April 23, 2015
Clarke-Harris recalled by Millers
Striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has been recalled by Rotherham United from his loan at Doncaster Rovers. The decision was made by Millers boss Steve Evans after Derby County recalled Conor Sammon from a loan at Rotherham, and means that Jonson will be available to play in their final two games of the season.
Clarke-Harris made eight appearances for Rovers since joining in March, scoring one goal, but has only been used as a substitute in recent games.
The 20 year old joined Rotherham for an "undisclosed fee" from Oldham Athletic in September and has spent time out on loan at MK Dons since, but has played 15 games for Rotherham, scoring three goals.
We thank Jonson for his contribution while at Doncaster Rovers and wish him well for the future.
April 23, 2015
Development XI 1 Hull City 3
Leaders Hull City went to Cantley Park yesterday afternoon knowing that as long as they didn't lose against Doncaster Rovers, the Final Third Development East title was theirs.
By losing the game, Rovers had to settle for second place in the table, a commendable effort under the guidance of Rob Jones in his first season in the role.
Hull went in front in the 34th minute after having a number of good opportunities to score. It turned out to be a "route one" classic - the goalkeeper punted the ball down field, with Mbuti misjudging the bounce and Tombides got in front of the Rovers defender to chip he ball over keeper Marko Marosi.
Rovers levelled matters on the stroke of half time with good play by Jack McKay enabling Liam Mandeville to put the ball into an empty net.
Hull regained the lead early in the second half with a free kick by Dixon met by Harvey Rodgers to score. In the 57th minute it became 3-1, with another long ball down field again picked up by Tombides who scored his second goal of the game. A spectacular overhead kick by Mandeville was inches away from getting a goal back for Rovers - but Hull could have won by more with Marosi denying Tombides his hat-trick by tipping his shot over the bar.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Greasley, P McKay, Mbuti, McCawl, Middleton, Ferguson, Whitehouse, Bell, J McKay Mandeville
Substitutes: Pugh (for Ferguson, 55), Williamson (for Mbuti, 66), Parkin (for J McKay, 75), Linley, McLaren
Hull City: Bukran, Barkworth, Tyman, Dixon, Clappison, Rodgers, Ter-Horst, Clark, Tombides, Luer, Annan
Substitutes: Hinchcliffe (for Tombides, 76), Mahon (for Luer, 84), Lofts (for Annan, 87), Hirst, Penny
April 23, 2015
Mitchell impresses
Young defender Mitchell Lund was praised by boss Paul Dickov after his debut in an otherwise disappointing home game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday. He did well enough to keep his starting place for Tuesday's game at MK Dons, and the youngster is hoping that those will be the first of many first team games ahead of him.
He told DROS after Saturday's game: “I found out in the team meeting that I was starting so I prepared myself mentally and was just buzzing to get out there and make my league debut."
Lund praised the help of Rob Jones in his progress this season, adding: "He’s a good role model and I look up to him. I need to keep my hard work up and see where it takes me. I’ve learnt a lot from James Coppinger, Rob Jones, Andy Butler and everyone in the first team squad to be fair. I’ve been in training keeping my head down and working hard and its starting to pay off."
Paul Dickov commented: “I thought he should’ve been man of the match. Considering it was his full league debut, I thought he was outstanding. It’s as good as I’ve seen. Mitchell’s a rarity with full backs these days in that first and foremost he wants to defend. I can’t remember their wide player getting past him once. He did the basics well and in the second half, when he’d grown into the game a bit more, he started supporting and getting forward a bit as well. I thought it was a really, really disciplined performance for a young kid.”
April 23, 2015
Lundstram extends loan
Everton midfielder John Lundstram has had his loan spell at Scunthorpe United extended until the end of the season, meaning he will be available to face Rovers, another of his former clubs, in the final game of the season on May 3rd.
Lundstram joined Scunthorpe just ahead of the closure of the 'loan transfer window' at the end of March and has made five appearances for them so far.
As well as Rovers, Lundstram has been out on loan at Blackpool, Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town, but has yet to make his first team debut for Everton.
April 22, 2015
MK Dons 3 Rovers 0
A good defensive display in the first half of yesterday's away game at MK Dons may have held the promotion chasing hosts at bay, but a freak opening goal in the second half ultimately led to a three goal defeat, something that was rather harsh on a hard working Doncaster Rovers.
Rovers recalled the fit-again Luke McCullough, but not in his usual defensive role. Instead, he was deployed as a defensive midfielder with the aim of curbing the influence of Dele Ali, on loan from Spurs. James Coppinger was given the night off after playing in Saturday's league game followed by his "Legends" game on Sunday.
The first half saw MK Dons dominate possession, with Rovers rarely getting out of their own half, but Rovers were able to frustrate the Dons, with any real goal scoring chances few and far between. Rovers had clearly set their stall out to stifle the attacking threat of their opponents, with just Nathan Tyson up front and hopelessly outnumbered by home defenders.
Rovers started the second half with more intent of attacking, with Forrester and Furman having long shots saved, followed by Kyle Bennett being denied by a good save from Martin.
The opening goal, when it came, had more than an element of good fortune about it for the home side.
Mitchell Lund headed away a cross, but his clearance cannoned off the head of Bowditch and looped over Bywater into the net.
Paul Dickov reacted by introducing two strikers, Jonson Clarke-Harris and Curtis Main, but it was to no avail as Carl Baker put MK Dons 2-0 up, drilling the ball home from a tight angle with 13 minutes to go. The points were secured as Rovers conceded a third goal six minutes from the end.
April 22, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov felt his side did not deserve to lose by a three goal margin in last night's game, with a good defensive display in the first half undone by a ruthless MK Dons after the break.
He said after the game: "We feel slightly aggrieved at that result. I’ll probably get accused of being stupid, naive and everything else but we competed really well. Tactically the players did really well but the first goal changed the game. They had possession, a few shots from distance but I can’t remember Stevie Bywater having a save to make and that seems daft to say when you’ve lost 3-0. Their keeper made arguably the two best saves of the game. Then they got a freak first goal which completely changed the game. But for the majority of the game the lads did really well."
Speaking of the freak first goal for MK Dons, Dickov added: "Young Mitchell, who I thought was excellent again, got himself into a great position covering, won his header and it’s smacked their boy in the face and gone in the top corner. It was really unfortunate."
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson thought his side deserved their element of good fortune in last night's game.
After the match had finished, which saw his side remain third in the League One table, Robinson said: "It's the first time all season we've had a fluke, where the keeper's missed it or an own goal or something that's gone our way. I said to Richie [Barker] that we're overdue it and we need to get a few more between now and the end of the season. I thought we were very good, we were so patient and I always thought that we looked in control against a good side."
April 22, 2015
Voucher offer for Scunny game
Doncaster Rovers have announced that season ticket holders can bring a friend in free of charge for the final home game of the season, when Rovers face Scunthorpe United on Sunday, 3rd May.
Supporters will be able to exchange Voucher J in their season ticket book for a match ticket, although please remember that the deal only applies to "like for like" tickets.
Please remember that there may be a long queue at the ticket office on match day as a result of this offer, so it may be worth considering taking advantage of the offer in advance.
April 22, 2015
Dickov now 22nd longest serving boss
The continual turn-over of managers in the Football League has been highlighted by the realisation that Rovers boss Paul Dickov is now up to 22nd in the list of long-serving managers, even though he has only been in post for just under two years. Only 32 managers of the 72 Football League clubs have been in their current jobs for over twelve months, but that is in stark contrast with the security enjoyed by Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale, who has had continual employment at the club since June 2006. His nearest long-serving rival is Karl Robinson, boss at MK Dons, who has been at the club since May 2010.
The full list of the length of time served by current managers can be found on the Football League web site, which can be seen by clicking on the logo to the left.
April 22, 2015
Lewis after new Barrow contract
Ex-Rovers striker Lewis Guy is hoping for a new contract at Barrow AFC, although he is taking nothing for granted.
Guy arrived at Barrow in January after having his contract at Gateshead cancelled by mutual consent, so that he could move closer to his Cumbria home in Penrith.
Lewis said: "My aim is to get a new contract. But the manager said when I signed that it was going to be in my hands to come and earn a deal and only time will tell whether I’ve done that or not. I spoke to the manager in the summer and he told me what his plans were. I’ve come in, I’ve seen it first hand and it’s impressive – I think it’s a club that’s going in the right direction. We need to keep going and try and get promoted, which was the aim at the start of the season. I’ve been impressed with the club, the manager, the squad and my aim is to obviously try and earn a new contract at the end of the season."
"You just want to be part of something that is going forward and going in the right direction and, as I say, Barrow are doing that. The manager wants to play good football, he’s got a good squad and so it ticks a lot of boxes."
He added: "I think I’ve got something to offer Barrow, if I didn’t then I wouldn’t be there wanting a contract. I believe that I’ve still got a couple of years left in me, at least, and that I can contribute a lot given the chance. There have been no (contract) talks yet. I think the manager is concentrating more on winning promotion than who is getting a deal. I think that’s only fair at the moment and hopefully we can get something sorted either way in the summer. If I can get a few goals between now and the end of the season or if I can contribute in some way, hopefully that will stand me in good stead for the summer and we’ll see what happens."
April 21, 2015
MK Dons v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers travel to play Milton Keynes Dons this evening in a rearranged League One fixture, with the game on the originally scheduled date called off due to international call-ups.
Rovers are reporting no new injury problems, and have an almost fully fit squad available for the game.
Northern Ireland defender Luke McCullough has been back in full training and will be in contention for a recall, although he will have to dislodge Rob Jones and Andy Butler first. Midfielder Abdul Razak has recovered from illness and is available for selection.
Midfielder Paul Keegan is back training, but is not realistically expected to feature again this season, now that the play-offs are out of reach, and getting him fully fit for next season is the priority.
MK Dons are not expected to make any changes after beating Leyton Orient 6-1 at the weekend. They are still in with a real chance of automatic promotion, being only a point behind second-placed Preston North End with three games to play.
However, they add Samir Carruthers to the squad after he completed a two match suspension at the weekend, with Danny Green, Daniel Powell, Devante Cole and Carl Baker are also hoping for recalls. The only definite absence will be Ben Reeves.
April 21, 2015
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's away game at Milton Keynes Dons are:
Referee; Roger East
Assistant referees: Chris Powell and Wade Norcott
Fourth official: Charles Breakspear
April 21, 2015
Dickov warns players
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has warned his players that he will not tolerate any drop-off in the effort put in for the last few matches of the season, even though there are no promotion or relegation issues to contest.
