September 24, 2016
Luton Town v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers travel to Kenilworth Road this afternoon hoping to extend their recent good run of results and maintain their automatic promotion slot in the League Two table.
While Rovers' injury situation may be slowly improving, there are not likely to be many signs of that in today's match day squad.
New defender Frazer Richardson is expected to be fit after missing the last two games with an injury, and should be included in the match day squad. Midfielder Harry Middleton faces a late fitness test after picking up an injury in last weekend's home game against Newport County.
However, Mathieu Baudry is expected to have to settle for a place on the bench as he continues his comeback from injury, with Darren Ferguson wanting him to play more behind closed doors matches before risking him in league games.
Missing today will be Paul Keegan, Gary McSheffrey, Craig Alcock, Niall Mason, Mitchell Lund, Luke McCullough and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, all are not fit as they recover from injuries.
For Luton Town, Glen Rea will miss the game after picking up knee ligament damage in training, with Olly Lee set to deputise. Top scorer Danny Hylton is expected to return after being a substitute last weekend against Crawley.
September 24, 2016
Rovers injury situation slowly improves
It has been a horrendous start to the new season as far as injuries at Doncaster Rovers are concerned, with up to a full team's worth of players stuck on the sidelines at times.
While there are prospects of some of those players returning in the next few games, Darren Ferguson is going to have to be patient, especially since many of those players have not even had their pre-season preparations, so a series of behind closed doors friendlies are likely to enable them to return.
Rovers had a game against Notts County last Tuesday, with Mathieu Baudry playing 60 minutes of that game. Paul Keegan, who has not played at all since last season, also played an hour of that game as he continues to head towards a playing return for the first team.
Craig Alcock is back in training, although he suffered a slight set back last week, while defender Niall Mason is slated to return to full training this coming week. Striker Gary McSheffrey is also back in training after recovering from his knee injury.
Much further away from returning to action are Mitchell Lund, Luke McCullough and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, with the latter two set to miss all season.
September 24, 2016
Ferguson urges Rovers to be ruthless
Even though Doncaster Rovers' recent results have been pleasing, boss Darren Ferguson is urging his players to show a more ruthless side if they are to maintain their promotion challenge.
They may have won last weekend's game against Newport County, but he was not happy with the way Rovers played in that game.
He commented: "Rather than telling them I asked them where the problems arose during the game and they knew straight away that they were a bit sloppy and lacked concentration at times. Generally, we want to improve in every game but it’s easier said than done."
Ferguson clearly acknowledges the threat that Luton pose, adding: "They’ve had a couple of defeats on the bounce so it’s important we start well. We have to make sure we manage the early part of the game because they do start with a tempo at home. They fly around the place. “It’s clearly something they do focus on. There are similarities to ourselves."
"The early part of the game will be important and probably the first goal as well. We’ll be ready for it, we’ll be fully prepared and we have to be."
"We’re going to have to be very good against a team that, if I’m being honest, are as similar to ourselves as we’re going to face this season. They play a diamond in midfield and have a really good front two I feel, a real handful."
September 24, 2016
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Luton Town are:
Referee: Andy Haines
Assistant referees: Colin Lymer and Dave Bushell
Fourth official: Brian Durie
September 24, 2016
Marquis - tough test at Luton
Rovers striker John Marquis suspects that this afternoon's away game at Luton Town is the team's first real test of how well they are doing this season, with Luton expected to be one of the promotion contenders at the end of the season.
He told the Doncaster Star ahead of the team travelling south: "This is probably the first test where we can look and say it will be a good gauge of where we are. It’s our first real test of the season in terms of probable contenders who are in and around it."
"We’ve got three big games coming up in a week, with Carlisle and Portsmouth coming up, and we need to make sure we come out with a good points return that will set us up moving forward. Luton is up first and our ambition is to go there to get three points. They’ve got good players. The manager plays good football. I’ve played there before and it’s a funny little ground, quite hostile and the fans come out in numbers. It’s going to be a good game between two good footballing sides. It may come down to that bit of extra quality or who fancies it more on the day."
September 24, 2016
Voting results v Newport County
We apologise for the delay in confirming the results of recent "Man of the Match" votes, but rest assured that all votes cast have been recorded and will be accounted for in due course.
For last weekend's home game against Newport County, midfield dynamo James Coppinger continued his good form of the season and was the runaway winner, gaining nearly half of all votes cast.
With seven different players receiving nominations, five of them saw votes shared fairly evenly, but the players gaining most votes were:
1 James Coppinger (45.45%)
2 John Marquis (27.27%)
Thank you for continuing to support both the site and the "Man of the Match" voting. The next vote will open tomorrow for the away game at Luton Town.
September 24, 2016
Voting results v Morecambe
James Coppinger capped another fine performance both individually and for Rovers in general in Rovers' 5-1 victory at Morecambe, gaining over three out of every four votes cast.
We received nominations for four different players, with most votes going as follows:
1 James Coppinger (77.78%)
2 Matty Blair (11.11%)
September 24, 2016
Voting results v Crewe Alexandra
Debut-making defender Frazer Richardson caught the eye of most supporters in the home game against Crewe Alexandra, coming comfortably ahead of the other six nominations.
The most votes went to:
1 Frazer Richardson (41.67%)
2 James Coppinger (16.67%)
September 24, 2016
Voting results v Mansfield Town
Finally, in our catching up of recent Man of the Match votes, we come to the away game at Mansfield Town in the EFL Trophy. In a much changed Rovers side, youngster Alfie Beeston capped off a good night for him by tying with Andy Williams at the top of the poll, both gaining around 40% of the votes, with Riccardo Calder coming in an honourable third place.
September 22, 2016
Tyson signs for Kilmarnock
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Nathan Tyson has finally found a new club after being released by Rovers in the summer break.
He has signed a contract with SPL club Kilmarnock until the end of the season, with Killie boss Lee Clark jubilant to have signed Tyson, who had been having a trial at Carlisle United the week before.
Clark told the Daily Record: "We’re really happy because we’ve got an experienced striker with a good goal scoring ratio. He’s still very athletic and quick. He’s got a willingness to be here, he had opportunities to go elsewhere down south. But he said this ticked a box for him, in terms of a fresh challenge and an opportunity to play at some fantastic stadiums."
