March 26, 2017
Rovers v Plymouth Argyle
Leaders Doncaster Rovers welcome second placed Plymouth Argyle to the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon in what could be a title decider, as if Rovers were to win, they would be nine points clear at the top with seven games to go. As it is, a win for Rovers this afternoon would mean they only need one more win to clinch automatic promotion, which would be a remarkable feat to achieve before the end of March.
Rovers have no new injury concerns to consider, with goalkeeper Ian Lawlor fit to resume duties after being forced off at half time with a groin strain last weekend.
Darren Ferguson also has Luke McCullough and Aaron Taylor Sinclair available for the run-in to the end of the season, but a place on the bench is as much as we suspect either can hope for today. Defender Tyler Garratt has been recalled from his loan at Eastleigh and is available for selection.
Plymouth boss Derek Adams could stick with the same starting eleven as drew against Morecambe last week, although Ryan Taylor and Gary Sawyer have recovered from knee and Achilles injuries respectively and could be hoping for recalls after being named as substitutes last time out.
Midfielder Connor Smith is definitely missing with an ankle injury.
March 26, 2017
Ferguson - Plymouth game is 'cup final'
Boss Darren Ferguson is relishing the prospect of the visit of Plymouth Argyle for this afternoon's televised match, recognising that Rovers are out for revenge after losing 2-0 at Home Park earlier this season.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, Ferguson said: "Next week is a cup final now. We win that and we are nine points ahead of them with seven games to go. We felt a little bit hard done by when we lost at their place so it is a massive game."
Speaking to DROS on Friday, he added: "“The players are in a good place and that comes with winning games as well as being in a good position in the league. We need to take the opportunity to extend the gap between ourselves and Plymouth on Sunday. The title is not sewn up and neither is promotion. Looking at it, we’ve got a great chance but we need to keep ourselves motivated, that will be easy on Sunday as the facts are simple – if we win then we go nine points clear of second. It’ll be a very similar game to the one at their place, they’ll sit off us and try and play on the counter attack – which they’re very good at. There is no doubt that the first goal will be crucial."
March 26, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's League Two home game against Plymouth Argyle are:
Referee: Oliver Langford
Assistant referees: Steven Meredith and James Wilson
Fourth Official: Scott Duncan
March 26, 2017
A minute's silence today

All Football League fixtures this weekend have been preceded by a minute's silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on Westminster on Wednesday afternoon.
Following on from yesterday's games, there will be a minute's silence held in advance of this afternoon's match at the Keepmoat Stadium, which supporters are urged to observe with respect.

March 26, 2017
Garratt returns to Rovers
Rovers defender Tyler Garratt has been recalled from his loan at National League Premier Division club Eastleigh, and is available for all remaining matches of the season at Rovers.
The 20 year old, who made 11 appearances for Eastleigh since joining them in January, scored his first senior goal for them in their 1-1 draw at Sutton United in January.
A downturn in fortunes at Eastleigh, coupled with a change in management at the club, and has not featured for them since their 3-1 defeat at York City on 4th March.
March 25, 2017
Colchester ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Colchester United on Friday, 14th April (Good Friday) are now on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 1,028 tickets for the game which are now on general sale.
There is a different set of prices, all depending on when you buy tickets, which are as follows:
Until 26th March:
27th March to 9th April: Adults £17.50 - Senior Citizens (65+) £12.50 - Armed Forces £12.50 - Young Person (18-21) £12.50 - Under 18s £9.50 - Under 14s £4 - Under 11s free - Additional U11s £1
10th April to 13th April: Adults £19 - Senior Citizens (65+) £14 - Armed Forces £16 - Young Person (18-21) 15 - Under 18s £11 - Under 14s £4.50 - Under 11s free - Additional U11s £1
Ticket bought on match day: Adults £21 - Senior Citizens (65+) £16 - Armed Forces £16 - Young Person (18-21) £17 - Under 18s £13 - Under 14s £5 - Under 11s free - Additional U11s £1
The free U11 is on a one (adult/senior) to four basis. After this the additional U11 cost will apply.
Wheelchair and ambulant disabled pay appropriate price, with the carer free of charge.
March 25, 2017
Ferguson on Mandeville's return to fitness
Boss Darren Ferguson has said that Liam Mandeville "needs to manage himself a bit better".
The young striker is now fit for selection after recovering from a thigh injury, but as part of his recovery picked up a tight thigh that delayed his return.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson commented: "It’s about knowing your body and doing certain things. I’m all for the enthusiasm and keenness to do extra. But you’ve got to know if there’s a certain tightness in a certain part of your body, then just leave things. I probably would have said that about Liam regardless of whether he’d have picked up this injury or not. I think for most young players, that comes with experience. It wasn’t a criticism of him. It’s as you get more experience you know it’s going to be less beneficial to show that enthusiasm if you’re going to be out. I’ve had a good chat with him. I think it’s a good lesson. As long as you learn from it, that’s the main thing."
March 25, 2017
Boss confident that key players will stay
Boss Darren Ferguson is confident that key personnel in the Rovers squad will stay in the summer, despite some being out of contract at the end of the season.
Marko Marosi, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Paul Keegan, Gary McSheffrey and Joe Pugh will be out of contract in the summer, although a deal with Marosi is virtually completed
Top goal scorer John Marquis is under contract until the end of next season, and on being asked by the Doncaster Free Press as to whether he would be offered an extension, the Rovers chief said: "It’s something we will deal with and it’s something that’s on the list. But I haven’t got any concerns about it at the moment. I don’t think the fans need to be concerned about us losing our best players. I haven’t got any worries about it. Don’t get me wrong, if someone comes in and blows you out of the water then... But certainly the conversations with the owners and Gavin Baldwin have all been very positive. We’re trying to keep the momentum going within the football club. If the fans are concerned, I would definitely be saying they don’t need to concern themselves."
"But obviously the season ends in May and not now and we have got bigger things to think about i.e. getting promoted. That’s the number one thing we need to get done. I’ve not had anyone knock on my door and say ‘I’m out of contract’. They know that once it’s done, or if we get it done, that getting promoted is the most important thing. The sooner the better for everyone, but we’re not counting our chickens. We’ve just got to concentrate on finishing this job off."
March 25, 2017
McCullough - I'm ready!
Rovers defender Luke McCullough is ready to return to action - if selected by Darren Ferguson.
He successfully came through an hour of a training ground practice match on Tuesday, and has his eye on a return to competitive action, although tomorrow's game against Plymouth Argyle is unlikely.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Luke said: "I’m hoping to get some games in, it depends if the manager wants to put me in the squad. I do think I’m ready now. I played sixty minutes in a game at the training ground this week against the Nike Academy and I felt fit. It was good to get some minutes in the legs. I’ve worked hard in the gym and I feel as fit as I have done in a while. I feel like I’m ready to be involved but obviously it’s up to the manager. This weekend might be too soon but there’s plenty of games left."
He acknowledged that, with the team flying high at the top of the league, it will not be a foregone thing that he will go straight back into the team.