Dickov is now looking forward to plans for next season, and any reduction in effort or commitment may well affect their prospects in being around at Rovers after the summer.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "One thing we can’t do is think the season is over regardless of where we are in the league. Ultimately we’ve got players playing for their futures and contracts, be it here or elsewhere. We go in with the mentality of winning as any points as we can and finishing as high up the table as we can. If anyone thinks we’re on the beach, they can go now."
April 21, 2015
Youth Team 1 Chesterfield 0
Doncaster Rovers ensured that they would finish in second place in the Youth Alliance League with a win over Chesterfield at Cantley Park on Saturday.
A first half goal from Jack McKay was the only goal of the game, despite a late onslaught from Chesterfield with saw Rovers defenders and goalkeeper Jonathan Iveson under pressure.
Rovers had an early chance with Joe Pugh just missing out from connecting with a free kick by Michael Carberry, while a good save by Iveson denied Chesterfield from point blank range.
The only goal of the game came in the 28th minute as the Chesterfield goalkeeper failed to keep hold of a shot from 20 yards by Will Longbottom, with McKay alert to get to the loose ball first and slot the ball home from five yards.
Rovers had a good appeal for a penalty declined in the 72nd minute after Pugh had his shirt pulled on the penalty spot, and then came the late pressure from Chesterfield.
Doncaster Rovers: Iveson, Greasley, Carberry, Head, P. McKay, Williamson, Linley, Parkin, J. McKay, Pugh, Longbottom
Substitutes: Barker (for Carberry, 68), Mbuti, McLaren, Gains, Walker
Chesterfield: Parkin, Hudson, Randle, Daswell, Jarrald, Maguire, Ovende, Marshall, Beesley, Morrison, Daley
Substitutes: Holmes (for Randle, 38), Milner (for Ovenden, 46), Taylor (for Morrison, 46), Lynam, Rowley
April 21, 2015
Voting result v Fleetwood
It may have been one of the more unremarkable games overall, but at least a number of you managed to make your minds up on who the best player was. Opinion was split though, with eight players being nominated. Midfielder Dean Furman was the clear winner though, getting not far short of half of all the votes received.
The players getting most votes are:
1 Dean Furman (48.0%)
2 Mitchell Lund (16.0%)
3 Cedric Evina (12.0%)
Thank you to everyone who voted. The next poll will open tomorrow morning after this evening's away game at MK Dons.
April 21, 2015
Rovers publish match highlights video - there weren't any!
The match highlights published by Doncaster Rovers on YouTube of Saturday's home game against Fleetwood Town has apparently "gone viral" after lasting a total of 27 seconds, which omitted to show any match action apart from the kick-off and a goal kick which preceded the final whistle. The other half of the video was of the two teams walking out of the tunnel, plus the compulsory set of logos.
But give the Rovers production team for being so brutally honest on the lack of meaningful action in the game!
At the time of writing, the video had been viewed by over 276,000 people. To see the match action (or lack of...), click on the logo to the left.
April 20, 2015
Prize winning Rovers!
Doncaster Rovers will be celebrating today after being named as the Johnstone’s Paint Community Club of the Year Award winners at a gala ceremony at The Brewery in London last night.
It was the tenth year of the awards ceremony, which celebrates excellence both on and off the pitch in the Football League's 72 clubs. Interestingly, every single club was nominated for at least one award.
Rovers won the award this year after being short-listed last year, but were pipped by Brentford, the representatives for the southern region.
The citation on the Football League web site reads: "Club Doncaster Foundation continues to deliver outstanding results that far outweigh the expectations and objectives of the organisation and its key stakeholders, running more than 30 projects last year and reaching more than 13,000 participants. The breadth of the foundation’s work includes post-16 education, citizenship, participation, social inclusion and health and wellbeing, with its main project centering on expanding access to education through the catalyst of sport.
"This category recognises the community schemes that have best demonstrated success at engaging with the local community in the 2014 calendar year. Doncaster This category recognises the community schemes that have best demonstrated success at engaging with the local community in the 2014 calendar year. Doncaster Rovers are one of five regional winners, with Derby County taking the national award. In deciding both the regional and overall winners, judges considered the objectives of the scheme, breadth of delivery, innovation, impact and achievements as well as the leading individual project from the last 12 months."
April 20, 2015
Promotion winning Kirkwood celebrates
Former Rovers striker Glenn Kirkwood was celebrating this weekend after guiding Mickleover Sports to the title of the EVO-STIK First Division (South), thanks to a 3-2 win at Lincoln United on the penultimate weekend of fixtures. Mickleover needed just one point to clinch the championship, although they have led the field for several weeks now.
Speaking ahead of the weekend's fixture, Kirkwood said: "We're relaxed and in a good frame of mind. We have got ourselves in such a great position. Everyone wants to be where we are. But tomorrow's game is no bigger than our previous 40; we will work hard and we want to go out and win against Lincoln. They're a difficult side to play against, as we found out a few weeks ago. We were fortunate to come away with a point when we last played them and it will be a tough test for us."
Last weekend's win at Market Drayton not only took them to the brink of promotion, but were also the 100th and 101th goals scored this season.
Glenn added: "Our goal difference is a massive plus and it's a credit to the team that we have shared the goals around. The squad is close-knit and we have a good mix of players. There are those with experience, who have won league titles and so know what the deal is, then there are players who are trying to win the league for the first time."
April 20, 2015
Norbury steps down at Maltby
Ex-Rovers striker Micky Norbury has resigned as manager of NCEL Premier Division side Maltby Main. It ends an eighteen month stint at the helm, with the club safe from relegation, although still set for finishing fourth from bottom in the table.
Norbury resigned on Wednesday after a short meeting with the club's chairman.
A club statement reads: "Mick has worked tirelessly over the last two years and delivered every goal which he was set. He kept the club in the Premier Division on a zero budget which is a truly remarkable feat. The club sincerely wish Mick every success in football. The club have put Ian Dring and Martin Barnfield in charge for the remaining two games. Once the season draws to a close, Main will assess and advertise the position."
April 20, 2015
Victory for Copps in Legends game
James Coppinger's side won yesterday afternoon's Legends charity game by a 7-4 margin over the team headed by One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, with the Doncaster youngster mobbed by young fans on his way into the stadium.
Many former players came back to Doncaster to honour the long service given by James Coppinger, with many rolling back the years to produce moments of great skill.
Midfielder John Doolan may have put some pounds on, but he still had the skills to show the crowd, and capped the afternoon with a goal, as did local hero Billy Sharp, who got two goals.
Also scoring in the game were Leo Fortune West, Gregg Blundell, Mark McCammon and Martin Woods - and Richie Wellens' young son Charlie came off the bench to score for Coppinger's team.
Part of the proceeds from the game were donated to the Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice.
April 19, 2015
Rovers 0 Fleetwood Town 0
Both sides saw any lingering hopes of reaching the play-off places ended yesterday afternoon as they played out an uninspiring goalless draw at the Keepmoat Stadium. Doncaster Rovers and Fleetwood Town’s play-off hopes were mathematically ended after the two sides played out a dire stalemate.
Paul Dickov gave young defender Mitchell Lund a taste of first team action by naming him in the starting line-up for the first time, with Cedric Evina given another chance to impress after being out of the starting eleven for most of the season. Young striker Liam Mandeville made another appearance as a substitute for the last fifteen minutes.
The second half was better than the first - the introduction of on-loan striker Jonson Clarke-Harris seemed to put a spark into Rovers' play, but it was Nathan Tyson who had Rovers' best chance after being put through by Richie Wellens, but his shot was comfortably saved by Fleetwood goalkeeper Chris Maxwell. Tyson also had a shot which went agonisingly wide of the far post after another through ball from Wellens.
Fleetwood's best chance was a shot from 20 yards by David Ball, but that was fired straight at Stephen Bywater.
The game duly meandered to a close, with the last chance going to Nathan Tyson again, but he headed Kyle Bennett's cross over when he should have done better.
April 19, 2015
Goals review
Today's review of players with a Rovers connection scoring goals begins in League One, where Theo Robinson struck again for Scunthorpe in their 2-2 draw at Colchester. It marks Theo's third goal for Scunthorpe, which should do his prospects of getting a contract somewhere next season no harm at all. Theo can play in Scunthorpe's game against Bradford City on Tuesday before his loan deal ends, and he heads back to the Keepmoat Stadium. Scunthorpe may be out of the relegation places, but they mathematically still need another couple of points to be assured of League One football next season.
In League Two, Chris Beardsley scored for Stevenage in their 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley with an 89th minute strike. The point keeps Stevenage nicely positioned in their quest to reach the play-offs, with a four point cushion over Plymouth and Luton, who lie in 7th and 8th place in the table.
And then on to a name we haven't mentioned very much this season - Billy Paynter. Billy has been stuck in the reserves for much of the season, but put Carlisle United in front in the 29th minute of their home game against John Sheridan's Plymouth Argyle. The game finished 2-0 to Carlisle, who are now safe from any lingering prospects of relegation.
Also in League Two, Michael Timlin scored in the second minute of added time at the end of Southend's game at Exeter City. That goal was the only one of the game, and means that Southend will finish no worse than fifth this season.
Finally, Jon Parkin scored twice for Forest Green in the Vanarama Conference as they won 4-2 at Gateshead. Most Conference teams have only one game to play, and it's down to Forest Green or Macclesfield Town for the final play-off place.
April 19, 2015
Coppinger's "Legends" game today
James Coppinger's 11 years at Doncaster Rovers will be celebrated this afternoon when he takes part in a "Legends" game, which features many players who have turned out for the club during Coppinger's time at the club.
Former chairman John Ryan is returning to Doncaster as the match referee, and no doubt many will turn up to see One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson play in the game as one of the two team captains.
Coppinger is continuing to close in on the club's all-time appearance record which is still held by Colin Douglas, and should pass that milestone next season.
The game at the Keepmoat Stadium begins at 4pm, and tickets are still available.
Due to take part in this afternoon's game will be: Billy Sharp, Brian Stock, Paul Green, James O'Connor, Ricky Ravenhill, Tim Ryan, Leo Fortune-West, Andy Warrington, Neil Sullivan, Gregg Blundell and Jason Price, with the two sides managed by Sean O'Driscoll and Dave Penney, with Richard O'Kelly and Micky Walker acting as assistant managers.
Tickets are £21 for adults and £13 for under 16s.
James told the Doncaster Star: “I can’t wait for it. I want people to come out not just for me but for the people that have played here over the last ten or 11 years, a period that’s probably been the best era at the club. We’ve had some great teams, some great characters and some great memories. It’s hard when you’re a player because one day you’re training and the next day you’re at a different club. No one gets the chance to say thank you. I thought it would be a great idea to bring everybody back and give the fans an opportunity to come out and support them for one last time and give them a good ovation. It should be a good day for everyone. I’m really pleased I’ve had the chance to do this and I’m looking forward to it.”
