January 24, 2015
Dickov eyes more signings
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has not ruled out the possibility of making more signings during the transfer window, with goalkeeper Stephen Bywater already snapped up, and the signing of Abdul Razak now done but for the receipt of international clearance.
However, he revealed to the Doncaster Free Press: "We’re looking, we’re talking to people. Whether that’s going to be imminent or not, I can’t really say. We want to strengthen all over but you can’t really do that because you’ll end up with a 40-man squad. We’ve got certain targets that we’re looking at but we’ll keep that to ourselves."
A striker is thought to be on his 'wants list', something that he did not deny, with Rovers being among the lowest scorers in League One.
He added: "Would I like to bring in a striker? Yes. Would the other 91 league managers like to as well? Yes. We want to strengthen. I don’t want to be too hard on the strikers because they’ve done an unbelievable job for the team. We talk about a bit of quality in the final third but that’s not always aimed at just the strikers. Everyone else has to chip in and show that quality as well.”
January 24, 2015
Reece set to leave Oakwell
Former Doncaster Rovers loan defender Reece Brown looks likely to leave Barnsley as Danny Wilson attempts to free up some of their wage bill to make room for some new recruits.
Brown has played 18 games for the Tykes since joining on a one-year deal from Watford last summer, with the Barnsley boss no longer seeing him as being part of the team's plans for the rest of the season.
The Barnsley Chronicle has reported that he had been set to join Scottish club Hibernian last week, but the player rejected the move and it seems that his contract could shortly be terminated.
Barnsley CEO Ben Mansford commented: "Reece still has the option to go to Hibs. He has fallen down the right-back pecking order beneath James Bree, Mason Holgate and George Williams. If I was Reece, I would join Hibs and play some games."
January 24, 2015
Development game moved
Doncaster Rovers' "Final Third Development League" fixture against Rotherham United has been rearranged, and will now be played at 1pm on Wednesday, 18th February at Rotherham's training ground at Roundwood (Rawmarsh).
January 24, 2015
Bring a friend
Doncaster Rovers have announced an offer that will enable season ticket holders use an unused season ticket voucher for any game so far this season as an exchange for a free ticket for the game against Yeovil Town on Saturday, 14th February and for the game against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday, 17th February.
Vouchers must be brought in to the ticket office to obtain the relevant match ticket. Tickets are only available on a "like for like" basis, and upgrades are not available.
January 24, 2015
Griffith moves to Cumbria
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has signed for Carlisle United on an 18 month contract after reaching an agreement to end his contract with Shrewsbury Town.
The 28 year old joined Shrewsbury in August after leaving Port Vale, but has been on the pitch for only 228 minutes so far this season.
He joins a Carlisle side hovering just above the League Two relegation zone, and told BBC Radio Cumbria: "It's a challenge and a chance to play football and get out there again. I want to impress the manager and I feel like a big kid again wanting to play football."
"I'm relishing the chance to do what the manager wants me to do, we do need the young players to know this is a dogfight. It's an opportunity for me to probably help the young players as well."
January 23, 2015
Ben's injury blow
Ex-Rovers loan keeper Ben Alnwick was dealt a blow last week when he found out that he will be out of action for between four and eight weeks due to a thigh problem.
He has been playing through the pain barrier in recent weeks, but has finally succumbed to the injury, with a period of rest prescribed to cure the problem
Ben's absence means that Rotherham goalkeeper Scott Loach has moved to Peterborough as his temporary replacement for a month.
Boss Darren Ferguson commented: "Ben has had a problem with a thigh and he has had it for a little bit to be honest, I think you could see that in his kicking, but he was able to get through the games. He has a great attitude and he has managed to get through the Christmas period. We then had a little break and he felt fine before the Colchester game, but it went again, we have had it scanned and he will be out for four-to-eight weeks so we moved quickly to bring in Scott Loach from Rotherham."
January 23, 2015
Quinn signs on for more at County
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Paul Quinn has signed an extension to his contract at Ross County, meaning that he will now stay at the Scottish Premier League strugglers until the end of the season.
Quinn's experience is said to be vital in the club's struggle to avoid relegation, and his new deal comes after lengthy negotiations which have been on-going since the turn of the year.
Quinn left Rovers in the summer with a year left on his contract after he exercised the right to trigger the 'release clause' which was activated by Rovers' relegation from the Championship.
January 23, 2015
Hume is new Gladiators boss
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Mark Hume has been named the new manager at Evo-Stik League club Matlock Town following the departure of Dave Rushbury and (ex-Rover) Martin Foster last week.
