March 5, 2015
Travel information to Coventry
The Supporters Club are running coaches to the forthcoming away game at Coventry City, which is on Saturday, 21st March.
They will leave Retford at 10.45am, Bawtry 10.50am, Harworth 11.00am, Rossington 11.00am, Hare & Tortoise 11.05am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 11.15am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 11.30am.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £13 - OAPs £12 - Under 16s £11
Non-members: Adults £15 - OAPs £14 - Under 16s £13
To book a seat, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) or Len South (01302 817347) after 6pm, but please note that bookings are only taken until the Wednesday before the game. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a 'responsible adult'.
March 5, 2015
Ryan - Queen needs MYA's help!
It's a good way of getting into the papers, but John Ryan's latest publicity foray has probably done any calls for him to be recognised in the Honours system a great deal of harm by suggesting that the Queen could do with some cosmetic surgery!
He is reported in the Daily Mirror as offering Her Majesty a couple of "rejuvenating" procedures following the release of her latest coin portrait which was unveiled earlier in the week.
He told the Mirror: "We must admit The Queen does look amazing for her age, however, there are always procedures that can give the result of looking younger while still staying true to your natural features. Following the reveal of the Queen's fifth royal coin portrait, there are certain procedures the Queen could benefit from to regain some facial rejuvenation. Blepharoplasty - eye bag removal - to the lower eyes would give her eyes a less tired and more youthful appearance. The Queen could also benefit from a neck lift."
Queen Elizabeth is now only a few weeks away from her 89th birthday.
March 5, 2015
Rufus puts hat into ring for Hayes job
Ex-Rovers defender Rufus Brevett has applied for the managerial vacancy at Hayes & Yeading following the departure of Phil Babb last week.
Brevett is understood to be in the running for the position after having managerial experience with Combined Counties side Arlesey Town between November 2013 and December 2014.
He agreed to take up a coaching position at Banbury United last month, but will be allowed to leave Banbury if he is offered the Hayes job.
Another candidate for the job is former QPR player Kevin Gallen, the brother of ex-Rover Steve, who has recently gained his "A Licence".
March 5, 2015
Season tickets going well as deadline approaches
Doncaster Rovers are reporting that sales for season tickets for the 2015/16 season are going well, but the "Early Bird" deadline of 31st March is fast approaching.
Rovers are saying that sales so far are "massively up" on this time last year, with a "significant increase" of new buyers for the now unreserved South Stand.
Marketing Manager Ryan Murrant told DROS: "The uptake so far has been brilliant and we have had some great feedback about the incentives for early sales. Now it’s phase 2 of the Season Ticket drive as we approach the deadline for the early bird. It’s only £299 for adults and for a young person (17-21) it’s only £6 per game. That is incredible value for money and one of the cheapest Saturday afternoons out there".
March 5, 2015
Billy scores again
Billy Sharp celebrated playing the second game in a week by scoring for the second successive game last night as Leeds United beat Ipswich Town 2-1 at Elland Road.
Sharp struck Leeds' winner 13 minutes from time after Ipswich had levelled three minutes earlier.
The win lifts Leeds into 15th place in the Championship table, with Ipswich remaining one point and one place adrift of the play-offs in seventh.
March 4, 2015
Preston North End 2 Rovers 2
Rovers may have been behind for much of last night's game at Deepdale, but they will probably be feeling disappointed that they did not come away with all three points, with Jermaine Beckford striking for the home side with just ten seconds to play.
Before that, Rovers had gone behind in the 14th minute when an attack down Preston's left was drilled home by Daniel Johnston. Preston had another couple of chances before the break, and a poor clearance by Stephen Bywater almost gave them a goal moments after half time, when a poor clearance went straight to Johnson, but his instant shot back went narrowly over.
