October 31, 2014
Travel information to FA Cup game
The Rovers Supporters Club have announced fares and departure times for their coaches for the forthcoming FA Cup tie at Weston Super Mare on Saturday, 8th November.
Coaches will leave Retford at 7:45am, Harworth 7:50am, Bawtry 8:00am, Rossington 8:00am, Hare & Tortoise 8:05am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 8:15am and the Keepmoat Stadium 8:30am.
The fares will be:
Members: Adults £23 - Senior Citizens £21 - Under 16s £19
Non-Members: Adults £25 - Senior Citizens £23 - Under 16s £21
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) after 6pm or Len South (01302 817347) after 6pm.
Doncaster Rovers issued ticket price details yesterday, but have yet to confirm when tickets will go on sale, or what priority arrangements will be given.
October 31, 2014
Viking Supporters' Co-op announce AGM
The Viking Supporters' Co-operative have announced that they will be holding their Annual General Meeting at 11am on Saturday, 15th November, which is on the day that Rovers are due to play Sheffield United.
The meeting will be held in the Belle Vue bar at the Keepmoat Stadium and all VSC members are invited to attend. Non-members may also attend, but of course may not vote on any proposals.
Rovers' CEO, Gavin Baldwin, will be in attendance and will hold a Questions and Answers session after the formal business of the AGM are completed.
Full details of the AGM can be found on the VSC's web site.
October 31, 2014
Roads closed on Saturday
Bradford City have announced that Midland Road, which is near their stadium, will be closed tomorrow for the period surrounding their match against Doncaster Rovers.
The road will be closed between 1pm and 5:30pm - from its junction with Thorncliffe Road to its junction with Cornwall Road. The lower section of Holywell Ash Lane will also be closed from its junction with Lupton Street.
Access to the disabled parking spaces in front of Rear Rock Terrace can be accessed from the Thorncliffe Road end.
Please also note that they state that while car crime has reduced in the area lately, supporters are urged to help the Police by making sure that any valuable items are taken with you or locked away out of sight - and that your car is secure when you leave it.
October 31, 2014
Lockwood ruled out at Latics
Oldham Athletic boss Lee Johnson has ruled out any chance of former Rovers defender Adam Lockwood being appointed as their new first team coach. The post is vacant following the departure of Paul Murray, who was confirmed as the new Hartlepool United manager last Thursday.
Lockwood stepped in to the role temporarily in their game against Bradford City last weekend, but Johnson confirmed that he does not see that arrangement being made permanent.
He told the Oldham Chronicle: “I have somebody in mind and haven’t made a formal offer yet. I have two roles to fill and not a lot of money to fill them with. I am going to try to be a bit creative. Adam Lockwood stepped in for the Bradford game and did the whole player-coach role in the interim. He did very well and the lads respect him. I am sure he will definitely be a coach one day, but it is a touch early for him; he’s still a good player who has two or three years left in him.”
October 31, 2014
Kyle injury triggers keeper search
Former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper Kyle Letheren will be out of action for up to eight weeks after picking up a knee injury in the warm-up before last Saturday's game against Motherwell.
Letheren has had an operation on his knee this week and while it all went according to plan, Dundee boss Paul Hartley confirmed that the keeper will be out of action for around two months.
He is hoping to sign a goalkeeper to cover Kyle's absence.
October 30, 2014
Ticket details confirmed
Doncaster Rovers have been allocated 600 tickets for the forthcoming FA Cup game at Weston Super Mare, but Rovers have not yet confirmed when the tickets will go on sale.
However, admission prices for the game have been agreed, with season ticket holders set to gain a price reduction in comparison to non-season ticket holders.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Terracing:
Season ticket holders: Adults £12 - Concessions (65+ & U16) £8
Non-season ticket holders: Adults £15 - Concessions (65+ & U16) £10
A family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) is available for £40. Proof of holding a season ticket will be required to qualify for the reduced rates.
There are also 160 seats available, which will cost £3 more than the above prices.
The clubs will announce in due course when the tickets will go on sale.
The game has also been confirmed to be played on Saturday, 8th November with a 3pm kick-off, so although we have not seen confirmation of which matches are to be televised 'live', it looks like the Rovers game is not one of them.
October 30, 2014
Hull City 0 Rovers Development XI 2
Doncaster Rovers won their second Development XI game of the season on Tuesday, registering a deserved victory over Hull City.
Rovers used their pace to good effect, with an early strike by Paul McKay giving Rovers an early lead, with a cross by Harry Middleton headed down for Alex Peterson, enabling McKay to sweep the ball home from close range in the 18th minute.
Despite Hull City piling on the pressure, particularly in the second half, Mario Marosi in the Rovers goal was relatively untroubled, with an equaliser looking unlikely.
Rovers grabbed a late second goal, with Harry Middleton's shot from outside the box beating City goalkeeper Rory Watson to earn Rovers a 2-0 win.
Hull City: Rory Watson, Sam Topliss, Leon Dawson, Ben Clappison, Aaron Oakley, Eoghan McCawl, Ryan Fallowfield (Matty Dixon 68), John Mahon (Josh Clackstone 83), Johnny Margetts (Ben Hinchliffe 38), Johan Ter Horst, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin
Subs Not Used: Joe Cracknell, Max Clark
Doncaster Rovers: Marko Marosi, Mitchell Lund, Michael Carberry, Alex Head (Jordan Linley 67), Liam Wakefield, Paul McKay, Billy Whitehouse, Harry Middleton, Alex Peterson, Liam Mandeville (Jack McKay 85), Aron Gordon (Matthew Davis 46)
Subs Not Used: Scott Brown, Ben Greasley
October 30, 2014
McKay attracts attention
Young Doncaster Rovers striker Jack McKay is attracting the attention of a number of top flight clubs after his prolific form has been rewarded with 13 goals already.
17 year old McKay was named as the Academy Player of the Year for last season, when he scored 26 goals, and his growing reputation has been enhanced this season, particularly with a stunning solo goal in the Development side's 3-1 win over Hartlepool United, which has been seen by many on YouTube.
As a result, scouts from a number of clubs, reported to include Everton and Crystal Palace, have been to Doncaster to watch Jack in action, as they weigh up their options as far as making a move to lure the youngster away from Doncaster.
Jack's twin brother Paul was handed a contract by Rovers in the summer and has already played for the Rovers' first team.
England U19 coach Sean O'Driscoll, a former Doncaster manager, has also been alerted to McKay's talents but the teenager qualifies for Scotland and the Republic of Ireland also.
October 30, 2014
Gills charged by FA

The FA have charged Gillingham, and their chairman Paul Scally, in relation to their dismissal of former striker Mark McCammon in 2011.
An employment tribunal ruled in McCammon's favour in July 2012 in a case of unfair racial victimisation, with the claim by McCammon being that he and other black players at the club were treated differently to the white players, and that Gillingham refused him treatment for an injury, also fining him for not turning up for training during heavy snow.
Gillingham and Scally have been charged under FA rule E3, that they "failed to act in the best interests of the game, and/or brought the game into disrepute".
They have until 14th November to respond to the charge.
McCammon has the distinction of scoring the first goal at the Keepmoat Stadium in the opening game against Huddersfield Town back on 1st January 2007. For the record, Paul Heffernan and Jonathan Forte scored the other two goals in a 3-0 victory.

October 30, 2014
Coppinger pleased at Andy's arrival
Rovers skipper James Coppinger is delighted that Andy Butler has joined the club on loan, thinking that the club will be better off with such characters in the team.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: “Any dressing room would benefit from someone like that [with leadership qualities]. That’s what you want, and that’s what successful teams have - they have 11 leaders."
"When you’ve got young players in your team too, like we have, you need as many leaders as possible out there. If that’s what the manager thinks we need then that’s fine with the majority. As a player you always want to learn and develop and you want to do well, so people like that are more than welcome in the team.”
October 30, 2014
Vote for Richie's goal!
Supporters have the chance to vote for their favourite goal from the second round of the Johnstone Paint Trophy, with the organisers selecting the shortlist from which fans can vote for one.
Included among them is Richie Wellens' goal for Rovers against Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium.
To see all the nominated goals, click on the logo to the left.
The other players nominated are: Shaun Beeley (Morecambe), Jose Baxter (Sheff Utd), Sam Winnall (Barnsley), Joe Garner (Preston), Drey Wright (Colchester), Aaron Phillips (Coventry), Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth), Ben Gladwin (Swindon).
We encourage you to place your vote for Richie, and we hope that you can contribute to him winning the voting!
October 29, 2014
Cup fever grips Weston
It seems that Doncaster Rovers' visit to Weston Super Mare in a couple of Saturdays time has gone down well at the non-league club, who are eyeing a full house and the potential of the game being shown on television.
First team boss Micky Bell told BBC Points West: "I am pleased with it. Obviously I would've loved to have had Bristol City at home, but a League One team is superb. I am really happy and hopefully we'll get a full house for the game."
The game is only the third time that the club have reached the first round since being formed 66 years ago.
Bell added: "They'll not know anything about us, so we can just go into the game relaxed and give it our best shot. It's massive in terms of financially for the club and it just sends a buzz around the club and the whole town. Everyone can get behind us. We will try and take it as a normal game. We have a great set of lads. They will give in their best shot and hopefully the FA gods are smiling and we might cause a little upset. We have all part-time lads. They are a mixture, I have a few experienced boys and the rest have come from non-league background. For us to play against league opposition is fantastic."
Weston Super Mare are intending to confirm ticket details for the game later this afternoon.
They issued the following statement on their web site yesterday: "We are concerned to give you as much information as we can about the match as quickly as possible. Members of the Board have been meeting with Avon & Somerset Police, North Somerset Council and discussing the match with Doncaster Rovers. There is a possibility of the match being televised with either BBC Sport or BT Sport and until that is determined we cannot announce the date for the tie or price of tickets. Please bear with us – we should be in a position to make a positive announcement tomorrow afternoon."
October 29, 2014
Eagles to play at the Keepmoat
There will be more pressure on the pitch at the Keepmoat Stadium in 2015, following news that rugby club Sheffield Eagles have signed up to play at the Keepmoat Stadium for the 2015 season. That means that there are now four teams to call the Keepmoat Stadium home - Rovers, Doncaster Rovers Belles, Doncaster Rugby League Club and Sheffield Eagles.
The rugby matches will be played as "double headers", with the Dons kicking their games off at 2pm and the Sheffield Eagles following them at 4.15pm.
It seems a strange decision, bearing in mind before Rovers took on running the stadium, there were continual complaints about the state of the pitch, but presumably the Rovers hierarchy have plans to maintain the quality of the pitch.At least the two rugby clubs, and the Doncaster Rovers Belles, play throughout the summer, so there will only be the Rovers playing on the pitch during the winter period.
Rovers CEO, Gavin Baldwin, said: "The deal is great news for Doncaster and further highlights the excellent facilities we have at Keepmoat Stadium - there is real demand to use this facility. The revenues generated from this agreement will be used to improve activities across Club Doncaster, which includes playing budgets and the visitor experience."
Eagles head coach Mark Aston said: "It's a great stadium and one we have really enjoyed playing at. It's a little disappointing that we are not in Sheffield but I hope and know that the people of Sheffield will understand. It's for 12 months, after which point we hope the new stadium will be up and running and we'll be back in Sheffield."
October 29, 2014
Rovers Youth 2 Lincoln City 0
The youth team got back into winning ways on Saturday by recording a 2-0 home win over Lincoln City in the Youth Alliance.
Jack McKay, who has been attracting much attention of late, had Rovers' first chance of the game, but fired over the bar after just minute. It took until the 15th minute for Rovers to take the lead, with Wanless heading home a cross by Davies.
A second goal by Wanless was chalked off for a foul on the Lincoln goalkeeper, as chances started to come for the Rovers youngsters.
Despite pressure and chances, Rovers had just one goal to show for it at the break, but they kept the pressure on in the second half, and that paid off in the 51st minute as Brown hit a first time volley which, with the help of a slight deflection, flew past the Lincoln goalkeeper.
It proved to be a comfortable win for Rovers, with Lincoln never seriously troubling the Rovers goal.
Doncaster Rovers: Jones, Greasley (Williamson, 72), Carberry, Head (Head, 83), P. McKay, Brown, Davies, Parkin, J. McKay, Wanless (Mandeville, 72), Gordon
Subs not used – Mbuti, McLaren
Lincoln City: Walton, Grundy, Love (Stewart, 65), Fewkes, Cooke, Griffin, Harper, Wright (Harris, 45), Helspown, Millington (McMemmy, 75), Barr-Rosikon
October 29, 2014
More goals
We have another couple of goals by former Rovers players to mention today.
We begin in the Barclays Under 21 Premier League Second Division, where we see that ex-Rovers defender James Husband scored for Middlesbrough in their 2-1 win over Newcastle United.
And in the Evo-Stik League Division One South, Bradley Grayson scored the first goal of the game in the 73rd minute for Goole AFC in their home game against Carlton Town. Goole eventually won the game 2-1.
October 29, 2014
Spencer Lund
We reported on 23rd October that Spencer Lund, the brother of Mitchell, had joined Frickley Athletic on loan. We have now learned that Spencer was, in fact, released once his youth scholarship ended in May. That means, of course, that Spencer has signed for Frickley on a full transfer and not a loan as we previously thought.
His brother, Mitchell, remains at Rovers and has been included in the first team squad on a number of occasions this season.
October 29, 2014
Jamie found
On Monday, we reported that former Rovers striker Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro had been reported missing by his family, with the last sighting being when he met his sister in Hull city centre on Thursday.
We are glad to report that he has now been found safe and well, and is now back with his family in Hull.
An urgent appeal to determine his whereabouts had been issued by the Hull Daily Mail, but Hull United AFC, where Jamie is "Head of Youth Development", issued the following statement: "Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro has been found and is now home safe with his family, we would just like to say a massive thank you to everyone for their efforts in finding him, from all at Hull United AFC."