The two sides taking part in today's game are:
Coppinger’s team: Neil Sullivan, James O’Connor, Steve Foster, Adam Lockwood, Gareth Roberts, John Doolan, Paul Keegan, Richie Wellens, James Coppinger, Billy Sharp, Gregg Blundell.
Tomlinson’s team: Andy Warrington, Louis Tomlinson, Rob Jones, Mark Albrighton, Tim Ryan, Brian Stock, Paul Green, Jason Price, Martin Woods, Chris Brown, James Hayter or Leo Fortune-West.
April 19, 2015
Season ticket offer
Doncaster Rovers have announced that anyone buying a ticket to this afternoon's "Legends" game will be able to guarantee their 2015/16 season ticket at Early Bird prices.
Season ticket prices under this offer will start at £299 for adults.
April 19, 2015
Rovers hoping for award
Doncaster Rovers are hoping to be picking up some silverware this evening after being short-listed in the Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year at a gala ceremony which is being held at The Brewery in London this evening.
Rovers are the lowest ranked club in the contest, and are up against four Championship clubs, and it is the second year in a row that Rovers have been short-listed, although they lost out last year to Brentford.
The contenders are: Yorkshire & North East - Doncaster Rovers
Midlands - Derby County
North West - Blackburn Rovers
East - Norwich City
South - Brighton & Hove Albion.
Rovers' CEO, Gavin Baldwin, told the Doncaster Star: “This is great news for the football club, the foundation and Club Doncaster Foundation. The work the foundations do is outstanding and something we are proud of. Liam Scully and his team continue to deliver across the board and this nomination proves they are not only meeting but also exceeding all expectations."
April 19, 2015
Fundraiser for Brendan today
A fundraising football match in aid of former Doncaster Rovers player Brendan Ormsby is taking place this afternoon at Farsley FC's Throstle Nest ground this afternoon at 1pm.
Tickets for the game are £5 for everyone, with the game being played between a Leeds United XI and a John Sheridan XI. Those playing in the game include former Rovers favourite Glynn Snodin.
Brendan suffered a severe stroke and is still recovering from the effects, which have left him struggling to read and speak.
The event is being organised by his former team mate Neil Parsley, who is now boss at Farsley, who told the Doncaster Free Press: "Brendan’s not too clever at the moment but he’s always been a battler and there’s no doubt that this is his biggest battle. I’ve been going up to see him twice a week while we’ve been making arrangements for this game."
April 18, 2015
Rovers v Fleetwood Town
Doncaster Rovers go in to today's home game against Fleetwood Town with a few players nursing bumps and bruises after Tuesday's game at Leyton Orient.
Most are expected to recover in time to play, but defender Luke McCullough, who has missed recent games with a knee injury, is unlikely to start the game. He has resumed training this week, but may well have to settle for a place on the bench, especially as Rob Jones is likely to keep his place alongside Andy Butler in central defence.
Striker Nathan Tyson may miss out with a knee injury.
Fleetwood should welcome midfielder Nick Haughton back to the side after illness prevented him from playing during the week, but Jamille Matt (broken leg) and Dann Andrew (knee) definitely will be sidelined for today's game.
Fleetwood may be only two places away from the play-off places, but they are eight points adrift with only nine available in the rest of the season, so boss Graham Alexander may, like Paul Dickov, take the opportunity to give younger and fringe players the chance to impress between now and the end of the season.
April 18, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Fleetwood Town are:
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistant referees: Philip Dermott and Matthew Dicicco
Fourth official: Alan Clayton
April 18, 2015
No buses today
First Doncaster buses will not be running to and from the Keepmoat Stadium for this afternoon's match.
The bus company have advised the club of their decision, with no particular reason being given.
Rovers "are hoping" that the service will be resumed for the final home game of the season, which is against Scunthorpe United on May 3rd.
April 18, 2015
Rovers finances improve
The financial situation at Doncaster Rovers has improved over the last year, according to a report issued by the web site "Insider Media" this week.
They report that turnover for the year to 30th June 2014 rose from £5.2 million to £8.7 million, with an increase in season ticket sales, gate receipts and higher distributions from the Football League accounting for much of the improvement.
An additional improvement in control of the club's costs, no doubt assisted by the club now being responsible for the running of the stadium, mean that the losses sustained by Patienceform, the parent company for the club, reduced from £4.4 million to £1.3 million.
April 17, 2015
Another year for Nathan
Striker Nathan Tyson has triggered an automatic contract extension at Doncaster Rovers after an appearance clause in his current deal was met.
Tyson has now made 40 appearances for Rovers, during which time he has scored 10 goals, and is one player that boss Paul Dickov will not need to open negotiations with this summer.
Paul Dickov told the Doncaster Free Press: "We know what we want to do and the players we want to keep. Once I've sat down with the board and finalised everything, we'll be making offers. I think the players have a rough idea of who I want to keep and who I don't through the brief conversations I've had with them. We want to keep our best players."
Reported as being out of contract this summer are: Stephen Bywater, Reece Wabara, Rob Jones, Jamie McCombe, Abdul Razak, Dean Furman, Kyle Bennett and Theo Robinson, with youth teamers Paul McKay, Jack McKay and Liam Mandeville also out of contract at the end of the season.
On-loan defender Enda Stevens will become a free agent at the end of the season, with his imminent departure from Aston Villa.
April 17, 2015
Development XI 2 Mansfield Town 0
Doncaster Rovers' Development XI picked up another three points on Wednesday afternoon with a comfortable victory over Mansfield Town.
The Stags began the game better, and almost took an early lead after a mistake by Mitchell Lund, but keeper Mario Marosi was alert to the situation and denied the Mansfield striker Alex Fisher before he could shoot.
Jonathan Margetts and Robbie Fixter had good chances, but the Mansfield keeper was in good form and saved their shots. The first half finished goalless.
Rovers then had an appeal for a penalty turned down, and Jack McKay fired over when well placed, but McKay then latched on to a pass from Margetts and sidefooted the ball past the Mansfield keeper to put Rovers in front.
Marosi then had to produce two superb saves in two minutes to maintain Rovers' lead, and two minutes after that, Rovers punished Mansfield by doubling their lead. A clearance by Mitchell Lund down-field was picked up by Jack McKay, who beat a defender before finding enough space to fire home for his, and Rovers' second goal of the game.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Lund, Carberry, Linley, P.McKay, Mbuti, Ferguson, Head, J.McKay, Margetts, Fixter.
Substitutes: Pugh (for Head, 46), Williamson (for Mbuti, 83), Greasley, McLaren, Parkin
Mansfield Town: Bishop, Marsden, Brownlie, Spencer, Green, Fitzpatrick, Atkinson, Hendrie, Dwyer, Fisher, Danquah
Substitutes: Hempshall (for Danquah, 53), Thomson (for Fitzpatrick, 60), Wilson, Bayne, Hutchinson, Thomson
April 17, 2015
Goals update
A 67th minute equaliser by former Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack dented Rotherham United's hopes of avoiding relegation from the Championship during the week.
Fulham had gone a goal behind in the 4th minute of the game at Craven Cottage before McCormack struck in the second half to mean both sides came away from the game with one point each.
April 17, 2015
Legends game on Sunday
A number of former Rovers players are set to return to the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday as they help celebrate the testimonial year of long-serving midfielder James Coppinger.
The headlines will, no doubt, be taken by the appearance of Louis Tomlinson, who is to captain one of the sides on Sunday, with the man of the hour, James Coppinger, skipper of the other side.
Also turning up for the game are ex-Rovers players Andy Warrington, Neil Sullivan, Billy Sharp, Gregg Blundell, Jason Price, Brian Stock, Paul Green, James O'Connor, Ricky Ravenhill, Tim Ryan and Leo Fortune-West.
The two sides will be managed by Dave Penney and Sean O'Driscoll, along with their assistant managers Mickey Walker and Richard O'Kelly, with former chairman John Ryan set for an emotional return to the Keepmoat Stadium as one of the match officials.
Tickets are £21 for adults and £13 for under 16s with a family ticket for two adults and two under 16s at £60 and can be bought at at www.jamescoppinger.co.uk
April 17, 2015
Voting results v Leyton Orient
For the second away game in a row, we have the unusual situation of having the voting split between just two players. In this instance, goalkeeper Stephen Bywater ended up marginally ahead of Rob Jones, who celebrated his return to the first team by scoring the winning goal at Brisbane Road.
The voting was as follows:
1 Stephen Bywater (56.25%)
2 Rob Jones (43.75%)
Thank you all for the votes cast. The next poll will open following the weekend's game at the Keepmoat Stadium against Fleetwood.
April 16, 2015
Travel details to Notts County

The Supporters Club are running coaches to the final away game at Notts County, which is on Saturday, 25th April.
They will leave Retford at 11.30pm, Bawtry 11.35pm, Harworth 11.45pm, Rossington 11.45pm, Hare & Tortoise 11.50pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 12.00pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 12.15pm.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £11 - OAPs £10 - Under 16s £9
Non-members: Adults £13 - OAPs £12 - Under 16s £10
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'.

April 16, 2015
Shiels looks forward to international recall
Former Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels is hoping that he will be able to re-establish himself at international level soon after reclaiming his place in the Rangers side.
Shiels had to endure two seasons of struggling to get into the side under the managership of Ally McCoist, but has been given a new lease of life after the arrival of new boss Stuart McCall.
Shiels, now 30, has his eye on a place in the Euro 2016 Northern Ireland squad, and told the Daily Record: "I want to see my country do well and the Euros are still a season and a bit away. Hopefully, if I can get regular football, that’s a goal I want to achieve. There’s a really good chance we’ll qualify now. About 18 months ago I was starting for Northern Ireland regularly so it has to be a target to get involved in the squad again."
“I know Michael goes to a lot of games in Scotland. He is based here so hopefully I can do well for Rangers and impress him. I totally understand that. Michael has done a great job and I enjoyed playing for him. He has given the country a lift – every Northern Irish person has a bit of pride and belief again. I’ve been part of it and want to be involved again. But there’s loads of time for that to happen. I’m only thinking about Rangers now and getting promoted."
Dean still has a year left on his Rangers contract but is making the most of his 'second chance' at Rangers. He added: "Maybe in a way I’ve been given a second chance at Rangers. We’re all desperate to get promoted now. I’m not thinking selfishly, I want to help the club go up. I feel fresh and strong. I haven’t played a lot of games and I’ve only been in the side for three weeks, but some of the lads have played 30 or 40 games and might be a bit leggy. I’m really fresh and hopefully I can use that to my advantage. I’m not looking beyond the summer. We want to be second in the table to play four play-off games instead of six. That’s our motivation."