"The board have backed us and we feel it’s another great addition to the group. It’s another option in an attacking position and gives us the chance to mix and match with personnel."
September 22, 2016
Fortune trials for Southend
Ex-Rovers loan striker Marc Antoine Fortune is having a trial at Southend United as he tries to find a new club, and featured for their under-21s side that played Peterborough United last week. Fortune, who signed for Celtic for £3.8 million in 2009, played for Coventry City last season, but his fortunes have since slumped and he has been without a club since the summer.
He impressed in the game against Posh, and Southend boss Phil Brown held talks with him about staying at the club, but an agreement could not be reached before their first team game on Saturday.
Brown told the Southend Echo: "Marc has worked well in training and he’s integrated into the group well too. He’s trained with us all week and also played at Peterborough in the under 21 game on Tuesday. I’ll have a conversation with him and his agent and see where that takes us. We have up until 12 o’clock to make a decision on whether or not he can play on Saturday but there’s a lot of negotiation to be done. Getting it done by Saturday might be a bridge too far. I’m not too sure at the moment but I don’t want to build everyone’s hopes up and then deflate them as has proven to be the case on a number of occasions."
September 22, 2016
Johnstone still looking for way out
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is still hoping for a way out of Old Trafford, despite a hoped for move not happening before the transfer window closed at the end of August. With new loan regulations coming into force this season, he will now have to wait until January for any move. Successful loan spells at Rovers and Preston have not brought him recognition at United, with Johnstone remaining third choice keeper behind David De Gea and Sergio Romero.
Reports in the Daily Star suggest that United would allow him to go if a £600,000 valuation was met.
Johnstone commented to MUTV: "Obviously, you never know when a chance might come but, on the other hand, I do need to play football. I've been on loan in previous seasons and enjoyed it, playing men's football for points in front of crowds. You can't beat that. But, like I've said, I'm here and, every time I step on the pitch, I'm here to do a job and hopefully show the manager what I can do and push Sergio [Romero] and David [De Gea]."
However, he has been included in the named squads for both the Premier League and for their Europa League campaign.
September 19, 2016
Rovers 2 Newport County 0
Doncaster Rovers moved into second place in the League Two table, despite not playing to their best, but the victory was comfortable enough, despite a last minute clear off the line by Joe Wright which kept Rovers' clean sheet intact.
James Coppinger followed up a memorable milestone weekend of a week ago by opening the scoring in the 16th minute, thanks to a well struck free kick that went over the wall and into the corner of the net.
Rovers made it 2-0 15 minutes into the second half, when Andy Williams finished after a quick counter attack down the left wing.
It could have been better for Rovers, but Marquis wasted a good opportunity seven minutes from time, but his effort was deflected wide.
September 21, 2016
Travel information to Luton Town
The Supporters Club are running coaches from Doncaster to Luton Town for Saturday's away game.
They will leave Retford at 9.00am, Bawtry 9.15am, Harworth 9.05am, Rossington 9.15am, Hare & Tortoise 9.20am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9.30am and the Keepmoat Stadium 9.45am.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £22 - Concessions £20
Non-Members: Adults £24 - Concessions £22
To book, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769), Len South (01302 817347) or Steve Warnes (07780 316923), all after 6pm.
Please note that they will not take any bookings for Saturday's game after Wednesday evening.
September 21, 2016
Tickets for away game at Portsmouth
Tickets for the away game at Portsmouth on Saturday, 1st October are now on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 1,000 tickets for the match at the following prices;
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (62+) £15 - Young Adults (18-22) £15 - Unaccompanied Juniors (U18) £10 - Accompanied Juniors (U18) £5
Tickets are presently on sale to season ticket holders, members and Alliance members. Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from Monday, 26th September.
September 21, 2016
Chaplow suspended for comments
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richard Chaplow moved to play in the United States for Californian club Orange County Blues at the end of July, but has already run into trouble, being suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for what it termed "offensive and abusive language" towards LA Galaxy defender Robbie Rogers.
The USL's Disciplinary Committee held a three day investigation after the game between the Orange County Blues and Galaxy's reserve side, LA Galaxy II.
Rogers has alleged that Chaplow called him a "queer", a claim that Chaplow has denied - but even though it is only one person's word against another, the ban has been imposed.
USL President, Jake Edwards, said: "The USL has zero tolerance for this type of behavior. We cannot, nor will we, condone any language that is counter to the values we have instilled throughout the USL."
Video footage of the game shows the game reaching boiling point in the 82nd minute when Chaplow fouled Rogers, with the two confronting each other after Rogers got to his feet, and Chaplow was substituted a few minutes later.
However, in an interview with The Telegraph, Chaplow insisted he did not aim any type of homophobic slur at Rogers, saying: "At no point in the statement is a homophobic slur made reference to, and the simple reason for this is it didn't happen. I swore several times at Rogers for overreacting to a foul, but at no time was the language homophobic and no evidence has been found of this, hence the way the statement has been wrote. I feel it's important that people realise what the ban is for. I have a close family member that is openly part of LGBT community so to suggest I'm homophobic is ridiculous and there is no evidence to support this."
As the referee's report made no mention of the incident, a heavier ban has been avoided.
September 21, 2016
Ikpeazu joins Cambridge
Ex-Rovers loan striker Uche Ikpeazu has signed for Cambridge United on a short term contract after being released by Watford in the summer.
Although he had been out on loan on six separate occasions, including three loans at Crewe Alexandra, he never made a first team appearance for Watford.
Speaking after the move to Cambridge had been confirmed, London-born Uche commented: "After having loans at a number of northern clubs, it's good to be at Cambridge United which is closer to home."
September 21, 2016
Pricing agreed for Derby and Port Vale Trophy games
Ticket pricing for the forthcoming Checkatrade Trophy home games have now been agreed, with ticket prices reduced from the usual league prices in the hope of persuading more to attend the games.
Ticket prices for both the home game against Derby County and Port Vale will be £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and Under-21s.
Season ticket holders can get in even cheaper, at £7 for adults, £1 for senior citizens and Under-21s.
The tickets for both matches are now on general sale from the ticket office, but for season ticket holders to qualify for the preferential prices, they must buy their tickets before midnight on the day before the game.