Still based in Doncaster, Hume had been assistant at Bradford Park Avenue for four and a half years, before leaving to follow his dream of being boss rather than an assistant.
Since leaving Rovers, he has also played for Eastwood Town, Alfreton Town, Barrow, Stalybridge Celtic, Buxton and Harrogate Town.
On being appointed, Hume told Matlock's official web site: "It's a tough job but it can be done. We can rescue this and get the club on a more even footing. I've a couple of players in mind already to bring in. I recognise it's been tough for the fans trying to support the team when things haven't been going well but they're still there. I want to give them a good team with good morale so they can see we're all in this together. I want to play attractive football so people enjoy it, I want to entertain, but also we've got to be hard to beat, especially at home."
Mark carries on a lengthening Doncaster connection - as well as Martin Foster playing for Rovers in the Conference days, the Rushbury/Foster partnership took over upon the resignation of Mark Atkins - who has also turned out for Rovers, his hometown club.
January 23, 2015
Rovers ask for votes for next year's kit
Doncaster Rovers have opened a vote to allow fans to decide which design should be adopted as the club's kit for next season.
Sadly, the poll for you to choose the design of the home kit has already closed - they only published details on the Rovers official site on Tuesday morning, with the vote closing just a few hours later.
Hopefully enough people saw the designs in the few hours available to express their opinions!
This morning, they opened a vote for the design of the away kit for next season - at least they have give you until midnight on 31st January to vote this time!
To vote, you need to visit the club's Facebook page, go to the club shop or ticket office, or travel on the Supporters Club coach to the away game at Chesterfield next Saturday.
To see the designs, and to place your vote, click on the logo to the left.
January 23, 2015
Voting results v Notts County
Seven players were nominated to be "Man of the Match" for Tuesday's home game against Notts County, with midfielder Harry Forrester again winning the support of most to win, coming a little ahead of Kyle Bennett.
The players receiving most votes were:
1 Harry Forrester (31.03%)
2 Kyle Bennett (23.33%)
3 Luke McCullough (13.33%)
4 Reece Wabara (10.34%)
Thank you to everyone who took part. There is a while to the next vote, which is next Saturday, when Rovers are away at Chesterfield.
January 22, 2015
Swansea City 2 Rovers Youth 1
Doncaster Rovers finally bowed out of the FA Youth Cup last night, but gave Swansea City a first half shock by going in front in the 37th minute, thanks to a headed goal by Liam Mandeville.
Rovers had already claimed the scalp of previous competition winners Norwich City in the previous round, but faced another huge task when facing the youth team of the Premier League club, and it proved to be a challenge too far, as Swansea hit back with two second half goals within the space of seven minutes to progress into the next round, where they face the youngsters from Chelsea.
Rovers put on a great display which was a credit to both them and the youth team coaches - and they almost took the tie to extra time when Paul McKay's injury time header hit the post.
Swansea City: L.Thomas, Lewis, Owens, Latham (Maric- 45’), Davies (c) (Gilchrist- 89’), Rodon, Fallon, D.Thomas, O.Jones (Cullen- 78’), Copp, James.
Substitutes not used: Dyson, Sherman
Doncaster Rovers: McLaren, Greasley, Carberry, Head, P.McKay (c), Mbuti, Davies, J.McKay, Mandeville, Gordon (McCormick- 67’), Linley
Substitutes not used: Iveson, Wanless, Barker, Parkin
Speaking after the game, youth team boss Paul Stancliffe said: "We’re all bitterly disappointed how it’s turned out. We were one nil up at half time, and to be fair we didn’t think we’d played that well. We wanted to play better in the second half because we knew they were a good side and knew they’d come at us. They’ve got some great pace up front and were always a threat. It’s important we were aware of that but also that we tried to play like we know we can."
January 22, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was disappointed not to have won Tuesday evening's game against Notts County, but he was happy to have come out undefeated in the two home games within four days.
He told the Doncaster Star after the game: "You don’t worry about getting into the top six in January - it’s the end of the season when it really matters. It was a frustrating game. We created enough chances to win two games rather than one. I’m pleased with the performance though. Notts County tried to do a similar job to the one they did in the JP Trophy, sitting back and trying to hit us on the break. If you can’t win games, you make sure you don’t lose them, but I think anyone who was here knows it was a game we should have won."
Unsurprisingly, the Notts County management mentioned "that" sending off, but boss Shaun Derry praised the defensive performance of his players.
He told the Nottingham Post afterwards: "I think everybody saw what we are all about. The way we defended was very, very good. If you look at that Doncaster team, a lot of those players were in the Championship last season. We had to put bodies on the line and you have to do that sometimes. We still had the best chance in the game when Alan Smith hit the bar. It wasn't all one way traffic."
