September 15, 2014
Ticket information v Walsall
Tickets for the away game at Walsall on Saturday, 27th September are now on sale to season ticket holders, multi-game holders and Alliance members, with remaining tickets going on general sale next Monday (22nd September).
Ticket prices are as follows:
Tickets bought in advance: Adults £20.50 - Senior Citizens (60+) £14.50 - Juniors (17 & under) £14.50
Tickets bought on match day: Adults £22.50 - Senior Citizens (60+) £16.50 - Juniors (17 & under) £16.50
Walsall are also offering a family ticket (one adult ticket and one under 18 ticket), but that is only available from Walsall's ticket office on the day of the game. Those tickets are £24.50, with extra juniors at £10.50.
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, with their carer, if required, free of charge.
September 15, 2014
Coppinger on Rovers' home form
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger has said that Rovers have been working on trying to improve their poor home form, which saw them lose 8 times at home last season, and this season sees their away form better than results seen at home.
However, James told the Doncaster Star: “I definitely don’t think it’s anything psychological. It’s more a tactics thing and the way teams are setting up against us at the Keepmoat. That’s what we’ve put it down to, and we’re working on ways to combat that."
"Sometimes that’s just the way it is in football. The season we got promoted we were one of the best away teams in the country, and we’ve clicked away from home again this season. Now we’ve got to do the same at home."
He added: “I think teams come to the Keepmoat and they enjoy playing there because it’s a nice ground and a lovely pitch. Teams come here and make it difficult. The onus is on us to win the game and it can be hard to break teams down. Away from home we get more space and we can play between the lines."
September 15, 2014
Cedric optimistic for season
New recruit for this season Cedric Evina reckons that he signed for Rovers after seeing what potential there was in the Rovers squad, even though results so far have been variable.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's game, he said: “What you see from the outside is not what it’s like on the inside. When I joined in pre-season I could see the potential of the team straight away and I also knew how good every player was. I could see we might be able to do something good this season."
“I think we’ve had a positive start to the season,” he added. "All the boys have settled in really well and I think we’re going from strength to strength the more we play together. We’ve got a tight group here. All the lads get on really well, even the ones that don’t always play. It’s down to the gaffer choosing the right of sort of players. We don’t have a bad egg in the group. Everyone is supportive of each other, whether they’re playing or not."
September 15, 2014
Owners at Rovers for "long term"
Rovers' CEO Gavin Baldwin has moved to stress to supporters that owners Terry Bramall and Dick Watson are committed to staying at the club "for the long term", despite it appearing in the summer as if they were ready to leave after accepting a bid for the club from John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson.
He said recently: "This is the first opportunity I have had to speak to fans after the announcement of David Blunt as chairman and Dick Watson as president. Both of these announcements are a clear signal from the board that they wish to be here for the long term."
"I can assure all fans that neither person would have accepted the role if it was thought at any stage that the club would be sold in the near future."
September 14, 2014
Bristol City 3 Rovers 0
Doncaster Rovers were the cause of their own misfortune yesterday afternoon as Bristol City rose to the top of the League One table, even though they did not have to be at their best to do so.
Defensive mistakes coupled with the needless sending off of midfielder Harry Forrester gave Rovers little chance of getting anything out of the afternoon. City went into the game unbeaten and looking for their third win in a row - but Rovers also must have fancied their chances with an impressive away record.
Rovers went behind in the 13th minute after Wilbrahim forced the ball home from close range after efforts by Flint and Agard were denied. Rovers had Forrester booked after he was judged to have dived in the penalty area, but worse came in the 30th minute when an inexplicable moment of indecision by Cedric Evina on his own goal line enabled Mark Little to force the ball home to double City's lead and already the game seemed to be getting too far away from Rovers.
The cause was virtually lost when Harry Forrester received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away after City had been awarded a free kick, and City's third was no surprise, with Agard scoring in the 82nd minute after being set up by Joe Bryan. The third goal gave a more accurate impression of the gulf between the two sides in the game - Rovers have to recover quickly from the disappointment as they are at home to Crawley Town on Tuesday evening.