The Derby County game is on Tuesday, 4th October and the Port Vale match on Tuesday, 8th November.
September 21, 2016
Ferguson - 'winning is everything'
Boss Darren Ferguson is trying to get through to his players that they must keep the habit of winning games. Results in the last few weeks have picked up nicely - a welcome turnaround after the low proportion of games they have won since winning the League One title in 2013.
He accepts that winning is a habit that they need to get used to, commenting: "The players have got to understand that Monday to Friday - take away the Tuesday night games - is all about the work we do in training, but when it comes to a match day, it’s all about winning. It’s not about how players progress from game to game, or how much we’ve improved. It’s about winning. And winning for ourselves. "
"I think that’s something the younger players have got to understand. We want to develop them and we want to improve them as players but when it comes to a match day it’s about winning football matches. It’s not about learning from your mistakes in a game because you haven’t got time to learn from your mistakes.It’s not about turning up to improve. When it’s a match day win the game. We obviously need to win more games, and learn how to get more wins."
September 19, 2016
What the managers said
A fifth win of the season was not enough to satisfy Rovers boss Darren Ferguson totally - he knew that his players could perform better than they did against Newport County.
Speaking after the game on Saturday, Darren said: "The players know we as a staff believe we set certain standards. We didn’t get to anywhere near the level we can. It was a frustrating afternoon. We never really got going, we never really had any fluency to the performance. We didn’t do the basics well enough. When we kept it simple and played one and two-touch stuff we were good, but we didn’t do enough."
"I was never really comfortable. Even at 2-0 I never felt comfortable. But we saw it out. I’m delighted with the win and another three points going into three really tough games against Luton, Carlisle and Portsmouth."
September 19, 2016
Stuckmann signs for Partick
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann has signed for Scottish club Partick Thistle on a short term contract as cover for the injured first choice keeper Tomas Cerny.
Stuckmann, now aged 35, left Rovers earlier this season after being told that he was not in Darren Ferguson's plans, and has signed a deal which lasts until January. He was included in their squad for Saturday's away game at Kilmarnock, but was an unused substitute.
September 19, 2016
Tyson joins Kilmarnock
Ex-Rovers striker Nathan Tyson has joined SPL club Kilmarnock after turning down offers in England. Nathan had taken to social media to appeal for clubs to give him a trial so he could win a contract after being a free agent since leaving Rovers at the end of last season.
It looked like that appeal had worked when he went to have a trial at Carlisle United, but Kilmarnock nipped in to 'steal' him from under Carlisle's noses.
Speaking to the Daily Record after he signed for the SPL's bottom club, Tyson said: "I was made very welcome by the gaffer and the players. It is not all about playing against Celtic and Rangers as I can’t wait to play in the Premiership. I had other offers from England and a couple of potential overseas offers which did not materialise."
"Kilmarnock was the concrete offer on the table and I just had to take it. This is chance to play top-flight football. That is why I grabbed the chance to play in Scotland. I know Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers well from my time at Reading and he likes to play football in between the lines instead of booting it up the park."
Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark added: "Nathan brings power, pace, athleticism and experience. He was on the verge of signing for an English club but the major selling point for me to get players to come here is that they will be playing at the likes of Parkhead and Ibrox in front of huge crowds. Those possibilities are only available down south in the Premier League or with a couple of Championship clubs. We were delighted when he took up our offer to sign here."
September 19, 2016
Tranmere sack Brabin
A week may be said to be a long time in politics, but the fortunes of Gary Brabin have gone from being named "Manager of the Month" for August to being sacked in less than three weeks, highlighting the fragile nature of football management these days.
Brabin was sacked after Tranmere lost three of their last four games and are now fifth in the National League (formerly known as the Conference).
He had been boss at Prenton Park for 16 months, taking charge after Tranmere had been relegated from League Two in May 2015. He took them to sixth place last season, missing out on the play-offs by just one place, but the club's hierarchy clearly have decided that they should be pushing harder for promotion this season.
Chairman Mark Palios told their club's web site: "We have agreed it is best to allow someone else to take the club to the next stage. I would like to thank Gary for his hard work and contribution in building a strong squad of players and getting us back fighting for promotion places."
September 19, 2016
And Campbell is fired by West Auckland
Another former Rovers player to be sacked as manager this weekend was Andy Campbell, who was sacked after West Auckland were thrashed 9-0 by relegation strugglers Washington on Saturday.
Campbell guided West Auckland away from relegation last season, but have dropped into bottom place in recent weeks, with Saturday's result sealing his fate.
General manager Stuart Alderson said: "Andy put a lot of effort into the job, but unfortunately the results haven’t been there. Mark Hudson will be the interim manager, but we’re still looking for a manager.”
Taking his fate on the chin, Campbell commented: "The league table doesn’t lie."
Campbell is also the brother of former Rovers striker Neil.
September 15, 2016
Wellens joins Salford
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has signed for ambitious non-league club Salford City. He made the switch a week ago and marks the latest club in a long career that has amassed 700 first team games, which began as a youth team player at Manchester United, where he made one first team appearance, as a substitute in a League Cup tie against Aston Villa in 1999. A move to Blackpool followed, where he played over 200 games, followed by joining Oldham Athletic in 2005. Richie joined Rovers in 2008, with his form at the Keepmoat Stadium earning him a £1.2 million move to Leicester City in July 2009. After a loan spell at Ipswich Town, he returned to play over 100 more games for Doncaster Rovers before requesting to leave due to travelling time from his Lancashire home.
He then had short times at Oldham Athletic and Shrewsbury Town.
Richie should be a great signing for Salford, who have been attracting attention on the television for the BBC documentary "The Class of 92".
September 15, 2016
Instagram appeal works as Carlisle check out Nathan
Nathan Tyson's attempts to find a new club may be about to succeed, with news that he joined Carlisle United for a trial period last week.
The 34 year old striker has been without a club since leaving Doncaster Rovers at the end of last season, and published an appeal for a new club on Instagram earlier this month.
It seems that someone at Brunton Park must have noticed the posting, as they invited him along to training.
Boss Keith Curle commented: "We're always on the hunt for good players and there are no strings attached to trial periods like this."
