Doncaster Rovers mag scores success at top awards ceremony

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An irreverent magazine for fans of Doncaster Rovers has scored success at a major sporting awards ceremony.

Independent fans’ mag Popular Stand fanzine was shortlisted for the National Football Supporters’ Federation Awards fanzine of the year honour.

Readers had nominated their favourite fanzines with a public vote deciding the winner.

And although the Doncaster mag was pipped to the top prize by Leeds United related fanzine The Square Ball, editor Glen Wilson was still delighted to have made it to the shortlist and Monday’s glittering awards ceremony in London.

Glen, 31, said: “I think the success for us was making it onto the shortlist, to be honest.

“That’s a big pat on the back, a big confidence boost, to show that we’re being noticed for what we’re doing when it can be a struggle to put it together.”

Glen, who holds down a full-time job as a web editor based in London, is supported by contributors in putting the magazine together but he writes most articles, lays out the pages, takes care of the business side, sends copies to subscribers and sells them at Rovers games.

Mike Follows, 33, has contributed articles to the fanzine for seven years.

He said he felt “fantastic” about making the shortlist and praised Glen’s work: “He does a very, very good job for no reward other than for the people who read Popular Stand.”

Founded in 1998, the fanzine costs £1 and gives profits to local causes including Doncaster food bank and the Doncaster Belles women’s football team.