On the sending off, Abbott said: "I've never seen a sending off like that. We couldn't put the sub on because you can't do that for somebody who has been sent off. The game could have done without it because it got a bit messy after that."
January 22, 2015
Goals review
A hat-trick by former Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack was enough for Fulham to end as the victors in last night's Championship game against Nottingham Forest at Craven Cottage.
McCormack struck three times in the first half, and although Forest hit back with two goals, the three goal deficit was too much to overcome.
We then take a look in the Central Midlands League, where we note that former Rovers youth teamer Darren Fell scored for Thorne Colliery in their 1-1 draw with Bentley Colliery.
Former Rovers striker Jordan Ball scored twice in the last twelve minutes to send Belper into the last eight of the Central Midlands League Cup, with Belper victorious over Easington United.
January 22, 2015
Wonder goal from Waide!
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst scored a goal comparable with the "wonder goal" scored by David Beckham back in 1996 - but his volleyed shot from the half -way line could be argued to be better.
His present club, Macclesfield Town, were winning 1-0 at Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday when the Harriers keeper cleared the ball from his penalty area - but the ball went to Fairhurst who volleyed the ball back over the keeper's head into the net.
And just in case you don't believe it, a video of the goal is currently being shown on the Daily Mirror's web site.
Click on the picture of Waide to the left to see it!
January 22, 2015
Rovers hold Meet the Owners event
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they are to hold another "Meet the Owners" event at the Keepmoat Stadium as part of their attempts to improve communication between the club and its supporters.
Chairman David Blunt, President Dick Watson, board member Andrew Watson, CEO Gavin Baldwin and first team boss Paul Dickov will all be in attendance, as will be new Communications Manager Ryan Murrant. We presume that John Ryan will not be attending!
The name of Terry Bramall is also not mentioned in the list of those attending.
The event will start at 6.30pm and last until 8pm, with the doors opening at 6pm so, if you can get there that early, why not go along and find out the latest from the Rovers owners? You will need to obtain a ticket in advance. They are free of charge and will be issued on a "first come, first served" basis by the ticket office.
January 21, 2015
Rovers 0 Notts County 0
Both sides will have gone away from last night's game at the Keepmoat Stadium thinking that they could have won the game, but as it was, the game ended in a goalless draw, which means neither side gained enough points to climb up into the play-off places.
Rovers and County had penalty appeals turned down by referee Richard Clark, but it will be the bizarre sending off of County's Kwame Thomas a few minutes before the end that will make the headlines. Thomas had been booked for kicking the ball away with half an hour of the match to run, and then was booked again for leaving the field too slowly as he was about to be substituted in the 86th minute. That meant, of course, that County could not make their desired substitution - and not only that, boss Shaun Derry was sent to the stands for voicing his frustrations at the decision.
But back to the beginning. Rovers were prevented from naming Abdul Razak in their squad after international clearance failed to arrive in time, with Paul Dickov shuffling his pack a little to allow Harry Forrester to start the game in place of the injured Richie Wellens.
Forrester had an early shot from distance that went just over the bar, but then County's Alan Smith saw a 25 yard shot crack against the Rovers crossbar and into the back of keeper Stephen Bywater, with the ball luckily spinning out for a corner.
By then, County had appealed for a penalty when Nathan Tyson appeared to handle the ball in the box, but Rovers had a claim of their own as James Coppinger was brought down by Carroll, which led to a chorus of boos from home fans.
Both sides had their chances, but as the game headed towards a close, the visitors seemed intent on running the clock down. Which they did successfully, until that rather farcical situation which led to the sending off!
January 21, 2015
Brabin leaves Southport
Ex-Rovers skipper Gary Brabin has left Conference club Southport after being offered a position at Everton.
He informed Southport chairman Charlie Clapham on Monday afternoon that he had been 'head hunted' to be part of Everton's coaching staff, and Southport quickly agreed not to stand in his way.
Another former Rovers player, Paul Carden, who was Brabin's assistant, has taken charge of the first team with immediate effect.
Brabin earned the headlines a few weeks ago when they went on an FA Cup run that only saw them put out in injury time of their third round tie at Championship high-flyers Derby County.
Southport's chairman, Charlie Clapham, said: "We gave Gary a manager's post after a couple of years out of the game. It is a compliment to both Gary and Southport FC that Everton want our manager for such a prestigious role. It's Gary's lifelong ambition to be part of Everton Football Club and sometimes in life things happen when you are not expecting them to. I would not want to stop Gary achieving his ambition and genuinely wish him all the best. Gary made an immediate impact here and I want to thank him for that and our FA Cup run culminating at Derby County."