September 15, 2016
Oscar lines up for Chesterfield
Former Doncaster Rovers loan midfielder Oscar Gobern was included in Chesterfield's reserves team last week as they take a look him before making a decision on whether to sign him.
Oscar has been a free agent since being released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season, and hence is free to join a club, not being restricted by transfer windows.
He had previously been on loan at Huddersfield Town, where he played three games, followed by his move to Rovers last season, where he turned out on five occasions.
September 15, 2016
Catching up - Ipswich fail to land Kyle
Ipswich Town failed in an attempt to sign former Rovers winger Kyle Bennett in the hours before the transfer window closed at the end of last month.
They made a last ditch attempt to strengthen their squad, with the attacking side of their game a priority following the departure of Daryl Murphy's unexpected £3 million move to Newcastle United.
However, the clubs could not agree on a valuation for Bennett, who has been playing for Portsmouth for the last 14 months. Portsmouth turned down a bid for their player, who is now in the last twelve months of his deal at Fratton Park, with the club's Chief Executive stressing that they would not let Kyle go unless they signed a replacement first.
September 15, 2016
Catching up - Joe has ambitions of promotion
Centre back Joe Wright, who only joined Doncaster Rovers in the summer, has ambitions of promotion after being sold the dream by boss Darren Ferguson in the summer.
His form has already earned him a call-up to the international stage, which is a welcome relief after a toe injury limited his pre-season preparations, and he fell foul of the Rovers' injury curse for a couple of games.
But he has been in great form in recent weeks and has been a key part of the early stages of Rovers' promotion challenge.
He told the Doncaster Star: "It’s always nice to play well but there’s still plenty more to come from myself. It’s a new system that we’re playing so I’m learning off Butts [Andy Butler] and all the experienced players in the team. For myself it’s about getting games, staying grounded when you do well and not beating yourself up when you do not so well."
Of Rovers' promotion credentials, he added: "We’re a big scalp in this division so we’ve got to be patient. Teams will probably sit off us more than what they would do against other teams so we’ve got to be patient in our play, try not to get frustrated and stick to the game plan. We’ve got to build some momentum."
September 13, 2016
Catching up - Baldwin confirms - All eyes on promotion
Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin has confirmed that the club will do all it can to achieve their sole ambition of winning promotion back to League One at the first time of asking.
Rovers have decided not to enter an Under-21 side in the Final Third Development League this season, as they had to rely on supplementing the team with youth team players on numerous occasions, and will instead rely on fixing up friendly fixture as and when they need to.
Baldwin told the Doncaster Free Press: "Our vision is still a very good Championship team, and therefore the funds we have available are being put into the first team and into the playing squad. The board have got a massive confidence in Darren Ferguson and his vision. We’re almost reining him back with everything else he wants to do."
"The vision is still very much to produce homegrown players. However, whereas before we may have spent money on the academy, that money is now going on the first team because we will build the academy from a power of strength - and we see that power of strength being promotion. Relegation has focused our thinking and our resources on the first team, maybe at the expense of other things at the club, but we hope that the momentum that a good season has means that we can do things from a position of strength."
September 13, 2016
Catching up - Conor in loan move
Former Rovers loan midfielder Conor Grant has joined Ipswich Town on a season long loan from Everton.
Ahead of the new season, Conor signed a new two year contract with the Toffees, but now swaps one blue shirt for another by making the move to Portman Road.
Grant played a part in Everton's pre-season tours of Austria and Germany but goes to Ipswich to gain some more first team experience.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk: "He gives us a bit of balance. He’s more of a left-side of midfield player than a flying winger. He’s very talented, has a wonderful left foot and impressed everybody with his free-kicks and corners in training."
September 13, 2016
Catching up - Fulham admit McCormack departure is big blow
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has admitted that the departure of former Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack to Aston Villa on the eve of the new season was a "killer blow" to his team's plans for the new season, leaving the Cottagers short of fire-power, as well as in other areas of the team.
He commented after McCormack's £12 million move had been confirmed on the Thursday before the first game: "Obviously we lost a very important player. He is a fantastic player so it is a killer and I’m sure he going to score the goals for other clubs that he scored with us. I offered to build around him at the end of the season, but clearly Ross took the decision to look for another challenge. I was very honest with him and he was very honest with me."
Villa won the chase for McCormack's signature after out-bidding rival clubs such as Norwich City, who seemed certain to land the Scot.
He scored 38 league goals in 89 appearances for Fulham and has been capped 13 times by Scotland.
September 13, 2016
Catching up - Fabien signs for Forest Green
Ex-Rovers midfielder Fabien Robert has signed for National League club Forest Green Rovers after failing to land a contract at Coventry City, where he had been having trials. He played in Coventry's pre-season matches before Tony Mowbray decided to release him.
Forest Green boss Mark Cooper was Fabien's boss when they were both at Swindon Town, and added: "He also had interest at other clubs and had the chance to trial at a few League One and Championship clubs."
September 13, 2016
Catching up - Oji joins Worcester
Former Doncaster Rovers loan defender Sam Oji has joined ambitious Worcester City, but had a debut to forget after making mistakes which handed Gloucester City the points on the opening day of the season.
Boss Carl Heeley said of the conceded goals: "When you have got two central defenders defending like that, it is as bad as I have seen. It was schoolboy football. We were under no pressure (for the first goal). You needed to either clear the ball or roll it back to the keeper, but instead it was a case of ‘There you are, put it in the back of the net’. For the second, you just needed to go and head the ball as that’s what you are paid to, but then it was 2-0. We clawed ourselves back into it, but for the third goal the kid falls over, gets back up and still rolls it to the one player marked by four defenders which is calamitous.
Oji was making his first appearance after receiving international clearance.
September 12, 2016
Morecambe 1 Rovers 5
Morecambe may have started the day in second place in the League Two table, but Doncaster Rovers gave them a footballing lesson by inflicting a heavy defeat on their promotion rivals.
It was perhaps inevitable that James Coppinger would play a key part in what was his 500th appearance in a Rovers shirt - causing all sorts of trouble for the home side, and capping his afternoon off by slamming in a superb 25 yard shot for Rovers' fifth goal.