April 16, 2015
Ingham after new York deal
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Michael Ingham wants to stay at York City, even if he is not a certainty for the first team next season.
York's 2-1 win over Morecambe at the weekend means they are now mathematically safe from the spectre of relegation from League Two, so the thoughts now turn to contracts for next season, now that the future of the club is known.
Ingham told the York Press "My main focus is keeping York City in the league and, only after that, will I sit down in the summer and see what plans the gaffer has and if he wants me at the club. All I can do is justify my selection in the side and then prove I am good enough to play in the League and play for another year. I think the last two games have suggested that I can do a job. I’m not saying I should be number one but, in the modern game, you need a good squad and, at my age, I would be happy enough to be part of a good, solid squad. I live in York and have a baby on the way with a York girl, so I’m happy here. I will be 35 in the summer so the manager might not see me as a long-term number one and that’s fair enough but you need two solid keepers at this standard."
"I’ve just got to keep playing the way I am and not do anything daft by just using my experience. I’ve played over 300 games for York and don’t think I’m a Bruce Grobbelaar type. I’m just a steady Eddy who will talk to the lads in front of me and they have been different class."
April 16, 2015
Club Scout scheme back
Doncaster Rovers have reintroduced the "Be a Club Scout" scheme for 2015/16 season ticket holders who are also members of either the Viking Supporters' Co-operative or the Rovers Supporters Club.
The scheme aims to reward season ticket holders for introducing a new season ticket holder for next season, with the scout able to claim a 'reward' of the difference between the full season ticket price and the "Early Bird" price, up to a maximum of £40.
The "scouting" information should be included on the new season ticket application, and once that season ticket has been paid for in full, the reward will be paid out.
The closing date for the offer is 3rd May 2015.
Click on the logo to the left to download the season ticket application - please note that the completed form should be returned to either the VSC or Supporters Club for processing.
April 15, 2015
Leyton Orient 0 Rovers 1
Paul Dickov made three changes to the starting line-up for last night's game at Leyton Orient, giving Rob Jones his first start since his lengthy absence due to injury. Also included were Cedric Evina, who has been stuck on the substitutes' bench for much of the season, and highly rated young midfielder Harry Middleton, who received his first senior start.
And it was the experienced Jones that grabbed the headlines, scoring the winning goal in the 56th minute to give Rovers three points. Unfortunately, with other results yesterday going against Rovers, there is still a ten point gap between Rovers and sixth place, currently occupied by Chesterfield, and with only four games to go, the odds on making up that deficit are looking increasingly remote.
In a poor first half, Rovers were lucky to get away with an early shout for a penalty, when Jobi McAnuff went down in the box under a strong challenge, then chances by Andrea Dossena went wide, then Darius Henderson saw his shot saved by Stephen Bywater from point blank range.
Rovers finished the first half better, with James Coppinger's shot saved by Alex Cisak, and Curtis Main evaded his marker but his shot went just past the post.
The second half was better, with Bennett's early chance well saved, and Bennett then turned to provided as his centre found Jones whose powerful header flew past the Orient keeper.
The goal clearly gave Rovers confidence, and they were better for the rest of the game, with Jonson Clarke-Harris and Kyle Bennett having further good chances to score.
April 15, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov heaped praises on the returning Rob Jones after last night's game, which saw Rovers pick up their first win for almost a month.
He said after the game: "Rob Jones was absolutely outstanding. I’m buzzing for him, especially for him to get his goal. It’s great to have him back. I said to the players afterwards that was I really pleased, that was an all-round performance. We created some good chances and could have probably scored more, but it was important to win."
Leyton Orient boss Fabio Liverani's side still face a battle against relegation for the rest of the season and slipped closer to the bottom four after last night's defeat.
He said after the game: "I have to say I'm pleased with the performance and the spirit the players put in. I'm very pleased with what they do in training and what they show me on the pitch despite making mistakes. We are what we are in terms of numbers and injuries but I have to thank the players for their dedication in training and in the game."
He added: "I think we played quite a good first half and had quite a few good chances to score. But then we conceded off a free-kick which we conceded quite stupidly and they scored from that occasion. Even when we played in confusion in the last 20 or 30 minutes we still had chances to equalise but we didn't."
April 15, 2015
Goals review
There were a couple of former Rovers players scoring goals in last night's games. We begin in the Championship, where defender Matt Kilgallon scored his first goal in over a year for Blackburn Rovers in their 2-2 draw at Birmingham City.
Ex-youth team striker Bradley Grayson scored Stocksbridge Park Steels' fourth goal in the 88th minute of their 4-0 home win over bottom of the table Brigg Town in the Evo-Stik League Division One (South).
April 15, 2015
Morgan - title win 'greatest moment' of career
Winning the Huws Gray Alliance title earlier this month was the best achievement of a long and distinguished career for former Rovers midfielder Alan Morgan. That was the view of the Llandudno manager after completing their 22nd season in the second tier of Welsh football, and caps progress at the club since Morgan joined as boss in November 2012 after managing at Aberystwyth Town in the Welsh Premier League, which had followed a successful time as assistant manager at Bangor City.
Speaking to the Welsh Daily Post, Morgan said: "This is the best – no doubt. I won the Welsh Cup twice as assistant-manager with Bangor, but Saturday was something else. This atmosphere was unbelievable, there were great scenes in the dressing room after the game. This is something this club has strived for all these years and I am so happy for the players, the fans, officials, everyone involved. The club have been fantastic with me – they could not have been more supportive."
Llandudno now face a season in the Premier League, with Morgan adding: “I can’t wait to get started. I think my previous experience of the league will stand me in good stead and a number of our players have already played at that level too.”
"I can remember my first game two-and-a-half-years ago against Rhayader. We were bottom of the league but we won that game, got off the bottom and we’ve kept building from there. To think what we’ve achieved now is unbelievable."
April 15, 2015
Two to be released
Two youth team players already know that they will have to look for a new club next season, with Rovers boss Paul Dickov revealing to the Doncaster Star that they will not be offered new deals.
Goalkeeper Jack McLaren and midfielder Alex Head are the unlucky two, with the future of others in the youth team likely to find out their futures over the next few weeks.
April 14, 2015
Leyton Orient v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have no new injury concerns ahead of this evening's away game at struggling Leyton Orient although Paul Dickov will be missing Paul Keegan Liam Wakefield and Billy Whitehouse due to injury, and although Luke McCullough has now resumed training after missing the last two matches with a knee injury, he is unlikely to be considered for this evening's game. Midfielder Abdul Razak missed Saturday's draw against Rochdale due to illness, and is expected to be absent again for the Orient game.
Striker Nathan Tyson picked up a knee injury against Rochdale and missed training yesterday, but is expected to be fit to play.
Rotherham striker Jonson Clarke-Harris is available for this evening's game, with his parent club having not recalled him despite comments made by their boss, Steve Evans, at the weekend.
Leyton Orient will give winger Dean Cox a late fitness text after he missed Saturday's draw against Crewe Alexandra due to a groin injury. The O's will be missing midfielder Romain Vincelot (knee) and goalkeeper Adam Legzdins (shoulder).
April 14, 2015
Tonight's match officials
The Football League have announced that the match officials for this evening's away game at Leyton Orient will be:
Referee: Carl Berry
Assistant referees: Adam Crysell and Neil Hair
Fourth official: Andrew Laver
April 14, 2015
Dickov warns against complacency
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has warned his players that they a potentially difficult game at Leyton Orient this evening, despite their opponents' lowly league position.
He commented to DROS: "I am surprised that they’re down there because they’ve got a good squad and perhaps they’ve chopped and changed their manager a bit too much for everyone’s liking but we’ve got to be aware of the threat that they pose. One thing we can’t do is just think that the season is over. Regardless of where we are in the league, it’s not and we’ll have a right battle on our hands with Leyton Orient who are scrapping for their lives and then one against Fleetwood on Saturday as they’re pushing for the play-offs. Orient are on a good run of form and have won and drawn 2 of their last few games and they’re down there fighting for their lives. Their home form recently has been decent. They’ve got some good players – Cox, Mooney, Dagnall, Henderson – that’s a handful at any level."
April 14, 2015
Voting results v Rochdale
Nominations for eight different players were received as the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's draw against Rochdale. In-form midfielder Kyle Bennett picked up the most votes, coming well ahead of all others, who were fairly closely bunched together.
The players to receive most nominations were:
1 Kyle Bennett (40.91%)
2 James Coppinger (13.64%)
Thank you for everyone who placed votes - the next poll will open in the morning following this evening's away game at Leyton Orient.
April 14, 2015
Youth Team 0 Hull City 0
Doncaster Rovers kept their title hopes alive at the weekend, coming away from the game against Hull City with a point, although realistically they needed to win to keep the pressure on leaders Bradford City.
Hull began the game well, with Lawson firing a seventh minute shot over the bar when well placed. Rovers improved after that, with Pugh having a couple of chances midway through the half, with Jack McKay spurning a good opportunity in the 35th minute, but scooped his shot over the bar.
Rovers had a number of half-chances in the remainder of the game, but a combination of good goalkeeping from Hull's Joe Walker, who was making his final appearance for the club, and some below par shooting keeping the score line blank.
Doncaster Rovers: Iveson, Greasley, Carberry, Head, P. McKay, Mbuti, Fixter, Parkin, J. McKay, Pugh, Linley
Substitutes: Longbottom (for Fixter, 57), Jones, Barker, Gains, Walker
Hull City: Walker, Barkworth, Tyman, Batty, Rodgers, Penny, Langton, McKenzie, Morton, Loftus, Lawson
Substitutes: Thacker (for Penny, 46), Dunkerly (for Loftus, 87), Buckle (for Morton, 83), Hirst, Hamilton
April 13, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was frustrated that his side failed to pick up all three points after Rochdale came from behind to take a point which keeps their own ambitions of reaching the play-offs alive.
Speaking after the game, he said: "I thought we played reasonably well in the first half and created chances, and scored a good goal by getting the ball wide. In the second half I thought they were the better team. We defended too deep and allowed pressure to come onto us. When we did break we didn’t use our width well enough and we didn’t get enough balls into the box – and we paid for it."
"I’m disappointed we’ve dropped out of it because we gave ourselves a good chance of getting in there. We’ve let it slip away a little bit. Now we’ve got five games left to finish the season by doing what we said at the start of the season, and that was trying to finish as high as we possibly could in the league with a view of looking forward."
"I know people might not want to hear it and it might sound negative but that was the aim at the start of the season. We managed to get ourselves in a position where we flirted with the play-offs for a little bit but it wasn’t to be. What we’ve got to do now is look forward and be positive in everything we do."