He added: "Obviously I’m not going to walk straight back into the team. I’ll have to work at it. It’s nice to be in the position we’re in and if we can get promoted a bit earlier it takes a bit of pressure off and gives me more licence to come into the team and get some minutes before the season ends."
March 23, 2017
McCullough closes in on first team return
Darren Ferguson has revealed that Luke McCullough has made great progress as he recovers from knee ligament damage suffered in a pre-season match, and has taken part in a training ground practice match against the Nike Football Academy on Tuesday.
Luke had been expected to miss the whole of the season, but there is a realistic chance that he could feature in some of the remaining games this season - although Sunday's home game against Plymouth is likely to be too early.
Ferguson told the Free Press last week: "If he continues the way he is, touch wood, certainly he’ll be back for the last five or six games. He’s been brilliant this week. Outstanding. It was a really hard, demanding session that I did with him on Monday. He took a few knocks, won a few tackles and that was exactly what he needed. He was a bit stiff on Tuesday but we got it out of him. He’s way ahead of schedule."
Ferguson is wary of bringing the Northern Ireland international back too quickly, but equally does not want to hold him back unnecessarily. He added: "I’m not going to rush him because sometimes players are looking good but they might get another muscle injury because they’ve been out for so long. It happens quite a lot. But obviously you don’t want to put the reins on him too much. We’ve got to be careful. I’ll go off what the boy says. He’s an honest lad. He’s had that experience of taking a few knocks in training. Someone has tackled him, which he’s not had for a long time. For him, that must be great."
March 23, 2017
Grimsby ticket allocation sold out
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have sold out their entire allocation of tickets for the away game at Grimsby Town, which is on Saturday, 1st April.
Please also note that no tickets will be sold to away fans on the day of the match.
Finally, due to police advice, please remember that the kick-off for the game has been brought forward to 1pm.
March 23, 2017
Pre-season trip to Thailand planned - next year!
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they are planning to hold a training camp in Thailand as part of their preparation for the 2018/19 season. It had been expected that they would go this summer, but it has been put off for twelve months to allow more planning of training schedules etc., to make sure the players are in top condition for the start of the following season.
Boss Darren Ferguson told DROS earlier this month: "This tour will enhance our preparations for the 2018/19 campaign, and we are fully committed to the trip. It will provide a real opportunity for team building and set us up for a successful season."
March 23, 2017
Travel information to Grimsby Town
The departure times for the coaches being run by the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are now earlier than previously advertised due to the kick-off of the game being brought forward by two hours to 1pm.
That means that departure times from all points will now be: Retford at 9.30am, Bawtry 9.45am, Harworth 9.35am, Rossington 9.45am, Hare & Tortoise 9.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.00pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.15pm.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £13 - Concessions £12
Non-members: Adults £15 - Concessions £14
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) after 6pm, Len South (01302 817347) after 6pm or Steve Warnes (07780 316923)
Please note that all bookings for Saturday games have a deadline of the Wednesday before the game, and for all midweek games, the deadline is the previous Sunday.
March 23, 2017
County "astonished" by Sheridan appeal
Notts County owner Alan Hardy has said that he is 'astonished' to receive a notification from the League Managers Association that John Sheridan, who was dismissed for gross misconduct in January, with Sheridan receiving a five match touchline ban for the same incident, in which he issued a "foul-mouthed tirade" against the match officials during County's 2-0 defeat to Wycombe in December.
Hardy said in a statement issued to the Press Association: "I was astonished to receive notification from the LMA that Mr Sheridan has decided to appeal his dismissal. We have sent back an extremely robust five page document re-affirming the transparent reasons behind our course of action."
"As well as being owner of Notts County, I am heavily involved in youth football, running a series of teams at Under 8s and Under 10s. Every week I see the influence that the professional game has on young boys and girls from as young as six years old. The conduct shown by Mr Sheridan towards the match officials in this instance was nothing short of scandalous. I am not prepared to tolerate any member of my staff abusing referees and officials in this manner."
"I fully appreciate that the League Managers Association have a duty of care to represent their membership. But surely even a professional body like the LMA realise they are being asked to defend the indefensible. Mr Sheridan clearly believes this 'industrial language' is used in everyday workplaces. Not in my place of work, it's not. And nor at my football club."
"A five match touchline ban is one of the lengthiest and strongest punishments they have issued to any manager this season. For me, this is not just about John Sheridan, the LMA and Notts County. This case has much wider significance and repercussions for the English game as a whole. Over the past years, the FA have instigated a series of very admirable 'Respect' initiatives designed to improve conduct across the game. I'd think we'd all agree that excellent progress has been made but that much more clearly still needs to be done. Mr Sheridan and the LMA are effectively trying to run a coach and horses through the concept of respect in football. Potentially, they can set us back years if they continue to appeal the decision."
Sheridan played for Doncaster Rovers in a few matches of their first season in the Conference.
March 22, 2017
Ferguson plans for table top clash
Doncaster Rovers have eight days between last Saturday's game at Leyton Orient and their next game, which is the televised game at home to Plymouth Argyle on Sunday afternoon.
However, Darren Ferguson is keen to balance the need to recover from recent games with staying in peak form ready for the next game.
As Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star: "We gave them Monday off but Tuesday and Wednesday will be hard sessions. We’ve got to keep on top of them. We need to keep an edge to their game. You can make the mistake sometimes of leaning off them a little bit.We need to keep that physical aspect to our game. So we need to lean a little bit on them Tuesday and Wednesday and then again Friday and Saturday."
He was full of praise for the performance on Saturday, adding: "I think it really made a difference because the way we were pressing at Orient at the end was just non-stop. It was a fantastic effort from the players."
March 22, 2017
Injury concern for keeper
Darren Ferguson was playing down the seriousness of the groin injury that caused Ian Lawlor to be substituted at half time of Saturday's away game at Leyton Orient, with Marko Marosi, just back from injury, getting his first taste of action for several weeks.
Ferguson revealed: "“Ian’s just felt his groin and it was getting worse so he couldn’t really kick. We’ll look at Ian and hope he’s fine. I’m pretty optimistic he will be, it’s just a niggle on his groin, I wouldn’t anticipate he’ll be out for next week. Marko came on and was a wee bit rusty. He was fine, he didn’t have much to do."
March 22, 2017
Blayney moves to Dundela
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Alan Blayney has joined Dundela after asking for a transfer from Ballymena United earlier this season.
The 35 year old keeper has played four games for Dundela now, and has been on the losing side only once.
He told Belfast Live earlier in the month: "It’s not a one-way thing, I want to help Dundela as much as I can. I had a good chat with Stephen [Gourley] before I signed and was very impressed. I came here first and foremost because I want to play football, but I also want to achieve things and help this club achieve things."
"Dundela has plenty of pedigree and some very talented players in the squad so all the ingredients are there. I’ve actually been taken aback by just how good things are and how professional the club is in everything it does. It’s been really good and they’ve been great with me ever since I joined. I want to repay that and help Dundela get promoted back to where they deserve to be. We try and play a good style of football and the results have been very good."
Dundela are in sixth place on the Premier Intermediate League in Northern Ireland, 10 points behind second placed Newry City and 16 behind leaders Limavady United.
