowd for this afternoon’s game with Yeovil on what is the 50th anniversary of his debut for the club.

The 67-year-old has been impressed with Paolo Di Canio’s side so far this season, and has backed the Robins to earn a top-six finish - even if the current boss is not so sure.

“It is going brilliantly really, and you can’t complain at all about what they have done,” he said.

“The manager is one of his own and treats players in a bit of a funny way, but he gets results and that is the main thing.

“If we are up the top of the league everybody is happy, and he has done a great job so far although it is a long season and there is a long way to go.

“I think it will be very tight at the top, but we have seen the rest of the teams in the league and we are as good as any of them, so we have to fancy our chances of being in the top six and we just need to keep going.”

Rogers was sad to see Paul Benson leave the club to join Portsmouth, but still believes there is plenty of quality in the Town squad.

“I liked Benson and I don’t think he did anything wrong and he is a good player, so I was sad to see him go,” he said.

“But I do like Andy Williams and he has been a very good signing, and probably the best he has made. He could do with adding a few more goals to his game but he is such a grafter and he has been a big difference in there.

“I like Tommy Miller, Alan McCormack and the goalkeeper, and none of the players have really let themselves down at all.

“I like Aden Flint too even though he can be a bit over-zealous, but he is a good defender.

“They have all done their jobs, and there is certainly a good squad there.”

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7:12am Sat 17 Nov 12

Red Army says...

Legend
Legend Red Army

7:33am Sat 17 Nov 12

Not so Smart Roger says...

Peter Downsborough, John Trollope, Dave Moss, Peter Eastoe, Alan Mayes, Andy Rowland, Charlie Henry, Colin Calderwood, Sean Taylor, Glen Hoddle, Jan Aage Flipflop, Kevin Horlock, Super Sammy Parkin, Simon Cox, Charlie Austin....but Don Rogers is THE man - my Town hero above all others!
Peter Downsborough, John Trollope, Dave Moss, Peter Eastoe, Alan Mayes, Andy Rowland, Charlie Henry, Colin Calderwood, Sean Taylor, Glen Hoddle, Jan Aage Flipflop, Kevin Horlock, Super Sammy Parkin, Simon Cox, Charlie Austin....but Don Rogers is THE man - my Town hero above all others! Not so Smart Roger

7:37am Sat 17 Nov 12

Chish and Fips says...

Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please...
Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please... Chish and Fips

7:40am Sat 17 Nov 12

Chish and Fips says...

I can still see Sir Don dropping his shoulder and a twist of the hips and the defender was left there standing thinking 'Where did he go?'
I can still see Sir Don dropping his shoulder and a twist of the hips and the defender was left there standing thinking 'Where did he go?' Chish and Fips

7:55am Sat 17 Nov 12

Not so Smart Roger says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please...
Before my time, Mr Fips, but a good call all the same!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please...[/p][/quote]Before my time, Mr Fips, but a good call all the same! Not so Smart Roger

8:17am Sat 17 Nov 12

Rod Thomas 1969 says...

Please add also Rod Thomas 50 International Caps for Wales 30 while still playing for Swindon Town FC many thanks.
Please add also Rod Thomas 50 International Caps for Wales 30 while still playing for Swindon Town FC many thanks. Rod Thomas 1969

8:49am Sat 17 Nov 12

Since 1950 says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please...
Don't forget Ernie!
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please...[/p][/quote]Don't forget Ernie! Since 1950

8:57am Sat 17 Nov 12

smirg kcab says...

Add Vincent pericard to that list, most talked about striker since the sixties
Onwards and upwards
Add Vincent pericard to that list, most talked about striker since the sixties Onwards and upwards smirg kcab

8:58am Sat 17 Nov 12

Chish and Fips says...

Since 1950 wrote:
Chish and Fips wrote:
Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please...
Don't forget Ernie!
'The fastest milkman in the West'

Ernie Hunt another good shout.

What about Ken Keyworth ...remember him ?? best not...
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: Can we add Mike Summerbee to that little lot please...[/p][/quote]Don't forget Ernie![/p][/quote]'The fastest milkman in the West' Ernie Hunt another good shout. What about Ken Keyworth ...remember him ?? best not... Chish and Fips

9:00am Sat 17 Nov 12

Chish and Fips says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Add Vincent pericard to that list, most talked about striker since the sixties
Onwards and upwards
What about Dickie Dosh the most talked about manager by you who didn't happen here. ;0)
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Add Vincent pericard to that list, most talked about striker since the sixties Onwards and upwards[/p][/quote]What about Dickie Dosh the most talked about manager by you who didn't happen here. ;0) Chish and Fips

9:04am Sat 17 Nov 12

mallorca says...

also peter noble and aurthur horsfield especially dobbin in the box he was super
also peter noble and aurthur horsfield especially dobbin in the box he was super mallorca

9:05am Sat 17 Nov 12

mallorca says...

also peter noble and aurthur horsfield especially dobbin in the box he was super
also peter noble and aurthur horsfield especially dobbin in the box he was super mallorca

9:09am Sat 17 Nov 12

mancrobin says...