Barnwell-Edinboro joined Doncaster Rovers in March 1999 and scored one goal in seven games, although that did include the first leg of the Endsleigh Trophy final. He then joined North Ferriby United, followed by Goole, Hinckley and Scarborough, before returning to Humberside to play for Hall Road Rangers.
October 28, 2014
Rovers at seaside in FA Cup draw
Doncaster Rovers have been handed one of the longest possible trips in the draw for the first round of the FA Cup, having to travel to Weston Super Mare, who play in the Conference South.
The game is scheduled to be played on Saturday 8th November, although potential TV coverage could see the game played anywhere between Friday, 8th November and Monday, 10th November.
Details of tickets are yet to be confirmed, but with their ground capacity quoted at 3,500, the number of tickets available to Rovers fans will clearly be very limited. Could it be a good reason for TV chiefs to decide to televise the Rovers game?
With Weston currently next to bottom of the Conference South with just 12 points from 11 games, it ought to be a relatively easy task for Rovers - but then again, we all know about FA Cup shocks!
Further details will be published in the next couple of days, once the two clubs have agreed details.
The full FA Cup draw can be seen by clicking on the logo to the left.
October 28, 2014
Johnstone comes back to Rovers
Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has returned to Doncaster Rovers on loan. The news was revealed yesterday as Paul Dickov was successful in finding a replacement for Jed Steer, who returns to Aston Villa at the end of his three month loan, with his last match scheduled to be this weekend's game at Bradford City. However, presuming Johnstone has been signed in time, we expect that the Manchester United stopper will be in goal on Saturday.
Johnstone spent a highly successful loan spell at Rovers last season that saw him called up to play for the England under 21s, and another spell of first team football must do much for his chances of being selected at international level again.
It could prove a highly significant signing for Rovers, and coming on top of the acquisition of Andy Butler on loan last week, could do much for shoring up a Rovers defence that has leaked too many goals so far this season.
Johnstone has been signed on loan until 3rd January, but we hope that this may be extended past that.
October 28, 2014
Injury update
Young Rovers defender Ben Askins will be out of action for around three months, according to a report issued on DROS.
He suffered an ankle injury in training which has necessitated surgery.
Boss Paul Dickov revealed: "Ben has had a serious operation on his ankle which will see him out for about three months. It was a freak incident. He was just running for the ball in training and his ankle ligaments snapped, which means he’s had to have it reconstructed to make it stronger than it was before."
He added: "It’s a real shame for Ben because he was doing really in training and for the development side. He was in line to start against Burton in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy so it was a big blow to him. The main thing for him is to regain fitness. We need to nurse him through and keep his spirits high so he can come back stronger."
Also out for a while will be young striker Lewis Ferguson, who dislocated his shoulder in the Development XI game at Rotherham last week.
Dickov said of that injury: "It’s a blow for Lewis to dislocate his shoulder, because he was doing well in the development side. We’re hopeful he won’t be out too long and we can get him back fit as soon as possible."
October 28, 2014
Voting v Leyton Orient
Apologies to all for the delay in publishing the results of the "Man of the Match" voting for last Tuesday's home game against Leyton Orient.
We received nominations for ten different players, thus reflecting a great difference of opinion of who played best in what was a rather disappointing performance.
In the end, James Coppinger came a little ahead of the field, with the players getting most votes being:
1 James Coppinger (27.59%)
2 Dean Furman (24.14%)
3 Nathan Tyson (20.69%)
We thank everyone for placing a vote - as always, every single vote will be transferred into the end of season "Player of the Season" rankings. We will update you of the latest standings of this in the next few weeks.
October 28, 2014
Voting v MK Dons
In the voting for Saturday's "Man of the Match", which was for the home game against MK Dons, we received votes for six different players. Debutant Andy Butler certainly caught the eye, gaining virtually half of all the votes cast, and he came clear of the pack of nominees.
The players receiving the most votes for this game were:
1 Andy Butler (48.18%)
2 Kyle Bennett (19.23%)
3 Jed Steer (15.38%)
4 Paul Keegan (11.54%)
Thanks to everyone who took the time to place a vote. The next poll will open following Saturday's away game at Bradford City.
October 27, 2014
More goals
There are more goals to report that former Doncaster Rovers players have scored over the weekend, that we did not mention yesterday.
Firstly, in the FA Cup, Waide Fairhurst thought he had scored the winning goal in their home game against Wrexham, but a late equaliser means that the two sides will meet again in the replay on Tuesday, with the game ending 1-1.
In Scotland, Paul Quinn scored for Ross County on his first start for the club since joining last week, but the Staggies failed to hold on to their lead after going in front twice, with the final score being 2-2.
In yesterday's game, Iain Hume made it two goals in two games for Indian club Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. After tasting defeat in their first two matches, Kerala picked up their first point ever in the Super League by drawing 1-1 at league leaders Atletico de Kolkata.
October 27, 2014
Redfearn tipped for Leeds job
BBC Radio Leeds and Sky Sports are reporting that they expect former Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn to be offered the manager's job at Leeds United, following the sacking of Darko Milanic after just 32 days at the club.
Redfearn is their Academy Manager, and is due to take charge of training this morning, as he did earlier in the season after Dave Hockaday was fired, with the expectation being that he will be handed the job permanently after impressing in his previous stint as caretaker boss.
However, with owner Massimo Cellino's track record for sacking managers - he dismissed 36 managers in his 22 years in charge of Italian club Cagliari - the decision for Redfearn is not as easy as it may seem.
Two former Leeds players, John Hendrie and Johnny Giles, have warned Redfearn to be wary of the job offer.
Hendrie told Sky Sports: “He knows the football club, its history, the young players, the foreign players and he has a rapport among the supporters. There’s a feel-good factor around him and he’ll embrace it as well, but what he has to be careful is if it goes pear-shaped? He’s in a strong position at the moment and if I was him, given Cellino’s record for sacking managers, I would want a clause in the contract that says he can go back to his academy job, in which he’s doing a sterling job."
Giles told BBC Radio Leeds: "He won't be allowed to do the job. He has no resources. So what chance has a manager got? It's a difficult job when you've everything right. I feel sorry for Neil Redfearn. He doesn't have to do it, and if I were advising him, I'd keep a million miles away from the manager's job."
October 27, 2014
Rovers Belles denied promotion
Doncaster Rovers Belles' lingering hopes of promotion back to the Women's Super League were dashed yesterday, despite recording their best win of the season, hammering the London Bees 9-0 away from home. Leaders Sunderland had to lose or draw to enable the Rovers Belles to gain promotion as champions, but that didn't happen, with the Black Cats defeating Millwall Lionesses 4-0.
The Rovers Belles had finished the season by winning seven matches in a row, including a 2-1 victory against Sunderland a couple of weeks ago, which kept the promotion challenge alive until the final match of the season.
It ends Doncaster's first season outside the top flight of women's football, which resulted from the controversial decision by the FA to relegate them just one match into the previous season, after assessing all potential Super League clubs on non-playing criteria, including financial aspects, and on their ground sharing arrangements.
October 27, 2014
Jamie goes missing
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro has gone missing - literally. He was last seen in Hull city centre on Friday at about 2pm, and no-one has heard from him since.
His family are concerned for his safety, adding that he has been suffering from depression of late. There have been two reported sightings along the east coast, although neither has been confirmed by police.
His sister, Rachael Nice, told the Hull Daily Mail: “I was with him at 2pm yesterday in the city centre but no one has heard from him since. He is suffering from depression, which makes us particularly concerned. The police are limited in what they can do because he’s an adult."
Jamie has been chairman of NCEL club Hall Road Rangers, and has lately been involved in setting up new club Hull United, which coincidentally also play at Hall Road Rangers' ground.
Humberside Police have confirmed Mr Barnwell-Edinboro has been reported missing and initial inquiries have been made.
October 27, 2014
McCombe's frustration at Rovers' inconsistency
Rovers defender Jamie McCombe has spoken of the players' frustration at not being able to produce consistent performances so far this season, which has resulted in some disappointing results, but knows that the league table is tight enough to enable them to climb rapidly if they can start to put a run of wins together.
He told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "You can see why there’s not too many gaps from the teams from tenth to the bottom. The teams that are consistent will progress more so in this division than the others. You know the top end of the Championship and the Premiership before the season starts. You know the teams who are going to be there because they’ve got the better players and they’re more consistent. Whereas at this level, if you string a run of wins together then you can climb up the table."
"It’s frustrating as a player when it’s unpredictable. You want to know what you’re doing each week and get on a run. It’s been difficult, we’ve had a lot of disruption with players coming in and players going out and working with what we have got. We’re working hard to put it right. It’s down to us as players to stand up and be counted and take this challenge on. Hopefully everyone is up for that and we can progress.”
October 26, 2014
Rovers 0 MK Dons 0
Paul Dickov made five changes to the starting line-up for yesterday's home game against MK Dons, with loan signing Andy Butler coming into the side at the expense of Jamie McCombe. James Coppinger missed the game due to injury and was replaced by Kyle Bennett, with Curtis Main, Paul Keegan and Cedric Evina also coming into the side. Dean Furman and Liam Wakefield dropped to the bench.
The changes were successful, in that Rovers looked much more solid at the back, with Andy Butler impressing on his debut and played a big part in keeping the visitors at bay.
Harry Forrester came close to breaking the deadlock just before half time after linking well with Nathan Tyson, but his shot went just wide.
Rovers were again unlucky in appeals for a penalty - there were three of them yesterday, two for handball - as they only occasionally threatened the MK Dons goal, although it was the visitors that came closest to scoring, with Tom Flanagan hitting the post. It all got a bit frantic in the closing minutes of the game, with Butler having to clear off the line, although the MK Dons keeper had to be alert to deny Forrester and Keegan.
All in all, a better performance than on Tuesday, and if things can improve further with Dickov hinting of another loan signing soon, then Rovers could move away from the bottom four. They certainly need to do that, now being fifth bottom and just a point above the relegation places.
October 26, 2014
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was pleased with the improvement in the performance of his side yesterday, in which they held fourth placed MK Dons to a goalless draw.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game: "That was a big improvement, especially defensively, to keep a clean sheet against a team I regard as one of the best in the division. In the second half I thought we were the better side apart from a five-minute spell near the end, but we'll take the point and move on from there."
Dickov added: "Andy Butler made a massive difference to us. He has a calming influence and brings the best out of others. Hopefully we'll bring another loan player in next week and I'm grateful the board has shown its support by allowing me to do that. I thought we did well. It's not rocket science. When you work hard you get results."
"I'm a little bit disappointed we didn't win. I thought apart from a five minute spell at the end of the first half we were by far the better team. We changed our shape a little bit today. They're an expansive football team and we stopped them playing. The effort and desire from the players was fantastic."
MK Dons boss Karl Robinson was disappointed not to have won the game. As he told BBC Three Counties Radio: "If I'm honest I'm slightly disappointed that we didn't pinch it near the end when we hit the post and had a shot cleared off the line. But don't get me wrong. That's a good point against a good side and it's our eighth clean sheet of the season when we only had 12 in the whole of last season. We've got two games in hand and we're a good side so I'm feeling positive. We are really improving and we just need to keep picking up points. We couldn't break the deadlock but I was really impressed with the way we played. The only grumble was our delivery for some set-pieces but when we did get it right we caused them problems."
October 26, 2014
Goals review
This week, we begin our review of former Rovers players scoring goals in League One, where Jonathan Forte continued his good goal-scoring form by getting Oldham Athletic's first goal of the afternoon in their 2-1 home win over Bradford City.
Adebayo Akinfenwa is also on a good run of form at the moment, and his 44th minute goal for AFC Wimbledon in their home League Two game against Tranmere Rovers put them 2-1 up just before the break. An equaliser by Tranmere midway through the second half meant that game ended 2-2.
In the Conference North, Craig Nelthorpe scored twice for Harrogate Town in their 5-0 thrashing of Brackley Town.
It was also FA Cup day yesterday, with non-league clubs playing the final qualifying round before the First Round draw is made tomorrow.
Jon Parkin scored one of Forest Green Rovers' goals in their 4-1 win at Gloucester City, although the score line is reported to be somewhat flattering in Forest Green's favour.
Finally, we see that Iain Hume scored his first goal for his new club, the Kerala Blasters, who are playing in the Indian Super League. He scored the club's first goal of the season on Tuesday evening, although they still ended up on the losing side, with Chennaiyin being the victors 2-1.
October 26, 2014
Rotherham United 2 Rovers Reserves 1
A young Doncaster Rovers Development XI went down 2-1 to a strong Rotherham United side during the week, although Rovers made their opponents work hard for the victory.
Rotherham included several players who are part of their first team squad, with former Rovers loan striker Jordan Bowery among their team, while Rovers relied on mainly youth team players or first year professionals.
Rotherham had a number of early chances and took the lead in the 10th minute after a good cross was headed home by Matt Derbyshire. The home side continued to threaten, with Rovers' best chance coming on the half hour from Alex Peterson, while Marosi had to be alert to deny Bowery on another two occasions before the break.
The second half began with both sides having chances, but it was Rovers that grabbed an equaliser on the hour, with some good play between Jack McKay and Lewis Ferguson ended with Ferguson scoring.
McKay was again having a good match for Rovers and he narrowly missed putting Rovers ahead in the 67th minute, and three minutes later, Rovers paid dearly for that miss as Richie Smallwood put Rotherham ahead.
Rotherham United: Loach, Wiles, Milsom, Peace-McDonald, Broadfoot, Smallwood, Swift, Wordsworth (Newton), Bowery, Derbyshire (Yates), Hall
Substitutes not used - Denton, Warren, Hallett
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Lund, Brown, Linley, McKay, Mbuti (Carberry), Ferguson, Middleton, Peterson (J McKay), Mandeville (Davis), Whitehouse
Substitutes not used - Iveson, Parkin
October 26, 2014
Wayne impresses - as a goalkeeper!