Rovers may continue to be blighted by injuries, but they made light of them - in fact, on this showing it makes you wonder what they may be capable of if they ever can field a "full strength" eleven! They had an ideal start as Coppinger's fourth minute corner was headed on by Harry Middleton for Andy Butler to volley home from close range at the far post.
Rovers kept the pressure on, with Andy Williams having two shots blocked - and he also played a part in Rovers' second goal, as his shot was blocked by Edwards, only for the ball to run to Marquis, who did not miss from eight yards.
Morecambe pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time through Cole Stockton to rather flatter Morecambe by only being 2-1 down at the break.
Butler almost made it three for Rovers in the 54th minute, but the two goal advantage was restored in the 66th minute as Coppinger got past Jennings down the right, with his shot hitting the post, rebounding for a grateful John Marquis to get his second of the afternoon.
It was four for Rovers in the 74th minute through Matty Blair, and Coppinger rounded off a memorable afternoon with a stunning 25 yard drive for Rovers fifth.
I would again like to apologise for not publishing recent MOTM results. All results have been recorded and an update will be forthcoming on outstanding results as soon as I am able.
September 12, 2016
Award-winning Coppinger
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger was named as the League Two "Player of the Month" for August on Friday, with due recognition for the superb form he has shown in the opening weeks of the new season.
Speaking to DROS, he said: "I was buzzing to be nominated for Player of the Month, and to win is brilliant. To get this at the same time as I hopefully make my 500th appearance for this special club is a real honour. But the team deserve the credit for our start to the season. I have scored a couple of goals, but it is our team performances which has won us the points."
September 12, 2016
Luton ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 772 tickets for the forthcoming away game at Luton Town, which is to be played on Saturday, 24th September at Kenilworth Road.
They are now on sale to season ticket holders, with members and Alliance members able to buy tickets form Thursday. Remaining tickets go on general sale from Monday, 19th September.
Ticket prices, which are for unallocated seating in the Oak Road Stand, are:
Adults £23 - Young adults (18-21) £18 - Senior Citizens (65+) £18 - Golden Senior Citizens (75+) £15 - Under 18s £11 - Under 10s £8
Please note the match is all ticket, with an indication that no tickets will be sold on the day.
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price, but their carer, if needed will be admitted free of charge.
Wheelchair Disabled and FOC Carer must be booked through Luton Town Ticket office direct on 01582 416976.
September 12, 2016
McSporran takes over at Kidlington
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Jermaine McSporran is the new manager at Kidlington, who play in the Evo-Stik League Southern - Division 1 Central.
He has been named as interim manager following the resignation of Martin Wilkinson before last weekend's game away at Ashford Town (Middlesex), but was not able to guide them to a first win of the season, with the club slumping to a 5-1 defeat. They only have two points on the board so far, so the challenge is steep.
After being handed control of the first team, albeit on a temporary basis, McSporran said: "I’ve done this before when Martin Wilkinson was away with work last season, so it’s no different this time."
September 12, 2016
Catching up - JET joins Gills
Former Rovers loan striker Jay Emmanuel Thomas has joined Gillingham on a season long loan from Queens Park Rangers. he signed for the Gills on the eve of the new season after it became plain that he did not feature in QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's plans for the immediate future.
He signed just 24 hours before their opening game against Southend United, going on to score once and set up another goal as they took all three points.
Boss Justin Edinburgh told Kent OnLine: "It was a big statement and a real sign of intent from the club’s behalf. The chairman and I had worked tirelessly for two weeks to secure that signature. He is a larger than life character and he lifted the group immediately, which we needed. He is going to frustrate his team-mates and he is certainly going to frustrate me. He has a swagger and quality and at times he was taking on the game single-handedly to Southend, and we needed that. We needed that inspiration and that lift, and he certainly gave us that. That first performance was a good one."
September 12, 2016
Catching up - Webster extends Lions stay
Ex-Rovers defender Byron Webster has signed a new contract with Millwall, which will now keep him at the club until the end of the 2017/18 season.
The Londoners have moved to tie up the immediate future after spurning an approach from Sheffield United last month, with the fear that their prize asset may reach the last few months of his previous contract and be allowed to leave in the summer on a free transfer.
Boss Neil Harris told their official web site: "Byron's performances last year were immense and he'll be looking to build on that level in the months ahead."
September 10, 2016
Morecambe v Rovers
Darren Ferguson may have had some good news about players recovering from injuries this week, but it is unlikely that there will be many additional faces in the squad for this afternoon's away game at second placed Morecambe. Defender Tyler Garratt is the most likely of the injured quartet to be fit enough, although he only resumed training on Thursday. Mathieu Baudry, Gary McSheffrey and Craig Alcock are all due to return to full training soon, but today's game is certainly out of the question for them.
Defender Frazer Richardson is expected to keep his place after impressing his new boss while making his debut last weekend, as Mitchell Lund, who he replaced, expected to be out for around two months due to a kidney problem. Riccardo Calder will be hoping for a recall after featuring in Rovers' Checkatrade Trophy game, but was on the bench for last week's defeat at Crewe.
But Rovers still have ten players unavailable due to injuries.
Morecambe will welcome defender Luke Conlan back into the side after missing last weekend's game against Leyton Orient as he had been called up for international duty with Northern Ireland's Under-21s. They could also give debuts to new signings James Jennings and Ntumba Massanka, who were only unused substitutes last weekend.
Missing for Morecambe will be Aaron Wildig and Dean Winnard, who have knee injuries, along with Peter Murphy, who played in their Checkatrade Trophy game, but is not expected to play today as he continues to regain full fitness after a knee injury.
September 10, 2016
Ferguson optimistic ahead of trip to Globe Arena
Last week's disappointing performance and defeat at Crewe does not seem to have dented the confidence in the Rovers camp ahead of this afternoon's trip to Morecambe, with boss Darren Ferguson seeing signs that things are improving from a performance point of view. And with the prospect of some of the injured players expected to return in the next few weeks, the signs are very promising.
He said ahead of today's game: "I think we’re getting there. I think we’ve seen improvement. We’ve sustained performances for longer."
"At Crewe it was a longer period of time where we dominated the game. Winning is what gives you that confidence, but when I spoke to the lads on Monday I didn’t need to pick them up, they knew they’d played well. We just have to improve in certain areas and perhaps a get a bit more of a rub of the green and luck you need to win games. The club in general is in a good place at the moment."