September 14, 2014
What the managers said
Boss Paul Dickov was highly critical of his players after yesterday's defeat at Bristol City, with mistakes contributing to the convincing loss.
Added to that, the fact that Harry Forrester was sent off for the second time this season, this time for a second bookable offence didn't help matters, with Dickov telling BBC Radio Sheffield after the game: "It was a stupid, stupid second booking. Harry has apologised to the other lads in the dressing room, but it was an unprofessional thing to do. The first caution was a stonewall penalty and a big decision that went against us. But that wasn't why we lost the game - we never gave ourselves a chance against a good side."
He pointed the finger at defensive mistakes for all three goals, adding: "Cedric knows you just have to put your foot through the ball in that situation. It was a comical goal to concede and I was unhappy with the first one too. We knew what City were going to do with the free-kick because we had worked on it all week. People didn't do their jobs and I expect better than that."
City boss Steve Cotterill told BBC Radio Bristol: "I'm delighted with the score line and that take us to the top of the table, which is where we want to be so we are really pleased with that. The three in the middle of the park did a lot of what I would call thankless tasks. Well done to them. Without those three we wouldn't have kept a clean sheet and that was important. The goals were deserved. They were open and we attacked it."
"It wasn’t our best performance,” he admitted. "They’ve got some very good players, Doncaster, and they did very well in the first half with 11 men. We needed to stay organised because they don’t play a conventional 4-2-3-1 – the wide players pop up in pockets and at times they have five players in the middle of the park. We knew that would give them a good percentage of the ball and we just had to make sure we stayed organised with that, which was the other side of us that we haven’t always had to show. I think the second half made the game a bit null and void really (with the sending off), but we deserved our win today."
September 14, 2014
Goals review
We begin our review of former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals this weekend in the Championship, where Jordan Bowery scored an injury-time equaliser for Rotherham United, who earned a 1-1 draw at highly fancied Bournemouth. The Millers are in 18th place in the table, with 7 points from 6 games.
In the same division, Gordon Greer scored Brighton's first goal, but they still lost 3-2 at Brentford, which leaves Brighton just above Rotherham on goal difference.
In the Conference, Jon Parkin scored his second goal of the season to put Forest Green Rovers 2-0 up against Halifax in the 29th minute, which was enough to give the home side the points.
In the Conference North, Darren Byfield scored Solihull Moors' second goal in their comfortable 4-0 away win at Harrogate Town.
Finally, in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, former Rovers youth team midfielder Robert O'Brien scored Farsley AFC's second goal in their 2-1 home win over Frickley Athletic.
September 14, 2014
Injury fear for skipper
Rovers skipper Rob Jones looks set for another few weeks in the treatment room after being forced off the field yesterday afternoon due to injury.
This time it was nothing to do with his neck, but it appears that he has picked up a hamstring injury.
Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, boss Paul Dickov confirmed the injury, but added that the club would not know how long Jones would be out until they had sent him for a scan on Monday. An absence of around a month looks likely.
September 14, 2014
Double celebration for Kyle
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Kyle Letheren had two things to celebrate earlier this month.
The Dundee goalkeeper was called up into the Welsh squad for their game in Andorra - on the same day that he proposed to his girlfriend of six years, Chantelle Noble.
As he told the Llanelli Star: "It came as a double whammy. I found out on the same day as I proposed to my girlfriend. I took her to Loch Lomond and 20 minutes before I proposed I found an e-mail on my phone from Mark Evans of the Welsh FA which said I had been selected to play for Wales. You could not have scripted it."
"I had it all planned out in my head with what was going to happen that day but when I found out I had been chosen I couldn't stop smirking. I was trying not to give the proposal away at the same time but I was very happy!"
September 13, 2014
Bristol City v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have no new injury or suspension problems to contend with ahead of this afternoon's away game at Bristol City.
Midfielder Dean Furman has been away on international duty and will meet up with the squad in Bristol, but the only definite absentee will be striker Curtis Main, who is around a fortnight away from returning as he recovers from a knee operation.
Richie Wellens could return to the starting line-up this afternoon after having a run out for the reserves in midweek to get some match practice.