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Wayne Thomas earned some praise and some time in the limelight after his performance for Worcester City last weekend hit the headlines.
Wayne is used to trying to stop the opposition from scoring, but this time it was a little different. City were left without a goalkeeper for their Conference North game against Harrogate Town after Jose Veiga was injured just 30 seconds into the game. Worcester's first choice keeper, Nathan Vaughan, is out with a groin injury at the moment, and boss Carl Heeley had taken the gamble of not naming a goalkeeper as one of their substitutes.
As Heeley told BBC Hereford & Worcester. "And 99 times out of 100, when you have a spare keeper on the bench, he's not used. "But that's the way it goes."
"Jose went in goal and, within the first 30 seconds, he's got a nasty-looking knee injury," added Heeley. "So I got the boys together and asked 'How many of you have ever played in goal?' - that was the selection process. Tommo put his hand up and off he went."
Along with some great help from the defence, he kept a clean sheet, and Worcester won the game 2-0!
October 25, 2014
Rovers v MK Dons
Doncaster Rovers welcome fourth placed MK Dons to the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon for a key League One fixture that Rovers will do to win - but they need to in order to take the mounting pressure on the team and manager following poor results of late that see the club just a point above the relegation places.
There appear to be no new injury concerns, so any changes to the squad will be as a result of Paul Dickov trying to find the 'winning formula'. Striker Curtis Main may be in line for a start today after having two substitute appearances after recovering from knee surgery. In line for a debut today is new loan signing Andy Butler, who signed on loan for his hometown team until January, and is likely to add valuable experience and leadership in a leaky Rovers defence.
Apart from that, the squad is likely to be as for Tuesday's home game against Leyton Orient.
MK Dons have doubts over striker Dean Bowditch, who was injured in Tuesday's game against Fleetwood Town. Also missing are Danny Green (hamstring) and Lee Hodson (ankle), who are still not ready, despite having resumed training.
October 25, 2014
Butler joins on loan
Doncaster Rovers have signed Sheffield United defender Andy Butler on loan until January, and he will go straight into the squad for this afternoon's home game against Milton Keynes Dons.
Butler, who was born in Balby, will add much needed experience and leadership skills in a Rovers defence that has been deprived of the leadership of Rob Jones for virtually all of the season.
Andy joined Sheffield United in the summer after becoming out of contract at Walsall, but failed to hold down a regular first team place and returned to Walsall on loan until recently.
He told DROS: “I always thought it would be weird playing for my home town team and I’ve got to do well or I’ll probably get chased out of town! I’ve had a lot of text messages from my mates saying they can’t believe how real it is but I’m excited about it. I used to come and watch when they were giving tickets away for a penny so I’ve seen them when they were in the Conference and I suppose it’s special because I’m a Doncaster boy and want to see Doncaster do well."
"It’s been quick, the loan with Walsall ran out and Dean Smith needed funds for midfielders and strikers before getting a call from the gaffer asking if I wanted to come here and it gives me the opportunity to play games which is all I want to do. I pride my game on leading from the back and being a good organiser; I was a captain at Walsall for a few years and want to bring some leadership to here. If you’re consistent then you’ll do well in this league, barring Bristol City no one has been a standout performer and we’re early enough in the season now that if you string a few results together you push yourselves right back up there."
Boss Paul Dickov was pleased to have finally got his man, after strongly hinting earlier in the week that a loan signing was imminent.
He commented: "I’ve tried to sign Andy a few times over the last few years and he’s what we need at the minute. He’s a leader and an organiser. We’ve got good players in the team and we need to be a little bit louder with our communication on the pitch and someone like Andy can provide that."
October 25, 2014
Steer set for Villa return
On loan goalkeeper Jed Steer looks to be about to return to Aston Villa after next week's game against Bradford City. His loan deal expires next week, and Paul Dickov has indicated that he thinks Villa will not sanction an extension to the loan.
He told DROS: "We’ll be speaking to Villa next week and it looks like he’ll be going back after the Bradford game. We knew that it might happen and we’ve got a contingency plan in place. Jed’s done great for us, he’s got better as it’s gone on but we’ve targeted somebody and we’re hopeful we can get something done."
"We’re always looking [at new additions] but it’s not always that easy. Different factors happen, the parent club might change their mind, the money might be too much, the agents get involved and things haven’t happened because it hasn’t been possible."
October 25, 2014
Main eager to take chance
Striker Curtis Main is keen to put his injury woes behind him and do well enough to hold down a regular first team place in the Rovers side.
He has made two appearances as substitute in the last week, and is hoping that he can step up to make a start today.
He told the Yorkshire Post: "I am back training and being involved with all the lads is a lot better than sitting and watching in the gym and I am happy to be back. The injury wasn’t ideal as I came down and was feeling good and fit and had a great start scoring on the opening day of the season. It was unfortunate, but it is just one of those things in football."
He added: "I have had more than a weeks’ training now and thirty minutes down at Fleetwood and on Tuesday night, I came on for another half an hour now and that’s good. It’s just down to the manager now and whether he feels I look sharp enough in training to get the nod from the start. We’ll see.”
October 23, 2014
Hume moves to India!
Ex-Rovers striker Iain Hume has moved to a new club after being a free agent since the summer. He has signed for Kerala Blasters, who play in the new Indian Super League which kicked off two weekends ago. He played for the full 90 minutes of their opening game of the season, which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Northeast United.
Hume was picked up by the Blasters in the Inaugural International Draft in the summer. The league has a number of "marquee players", which include the likes of Italian legend Alessandro Del Piero, French forward David Trezeguet and English goalkeeper David James, who serves as player/manager for Hume’s team.
There are high hopes that the league will make inroads in the as-yet-untapped soccer market in India. if it does, and Hume plays well, he could very well catch the eye of Canadian head coach Benito Floro.
October 23, 2014
Loan move for Rovers youngster
Youth team player Spencer Lund has joined Frickley Athletic on loan, so that he can gain some experience of playing in matches at a higher level than the youth team.
With both of the Lund brothers highly tipped for success at senior ranks in due course, the Rovers' youth policy is showing some signs of success, with a number of former youth players being included in the first team squad this season.
He made the move to Frickley in the week ending 4th October, but he has only featured as a non-playing substitute as far as we can see.
His brother, Mitchell, made his Rovers first team debut against Burton Albion and has since featured on the bench at first team games.
October 23, 2014
Scott moves on
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Scott Maxfield has joined Handsworth Parramore, who play in the NCEL Premier Division.
He began his career with Rovers back in the 1990s before moving to spend three seasons at Hull City. Scott returned to Rovers during their early years in the Conference, before joining Barrow and Stalybridge Celtic. A move to Buxton followed in 2008, and he stayed there until summer 2013 as player/manager. He has since joined Bradford Park Avenue, but has now been persuaded to join Handsworth Parramore, who were renamed following a merger between Worksop Parramore and Handsworth Juniors in the summer. They are still based at Sandy Lane, Worksop.
October 23, 2014
Quid a kid on Saturday
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they are offering "quid a kid" for all home areas of the ground for Saturday's home game against MK Dons as part of a local promotion.
The offer means that anyone buying a match day ticket or has a season ticket (either adult, senior citizen or 17-20 categories), can bring up to three children to the game for just £1 each. The offer also applies to season ticket holders under
Rovers members prices start at £18 for adults, £14 for seniors, £10 for a 'young person', with non-members paying from £20 for adults, £16 for seniors and £12 for a young person.
October 23, 2014
Wellens calls for consistency
Experienced Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens knows that the players have got to improve if they are to succeed this season.
In an interview from last week, he told DROS: "We’ve got to be looking at the top six. It’s if we can keep all the players fit. I’m starting to feel good about myself now so hopefully we'll be in and around the play offs. We don’t think we've had a great start so we've just got to defend better and stop conceding silly goals and we'll win more games. Consistency is massive. When players do well, they stop doing the things that have got them to that point. We're cruising and people start switching off and thinking it's too easy. If you keep doing the same things, then we'll keep improving."
October 22, 2014
Rovers 0 Leyton Orient 2
It's going to be a long, hard season for Doncaster Rovers supporters if last night's performance is anything to go by. Rovers put on a hugely disappointing performance against a Leyton Orient side that started off the game below them in the table, yet it was the visitors that had the organisation, desire and determination to win the game. They had clearly done their homework on Rovers, and it paid off handsomely.
Rovers got off to a disastrous start, conceding in the third moment when Leyton Orient cut through the defence without a meaningful challenge being offered, with Jay Simpson finishing well.
Confidence is a valuable commodity, and the Rovers players just did not have it at that stage. There were chances for the equaliser, with Tyson having a shot saved by ex-Rovers keeper Gary Woods, while James Coppinger had a shot cleared off the line.
The moment of real controversy then followed when virtually everyone saw the offence which should have given Rovers a penalty, and seen Cuthbert sent off. A looping ball into the Orient penalty area saw Woods charging out to collect, but the ball bounced over his head, allowing Tyson to try and divert the ball into the net. A hand went up to stop that happening, but the referee just did not see the offence. Just a few minutes before the break, and the outcome of the game would have been so different if the offence had been seen.
Forrester then clashed with McAnuff on the near touchline which saw both booked - Forrester for the offence, and McAnuff for retaliation, and the Rovers midfielder only lasted a few minutes of the second half before being substituted, partly as he had been very disappointing, but also to prevent him from being sent off.
It took until quarter of an hour from the end before any meaningful crosses were delivered into the visitors' goalmouth, with Coppinger delivering a couple of dangerous balls that just evaded everyone as they went across the front of goal.
Leyton Orient's second goal was a well struck shot by Darius Henderson from the right side of the penalty area, but by then the damage had been done.
The worrying thing was that there were few players on the Rovers side who played anywhere near their potential. The ball was passed backwards on numerous occasions, with no-one making themselves available to receive the ball. A number of the players in the side have been at the club for long enough for the fans to know what they are capable of, but they did not do so last night. Whether that is that Dickov has "lost the dressing room", whether it is that the training methods and tactics are wrong, or something else, who knows? But something needs fixing, with the club now just a point above the relegation places and two above bottom club Scunthorpe United.
The "Man of the Match" voting is now open. If you would like to take part, please click on the logo to the left.
October 22, 2014
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was understandably disappointed with the performance and result of last night's game against Leyton Orient, but was keen to appeal to the players and fans not to "lose the faith".
He told the Doncaster Star after the game: "Things can turn around in football very quickly. We have to keep on going and we have to keep on believing in ourselves."
"We were a lot better than we were on Saturday [at Fleetwood]. The was the biggest positive. I’m very disappointed with the result but I asked for more effort and I got that. We just didn’t take our chances."
Dickov was not happy with the events that saw referee Chris Sarginson miss a blatant handball that would have levelled the scores for Rovers at a key point in the first half.
He commented: "It was a blatant hand ball - everyone in the ground has seen it and it came at such a crucial time in the game."
Leyton Orient interim boss Kevin Nugent praised his players after picking up his first win as boss, but was quick to thank the travelling fans for their backing.
He said: "I'll tell you who I was most pleased for. We had 236 fans here today and it cost them a few quid to get up on a Tuesday night in Doncaster. It was fantastic and I was so pleased for them as much as anyone else. It means a lot and I'm pleased for the 236 fans that were here. You could see how much it meant to them by the way they were clapping and applauding. In terms of myself I'm certainly not feeling any strain because I'm enjoying every minute of it. I'll do whatever's best for this football club and hopefully we continue to get some wins."
He added: "It was an exciting game and a good away performance by us. I'm really pleased obviously with the three points. There were some really big performances from our players and I'm certainly not going to single anyone out because it was an absolute group effort. But I'm really pleased with the two finishes."
October 22, 2014
Goals review
Fortunes at Cardiff City are continuing to improve, as they won 3-1 at home to Ipswich Town last night. Former Rovers loan striker Frederico Macheda scored Cardiff's second goal in the 47th minute, with the win lifting the club into 10th place in the Championship.
It was an eventful night at the New York Stadium, where Rotherham United will feel unlucky not to have taken all three points from their home game with Fulham. Former Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack scored Fulham's first equaliser in the 33rd minute from the penalty spot - Rotherham went on to lead on two further occasions, only for the Londoners to equalise shortly afterwards, with the final Fulham goal coming in the 90th minute.
In League One, Jonathan Forte scored twice for Oldham Athletic in their comfortable 4-1 home win over Coventry City, which lifts them to 8th place, just a point outside the play-offs.
A division further down, defender Enda Stevens scored an early goal for Northampton Town in their home game against Oxford United. It all went wrong for the Cobblers then, with Oxford winning the game 3-1.
Journeyman striker Chris Beardsley scored for Stevenage Borough in their 3-2 defeat at Portsmouth.
October 22, 2014
New date for County game
The home league game against Notts County has been rearranged for Tuesday, 16th December, with a 7:45pm kick-off.
The original game was postponed due to Rovers having three players called up for international duty, with the first rearranged date being the date of the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Rovers and Notts County were then drawn against each other in the third round, making it certain that one of them would progress, and causing the second rearrangement of the game.
October 22, 2014
Bradford City ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 974 tickets for the away game at Bradford City, which will be played on Saturday, 1st November.
They are currently on sale to season ticket holders, multi-game ticket holders and Alliance members, with any remaining tickets going on general sale from Monday, 27th October.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (60+) £14 - Students £14 - Juniors (U16) £12 - Juniors (U11) £5 (when purchased with an adult ticket).
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, but can take a carer free of charge.