He added: "I play to win every game. We’re more than capable, if we equalise, of going on to win a game. I don’t want to feel that we’re a team that once we equalise we’re going to go on and lose every game. We just need to concentrate more and make better decisions."
September 10, 2016
Coppinger reaches milestone
Midfielder James Coppinger became Doncaster Rovers' record holder for the number of appearances last season, but should break another impressive club record this afternoon as he makes his 500th appearance for the club.
Coppinger joined Rovers back in 2004 from Exeter, and has been a consistent performer ever since. And he has no intention of stopping playing any time soon, hinting that he is looking at playing on into his 40's.
Boss Darren Ferguson paid tribute to the 35 year old, saying: "It’s an incredible achievement to play 500 games for one club. He hasn’t lost any of his quality really, and he’s a fit boy. The biggest compliment I can give him is that I wish I had managed him earlier in his career. I’ve had some good players but he must be up there as one of the best. He’s a great example to all the players in the squad in the way he trains, how he prepares and recovers. Every day means everything to him. He has his own ice baths. It’s not a coincidence he’s kept going for so long. I’ve really enjoyed working with him."
Ferguson did hint that Copps may be used more sparingly in the future, adding: "When you get older, you have to tailor what you do. I’d be very surprised if he plays 46 games this season. He’ll probably say he could, but for me to get the best out of him I’m not sure. We’ll wait and see. One thing I’ve been pleased with this season is his assists and goals. The position he’s playing is probably helping him. I like working with him and I hope we have still got many years together."
September 10, 2016
Today's match officials
The match officials named by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Morecambe are:
Referee: Ollie Yates
Assistant referees: Alf Greenwood and Natalie Aspinall
Fourth Official: Steven Copeland
September 10, 2016
Copps wins Player of the Month
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger has been named as the Sky Bet League Two "Player of the Month" for August. He has been in impressive form and has scored two goals and set up another three already this season.
To receive the award on the same weekend as he is set to make his 500th club appearance is clearly something he appreciates. As he told the Doncaster Free Press: "I was buzzing to be nominated for Player of the Month, and to win is brilliant. To get this at the same time as I hopefully make my 500th appearance for this special club is a real honour. But the team deserve the credit for our start to the season. I have scored a couple of goals, but it is our team performances which has won us the points."
Ex-Rover Don Goodman, one of the panel who select the winners each month, said: "Just one game short of 500 for a club that he joined over 12 years ago, Coppinger is a rare example of loyalty in a game where there’s rarely space for sentimentality. There is no doubt in my mind that he can operate at a higher level. His stellar form in August, with two goals from midfield has vindicated the club’s decision to extend his contract at the Keepmoat Stadium and he will no doubt play a major role as Doncaster Rovers look to bounce back to League One at the first attempt."
September 10, 2016
Tyson takes to social media to find new club
Striker Nathan Tyson has issued an appeal on social media site Instagram to help him find a new club. He is a free agent at the moment, having failed to land a contract since leaving Doncaster Rovers last summer, but is keen to extend his career.
He wrote on Instagram: "Hi. Anyone know of any teams that are looking for a striker? I'm still a free agent, willing to train with a team if they want to have a look at me first."
It marks a notable change of attack from how most players find new clubs, using football agents for the task. Will this novel approach work? We will see!
September 9, 2016
Four on way back for Rovers
The injury crisis at Doncaster Rovers finally looks like it may be about to improve, with Darren Ferguson revealing that four players are nearing returns to action.
However none of them are likely to be ready to play in this weekend's game, but they are set to return to full training. Three of those four have not played at all this season, so Ferguson is having to manage their progress carefully, as none have had any "pre-season" training.
Mathieu Baudry, Gary McSheffrey and Craig Alcock, all of who have missed all games so far, are nearing fitness. Baudry is due to return to training next week, McSheffrey the week after, and Alcock in a similar time frame.
Also expected to return is young defender Tyler Garratt, who has only missed a few games.
Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: "We have got Baudry back training next week and McSheffrey will be in a couple of weeks. Craig Alcock will not be far away and Tyler Garrett, too. We are getting the bodies back. Everybody has got what they have now until January. When those players return, it will be like four new signings. It is good that this month is Saturday to Saturday. But the more important thing now is that we do not lose the next game."
He added: "Baudry’s looking at a mini pre-season now and he’s started this week. We expect him to be fit for Luton. Garratt will train on Thursday so that’s good news. Alcock has had the all-clear so he will start running. McSheffrey is training on Monday. We’re getting there. Touch wood, I fully expect Baudry, Garratt and McSheffrey to be fit for Luton."
Paul Keegan is also progressing, and could return to full training next week. Ferguson explained: "He is doing a lot of running this week but I’ve got to go easy with Keegs because he’s had a lot of different injuries. I think he’ll be looking at the middle of next week [to return to full training]. I’ll be quite patient with Keegs, although he won’t want to be. I’ll have to be, and the medical team have to be patient with him too. We don’t want another breakdown with him."
September 9, 2016
Fergie praises Frazer
Boss Darren Ferguson was quick to praise the contribution of debut-making defender Frazer Richardson in Saturday's game at Crewe Alexandra, and insisted that a change of tactics was the reason for his withdrawal above any other suggested purposes.
He said after the game: "Frazer did fine. I knew it would take him 10 or 15 minutes to find his feet, but with Frazer, you know what you are going to get. You are going to get a steady seven out of 10 in most games. The reason for bringing him off was to get Matty Blair playing as a wing-back, but it was certainly nothing to do with his performance because Frazer was good."
September 9, 2016
Copps up for award
Rovers midfielder James Coppinger is ont he sort-list for the "Player of the Month" for League Two in January.
He is up against Alex Kiwomya (Crewe Alexandra) and Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).
The winner of the award will be announced later this morning.
September 9, 2016
Catching up - Kirkland quits Bury
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has left Bury without playing a first team game for them, despite only joining in the summer.
He signed on a free transfer after being released by Preston at the end of lasts season, but told Bury boss David Flitcroft that he wished to quit playing altogether to devote more time to his family.