March 22, 2017
Griffith moves to Trafford
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has completed a transfer from Glossop North End to Trafford, who play in the Northern Premier League Division One North.
He began his career with Halifax Town before making the move to Doncaster Rovers in 2005, but he struggled to win a regular first team place and went out on loan to Oxford United in March 2006. Loans to Darlington and Stafford Rangers came the following season, before spending the 2007/08 campaign on loan at Halifax Town before being released by Rovers in the summer of 2008.
That led to a move to Port Vale, where he became a first team regular, and was their Player of the Year in 2010. He moved to Leyton Orient in May 2012 before returning to Vale Park in March 2013 on loan, rejoining on a permanent basis in summer 2013.
A further move to Shrewsbury Town came in August 2014, and then to Carlisle United in January 2015. He stayed there for six months before moving south to join Altrincham, but then decided to retire from playing in September 2015.
However, he was persuaded to come out of retirement to play for Glossop North End in September 2016.
March 22, 2017
Dino leaves Newport
Ex-Rovers striker Dino Maamria has left League Two strugglers Newport County as a consequence of the sacking of their manager, Graham Westley, a couple of weeks ago.
Maamria was assistant manager to Westley, but the management team was dismissed after the club found themselves 11 points adrift at the bottom of League Two and staring relegation out of the Football League in the face.
Newport County issued a statement that read: "Newport County AFC Board of Directors met yesterday evening. As a result, the Club can confirm that Manager Graham Westley has been relieved of his first team duties with immediate effect. In addition, Assistant Manager Dino Maamria will also be leaving the club. The Board of Directors would like to place on record its thanks to Graham and Dino for their hard work in challenging circumstances. Graham has worked extremely hard in improving standards throughout the Club."
March 22, 2017
Voting results v Leyton Orient
Thank you to everyone who voted in the latest "Man of the Match" poll, which was for the away game at Leyton Orient on Saturday.
We got votes for five different players, but leading goal scorer John Marquis was the clear winner with exactly half of the vote.
The votes went as follows:
1 John Marquis (50.0%)
2 Tommy Rowe (28.57%)
The remainder of the votes were shared between Niall Mason, James Coppinger and Matty Blair.
The next vote will open after Sunday's home game against Plymouth Argyle.
March 21, 2017
Wellens quits playing
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has announced that he has retired from playing to concentrate on a coaching career.
The 36 year old had recently joined Macclesfield Town, but has now decided to end his playing career, but is now looking for a coaching appointment after completing his UEFA A and B licences.
Speaking to the Leicester Mercury, Wellens said: "I decided my body couldn't cope with the training and playing anymore and I had to listen to my body. I am doing a little bit in the media and I am sending out my CV to clubs to try and get a start on the ladder. I want to learn my trade and I am considering what level to go in at, although I will probably start at academy level, working with 15 and 16-year-olds."
"I want to start out of the limelight and learn, making my mistakes away from the public eye. You see a lot of young managers go straight in at the deep end and try and run before they can walk. They make mistakes and their reputation is damaged. I want to make a steadier progress."
March 21, 2017
Three from Rovers named in "Team of the season"
There may still be over a month of the season to go, but the EFL have revealed their "Team of the Season" for each division in the Football League.
Midfielder James Coppinger and John Marquis have been recognised for their exploits on the field of play, while boss Darren Ferguson has been named as the top manager in League Two.
Also named in the League Two team is former Rovers defender Enda Stevens, who is now at Portsmouth.
Former Rovers players have also been recognised in the League One team named by the EFL, with former loan defender David Wheater, who is now at Bolton Wanderers, named alongside striker Billy Sharp, who is having a prolific season at Sheffield United.
The full League Two team of the year is: David Forde (Portsmouth), Enda Stevens (Portsmouth), Christian Burgess (Portsmouth), Sonny Bradley (Plymouth), Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool) , Graham Carey (Plymouth), James Coppinger (Doncaster), Brad Potts (Blackpool), Matt Godden (Stevenage), John Marquis (Doncaster), Ollie Watkins (Exeter)
Manager: Darren Ferguson (Doncaster)
March 21, 2017
Voting results v Notts County
We received nominations for seven different players to be the "Man of the Match" for last Tuesday's away game at Notts County. Midfielder James Coppinger ended up as the clear winner, gaining around half of all votes cast, even after discounting some attempts at multiple voting for various names.
Those players to receive the most votes were:
1 James Coppinger (52.17%)
2 Alfie May (20.83%)
3 Niall Mason (13.04%)
Thanks go to everyone who took the time to vote. The voting for Saturday's away win at Leyton Orient remains open, with the result due to be announced on Wednesday morning.
March 21, 2017
Paynter out for the season
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Paynter will miss the rest of the season after it was confirmed by Hartlepool United that he has had surgery on an Achilles tendon injury.
The 32 year old has not played for Hartlepool since January, and the club initially tried to resolve the problem with a series of injections, but they failed to resolve the problem and surgery proved necessary.
Billy has been the club skipper this season and has scored four goals - last season he was their top scorer with 15 goals.
Their head physio, Ian Gallagher, has confirmed that Paynter will miss the rest of the season, but is expected to report back for the start of pre-season training after the summer break.
March 21, 2017
Ticket offer for Plymouth game
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they are offering season ticket holders a special deal for this weekend's home game against Plymouth Argyle.
With the top two clashing on Sunday at the Keepmoat Stadium, and the match scheduled to be televised live on Sky Sports, Rovers are obviously keen to have as large a crowd as possible for the TV cameras.
They are offering season ticket holders the chance to exchange any unused season ticket match vouchers from this season to enable a friend or family member to watch the Plymouth game for the reduced price of £10.
Tickets are still available at the usual price (from £17 for adults) for those who are unable to take advantage of the above offer.
The ticket office will be open 9am to 4.30pm today and tomorrow, 9am to 7pm on Thursday, 9am to 4pm on Friday, and 10am to 1pm on Saturday.
They are also scheduled to open from midday until kick-off on Sunday.
Please remember that, due to the demands of television, the game on Sunday will kick off at 2.45pm.
March 20, 2017
Leyton Orient 1 Rovers 4
John Marquis scored another two goals to take his seasonal total to 23 as Doncaster Rovers picked up an important three points to maintain their lead at the top of the League Two table.
Rovers too the lead when Tommy Rowe scored his 12th goal of the season to crack a 20 yard shot past the goalkeeper after latching on to a loose clearance - but Rovers' lead only lasted eight minutes, as Leyton Orient equalised a minute before half time as Parkes slid the ball past Ian Lawlor.
Rovers regained the lead ten minutes into the second half, and after that there was only one team going to win the game. John Marquis intercepted a square pass across the goal by defender Aron Pollock, and confidently fired home, albeit the ball going into the net off the post, with a 20 yard shot.
Chances which fell to substitutes Andy Williams and Gary McSheffrey could have made Rovers' win even more emphatic, but Marquis showed them how it was done in the 82nd minute, when he met a cross from McSheffrey to plant the ball in the home net.