Curtis Main then went close for Rovers, with ex-Rovers loan keeper Sam Johnstone saving well to deny him, but Rovers eventually drew level in the 81st minute, when Harry Forrester combined with James Coppinger to fire home. Three minutes later, Rovers were in the lead when Curtis Main headed home from a cross by Reece Wabara.
That spurred Preston onto the offensive, and Rovers came under continual pressure, and almost five minutes into added time, Beckford fired home from a narrow angle to salvage a point for second placed Preston.
March 4, 2015
What the managers said
Paul Dickov was pleased with the performance of the Rovers players last night, even though he was disappointed not to have picked up all three points, being denied by a super strike by Jermaine Beckford deep into added time at the end of the game.
He told the Doncaster Star: "It’s really disappointing of course, but overall I was really pleased with what I saw. I thought our lads produced the better quality, even in the first half. I told the players at the break just to go back out there and believe. We passed it well, we moved the ball well, and in the end we got our two goals. Yes, we’re a bit frustrated, but with 12 games to go we can head into this final spell of the season full of confidence. We’ve proved again that we can compete with the very top sides in this division. At times out there we outplayed them, but at the end we’ve been pegged back by a really great finish from a top striker. Becks has got that quality, and he showed it at the end."
Preston boss Simon Grayson was relieved to be rescued by Beckford's late goal, which earned his promotion hopefuls a draw.
He told the Lancashire Evening Post: "In the first half we played quite well, passed it around well and had some energy about us. We scored a good goal and had some other half chances. In the second half we didn’t play forward enough, didn’t get into their half of the pitch enough or put them under pressure."
"Conceding two quick goals then rocked us. We had to throw bodies forward and thankfully the ball fell to probably the only man on the pitch who would have finished that. I suppose what goes around comes around, we conceded a last minute equaliser at their place in August and last night we did that - it is another valuable point. We would have liked to have won the game but when you look at Doncaster they have had a good run lately. We needed a second goal to kill the game off but in the second half we were a bit too deep. We played too many short passes, didn’t work their back four and you have to do that, play the conditions and the elements."
"No disrespect to the players but I don’t think there’s many people on that pitch who could have scored that goal because of the quality that it took and from the angle that it was and that’s why he’s played at the highest level."
March 4, 2015
Goals review
There were just two former Rovers players scoring goals in last night's games, and both occurred in the Championship.
Kazenga LuaLua scored Brighton's second goal as they upset the form book by beating promotion chasing Derby County 2-0 on the south coast.
At the New York Stadium, still whole despite Millwall fans' efforts on Saturday, Rotherham went down to a 3-1 home defeat against Cardiff City, for who Frederico Macheda scored their second goal in the 26th minute.
March 4, 2015
Youth team go out of cup
The Doncaster Rovers youth team went out of the Youth Alliance Cup on Monday afternoon when they were defeated 2-1 at Carlisle United. The game was not helped by strong winds and near blizzard conditions which hampered the game.
Rovers went in front in the first half, but were hit by a goal just after the re-start, followed by the winner scored during time added on at the end of the second half.
As the only match summary available was from Carlisle's web site, we cannot report on the Rovers' goal scorer or the team line-up.
March 4, 2015
Furman's agent banned
Rovers midfielder Dean Furman may find that any contract negotiations he has to go through at the end of the season a little different to before - his agent has been banned by the FA for 14 months for "flouting transfer rules".
Furman's contract runs out at the end of this season, and may have to find himself a new agent to handle either new contract negotiations with Rovers, or on finding a new club for next season.
His agent, Matt Kleinman, has also been fined £7,500 with half of his ban suspended - but it still means he could not resume work until September 16th.
The FA's Regulatory Commission said in a statement: “Their activities were designed to mislead the Football Association and undermine its work of trying to create and maintain transparency for the benefit of all participants in football and to maintain the integrity of the regulatory system."
Brighton were also fined £90,000, but insist they did not know what the agent was "up to".
