July 31, 2006
Ravenhill makes Chester debut
After the long saga surrounding Ricky Ravenhill's transfer from Doncaster Rovers to Chester City, he finally made his debut for Chester in their pre-season game against Huddersfield Town.on Saturday. It still appears that the move is on an initial one-month loan, with a permanent deal lined up after then.
July 31, 2006
Miller to Leicester

Former Doncaster Rovers winger Ian Miller has been appointed as first team coach at Championship club Leicester City. Miller has previously worked with Leicester City boss Rob Kelly at Wolves and Blackburn. Miller was last at Belle Vue last season when he visited when he was on the coaching staff at Blackpool, but then left to bcome assistant manager at Bury in December. Miller was given permission to leave Bury with immediate effect, with the Shakers' boss Chris Casper commenting: "It's come as a real bolt from the blue. Obviously I couldn't stand in his way; Leicester are a big club and I would never stand in anyone's way to go to a Championship club."

July 31, 2006
Gateshead v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers are due to play their final pre-season game this evening when they travel to face Gateshead. The match kicks off at 7.30pm, and Rovers will be looking to maintain their unbeaten pre-season record. It is unclear at this stage, bearing in mind Rovers played games on Friday and Saturday, what sort of team Rovers will field this evening.
July 31, 2006
Goals time
Frickley Athletic registered their first win of their pre-season matches on Saturday when they defeated Hall Road Rangers 2-0; one of the goals came from former Rovers utitlity player Robert Pell, who played for Rovers during the 1997/98 season on a season-long loan.
July 30, 2006
Warrington injured
Andy Warrington had to be carried off the pitch on a stretcher yesterday afternoon after suffering an ankle injury just before half time. Warrington's ankle appeared to go from under him while he was kicking the ball clear, with no other players anywhere near. After being carried from the pitch, he was taken to hospital for a routine X-ray, but no results have yet been revealed.
Warrington was just on his way back to full fitness after breaking his leg last season, and he now faces another lengthy lay-off. Rovers appear virtually certain to have to enter the transfer market for another goalkeeper, even if only on loan to cover while Andy is absent. Rovers' other first team squad keeper, Jan Budtz, is also not fully fit after breaking a finger earlier in the close season.
July 30, 2006
Gainsborough Trinity 0 Rovers 0
Rovers and Gainsborough battled out a goalless draw, with Rovers fielding a more junior side to that which faced Middlesbrough the previous evening. A surprising inclusion in the Rovers side was that of Mark McCammon, who had previously been announced to have left the club after failing to agree terms of the contract offered to him a week ago.
Gainsborough had the best of the early exchanges, but it became an even contest by mid-way through the first half. A cross in from Lewis Guy was headed back by Jason Price, with a Gainsborough hand making contact with the ball to give Rovers a penalty. The penalty-takers jinx of the previous evening reared its ugly head again, with keeper Mike Pollitt guessing which way to go, and comfortably saving Sean Thornton's shot. Just before the interval came Andy Warrington's unfortunate injury, with youth team keeper Lee Cockerham replacing him.
Rovers had numerous chances to take the lead int he second half, with Lewis Guy and Mark McCammon having good opportunities which were saved.
Rovers: Andy Warrington, Matt Noble, Andrew Boyce, Rob Pacey, Sean McDaid, Jason Price, Sean Thornton, Anthony Griffith, Craig Nelthorpe, Mark McCammon, Lewis Guy.
Substitutes: Lee Cockerham (for Warrington, 45), Craig Sutton, Adam Brown, Gerard Alonso, Wade Fairhurst
July 30, 2006
Offiong completes Accies move
Rovers midfielder Richard Offiong has completed his free transfer to Hamilton Academical after completing a successful trial period. Offiong was released by Rovers at the end of last season, when his contract expired, and had impressed during Hamilton's pre-season campaign.
July 29, 2006
Rovers 2 Middlesbrough 0
The three home pre-season games should, by the standard of the opposition on display, have resulted in three home defeats. The fact that they have not only resulted in three home wins, but clean sheets have been kept in all three, no doubt gives us all great optimism for the future season.
Whilst Dave Penney refuses to give hints as to what his starting eleven for the Carlisle match may be, the side he put out against Boro did look good enough to be the first team - and then you think of who was left out. Rovers included Jonathan Forte on the left wing, with Dyer and Heffernan as the strike partnership, and named a back four of Lockwood, Lee, Steve Roberts and Gareth Roberts, which looks set to be the regular back four. Whilst the Premiership side had a few shots from well outside the box, the Rovers defence managed to keep them at bay for long periods of the match - the closest they came was ten minutes from the end when they hit the woodwork.
In contrast, but for a good display by David Knight in the Boro goal, the Rovers win could have been even more emphatic. Rovers missed two penalties, the first when Dyer was brought down in the 37th minute. Dyer took the spot kick, but his attempt lacked penetration and Knight saved down to his right. The second penalty was won when Paul Green was felled in the 68th minute, with James Coppinger takign this kick. Coppinger's kick went wide of the left post. That spurred Rovers on, and a superb strike from a narrow angle by Heffernan in the 71st minute saw the ball fly into the top left corner of the net. Dyer's goal a few minutes later was equally as impressive.
Rovers: Blayney, Lockwood (Fenton, 63), Lee, S.Roberts, G.Roberts, Green, Forte, Horlock, Dyer, Coppinger, Heffernan.
Subs: Warrington, Thornton, Fenton, Griffith, McDaid, Price, Guy.
Boro: Knight, Davies (Hines, 46), Pogatetz, Rochemback, Grounds (Walker, 62), Wheater, Liddle, Kennedy, Graham, Maccarone, Morrison (Craddock, 80).
Subs: Craddock, Atkinson, Hines, Goulon, Porritt, Walker
July 29, 2006
Gainsborough v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers travel to play another match in their preparation for the 2006/07 season this afternoon when they face Gainsborough Trinity, with the match starting at 3pm.
Dave Penney looks likely to name a starting eleven that will give the remainder of the squad, that did not start last night, a full match to improve their match fitness.
July 29, 2006
McSporran to move already?