"Paul Carden now has the task of building on Gary's foundations over the last four months and getting us to a safe position as quickly as possible."
January 21, 2015
Carlisle confirm new cup date
Carlisle United have announced that their Youth Alliance Cup third round match against Doncaster Rovers will now be played on Saturday, 31st January with an 11am kick-off. The game will be played at Creighton Rugby Club.
The game should have been played on Saturday, but was rescheduled due to bad weather in Cumbria.
January 21, 2015
Tamas leaves Watford
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Gabriel Tamas has left Watford after the club announced that his contract with them had been cancelled by mutual consent.
The defender only joined Watford last summer and made nine appearances before cruciate knee ligament damage kept him out of action, and he has not played for them since.
The 31 year old will now continue his recovery elsewhere, with the Watford Observer claiming that he is a target for Steaua Bucharest in his home country of Romania.
January 21, 2015
Former physio joins Mansfield
Ex-Rovers academy physio Matt Fenney has been appointed as Mansfield Town's new first team physiotherapist.
The 24 year old has succeeded Chris Bowman, who recently left Field Mill to join Bolton Wanderers.
January 20, 2015
Rovers v Notts County
Doncaster Rovers will have to wait until shortly before this evening's match kicks off to find out if they can include new singing Abdul Razak in their squad for the game at the Keepmoat Stadium. His inclusion will depend on whether Rovers receive international clearance for the former Manchester City midfielder, who has joined from Greek club OFI Crete.
Apart from that, there are not likely to be many changes to the Rovers side, although Richie Wellens picked up a knock in the closing minutes of Saturday's game against Barnsley, but is expected to be fit to play tonight. Nathan Tyson and Harry Forrester will be hoping to start the game after doing well as substitutes on Saturday.
Dean Furman is still on international duty with South Africa, and defender Rob Jones is still someway off being fit enough to be considered.
Notts County will be without Liam Noble after the midfielder is suspended (again). He returned from a five match ban on Saturday, but was sent off deep into injury time for a second bookable offence, and he now starts a two match ban.
New signing Billy Daniels is hoping for his first start for County after scoring as a substitute against Crewe at the weekend.
Defender Mike Edwards has a hamstring injury that kept him out of action at the weekend, and he is unlikely to be considered this evening.
Both teams go into the game on 34 points and a win for either would lift the victors into sixth place, which in Rovers' case would be the first time this season they have featured in the play-off places.
January 20, 2015
Dickov - game 'no bigger' than Barnsley clash
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is well aware that a win for Rovers tonight could lift them into the play-off places, but is insisting that the game is of no more importance to the club than Saturday's game against Barnsley was.
He told DROS yesterday: "It’s no bigger than the Barnsley game. We go in with a lot of belief and a lot of confidence but we don’t want to get carried away because we can slip up like we have done before. We need to get on the front foot, press and get among them, which is something we work on. Notts County are a good side so it won't be easy. The players have to get the fans going and they’ve done that which gives you the confidence to go and do it. It is crazy, we're thirteenth and we're talking about going sixth, so that shows how tight it is. There’s a lot of clubs that can win on any given day and that’s where we've got to be on our toes."
"Over the last month or so, as a team, we’re playing a lot better and we're definitely defending better which gives us a base to go from and it keeps us in games."
January 20, 2015
Razak signs for Rovers
As expected, midfielder Abdul Razak signed for Doncaster Rovers yesterday, although he will not be able to play until Rovers have received international clearance.
The Ivorian international has signed a deal until the end of the season, with Dickov clearly hoping that if things work out, a longer deal may follow.
The largest dilemma that Dickov has is whether to include Razak in the side for this evening's match - although if clearance does not come through in time, the decision will be made for him.
The Rovers boss told the Doncaster Free Press yesterday: "We’re hopeful the clearance might come through for Tuesday night. It’s a difficult one because the lads who played on Saturday did really well but I do believe without putting too much pressure on Abdul, that we’ve signed a top player. Watching him over the last two or three years, he can adapt to any situation. He could play anywhere in the middle of the park, be it in a two, three or a diamond. He’s got a bit of everything for a midfielder – a bit of energy, he’s a tough boy and he’s got real quality on the ball as well."
"We’ve got three midfielders that bring those attributes already. Abdul has a bit of all three about him. He’s very confident on the ball and we feel he’ll complement the midfielders we’ve already got."
Abdul trained with the squad yesterday, but has not played since December 14th, although he is fit enough to feature if selected.