Brighton said in a statement: "We accept that we have been punished in this instance on a technicality, having trusted the word of two licensed agents who the club had dealt with several times previously. The FA accepts neither the club nor any of its employees acted dishonestly. Similarly, we accept the FA's findings and as a result have already reviewed and amended our internal procedures when dealing with agents and transfers."
Kleinman has said that he will appeal against decision.
March 3, 2015
Dave Mackay
We are saddened to learn of the death of former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Mackay in hospital in Nottingham last night at the age of 80. Although nationally he was better known for his playing career at Tottenham Hotspur, where he won the League title and FA Cup "Double" in 1960/61, we celebrate his stint as Doncaster Rovers manager which began in 1987, after a nine year spell coaching in Kuwait. Two years after joining Rovers, he moved on to Birmingham City, who had been relegated to Division Three for the first time in their history. After that, he returned to the Middle East to manage Zamalek, who play in Cairo, Egypt, and then a further three years in Qatar before retiring from football in 1997.
He was born in Edinburgh, and began his playing career with Heart of Midlothian, and he won all three Scottish domestic honours with the club. That led to his move to Spurs for £32,000 in March 1959, during which he won numerous honours before Brian Clough persuaded him to move to Derby County in 1968. In his first season at the Rams, they won promotion to the First Division.
Dave became player/manager at Swindon Town in 1971, moving on a year later to be boss at Nottingham Forest, where he stayed until 1973, when he returned to Derby following Clough's departure, and guided them to the League title in 1974/75.
His time at Rovers was not as successful as you may imagine, considering that he introduced players such as Mark Rankine, Paul Raven and Steve Gaughan, and brought in Gerry Daly, formerly of Manchester United, to captain the team. Dave's record at Rovers was won 13, drew 15 and lost 33.
We offer our condolences to his friends and family as they mourn his passing.
March 3, 2015
Preston North End v Rovers
While some Rovers players may be nursing minor knocks following Saturday's game against Colchester United, there are no new absentees ahead of this evening's trip to Preston North End.
Key midfielder James Coppinger is expected to return to the side after missing recent games with an ankle injury, which may enable Paul Dickov to shuffle the side a little, with eight matches scheduled to be played this month.
The Rovers boss said ahead of travelling today: "Preston is a good test for us. We can go and take the game to them because everybody will be expecting them to come and attack us and get the result. But getting the three points on Saturday lets us go there and relax a bit more. When we’ve done that this year we’ve been at our best."
"One thing Simon Grayson has done is recruit really well, buying players who have experience of getting out of this division. We’ve got a fairly young squad when it comes to play-off and promotion experience by comparison, but it’s a challenge I want the players to rise to. I’d much rather it be in our hands. Our main focus and aim remains to be there or thereabout come the end of the season."
Preston could welcome back skipper Tom Clarke this evening, who missed Saturday's game after receiving a head injury in their previous game against Walsall.
Definitely missing this evening will be Andy Little, who has a back injury.
Rovers could also face former Scunthorpe and Everton striker Jermaine Beckford, who returned to the side last week, with boss Simon Grayson expected to make a few changes for their third game in eight days, as they hope to record their sixth straight league win this evening.
March 3, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's away game at Preston North End are:
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant referees: Simon Mather and Kevin Mulraine
Fourth official: Joe Hull
March 3, 2015
Rossington link up with Rovers
Rossington Main have announced that they have joined up with Doncaster Rovers, which could see young players turning out regularly at NCEL level as part of their development.
The arrangement is being handled through the Club Doncaster Foundation Academy, with Academy coordinator Sam Parkin saying: "Being able to work with such a well-established local club like Rossington is fantastic! It is a great way for our academy players to continue to develop their skills playing for the foundation midweek and Rossington on a Saturday, representing Rossington in either their U19s with long-term aspirations of students representing the first team as part of their development programme."