Former Rovers winger Jermaine McSporran could be set to leave Chester City before playing a League match. Chester boss Mark Wright said: 'I'm not particularly impressed with our attacking options down the right. I brought Jocky (Jermaine McSporran) here to do that but he's suited to a 4-4-2 and doesn't fit in with us, so we've got to work our socks off and do something about that.'
McSporran only joined the club earlier in the summer after being released by Rovers at the end of his contract.

July 28, 2006
Rovers v Middlesbrough

Doncaster Rovers play their last home pre-season game of the summer this evening when Premiership side Middlesbrough arrive at Belle Vue, with Rovers seeking to continue their unbeaten pre-season record. Dave Penney said last week that he will be looking to give most of the side that starts tonight the full ninety minutes as the players build up their match fitness.
Admission prices to this evening's game, which starts at 7.30pm, are: Adults £10.00, Concessions £1.00

July 28, 2006
Ricky finally goes
Chester City have confirmed that they have finally signed Rovers midfielder Ricky Ravenhill after previous negotiations seemed to have come to nothing. Chester have announced that Ravenhill has joined them on a month's loan and will complete a full transfer at the end of the loan period. He will go into the Chester squad which faces Huddersfield Town tomorrow, and joins several other former Rovers players including Jermaine McSporran, Simon Marples, Gregg Blundell and Kevin Sandwith.
We wish Ricky well at his new club, and thank him for his contribution to the Rovers during his time in Doncaster.
July 28, 2006
Stags bring down the Owls
Former Rovers striker Richie Barker helped to sink former club Sheffield Wednesday during the week by scoring two goals as Mansfield Town cruised to a 4-0 victory. Fielding a virtually full strength side, Wednesday went behind in the 23rd minute when Barker scored from the penalty spot, his second being a clinical header from short range in the second half.
Wednesday manager Paul Sturrock blamed the defat on jetlag, with his side havign recently returned from a successful pre-season tour of North America.
July 27, 2006
Carlisle ticket information
Tickets for the first League One game of the season go on sale today to season ticket holders. Away Rover members will have their tickets reserved until Wednesday, 2nd August.
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from Monday, 31st July - all tickets are sold at one per person.
Ticket prices are: Adults £13.00, Senior Citizens £9.00, Juniors 11-18, Under-11's £3.00.
Proof of age will be needed for all concessionary tickets.
Rovers are expecting an allocation of around 1,700 tickets for this match. Any tickets unsold will be sent back to Carlisle for sale on match day - but match day prices are higher than if bought in advance.
July 27, 2006
Rankine becomes a Diamond
Former Doncaster Rovers youth team striker Michael Rankine has signed for Rushden & Diamonds after performing well in a trial during pre-season. He has been awarded a contract fro this season after taking part in Rushden's friendly matches against Nottingham Forest and Reading.
Rushden manager Paul Hart said: "Michael has performed very well whilst on trial with us during the last three weeks. He is an aggressive, quick centre forward who has earned this contract. I am delighted that he has signed for us."
July 27, 2006
Dino returns