He added: "It is frustrating, we need to manage the game better as individuals and as a team. Their goal was an example. Teams are playing one up front, it happened against Sheffield United too, and they end up getting free in the box from a cross. We’ve got three or four players six foot plus and they’re quite a short team, and we go and take a short corner when we’ve been looking like we can cause them problems from corners. It’s the little things like that in the game when you need a cool head and the right mentality to keep doing the right things."
Rochdale manager Keith Hill was delighted to have picked up a point, commenting: "I’m pleased that we got a result. We played well. We probably deserved a bit more, especially given the way we played in the second half. I thought the first half was a non-event and we found ourselves a goal down. For their goal there was a player not just in an offside position but he interfered with our goalkeeper and stopped him from diving. I thought we rallied well in the second half. We dominated possession and enforced our game and style on the opposition. We probably should’ve scored more than one goal.”
April 13, 2015
Goals review
If it had been scored in the Premier League, Jon Parkin's goal at the weekend would have been replayed on numerous television stations throughout the weekend. Unfortunately for the former Rovers striker, Jon, he scored a 50 yard wonder strike in the Conference, so it barely got a mention. Admittedly it was just inside the opposition's half, rather than the widely televised strike by Charlie Adam against Chelsea, but it was still a superb strike. The Beast's goal came in the 22nd minute of Forest Green's home game against Macclesfield Town on their way to a 3-1 victory as they continue to strive for a play-off place in the Conference Premier.
Things are going well at the moment - the top three are now out of reach with only two games to go, but the final play-off places will go to two of Forest Green, Macclesfield, Eastleigh and Woking - all of which are separated by only three points.
Automatic promotion seems to be between Bristol Rovers and Barnet, with only a point between them, although Grimsby Town still have a theoretical mathematical chance of top spot, although it would mean both of the top two failing to pick up a single point between them in the last two matches.
Also in the Conference, ex-Rover Josh Payne scored twice for Woking in their 3-0 home win over Gateshead.
Over the water in the American MLS League, Giles Barnes scored in the 15th minute for Houston Dynamo in their 3-0 home win over Montreal Impact.
Looking back over games in the last week, we note that Paul Heffernan finally got his first goal for Dundee - and what a time to get it, in their local derby against Dundee United, with Dundee registering a 3-1 win, which should seal a top six place for the club.
Also celebrating was ex-Rovers striker Dene Shields, whose club won the Maltese Premier League last week, and scored again last weekend in their 2-1 win over fourth placed Kercem Ajax.
In the Championship during last week, Ross McCormack scored an 8th minute goal for Fulham in their 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic, while in the Conference last Tuesday, Michael Rankine got the only goal of the game as Gateshead beat Altrincham at the International Stadium.
Finally, ex-Rovers loan defender Sam Oji had a weekend off from playing for Galway United as he was suspended - after being sent off for the second time this season, the last time being in the final minute of Galway United's 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Longford Town. The fact that TV replays showed he was erroneously sent off the previous weekend will not make him feel much better!
April 13, 2015
Hume's fight for fitness
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Iain Hume will have the opportunity to help in Tranmere Rovers' fight against relegation, but fitness issues make it look as though his contribution will be from the substitutes' bench, rather than in the starting eleven.
Hume has started only one of the eight games he has featured in since returning to Tranmere in the January transfer window after a successful season playing in the Indian Super League. However, the Tranmere management have been concerned about the lack of fitness of the Canadian international, but his ability and improving physical state could prove vital with Tranmere still in one of the two relegation positions in League Two.
Boss Micky Adams told the Liverpool Echo: "Iain looks to me as though he wants to be part of trying to rescue the club from the threat of relegation. That’s great. We need all hands on deck. It’s been well documented about Iain but he’s knuckled down and worked hard. The good thing is he is getting to some sort of fitness now."
April 13, 2015
Redfearn to stay at Leeds until end of season
The future of former Rover Neil Redfearn as boss of Leeds United has been in doubt in recent weeks following the controversial suspension of his assistant, Steve Thompson just over a week ago.
The 49 year old then said that he was "considering his position", but now seems to have decided to stay for at least the final few weeks of the season.
Whether the club wish to keep him for one season is another thing, with Redfearn telling the BBC: "We will have to cross that bridge when we come to it. My position has got to be resolved one way or another legally, I think, before the Rotherham game. They have to tell me either way whether they will take up the option of a second year."
"I want to do the best thing for this football club, like Steve Thompson did when he was here and like the players want to do, and we want to make sure the club is on a good footing."
"This great club is starting to get back on its feet and it needs the same chance as the other 91 clubs. I have concentrated on the last two games and it has not been about me. It is about the club and what is best for Leeds United. There are five games to go and it is important to finish well. We can kick on and get some momentum to take into next season but at this moment in time it is wrong just to think about me. The club is far more important."
April 12, 2015
Rovers 1 Rochdale 1
It's not over until it's mathematically impossible, we all know that, but yesterday's draw against fellow play-off hopefuls Rochdale means that Rovers have to win all remaining games and hope for huge favours from several clubs if they are to make the ten point deficit up now. Ten points behind with only a maximum of 15 to be won - it's going to be a tough challenge.
Realistically Rovers are destined for mid-table obscurity, and we must all remember that at the start of the season, we'd have gladly settled for that after a summer disrupted by takeover talk and the subsequent delay in Paul Dickov being able to sign any players.
So Rovers had to settle for a point, with the visitors having to come back from a goal behind after Kyle Bennett scored again, this time with a controlled shot from inside the area. Maybe not quite as spectacular as at Bramall Lane, but it looked like winning the game for Rovers in the first half, with Rovers on top of the game, although they did look nervous in defence at times.
Bennett's goal had Rochdale appealing for offside, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Gavin Ward allowed the goal to stand.
Rochdale responded well, with Bywater saving well on two occasions to deny Rose, and then Rochdale had a goal disallowed for offside.
Tyson, McCombe and Bennett then went close before the break, but Rochdale's team talk at half time reaped rewards just short of the hour mark as Henderson flicked home Rose's cross in from the left wing.
Rochdale then fancied their chances of winning the game, throwing players forward in the closing minutes, but both sides had to settle for a draw, when a win was all that really mattered to them.
April 12, 2015
Millers to recall Jonson?
Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is considering recalling striker Jonson Clarke-Harris once his initial month at Rovers is up. It has not gone unnoticed that Clarke-Harris is only being used as a substitute at the moment and that, coupled with the fact that Rovers are fast dropping off the chase for promotion, may persuade Evans to recall his player.
The factor that may persuade the Millers boss to keep him at Doncaster is what chances there are of the 20 year old getting any match action back at Rotherham.
Evans told Sky Sports News: "We will look at Jonson and also Scott (Loach) and we will look at them and see if we want to add them back to what we have got. The chances are we will,. We are not going to make any decision before the weekend. And certainly if we were going to do that, the first conversation we'd have is with Paul Dickov (regarding Clarke-Harris)."
"We will have a look at it after Middlesbrough. We noticed he didn't play the other night and he came off the bench and we think he should be playing. It might be a case of wanting to bring him back in-house. There's no point bringing Jonson back if we don't think he is going to be getting in the matchday squad. If we feel he has one fraction of a chance of making a difference to us then we will bring him back."
Speaking of the attributes of Clarke-Harris, Evans thinks it will take a while for him to be a first team regular. He added: "He's 20 years old, he's got the physique of somebody who's 28 and been round the block six times. He is a naive young man, he thinks he should play for Liverpool. On a good day he has got all the attributes necessary. I love the kid but because of his stature people think he should be ready. He's 20 years old, he's a baby."
April 12, 2015
Hartlepool United 2 Development XI 0
Rovers' Development side went down to a disappointing defeat at Hartlepool during the week, but have goalkeeper Marko Marosi to thank for the losing margin only being 2-0. But for a number of good saves, the damage could have been far worse.
Hartlepool took the lead in the 17th minute, with a run down the left wing causing Mitchell Lund problems, with the cross into the box converted by Scott Fenwick.
Rovers had a penalty appeal turned down shortly afterwards, but Mbuti had to be in with a good block moments after that to deny Hartlepool striker Marvin Morgan. Before the break it was 2-0 to the home side, with a mistake in the Rovers defence allowing Nelson-Abby to go on a run before unleashing an unstoppable shot.
Rovers improved after the break, and they forced ex-Rovers keeper Jonathan Maxted into making a save to deny Jack McKay. Rovers continued to impress, with good saves and a shot by Middleton clipping the bar meaning that they failed to dent the home side's lead. A turned down penalty appeal summed it up for rovers, with Maxted again being on hand to deny Pugh in the closing minutes.
Hartlepool United: Maxted, Richards, Compton, Nearney (Green 54'), Parnaby, Holden, Miller, Bates, Morgan, Fenwick, Nelson-Abby.
Substitutes: Green (for Nearney, 54), Dawson, Blackford, Jewson, Skidmore
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Lund, Carberry, Head, P.McKay, Mbuti, Ferguson, Middleton, J.McKay, Mandeville, Parkin.
Substitutes: Pugh (for Mandeville, 62), Greasley (for Carberry, 67), McLaren, Barker, Longbottom
April 12, 2015
Voting results v Sheffield United
Something happened in the voting for the "Man of the Match" against Sheffield United that we've only rarely seen during all the years of receiving votes - every single vote was split between just two players - Kyle Bennett and Richie Wellens.
As it was, it was goal-scoring Kyle that won the vast majority of the votes, with his senior colleague coming in well behind.
The votes went as follows:
1 Kyle Bennett (72.73%)
2 Richie Wellens (27.27%)
Thank you to everyone who contributed. The poll for yesterday's game against Rochdale is now open and will remain open until early on Tuesday morning.
April 10, 2015
JR quits the Rovers
Former Rovers chairman John Ryan has cut ties with the club after "giving up" his 24% stake in the club, as well as writing off over £4 million in loans.
Ryan had been at the helm from Rovers' first season in the Conference, back in 1998, but stepped back after resigning as chairman after a disagreement with the other owners of the club in November 2013 over the envisaged future of the club. He was also part of a takeover bid for the club last summer along with Louis Tomlinson.
Ryan is now expected to concentrate on his MYA cosmetic surgery business.
In a statement issued yesterday, John said: "I am very proud of my 15 years as chairman. First saving the club from oblivion and fulfilling my four promises, namely: returning the football club to the league, building a new stadium, getting to a major cup final and returning the club to the second tier. The standout moments for me were beating Leeds United at Wembley, Bristol Rovers at the Millennium and beating Manchester City and Aston Villa before going out to Arsenal on penalties in the League Cup. Brentford wasn’t bad either. Four promotions, one cup and one relegation in ten years will always be a golden decade for Rovers. I have handed my shares and loans back to the club I love and know Terry (Bramall) and Dick (Watson) will do a splendid job. They have both put considerable amounts of money into the club and it’s now up to the fans to back them to the hilt. I have supported the club since 1958 and only wish it success for the future. I ask the fans to be patient and thank them for their brilliant support I received over my years as chairman."