January 20, 2015
Tonight's match officials
The Football League have named the match officials for this evening's home game against Notts County. They will be:
Referee: Richard Clark
Assistant referees: Simon Barrow and Alan Clayton
Fourth official: David Benton
January 20, 2015
Voting results v Barnsley
We received nominations for nine different players as the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's home game against Barnsley, and although he was not on the pitch for that long, Harry Forrester did enough to get more votes than any other nominee.
The players receiving the most votes were:
1 Harry Forrester (30.95%)
2 Paul Keegan (19.05%)
3 Luke McCullough (14.29%)
4 James Coppinger (11.90%)
We thank everyone who took the time to place a vote - all votes cast will go forward to the "Player of the Season" rankings, that currently sees James Coppinger with a comfortable lead.
January 20, 2015
Now Macca sells his mum's house!
Former Rovers midfielder Michael McIndoe has again hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, following previous reports that he was declared bankrupt last autumn after losing millions of pounds invested by him from several football players.
Now, the Edinburgh News has reported that McIndoe has sold his mother's house and vanished with the profits, with the sale going through just after he had been declared bankrupt - but due to different legal systems in England and Scotland, he was able to pocket the sale proceeds.
The house was leased to his mother, but was sold for £158,000, whereas similar properties in the area have sold recently for £185,000. Even so, McIndoe is believed to have made £13,000 on the sale.
The money should have gone towards paying his creditors, but about £6,000 has been recovered from his partner, Anne Fuller.
There is a court order in place to interview McIndoe on February 11th, but as he has disappeared, the insolvency practitioners are unable to serve the writ.
Mr O'Hara, who is tasked with dealing with McIndoe's bankruptcy, said: "We want to interview him for further information because we have no idea what the extent of the level of liabilities is. We know of £2.5m – but it could be £25m."
He added: "e have a court order to interview him on February 11 under oath but we can’t serve that on him anywhere. He won’t tell us where he is living, we are consulting with solicitors on his behalf. It’s hard for us to ascertain how many debts there are. These footballers have given cash – hundreds of thousands."
The alleged fraud is believed to be one of the biggest cons to hit British football.
January 19, 2015
Dickov to sign Razak
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is hoping to complete the signing of former Manchester City midfielder Abdul Razak today as Rovers seek to strengthen their promotion challenge, despite the idea seeming to be out of reach only a few games ago.
An upsurge in results mean that Rovers are now just two points away from the play-off places, and Dickov is hoping that the signing of the 22 year old Ivorian international will help to strengthen his hand, especially with Dean Furman being absent on international duty for the next few games.
Dickov has verbally agreed a deal with Razak, and he is hoping to get his man signed up today.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "Everything’s been agreed in terms of personal terms and contract wise. We’re hoping he’s going to come in on Monday morning and sign, and then it’s just a case of waiting for international clearance."
His former colleague at Manchester City will make the move from Greek side OFI Crete, who have run into financial difficulties, and have asked Razak to find another club. Dickov rates him highly, and says it will be a coup for Rovers if they manage to get him signed up.
January 19, 2015
Danny Malloy
We are saddened to learn of the death of former Rovers player/manger Danny Malloy last week. He died at the age of 84 in a hospital near Stirling last Wednesday (14th January), and his funeral will be held at Falkirk Crematorium this coming Saturday (24th January) at 9am. He is survived by his son, Andy, and daughter, Linda, and seven grandchildren.
Danny signed for Rovers as a 31 year old after leaving Cardiff City in the summer of 1961, where he had been for six years, during which time he played 225 games for the Bluebirds. He made his Rovers debut on 19th August 1961, when Rovers fought out a 2-2 draw in Division Four.
As well as managing Rovers, he only missed two games all season, with Rovers having to apply for re-election at the end of the season. Danny was replaced as boss at Belle Vue by Oscar Hold at the end of his only season in charge.
Born in Loanhead, he was a Scottish B international and made over 350 appearances during his career, which began with Dundee in 1948, although he had to complete two years' national service before starting his playing career, where he quickly gained a reputation of being an "uncompromising centre half". He then moved to Cardiff for £17,500 in 1955, where he led them to promotion to Division One in 1961 - leaving the club because they refused to give him a £10 a week pay rise!
After leaving Rovers, he returned to Scotland to play for Clyde, where he ended his playing days.
He wrote his memoirs, which were published in 2013 with the title "Memoirs of a Hard Man".
January 19, 2015
Dickov - hard work pays off
Boss Paul Dickov is a relieved man after the hard work put in over the last few weeks is finally starting to play off. Like everyone else, he had been frustrated that the home form had been so erratic, especially since they had found a reliable formula for picking up the points away from home.