News of another former Rovers player: striker Dino Maamria re-signed for Southport at the weekend as the Conference National side prepare ahead of theif first season back as a full-time club. Maamria has played for a number of non-league clubs since leaving Rovers in 2000 after playing over 40 games for the club, including Stevenage Borough and Leigh RMI.

July 27, 2006
Askern Welfare 2 Youth Team 0
The Rovers youth team continued their pre-season by facing Askern Welfare of the Central Midlands League on Monday evening. Not only did the Rovers boys have to contend with a bumpy pitch, but they also had to stand up against a bigger, older side, and they conceded a goal in each half.
Rovers: Michael Guilliat, Baz Hawksworth, Danny Bowland, Jason Hardy, Andrew Boyce, Rob Pacey, Adam Brown, Liam Green), Alex Harrison, Jordan Lodge, Gerard Alonso.
Substitutes: Craig Sutton (for Jordan Lodge, 36), Lee Cockerham (for Guilliat, 46), Matt Noble (for Hawksworth, 46), Jordan Lodge (for Bowland, 51), Ben Smith (for Harrison, 65), Luke Bythway (for Brown, 78), Liam Nelthorpe (for Green, 78), Alex Harrison (for Hardy, 82), Hawksworth (for Boyce, 82)
Rovers were due to send a youth side to face Goole Town last night.
July 26, 2006
Notts County 2 Rovers 2
Doncaster Rovers had to come back from behind against Notts County yesterday evening, with County providing a stern test for Dave Penney's men, playing a different, more direct style of football to that encountered in the pre-season games so far.
Rovers got off to an ideal start, with Paul Heffernan lobbing the keeper from 30 yards in just the second minute of the match. Rovers then played some nice football, but failed to penetrate the Notts defence, and paid the penalty when Lawrie Dudfield equalised in the 21st minute. That equaliser spurred the home side on, and Andy Parkinson put them in front in the 33rd minute after Rovers failed to clear the ball.
It took Rovers until just short of the hour mark to equalise, with Jason Price firing home from close range after James Coppinger had crossed the ball in from the left.
Rovers: Blayney, Lockwood, Fenton, Lee, McDaid, Price, Thornton, Horlock, Coppinger, Heffernan, Dyer
Subsitutes: Forte (for Heffernan, HT), G Roberts (for McDaid, 62), S Roberts (for Lee, 62), Griffith (for Price, 84), Guy (for Thornton, 84), P Green, Nelthorpe, Warrington
July 26, 2006
New contract for Anthony
Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has signed a new three year contract after impressing Dave Penney during the pre-season matches. Griffith was in the youth team squad last season, being offered a one-year professional contract shortly after making his first team debut. He went out on loan to Oxford last season but did not feature for them, but returned to play in Rovers' closing matches of the season.
July 26, 2006
Trialists leave
All three of the trialists that Rovers have been checking on this summer have now left the club. Aaron Brown returned to Swindon Town follwoing the Hull City game after failing to impress, with Derek Asamoah leaving the following day.
Yesterday, it emerged that Mark McCammon had been offered a contract, but had turned down the terms offered, so he has now left to look for another club.
Asamoah featured on the substitutes bench for Scunthorpe United in their 2-1 victory over Leeds United last night.
July 26, 2006
McIndoe scores

Former Doncaster Rovers winger Michael McIndoe scored for Barnsley yesterday evening as they went down to a 3-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough. McIndoe scored a consolation goal mid-way through the second half, by which time they were 3-0 down, with both sides also hitting the woodwork in the first half.