October 21, 2014
Rovers v Leyton Orient
It looks virtually certain that Paul Dickov will make changes to the starting eleven for this evening's home game against Leyton Orient, as he attempts to solve some of the inconsistencies in performance levels experienced so far this season. That was typified by a disappointing result on Saturday when Rovers were deservedly beaten at Fleetwood Town.
Rovers will be playing their first home game in just over a month, with a run of away games extended due to the postponement of the home game against Notts County.
Striker Curtis Main made a return to action as a substitute on Saturday after recovering from knee surgery, and will take part in today's game. Apart from that, there appear to be no new injury or suspension problems for Dickov to contend with, so further changes will only be as part of his attempts to find the 'winning formula'.
Rob Jones continues to be absent as he recovers from injury, and Dickov has hinted that he is searching for a new leader - as he told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We need someone who is a bit more of a leader than we have at the minute. You want leaders all the way through your team. People who organise and who lead by example."
Leyton Orient may give a debut to new Italian striker Gianvito Plamati, as long as they get international clearance in time. Winger Jobi McAnuff has completed a suspension and is available for the game, but suspensions will rule out both of Orient's first choice centre backs, Nathan Clarke and Mathieu Baudry.
Missing due to injury will be Adam Legzdins, Dean Cox, Gary Sawyer, Lloyd James, Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney.
October 21, 2014
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against Leyton Orient are:
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistant referees: Nicholas Barnard and Paul Hodkinson
Fourth official: Paul Graham
October 21, 2014
Dickov tells players to deliver
A few Doncaster Rovers players may have said that they want the club to be after a top six finish this season, but the erratic form shown so far has not convinced boss Paul Dickov that such ambition is realistic.
He is getting frustrated of the inconsistency, both in results and standard of performances, shown so far, and is calling on the squad to put their ambition into action before it is too late.
He told the Doncaster Free Press after Saturday's loss at Fleetwood Town: ""It’s OK the players coming out and talking about the top six but talk is cheap. If you want to make top six, and there’s players in our squad that know how to do it, then you’ve got to perform on a consistent basis and dig out results when you’re not playing well. It’s going to be difficult for that to happen for us because there are a lot of big clubs with big resources and big squads in this division. We feel that when we perform we’re capable of matching those teams but we have to do it on a consistent basis.”
He continued "It’s becoming a little bit of a common theme that started right at the beginning of the season. We had two fantastic performances and wins over Yeovil and York and then a bog standard one against Port Vale. Then we beat Colchester and Watford when we were really good and then got beat by Oldham. And then we’ve just had two fantastic performances and another poor performance on Saturday. We’ve got to get to the bottom of it. We need to get some sort of consistency in our play. We’ve got to keep working at it."
October 21, 2014
Scunthorpe United 2 Youth Team 2
Two late goals for Doncaster Rovers scored by in-form Jack McKay almost saw Rovers snatch victory in this weekend's youth team fixture, but a late goal from Scunthorpe denied them taking all three points.
The confidence of the Rovers players seemed to have taken a knock following their first defeat of the season the previous weekend, and Scunthorpe tended to have the bet of the first half, which ended in them taking the lead on 38 minutes as a cross in from the right was headed in. The woodwork saved Rovers from going in at the break further behind, but it was when Rovers made second half substitutions that things started to change and more was seen of them as an attacking force.
Then two goals in two minutes from Jack McKay, the first from a 25 yard free kick, and the second, a neat finish barely a minute later, put Rovers in front. McKay could have had a hat-trick with a few minutes of the game to play, but a suspected push was waved away. And then Scunthorpe won a late free kick which was eventually turned in to see the game finish level at 2.2.
Doncaster Rovers: : Iveson, Carberry, M’Buti, P. McKay, Brown, Linley, Head, Gordon, Davies, J. McKay, Mandeville
Substitutes: Greasley (for Carberry, 55), Wanless (for Gordon, 69), Parkin, Williamson
October 21, 2014
Voting results v Fleetwood
We received six nominations for the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's away game at Fleetwood Town, but perhaps it says it all that goalkeeper Jed Steer was the one to impress the most fans, winning the voting by a clear margin.
The players to receive the most votes were:
1 Jed Steer (57.14%)
2 Luke McCullough (15.38%)
We thank everyone for taking the time to place their vote. The next poll will open after this evening's home game against Leyton Orient.
October 20, 2014
Ball moves to Mickleover
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Jordan Ball has completed a transfer from Belper Town to Mickleover Sports. This marks his second spell at Mickleover, having previously been there from December 2013 until the end of last season. He made the move to Mickleover on Friday, 3rd October and scored on his debut for them the following day in their 5-1 home win over Leek Town in the Evo-Stik League.
Jordan began his football career in the Rovers' youth team, earning his first professional contract in summer 2012. Despite the occasional first team appearance, mainly as a substitute, and was sent out on loan early the following season to Belper Town to get some first team experience. Despite a scoring with his first touch of Rovers' Johnstone's Paint Trophy game at home to Chesterfield, he was rather surprised to be released by Rovers at the end of that season and signed for Rainworth Miners Welfare after a short spell at FC Halifax Town.
October 20, 2014
Nick becomes Albion's physio
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Nick Fenton has retired from playing and has now become a physiotherapist at League Two club Burton Albion.
His playing career finally ended in April 2014 after playing for a season with Alfreton Town, with his career taking in more than 600 first team games since he started out as a youngster with Manchester City.
It was clearly a career path that Nick had planned all along, as he explains: "When I was a young lad at Manchester City my parents made sure I stayed on at school and did my A-Levels and at the time I was doing those towards becoming a physiotherapist – I did biology and chemistry and that sort of thing."
"I never thought anything else of it and got into City's first-team, so it was all football, football, football. There was no thought about what I was going to do then. I got to 30 and wondered what I was going to do. Manually, I'm not very good at DIY or anything like that – so plumbing, electrician, things like that went out of the window!"
"I thought I'd do physiotherapy, so I spoke to the PFA, and I spoke to (Football League education officer) Pat Lally, who put me onto people at Salford University, who do the PFA-run course. It started the week after but they accepted me onto the course straight away, so that's how it started. It was a really quick process. I just had to go back home and speak to my wife and see if she was okay with it, because it involved a lot of travel. At the time I was at Rotherham, so it meant travelling to Salford twice a week. It was a big commitment but we decided it was best to get something under my belt for when I finished."
October 20, 2014
Dickov wants Reece to sign for more
Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov is hoping to persuade defender Reece Wabara to sign an extension to his short term contract which runs out at the end of the year.
Wabara has impressed the Rovers boss since rejoining Rovers in the summer and has proved his versatility in filling in at various positions in the defence when required.
Dickov told the Doncaster Free Press: "We want to keep Reece here. We need to sit Reece down and have a chat. It’s something I’ve spoken to the board about. He’s a big asset to us and the age he’s at, he’s only going to get better."
"Although he may not be the tallest, he’s got a good spring and he’s very, very quick. He covers well and reads the game well. When we put him at right back, as well as being a good defender, he’s an attacking threat for us as well. He’s played every minute since he’s come back in. That says a lot about his attitude and how he looks after himself. He’s naturally very fit. The more games he gets, the better he is going to get.”
October 20, 2014
Rovers drawn at home in Youth Cup
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn at home to Morecambe in the first round of the FA Youth Cup. The game will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium, but a date for the fixture has yet to be agreed between the two sides. Rovers reached the third round last season before bowing out at Manchester City.
October 20, 2014
Travel information to Bradford City
The Supporters Club are running coaches to the forthcoming away game at Bradford City, which is on Saturday, 1st November.
They will leave Retford at 11.45am, Bawtry 12 noon, Harworth 11.50am, Rossington 12 noon, Hare & Tortoise 12.05pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 12.15pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 12.30pm.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £12 - OAPs £11 - Under 16s £10
Non-members: Adults £14 - OAPs £13 - Under 16s £11
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'.
October 19, 2014
Fleetwood Town 3 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers never recovered from conceding an 11th minute goal, giving Fleetwood Town a comfortable win at Highbury yesterday afternoon.
Harry Forrester was dispossessed deep in the Rovers' half, with Stephen Dobbie met a cross in from the wing to give Fleetwood the lead.
Rovers were back on level terms just three minutes later as Nathan Tyson found space to shoot, with the deflection sending Fleetwood keeper Chris Maxwell the wrong way. Maxwell was well positioned to deny a powerful shot from Richie Wellens, but it was the home side that scored next, with McAlinden scoring in the 37th minute; his second goal in as many games since joining on loan from Wolves.
Tyson went close to levelling matters early in the second half, getting the last touch in a scramble in the Fleetwood penalty area, but Maxwell's outstretched arm denied him. While Rovers tried to battle their way back into the game, Jed Steer had to be on hand to pull off good saves to deny Ball and Dobbie from close range.
A third goal in the 73rd minute ended any prospect of Rovers getting any points out of the game, and more worryingly, sees Rovers just two points above the relegation places, although they do have two games in hand on all four clubs in that position. But they are woefully inconsistent at the moment, and while we know there are the players in the squad capable of winning games, they are not doing so regularly.
October 19, 2014
What the managers said
Forget any chances of reaching the top six this season, warned Paul Dickov. That was his immediate reaction following yesterday's disappointing defeat that sees Rovers looking over their shoulders rather than eyeing any prospect of challenging for promotion.
Speaking after the game, he said: "Fleetwood started much better than us, closed us down and moved the ball better. Second half, attacking-wise, I thought we were a lot better, we moved the ball better, we used the width better. But defensively, as a team, the three goals we conceded were really poor. It's becoming a little bit of a common theme."
He added: "It's going to be difficult for the top six to happen for us. There's a lot of big clubs with good resources and big squads in this division. We feel we've got enough to match those teams but we've got to do it on a consistent basis. It's OK players coming out and talking about the top six but talk is cheap; we've got to go out there and do it. If you want to make the top six, and we've got players in that changing room capable of it, you've got to go out there and pick up results on a consistent basis."
The size of the Rovers squad, and injuries to others limit his options, as he concluded by saying: "There's not a lot of options for us at the moment. We've got one or two on the way back but they're not quite ready yet, but it's what we'll work with and it's up to me as the manager to stop this trend and start getting some consistency and quickly."
Fleetwood Graham Alexander was jubilant after picking up all three points yesterday, and praised the performance of his squad after the game.
He said: "The players were exceptional today and we got the goals which our play deserved. We had that cutting edge and could have scored a couple more. Doncaster are a very good team and we had to make sure we dealt with their threats, and I thought we did that in large parts. Their deflected goal was a bit of a punch in the stomach but the players responded really well and played some good stuff."
"Our strikers did ever so well today and stretched Doncaster. In the second half we had to make sure we did the right things defensively and restrict them to as little opportunities as possible. The play for our third goal was superb, and Bally has got the goal he so thoroughly deserves. The players deserve this win because they haven’t stopped believing in the things we do on the training pitch, and have never let their heads get down."
October 19, 2014
Goals review
For a change, there were several former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals yesterday, and we begin our review in the Championship, where Frederico Macheda got new Cardiff boss Russell Slade's managerial career in Wales off to a good start by scoring in the 22nd minute. City went on to beat leaders Nottingham Forest 2-1.
Also in the Championship, Gordon Greer scored an 88th minute consolation goal in Brighton & Hove Albion's 2-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough.
Finishing off in the Championship, Matt Mills scored the winning goal for struggling Bolton Wanderers in their away game at Birmingham City, who themselves are now just a point above the relegation places. Bolton move off the bottom of the table thanks to the 1-0 win, but still have three more points to gain to catch up with Birmingham.
Moving into League One, Jonathan Forte scored from the penalty spot for Oldham Athletic in their 1-1 draw at Chesterfield, and James Hayter scored for Yeovil in the 34th minute as they drew 1-1 at home to Swindon Town.
Dropping down into the Conference, we see that Lee Fowler scored for Nuneaton Borough yesterday in their 2-1 defeat at Eastleigh.
North of the border, Paul Heffernan had only been on the pitch for a minute when he scored for Hibernian in the 86th minute of their 4-0 away win at Livingston in the Scottish Championship. He slid in to covert a low cross, and the win extends the Edinburgh side's unbeaten run to five games.
On a negative note, we see that former Rovers loan defender Matthew Kilgallon was sent off for a second bookable offence while playing for Blackburn Rovers in their 1-1 draw at Ipswich. His boss, Lee Bowyer, was angry not only about the decision to book Kilgallon the second time, but on the fact that he cannot appeal against the sending off as it was for two bookings.
Bowyer said after the game: "Look how long it took the referee to consult on the first decision, but for the second yellow card, he didn't consult anyone. I thought he got the first one right but the second was a foul on Matt Kilgallon. Not only is there an injustice, but we can't even appeal because it was two yellow cards, yet you can appeal a red card. How crazy is that? It is something we will be taking up."
Finally, we look abroad to see that ex-Rovers striker Dene Shields scored again for Xewkiga Tigers as they maintained their good start to the Maltese season, coming out 6-2 winners against Oratory Youths, scoring five goals, including Shields' penalty on the half hour, in a dramatic first half. Shields added a sixth goal on 60 minutes, while two late penalty winners for Oratory made the score line a little more respectable.
October 19, 2014
Diouf set for move to Malaysia
Ex-Rovers striker El-Hadjii Diouf looks likely to move to Malaysia for the next installment in his career. He is without a club at the moment, after his contract at Leeds United expired in the summer, but he has been holding talks with Sabah FC, who play in the Malaysian Premier League, about a move, with Sabah saying they are "hoping to tie up a deal as early as next week.
Diouf has won the African Footballer of the Year twice in his career, but has also attracted controversy on numerous occasions, failing to live up to his potential at clubs such as Sunderland. He has played for three clubs in France, one in Scotland and six in England, while also picking up 69 caps for Senegal.