We would like to wish John well for the future and thank him for all his time and effort during his time at Doncaster Rovers.
April 10, 2015
Dickov is not giving up hope
Boss Paul Dickov is not giving up all hope of reaching the play-offs by the end of the season, although he accepts that Rovers now have to rely on other clubs dropping points if they are to achieve the dream.
Rovers are now in 12th place, ten points behind sixth place with a maximum of 18 points on the table.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "You just don't know in this league, if we perform like we did at Bramall Lane for the rest of the season, which we have to, then we are still in there with an outside chance but it is going to be difficult."
"I think the last few weeks have shown that there is a bit more pressure on you when you get into that sixth position. We were in there for a week and we’ve dropped out, Barnsley were in there and dropped out, Rochdale were in there and dropped out, now Chesterfield are in there. It’s obviously showing you that there is some sort of pressure, but you’ve got to be able to handle that pressure of when you get in there, to stay in there. Credit to the four teams [Bristol City, Preston, MK Dons, Swindon] that have done that all season. I don’t think anything will be decided before the final day."
April 10, 2015
Sammy after new Killie deal
Former Rovers player Sammy Clingan is hoping that his injury nightmare is over in time to impress enough to earn a new deal at Kilmarnock.
The Northern Ireland international is out of contract this summer and hasn't kicked a ball since scoring with a free-kick that beat Dundee United back on February 14th.
He has made 23 appearances this season and is hoping that he can add a few more to that tally by the end of the season.
He told STV last week: "I'm sure I will speak to the manager and the club in the coming weeks and see what is happening Yeah I would like to stay. I've enjoyed being here even though this season has been broken up by injury. I enjoy coming in here day-to-day training and I enjoy living in Glasgow. We'll see what happens. Hopefully it [his injury record] doesn't [count against me]. I will speak to the manager and see what his thoughts are and whether he wants to keep me next year. Hopefully if I do stay, I will stay injury free."
Explaining his recent period of recovery, Clingan added: "It's been an ongoing injury for a good part of the season. I've had tendonitis in my knee and I've been going to Edinburgh to get some shockwave treatment on it and I feel like it has helped me. I've trained Monday, Tuesday, had Wednesday off and now I'm back."
April 10, 2015
Tyson is enjoying it at Rovers
Striker Nathan Tyson is enjoying his football this season and has confessed that he is hoping for a new contact with Doncaster Rovers.
The 32 year old has been in superb form in the second half of the season, and is hoping to lengthen his career after admitting that he wasn't enjoying his football before moving to Rovers.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "It’s made me fall in love with football again coming here. I love it here and I owe it so much. For the gaffer to give me an opportunity and the club to give me a contract given the place I was in, I’m so grateful. I feel a hell of a lot of confidence now. I’m playing and enjoying it. It’s exciting coming into work and especially this time of year when you wake up in the morning with the adrenaline rushing. We’re thinking we can do this and we’re so confident about it. I’d love to stay but football has a funny way of kicking you straight between the legs. I’ve spoken to my agent but anything can happen. I’d love to stay but I can’t say I definitely will.”
April 9, 2015
Sheffield United 3 Rovers 2
It may have been a great match and a local derby, but Doncaster Rovers' promotion aspirations are now very much in the balance, with defeat at Bramall Lane meaning they are now ten points away from the play-offs, with only 18 more to be gained if all remaining matches are won. It's possible, but the odds aren't looking good.
Two superb goals by the recalled Kyle Bennett seemed to have given Sheffield United a shock, but ultimately they counted for nothing, with a late winner by Steven Davies strengthened the Blades' promotion challenge.
Rovers had gone in front as Bennett's curled shot from an angle left the Blades' goalkeeper clutching at thin air, but the game was back all square after Jamie McCombe brought down Matt Done in the box and Baxter's clinical penalty made it 1-1.
A number of heavy challenges were to be witnessed in a "full blooded" local derby, with Richie Wellens booked at the end of the first half for one such challenge. Stephen Bywater looked to be in trouble when he was accused by the crowd of handling the ball outside the penalty area, but the assistant referee refused to agree with them and play went on.
Sheffield went ahead in the second half as Davies' curling centre was converted by Done, and then Bennett's second of the evening, which was even better than his first, flew into the net from fully 30 yards to level matters. Even Davies' goal which put United back in front did not put Rovers off, and they continued to press forward in search of the equaliser. Butler missed a clear chance in the last few minutes, and the keeper denied Reece Wabara as the home side held on to take all three points.
More worrying for Rovers were the substitution of James Coppinger and Nathan Tyson after both picked up knocks. Both have been important for Rovers this season, and Paul Dickov will be hoping that they are both fit in time for Saturday's game against Rochdale.
April 9, 2015
Dickov frustrated over penalty claim
Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov was angered by the refusal of the referee to award Rovers a penalty in Tuesday's South Yorkshire derby, which would have earned Rovers a valuable point.
For all that, Dickov refused to write off Rovers' season quite yet, commenting: “You never know in this league. If we perform like that between now and the end of the season - which we’ll have to - we’re in with an outside chance. But it’s going to be difficult. The lads have to keep going. They’re professional. They have to show pride every time they go out on the pitch and I thought they did that.”
As far as the penalty appeal, where John Brayford appeared to handle a cross: "We try to help the Referee’s Association out by giving our feedback but what is the point when you get decisions like that?"
April 9, 2015
Injury blow for youngsters
Young Rovers defender Liam Wakefield will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his ankle ligaments in the recent Development XI game against Mansfield. Liam did well in the first team earlier in the season as a full back, but has not featured since January, but now faces weeks on the sidelines in order to recover.
Also injured in the game against Mansfield was Billy Whitehouse, who also damaged ankle ligaments, but his injury is said to be less serious, and he could return before the end of the season.
A third player, Matty Davies, was also injured in the Mansfield game, and faces a lengthy absence after breaking his ankle.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov commented to the Doncaster Free Press: "It’s really disappointing for the three of them. All of the young lads have done really well this season. We’re now starting to look into the matter of new contracts."
Prolific youth team striker Jack McKay has returned to training after missing seven weeks due to injury, and scored on his return for the youth team last weekend.
April 9, 2015
Theo - 'never say never' says Dickov
Rovers boss Paul Dickov insists that the door has not necessarily closed for striker Theo Robinson, despite the striker going out on loan to Scunthorpe, and his contract at Rovers expiring in the summer.
In fact, Robinson could be back to play against Scunthorpe in the last game of the season, with contract talks on many players likely to be delayed until Rovers know for sure which division they will be playing in next season.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: “You can never say never. The loan is only for 28 days so he’ll back here for the last two games of the season. He wouldn’t have been able to play against Scunthorpe in the last game anyway. If he goes there and scores goals, and comes back with a hunger, we know what Theo is capable of. It’s a case of wait and see, like it is with a lot of the out of contract players at the moment. Until we know exactly where we are going to be next year [in what division] it’s really difficult to talk about contracts going into next year."
Dickov confirmed that Robinson's loan move was requested by the player, adding: "Theo wanted to play games. The form of Curtis [Main], Nathan [Tyson] and Jonson [Clarke-Harris], who scored at Coventry the other week, had pushed Theo down the pecking order a little bit. Those strikers have been scoring goals. Theo hadn’t, and he wanted to go out and play football. I couldn’t guarantee that was going to happen here so we wanted to help him out a little bit. The other thing is I want to try and push young Liam Mandeville and Jack McKay and give them a little taste of it, even if that’s just being round the first team squad a bit more, with a view to next season. I’m happy with my options."
April 7, 2015
Sheffield United v Rovers
No new injury problems have been reported by Doncaster Rovers ahead of this evening's South Yorkshire derby at Bramall Lane.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov may shuffle his cards in an effort to get over the disappointing performance in the second half of the home game against Bradford City, with Nathan Tyson and Kyle Bennett likely to receive a recall.
The impressive debut from the bench by teenager Liam Mandeville should earn him another outing, although he may well have to settle for another sit in the dugout before getting onto the pitch.
Paul Keegan is again absent as he recovers from knee surgery, with Rob Jones also on the slow way back after a lengthy injury absence.
Sheffield United will have to check on the fitness of striker Steven Davies, who took a knock in Saturday's win at Barnsley, with Matt Done likely to return to the first eleven if Davies fails to make it.
Midfielder Stefan Scougall has returned from an absence caused by a knee injury, with defender Jay McEveley also recovered from his shoulder injury. Both will be hoping to feature this evening, with boss Nigel Clough hinting that he may well fully utilize his squad members during the run-in to the end of the season.
April 7, 2015
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's away game at Sheffield United are:
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant referees: Paul Kettlewell and Scott Oldham
Fourth official: Simon Bennett
April 7, 2015
Voting results v Bradford City
There were nominations for six different players as the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's home game against Bradford City.
Dean Furman won the poll, gaining just over one in three of the votes received, coming comfortably ahead of striker Curtis Main.
Those receiving the most votes were:
1 Dean Furman (34.78%)
2 Curtis Main (26.09%)
3 James Coppinger (17.39%)
4 Richie Wellens (13.04%)
Thank you for all of the votes cast. The next poll will open on Wednesday morning following this evening's game against Sheffield United.
April 7, 2015
Goals review
David Cotterill scored Birmingham City's second goal as they went 2-0 up at promotion candidates Bournemouth in the 21st minute. Sadly for the Blues, it was too good to be true, and they conceded four times, two in each half, by the time the final whistle was blown.
In the Conference, Jon Parkin scored twice for Forest Green Rovers, the first from the penalty spot, as Rovers comfortably beat Chester 4-1 at the Deva Stadium.
Finally, ex-Rovers striker Dene Shields scored again for Xewkija Tigers as they beat Kercem 3-1 on Sunday. The win means that they are champions of the Maltese top flight for the second successive season, being four points ahead of rivals Nadur Youngsters with only one game remaining.
April 6, 2015
Benefit game for Ormsby
A benefit game is being organsied to help former Doncaster Rovers defender Brendan Ormsby, who suffered a stroke in 2013 and was initially told that he would not walk again. Brendan recovered from that sufficiently to complete a 10k race.
Farsley AFC boss Neil Parsley has contacted a number of Ormsby's former Leeds United team mates to organise a fund-raiser for his old friend, which will be played at Farsley's ground on Sunday, 19th April.
Among those who have agreed to take part are Gary McAllister, Simon Grayson, Ian Baird, Bobby Davison, John Newsome and Gary Kelly.