July 25, 2006
Notts County v Rovers

Doncaster Rovers travel to Notts County this evening for the latest of their pre-season matches. After comments made in an interview last week with Dave Penney, a number of players are likely to play the whole ninety minutes as they build up their match fitness.
The Supporters Club are running a coach to the match - details were given yesterday - but please note that there were only six places left yesterday.
Admission prices to this evening's match are: Adults £10.00, Concessions £5.00, Juniors £1.00.

July 25, 2006
Utley signs for Goole

UniBond Division One club Goole AFC have had a busy summer. Firstly, they have changed the name of the club to Goole Town, but they have also been busy on the transfer front, with eleven new players arriving at the club. Amongst the new arrivals is former Doncaster Rovers defender Darren Utley, who joins from Gateshead. Darren made 21 appearances for Rovers between 1995 and 1998, before being released by Mark Weaver when the cost-cutting meant that most of the club's professionals left the club. Since leaving Rovers, he has also played for Emley, Stocksbridge Park Steels, Sheffield, Denaby United, Brodsworth Welfare and the ambitious AFC Barnsley.
Former Rovers youth team player Darren Fell is also at Goole Town; he was the club's top scorer last season.

July 25, 2006
Gary's promoted

Former Doncaster Rovers defender Gary Finley, who made six appearances for Rovers during the 1997/98 relegation season, has been appointed as manager at Lancaster City. He was previously assistant manager at the club.

July 24, 2006
Rovers finish one short
A Doncaster Rovers XI fell just one run short of the total run up by Doncaster Town Cricket Club in yesterday's 20/20 cricket match. Chasing a total of 168 from Doncaster Town's twenty overs, Rovers made a good fight of it, with Lewis Guy, Paul Green and James Coppinger getting amongst the runs. Mickey Walker faced the final ball with Rovers one run behind, but could not get the winning run.
July 24, 2006
Cramb's move confirmed

Former Doncaster Rovers striker Colin Cramb has finally signed for Stirling Albion after successfully undergoing a trial at the club. Cramb left Scottish Third Division club Stenhousemuir at the end of last season, but appeared for Stirling in a number of pre-season matches, impressing the management as well as getting amongst the goals. The latest transfer makes Albion the fifteenth club of his career.

July 24, 2006
Coach to County

The Rovers Supporters Club will be running a coach to tomorrow's match at Notts County. There are only a limited number of spaces available: please contact Len South on 01302 817347, Kris on 0797 1589420 or Rigo on 0785 4678891 if you would like to book a place on the coach.
Departure times are: Retford 4.45pm, Harworth 4.55pm, Bawtry 5.00pm, Hare & Tortoise 5.05pm, Belle Vue 5.30pm.
Please note that the coach will not pick up from Doncaster Royal Infirmary on this occasion.
Fares will be: Adults £7.00, OAPs £6.00, U-16's £5.00

July 24, 2006
Redfearn plays on

Ex-Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn has signed for UniBond First Division club Bradford Park Avenue as a player after leaving Scarborough in the summer. Redfearn, now 41, was player/boss at Scarborough before he left following a disagreement after the chairman appointed a new assistant manager to replace Eric Winstanley.
He watched from the sidelines due to a slight injury on Saturday as his new club faced Barnsley.

July 24, 2006
Neil's off the mark

Neil Roberts scored two of Wrexham's three goals on Saturday as his new club won 3-0 at Dungannon, with boss Denis Smith happy with how his new strikeforce is shaping up.
"Chris Llewellyn has scored two in two games, while Neil Roberts hit a double, so that was pleasing," Smith said. "Three-nil looks good on paper, but we know it wasn't like that. All credit to Dungannon, as in the first half they looked the League side and we looked awful," he added.