Rossington's manager, Steve Brennen, added: "This is a great opportunity for the club to link to a well-structured academy set up at a professional club. It is a huge step forward for our Development Plan and will see some of the best young players in the local area getting the chance to play on our first team pitch in an U19 set up with a view of progressing up the football ladder."
Chairman Carl Stokes also said: "The committee and I are absolutely delighted for our club to be linked with Doncaster Rovers FC. As a community based club, we feel it is our duty to help with the development of talented local players and this link goes a long way to doing this. I'm sure this announcement will excite an awful lot of people around our local area especially the Donny Rovers fans throughout the village. Let's hope we can treat them to another successful pre season friendly against Rovers. A special thank you to Sam and Steve for all the hard work behind the scenes to make this all possible."
March 3, 2015
Voting results v Colchester
We received nominations for nine different players to be the "Man of the Match" from Saturday's home game against Colchester United.
Leading the way by a considerable margin was midfielder Dean Furman, who gained almost one in three of all votes cast.
The players receiving most votes were:
1 Dean Furman (32.65%)
2 Nathan Tyson (18.37%)
3 Enda Stevens (16.33%)
4 Richie Wellens (10.20%)
Thanks to everyone who voted. The next vote will open after this evening's away game at Preston North End.
March 2, 2015
Rovers to review scouting plans
Paul Dickov is making plans to review the process of recruiting players at the club, with the hope of creating a new scouting department along with a Chief Scout, as Doncaster Rovers plan to search for more talent at a local level.
The hope is that it will see more young players from the Doncaster area joining Rovers rather than other rival teams in the area, which has been the case in recent years, especially since the time that Rovers dropped out of the Football League back in the 1990s.
Paul told the Doncaster Star last week: "We’re trying to get something in place that’s going to give us a real chance in the future. It’s not just about making new signings [for the first team] and getting a scouting network going. First and foremost we want to bring our own kids through here - and the recruitment side of that is important as well."
"We want to make sure we’ve got a real structure moving forward, and the board welcomed our proposal when we put it to them. We’re not just talking about this summer, we’re looking two, three, five years down the line so that, whatever happens, there is something in place that has a bit of continuity to it."
"It’s something we want to start doing. I’ve said before, many a time, there’s too many kids in Doncaster that tend to go to other clubs. It’s something I feel passionate about. I don’t see, when we’ve got the facilities and the infra-structure here, why they should be going anywhere else. They should be coming here."
"A lot of the time myself, Brian Horton, Paul Butler and Paul Gerrard are out watching games. I know people think we go home in an afternoon and have a cup of tea and put our feet up, but we’re out watching games. But we want to get something in place where we do have a chief scout and people working underneath them, so we have people out there watching games and players at all levels."
March 2, 2015
Travel information to Gillingham

The Supporters Club are running coaches to the forthcoming away game at Gillingham, which is on Saturday, 7th March.
They will leave Retford at 8.15am, Bawtry 8.20am, Harworth 8.30am, Rossington 8.30am, Hare & Tortoise 8.35am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 8.45am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.00am.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £22 - OAPs £20 - Under 16s £18
Non-members: Adults £24 - OAPs £22 - Under 16s £20
To book a seat, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) or Len South (01302 817347) after 6pm, but please note that bookings are only taken until the Wednesday before the game. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a 'responsible adult'.

March 2, 2015
Ball moves to Sweden
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Jordan Ball signed off in style from his time at Belper by scoring in their game last weekend against Bulwell United in the Central Midlands League (South). It was the latest in a number of non-league clubs that Jordan has played for since leaving Rovers, but he is now seeking to move abroad in the search for professional football.
Ball has said on his Twitter account "Been a hard 18 months for me but glad to be getting back into full time football. Can't wait to start afresh in Sweden".
March 2, 2015
Copps wants to keep on playing
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger may be the "elder statesman " in the Doncaster Rovers squad, but that does not mean that he has any intention of hanging up his boots any time in the near future.