Chish and Fips wrote:
I can still see Sir Don dropping his shoulder and a twist of the hips and the defender was left there standing thinking 'Where did he go?'
It was the that sight that caused me to fall in love with the Town.

Oh, the arguments I used to have at my school by insisting Rogers was better than Best.

We've had some greats as the previous poster's list shows but none really come close to Sir Don.
[quote][p][bold]Chish and Fips[/bold] wrote: I can still see Sir Don dropping his shoulder and a twist of the hips and the defender was left there standing thinking 'Where did he go?'[/p][/quote]It was the that sight that caused me to fall in love with the Town. Oh, the arguments I used to have at my school by insisting Rogers was better than Best. We've had some greats as the previous poster's list shows but none really come close to Sir Don. mancrobin

11:57am Sat 17 Nov 12

Oi Den! says...

Truly the greatest. I can only go back the same 50 years, as I think my debut as a Town fan was almost exactly when Don made his as a player, but it's hard to believe any Town player from any era would have come close to him. It's a mark of the man's character that he considers himself lucky. Many people in his position would have been casting envious glances at the multi-millionaires in today's game, many of whom cheat and whinge their way through every game and don't possess half of Don's talent. I honestly cannot remember him ever disputing a referee's decision, despite the attention he received from some agricultural defenders - when they could get near him, which wasn't very often.
Truly the greatest. I can only go back the same 50 years, as I think my debut as a Town fan was almost exactly when Don made his as a player, but it's hard to believe any Town player from any era would have come close to him. It's a mark of the man's character that he considers himself lucky. Many people in his position would have been casting envious glances at the multi-millionaires in today's game, many of whom cheat and whinge their way through every game and don't possess half of Don's talent. I honestly cannot remember him ever disputing a referee's decision, despite the attention he received from some agricultural defenders - when they could get near him, which wasn't very often. Oi Den!

3:55pm Sat 17 Nov 12

nobbycars says...

Yes Sir Don, the greatest player never to be picked for a full England cap, pure magic.
Yes Sir Don, the greatest player never to be picked for a full England cap, pure magic. nobbycars

6:32pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Mondeaux says...

nobbycars wrote:
Yes Sir Don, the greatest player never to be picked for a full England cap, pure magic.
For those of you who may doubt just how good Sir Don was take a look at Youtube and ITV's (Golden Goals) Goal of the season for1973.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=FgH6thQGq
wc
[quote][p][bold]nobbycars[/bold] wrote: Yes Sir Don, the greatest player never to be picked for a full England cap, pure magic.[/p][/quote]For those of you who may doubt just how good Sir Don was take a look at Youtube and ITV's (Golden Goals) Goal of the season for1973. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=FgH6thQGq wc Mondeaux

7:12pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Mondeaux says...

nobbycars wrote:
Yes Sir Don, the greatest player never to be picked for a full England cap, pure magic.
You could add Pele, Eusebio, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Platini and a whole bunch of others to that list.
[quote][p][bold]nobbycars[/bold] wrote: Yes Sir Don, the greatest player never to be picked for a full England cap, pure magic.[/p][/quote]You could add Pele, Eusebio, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, Platini and a whole bunch of others to that list. Mondeaux

9:41am Sun 18 Nov 12

Rogersforengland says...

Don was my school boy hero, i had a photo taken with him when i was just 12. Yesterday i called him over at half time and now have a photo of Don and my 12 year old daughter so i have the complete set now on his 50th Anniversary of his debut……rogers for England was the chant from the Town End
Don was my school boy hero, i had a photo taken with him when i was just 12. Yesterday i called him over at half time and now have a photo of Don and my 12 year old daughter so i have the complete set now on his 50th Anniversary of his debut……rogers for England was the chant from the Town End Rogersforengland

10:26am Mon 19 Nov 12

Parkhead67 says...

Also made his debut for CPFC 40 years ago scoring v Everton. The Eagles consider Don their first legend 1973 Golden Goal was v Stoke City. Moved back to the Town from QPR.
Also made his debut for CPFC 40 years ago scoring v Everton. The Eagles consider Don their first legend 1973 Golden Goal was v Stoke City. Moved back to the Town from QPR. Parkhead67

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