July 23, 2006
Rovers 1 Real Sociedad 0
Doncaster Rovers continued their impressive pre-season form yesterday as they shocked Spanish Primera Liga club Real Sociedad at Belle Vue. Real were playing the first of their pre-season tour, and fielded different sides in each half of the game, but Rovers were certainly not daunted by the prospect of facing their Spanish counterparts.
The only goal of the game came from a 31st minute Paul Green corner, which was headed on by Jason Price for Nick Fenton to head home. Rovers, on balance, had the better of the first half, but Real Sociedad dominated the second half, although the latter part of the game was played in a downpour, with thunderstorms affecting the whole of South Yorkshire.
The continuing run of good form bodes well for the new season; the defence certainly has a solid look to it, and at the moment, Rovers do not look like conceding many goals this season.
Rovers: Blayney, Lockwood, Fenton, S Roberts, G Roberts, Price, Griffith, Green, Nelthorpe, McCammon, Dyer
Substitutes: Coppinger (for Nelthorpe, 55), McDaid (for Price, 61), Heffernan (for McCammon, 65), Guy (for Dyer, 73), Thornton (for Green, 73), Warrington (for Blayney, 73), Ravenhill (for Griffith, 81)
July 23, 2006
Rovers cricket game
A Doncaster Rovers XI will take part in a charity 20/20 cricket match this afternoon at Doncaster Town's ground on Bennetthorpe this afternoon, with the match starting at 2pm. Admission will be £2 each, or £5 per car, with all money being raised for Sincere Support.
There will be a barbeque, bar, live band, and many other side-shows.
Taking part in the match will be John Ryan, Dave Penney, Kevin Horlock and Graeme Lee. Will last year's match winner Mickey Walker take part? You'll have to turn up and see!
July 23, 2006
Richard trials for Accies
Former Rovers player Richard Offiong, who was released in the summer, is having trials with Scottish club Hamilton Accademicals. He played in their pre-season friendly fixture against Dumbarton on Saturday afternoon, and scored an early goal to give Hamilton the lead. The match ended 1-1.
Elsewhere, ex-Rover Richie Barker scored with a close-range header in first half injury time as Mansfield Town defeated Nottingham Forest 1-0 at Field Mill yesterday. In conditions similar to those experienced at Belle Vue, the match started off in bright sunshine, but a spectacular thunderstorm meant that it finished in a downpour. So bad were the conditions, with lightning in the immediate area of the ground, that the referee abandoned the match after taking the players off the pitch in the 73rd minute.
July 22, 2006
Rovers v Real Sociedad
Doncaster Rovers play against opposition from mainland Europe for the first time in 36 years when Real Sociedad provide the opposition for this afternoon's pre-season friendly fixture at Belle Vue.
Real Sociedad are in England for a mini-tour, and also have games against Huddersfield Town and Leicester City lined up during the next week. They will certainly provide stern opposition for Dave Penney's men, with the clash between the British style and the continental style of play likely to be a big contrast. Real Sociedad come from San Sebastian in northern Spain, and finished 16th in the Spanish equivalent of the Premiership last season - a disappointing campaign for them, and their five new signings this summer have been made with the aim of getting into the top five or six this time round. They have brought their whole squad over for the tour, but it is uncertain as to what sort of side they will put out this afternoon.
Doncaster Rovers are hoping to give Paul Heffernan his first run-out of the summer in today's match - if he doen't play today, he is virtually certain to start on Tuesday evening at Notts County. Also likely to take part today will be young winger Craig Nelthorpe, as Dave Penney tries to determine whether he will be pushing for the first team this season. Big striker Mark McCammon will also play some part in the game - Dave Penney has said that he will sit down with the player after the match to see whether he remains with the club or not. Apart from that, like in other pre-season games, most of the squad will get a run-out today. If the weather is as hot as of late, most players will probably only play between 45 and 60 minutes, but Rovers will be aiming to give most players 90 minutes next Tuesday.
The match kicks off at 3pm, with admission prices being £10 for adults and £1 for concessions.
July 22, 2006
Rovers release Asamoah
Dave Penney has confirmed that Rovers have released former Lincoln City striker Derek Asamoah following a couple of weeks on trial. Asamoah played during Rovers' games against Retford United, Worksop Town and Hull City. Penney concluded that Asamoah was not necessarily a striker, and that they had enough other players at the club already with similar attributes, partidularly Lewis Guy and Jonathan Forte.
July 22, 2006
Agent blamed over Ricky's non-transfer
League Two club Chester City have blamed Ricky Ravenhill's agent for the collapse of his transfer from Doncaster Rovers last week. City had announced the transfer two weeks ago, but ongoing hitches eventually resulted in the club deciding against the move. A club statement said: "Issues with the player's agent have contributed to the collapse of the move, which we would say has no inference of bad feeling to Doncaster Rovers or the player concerned."
July 21, 2006
Brown goes back
Dave Penney confirmed yesterday that midfielder Aaron Brown has been released from his trial with the club and has returned to Swindon Town. Brown played two matches during the pre-season, but has evidently not impressed the Rovers management sufficiently to warrant a continued trial.
Penney will continue to run the rule over big striker Mark McCammon and Derek Asamoah.
July 21, 2006
Coach to County
The Rovers Supporters Club will be running a coach to next Tuesday's match at Notts County. Early booking is requested; there are only 25 seats remaining at the moment.
Departure times are: Retford 4.45pm, Harworth 4.55pm, Bawtry 5.00pm, Hare & Tortoise 5.05pm, Belle Vue 5.30pm.
Please note that the coach will not pick up from Doncaster Royal Infirmary on this occasion.
Fares will be: Adults £7.00, OAPs £6.00, U-16's £5.00
Please contact Len South on 01302 817347 up to Saturday morning, or on Monday evening, or alternatively Kris on 0797 1589420 or Rigo on 0785 4678891 if you would like to book a place on the coach.
July 21, 2006
Jermaine hits the mark