Three minutes later and it was four for Rovers, as Baudry volleyed home from a McSheffrey corner.
That leaves Rovers 17 points ahead of fourth placed Stevenage, with automatic promotion fast becoming certainty, and sets things up nicely for the visit of second placed Plymouth Argyle next weekend.
March 20, 2017
What the managers said
Boss Darren Ferguson heaped praise on the way his Rovers side went about their business against crisis club Leyton Orient, who are not only battling against relegation out of the Football League, but face a winding up petition in the High Court this lunch time, with a debt of over £125,000 owed to HMRC threatening their very existence.
But Rovers looked in a different class against a home side which featured several teenagers.
Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game: "Once we got the second goal, we were pretty ruthless. In the first half, we didn't do the basics well enough, we were a bit ill-disciplined in that sense. So we just said at half-time to do the basics right and be a bit more concentrated and disciplined and of course, we knew we would get chances. We missed three really good ones at 1-1 but the second goal came from great pressing and it's a fantastic finish by John Marquis. An outstanding finish. Then the third and fourth killed it."
"There was no complacency in our in our part, we were just a little ill-disciplined in leaving ourselves open to the counter-attack hence their equaliser."
"It's a fantastic win for us, four more goals and 78 points. We are in the right place at a pivotal time in the season."
Leyton Orient boss Danny Webb admitted that the off-field problems were not helping the club. He said: "It's natural for the winding-up order to be on our minds. It's just something else to add to all we've all had to deal with in the last few months and you just have to tell yourself that if it's not going to kill you, it makes you stronger. Hopefully we'll come out on the positive side on Monday although I don't know which way it's going to go, but that is obviously the priority of everyone connected with the club."
"I thought that we were playing ever so well and it was a terrific goal we scored on the counter-attack. It's just disappointing that is not the only thing we are talking about that might have given us a well-earned point. But mistakes were made and we looked more shaky as the game went on and we got truly punished. There was a lot of naivety and a lot of young minds out there and mistakes were made. But I'm not afraid to put the young players in because I know that if they go through this, then this time next season, they won't be making those same mistakes."
March 20, 2017
Match highlights

Match highlights of Saturday's 4-1 win at Leyton Orient are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the Sky Sports logo to the left.

March 20, 2017
Copps in Team of the Week
Goal scoring Rovers midfielder James Coppinger has been named in the Football League's "Team of the Week", which covers matches played on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
The full team named by the EFL is:
Goalkeeper: Dean Lyness (Blackpool), Greg Leigh (Bury), Cian Bolger (Fleetwood Town), Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United), Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley), Danny Rose (Portsmouth), James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers), Filipe Morais (Bolton Wanderers), Lee Erwin (Oldham Athletic), Reuben Reid (Exeter City), Craig Mackail-Smith (Peterborough United)
Manager: Paul Lambert (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
March 20, 2017
Voting results v Cheltenham Town
We received nominations for six different players for the "Man of the Match" against Cheltenham Town last weekend.
As it turned out, just two of those players featured significantly, with recent signing Alfie May gaining his first "Man of the Match" accolade.
The most votes went as follows:
1 Alfie May (48.48%)
2 Matty Blair (36.36%)
3 Andy Butler (6.06%)
Thank you to everyone who took part. The results of the voting in the away game on Tuesday at Notts County will be confirmed tomorrow.
March 16, 2017
Rovers 3 Notts County 1
Doncaster Rovers picked up another three points in their quest for promotion on Tuesday evening, with a goal each side of half time, from James Coppinger and Mathieu Baudry, setting them on their way to victory, with an injury time strike from Andy Williams capping off a good evening's work.
Yet again, Rovers had to come back from being a goal behind after conceding in the 20th minute, with Richard Duffy scrambling the ball home from a corner. Rovers struggled to impose themselves on the game in a scrappy first half, but they drew level just short of the half time break, with a cross in from the right wing by Matty Blair finding Coppinger six yards out, who made no mistake to score.
After chances had been at a premium, Rovers almost went in front just moments later, with Coppinger's goal bound volley striking Alfie May. A half time lead would probably have been a bit harsh on the visitors, but Rovers did go into the lead just two minutes after half time as Mathieu Baudry heading home from a Coppinger cross.
County had two decent chances to draw level, with Duffy heading wide when well placed, and then a headed goal from a corner was disallowed after the linesman flagged for a foul.
Rovers ensured the win five minutes into stoppage time though, as Rovers counterattacked after a period of Notts County pressure - with goalkeeper Adam Collin coming up for a corner, with Rovers clearing the ball. That meant that Collin was way out of position, enabling McSheffrey to advance up field before finding Williams 40 yards out. With no-one between him and the goal, Williams calmly looked up to put the ball into the net.
March 16, 2017
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was pleased with the way that Doncaster Rovers responded to going a goal behind to take victory and maintain the club's promotion push.
Speaking after Tuesday's game, he commented: ""The main thing was the character of the team and the belief to do what we do in training. The character to come from behind against a good team, I was very pleased with that. We went behind to a sloppy goal and I could sense a little bit of tension in the ground and a little bit of nervousness. Great character from the players and that is the main thing. We really had to dig in, we had to scrap."
With one eye on the league table and the prospects of promotion, he added: "It's looking good but no one is getting carried away. The quicker you do it the better for everyone, it's a big gap and we have managed to extend it between us and second, which is a bonus."
Notts County boss Kevin Nolan was not happy to concede a goal just before half time, and was also highly critical of the performance of the match officials.
He said after the match: "If you come in at half-time 1-0 up you can take stock, regroup and come in with your tails up. As it was we came in a bit flat and they came in buzzing. Then to lose the goal so soon after the restart was so disappointing. Our response was absolutely brilliant and the most disappointing thing from there was when we did look like getting back in the game, the referee stopped us."
"They say when you are top of the league you get a lot more and that has certainly shown today. I still don't know why the goal wasn't given. It's the most disappointed I have been with the officials in my time in management. I thought they were poor from start to finish. Why it was given as a free-kick I will never know. I've had a look at the video and I still don't know."
March 16, 2017
Match highlights

Match highlights of Tuesday's away game are now available on the Sky Sports web site. To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

March 16, 2017
Promotion gets closer
Following on from Tuesday's victory at Notts County, Doncaster Rovers now know that 14 points from their final nine games will be enough to have automatic promotion assured.
With a 21 point lead over 8th placed Blackpool, they also know that another 7 points will confirm the minimum of a play-off place and that, of course, would assume that the likes of Blackpool and Colchester do not drop a single point for the rest of the season!
As Ferguson told DROS earlier this week: "It’s about getting the job done now, I feel like we can be as consistent as we have been over the past few games. We are in a very good position with 10 games to go, my aim for the players and my message to them is to go on and try and win the league. That’s not me getting carried away, that has been my goal from the outset but we have our eyes on the 14 point game to fourth place and the main this is to get promoted and if we do that we could go onto win it."