Now, after recording their third home win of the season, Rovers are just two points away from the play-offs, and if they can keep this form going, further progress is perfectly possible.
In his column in the Doncaster Free Press, he said: "There is more to come from my team but I can’t fail to be pleased with the manner of the performances in recent weeks. We wanted to start the year in a strong position and seven points from nine helped us do that. We have a real platform to build on now."
"Whenever a team has a strong upturn or downturn in form, managers and players are always asked why things have changed. In our situation, the plain and simple answer is that it had to change. And to the immense credit of the lads, it has so far. Much of that has been down to work rate and making sure the effort is strong throughout the team and consistently so. You can talk about formations, tactics and everything else until you are blue in the face. But if you don’t have the players who are willing to run themselves into the ground for you, none of it really matters. We have had that from everybody, consistently over the last month where we probably only had it in dribs and drabs before that, which was not good enough."
He finished by saying "We have worked really hard on keeping our focus, no matter what situation we might find ourselves during a game and whether we’re on top or not."
January 19, 2015
Rovers track Dover midfielder
Doncaster Rovers are reported to be tracking Dover midfielder Nicky Deverdics, who has been impressing many with his performances in the Vanarama Conference this season. The Dover Express are reporting that Rovers have had Deverdics watched on a number of occasions so far this season, but are yet to make contact with Dover Athletic.
The midfielder is under contract at Crabble until the end of this season, but Rovers are reported to have competition for his signature from League One club Colchester United.
Deverdics is aged 27, and began his footballing career in 2006 with Gateshead, before joining Bedlington Terriers (2006), Gretna (2007), Barnet (2008), Blyth Spartans (2010), BÍ/Bolungarvík (2011), Team Northumbria (2012), Alfreton Town (2012), TB Tvøroyri (2013), Tadcaster Albion (2014) before joining Dover Athletic in summer 2014 after having trials at the club.
January 19, 2015
Jamie joins Hull
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Jamie Barnwell-Edinboro, now going under the name of just Jamie Barnwell, has been appointed as a coach at ambitious new club Hull United AFC, who have also just announced that former boxer and Sheffield United footballer Curtis Woodhouse is their new manager.
Barnwell made the headlines before Christmas after being reported as going missing in Hull City Centre, but was found within 48 hours. Of late, he had been a player and manager at NCEL club Hall Road Rangers, before then being manager for Hull Tigers Ladies, who he left in summer 2014.
Hull United play in the Humber Premier League.
January 18, 2015
Rovers 1 Barnsley 0
A superb goal from Harry Forrester towards the end of yesterday's local derby against Barnsley at the Keepmoat Stadium was enough to win the game for Rovers, but they should have won by a clearer margin, but failed to convert their dominance of the game into goals.
It got worse for the visitors into added time at the end of the game when they had Mason Holgate sent off for a reckless challenge which was totally unnecessary. The visitors had seemed content to sit back and soak up the pressure, a tactic that seemed to be working until that strike by Forrester six minutes from time. Barnsley were unhappy not to be given a penalty early in the game when they thought that Wabara had brought down Dale Jennings, but the referee turned down their appeal.
But Rovers should have been in front before then, with Curtis Main's curling shot somehow going just wide in the seventh minute, with Robinson's header going just over the bar on 14 minutes. A number of misplaced passes followed as the game became more disjointed, and it took Barnsley until the 40th minute to land their first shot on target, which was comfortably saved by debut-making keeper Stephen Bywater.
Curtis Main spurned another good chance just after the break, skewing his shot wide from 15 yards, and Coppinger fired straight at Turnbull in the Barnsley goal when a little more composure would have seen the ball in the net.
Just when the game seemed destined to end goalless, up stepped Harry Forrester, who was given a little too much room by the Barnsley defence before cutting inside to curl a shot out of the reach of the Barnsley keeper and into the top corner.
January 18, 2015
What the managers said
A pleased Paul Dickov spoke to the press after yesterday's win over Barnsley, obviously relieved that they eventually scored, with the game seemingly destined to be goalless.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I thought it was deserved. I'm really pleased with the players, two Saturday's in a row now, we've scored late goals. It shows the fitness levels of the players are high and the spirit's really high as well. People are looking at our home form and rightly so. Earlier on in the season, with the amount of chances that we had, we might have given up a little bit. But the boys kept going and ironically, the hardest chance we got, Harry stuck it in the top corner."