October 19, 2014
Coppinger - Rovers must emulate 2013 squad
Rovers' stand-in skipper James Coppinger has called on his team mates to produce the consistency that the squad did when they last won promotion from League One in the 2012/13 season.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "The biggest thing at this level is doing the basics right. The year we got promoted everybody did the basics right. We went into games not playing not really that well football-wise, but we were grinding out results because we were doing things fans probably don’t see. We’ve got to understand if we do those sorts of things, we’ve got the players within the team that can win us games."
Looking at Rovers' performances so far this season, he said last week: "There’s been a bit of frustration around at the way we’ve started the season. Everybody always has the ideal season in their mind and you want to get off to a good start. Realistically we’ve made a lot of cuts from the budget, we’ve brought certain players in and a lot of players have gone. It’s about making the best of what we’ve got, and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re ten games in and we’ve had some great performances and we’ve had some not so good performances. The challenge now is to create that consistency.”
October 18, 2014
Fleetwood Town v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers return to action this afternoon, welcoming three players back from international duty, with their absence causing the postponement of last weekend's game against Notts County.
However, midfielder Dean Furman only arrived back in Doncaster yesterday after playing for South Africa in their game against the Congo on Wednesday evening, so he is unlikely to start today's game, meaning that the Rovers midfield is likely to comprise Richie Wellens, Paul Keegan and Marc de Val Fernandez.
Defender Rob Jones will miss the game as he recovers from his latest knee operation, but striker Curtis Main could return this afternoon. Some reports suggest that he was close to being included in the squad for Rovers' game at Burton ten days ago, so he should be fit enough to be included today, although he may have to settle for being introduced back into action from the bench.
Youngster Ben Askins will be missing for a few weeks after picking up an ankle injury in training.
Fleetwood will be missing a number of players due to injuries - Jeff Hughes (broken leg), Keith Southern (hernia) and Jamille Matt (leg). Nathan Pond could return after training this week for the first time since recovering from an ankle injury, and while Hughes and Southern did play for their 'development' side during the week, they are unlikely to be risked today.
Certain to be included is Conor McLaughlin, who started both of Northern Ireland's games last week.
October 18, 2014
Dickov keen to get back into action
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is keen to get back into action this afternoon after the postponement of last week's game.
But while he has no problem with the players setting themselves targets, he is playing down the ambition of the club after an about turn in club policy during the summer, in which the emphasis was built more on progressing the youth policy, which will not reap dividends until the medium term.
He told DROS: "I want to aim for the top six and get promotion but we have to be realistic as well. We believe if we keep our players fit and get consistent performances then we won’t be far off. I’ve got no problem with players coming out and saying that because I keep telling them to have belief in themselves. If they’re coming out and saying that, then they’ve got to back it up and that’s good for me.”
“You know you’ve got to play the games in this league in a short space of time and it’s about managing the players correctly. If they need rest time, we’ll give it to them. Games that come thick and fast are easy to negate when you’re winning though."
"Confidence is high which is when you’ve got to be on your guard. Sometimes we’re at our worst when we’ve been at our best so we’ve got to guard because it will be a tough game for us on Saturday. Fleetwood are a good team who we’ve had watched so we need to be aware and do what we did in the Burton and Scunthorpe games, which is be hard to beat and then play your football from there because we’re going to have to dig in and do that on Saturday."
October 18, 2014
Today's match officials
The Football League have confirmed the appointment of the match officials for this afternoon's away game at Fleetwood Town.
They will be:
Referee: Stephen Martin
Assistant referees: Michael Denton and Glen Hart
Fourth official: Alan Clayton
October 18, 2014
Billy comes back to present new kit to kids
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Billy Sharp has returned to the town to present a new kit to the youngsters of Adwick Allstars junior football team. They won a nationwide kit makeover competition after receiving votes on social media and support from local supporters and professional players to become one of five winners in the "junior" category, which earned them a prize of a new sponsored team strip, a set of new balls and a £500 club donation.
October 18, 2014
Hibs still hope for Quinn
Edinburgh club Hibernian are still waiting to see if former Rovers defender Paul Quinn will accept a contract offer made by them earlier in the week. Prospects looked bleak midway through the week, with Quinn going on trials to Ross County, but Hibs boss Alan Stubbs is still hopeful.
He told the Edinburgh News: "We’ve made an offer which he’s contemplating so hopefully we’ll know one way or the other over the next 24 hours what’s happening with him."
Quinn was due to train with County for the rest of the week before both parties decide whether to take things further.
October 17, 2014
Cup date agreed
Doncaster Rovers and Notts County have agreed a date for their third round tie in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The game will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday, 11th November with a 7:30pm kick-off.
Rovers have stated that the kick-off will be 15 minutes earlier than usual "to appeal to families in the local area and accommodate all travelling supporters from the Nottingham area."
The ticket prices for the game have also been agreed and will be £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and under 21s, with under-16s free if they are accompanied by a full paying adult or a senior citizen/under 21.
October 17, 2014
Wellens can't wait to get back into action
Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens can't wait to get back into action tomorrow after a fortnight's break since the last league game.
Last weekend's league game against Notts County was postponed due to international call-ups for Dean Furman, Luke McCullough and Marko Marosi.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star ahead of the break, Wellens said: "“I’m getting fit, feeling good and then all of a sudden it’s nearly two weeks between games. It just does my head in."
Presumably adding in jest, he said: "I like Dean Furman but he’s going to South Africa and playing in the Congo and we have to have a weekend off. We’ll be in double sessions running this week because of him."
"In all seriousness, it’s all about momentum, keeping confidence high and keeping on winning. We need to keep that momentum going over this break and take it into the game with Fleetwood. Even when we’re not playing well we need to be digging in, doing the right things at the right times in the game to get the result."
The Rovers boss may be playing down their targets for this season, but Wellens has an eye on a play-off place, adding: "We’ve got to be looking at top six in League One as a minimum. I’m starting to feel good about myself after getting a few games and if we keep the players fit then we should be up there. We don’t think we’ve had a great start but if we win our game in hand we’d be up to seventh."
October 17, 2014
Bramall down to fifth in Yorkshire "Rich List"
One of Rovers' major shareholders, Terry Bramall, has fallen to fifth place in the "Yorkshire Rich List" according to the Insider Media web site.
The table has been compiled by Philip Beresford, which estimates Bramall's wealth at £425 million, which is the highest worth of anyone connected with Yorkshire football clubs.
Top of the list is DFS founder Lord Kirkham (£1.15 billion), followed by Eddie Healey (property magnate, £950 million), then Sir Ken Morrison (Morrisons supermarkets, £800 million).
In the football world, Assem Allan (Hull City) is ninth in the list (£320 million), Dean Hoyle (Huddersfield Town) 10th with a worth of £270 million), and Kevin McCabe (Sheffield United) £90 million, which ranks him in 43rd place.
October 17, 2014
Unused ticket offer
Doncaster Rovers have made an offer to season ticket holders that they can claim a match ticket for next Tuesday's home game against Leyton Orient for any unused tickets in their season ticket book for matches 1 to 5 inclusive.
Any unused tickets must be exchanged for a ticket for the Leyton Orient game on a "like for like" basis, for adult, senior or 'young people' categories only.
October 16, 2014
Reserves 3 Hartlepool United 1
Rob Jones got his first win as manager of the Rovers' Development XI yesterday afternoon, with a young Rovers side coming out victorious against a Hartlepool United side that included some more experienced players, including Marlon Harewood.
Rovers started the game at Cantley Park brightly, and went into an early lead as Liam Mandeville fired the ball into the top corner of the net. Mandeville almost made it 2-0 soon afterwards, but was denied by a good save from the Hartlepool goalkeeper, but the pressure eventually told and Rovers' second goal came as Peterson flicked the ball on for Alex Head to tap home from close range.
Rovers continued to set the tempo and it could have been 3-0 when Ferguson was put through one on one, but a good save from Dawson low to his right denied the midfielder.
Hartlepool pulled a goal back just before half time when Green headed home at the far post, and could have gone in to the break level, but Franks saw his shot tipped over by Rovers goalkeeper Iveson.
Marlon Harewood had the first chance of the second half, with his free kick rattling the bar. It took until five minutes from time for the final goal of the game, with Jack McKay, on as a substitute, picking the ball up in the Rovers half and took the ball down the pitch on his own before firing a great shot from 25 yards which flew into the top corner.
Doncaster Rovers:: Iveson, Lund, Brown, Middleton, Wakefield, P.McKay, Ferguson, Head (Linley, 55), Peterson (J.McKay, 75), Mandeville (Gordon, 65), Whitehouse
Substitutes: Linley (for Head, 55), Gordon (for Mandeville, 65), J McKay (for Peterson, 75), Carberry, Davies
Hartlepool United: Dawson, Richards, D.Holden, Green, Nearney, Turnbull, A.Holden (Armstrong, 55), Atkinson, Harewood, Franks, Smith
Substitutes: Armstrong (for A Holden, 55), Blackford, Carr, Wood, Mitchinson
October 16, 2014
Wilcox is the new boss at York
Former Rovers defender Russ Wilcox has been named as the new manager at York City, just a few days after being sacked from his post at Scunthorpe United.
York had been looking for new manager after Nigel Worthington resigned after Saturday's 3-1 defeat to Newport County, after guiding them away from the relegation places in League Two last season after arriving in March 2013.
York's chairman, Jason McGill, said: "Russ has excellent managerial experience and a track record of success in League Two. We believe he is the right person to take this club forward. He is a hardworking individual and an excellent motivator and someone who shares our vision for the club now and in the future."
Wilcox told BBC Radio York: "There are people in place here to move this club forward. I like to get the ball down and play football but the bottom line is winning matches and building from that."
Steve Torpey, who was at Scunthorpe with Wilcox earlier in his career, will remain as assistant manager, with no mention of whether Wilcox's assistant at Scunthorpe, ex-Rover John Schofield, would be joining the club.
October 16, 2014
Rovers deny Tomlinson set for board
Doncaster Rovers have denied that One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is about to be invited to join the board of the club following reports in the national press earlier this month.
However, Tomlinson remains on friendly terms with the club, despite being involved in a failed takeover bid for the club during the summer, and the club have confirmed that he will be meeting the board in the near future "to discuss other projects".
A spokesman for the club told the Doncaster Star: "The board and Louis Tomlinson are hoping to meet in the near future to discuss various projects. There is no truth at this time to suggestions Mr Tomlinson is set to join the board. However the club hopes to continue its positive relationship with Mr Tomlinson."
Tomlinson was pictured at the weekend at a restaurant in Cheshire with Rovers boss Paul Dickov and training ground manager Phil Goldman.
October 16, 2014
Lund hopes for first team chance
Young Rovers defender Mitchell Lund will be hoping for another chance in the Rovers first team after impressing on his debut against Burton Albion in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy game recently.
The teenager admits that he noticed differences in the game after stepping up from youth team level last season.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: “I’ll have a little word with him [Dickov] and see what he says. Hopefully I’ll get some good feedback. It was a good game. We need to take that into the next game now and carry it on."
"I enjoyed it. It was good to get ninety minutes under my belt, hopefully I’ll get another chance to do that soon. The senior players spoke to me about the difference [between youth and senior football] and the aggressiveness. The tempo is a lot quicker but I’ve just got to step up, and I think I coped quite well. Hopefully I’ve proven that I can make that step up."
Boss Paul Dickov doesn't seem to need too much convincing of Lund's potential, commenting: “He’s a good player, Mitchell. He’s going to be a very good player. In pre-season he was somebody we’d earmarked as wanting to push into the first team squad and push up. He’s still a very young boy though. He’s still got to learn but I thought he showed great maturity.”
October 15, 2014
Quinn misses out at Hibs
Ex-Rovers defender Paul Quinn has failed to win a contract at Scottish club Hibernian - so he has gone further north and joined Ross County for training in the hope of winning a deal there.
The former Scotland under-21 international seemed likely to join Hibs after spending a week training, but failed to come to an agreement with them over a contract, so he has moved north to see if he can win a deal at Ross County. At least there will be one familiar face there, with ex-Rovers midfielder Martin Woods having joined them last week in a short term deal.
Ross are currently bottom of the SPL, with new boss Jim McIntyre trying to revitalise his squad after taking over as manager at the start of the month. Earlier in his career, he played over 180 games for Motherwell, before moving on to Cardiff City in 2009 and Rovers in 2012.
October 15, 2014
Dickov uses weekend off wisely
Boss Paul Dickov has been planning to make the most of the enforced weekend off by getting his squad into peak condition and form for this Saturday's trip to Fleetwood Town. With successive wins, over Scunthorpe and Burton, in the week preceding the break, the Rovers boss would have preferred to have had a game on Saturday, but international call-ups have prevented that from happening.
Some players will have worked hard during the break, with Dickov telling the Yorkshire Post: "We will work the ones who need to be worked and get some rest into the ones who need it ahead of a very tough trip to Fleetwood. We know we will go into it with a lot of confidence.”
Rovers will be hoping that a number of players who were below par for the last couple of games due to a sickness bug will have fully recovered by this weekend, with Cedric Evina, Richie Wellens and Reece Wabara all affected and missed some action. Striker Curtis Main is nearing a return to action and could have featured against Burton last Tuesday, so will be pencilled in for a place on the bench this weekend.
October 15, 2014
Gary faces his brother
Former Rovers player Gary Kimble faced his brother in a local derby in non-league football last week. Gary is presently the boss of Ryman Premier League side Witham, and they faced his brother's (Alan) club Maldon & Tiptree in the first round of the Robert Dyas League Cup. Maldon play one division further down, and the game went according to form, with Witham winning the game 1-0, with the only goal of the game coming from a penalty.
They're having a good season - Witham are now just one game away from the First Round of the FA Cup after beating Needham Market on Saturday.
Gary and Alan are "identical twins", born only three minutes apart, but Gary told BBC Essex ahead of the game: "There will be rivalry. Hopefully the players won’t be confused over who’s shouting."