Ferguson has admitted that 'getting the job done' may mean that results are more the priority than performances, adding: "Being optimistic, I would want us to be a bit more cavalier, where we have been this season and done very well, but the main aim is to get through this week and get as many points as we can. I feel the main thing now is we’ve got to get the job done.We’re always going to create chances. No one is going to argue that we don’t entertain and score goals, but the main thing now is to concentrate on getting the wins."
March 16, 2017
Rovers hand Jones a pro contract
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have given young goalkeeper Louis Jones a first year professional contract, which means he has a deal that lasts until the summer of 2018.
The 18 year old keeper has come through the club's youth team system and has been included on the bench of first team matches on several occasions so far, although he has yet to play in a first team game.
Louis told DROS after signing the deal: "I am extremely happy to secure my professional contract, it’s not been easy but I am glad that my hard work has paid off. Being part of the first team has been an incredible experience for me, especially working under a professional like Paul Gerrard, who has been a huge factor in my development. I am a very ambitious and driven individual, and I can not wait to get started and hopefully get some games under my belt in the future."
March 16, 2017
Billy named Player of the Month
Former Rovers striker Billy Sharp has been named as the League One Player of the Month for February after scoring five goals in as many games for his present club, Sheffield United.
United's manager, Chris Wilder, commented: "Billy epitomises the spirit we have at the club and although it is a personal award I’m sure he will be the first to say it is a team effort. His goals have been invaluable for us, not just in February, but throughout the season."
Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman, who is one of the judging panel, said: "Sharp has been scoring vital goals for the Blades all season and February was no different with his goals contributing directly towards eight extra precious points. With an outstanding haul of 26 for the season so far and on the hottest streak of his career, you’d be a brave man to bet against him getting 30 for the season and propelling Sheffield United to the League One title.”
Sharp is now within touching distance of another significant milestone, being just two goals away from the 200th goal of his career, and is also in with a chance of getting his best-ever seasonal haul. The best season in his career so far was the 2006/07 season when he scored 32 goals in 50 games for Scunthorpe United.
March 16, 2017
Match highlights v Cheltenham

Match highlights of Saturday's home 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town are now available on the Sky Sports web site. To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

March 13, 2017
Rovers 2 Cheltenham Town 0
The voting for the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's home game against Cheltenham Town is now open. As it is late in starting, voting will continue until Wednesday evening, with a vote for the away game at Notts County tomorrow evening starting on Thursday morning. Once again, apologies for the late opening of the votes; we will update the site on Tuesday morning with outstanding news items.
March 11, 2017
Rovers v Cheltenham Town
Doncaster Rovers will welcome striker Liam Mandeville back into the squad for this afternoon's home game against Cheltenham Town. He has been sidelined for several weeks with thigh and ankle injuries, but has come through training well this week and, as boss Darren Ferguson said: "He trained very well so he will be involved on Saturday barring any knockbacks. He’s a good player. I’ve got quite a lot of options now up front. Marquis, May, Williams, Mandeville, McSheffrey, Beestin, Longbottom - a hell of a lot actually. It’s good to have all that at this time of the season. Mandeville’s probably slightly different to the other ones as well. He doesn’t play up against people, he plays off them and finds space really well. It’s good to have him back."
Also in line for a recall to the squad is young defender Mitchell Lund, who returned to the club this week upon the ending of his month on loan at Wrexham. Mitchell has impressed Ferguson in training and could well be in line for a squad place, although a place on the bench is the most probable.
Darren Ferguson has decided on a new penalty taker following John Marquis's miss last week - Rovers' sixth failure from spot kicks so far this season.
Missing this afternoon will be Luke McCullough, who continues his return to fitness, with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair also recovering well. Marko Marosi is also sidelined with an ankle injury, and Joe Wright will be missing for another fortnight as he recovers from a knee injury.
Cheltenham will be without Kyle Storer, who begins a four match suspension after being sent off against Mansfield Town last weekend. They are reported to have a "near fully fit squad" for boss Gary Johnson to select from. However, Gary Johnson will not be in the dugout this afternoon, as he serves a one match touchline ban after being sent to the stands last week against Mansfield when protesting against Kyle Storer's sending off.
March 11, 2017
Ferguson warns of threat from Robins
The league table may make it look like this afternoon's home game against Cheltenham Town could be easy - the Robins languish in 18th place in the League Two table, just 7 points above the relegation spots, but they are clearly in some sort of form, not having conceded a goal in six hours and 40 minutes, and stand just 50 minutes away from setting a new club Football League record.
So for Rovers to score will be achievement itself, and boss Darren Ferguson has warned that this could be one of their most difficult fixtures remaining this season.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star ahead of the match, Ferguson said: "I think it’ll be as tough as we’re going to get for the rest of the season. And I’m not just saying that. The two times I’ve watched them they’ve been very impressive. The Luton game a bit ago, which I was at, then the Carlisle game, their last home game. They were outstanding and should have won by four or five."
"They’ve got energy, a handful of a front two. They’re a big, big team. Play three at the back. It’s going to be a really tough game, but as I’ve said, most games at this time of the season will be."
"They’re going for a record, if they get to the 50th minute of Saturday’s game then they’ll have gone so long without conceding a goal. They’ve got 10 points out of 12 so it’s going to be a very tough game."
He is well aware that Rovers have to start winning again, although they have lost only twice in the last 22 games. He added: "We’ve got to concentrate on getting back to winning ways. The only way I look at it is staying positive. If we win we’re bang on the points target and it means we’ve got seven points out of nine. There’s lots to be positive about."
"You look at the two away games [against Cambridge and Crawley], they were tough. We’ve taken four out of six which is not too bad. We’d have liked six out of six. Certainly we’ve got to maintain the points target if we can."
March 11, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Cheltenham Town are:
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistant referees: Joe Simpson and Neil Sharp
Fourth official: Alf Greenwood
March 11, 2017
Etheridge and Calder join Imps
Goalkeeper Ross Etheridge and former Rovers loan midfielder Riccardo Calder have joined cup giant-killers Lincoln City on loan until the end of the season.
The pair are cleared to play in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy this season, with Lincoln set to play Premier League club Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals this afternoon.
Lincoln have also reached the semi-finals of the FA Trophy - which they should be playing this afternoon, but for their 'unexpected' continuing involvement in the FA Cup!
Etheridge has struggled to feature in the Rovers first team since being dropped back in August, and has not played since Ian Lawlor arrived from Manchester City just before the January transfer window closed.
He recently returned from a loan spell at Alfreton Town, which coincided with the injury to Marko Marosi. His departure means that Rovers will be without a senior keeper as cover for Lawlor, with youth teamer Louis Jones expected to provide cover on the bench until Marosi is fit again.
Calder returned to Aston Villa after having his loan spell at Rovers cut short, and moves out on loan again to get some game time.
Lincoln will probably need all the players they can between now and the end of the season. They have up to 14 games to fit in, with a number of league games postponed due to their FA Cup exploits.
Both could make their Lincoln debuts in the FA Cup, but we guess a place on the bench is perhaps the most they can hope for.
March 9, 2017
Lund returns to fight for place
Wrexham boss Dean Keates has confirmed that Rovers defender Mitchell Lund has returned to his parent club at the end of his month on loan at the Racecourse Ground.
