They Played For Both – Doncaster Rovers

Ross Etheridge


Courtesy Graham Burrell

Ross joined us on loan from Doncaster at the same time as Calder. He only played three times for the club, but he completed his own mini-journey, the smallest of sub-plots within a blockbuster of a season. It could be argued that he played a key role in our FA Trophy elimination at the hands of York, we conceded two very soft goals that maybe Paul Farman would have kept out. Ultimately, one of those not going in would have resulted in us going to Wembley. He wasn’t a Tom Champion style villain, nor did he continue that sort of form when he finally got another chance.

It was the late-season injury that Paul Farman sustained that resulted in Ross getting a couple of outings. Had we not wrapped the league up against Macclesfield I don’t think he would have featured, but as the league was safe he got two further run-outs, and in the match against Maidstone he had a very good game and kept a clean sheet. It was vindication for him, an appearance that prevented him from going down as one of those awful one-match keepers. For 87 minutes of the Southport game, it looked as if he’d get a second clean sheet, but it wasn’t to be. Nonetheless, it was nice to see him get a chance to redeem himself slightly for the York match.

He was released by Doncaster without playing another game for them and was last seen playing for Glapwell in the Central Midlands League Division One North.