The brothers also share a degree of telepathy, which might have proved confusing. Gary continued: "There’s a telepathic thing. When we were growing up I would say something and a second later he would say ‘I was just about to say that. It’s going to be a family affair. Win, lose or draw we will have a drink after. We’ll put the bragging rights to rest after the game.
October 15, 2014
Furman praises Nathan
Rovers midfielder Dean Furman has praised the influence that striker Nathan Tyson has made on the Rovers squad, with his match-winning performance against Scunthorpe United only a sign of what is to come.
The South African international told the Doncaster Star last week of the Scunthorpe game: “We know Tyson has got unbelievable pace so we just have to put it in the right area and you know he’s going to get onto it. I think it was a terrific finish. He’s such a threat for us. He’s so quick, he puts his body about - I think he’s been concussed every other game for us because he really throws himself about! I’m delighted for him getting his goal, he works so hard and he’ll get many more for us that way."
"I thought Tyson was brilliant for us up front. The wings - Copps [James Coppinger] and Harry [Forrester] were really strong and caused problems all game. It’s something we’ve worked on all week in terms of being a bit more creative because it was lacking against Walsall first half and we didn’t penetrate their final third. So it was important for us to go to Scunthorpe with an attacking freedom but also make sure the back was solid."
October 14, 2014
International review
Looking back at last night's international matches, he may have started on the substitutes' bench, but David Cotterill took full advantage of a sixth minute injury to Simon Church and went on to play the remaining 84 minutes of Wales' game against Cyprus. Wales roared into a 2-0 lead after just 23 minutes, with Cotterill scoring their first goal in the 13th minute. The game finished 2-1 to the Welshmen, and keeps their Euro 2016 campaign well on track.
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Kyle Letheren, now playing for Dundee, was an unused substitute in that game.
Elsewhere, Rovers midfielder Dean Furman caught the eye while playing for South Africa in their 2-0 win over Congo-Brazzaville in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Pointe Noire on Saturday afternoon. Furman was a constant problem for the congo, although the South African goalkeeper won the Man of the Match award for a series of late saves to keep their lead intact.
October 14, 2014
Reserves set for contest against Monkeyhangers
The Rovers' reserves - AKA the Development XI - are in action tomorrow afternoon as they face Hartlepool United at Cantley Park in a Final Third Development League East Division game. The game kicks off at 1pm.
They could be up against former Rovers midfielder Michael Woods, who scored a hat-trick in their opening reserves game of the season in beating Burton Albion 4-3.
The Rovers side, under the guidance of defender Rob Jones, will be hoping to get on the winning track after fielding a young side in previous games.
October 14, 2014
Youth Team 1 Bradford City 2
The youth team's unbeaten run came to an end on Saturday when they were defeated by Bradford City in a game played at Cantley Park.
Rovers had somewhat fortuitously kept their unbeaten record in recent games despite conceding late goals, but fortune wasn't in their favour this time, with an 82nd minute penalty giving Bradford the win.
The first half ended goalless, with both sides having good possession and chances, but the deadlock was broken ten minutes after the break when City took the lead. Chippendale met a low cross to volley home, giving Rovers keeper Iveson little chance of stopping the ball going into the net.
The visitors' lead only lasted a minute though, with a cross in from the left being volleyed home by Liam Mandeville from close range.
Both sides fancied their chances of winning the game at this stage, but it was the visitors who made the important breakthrough, although the Rovers players disputed the decision. Mbuti rose to head the ball clear, but the referee awarded a penalty, presumably for pushing. Callum Chippendale stepped to to calmly slot the ball home for his second goal of the game.
Doncaster Rovers: Iveson, Brown, Carberry, Head, P. McKay, Mbuti, Davies, Linley, J. McKay, Mandeville, Gordon
Substitutes: Parkin (for Gordon, 65), Wanless (for J McKay, 75), Barker, Colley, Williamson
Bradford City: Barker, Jenkinson, Kershaw, King, Waters, McBurnie, Mottley Henry, Devine, Chippendale, Cissa, Brennan
Substitutes: Mellor (for McBurnie, 75), Landi (for Cissa, 75), Hallwood, Windle
October 14, 2014
Youth team drawn away
The Rovers' Under-18 side have been drawn away at Carlisle United in the third round of the Youth Alliance Cup.
The game will be played at Creighton Rugby Club on Saturday, 17th January, although the kick-off time has yet to be confirmed.
Rovers reached the third round after beating Chesterfield 3-1 at Cantley Park, with goals from Liam Mandeville, Matty Davies and Jack McKay.
October 13, 2014
More goals
Following on from yesterday's review of former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals this weekend, we've noticed that midfielder Michael Woods scored for Hartlepool United on Saturday. His 49th minute strike put them ahead and on their way to a valuable 2-1 away win at Exeter City - which also handily allowed the managerless club to climb off the bottom of the League Two table. They are now 21st, with 11 points from 12 games.
In America, an 83rd minute goal from the penalty spot by Giles Barnes for Houston Dynamo was not enough to save his side from going down to a 3-1 home defeat at the BBVA Compass Stadium. The defeat means that Houston will not qualify for the MLS play-offs - they needed at least a point to keep their hopes of a top five place alive.
October 13, 2014
Wilcox and Schofield out at Scunny
Scunthorpe United have sacked former Rovers duo of manager Russ Wilcox and assistant John Schofield following a disappointing run of results that left the Iron in 23rd place in the League One table with just two wins from their opening 11 games at the time of their departure. Perhaps coincidentally, their first game since Wilcox's departure saw them win 3-0 away.
Wilcox initially joined last November as a caretaker manager after Brian Laws was sacked, and after being given the job permanently on Christmas Eve, led the club to an impressive run of 28 games undefeated, which earned them promotion from League Two in the summer, and won Wilcox the "Manager of the Year" accolade.
However, an injury crisis which Wilcox had previously called "the worst he had seen in 30 years" has left them in a precarious position in League One. With no sentiment in football, last season's results are ancient history, and the Iron hierarchy have decided to act, with coach Tony Daws and experienced full back Andy Dawson put in charge for last Saturday. Mark Robins is lined up as manager and should be unveiled formally later today.
October 13, 2014
Nelson misses the bus!
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Stuart Nelson was so carried away with talking to the media after last week's dramatic JPT for Gillingham against Colchester that he missed the team bus, and had to get a lift home with some reporters from the Kent Messenger!
Nelson made a surprise return to the team after missing two months due to a hand injury, then went on to save two penalties in the end of game shoot-out, and then went and scored the winning penalty kick himself. But the bus still went without him.
Team-mate Jermaine McGlashan tweeted: “Stuart Nelson may have missed the team bus and joined the media car to get home but what a return!”
The Kent Messenger's Luke Cawdell said: “Poor Stuart was getting plenty of banter from the lads on the bus by text message but nothing was going to spoil his night. He left us in Brentwood with a massive grin on his face.”
October 13, 2014
Gareth bursts into song
Former Doncaster Rovers skipper Gareth Owen has recorded an acoustic track as part of the celebrations for Wrexham FC's 150th anniversary.
The track, called "This Club" has received over 1,200 views on YouTube in the last week, and the video features images and video footage of some of Wrexham's finest moments, including FA Cup giant-killing and the recent FA Trophy victory.
You'll no doubt be heartbroken to find out that you've missed a rare opportunity to see him perform the song 'live' - he was at The Turf pub in Wrexham on Saturday night.
To hear the song, please click on his picture to the left. Enjoy...!
October 12, 2014
Rovers at home in JPT
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn at home to Notts County in the area quarter finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. The game is scheduled to be played in the week commencing November 10th.
However, the news means that the provisional new date for the league game between the two clubs will have to be changed again.
The original date for the league game was postponed due to international call-ups, with a new date of Tuesday, December 9th agreed, with the proviso that both clubs were not still involved in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, as that week is allocated for the area semi-finals of the competition.
With both clubs drawn against each other, it is guaranteed that one of them will still be in the competition, so a further postponement is inevitable.
The full draw for the northern section is: Rovers v Notts County, Oldham v Preston, Bury v Tranmere and Walsall v Sheffield United
The southern section has: Crawley v Gillingham, Leyton Orient v Northampton, Bristol City v AFC Wimbledon, Coventry v Plymouth
All ties are due to be played in the week commencing November 10th.
October 12, 2014
Goals review
The goal machine that is Adebayo Akinfenwa keeps on delivering. He's on a great run of form at the moment, and another two goals yesterday for AFC Wimbledon helped see them to a 3-2 home win over Bury and lifts them into 10th place in League Two, just one point adrift of the play-off places. Bayo has now scored six goals in league competition this season.
Looking for other former Rovers players scoring goals this weekend means we drop into the Conference, where Josh Payne scored Woking's final goal in their 3-0 away win at Altrincham. Woking are now in second place in the Conference table, three points behind leaders Barnet, but they have a game in hand.
In the same division, Jon Parkin scored for Forest Green Rovers in their 1-1 home draw with Gateshead.
In the Conference North, Darren Byfield scored twice for Solihull Moors as they win 4-1 at Oxford City.
Finally, in the Northern Counties East League's Premier Division, Scott Maxfield scored for Handsworth Parramore as they beat Garforth Town 4-0.
October 12, 2014
McCullough in action for Northern Ireland
Doncaster Rovers defender Luke McCullough made his competitive senior debut for Northern Ireland last night as they beat the Faroe Islands 2-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifying game at Windsor Park.
McCullough was named as one of the substitutes, but was introduced into the action in the 56th minute when replacing Gareth McAuley, who scored one of their goals.
We would like to congratulate Luke on this achievement and look forward to him making many more appearances for his country.
Northern Ireland now travel to play Greece on Tuesday evening.
October 12, 2014
Travel to Fleetwood
The Supporters Club are running coaches to Saturday's away game at Fleetwood Town, but please remember that all bookings for the trip should be made by Wednesday evening.
The coaches leave as follows:
Retford 10.00am, Bawtry 10.15am, Harworth 10.05am, Rossington 10.15am, Hare & Tortoise 10.20am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.30am, Keepmoat Stadium 10.45am.
Fares are:
Members: Adults £15 - OAPs £14 - U16 £13
Non-members: £17 - OAPs £16 - U16 £15
To book a place, please phone Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) or Len South (01302 817347), but please do not ring either until after 6pm.
October 11, 2014
Woods signs for Ross County
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Martin Woods has signed for Scottish Premier League club Ross County. He has penned a short tern deal with the club, which is based in Dingwall in the Highlands of Scotland, until January with a view to staying longer.
Ross County are due to play Celtic at Celtic Park this weekend, and Woods could make his debut in that game.
The 28 year old has been without a club since leaving Barnsley in the summer.
He becomes Ross County boss Jim McIntyre's first signing since being given the job last month, and the boss said: "I’m delighted Martin has agreed to join the club. He’s a great talent and has a fantastic left foot."
County are presently bottom of the Scottish Premiership, with just four points from nine games.
October 11, 2014
Enda signs for Cobblers
Ex-Rovers loan defender Enda Stevens has signed on loan for Northampton Town, primarily to cover for the absence of Evan Horwood, who is sidelined with tendonitis.
Stevens has signed a one month loan deal and is set to make his Cobblers debut this afternoon when they are at home to Burton Albion. The 24 year old defender, who played for Rovers on loan last season, is again stuck in the wilderness at Aston Villa and is not part of Villa boss Paul Lambert's plans.
Enda told the Northampton Chronicle: "The move came about the other day. My agent rang me and said Northampton have come in and offered a month’s loan, and the rest is history. There’s no reason not to take up a loan move. You need to go out there and play games, and you need to put yourself on the market. Hopefully I can do that here if I get the chance.”
He added: “I am not too sure about (what’s happening at) Villa, and it is just important for me to come here and get some games in. I want to let people see what I can do, and I want to show what I can do."
"I was at Notts County for a month, but I played two games and then broke my toe, so that didn’t finish up too well. I then went to Doncaster and had a few good games, but it didn’t really work out with the club heading towards relegation, but I really enjoyed my time there."
October 11, 2014
Goals review
Looking back at some action from games played during the week, we begin with the historic win of AFC Wimbledon in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at MK Dons. Most know of the rivalry between the two clubs, bearing in mind the history of the MK Dons, and their 3-2 win will have gone down very well - former Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa scored his fifth goal of the season, which also proved to be the winning goal, in the 80th minute of the game.
To be different, we then look in the Sheffield Senior Cup, where former Rovers youth team striker Chris Whincop hit a hat-trick for Worksop Town as his club set a new club record by winning 13-0 against Central Midlands side Phoenix.
Finally we look over the Atlantic to note that Giles Barnes scored the only goal of the game as Houston Dynamo beat Toronto FC on Wednesday evening. His goal in the 35th minute put Houston ahead, with his side holding on for the win despite having a defender sent off in the 58th minute and conceding a penalty, which was saved.
October 11, 2014
Fortune praised by Rosler
Ex-Rovers loan striker Marc Antoine-Fortune has been praised by Wigan Athletic boss Uwe Rosler for the attitude shown so far this season. Fortune was told at the beginning of the season that he would not be one of the club's preferred strikers this season, with Oriol Riera and Andy Delort set to be given their chance as first choice in the team.
But, as Rosler told Wigan Today: "Marc-Antoine Fortune was told by me at the beginning of the season that the new strikers would be preferred at the beginning to get their chance. Marco has been an exceptional pro, he’s never let himself down or us down. He’s continued to work hard and kept himself in good shape mentally and physically. In the situation we’re in we need more Championship experience and Marco gives us that, he knows the Championship in and out."
"He has the physicality to cope with that and he takes the pressure off our new players because they need to adapt a little bit more. The way he played on Saturday and the fact he scored made me very happy."