Rovers have tough challenge ahead of them though, with Bristol City having only lost once in their last 19 League One games, and they could go top of the table if they win today. Like Rovers, City have no new injury problems or suspensions to contend with.
September 13, 2014
Today's match officials
The match officials for this afternoon's away game at Bristol City have been appointed by the Football League.
Those officiating at Ashton Gate today will be:
Referee: Michael Bull
Assistant referees: Daniel Cook and Mark Pottage
Fourth official: Colin Lymer
September 13, 2014
Reserves get tough cup draw
The Rovers' reserves have been handed a tough challenge in the group stages of the "Final Third Development League Cup".
Rovers are in Group B and will play Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Mansfield Town and Rotherham United. The winner of the group will progress into the semi-finals of the competition.
September 12, 2014
Stock joins Havant & Waterlooville
Former Doncaster Rovers skipper Brian Stock has turned down offers from Football League clubs to sign for Conference South club Havant and Waterlooville.
Stock left Burnley in the summer at the end of his contract, and has been without a club since then.
However, the lure of a return to the south coast, combined with his off-field plans for the future, won the day.
As he told BBC Radio Solent: "I took the family into consideration. I had a few options of League football still but I'm local lad. I'm from Bournemouth and it was a chance to move everyone home."
Stock made his debut for Havant last Saturday as they beat Farnborough 5-0, and has been impressed by the way the club is run since agreeing to join.
He continued: "I spoke to the manager Lee Bradbury and that enticed me to want to sign. It's only part-time but gives me a chance to move forward. I'm setting up a couple of businesses down here and it suits the way I want to live. If you look at the talent of the squad and the management it is run like a professional club. If it wasn't, I would have had second thoughts. I'm delighted to sign."
September 12, 2014
Brown has operation
Ex-Rovers striker Chris Brown, who signed for Blackburn Rovers in the summer, still has to make his debut for his new club, and will have to wait some time before that happens.
Blackburn confirmed yesterday that he has had an operation on a knee injury that he suffered during pre-season, which has meant that Chris has not played any competitive games since.
Boss Gary Bowyer told the Blackburn club web site: "The operation was a success so hopefully we are looking at four to six weeks. He's desperate to do well. It is disappointing for him not to have made his full debut for us yet."
September 12, 2014
Wheater out for a month
Former Doncaster Rovers loan defender David Wheater will be out of action for another month after he was diagnosed as having a slipped disc in his back.
Scans have shown that he suffered the injury during the pre-match warm-up against Leeds United, although he tried to play on, but had to be replaced after only seven minutes of the match.
He is expected to take until the end of the month to recover from the problem, meaning he will miss Bolton's games against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United.
September 12, 2014
Jones grateful for chance to coach
Rovers defender Rob Jones is grateful for the opportunity to begin his coaching career, with him being handed the role of taking charge of the "development team" for this season.
Jones replaced Brian Flynn, who had run the team last season, and took charge of his first competitive game this week for the home fixture against Scunthorpe United.
Rob seems to be relishing the role, which he is combining with continuing his playing career.
He told the Doncaster Star: “I love the coaching side. I’m getting old now so I’ve got to think of something else to do after I’ve finished playing. I had a taste of it two years ago, as everybody knows, and it’s what I want to do when I’ve finally had enough of running around. It’s good for me."
"I’m indebted to the gaffer. He gave it to me in the first place. It’s a good learning curve for me and it’s good to give something back to the kids. That’s the most important thing."
"Hopefully we can get these (youth team) boys ready for first team duties. That’s the main aim. These development squads are great when you’re winning and doing well but the bigger picture is to get these boys into the first team and doing well."
September 11, 2014
Rovers drawn away
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn away in the second round of this year's Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and will travel to play Burton Albion on Tuesday, 6th October, with the game kicking off at 7:30pm.
Rovers had received a bye in the first round of the competition, and they face a tough challenge - Burton are top of League Two, having dropped just two points from their opening six games.
The full draw can be seen by clicking on the logo to the left.
September 11, 2014
Dickov praises Reece's versatility
Rovers defender Reece Wabara is a good enough player to be relied upon to play in a number of positions in the defence, according to boss Paul Dickov.