Former Rovers winger Jermaine McSporran scored his first goal for Chester City on Wednesday evening when he scored the second Chester goal just after the break as the defeated UniBond Division One club Cammell Laird.
McSporran played the first hour of the match, as did ex-Rovers striker Gregg Blundell, with Simon Marples and Kevin Sandwith coming on as second half substitutes.

July 20, 2006
Rovers 0 Hull City 0
Both managers probably came away satisfied from last night's goalless encounter, in which neither side really threatened the opposing goal. Rovers had a number of shots go wide during the second half, with trialists Mark McHammon and Derek Asamoah going close when well placed. Rovers gave Jason Price his first outing of the summer as he played the first half of the game.
When considering that Rovers were facing a club from a division higher, Dave Penney should have been fairly pleased with the performance of his players, with the test being further increased next week when Real Sociedad and Middlesbrough come to Belle Vue.
The match got off to a bad start when Hull City's Damien Delaney was injured in the second minute in a collison with his own goalkeeper, which caused a lengthy delay while he was treated. It later emerged that he had broken his nose which meant that he could not breathe on the pitch, which is why emergency treatment necessitated such a delay of five minutes. We wish him a full and speedy recovery.
The Rovers side last night was: Alan Blayney, James O'Connor, Steve Roberts, Graeme Lee, Sean McDaid, Jason Price, Sean Thornton, Kevin Horlock, James Coppinger, Mark McHammon, Derek Asamoah
Substitutes: Aaron Brown (for Price, HT), Adam Lockwood (for O'Connor, 61), Lewis Guy (for McHammon, 66), Paul Green (for Thornton, 66), Gareth Roberts (for McDaid, 66), Nick Fenton (for Steve Roberts, 73), Craig Nelthorpe (for Coppinger, 73), Antony Griffith (for Horlock, 73)
July 20, 2006
Forte arrival confirmed
Jonathan Forte was finally confirmed as Doncaster Rovers' long-term loan yesterday afternoon when the club confirmed that he has signed on a six-month loan deal from Sheffield United. Forte spent a total of three months at Rovers last season, but could not extend the stay due to the loan transfer regulations. Obviously pleased to welcome him back, Mickey Walker commented: "This is an excellent move for Rovers that will add pace and energy up front. He did a good job the last time he was here and we have worked hard to bring him back. For Dave this will give him an extra dimension up front with the pace of Coppinger and Forte".
July 20, 2006
Coppinger extends contract
Rovers were given a boost yesterday when it was revealed that winger James Coppinger has signed a new three year contract at the club. James has been in superb form since being given an extended run in the first team last season, and looks to have carried that form forward into this pre-season.
July 20, 2006
Real Sociedad tickets
Tickets for the seating in the main stand for Saturday's home game against Real Sociedad are currently on sale from the Rovers ticket office. No tickets for any of the standing areas will be available in advance, but students and the disabled must obtain tickets from the ticket office to take benefit of the concessionary prices.
Admission for Saturday's match will be £10 for adults, and £1 for all concessionaries.
July 19, 2006
Ravenhill deal off
It was announced last night that Doncaster Rovers have called off Ricky Ravenhill's proposed transfer to Chester City. There have been continued delays in the transfer going through, despite Rovers agreeing a fee with Chester at the beginning of the month.
Rovers' Director of Football, Mickey Walker, confirmed the news last night, also saying that Ravenhill will be placed back on the transfer list, and his name will be circulated to all clubs.
July 19, 2006
Rovers v Hull City
This evening sees the first of the three home pre-season matches, with Hull City being the visitors. Dave Penney has already confirmed that a different eleven are set to start the game compared with the team that he put out at Grimsby earlier in the week, as he strives to give all his players vital match practice. However, Ricky Ravenhill, whose proposed transfer to Chester City was called off yesterday, is very unlikely to take part in the game.
Admission prices for this evening's game, which kicks off at 7.30pm, are:
Adults £10.00, Concessions £3.00