Lund went to Wrexham to get some game time after recovering from his kidney problem.
He was an unused substitute on Saturday when Wrexham won 2-1 at Braintree Town, and returns to Rovers to bolster the squad for the last couple of months of the season.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Darren Ferguson commented: "He’s had the month we wanted him to have and now he’s back to try and get into the squad. He’s done fine. We’ve had good communication with Wrexham, a club I know well, and the manager Dean Keates, who I know well. Mitchell has done well. They had a clean sheet last week and it was good for him to get back to speed because he was out for a long time."
Dean Keates, the Wrexham manager, added: "I think it's a case of having a look at our own players now going forward. We're grateful with what he's done. He's come in, got some minutes, and he can go back to Doncaster now and play a part in their promotion push."
March 9, 2017
Marquis eyes next target
Rovers striker John Marquis reached the 20 goal in a season mark when he scored at Cambridge United last week, but already has his eyes on reaching the challenging 30 goals target by the end of the season.
Part of the reason for aiming at such a target is that it should also coincide with the aim of achieving promotion at the end of the season.
When he spoke to the Doncaster Free Press last week, John said: "There’s nothing that can rule that out. I’m not going to get too carried away and too far ahead of myself. But I’d say if I did get to 30 goals there’d be a good chance I’ll have a winners medal around my neck as well. Hopefully we can keep on scoring, myself and the team. It was obviously good to get the win [at Cambridge] and we’re looking forward to the last 12 games."
This season marks a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of John, who began his career at Millwall back in 2009, and has had numerous loan spells during his career.
He added: "I didn’t really set any targets at the start of the season. My main target was to play football. I’ve never had a consistent run in any sort of team. As I’ve said the whole season, it was just a new challenge for me to move up here and hopefully do enough to break into the team and score the goals and put in the performances to keep me in the team. That was my aim, just to play. Everything that’s come with it I’m obviously delighted about."
March 9, 2017
Grimsby tickets now on sale
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 1,904 tickets for the forthcoming away game at Grimsby Town, which is due to be played on Saturday, 1st April.
Please remember that this game will kick off at 1pm due to a request from Humberside Police.
Ticket are on sale to season ticket holders this week, and will go on sale to Alliance members from Monday, 13th March. Remaining tickets go on general sale on Monday, 20th March.
Ticket prices for the game, which is for allocated seats in the Osmond Stand, are:
Adults £18 - Senior Citizens (65+) £11 - Young people (15-18) £11 - Students (with valid NUS card) £11 - Juniors (14 & under) £5 if accompanied, £7 if unaccompanied - Ambulant disabled (high rate) £18 (carer free).
Wheelchair disabled supporters should contact Grimsby Town direct on 01472 605050.
Please also remember that you may be asked for proof of eligibility for concessionary rates at the turnstiles, and you are reminded that you must sit in your allocated seat.
March 9, 2017
Voting results v Crawley
Thank you for the number of votes received for the "Man of the Match" at last weekend's away game at Crawley Town, which ended in a goalless draw.
We received nominations for six different players, with the most votes going as follows:
1 Tommy Rowe (36.36%)
2 Craig Alcock (27.27%)
3 Ian Lawlor (16.67%)
All votes cast will go towards the "Player of the season" totals which will be revealed once the season is over. The next "Man of the Match" vote will open after this weekend's game against Cheltenham Town.
March 7, 2017
Ferguson - predict the unpredictable!
It's anyone's guess as to how results of the next few games in League Two will go - and that's not just for Rovers' games, but everyone else's.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Crawley, he predicted "During this part of the season you’re not going to make money on a coupon! You are going to get some funny results. You’re going to get teams that have struggled all season pick up a couple of results and they find their confidence. So they’re won’t be any complacency, certainly from me to the players and hopefully from the players on the pitch."
"I think that each game will be as hard as the next one. Certainly Cheltenham and Notts County, our next two home games, are probably two of the form teams at the moment. And Crawley will be a tough game this weekend."
"It’s always been the same, we’ve got to get our job done right,” he added. "That’s the most important thing. At this stage of the season when we get our job done right you probably do get the rewards for it."
March 7, 2017
Dean takes a trip to Canada
Former Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels has joined Canadian North American Soccer League club FC Edmonton, which is the tier below the MLS in North America.
Shiels played for League of Ireland club Dundalk last year, but makes the move to Canada ahead of the start of Edmonton's NASL season, which begins in early April.
FC Edmonton's head coach is Rover Colin Miller, who commented: "Dean's a goal scorer and a creative player who works at a level we would expect of someone at FC Edmonton. I'm delighted that Dean has joined our club. Dean did very well for my old club Rangers and has had a fantastic career."
"I’ve done a lot of research on Dean, spoke to a lot of people in Scotland about him and talked with Albert Watson who knows him as well," Miller added. "Everything came back glowing. He’s a leader and a quality player who wants to attack and score goals, so I’m very excited to have Dean here."
March 7, 2017
Ferguson confident of Jordan's return
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is confident that he can persuade Jordan Houghton to return to the Keepmoat Stadium on loan next season when he recovers from injury.
Houghton, aged 21, has been a big hit at Rovers since signing on a season-long loan in the summer, but his time at the club was recently cut short due to a serious knee injury.
The comment to the Doncaster Star from the Rovers boss was: "Jordan has just signed a new contract with Chelsea and I know he’s happy there. His next natural progression would be to go on loan to a League One club. If we get promoted I would feel we would have a chance with all three (Houghton, along with Niall Mason and Conor Grant). I would be optimistic with that, given how well they’ve done here and how much they’ve enjoyed it.”
March 7, 2017
Razak - it's Big Sam's fault!
Ex-Rovers midfielder Abdul Razak is now playing in Sweden, having joined IFK Goteborg earlier this year.
The former Ivory Coast international has criticised former West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce, who was his boss while Razak was at the Hammers, for his career in England stalling.
He spent four months at West Ham in 2014, following time at previous clubs Manchester City and Anzhi Makhachkala, but did not appear in a single competitive fixture for West Ham.
Razak hit out at Allardyce for this, telling ITV Sport: "It didn’t work at West Ham due to Sam Allardyce, as I like to play football and that’s not his style. Then my work permit expired, so I had to wait for another one. The Home Office take a long time to reply, so then I was without a club. So I ended up four months without a club."
Since leaving West Ham, Abdul has played for OFI Crete, Doncaster Rovers and AFC United before trying his luck abroad.
He joined Rovers in February 2015 under the management of Paul Dickov in an attempt to revive his career in England, but struggled to feature in the first team and left at the end of the season.
March 5, 2017
Crawley Town 0 Rovers 0
The sixth penalty miss of the season meant that Doncaster Rovers had to settle for a point. They had struggled to make their domination of the game count, but they were up against a goalkeeper determined not to let them through.
Darren Ferguson elected to start the game with the same side that played at Cambridge United on Tuesday, and Rovers continued their good form in the first half, even though they failed to convert possession and chances into goals.
The second half was a more even affair, but Rovers still had sufficient chances to win the game, with substitute Andy Williams having a late chance to take all three points back to South Yorkshire.