The former Manchester City defender played in central defence recently when Rovers played Preston, and Dickov has total confidence in his ability to play that role again if needed.
He told the Doncaster Star: "I know Reece can do that job and I trust him to do it. The one thing forwards don’t like when they’re up against centre halves is someone with pace. Reece has got that in abundance. He’s a good footballer was well who can start us out playing from the back."
September 11, 2014
Rangers reject bid from Reading
Queens Park Rangers are reported to have turned down a transfer offer for former Rovers loan defender Yun Suk-Young from Reading, even though the South Korean international has not yet played for Rangers this season. He is expected to be fit and challenging for a place in the QPR side after the international break, with Harry Redknapp telling Reading that he is not interested in selling the player.
September 11, 2014
Fan Panels arranged for October
Further to an announcement made at the "Meet the Owners" event last month, Rovers have confirmed that two "fan panels" will be held in October.
One, which will discuss "the match day experience", will take place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, 11th October between 1pm and 2pm.
The second, which will discuss "ticketing, marketing and promotion of matches" will take place between 6.15pm and 7.15pm on Tuesday, 21st October.
Rovers are looking for supporters who would like to take part; if anyone is interested, they should contact Shaun Lockwood at marketing@doncasterroversfc.co.uk
September 11, 2014
Redfearn stays on at Leeds - for now
Former Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn will stay in charge of the Leeds United first team while owner Massimo Cellino considers his options as to who should permanently replace the sacked Dave Hockaday.
Permanently is a relative phrase in Cellino's company, with each of his managers lasting an average of six months!
Redfearn made a winning start to his latest spell in charge, with Leeds beating Bolton 1-0, and he will be in charge for the foreseeable future.
Cellino told BBC Radio Leeds: "I've decided to leave the team to Neil. For the moment it's the best thing to do."
"At the moment too many coaches call me and I'm confused," Cellino added. "I think it's best to keep going with a Leeds man right now, that knows football and makes the team play in a beautiful way."
September 10, 2014
Khumalo set for Spurs return
Former Doncaster Rovers loan defender Bongani Khumalo is about to start back in full training as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury that curtailed his loan spell with Rovers last season.
Khumalo ruptured his patella tendon while playing for South Africa in their 5-0 defeat against Brazil on March 5th, having earned his international call-up by playing well for Rovers.
He is now about a week away from resuming full training, and it seems that his immediate future is with Tottenham Hotspur, although his agent, Glyn Binkin, is coy about looking too far ahead. Binkin said a couple of weeks ago: "He is two to three weeks away from starting full-time training. He is a Tottenham Hotspur player and there is no truth to reports of him leaving. He has a contract with the club until next season."
September 10, 2014
Ward injury blow
Former Doncaster Rovers loan defender Elliott Ward faces around two months out of action after having to have more knee surgery.
Ward visited a specialist in Italy recently to try and get to the bottom of a continuing knee problem that started early in 2014 when he collided with an advertising hoarding around the edge of the pitch, and he played just once this season, in the Capital One cup game against Exeter City, after which his knee swelled up again.
His boss at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe, told their club's official web site: "We're told it will be two months until he's up and running again, so it will be a sustained spell on the sidelines. It's a real shame because he worked really hard to get fit after his previous injury."
September 10, 2014
Boyce returns to Scunny
Ex-Rovers youth team defender Andrew Boyce has had his loan spell at Grimsby Town cut short, just over a week after signing an extension .
His parent club, Scunthorpe United, have recalled him to Glanford Park after an injury crisis at the club, with defender Miles Addison's recent injury adding to the already unavailable David Mirfin, Luke O'Neill and Eddie Nolan, with Sam Slocombe, James Severn, David Syers and Deon Burton also unavailable due to injury at the moment.
Andrew played for Scunthorpe in yesterday's reserve team game against Rovers at Cantley Park.
September 10, 2014
Jones disappointed, but expects response
Rovers skipper Rob Jones is keen to get back into action to get over the disappointment of the recent defeat at home to Oldham Athletic - although from a personal view, the 'international break' will allow him to build up his fitness following his long absence with a neck injury.