You can buy tickets for the main stand seating in advance, but all terracing areas will be pay on the gate.
July 19, 2006
Change of ball boy policy
Doncaster Rovers have announced that, in a departure from past practice, members of local boys teams will not be undertaking ball boy duties at Rovers' first team matches, due, apparently, to "increased responsibilites of the job". All such duties will now be handled by the Rovers' Youth and Academy squad members.
July 19, 2006
Forte still on his way
The delayed arrival of Sheffield United's Jonathan Forte on a six-month loan is likely to end shortly, with Dave Penney confirming on BBC Radio Sheffield last night that Forte is expected to arrive at the club in the "next few days".
July 19, 2006
Colin's strike puts Shels top
A thunderbolt shot from former Rovers defender Colin Hawkins was one of five that his side, Shelbourne, scored last weekend on the way to a 5-1 win over Waterford United in the Irish Eircom Premier League. The win puts Shelbourne top of the table on goal difference, ahead of reigning champions Cork City.
Hawkins scored their second goal of the game, just after the half time break, when he fired home from a corner.
Colin made 32 appearances for Rovers between 2000 and 2002, scoring just once.
July 18, 2006
Grimsby Town 0 Rovers 2
Rovers faced League Two club Grimsby Town at Blundell Park last night, hoping that the good form shown in the early matches would continue. Dave Penney set out with the aim of giving some of the players around an hour's action in the match, up from the 45 minutes of the opening couple of games. Rovers pressure in the first half failed to break the deadlock until four minutes before the break, when Lewis Guy was fouled in the penalty area. Bruce Dyer stepped up to take the penalty, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way to put Rovers in front. Rovers increased their lead in the 76th minute when Craig Nelthorpe fired home a shot from 20 yards.
Rovers: Andy Warrington, Adam Lockwood, Steve Roberts, Nick Fenton, Gareth Roberts, James Coppinger, Paul Green, Antony Griffith, Aaron Brown, Bruce Dyer, Lewis Guy.
Substitutes: James O'Connor (for Lockwood, 65), Graeme Lee (for Steve Roberts, 65), Kevin Horlock (for Paul Green, 65), Sean McDaid (for Gareth Roberts, 65), Craig Nelthorpe (for Aaron Brown, 65), Adam Brown (for Coppinger, 65), Sean Thornton, Rob Pacey, Liam Green, Alan Blayney
July 18, 2006
Kit sponsors presentation evening
The presentation evening for the kit sponsors from last season is to be held in the Rovers Return on Thursday evening, starting at 7pm. Everyone who sponsored a piece of players kit for the 2005/06 season is invited to the evening, along with their friens and family, where they will have the opportunity to meet the players, as well as having the item of kit that they sponsored presented to them.
There is a free buffet, and the bar will be open. If anyone has any enquiries, please contact Ray or Charles in the commercial department on 01302 379327.
July 18, 2006
Coach to Notts County game
The Supporters Club will be running a coach to the away game at Notts County next week. The coach will leave Retford at 4.45pm, Harworth Pit 4.55pm, Bawtry 5.00pm, Parrots Corner 5.05pm, Belle Vue 5.30pm
The cost will be: Adults £7.00, OAPs £6.00, Under-16's £5.00
Please book your place as early as possible by phoning Paul Mayfield on 077404-53066 or Len South on 01302-817347. The would appreciate if, due to holidays, bookings are made by Thursday.
July 18, 2006
Brown has trials at Donny
Swindon Town midfielder Aaron Brown has handed in a transfer request at the County Ground, and has joined Doncaster Rovers for trials as the player seeks to play at a higher level of football. Swindon Town, currently on a pre-season trip to Ibiza, issued a statement which said: "Aaron Brown has asked to leave. His desire to play at a higher level is the reason for his transfer request. We await further developments when the team returns."
New Swindon manager Dennis Wise said: "Aaron came to see me a while ago and he had made up his mind - he felt that he could play at a higher level and get a move away. I won't stand in the way of any player who doesn't want to be here. He had an opportunity of going to Brentford but turned that down. I believe this week he has a chance to train at Doncaster Rovers, which he is doing."
Brown took part in last night's game at Grimsby Town as part of his trial.
July 17, 2006
Grimsby v Rovers