While regretting his decision, Flitcroft said that he understood Chris's decision, commenting to the Bury Times: "It's been a difficult situation to deal with for me as a manager. When someone like Chris Kirkland, who has so much to offer the game as a player and as a person comes into your building and says he doesn't want to and can't carry on you have to listen."
"One thing I pride myself on as a manager is that I'm always approachable to my players and staff and understand the pressures that sometimes can be experienced away from football. We work in a fantastic industry but the game and life has many pressures and can be very difficult at times."
"Chris needs time out away from the game he loves, but family is and will always be more important than football. Chris has chosen to devote all his time to his family and both the club and I support his difficult decision. He knows of the unconditional support he has and will always receive from me and the club. We wish Chris and his family well and I hope to see him return in some capacity to football when the time is right for him."
Chris said: “I have asked Bury FC to cancel my contract with immediate effect and I am thankful to the gaffer and the chairman for the compassion and understanding they have shown. I know people will find it hard to understand why someone like myself, who has been lucky enough to have spent my professional life in football and enjoyed all the benefits that comes with that, needs some time and space away from the game; however, it's a decision I've taken, putting my family's future and well-being first. It's been the toughest decision I've ever had to make, but I know it's the right one. I hope, at the appropriate time, I might be able to, again, be involved and work within football, either as a player or in coaching or even work within the community. I believe that taking this break will allow me to come back refreshed, with a new perspective on the game that will be valuable to someone."
September 9, 2016
Catching up - Brown joins Shakers
Ex-Rovers striker Chris Brown has signed for League One club Bury on a one year contract after being released at the end of his contract by Blackburn Rovers.
The 31 year old spent most of his time at Blackburn on the injured list, and failed to score in his 41 appearances for the club, although he was often used as a substitute.
Chris began his career as a youth team player at Sunderland, but then went on to play for Rovers, Hull City, Norwich City and Preston North End.
September 5, 2016
Crewe Alexandra 2 Rovers 1
The winning run of Doncaster Rovers came to an end on Saturday afternoon at Crewe Alexandra, and they must be looking back to wonder how on earth they lost a game that they really should have won.
The 'shots' statistics says it all - Rovers had 16 to Crewe's six, and they laid seige to the Crewe goal at times in the second half as they strived to score the equaliser. But once they had levelled matters, which came from a penalty by Tommy Rowe in the 82nd minute, they then shot themselves in the foot by conceding a second goal five minutes later, and there was no way back from that.
Rovers gave new signing Frazer Richardson his debut in place of the injured Mitchell Lund, but they were left to chase the game after conceding to a Ryan Lowe in the 14th minute after a good cross in by Dagnall.
James Coppinger then saw his cross sliced onto the bar by Crewe dfeender Jon Guthrie, and Rowe failed to connect with a cross in by Richardson with the goal at his mercy, with Andy Williams also guilty of spurning a good opportunity.
Rovers continued to have chances after the break, with Matty Blair particularly unlucky to see the keeper keep his looping header out.
The Crewe goal was under continued pressure as the second half went on, with a great deal of luck needed as the ball bounced around as Rovers players tried to force the ball over the line. It took the award of a penalty to level matters, but with Rovers then having hopes of snatching all three points, they were hit by a break from Crewe, with Jones firing past Marosi for the winner.
September 5, 2016
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson criticsed his side's concentration levels when looking back on Saturday's defeat at Crewe, with yet another late goal conceded by Rovers.
Speaking after the game to BBC Radio Sheffield, Ferguson said: "To go home frustrated is not nice to take. We must learn how not to concede (late on) and must look deeply at it."
"It is a disappointing result. We have been on a good run and will have to go on another one now. It is about winning games and we weren`t ruthless enough, simple as that. We had 31 crosses into the box in 90 minutes of football and 22 efforts on goal, we weren`t ruthless enough."
""I am not being critical as the performance overall was a good one. But it is about who scores most goals on a Saturday and they have. For whatever reason, we got to 1-1 and lose the game. At Accrington, we got to 2-2 and lose the game. It is happening too many times. But when you let people put balls into the box. They put the ball into the box for the first and second goal and that is where the danger is. We have lost too many late goals and I put that down to concentration."
Crewe boss Steve Davis commented to the Crewe Chronicle after the match: "The result is always the most important thing. We've had plenty of good performances without the results but we needed to find a way of winning. We did that at the end of the game, it was a great time to score."
"You have to put that effort in, they were a good side and probably feel like they should get something from the game, they were better than us in spells in the second half. We had to dig really deep, show some resilience, we had to stand up and for the best part we did that, and we needed everyone together for that one. But I was delighted that we could get that late goal."
September 5, 2016
Goals review
We begin this week's review of ex-Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals in League One, where Keshi Anderson got off the mark for Bolton Wanderers by scoring in the 48th minute of their game at home to Southend United. That equaliser proved to be the last goal of the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Byron Webster put the ball into his own net while playing for Millwall in their home game against Bradford City - that game also ended in a 1-1 draw.
Also in League One, Jordan Bowery scored Leyotn Orient's winner in the 55th minute of their game at Morecambe, which the Londoners won 2-1.
League Two matches to mention start with Notts County's home game against Grimsby Town, in which the home side came from two goals to draw 2-2, with Jonathan Forte scoring their first goal in the 77th minute. Curtis Main scored twice for Portsmouth in their 3-0 home win over Crawley Town, which lifts them into fourth place.
Finally, in non-league football, we note that Jon-Paul Pittman scored twice for Harrogate Town in their 2-2 home draw against Curzon Ashton in the National League North.
September 5, 2016
Brabin is "Manager of the Month"
Ex-Rovers midfielder Gary Brabin, now manager at Tranmere Rovers, has been named as tne Vanarama National League manager of the month for August, with Rovers gaining six wins and a draw from their opening seven games, which gave them a three point lead at the top of the league table.
The "jinx" then struck on Saturday, as they went down to a 3-1 away defeat at Aldershot.
Speaking before that game, Brabin told the Wirral Globe: "It's a good start but we’re not getting carried away. There’s a long way to go but hopefully we can continue the good form. It's always nice to receive recognition for the hard work we are putting in. It's not just myself but the players and the staff, we’re all working incredibly hard and it's reaping reward on the pitch. I've been fortunate to have won a few manager of the month awards in the past and it would be nice to win a few more before the end of the season."