Tickets have gone on sale at Farsley's ground at £5 each, and are available for sale from their clubhouse between 6pm and 9pm during the week and on match days. They are also available on-line on Farsley's official web site.
Brendan played 78 games for Doncaster Rovers between 1990 and 1992 before moving on to play for Scarborough and Wigan Athletic.
April 6, 2015
Spurr backs Brown to succeed
Ex-Rovers defender Tommy Spurr has backed his former Doncaster Rovers team mate Chris Brown to succeed at Blackburn Rovers, even though Brown has failed to find the net in eight starts and nine substitute appearances for Blackburn since moving from Doncaster in the summer.
Spurr, now Brown's team mate at Ewood Park, recognises that Chris contributes more to the team than just scoring goals.
He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I don’t think there’s many better in this league than Browny for what he does. Maybe people are focusing on his lack of goals a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong, strikers will always get judged on goals, but I know first hand from playing with him at Doncaster and now here what he brings to the team. All the lads here do too and they really like playing with him because he works hard, holds the ball up, brings others into play and gets everybody else up the pitch. As well as scoring goals, that’s a massive part, and, as I say, he does it better than most in the league."
Brown has admitted that the lack of goals is preying on his mind, adding: "Hopefully it’s just a matter of time. Better players than me have gone on longer runs without scoring. But when you come to a new club, there’s quite a lot of expectation, and when you don’t get it, it does play on your mind a little bit, that’s natural. All I can do is keep working hard for the team when I get an opportunity and hopefully I can show the fans and the staff what I can really do."
His boss at Blackburn, Gary Bowyer, certainly appreciates his contribution, by commenting: "Sheffield Wednesday spoke about how they couldn’t handle him and I thought his efforts were tremendous again at Charlton. He’s first class and he’s going to be a big player for us."
April 6, 2015
Harry in Team of the Month
Midfielder Harry Forrester has been named in the Football League's "Team of the Month" for March - as a member of the forward line!
Harry's goal haul of three goals in five games seem to have done the trick, and has been named alongside Bournemouth striker Brett Pitmanup front in the selected eleven.
The full line-up selected by the Football League is:
Goalkeeper: Marco Silvestri (Leeds United)
Defenders: Charlie Taylor (Leeds United, Damian McCrory (Burton Albion), Bailey Wright (Preston North End), Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Midfielders: Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Robert Tesche (Preston North End), Lewis Baker (MK Dons)
Strikers: Abdelnasser El Khayati (Burton Albion), Brett Pitman (Bournemouth), Harry Forrester (Doncaster Rovers)
April 6, 2015
Redfearn "considers" position at Leeds
Ex-Rovers player Neil Redfearn, now Head Coach at Leeds United, has refused to reveal on what his future plans are following the suspension of his assistant coach, Steve Thompson, on Thursday.
Redfearn was in charge for the weekend defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers, but is considering his position after Thompson's suspension.
He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I've got to have a good think. It seems like a strange decision and I would have liked to have known about it."
Redfearn added: "It is undermining because we are trying to put something together under the guise that you are getting the backing you need. It's disappointing. Steve understands the game and the division and the players have taken to him. The results have been there for everyone to see. I love this club and I've loved working with the players. Me and Steve have worked together well."
Redfearn warned that last week's events could destabilise the team, adding: "I don't think it helps because Steve is part of the team and part of what we have been doing. If you want to deflate something then you take things away from that team. I've got to make sure for the players and the supporters' sake that the lads will be as professional and focused as they have been all season."
Leeds United have not disclosed why Thompson was suspended or made any further comment on the situation.
April 5, 2015
Rovers 0 Bradford City 3
A disappointing second half saw Rovers concede three times, with the end result meaning that hopes of qualifying for the play-offs at the end of the season are now hanging by a thread. Rovers dropped to 12th place, seven points adrift of the play-offs, albeit with a game in hand. The continuing hope of promotion is dependent on the erratic form of many of the contenders for the bottom play-off place continuing for some weeks more, and if that is so, Rovers have every chance.
James Coppinger was recalled to the side after recovering from an ankle injury, with the other notable event of the game coming six minutes from time when young striker Liam Mandeville was given his first team debut as recognition for a superb season with the youth team.
And yet the game started so well, with Jonson Clarke Harris going very close just 30 seconds into the game as he met Harry Forrester's cross. The on-loan striker had a good shout for a penalty turned down on 18 minutes when he appeared to be pushed over, but the referee was unimpressed by the appeals. Clarke-Harris had another couple of close chances in the first period, but Curtis Main came the closest to breaking the deadlock by hitting the crossbar with his shot just short of the break. Bradford had their chances in an evenly contested first half, with Stephen Bywater being called upon to deny Mark Yeates.
Mackenzie broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, poking the ball home in a goalmouth scramble, which spurred Rovers into life, with Dean Furman denied by a superb save from Bradford keeper Ben Williams almost immediately afterwards.
It got difficult for Rovers to come back after Bradford scored their second goal, with Hanson surging through before laying the ball off to Clarke, who slammed the ball past Stephen Bywater with 26 minutes to go. It got even worse for Rovers deep into injury time when McMahon took advantage of a slip by Reece Wabara to slot the ball past Bywater to make it 3-0.
A bad day at the office? True, but who knows what is to come in this crazy roller-coaster of a season in League One!
April 5, 2015
What the managers said
An angry and disappointed Rovers manager spoke to the press after Friday evening's game, which saw Rovers drop off the pace as they follow their dream of reaching the end of season play-offs.
He was disappointed with the second half display, although he was impressed by the way Bradford City played.
He said: "I’m more angry than disappointed. I want to give a lot of credit to Bradford because they outfought us, they outbattled us, won second balls and did all the basic things in games you should be doing. We did the basic things right in the first half but in the second half we tried to over-complicate it, we didn’t go with runners and made unbelievable embarrassing mistakes for the goals. It gives me plenty of food for thought, not just for the end of this season but also looking forward to next season. You guys [the media] have seen the goals we’ve conceded. I’m raging, I’m not going to hide that. I get embarrassed sometimes asking my teams to work hard, but I shouldn't have to ask them, it should be a given."
But for all the disappointment, Dickov quickly pointed out that Rovers are not out of the promotion picture yet. He added: "We’ve got seven games left and if I leave people out, not one of them has got an excuse to come and knock on my door now. We’re still in this. We’ve still got a chance. There’s 21 points to play for and the way the league is, that gives us a chance. But we’ve got no chance if we perform like we did in the second half. If people don’t want to work hard and stick their foot in, we’ve got no chance."
One of the highlights of the game came with the first team debut of Liam Mandeville, with the Rovers boss adding: "Liam Mandeville when he came on, was an outstanding young kid. He is one to wrap up a little bit, but he showed courage, grit and a lot of quality. He was an 18-year-old man out there."
Understandably, Bradford boss Phil Parkinson was delighted with the way his side dispatched Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. He said after the game: "That's got to be one of our best wins of the season. To come to a place like Doncaster, with all their Championship-quality players, it was a huge win for us. I thought we started really well in the first 20-25 minutes, but then we let them back into it. In the second half, we did the right things in the right area. The lads relished it on that surface tonight. You could see that the likes of Billy Knott, Billy Clarke and Mark Yeates relished playing on a better surface, the lads had a spring in their step."
"In the context of wins this season, that’s got to be right up there. The talk in Doncaster’s camp was how they’d had two weeks to prepare and we’d had two tough games in that time. But there was only one team looking fatigued when the final whistle went and it wasn’t us. We did the right things. We did what we set out to do as a team. There was only a small spell in the first half of about ten to 15 minutes when we stopped but every team is going to have that, but we dominated the second half and had other chances. So I don’t think 3-0 flattered us."
April 5, 2015
Goals review
This week's review of goals scored by former Doncaster Rovers players begins in the Championship, where Ross McCormack scored a second half penalty for Fulham in their home game against Brentford. It didn't do his side much good though - they still lost 5-1, with two goals coming in injury time at the end of the second half. The Fulham goal came after James Husband, who is on loan at Fulham from Middlesbrough, went down in the penalty area.
In League One, Theo Robinson made it two goals in two games for Scunthorpe United as he converted from a left-wing cross in the 73rd minute as Scunthorpe beat Peterborough United 2-0.
Finally, also in League One, James Hayter put Yeovil Town in front in the 18th minute of their home game against Chesterfield. Despite the Glovers going 2-0 up in the 57th minute, a 59th minute goal for Chesterfield by Sam Hird was the start of a comeback for the Derbyshire club, who ended up winning 3-2.
April 5, 2015
Chesterfield 0 Youth Team 5
Another convincing win for the Rovers youngsters keeps their hopes of winning their league title alive, and was surprisingly easy against a Chesterfield side that did not give Rovers as hard a game as expected.
Chesterfield had started the better of the two sides, with Jack McLaren, fit again after his recent injury, called into action in the 5th minute. After that, Rovers started to impose their influence on the game, with the scoring opened by Conner Williamson in the 13th minute as he bundled the ball over the line.
Ten minutes later and it was 2-0, with skipper Paul McKay scoring from twelve yards out after the ball had been squared by Joe McCormick. That's where the score remained until half time, but the game had barely restarted and Rovers were 3-0 up, with Jack McKay slotting the ball past the keeper.
With the game relatively safe at this stage, Rovers were enjoying themselves and it became 4-0 in the 68th minute when Pugh headed home from a cross by Fixter.
With 15 minutes to go, the scoring was completed as Chesterfield defender Tom Jarrald sliced his clearance, with the ball looping over the keeper and into his own net.
Chesterfield: Parkin, Holmes, Hudson, Taylor, Jarrald, Maguire, Ovenden, Marshall, Beesley, Daswell, Daly
Substitutes: Morrison (for Beesley, 19), Lynam (for Ovenden, 45), Darwent (for Holmes, 66), Rowley, Lynam, Thistlewaite
Doncaster Rovers: McLaren, Greasley, Williamson, Head, P.McKay, Mbuti, Linley, Parkin, J.McKay, Pugh, McCormick
Substitutes: Fixter (for McCormick, 47), Longbottom (for J McKay, 73), Barker (for Williamson, 80), Walker, Jones
April 5, 2015
Ben moves again
Former Doncaster Rovers player Ben Muirhead has recently moved from Retford United to rejoin Armthorpe Welfare as a consequence of another change of management at Retford.
A huge turnover of players has taken place in recent weeks after new boss Chris Sellers was appointed on 18th March, which came only a few weeks after the entire committee at the club changed.