He added: "We missed a fair few opportunities and left it late, but I always thought we would get the goal our play deserved. I've got a lot of belief in my players to keep going to the end and they justified that faith. I'm pleased with the character of the team and delighted with the result because that's five unbeaten in the league now and it keeps the momentum going. We always preach that if you can't win it's important not to lose, but we've drawn too many games we should have won so it was vital to get a victory."
"It took a special goal to settle the game because we had missed far easier chances to score. But Harry Forrester is well capable of scoring special goals because he's a special player."
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson was disappointed to have lost a game that he thought they could get a point out of.
He said to BBC Radio Sheffield: "The disappointing thing from my point of view is we were quite comfortable. I thought defensively we performed well, we got behind the ball well, worked hard to minimise their chances. I think the goal again has come from a very good situation that we had and not made the most of it. We were in a great position in attacking mode, and from one end of the pitch to the other, they score."
"I'm disappointed with the outcome because a lot of their attacks came from us being a bit lose in possession and that was the story of the game. The finish was fantastic, but we lost possession of the ball for them to score. I thought we were a threat at times, but our final ball let us down and our attacking prowess never came in to the equation because of that. What is disappointing is that I thought we had a stonewall penalty early the game which wasn't given and we were dumb-founded by the decision."
He confirmed that he would not be appealing against the sending off of Mason Holgate, commenting: "It's a bit disappointing coming at that stage in the game because it wasn't a malicious challenge. Mason has been a bit naive. He left the ground when he made the tackle and in this day and age you can't do that."
January 18, 2015
Goals review
In our review of former Rovers players scoring goals yesterday, we begin in League One, where Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored again for Bristol City as they win 2-0 at Scunthorpe United. His 36th minute penalty saw the promotion chasing team go in front at Glanford Park, but they struggled hard to beat a determined Scunthorpe side that had the misfortune to have TWO goalkeepers injured in the game - both with broken arms - with Sam Slocombe injured in the 10th minute and his deputy James Severn in the 42nd minute. Former Rovers defender Andrew Boyce took over in goal and did well, not conceding until the 85th minute of the game.
In League Two, Adebayo Akinfenwa gave AFC Wimbledon an ideal start, scoring in the first minute of their home game against Carlisle United. It all went downhill from there though, with Carlisle scoring three times without further reply to slightly ease their relegation fears.
Going into the Vanarama Conference Premier, Jon Parkin scored both goals for Forest Green Rovers in their 2-1 win at Braintree Town, which lifts them into sixth place, only out of the play-off places on goal difference.
Waide Fairhurst scored Macclesfield Town's second goal as they beat Kidderminster Harriers away - that result saw Kidderminster drop out of the play-off places, and keeps Macclesfield in third place.
January 18, 2015
Youth team game off
Yesterday's youth team game at Carlisle United was postponed on Friday, owing to the weather conditions in Cumbria making their pitch unplayable.
A new date for the game will be announced in due course.
January 18, 2015
LuaLua signs new deal
Ex-Rovers loan striker Kazenga LuaLua has signed a new contract at Brighton & Hove Albion, which means that he is now under contract with them until the summer of 2018.
The three and a half year extension potentially means he will be at the club for seven years, having transferred to the south coast in 2011 from Newcastle United.
He is presently sidelined with knee ligament damage, but had the time to comment: "It’s nice to get everything done. It’s been a long time coming, but it feels really good to sign. Obviously the first thing I need to do is get back fit because it’s been a long time. I’m working hard and it should not be too long before I am back training."
Boss Chris Hughton added, "Kaz is a different type of player: he can create, score goals and he gives the club something different. The new contract is a consequence of the development during his time here, but I know him from Newcastle. I knew he had talent, but I also knew that he had to get more consistency in his game. Everything I have heard says he has become a more consistent player. He’s added more responsibility to his game, which comes with experience and the number of games he’s played. We’re delighted to have tied him down and it’s probably just as important to getting him fit and back involved again.”
January 17, 2015
Dickov - Rovers need to be quick out of the blocks
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has stressed to his players the importance on being on the attack right from the beginning of this afternoon's local derby against Barnsley.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "We want to make sure we continue the last two home performances which have been really good. We’ve had some good performances at home without getting the results, but in the last two games, we’ve started them really well, got on the front foot, really put pressure on the opposition and been relentless with it. It’s definitely something we want to take into the game as well, especially with it being a derby game. It’ll be a great atmosphere and we want to make sure we don’t disappoint."
He concluded: "We know it’s going to be a tough game but it’s one we want to win. We’ve got a lot of games coming up where we feel if we can get the right results, we can start looking up the table."
January 17, 2015
Rovers v Barnsley
Doncaster Rovers look set to give new goalkeeper Stephen Bywater his debut in this afternoon's home game against Barnsley after the club confirmed yesterday that he had signed for the club until the end of the season.