Fortune scored his first goal since February last Saturday, which he hopes will give him a better chance of playing this season, but underplayed his goal celebrations. He commented afterwards: “It’s my first goal this season so I’m really happy. There is a lot of competition, we have a lot of strikers this season. The gaffer brought other strikers but we know we have to work hard to win our place and today I showed him I can be part of the team. I’ve had a difficult time since the beginning of the season. I wasn’t in the team a lot of times, I’m a quiet man so I kept my joy for me.”
October 11, 2014
Voting results v Burton Albion
Key midfielder Richie Wellens was named as your "Man of the Match" for his performance in Tuesday evening's Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Burton Albion. He came ahead of four other players who received votes, with a notable number coming for young defender Mitchell Lund, who made his first team debut in the game.
Those receiving most votes were:
1 Richie Wellens (35.29%)
2 Mitchell Lund (26.67%)
3 James Coppinger (21.43%)
Thanks go to those who took the time to place their vote. The next poll will not be until next Saturday, when they travel to play Fleetwood Town.
October 9, 2014
Atkins quits after fifth defeat
Former Rovers defender Mark Atkins has resigned as manager of Matlock Town after nearly six years at the helm.
Saturday's 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Halesowen Town in the Evo-Stik Premier Division was the last straw, with the Gladiators having won just once so far this season and sees them second from bottom of the table.
Atkins is probably best known as a player for Blackburn Rovers, where he played in the Premier League, but also played for Scunthorpe United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, York City, Hull City and Shrewsbury Town as well as for Rovers, his home town club.
October 9, 2014
Brabin is new boss at Southport
Ex-Rovers midfielder Gary Brabin has been named as the new manager of Conference Premier club Southport. The club moved quickly to appoint Brabin after Martin Foyle was sacked as boss on Sunday, with the club bottom of the Conference table.
Brabin is the fourth manager at Southport since long-serving boss Liam Watson quit in May 2013, with ex-Rovers loan defender Alan Wright replacing him, with John Coleman following six months later, only to leave last December after a disagreement with the chairman.
A club statement said: “Gary is man with a top knowledge of football at Conference level and with many local contacts. His appointment has been warmly welcomed by supporters.”
Brabin had been without a club since leaving Luton Town in 2012. He played for Southport in two previous spells and briefly managed the club back in 2008.
October 9, 2014
Quinn in talks with Hibs
Defender Paul Quinn, who left Doncaster Rovers by "mutual consent" early this season, is set to join Scottish Championship side Hibernian. He has been invited for training this week by boss Alan Stubbs, and talks are underway about him signing a deal, which they hope will be concluded before Saturday's home game against Dumbarton.
Also at Hibs is former Rovers striker Paul Heffernan, who made the switch from Kilmarnock just over twelve months ago.
October 9, 2014
Cotterill in Welsh squad
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder David Cotterill, who now plays for Birmingham City, has been included in the Wales squad for this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina (Friday) and Cyprus (Monday).
Also included in the squad is ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Kyle Letheren, who is currently with Dundee.
The full Welsh squad is:
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Kyle Letheren (Dundee), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers)
Defenders: James Chester (Hull City), James Collins (West Ham), Paul Dummett (Newcastle), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff City), Chris Gunter (Reading), Samuel Ricketts (Wolves), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
Midfielders: David Cotterill (Birmingham City), Dave Edwards (Wolves), Lee Evans (Wolves), Emyr Huws (Wigan), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace)
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Simon Church (Charlton), Tom Lawrence (Man Utd), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Jake Taylor (Reading), George Williams (Fulham), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace)
October 8, 2014
Burton Albion 0 Rovers 3
Doncaster Rovers registered a comfortable victory over League Two club Burton Albion in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy yesterday evening, with Burton now not having a single victory in the competition in the last six years.
Rovers made two changes to the side, all of which were enforced, with Dean Furman and Luke McCullough on international duty, but it underlined Paul Dickov's determination to do well in the competition. The Trophy rules dictate that you have to start with seven players from Saturday's match, which also limited his options, as did the numbers available in the Rovers squad. As will often be the case this season, a number of younger players made up the squad, even though not necessarily in the first eleven. One to catch Dickov's eye, however, was Mitchell Lund, who made his debut at right back last night.
Burton had some long range early chances, but Rovers went in front in the 33rd minute in a move started and completed by Harry Forrester, who scored after Burton failed to clear James Coppinger's cross in from the right. Rovers doubled their lead three minutes later when Nathan Tyson was brought down in the penalty area, then got up to slot home the spot kick himself.
Although Burton had their opportunities in the second half, some wayward shooting helped the Rovers cause, and the victory was, in the end, comfortable. A well worked goal, which was scored by Richie Wellens just three minutes before time, capped off a good evening for Paul Dickov's side.
October 8, 2014
What the managers said
A pleased Paul Dickov stressed that he wants to do well in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after seeing his players progress to the third round of the competition last night, with part of him dreaming of taking the side to Wembley.
He said after the game: "Getting to Wembley is something we want to try and do. We're now five games away against teams either in the same division as us or the one below, so it's a fantastic opportunity. As players, this trophy gives you something you might not get in another competition - and that's a realistic chance of taking the club and the fans to Wembley. I've been lucky enough to do it and it is a fantastic experience and one worth working for."
Of last night's game, he added: "Burton are a good team. We have had them watched a few times. I know they lost at the weekend but they have already beaten QPR and Wigan in the Cups this season. Gary Rowett is an ex-team-mate of mine and has done a great job I felt it was important we were patient with the ball and kept moving it. I know certain players and the fans want you to score every time you’ve got the ball but sometimes you’ve got to keep possession and manipulate the ball. I thought some of the play and the goals we scored were excellent. Some of our play and the goals were we scored were excellent, despite Burton having good shape and making it difficult for us by dropping deep into their own half."
In particular, Dickov was full of praise for young defender Mitchell Lund, who made his first team debut at right back in place of Liam Wakefield last night. He commented: "He did very well and we feel he is going to be a very good player. He showed great maturity."
Burton boss Gary Rowett is becoming concerned at his side's poor form of late, having lost five of the last six games and conceding 15 goals in those matches.
He said after the game: "We started the game really, really well but I have to be disappointed that we've conceded three goals. I felt for 20 minutes we frustrated a team with lots of good players, but maybe we didn't have the belief to maintain that."
"What you are seeing at the moment is a team that is getting a little bit deflated - and we can't allow that to happen. The only way to come out the other side is to show a bit of desire and work hard."
"I've said to the players we've got to be a little bit stronger. I think we've got a really good squad and I have absolute belief in them, but if we keep letting ourselves down the only answer is to bring in other players. I don't want to do that but one or two have to step up to the mark again, otherwise I'm going to have to strengthen."
October 8, 2014
Youth Team 3 Chesterfield 1
Doncaster Rovers progressed through to the third round of the Alliance Youth Cup after a comfortable 3-1 win over Chesterfield at Cantley Park on Saturday.
Rovers were in control from the early stages, and scored their first goal in the 10th minute, when Liam Mandeville scored, converting an Aron Gordon cross in from the left.
They went 2-0 up in the 16th minute when the Chesterfield keeper fumbled the ball, with Matt Davies on hand to tap the ball home.
Chesterfield spurned the chance to pull a goal back when Rovers keeper Jonny Iveson saved a penalty, and they started to see more of the ball, with that being rewarded four minutes after the break, when they pulled a goal back. The two goal cushion was restored as Jack McKay beat the Chesterfield keeper in a one-on-one situation.
Chesterfield still didn't give up, and saw a shot hit the Rovers bar, with a goalmouth scramble in the dying minutes of the game being eventually cleared.
Doncaster Rovers: Iveson, Brown, Carberry, Head, P. McKay (c), M'Buti, Davies (Collins, 86), Linley, J. McKay, Mandeville, Gordon (Parkin, 45).
Substitutes not used –Wanless, Henderson, Fielding.
Chesterfield: Smith, Massey, Randle, Daswell, Holmes, Maguire, Oveson, Sueden, Beasley, Fowdu, Daley.
October 8, 2014
Leeds United 6 Rovers Development XI 0
Leeds United recorded an easy victory over a young Doncaster Rovers Development XI on Monday, although to be fair to the Rovers lads, they were up against some more experienced and older players in the Leeds squad, which was managed by former Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn.
Rovers had only Lewis Ferguson, Billy Whitehouse and Alex Peterson from the Rovers first team squad, with the rest of the side being formed from the current youth team.
Although Rovers started promisingly, they went behind in the 10th minute when Montenegro headed home at the far post. McKay had a chance in the 23rd minute, but fired wide, and Rovers went in two down in the 29th minute when Thompson fired home from 25 yards. Leeds' third came on the stroke of half time, with a clever flick giving Adryan an easy chance to beat an isolated Rovers goalkeeper.
Rovers kept on going in the second half, although realistically they were never going to seriously trouble Leeds, with Hunt, Dawson and Montenegro scoring for the home side in the second half.
Leeds United – Alex Cairns; Luke Booker, Ross Killock, Dario Del-Fabro; Tyler Denton, Zac Thompson, Calvin Phillips, Chris Dawson, Adryan, Brian Montenegro, Noel Hunt
Substitutes not used – Grimes, Skelton, Bell, Parkin, Purber
Rovers – Jonny Iveson; Scott Brown, Kevin M’Buti (Matt Parkin 67), Paul McKay, Michael Carberry; Lewis Ferguson, Jordan Linley, Alex Head, Billy Whitehouse; Liam Mandeville (Matt Davies 63), Alex Peterson (Jack McKay 76)
Substitute not used – Conor Williamson
October 8, 2014
Voting results v Scunthorpe United
We apologise for not confirming the results of Saturday's "Man of the Match" yesterday, but it proved to be a game to celebrate for striker Nathan Tyson, who won the vote, gaining over a third of all votes cast. With nominations for seven different players this time around, those receiving most votes were as follows:
1 Nathan Tyson (34.78%)
2 James Coppinger (26.09%)
3 Marc de Val Fernandez (17.39%)
4 Dean Furman (13.04%)
We thank everyone who took the time to vote. The voting for last night's game at Burton Albion is now open.
October 6, 2014
Johnstone called up by England
Former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has been called up by England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate for their Euro qualifying game against Croatia. He is one of three Manchester United youngsters to be included in the squad, with Southgate stressing that the Under-21s should be seen as part of the overall England set-up, and should not be considered as demotion if they have already been included in the senior squad.
Southgate said: "It shouldn't be seen as players coming back down being some sort of punishment. We have got to make that movement between the squads more fluid. It's a positive message, to show they are prepared to come and join in with the rest of the group is important."
The full England under-21 squad is:
Goalkeepers: Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City), Sam Johnstone (Manchester United)
Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United, on loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley, on loan from Manchester United) , Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest, on loan from Newcastle United), Liam Moore (Leicester City), Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Midfielders: Lewis Baker (Chelsea), Tom Carroll (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Thomas Ince (Hull City), Alex Pritchard (Brentford, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough, on loan from Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham)
October 6, 2014
Dickov relishes the pressure
Rovers may have won at the weekend, but boss Paul Dickov fully realises that if your team loses a number of games, the pressure is piled onto the manager's shoulders.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "When results aren’t going your way or you’re on a bad run, people will immediately talk about the pressure mounting on the manager’s shoulders. As a manager, I’ve been there before and, for some supporters, I’m there again now."
"When I was first in the job, whenever we won I thought we were getting promoted and you had to scrape me down from the ceiling. Whenever we lost, you had to pick me up off the floor and I wouldn’t want to speak to anyone for days. I wouldn’t speak to the missus, I wouldn’t speak to the kids and I’d want to kick the dog. This game is difficult because every week you face a test of your principles. You just have to try and believe what you are doing is right. And that is not always easy."
"All through my career I was told I was too small, not quick enough, not good enough and I didn’t score enough goals. There’s always people out there who are desperate to tell you that. The best way to answer them is not to prove them wrong, but prove yourself right."
October 6, 2014
Player issues "resolved"
Doncaster Rovers have announced that the problems which have plagued Rovers Player for some considerable time have been "resolved".
The problem came to a head last weekend for the Walsall game, but should have run smoothly on Saturday at Scunthorpe.
The feedback received from supporters was relayed back to PERFORM, who provide the service for all clubs, and they have responded with:
1) The Player service is optimised for all browsers, so it should work across all formats. They have advised users to ensure they are using the most up to date version of their preferred browser though to ensure no issues are experienced.
2) Once a broadcast has dialled in and is live then everyone should experience the same broadcast, it shouldn’t drop out for some users but not others. If it does then this is due to operator settings on individual machines or internet connections of users and they have provided contact details in order to resolve this on a case by case basis (see below).
3) The issues experienced through the Football League App are not unique to Doncaster Rovers, other clubs have experienced similar issues. Whilst PERFORM are responsible for the broadcast technology, they are not responsible for the App itself and another partner of the Football League is looking into this issue for the club.
Saturday's game was closely monitored by both the club and PERFORM - and they have asked for communication of problems to be relayed via "The Wall" - whatever that may be.....!
October 6, 2014
Belles keep title chances alive
Doncaster Rovers Belles denied Division Two leaders Sunderland the chance of securing both promotion and the title at the weekend by defeating the leaders 2-1, thus inflicting Sunderland with their first league defeat of the season.
The Doncaster Rovers Belles goals came from Jess Sigsworth and Victoria Williams after going behind early in the first half.
Sunderland need no more than four points from their remaining two games to seal the title and promotion, regardless of any other results, although their two matches are both away - at Oxford and Millwall.
October 5, 2014
Scunthorpe United 1 Rovers 2
Rovers gained a valuable win at local rivals Scunthorpe United yesterday afternoon, although they had to come from a goal down to record the win. Paul Dickov shuffled his pack a little, with Reece Wabara moving across to play at left back, with Liam Wakefield replacing him in the right back position. Goalkeeper Jed Steer, as expected, had recovered from the hip injury picked up last weekend to retain his place in the side. Richie Wellens resumed his place in the side after only making the bench last time out.