Speaking after the last game, Jones told DROS: "We've got two weeks to put things right on the training ground. Its something we've got to learn from and move on from."
"We could have played better and we could have had a better result but we get on with it. League 1 is a difficult league. In the year we won the league it was up and down but it’s early days at the moment. We've had a great month but couldn’t quite cap it off and we're in a good position at the moment, but it's where we are in March and April that counts.”
September 10, 2014
Dickov's view on transfers
Boss Paul Dickov thinks that he would struggle as a manager without having control in the players transferred in and out of the club. The recent trend has been for some clubs to operate a "Director of Football", who deals with the acquisition of players, leaving the manager as more of a first team coach, dealing with training methods and tactics.
However, Dickov reckons that having to deal with so many different roles is something that he thrives on.
He told the Doncaster Star: "Having a director of football overseeing all aspects of the game is something which is much more common across Europe than it is here, but it is growing as clubs look to the future. I think there are certainly pros and cons with the system."
"When you’re a manager without working with someone in that position, you have more things to concentrate on. As well as the team and match day, you’re dealing with player recruitment, scouting, overseeing the Academy and all that. That is something I love doing. I’m massively into having a huge part of all that, especially with recruitment. Although I don’t know for certain because I’ve never been in that position, I think I might struggle if someone else was doing those things instead."
"But I can also see the pros of the system. It would allow you to concentrate on being on the training pitch a lot more. When you’re a head coach rather than a manager in overall control, you plan, take training and are out on the pitch every single day. Sometimes the logistics of being manager means you can’t always do that."
September 9, 2014
Reserves 1 Scunthorpe United 2
Doncaster Rovers' reserves team (or should that read "Development Team") went down to a 2-1 home defeat to neighbours Scunthorpe United in their opening league game of the season at Cantley Park this afternoon.
The first half of the game was goalless, with Scunthorpe going ahead in the 63rd minute, with a looping header from defender Callum Howe coming from a free kick.
The Iron went two goals up four minutes from time when Kyle Wootton took advantage of a defensive mix-up in the Rovers defence, with Rovers' only goal coming even later in the game.
The game marked Rob Jones' first competitive game in charge of the team.
As the only report available at the moment is on Scunthorpe's web site, there are no mentions of the Rovers side, but we gather the Rovers' goal scorer was Jack McKay.
Scunthorpe United: Weaver, Oliver-Stothard, Mosanya, Boyce, Howe, Hawkridge, Featherstone, Sparrow (Sutton 60), Myrie-Williams, Kee (Wootton 72), Taylor (Fallon 55).
September 9, 2014
Don't go to Bristol without a ticket
Bristol City have stated that no tickets will be on sale for purchase at Ashton Gate on Saturday when Doncaster Rovers will be the visitors. This is due to their stadium being in the process of being redeveloped.
All tickets must be bought in advance of the game - they are currently on general sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office and will remain available until midday on Friday, 12th September.
Please do not travel to Ashton Gate unless you have a ticket for the game.
September 9, 2014
Morgan is Manager of the Month
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Alan Morgan has been named "Manager of the Month" for August as recognition of his team - Llandudno - having a superb start to the new season.
Llandudno have significantly changed their squad during the squad, but they have had a perfect start to the season, netting 17 goals and conceding just one in their Huws Gray Cymru Alliance fixtures.
In addition to the three league wins, they have had a notable win over Caersws in the Word Cup.
A club spokesman said: “With the squad playing so well and looking full of goals, everyone connected with the club hopes it will be the first of several awards for Alan during the course of the season.”
September 9, 2014
Goals review
We begin our review of former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals recently in the United States, where Giles Barnes scored twice for Houston Dynamo at the weekend to register a 3-2 win over Montreal at the game in Houston.
Returning to England, Jonathan Forte scored the only goal of the game as his new club, Oldham Athletic, beat Fleetwood Town 1-0 at Boundary Park. His goal came from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.
The final goal to mention from this weekend was at Blundell Park, where Grimsby Town beat Welling United 2-0 in their Conference game. Grimsby's first goal came from ex-Rovers striker Jon-Paul Pittman in the 39th minute.