Rovers travel to Blundell Park to face Grimsby Town this evening in their biggest test of the pre-season campaign so far. The policy of giving most players around half a match each looks set to continue, although Paul Heffernan and Jason Price may again miss out as they continue to recover from their operations.
The match kicks off at 7.30pm, with admission prices being £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.

July 17, 2006
Rovers give Chester deadline

With the continuing saga surrounding the transfer of Ricky Ravenhill to Chester City, things look set to come to a head today. Rovers' Director of Football, Mickey Walker, has said in an interview on Radio Sheffield that Rovers have given Chester until today to complete the transfer. Chester have said on their web site that they still hope that the transfer will be completed today. An intriguing development may yet surface, with a statement by Boston United that they are to sign an unnamed League One midfielder at noon today, but no clues were being given as to the player's identity.

July 17, 2006
Pre-season ticket prices

Admission prices for the forthcoming away pre-season game at Notts County will be:
Adults £10, concessions £5, juniors £1.
For the home pre-season games, tickets for the main stand seating areas are now on sale, but no advance tickets will be on sale for the terracing, which will be just pay on the gate.
For the Hull City game on Wednesday, prices wil be: adults £10.00, concessions £3.00
For the Real Sociedad and Middlesbrough games, prices will be: adults £10.00, Concessions £1.00

July 17, 2006
Lee: team spirit will improve now Macca's gone

Rovers skipper Graeme Lee has commented on the departure of Michael McIndoe to Barnsley last week. In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, he said: "McIndoe's problem is that he didn't want to be part of this club. He was not a team player because all he kept on saying was how much he wanted away and that he was too good for this level. It's disappointing because, now that he has got his move, he could have just gone away and wished us all the best and we would have done the same. Instead of that, he is turning around and saying daft things – the sort of thing you would expect from a young boy. It's laughable but a lot of the lads are unhappy about the comments. The fans need to know that the team spirit is brilliant and now that McIndoe has gone away, the team spirit will be even better."

July 16, 2006
Cramb on the mark
Former Doncaster Rovers striker marked yesterday's friendly between Stirling Albion and St Mirren with a goal in the last minute fo the first half to earn a draw for Albion. Cramb, playing as a trialist after leaving Stenhousemuir at the end of last season, was paired with another ex-Rover Dene Shields as a strike force.
July 16, 2006
Adam the cricketer
Adam Collin, a former Rovers goalkeeper, has been showing his talents as a cricketer during the close season. Last weekend he grabbed three wickets for 22 runs for Nunwick as they beat Wigton in the Eden Valley Cricket League. Collin joined Rovers on loan from Newcastle United towards the end of the 2003/04 season as cover for Andy Warrington, but did not make a first team appearance, and joined Workington in May 2004.
July 16, 2006
Forte news this week
Radio Sheffield yesterday carried two reports which confirmed that Sheffield United's Jonathan Forte will be joining the club early this week. Mickey Walker was reported to have said that Forte will be arriving at the club on Monday or Tuesday, and Neil Warnock, the Blades manager, confirmed that Forte will be going out on a six-month loan shortly.
Rovers are still looking at possible targets for players to replace Neil Roberts and Michael McIndoe, who both left the club recently.
July 16, 2006
Redfearn threatens legal action against Seadogs
Former Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn, who was manager at Conference side Scarborough last season, is threatening legal action against Boro, claiming he is owed thousands of pounds in unpaid wages. Assistant manager Eric Winstanley, who used to run the Rovers youth team, is also taking legal advice - Redfearn's solicitors say that he has not been paid for three months, and Winstanley for four months. A further sum in respect of the outstanding length of their contracts is also being claimed.
Redfearn left the club at the end of last season after Scarobourgh's chairman brought in Mark Patterson to assist Redfearn - Redfearn is claiming constructive dismissal, and Winstanley actual dismissal.
Scarborough declined to comment in an interview to Scarborough's local press.