Rovers started the game brightly and looked the better of the two sides in the early stages, but found themselves a goal down in the 24th minute when Rory Fallon continued his good start for Scunthorpe by scoring with a left footed drive.
It didn't take Rovers long to equalise, with skipper James Coppinger scoring from close range six minutes later. The winning goal came as Nathan Tyson took advantage of some poor defending by the home side, and although Fallon had a further chance to rescue a point for the Iron, Rovers successfully held on to take all three points, which lifts them to 13th place.
October 5, 2014
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was much more pleased than he has been after recent games when he faced the post-match interviewers yesterday afternoon.
He told them: "We had 18 shots at goal and when you do that, then you expect to win games. The biggest criticism that has been levelled against us in recent weeks is that we cannot get back into games when we fall behind. It's something we have talked at length about with the players and today I was delighted with their response."
He continued: "We have players in midfield who work their socks off for the team, something which often goes unnoticed. And when they do that, we have other players in the team who can win us games. Application and attitude is the main thing and if you can get the performances right, when you will get the results. We wanted a reaction after last week's defeat against Walsall and I was delighted with what we produced here at Scunthorpe. They too were coming off a poor result last week but I felt we were in control for most of the game. It was only in the last five minutes that we dropped deeper, but we stayed resolute and dealt with everything they threw into our box."
"I’m delighted with the three points which was important, but the performance for the majority of the game was excellent. We were well on top for most of it, the only criticism I’ve got with the players is I felt it should’ve been more."
Scunthorpe's manager, former Rovers defender Russ Wilcox may have been disappointed to have lost yesterday, but he thought that they had played much better than in recent games.
He told BBC Radio Humberside: "That was a great derby game. A good football game, but again the bottom line is we've come away at the wrong end of a 2-1 score line. We've come off the pitch again defeated and I understand totally the fans' frustrations, but looking at the performance today, I don't think we could have done any better."
"I do feel the performance warranted something, maybe not the three points, because we kept possession and moved the ball well. However, it is the same old story as it was schoolboy errors that allowed Doncaster to score. They are so hard to eradicate because it is always somebody else who makes the mistake. We need to do the basics well and manage the period better when we are ahead just like Doncaster did. We are not far away from getting those positive results because we are scoring goals and just need to cut out the silly mistakes. I know it is the same spiel after every game but I was really pleased with lots of aspects. It is just about managing that period after we score and holding on to a lead."
He added: “There have been lots of positives to take from this game, but again we have no points to show from it and that’s what we need. I’d rather have a scrappy victory that play some good football and lose. There’s certainly positives to take from today, it doesn’t feel like it at the moment with it being a local derby and Doncaster being our local rivals. Certainly, living there myself and some of the other lads live there as well, it was a game we really committed and focused on to win. We’ve not done that, but again we’ve not made Doncaster work hard enough for their goals.”
October 5, 2014
Arrests ahead of game
The Scunthorpe Telegraph have reported that three people were arrested ahead of yesterday afternoon's game at Glanford Park, and another 14 were ejected from the ground during the game.
One woman from Doncaster was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, a Scunthorpe man was arrested for a public order offence, and a teenager from Doncaster was arrested after three bus windows were smashed on a bus carrying supporters from Scunthorpe town centre to the ground.
The 14 ejected during the game were from both sets of supporters, although thankfully there was no trouble after the game.
Match commander Inspector Neil Pattison said: "This was a pre-planned operation which involved joint working between Humberside and South Yorkshire Police, as well as British Transport Police and we are very grateful for the support provided to us by our colleagues. There was also a lot of close working with the football club itself and great co-operation from licensees across Scunthorpe. Sadly it was the minority of people who caused the trouble and marred what should have been a pleasant family day out."
"We used the powers available to us to try to limit the disorder, which saw a number of people being escorted out of town without even entering Glanford Park and others being removed from the ground during the course of the match. Violence at football matches will not be tolerated and we will continue to work with Scunthorpe United to ensure true football supporters can go along to the match and watch a game of football, without the upset of witnessing aggressive behaviour from a small few."
October 5, 2014
Goals review
Our review of former Rovers players scoring goals yesterday begins in the Championship, where Paul Green scored a penalty for Rotherham United in their 1-1 draw at Norwich City. In the same division, Marc Antoine Fortune scored Wigan Athletic's second goal on the stroke of half time as they drew 2-2 at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In League One, Jonathan Forte continued his good form for Oldham Athletic by opening the scoring for his new club in their 2-2 draw at Peterborough United.
Two divisions further down, in the Conference, Waide Fairhurst scored Macclesfield Town's second goal in their 2-2 home draw against Forest Green Rovers.
Finally, Jordan Ball scored Mickleover Sports' final goal in their 5-1 home win over Leek Town in the Evo-Stik First Division (South).
October 4, 2014
Scunthorpe United v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers should welcome back striker Nathan Tyson for this afternoon's game at Scunthorpe United. Tyson has recovered from the concussion suffered in the defeat at Fulham, which kept him out of last week's game at Walsall. Striker Curtis Main may also return to the squad; he returned to training during the week after seven weeks out as he recovered from a knee operation. Curtis may well have to settle for a place on the bench until he regains full match fitness, but he could provide a different option for Rovers if needed.
Goalkeeper Jed Steer should be fit to play this afternoon after being substituted after half an hour of last week's defeat at Walsall due to a hip injury. Boss Paul Dickov said: “It was a nasty whack that he took on his hip. He had a few days to settle it down, look after himself, and he trained fully with the squad on Thursday. He’ll be fine."
Defender Rob Jones will continue to be missing with a knee injury.
Scunthorpe have a lengthy injury list to contend with, but are likely to include former Rovers defender Andrew Boyce in their side for this afternoon's game. Boyce made his first team debut last weekend, and may be partnered in central defence by Shaun Brisley, who is expected to make his home debut for the Iron after joining on loan from Peterborough United last week. Another central defender, Miguel Llera is available after completing a suspension.
Ex-Rovers midfielder David Syers is out for all of the season with a knee injury, with David Mirfin, Deon Burton and Sam Slocombe all to miss the game with injuries. Striker Rory Fallon should make his home debut for Scunthorpe today after scoring in his first appearance last week at Oldham Athletic.
October 4, 2014
Dickov pleased with response
Paul Dickov is hoping for a much improved performance in this afternoon's local derby against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.
In a bid to overcome some of the problems that he has seen in recent Rovers performances, he has had the whole squad in for extra training sessions this week.
He told the Doncaster Star: "Anybody that was there at Walsall will have known there is still plenty of things for us to work on. We didn’t have the lads in for double sessions on a whim. Defensively, going forward, team shape and individual positioning too. We’ve tailored the week around that, the lads have been really receptive and the response has been great. Now the challenge is for them to go out and do it on Saturday.”
October 4, 2014
Today's match officials
The match officials for this afternoon's game at Scunthorpe United have been appointed by the Football League.
They will be:
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant referees: Danny Gratton and Alf Greenwood
Fourth official: James Mainwaring
October 4, 2014
Jones out for another month
Rovers defender Rob Jones faces a further month on the sidelines after it was revealed that he has had another operation on his knee.
Jones had been training as he recovered from a hamstring injury, but had complications after stepping up his training regime.
Boss Paul Dickov told the Doncaster Star: "Unfortunately Rob Jones has gone in for a little operation on his knee. He tried to do some running the other day and the knee has swollen up again, there’s a little bit of fluid in there. We’re hopeful it’s not going to be too bad and not going to be too long but it’s something we need to get checked out."
"He had a cyst stuck at the back of his knee that had leaked some fluid out of it that was causing him the problem, we thought that had drained away a little bit until he went for a 20 minute run the other day and there was quite a bit of fluid. It’s just as a precaution more than anything because he did the injury two or three weeks ago, what we can’t afford to do is give him another two or three weeks rest and let it settle down for it to happen again."
Dickov says of a recovery period: "All the signs are maybe two to four weeks."
October 2, 2014
Coppinger has years left
Rovers boss Paul Dickov reckons that key midfielder James Coppinger could play on for years, pointing out that he is probably fitter now than earlier in his career.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: “He’s like Peter Pan at the minute, the older he gets, the fitter and better he’s getting, but he’s got a lot more years in him yet playing-wise."
Dickov thinks that Copps will make a good coach when he comes to hang up his boots, but doesn't see that happening for quite a while yet.
He continued: “I love working with players who want to learn. Copps is a stand-out example, the way he trains everyday, how he handles himself. He wants to better himself all of the time. He’s a big one after games to go over his stats. He wants to now many crosses he’s made, shots he’s had and he always wants to better himself."
"He’s our most senior pro in regards of games and if the younger lads see somebody like James doing that, leading by example, they’re going to follow. He encourages players on the pitch but more importantly he pulls them aside, one-on-one, chats to them and lets them know where they’re going wrong. He lets them know that even though he’s still a senior pro, he still has to learn and that’s rubbing off on the group."
October 2, 2014
Rovers try to fix Player
Doncaster Rovers are holding a test transmission of Rovers Player this lunchtime in an effort to try and resolve the continuing problems that have affected the match day commentaries this season. Problems particularly affected the Rovers commentary at Walsall last weekend, although the Walsall-based commentary went out on their web site normally.
Rovers have stated that they "believe the issues surrounding the Rovers Player platform faulting have been resolved" and are to hold a test transmission between midday and 2pm, and have urged subscribers to log on to the test broadcast, and to let them know if you can receive the transmission (or not).
October 2, 2014
McCullough included in Northern Ireland squad
Doncaster Rovers defender Luke McCullough has been included in the Northern Ireland squad for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifying matches against the Faroe Islands and Greece, both of which will be played in October.
McCullough is one of three Rovers players to be called up, which has caused the postponement of the home league game against Notts County.
The Faroe Islands game in Belfast is on 11th October, with the Greece game coming three days later.
Also included in the squad is former Rovers midfielder Sammy Clingan, although Dean Shiels has missed out after only playing four substitute games for Rangers this season.
The full Northern Ireland squad is:
Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Notts County), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical)
Defenders: Aaron Hughes (Brighton & Hove Albion), Chris Baird (West Bromwich Albion), Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion), Jonathan Evans (Manchester United), Ryan McGivern (Port Vale), Craig Cathcart (Watford), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town), Luke McCullough (Doncaster Rovers), Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion), Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers), Oliver Norwood (Reading), Shane Ferguson (Newcastle United), Paul Paton (Dundee United), Ben Reeves (MK Dons), Pat McCourt (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Forwards: Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Jamie Ward (Derby County), Billy McKay (Inverness C.T.), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock), Will Grigg (MK Dons)
October 2, 2014
Dickov - Robinson's goals will come
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has backed striker Theo Robinson and is confident that the work being put in by the striker will pay off before too much longer.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I thought he worked his socks off (against Walsall). We didn’t get the support up to him that we’d worked on in training. But if he keeps working hard, the goals will come."
October 1, 2014
Goals review
A look at former Doncaster Rovers players scoring goals in last night's action finds two instances to mention.
Firstly, in the Championship, David Cotterill turned from provider to goal scorer for Birmingham City last night, scoring the middle goal in their 3-1 away win at Millwall, which eases the Blues' relegation fears by moving them up to 19th place in the Championship table.
In the Vandarama Conference, Jon Parkin scored Forest Green Rovers' first goal in their 2-1 home win over Torquay United, who started the day in second place. Forest Green now climb into 8th place, just two points adrift of the play-off positions.
October 1, 2014
Sharp's charity gets big donation
Billy Sharp's LJS Foundation charity has received a boost with news of a donation of £5,000 towards their target of £60,000.
The large donation has come from the Liz and Terry Bramall Charitable Trust, which was set up in 2007.
The LJS Foundation was formed to raise money for research into gastroschisis, the complaint that Billy and Jade Fair's infant son died from just two days after being born. Gastroschisis is a birth defect where the baby's intestines grow on the outside of the body, and the LJS Foundation has recently partnered with Sparks, the children's medical research charity, to establish the Gastroschisis Research Fund.
Billy said after hearing of the donation: "This donation is a massive leap towards our £60,000 target. The fund will then support one of the applications, which are currently being reviewed, in their research project. Research into gastroschisis is something very close to my heart. The pain of losing your child is almost unbearable. Our aim is to ensure no family has to endure what Jade and I have. With the continued help and support from so many, we’re confident we’ll be able to do just that."
To donate online, please visit www.justgiving.com/LJSFoundation/Donate
October 1, 2014
Scunthorpe is all ticket game
Supporters have been reminded by Doncaster Rovers that there will be NO tickets on sale on Saturday, Rovers travel to play local rivals Scunthorpe United.
Tickets will remain on sale from the ticket office until 3pm on Friday afternoon, and both clubs are stressing that no-one should travel to the ground on Saturday unless they have bought a ticket.
Rovers have received an allocation of 1,686 tickets for the match, which are now on general sale at the following prices:
Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (60+) £16 - Young adults (18-20) £16 - Full time students (with NUS cards) £16 - Juniors (16-17) £2 - Juniors (15 & under) £7 - Juniors (11 & under) free*
* up to two free tickets per adult ticket bought.
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate rate and their carer will be admitted free of charge.
October 1, 2014
Forrester laments poor Rovers showing
Midfielder Harry Forrester has criticsed the performance put in by Doncaster Rovers in Saturday's defeat at Walsall, with the second half performance "completely unacceptable".
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "First half there wasn’t much in it, we got a bit of possession together without really hurting their goal. I think we were on top in the first half and then the goal comes late on. The second half is just totally unacceptable from every player on the pitch. I think they made a mockery of us second half which is very disappointing.”