Finally, a goal from the previous weekend by ex-Rovers youth teamer Rob O'Brien. He scored in the 45th minute of their FA Cup Preliminary Round game for Farsley AFC in their 4-1 home win over Athersley Recreation.
September 9, 2014
Web site updates
Please note that the usual daily updates of this web site will resume later today after an unprecedented break of five days.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and will gradually be catching up with news items from the last week over the coming days.
September 4, 2014
O'Driscoll named England U19 coach
Former Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll has been named as the new Head Coach for the England Under 19 team.
O'Driscoll has been asked to put his style of lay onto the young players in the England set-up as the national team look to rebuild following the disappointing World Cup performances and results this summer.
O'Driscoll gained a big reputation during his five years at Rovers, and has been asked to take that style of play into his new job.
O'Driscoll told the Doncaster Free Press: "I’m excited by the approach now being undertaken and the ongoing work to put in place a strong England culture and identity in which both players and coaches can learn, develop and be successful."
"Britain’s most successful sports are those that have invested the time and effort into creating cultures of excellence and supportive yet challenging environments, where success is a result of everybody working towards the same vision."
"The vision is to produce intelligent, committed England teams that entertain, play without fear and are brave with the ball, all with the continuing aim of achieving sustained international success. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to contribute at this pivotal time for English football.”
Sean will work along with England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate and FA Director of Elite Development, Dan Ashworth.
September 4, 2014
Kyle gets Wales call-up
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Kyle Letheren has been called up by Wales after impressing this season while playing for Dundee in the Scottish Premier League.
Letheren has conceded just two goals in their opening four games and is now set to take part in the Welsh squad for their Euro 2016 game against Andorra.
September 4, 2014
Heffernan turns down move to Saints
Ex-Rovers striker Paul Heffernan has turned down the chance to move to SPL club St Johnstone, preferring to stay at Hibernian and force his way into the first eleven.
Heffernan has suffered from a number of injuries at Easter Road since joining them last autumn, but turned down a move ahead of the transfer deadline, despite the new offer being a two year deal for more money.
Hibs boss Alan Stubbs told the Edinburgh Evening News: 'Paul did not want to go. He said he loves it here and wants to stay and fight for his place. I`m happy with that, it`s really great for the club`s point of view and mine that we have players who do not want to leave. It tells you that maybe we are doing something right."
Another injury ruled Heffernan out of pre-season training, but he has since worked his way back into the squad and started the recent games against Livingston and Falkirk.
September 4, 2014
Redfearn interested in Leeds role
Interim Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has refused to take his name out of the candidates being touted around as a replacement for David Hockaday as Head Coach at Elland Road.
Redfearn took charge of the first team for last weekend's 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, the third time the former Rovers midfielder has been caretaker manager at the club, stepping up from working with the academy players.
He said after Saturday's game: "I love coaching and working with players. The most important thing is that the appointment is right for the football club. I will have a chat with the president and see what he is thinking. It is his decision but the club needs a settled set of circumstances."
"The overseas players gelled well with the British lads," he continued. "We've had upheaval during the week but the lads applied themselves, which is pleasing all round."
September 4, 2014
Askern Villa 1 Rovers Development 1
Rob Jones took charge of the "Rovers Development" side for the first time on Tuesday evening and saw his young side gain a 1-1 draw against a physical Askern Villa side.
Jones used most of the youth team, along with some players who have recently stepped up to gain first year professional contracts with the club, and the youngsters carved out a number of scoring opportunities in the early stages of the game, but missed the target in all instances.
It remained goalless at half time, but Askern took the lead early in the second half when Rovers were undone by a long ball out of the Askern defence which saw Gary Mundy score.
The Rovers equaliser didn't come until the 85th minute, with Harry Middleton's deflected shot giving the goalkeeper no chance of saving the ball.
Doncaster Rovers: McClaren, Lund, Askins, P McKay, Brown, Gordon (Davis 70), Middleton, Head (Linley 80), Whitehouse, Peterson (J McKay 85), Ferguson (Mandeville 62).