March 5, 2017
What the manager said
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson was disappointed with yesterday's result, regarding it as two points dropped, rather than one gained.
And it was another penalty miss that particularly frustrated him, as it probably cost Rovers victory.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, Ferguson commented: "It's one of real frustration and disappointment with the result, but frustration mainly because we've unfortunately come up against a goalkeeper that was adamant he was not going to let a goal in today. We were completely dominant, in the first half in particularly."
"It's six penalties we've missed this season which is too many and it's cost us points. If we get the first goal we probably go on and win it comfortably. In the second half Ian Lawlor has made two good saves, the first time they really threatened us."
"I've seen hundreds of times in games like that where you actually end up losing them because you just frustrated. We had two cleared off the line. It was just one of those days where the ball wouldn't go in the net. But it's another point. It's a disappointing result because we wanted to build on Tuesday at Cambridge and take advantage of that. But it's another point on the board, we've now got two home games coming up and it's important when you don't win the game you don't lose it."
"It's two defeats in 22 and the boys couldn't give me any more really. We tried and tried and tried to break them down and unfortunately we just couldn't on the day."
March 5, 2017
Match highlights

Highlights of yesterday's match are now available on the Sky Sports' web site. Or rather the build-up to the award of Rovers' penalty, along with the missed spot kick are now available for your viewing!
To view their coverage, please click on their logo to the left.

March 5, 2017
Goal scoring review
Our review of former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals this weekend begins in the National League, where Jon Parkin scored twice for York City as they beat Eastleigh 3-1 at Bootham Crescent.
It was a good week for "The Beast", who also scored for the Minstermen in their 1-1 home draw against table toppers Lincoln City on Tuesday evening.
Another name we've not mentioned for some time is that of David Syers, who is currently turning out for Darlington 1883 (soon to revert to their name of 'Darlington'). David scored one of Darlington's two goals in their 2-2 draw at Worcester City in the National League North.
A rung further down the non-league ladder saw Bradley Grayson scoring the winning goal for Buxton as they beat Barwell 1-0 on their travels in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Finally, also going back to action on Tuesday evening, Joe Pugh, who is on loan at Frickley Athletic, scored a vital winner two minutes from time in their home game against Matlock Town.
October 19, 2010
Voting results v Cambridge United
It was a close-run affair for the "Man of the Match" for Tuesday's away game at Cambridge United. With five different players receiving nominations, and votes spread fairly evenly, the players to receive votes were:
1= Alfie May, John Marquis (28.57% each)
The remainder of the votes were shared between Niall Mason, James Coppinger and Tommy Rowe.
March 4, 2017
RIP Steve Adams
We are saddened to learn of the death of former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Steve Adams at the age of only 57.
Steve played for Rovers between 1989 and 1991, starting 25 league games during that time, but was a provider of many crosses which allowed the briefly prolific David Jones to shine.
He joined Rovers from Scarborough after starting his career at Worksop Town, but after losing his place at the end of the 1989/90 season he only featured occasionally the following term. After leaving Rovers, he joined Boston United, continuing his playing career in non-league with Kettering Town, Gateshead, Witton Albion, Macclesfield Town, Denaby United and Matlock Town.
His only Rovers goal came on 15th December 1989 in Rovers' 2-0 away victory at Halifax Town.
Steve went on to set up the Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme, and it was a Sheffield Wednesday spokesman that confirmed Steve's death on Twitter last night.
The statement read: "Tonight, we are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Adams, a Wednesdayite and former Community Programme Manager at the club. RIP."
Steve confirmed that he was battling cancer back in 2012, although the cause of his death has not been revealed.
March 4, 2017
Crawley Town v Rovers
It looks likely that Darren Ferguson will select from an unchanged squad for this afternoon's away game at Crawley Town, with no new injuries reported.
Marko Marosi, Joe Wright, Liam Mandeville and Aaron Taylor Sinclair continue their recoveries from injury, and while Luke McCullough is due to return to training on Monday, he is several weeks away from being considered for first team action.
For Crawley, they are likely to be without defender Josh Lelan, midfielder Jordan Roberts and striker Matt Harrold. Lelan missed Tuesday's defeat to Exeter with a hip injury, while Roberts has missed the last two weeks with a calf strain. Matt Harrold has been sidelined since November due to a knee injury.
March 4, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoons' away game at Crawley Town are:
Referee: Michael Salisbury
Assistant referees: Josh Smith and Gavin Muge
Fourth official: Anthony da Costa
March 4, 2017
Congratulations Dave!
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Dave Mulligan was celebrating last week when his first child was born.
Dave, who is now living in New Zealand, was visiting the hospital to visit his wife, Michelle, when he had another surprise - in the car park he spotted a Jeep with "DRFC Rovers Till I Die" on the number plate!
His 'selfie' is posted to the left as proof!
Dave played 77 games for Rovers, scoring four times before moving on to Scunthorpe United. He ended his playing career in New Zealand, and was a full international for the country and was a member of their 2010 World Cup squad. He is now a football coach.
March 3, 2017
McCullough on the way back
Injured defender Luke McCullough is "way ahead of schedule" as he recovers from a serious cruciate ligament injury, and returns to training next week.
While that does not mean a return to action is imminent, it does indicate that he is doing well, and boss Darren Ferguson thinks that he will be contending for a place in the side before the season ends.
Addressing the situation, the Rovers manager told the Yorkshire Post: "McCullough is way ahead of schedule and with the way he’s going, I would expect him to be fit before the end of the season. You have to be careful. But Luke is fit and his body fat is very good and he has trained very hard. It can be so hard mentally with a long injury like that. He has gone about it the right way and is running very, very well and joining in now in the warm-ups."
March 3, 2017
Barnes moves to Florida
Ex-Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has joined a new club, less than a year after joining Vancouver Whitecaps, who play in American's MLS (Major League Soccer).
A statement on the MLS site reveals that Barnes has moved to Orlando City in exchange for midfielder Brek Sheaf.
Barnes started his career at Derby County before moving onto West Bromwich Albion (2010) and Doncaster Rovers (2011) before travelling to the USA to sign for Houston Dynamo in August 2012.
Niki Budalic, Orlando City general manager, said: "We're thrilled to boost our attack with a player like Giles. His versatility to score and create goals will be a valuable asset this season. I'd like to thank Brek for his exemplary professionalism during his time with our Club."
March 3, 2017
Donaldson moves to Burscough
Rovers youngster Tony Donaldson has joined non-league club Burscough on loan until the end of April. The midfielder joined Rovers in January from non-league club Runcorn Linnets after a trial at the Keepmoat Stadium, and instantly went out on loan to AFC Telford United for a month.
When joining in January, he signed an 18-month contract with Rovers, meaning he is signed to the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.
March 3, 2017
Dene is Player of the Month
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Dene Shields has been named as the BOV GFA Player of the Month for January 2017.
Dene presently plays for Maltese top flight club Xewkija Tigers and has been a regular goal scorer for them again this season.
He has won most major awards going in Gozitan football, and was the league's top goal scorer for consecutive seasons between 2012 and 2014.