Muirhead joined Retford at the start of last season and helped them reach the Notts Senior Cup semi-finals and quarter finals of the NCEL League Cup. This season has been turbulent, to say the least, at Cannons Park, but Ben was the only player to have appeared in every game for the Badgers, either starting the game or as a substitute. He stayed with the club during January, when the future of the club was in doubt, and was part of the interim management at the club during that time.
With the latest change in management, Ben felt it was time to move on and has rejoined one of his former clubs, Armthorpe Welfare.
Retford's club secretary, Rich Williams commented; "I can't thank Ben enough for his help and support during his time with the club, he has been an integral part of the set up over the last two seasons and I know he was a fan favourite at the club. He worked his backside off for me both on and off the field during my time as interim manager and he also served Rich Sennett and Paul Ward brilliantly. Ben brought a level of professionalism and a huge amount of experience to the club as well as great loyalty, I am glad that I had the chance to work with him and that I will retain him as a friend and contact, Armthorpe are getting a real gem."
April 3, 2015
Rovers v Bradford City
Doncaster Rovers are expecting that key midfielder James Coppinger will have recovered from his ankle injury in time to play in this evening's home game against Bradford City. Coppinger has missed three games recently, and was described as "90% there" at the time of the last game almost a fortnight ago, and he has trained since then and will be hoping for a recall to the starting line-up this evening.
Defender Reece Wabara and striker Nathan Tyson are said to have been "nursing niggles" in recent games, but the enforced rest, caused by the postponement of last weekend's game at MK Dons, should enable them to play a full part this evening.
Midfielder Harry Forrester will be hoping for a recall after scoring in three of his last five games.
Two to miss out this evening will be midfielder Paul Keegan, who continues to recover from his knee operation, and long-term absentee Rob Jones, who continues to make his comeback in Development XI games.
Bradford City will welcome back striker Filipe Morais, who was suspended last weekend, but will be missing defender Andrew Davies, who has a hamstring injury, and on-loan goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who has returned to parent club Newcastle United for treatment on a wrist injury. Alan Sheehan will be unavailable after moving to Peterborough United on loan just ahead of the loan deadline.
Midfielder Andy Halliday is doubtful due to a hamstring injury.
April 3, 2015
Voucher offer for Bradford game
Season ticket holders will be able to use Voucher L out of their season ticket book to bring a friend to the game for a reduced admission charge of £10.
With both teams vying for a promotion place, and Bradford reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup this season, it should prove a good game with both teams hoping to win.
Vouchers will need to be exchanged for a match ticket at the ticket office, and any supporters wishing to take advantage of the offer are asked to arrive early to avoid delays getting into the ground.
April 3, 2015
Harry hoping for recall
Midfielder Harry Forrester is hoping to put the "super sub" tag behind him by claiming a regular starting place in the Rovers side for the rest of the season.
Forrester has scored in three of his last five games off the bench, but insists that he is keen to be given a chance for the full ninety minutes.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "Personally I do feel like that. I’ve been on the bench the last few games and now is a good time for players like myself to stand up and be counted. You need points at this stage of the season. That’s the main thing. We need goals, and we need match winners. so hopefully it’s a time for the likes of myself, Copps, Kyle [Bennett], Nathan [Tyson] and Curtis [Main] to win us some games and get us over the line."
As far as his own season has gone so far, he added: "It’s been an up and down season. I’ve reflected on it over the last two weeks. I’m one off double figures which for a midfielder is always an aim. I’ve scored a few good goals but it’s been really up and down for myself personally, as it has been for the club too. A few months ago we were miles off the play-offs and now we’ve clawed our way back. It’s a big weekend for us, playing teams around us. We can’t afford to drop too many points but we’re not looking any further ahead than Bradford.”
April 3, 2015
Development XI 1 Burton Albion 0
Doncaster Rovers' Development side picked up three points in the Final Third Development League on Wednesday when they beat Burton Albion, thanks to a deflected goal by Mitchell Lund midway through the first half.
The winning margin should have been wider, but for a missed penalty by skipper Harry Middleton.
Weather conditions prevented a flowing game, with the wind hampering both sides, with it being in the faces of the Rovers side in the first half. They had a good shout for a penalty turned down, and also had an Alex Head 'goal' turned down when the referee deemed that the ball had not fully crossed the goal line.
Rovers kept the pressure on in the second half, with Jordan Linley and Joe Pugh going close - they also had a late shout for a penalty turned down when Jack McKay, making his first appearance for seven weeks absence due to injury, had a 'stonewall penalty' appeal rejected.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Lund, Carberry, Head, Jones, P.McKay, Linley, Middleton, Pugh, McCormick, Parkin
Substitutes: J McKay (for Head, 65), McLaren, Mbuti, Williamson
Burton Albion: Hornby, Doyle, Thorpe, Hallahan, Gatter, Smith, Pearson, Fox, Dinanga, Shelton, Richards
BAFC U21's Subs: Troke (for Dinanga, 60), Sejdic (for Fox, 76), Coggins
April 2, 2015
Dickov confident of goals for Curtis
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is seeing signs that striker Curtis Main could be the answer to their quest to find a "20 goal a season" player. The former Middlesbrough striker has got into double figures this season despite the first half of the season being blighted by injury, but his performance in recent games is showing the ability that Rovers had spotted while he was playing for 'Boro.
Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "The reason that we signed him was that we were confident he’d be that 20-goal a season striker for us, and we’re still confident about that. We watched him a lot last season when he was causing problems for defences in the Championship. Before he came here he was known more as a scorer of great goals than a great goal scorer. We’ve seen some of that here because he’s scored some wonderful goals."
"We’re drumming it into him that he can be the 15-20 goals striker as well as scoring some brilliant goals from outside the box like he has done. How he does that is by getting in the box more or making runs off the shoulder rather than coming deep for the ball. He’s been doing that more recently and that’s why he’s scored a few more goals. His finishing in training is phenomenal at times and we need to get him into the positions to do that. The other players need to realise that about Curtis as well."
April 2, 2015
Travel information to Leyton Orient

The Supporters Club are running coaches to the forthcoming away game at Leyton Orient, which is on Tuesday, 14th April.
They will leave Retford at 12.15pm, Bawtry 12.20pm, Harworth 12.30pm, Rossington 12.30pm, Hare & Tortoise 12.35pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 12.45pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 1.00pm.
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'.

April 2, 2015
Nelthorpe moves on

We have noticed that former Rovers youth team player Liam Nelthorpe has recently changed clubs.
He is listed on the Evo-Stik League web site as moving from Shirebrook Town to Goole AFC on their 'transfer deadline day' on 27th March.
He has played for a number of non-league clubs since leaving Rovers, mainly in the Doncaster area, including Gateshead, Brigg Town, Winterton Rangers, Retford United, Askern Villa and Selby Town.

April 2, 2015
Robinson delighted
Rovers striker Theo Robinson is determined to make the most of his loan spell at Scunthorpe United, aware that he needs to "put himself in the shop window" to help find a new club in the summer, when his contract with Rovers expires.
He scored in the first minute of their game at Notts County, with Theo telling the Scunthorpe Telegraph: "It felt very good to score. The lads and the staff have made me feel very welcome in training so it was nice to get a goal straightaway. Towards the end I thought I could have won it, but with time and more match sharpness I think I’ll get better."
Of the circumstances that preceded the move to Glanford Park, he added in an interview with the Doncaster Star: "The move came about because I wasn’t really playing much at Doncaster. I thought that I needed to try and get on loan and play some games for the last month of the season because I’m out of contract soon. I think it’s important for me to just put my name back out there as much as I can. It has been a frustrating time at Doncaster because I have not been playing much. I was only getting ten minutes or so from the bench and the last match I only got four minutes and I thought I could have been involved a bit more."
April 1, 2015
Swailes resigns
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Chris Swailes has resigned as assistant manager at Hamilton Academical, after only being in the post since January.
Swailes had been a player at the club between 2007 and 2009, but has left the club as he wishes to work closer to his family home in the north-east of England.
A club statement read: "Chris Swailes has today resigned from his position as Assistant Manager. During his time with us Chris was away from his base in the North East of England for considerable periods and now wishes to find a coaching position nearer his family home. The club would like to thank him for his commitment and he leaves with our best wishes for the future.'
Chris started 49 league games for Rovers between 1993 and 1995 before leaving to join Ipswich Town for £225,000 in March 1995.
April 1, 2015
Now Rovers extend "Early Bird" deadline
Doncaster Rovers have decided to extend the "Early Bird" deadline for buying season tickets for next season. The offer should have run out last night, but with only hours to go, Rovers decided to put the deadline back to 5pm on Friday, 3rd April "due to the high volume of calls we have had over the last 48 hours".
Normal opening hours at the ticket office apply this week.
April 1, 2015
Clough - no encouragement to chasing clubs
Sheffield United boss has fired off a warning to South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers that he will not give up the play-off place without a fight.
The Blades face both Barnsley and Rovers within three days over the Easter period, a sequence that could either consolidate their play-off credentials or allow the chasing pack to catch right up.
At the moment, United are in fifth place, eight points behind fourth placed MK Dons, and still have Barnsley, Rovers, Oldham, Bradford City and Chesterfield to play - all of which are jockeying for position for the play-off places by the end of the season.
Clough warned in the Sheffield Telegraph: "We don’t want to give any encouragement to the sides below us in the table. In fact, we want to say to them that to catch us, they’re going to have to really earn it; maybe by winning every game between now and the end of the season."
"The way we’ve got to view these matches is as a chance to consolidate our position and, at the same time, hurt those teams around us. There’s seven games to go and we need to get a few more points. I think they (Barnsley and Doncaster) will be good games and good atmospheres. I think that’s when we are probably at our best.Our priority is not to lose against them and not let them gain points on us. But we also want to win and, if we can, it makes a big difference. There’s so many teams in that top half. All will feel, with seven games to go, that they have a chance to make the play-offs. The biggest frustration today was not pointing further space between us."
Rovers travel to Bramall Lane next Tuesday.
April 1, 2015
Hundreds turn out to honour McKay
Hundreds of supporters and people associated with football turned out in Edinburgh last Tuesday to pay their respects to Dave Mackay, who died earlier this month at the age of 80.
The cortege left the Hearts ground, Tynecastle, where Mackay made more than 130 appearances before driving through the streets of Edinburgh before the funeral service.
As well as supporters, many former footballers paid tribute to Mackay, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Pat Jennings, Alan Gilzean, Steve Perryman, Mike England, Clive Allen, Jon Robertson and Cliff Jones.
Dave managed Doncaster Rovers between 1987 and 1989.
April 1, 2015
Development game moved
Hull City have announced that their Final Third Development League game at Doncaster Rovers has been moved forward 24 hours, and will now be played at Cantley Park, the Rovers' training ground, on Wednesday, 22nd April with a 1pm kick-off.