September 3, 2014
New injury concern for Ward
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Elliott Ward faces another spell in the treatment room after picking up another knee injury recently while playing for Bournemouth in their Capital One Cup game against Exeter City.
Ward's knee swelled up after the game and he has visited the Villa Stuart Sport Clinic in Rome to have them assess the injury.
Boss Eddie Howe told the Bournemouth Echo: "Elliott has been out in Italy getting his knee looked at. His knee swelled up after the Exeter game and it’s always a concern when you get a swelling in a joint. We will see what the next step is. No decision has been made in terms of the injury so we need to pull all the information together and see where we go from there.”
Ward last had a knee operation in May, but his problem seems to stem back to his collision with an advertising hoarding in Bournemouth's game against Leicester City in early February.
September 3, 2014
Dickov pleased that duo stayed
Rovers manager Paul Dickov is delighted that midfielders Paul Keegan and Richie Wellens have signed new deals to stay at the club for three and two years respectively.
Both were out of contract in the summer, with Wellens, in particular, expected to move on after his wages were slashed due to a 'relegation clause' in his previous contract.
Dickov commented to the Doncaster Free Press about Wellens signing a new deal: "We had a long chat on Monday - he wants to take the release clause out and he wants to play with us which is great news. Richie wants to play football. He realises he’s got a good chance of doing that here as well. He’s a top kid."
"I know people might look at it and think ‘it’s a new contract, it’s more money, it’s this and that’, but it’s not. He’s shown a desire to stay and play. I’ve said all along, if players want to do that, I’ll play them."
The Rovers chief also praised Paul Keegan's patience and belief in the club's plans, adding: “Paul Keegan deserves a lot of credit. He’s stuck by us and believed what I was telling him. He’s believed in what we’re trying to do here. Playing the way he’s played, with only a month’s contract and no real security at the end of it, is a real credit to Paul. He deserves his three years. He’s a top, top pro."
September 3, 2014
Griffith signs for Shrews
Ex-Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has become Shrewsbury Town's 17th new signing of the summer.
He has agreed a one year contract at the club, which came after he left Port Vale for a third time in the summer after not being offered a new deal at Vale Park.
Griffith had a hip operation in the summer, but is now fully over the surgery.
He told the BBC: "I feel blessed to still be given the opportunity to play football. I'm glad to be back on my feet and thriving at the chance to get going."
"I went to watch the game against Leicester and I was stunned, to be honest," he said. "It was amazing. I've always known that Shrewsbury have good players. The one big plus for me coming here is the manager. His man-management skills are fantastic. Micky does things in the right way and speaks to people in the right manner, which is fantastic. And, from what I saw against Leicester, the club is only going in one direction. My target is to play, get promoted and see where we are."
September 3, 2014
Boyce extends Grimsby stay
Former Rovers youth team defender Andrew Boyce has extended his loan stay at Grimsby Town for a further month. The arrangement was announced a couple of days before the transfer window closed.
Boyce had been at Grimsby last season, but joined Scunthorpe United, only for the management to change and find that he was not in Russ Wilcox, the new manager's plans.
His initial month at Grimsby was due to end after their game at Aldershot.
September 3, 2014
Goals check
There are are a couple of former Rovers players to score in last night's matches.
Firstly, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round, Billy Paynter scored Carlisle United's third goal as they won 3-1 at Accrington Stanley.
In the Doodson Sport Cup - a Northern Premier League version of the Capital One Cup - Robert Gill scored Rainworth Miners Welfare's first goal in their 4-2 defeat at Loughborough Dynamo.
September 3, 2014
Voting results v Oldham Athletic
May we again apologise for the late opening of the voting for the "Man of the Match" against Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
Whether it be that late opening, or a disappointing result/performance, but there was a noticeable drop in the usual number of votes received. We still got nominations for ten different players, with a very even spread of votes throughout many of the nominations.
As it was, midfielders James Coppinger and Marc de Val Fernandez came narrowly ahead of defenders Luke McCullough, Rob Jones and Cedric Evina.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. With this weekend's game at Barnsley cancelled due to international call-ups, Rovers' next first team game will be away at Bristol City on Saturday, 13th September.