James, who is now 34 years old, says that he feels fitter and stronger than at any time in his career.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I feel as fit and as strong as I ever felt. I know I keep saying that and people must think I’m trying to get another contract! But I genuinely do, and it’s down to hard work. Every morning I’ll do a lot of stretching and work with the physio to make sure I’m not feeling stiff and recover really well. I just want to play as long as I can. I love playing football."
He added: "Technically I don’t think I’ve developed a great deal. I think I’ve always been technically good. That was never a downfall of mine, but mentally there is no comparison between the person that signed and the one that is sat here now. Physically, I didn’t really develop until I was 25, 26. I was at Newcastle and I found it hard physically to last through games and strength-wise. Physically and mentally my development has been absolutely massive."
"Getting over disappointment is one of the biggest things in football because you can go through that every day - if you’re injured, if you miss a chance. It’s all about how you deal with that, and it’s something I’ve managed to deal with really well over the last eight or nine years."
March 1, 2015
Rovers 2 Colchester United 0
Doncaster Rovers moved back into the top six of League One with a comfortable victory over Colchester, thanks to goals by Enda Stevens and Nathan Tyson.
Stevens volleyed home his first goal for Rovers through a mass of players, with Rovers lucky to be on even terms after conceding a penalty in the first ten minutes of the game when Reece Wabara pushed Porter as he tried to make contact with a cross. Thankfully (from a Rovers viewpoint), the penalty kick by Chris Porter was blazed high and wide.
But Rovers could have been in front by that stage, with Andy Butler hitting the post in the third minute, with the ball thumping against the woodwork from a corner, only to bounce out and into the arms of the Colchester goalkeeper.
It looked as though it would be 'one of those days' as Razak headed Dean Furman's cross against the bar - but Rovers eventually took the lead after Tyson's driven cross was only half cleared and the ball was fired into the net by Enda Stevens.
Rovers had the opportunity to increase the lead on numerous occasions after the break - the best opportunity falling to Curtis Main, who was clear through on goal, only to fire straight at the goalkeeper from ten yards out. Rovers eventually got the second goal from the penalty spot after Dean Furman was brought down, even though he was heading away from goal at the time. The spot kick was emphatically fired home by Nathan Tyson, giving the keeper no chance, even though he dived the right way.
March 1, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov faced the press after yesterday's victory over Colchester pleased with how his players reacted after losing the last two games.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We're pleased. It was a massive game for us after losing two in a row and it was imperative that we got back on track. It's a really professional performance to get back on track. People may look at Colchester being down there but they beat Bristol City last week and we've seen what Bristol City did to us. So getting back on track with a clean sheet was important because we've conceded some poor goals recently. It's a thoroughly deserved three points."
"I thought we deserved it and I was pleased because we were really patient in the build up. Sometimes the fan , and myself included, want us to get the ball forward quicker, but we were patient in our approach and it paid off in the end. Colchester are not an easy side to play against because they are very disciplined without the ball with two banks of four to penetrate and patience was always going to be the key. I thought our ball retention throughout the game was fantastic and although I agree we should have more goals to show for the way we played the result was all-important. We can go to Preston on Tuesday night with plenty of confidence after that performance and if we play the same way we'll give them a game."
Colchester boss Tony Humes was disappointed to have lost yesterday, but refused to lay the blame of defeat on the missed penalty in the first half.
He said after the game: "I didn't think there was a lot in it. The difference was they took their first chance and we missed ours".
On the penalty, he added: "If that had gone in it would have been a different game altogether. I would back Chris to score from the spot all day long - but these things happen. I don't think it played on our minds particularly because we kept going and if we had been a bit more positive in front of goal we might have got something. Both their goals came from mistakes and we paid the penalty, but we've got to stick together now if we are going to get out of the relegation zone. We need people who are going to fight for the club and be disciplined and professional in their approach to the task ahead. There are plenty of games left and it's important that we string some results together. We shouldn't be too disappointed because Doncaster are a top team and we were a match for them for most of the game."