September 5, 2016
Catching up - Fabien fails to impress at Coventry
Former Rover striker Fabien Robert has failed to earn a contract at Coventry City after spending a two week trial at the club.
The Frenchman played in three of their pre-season games, but City boss Tony Mowbray then decided to allow him to search for a club elsewhere.
Mowbray commented: "Fabien is not going to join us. He did fine while he was with us and the boy has got talent but it’s just a question of end product really. If you are going to play in one of those front three positions you have to score goals, you have to threaten the goal and shoot so many times. They have to be a goal threat. He’s played at this level before and did pretty well but I have to make a decision."
September 5, 2016
Catching up - Mutch stays at Palace despite transfer interest
Ahead of the closure of the 'transfer window', it looked highly likely that former Rovers loan midfielder Jordon Mutch would be on the move afer struggling to make an impact in the Crystal Palace side since joining from Queens Park Rangers for a reported £4.75 million last summer. Aston Villa have been reported to be interested in his services, but they will now have to wait until the January 'window' if they are to follow up their interest.
He has made only seven starts in his 20 Premier League appearances for the club without scoring a goal, and has numerous other players ahead of him in the pecking order at Selhurst Park.
September 5, 2016
Catching up - Bongani extends stay in Cape Town
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Bongani Khumalo will remain at South African club Cape Town Bidvest Wits after the club took up an option to extend his contract by one more season.
The 29 year old defender joined Supersport United on a free transfer at the start of last season after his contract at Tottenham Hotspur expired. He only stayed at SuperSport for six months before moving to Bidvest Wits, but still has hopes of returning to play in Europe before the end of his playing career.
September 5, 2016
Catching up - N'Guessan trials at Southend, but has not signed yet
Doncaster Rovers outcast Dany N'Guessan went on trials to Southend United in the last few days before the transfer window closed at the end of August, but with the lack of confirmation suggests that Southend boss Phil Brown has not taken the former Millwall and Port Vale player on.
N'Guessan is the last of the players transfer listed by Darren Ferguson to find a new club, and with the transfer window now closed until January, it looks as though he will remain in limbo at Rovers until then, with Ferguson clearly not rating him enough, even with the number of players still on the injured list.
Speaking in the second half of August, Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: "We are still trying to do something with Dany N’Guessan in terms of moving him on. Dany is back training and that’s the most important thing as it is very rare that you would take a player that is injured. The next two weeks are important for him in terms of trying to get himself a club. The closer we get to the end of the window, I would like to think something will happen. A lot of the answers to questions are up to Dany really."
He added: "If he doesn't move on, he will be here. The only way he wouldn't be here then is if we negotiate a deal and he goes as a free agent. If the window shuts, he is here. I think at this stage I've made it clear he's not in my plans. As a manager you don't really want to say he'll never play for the club again because it can be a dangerous thing. But clearly, I've got other people well in front of him."
September 3, 2016
Crewe Alexandra v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers travel to Crewe Alexandra this afternoon intent on putting the disappointing performance and result of last season behind them and keep their promotion challenge on track.
Boss Darren Ferguson is expected to revert to a side more in line with last weekend's league game against Yeovil Town rather than the much-changed eleven that started the Checkatrade Trophy game at Mansfield Town during the week. Ferguson will have new signing Frazer Richardson available to make his debut after joining on a short term deal during the week - and with Rovers' seemingly never-ending injury list, there is every chance of him doing that.
Mitchell Lund is the latest injury casualty and is anticipated to be out for up to two months with, depending on which report you read, either a kidney problem or a rib injury. He joins an injury list that now numbers 11, with the following presently having treatment from the Rovers medical staff: Luke McCullough (knee), Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (knee), Joey McCormick (shoulder), Michell Lund (kidney/ribs), Craig Alcock (ankle), Niall Mason (ankle), Paul Keegan (knee/thigh), Mathieu Baudry (Achilles), Gary McSheffrey (groin) and John Marquis (head), although Marquis has every chance of recovering in time for today's game.
Crewe boss Steve Davis made six changes for their Checkatrade Trophy game in midweek, and all six changes are expected to be reversed for this afternoon's game. Davis will check on the fitness of Zoumana Bakayogo before naming his side after he was withdrawn towards the end of their win over Accrington Stanley as a "precaution". Liam Smith remains unavailable due to injury.
September 3, 2016
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Crewe Alexandra are:
Referee: Lee Probert
Assistant referees: Neil Davies and Mark Dwyer
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury
September 3, 2016
Mason joins Hull
Former Doncaster Rovers loan midfielder Ryan Mason has completed a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to newly promoted Premier League club Hull City. The Tigers needed to break the club's transfer record to get their man, and while the figure has remained 'undisclosed', some reports suggest that the fee is somewhere in the region of £8 million.
Mason came up through the youth system at Spurs, but struggled to break through into the first team, which resulted in a number of loan moves, including Doncaster Rovers, Millwall and Swindon Town.
The hard work eventually paid off, and he has been involved in the first team over the last two seasons, making 66 appearances for them before recent signings again threatened to limit his opportunities.
After signing, Ryan told Hull City's official web site: "I'm delighted and excited to be here. I can't wait to get started and I see this as a massive opportunity for me."
Sunderland were reported to have made a last-ditch attempt to sign him before he decided to move to the KC Stadium.
September 3, 2016
Morecambe ticket information
An allocation of 410 seating tickets and 510 terracing tickets have been received at the ticket office for next weekend's game at Morecambe, which will be played on Saturday, September 10th.
They will go on general sale tomorrow at the following prices:
Unallocated seating (Peter McGuigan Stand):
Adults £21 - Senior Citizens (65+) £17 - Students (with valid NUS card) £17 - Disabled (with carer) £17 - Juniors (5-18) £6
Tickets for covered terracing (Bay Radio Stand):
Adults £17 - Senior Citizens (65+) £14 - Students (with valid NUS card) £14 - Disabled (with carer) £4 - Juniors (5-18) £5
Up to three children up to the age of 14, can have free tickets, as long as those tickets are bought with a paying adult or concession ticket.
Please note that Morecambe will require students to show their NUS card at the turnstiles.