September 2, 2014
Scunthorpe ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have issued details of how the sale of tickets for the forthcoming away game at Scunthorpe United will be made.
The game is at Glanford Park on Saturday, 4th October with a 3pm kick-off.
Rovers have received an allocation of 1,686 tickets for the game, which will go on sale to season ticket holders on Monday, 13th September, also to multi-game ticket holders and Alliance members on Monday, 20th September, with remaining tickets going on general sale on Monday, 27th September.
As usual, sales are at a rate of one per member/book during the restricted part of the sale.
Ticket prices are:
Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (60+) £16 - 18-20 years (& full-time students) £16 - Young adults (16-17) £12 - Juniors (15 & under) £7 - Juniors (11 & under) free (maximum 2 per adult ticket)
Disabled pay the relevant rate with a carer, if required, being free of charge.
September 2, 2014
Friend signs new Boro' contract
Former Doncaster Rovers left back George Friend has signed a new four year contract with Middlesbrough, which effectively ends reported interest from the likes of QPR, Crystal Palace and Reading. Friend had just entered the final year of his contract, which would have meant he could talk to other clubs from January - and more importantly as far as other clubs are concerned, would have greatly reduced any transfer fee that Middlesbrough could have demanded.
But the former Rover is happy at Middlesbrough, despite the increased competition for his left back position from new recruit James Husband.
He told the Middlesbrough Gazette: "I don’t like cliches, but when it comes down to it, I really love this club and I’m delighted that I can dedicate myself for the longer-term. It’s been a great move for me, coming here. I couldn’t be much further from where I was born, but I feel so at home here."
"There’s a number of reasons for that - my team-mates, a manager I admire and respect, the coaches, the physios, the staff, the chairman for all that he does, and the big part, the fans. The fans have been good to me and supported me, and they’ve made me feel so welcome. I appreciate what it takes for them to get a ticket for a game and to support us the way they do, and I try and work as hard as I can on the pitch and in training, and by giving something back in the community.”
September 2, 2014
Improved form from settled Kyle
Rovers midfielder Kyle Bennett had to spend last season out on loan in order to revive his career, which appeared to have come to a cross-roads.
He had arrived at Rovers with great expectations from all concerned, but it failed to work for Kyle, who could not hold down a regular first team place, despite the lure of John Ryan's Bentley if he had scored 20 goals in a season!
His off-field life now seems to have settled down, which is reaping benefits on the pitch.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I’d say getting married has had a big effect on me. It’s a big step in my life because I’ve always been a free man, doing what I please. It’s given me a bit of stability in my life and helped me along in that way."
"When I first came I was only 19 or 20 and I arrived with big expectations. I thought I started ok but maybe lost my way a little bit. Maybe I let things get to my head. I don’t think I can really put my finger on anything. Maybe it was just focus, letting my mind drift elsewhere, but I’m back on track."
"I’m focused and everything is about football which is good for me and the club. When it comes down to it, football is the only thing that matters. That’s what I’m here to do. All that matters is the future and where my head is at the minute."
September 2, 2014
Recovering Watson happy to stay on board
Major shareholder Dick Watson, recently named as the club's new President, is looking forward to the rest of the season, despite it looking during the summer as though he and fellow owner Terry Bramall may be about to end their association with the club.
Watson has suffered major health problems over the last four years, with the responsibility of running Rovers having to take a back seat as he recovered his health.
In an interview with the Doncaster Free Press, he admitted: "I’ve had a fairly tough time over the last four years. I’ve had four lots of angioplasty, five stents, a stroke and then finally, on the day we played Leicester City on the last day of the season, I had a double heart bypass and a replacement aortic valve. I’ve been through a lot. That was one of the reasons why we decided to give John the chance to buy the club. Terry [Bramall] said to me ‘I’ll be very much influenced by what you feel, Dick’."
"I said ‘well basically at this point in time I’ve had enough and if John does want to proceed and gain control of the club again, let’s give him the opportunity’.
"That’s what we all decided upon, but as we’ve come to realise they couldn’t complete the deal, so we’re back in with full commitment."