March 1, 2015
The goal scoring review
There are a couple of names for this week's review that we haven't come across for some time, so we accordingly begin in League Two, where Michael Timlin put Southend ahead in the 50th minute of their home game against relegation troubled Carlisle United. The game ended 2-0 to Southend, and leaves Carlisle with only Hartlepool United below them in the table.
In the Vanarama Conference, we note that Josh Payne scored for Woking in their 2-0 away win at Lincoln City. The win moves Woking up to 8th in the table, but still nine points adrift of the play-off places.
Forest Green occupy fifth place, the lowest of the play-off places going, and they won 5-3 at home against Southport, who are now managed by former Rover Paul Carden. Forest Green's first goal was scored by ex-Rovers loan striker Jon Parkin from the penalty spot in the 15th minute.
In the Northern Counties East Division One, Tristram Whitman scored AFC Mansfield's final goal in their 5-0 home rout over Grimsby Borough. Mansfield are now up to third in the table, just four points behind top placed Pontefract Collieries.
Back up in the Football League, Sam Hird scored Chesterfield's first goal in their League One home game against Fleetwood Town, which ended in a 3-0 win to the Spireites, who are now in seventh place, three points behind sixth-placed Rovers.
Finally, Billy Sharp got a rare start for Leeds United yesterday, and marked the occasion by scoring in the 7th minute against Watford. Despite going 2-0 up after 19 minutes, Leeds then conceded three goals to lose the game. Leeds are now down to 16th place, although still ten points ahead of the relegation spots in the Championship.
March 1, 2015
Woods' season is over after horror injury
The season is over for former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Michael Woods after he suffered a dislocated ankle and a fractured fibula while playing for Hartlepool United in yesterday's 1-0 win over AFC Wimbledon. He was stretchered off early in the second half, with play held up for ten minutes while the medical staff treated him and stretchered him off the pitch.
Woods was given oxygen and left the field in a leg brace.
Physio Ian Gallagher said after the game: “Michael has undergone a procedure under anaesthetic to put the ankle back in place. The next step now is for us to see the club’s consultant as soon as possible and decide whether surgery is the best option.”
Boss Ronnie Moore added: "It’s a big disappointment for everyone connected with the club because I think Michael has been exceptional. All the lads are gutted for him but we’ll give him the best medical treatment available and everyone will rally round and support him during his recovery. He’s got an important part to play off the pitch for the rest of the season and I’m sure he will play a significant role in the future too because he’s a potential captain of this club in my opinion.”
Hartlepool won the game 1-0, but still remain bottom of the table, six points adrift of safety.
March 1, 2015
Dickov fine with self-discipline
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is happy to give the Rovers squad a bit of freedom, as long as they don't overstep the mark.
One thing that he has introduced is that they police their own fines system, which come into play if any player oversteps the mark on things like turning up late for training, or not wearing flip-flops in the shower.
As he explained to the Doncaster Free Press: "I like to give the players some freedom – as long as they don’t overstep the mark. It’s something that is built on trust and discipline. One thing I do is allow the players to manage their own fines system. We’ve recently redone our fines list for the training ground and match days."
"What tends to happen is I let them deal with their own fines and if there’s any contention in it, they have to come and see me. That doesn’t happen very often because they’re all cowards and they don’t like coming to me. Usually, right throughout football, the fines finish at Christmas and the players get the money back for the Christmas party. So they don’t really mind paying up before Christmas because they know they’ll be getting it back. You have the trouble then from January onwards because they know there’s no party. But we’ve nailed them on it this year."
"I can’t always be on top of whether someone is late, trying to sneak in around the back. But I’ll know if someone does that because all the players will nail them for it. It creates a good atmosphere around the place but puts the discipline in there as well. Because they manage it themselves, they want to do it properly. As well as giving them freedom and responsibility, I like to look after the lads regardless of the circumstances."