March 3, 2017
Travel information to Leyton Orient
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Leyton Orient on Saturday, 18th March.
The coaches will leave Retford at 8.45am, Bawtry 8.50am, Harworth 9.00am, Rossington 9.00am, Hare & Tortoise 9.05am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9.15am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.30am.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £22 - Concessions £20
Non-members: Adults £24 - Concessions £22
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) after 6pm, Len South (01302 817347) after 6pm or Steve Warnes (07780 316923)
Please note that all bookings for Saturday games have a deadline of the Wednesday before the game, and for all midweek games, the deadline is the previous Sunday.
March 2, 2017
Cambridge United 2 Rovers 3
Doncaster Rovers had to withstand a determined, late fight back by Cambridge United to win their first game in six matches after taking a commanding 3-0 lead. With other results going in Rovers' favour, their lead at the top of the table was consequently extended to six points. Perhaps just as important was the opening of a 12 point gap above fourth placed Portsmouth, and 17 points above 8th placed Mansfield Town, who are the team just outside the play-off places. With 12 or 13 games to go for those teams, such a gap makes it look very promising for Rovers!
First half goals by Tommy Rowe and Mathieu Baudry within five minutes stamped Rovers' authority on the game and helped the confidence come back - even though Rovers insisted that confidence has never been a real issue.
On a wet evening, Darren Ferguson recalled Mathieu Baudry to the starting line-up at the expense of Harry Middleton, who was named on the bench. The home side started well and won one of the most dubious of penalty decisions you will ever see, with Ian Lawlor racing out to intercept a long ball and appeared to get hold of the ball very cleanly. But the referee had other ideas and pointed to the spot, to the amazement of most in the ground. Justice was perhaps done as the resulting spot kick was blazed over the bar by Luke Berry. Looking back, that event could be seen as a turning point in fortunes, with Cambridge's confidence rattled, whilst Rovers' grew. Rovers were willing to bide their time, but took the lead in the 18th minute, as Craig Alcock put the ball through to Tommy Rowe, who cut back to rifle the ball past the home keeper.
The lead was doubled five minutes later, with a short corner enabling Conor Grant to whip the ball across the goalmouth, with Baudry on hand to flick the ball into the net at the far post.
Rovers were in command for the remainder of the first half, and continued in the same vein after the break, and made it 3-0 with an indisputable penalty award when Marquis darted into the penalty area before Leon Legge clipped his heels from behind. Marquis stepped up to take the penalty and slotted the ball home assuredly to take his seasonal total to 20 goals.
And then came the late response from Cambridge, who pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to go, as Marquis found space to crack the ball home from 30 yards. Rovers had Matty Blair and Mathieu Baudry to thank for blocking goalbound shots, but it was into added time that Cambridge set the alarm bells ringing as they grabbed a second goal as Berry powerfully headed home. But Rovers hung on, and came way from the Abbey Stadium with all the points.
March 2, 2017
What the managers said
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson was pleased to see his side pick up their first win for a while after failing to pick up maximum points in the previous five games, but admitted that the end score was closer than he would have liked.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: "I thought it was a very good performance. I think just winning by the one goal flattered Cambridge. At 3-0 we were outstanding. We were fortunate because you always find it a lot more difficult when you go behind. It was an appalling decision (the penalty Berry missed) but justice was done when Berry's missed it. The keeper got the ball quite clearly. The ball changed direction, it was so clear. Thankfully he's missed and then we've gone on and scored quite quickly after that."
"Some of our football in the first half was excellent against a really good team. We got a little bit of luck when it goes to 3-2, they've got the ball in the box but it would have been a bit of a travesty. At 3-2 with a minute to go there's always one more chance and they had it but we got a little bit of luck. We haven't won in five but we remained positive. We score goals, another three tonight, that's what we're about. We want to score goals and we want to win every game we play."
The view of the opposition's manager, Shaun Derry, could not be more of a contrast, as he bemoaned the number of chances spurned by his players.
Speaking to the Cambridge News after the game, Derry commented: "It was too little, too late for me. To have seven unbelievable opportunities against a top-of-the-table team and just take the two and concede in the manner we did, you end up losing games."
"You can’t go from one extreme to another and we’ve done that tonight. I bang the drum about taking the opportunities and we didn’t do that tonight, but in one box we weren’t ruthless enough and in the other we definitely weren’t good enough. I’m not too sure people can question the character of the team, I think that’s something I’m very proud of the boys for and the way they keep going, but it’s giving yourself a mountain to climb and when it’s fine margins the way it was in the first half I’m expecting a lot more and I didn’t get that tonight."
He continued: "We made a go of it the last 10 minutes, but I’m really disappointed here. I’ve just calculated we’ve had seven good chances against the side who are top of the table and I’m full of emotion at this minute in time and full of anger as well."
March 2, 2017
Voting results v Accrington Stanley
Thank you to everyone who took part in the "Man of the Match" voting for the home game against Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon.
Even though the voting was very late in opening, we are very pleased at the number of people who contributed, which saw nominations for six different players.
Matty Blair narrowly won the voting, coming just ahead of midfielder Tommy Rowe.
The players receiving the most votes are as follows:
1 Matty Blair (31.57%)
2 Tommy Rowe (27.78%)
3 James Coppinger (17.65%)
4 John Marquis (11.77%)
Voting for the away game at Cambridge United will be open until early on Saturday morning, with the results confirmed later on Saturday morning.
March 2, 2017
Jamie waits to be paid!
Former Rovers winger Jamie Lawrence has been waiting to be paid after his work as a fitness trainer for the Ghana national squad while they were competing in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, which was played in Gabon earlier this month.
Lawrence, along with Gerard Nus, the assistant coach, were stranded in Gabon awaiting being paid. The problem seems to have arisen with the resignation of the Ghana team boss, Avram Grant, after the ending of the tournament, which appears to have also led to the end of the tenure of his backroom staff.
The pair have been staying put as they fear that if they return home, it will weaken their chances of being paid.
Gerard Nus said: "We have tried everything, knocking all possible doors, but there is no way. They keep telling us, 'tomorrow, tomorrow'."
Nus may have to continue his battle alone, as Lawrence has to return home to the UK soon, due to "family issues".
Ghana finished the Africa Cup of Nations in fourth place.
March 2, 2017
Ticket information v Leyton Orient
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 1,028 tickets for the away game at Leyton Orient, which is to be played on Saturday, 18th March.
Tickets for the game are now on general sale at the following prices:
Adult £22.00 - Senior (65+) £14.00 - Student (valid NUS card) £14.00 - Armed Forces (proof of affiliation) £14.00 - Unemployed (proof of benefit receipt) £14.00 - Under 18’s £5.00
Ambulant disabled and carer tickets are free of charge if on mid to high rate disability living allowance.
Wheelchair and carer tickets are free of charge and are to be booked direct with Leyton Orient by emailing l.martin@leytonorient.net
March 2, 2017
Video highlights v Accrington

Sky Sports have published some match highlights of Saturday's home game against Accrington Stanley. If you would like to view them, please click on the Sky Sports logo to the left.