Despite a couple of knocks, most notably to Nathan Tyson and Harry Forrester, Rovers are expected to have the same outfield squad available for this afternoon's game, with Marko Marosi likely to have to settle for a place on the bench after having his first start on Tuesday at Bristol City.
Rovers will be without Dean Furman, who is on international duty with South Africa, and Rob Jones, who is still making a slow recovery from a knee injury.
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is expected to name the same squad that won against bottom club Yeovil Town last weekend, although defender Peter Ramage is a doubt after going off injured in that game.
They will add midfielder Josh Scowen to the squad after he signed a two and a half year contract this week. Sam Winnall remains a long term absentee for the Tykes.
Former Rovers loanee Milan Lalkovic could make his first start for Barnsley after his substitute appearance last week, as he steps up to full match fitness after joining Barnsley recently.
January 17, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Barnsley are:
Referee: Kevin Wright
Assistant referees: Martin Coy and Joe Hull
Fourth official: Andrew Newbold
January 17, 2015
Bywater signing confirmed
Doncaster Rovers confirmed yesterday that they have completed the signing of goalkeeper Stephen Bywater on a short term contract that will last until the end of this season.
The 33 year old was released "by mutual consent" from his contract with Millwall earlier this week and is likely to go straight into the squad for this afternoon's game against Barnsley.
He trained with Rovers on Thursday, with new boss Paul Dickov commenting to the Yorkshire Post: "He is very loud, but a very good goalkeeper as well – and we are delighted to have him. He has played the majority of his games in his career higher up and he has been promoted out of this division, so he knows what the league is all about and what it takes. His experience, along with Andy Butler’s, at the back will help the younger kids around him as he’s very vocal, dominant and positive in his outcome."
January 17, 2015
Lalkovic signs for Tykes
Former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Milan Lalkovic has returned to England to sign for Barnsley and made his debut as a substitute against Yeovil last weekend.
Lalkovic is a Slovakian international and has been released by Czech Republic club FK Mlada Boleslav since leaving Chelsea last summer. He has signed an 18 month deal with Barnsley and is likely to make his first start for the club against Rovers this afternoon.
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson said: "He was told that, by going back over to the Czech Republic, he might get into the national team squad. But it hasn't worked out for him and he wants to come back to England. I'm sure the fans will love him. He's a talented player with great skills and good pace. He's a team player who will work at both ends of the pitch for you. He can play as a lone striker – which you wouldn't believe for his size – behind the striker or on either wing."
He added: "His match fitness is not where we would like it to be. His last game was in December so not that long ago."He's done all his pre-season so it won't take long for him to catch up. We fitness test all the players we sign and he's one of the fittest."
January 17, 2015
Voting results v Bristol City
There were, understandably, a lower number of votes received for the "Man of the Match" for Tuesday's away FA Cup replay at Bristol City.
We received nominations for four players, with James Coppinger capturing the most votes, with just over half of all votes cast.
The players receiving the most votes were:
1 James Coppinger (57.14%)
2 Marko Marosi (28.57%)
We thank everyone for their votes and look forward to receiving your votes following this afternoon's home game against Barnsley.
January 15, 2015
Rovers announce new season ticket prices
Doncaster Rovers have announced the range of prices for season tickets for the 2015/16 season, with tickets for next season going on sale from tomorrow morning.
Rovers issued the new deal a fortnight earlier than they did last year, but most supporters should be pleased with the news that season tickets appear to have been frozen, with the "young person" category widened from 17-20 years to 17-21 years.
The club will also be giving supporters who renew early the chance win a number of prizes, with those renewing by next Tuesday having a chance of winning £1,879, with replica shirts and a free season ticket being part of the prizes on offer.
The "Early Bird" discounted price will apply until 31st March 2015, with the "full price" applying after that date.
One change which is likely to affect several season ticket holders is the 'interesting' decision to make the South Stand unreserved seating, which has come as a result of meeting with some supporters' groups - although yesterday's news is probably the first that many South Stand season ticket holders will have heard on the subject.
Season ticket prices for next season are as follows:
Early Bird deadline to 31st March - Renewal Only
Full Price


Per game
Per game
Category A
East & West
(central areas)
Category B
Family area
and West Stand B
Category C
South Stand (unreserved)
Under 11
January 15, 2015
Coach travel to Chesterfield

The Supporters Club are running coaches to the forthcoming away game at Chesterfield, which is on Saturday, 31st January.
They will leave Retford at 12.00pm, Bawtry 12.15pm, Harworth 12.05pm, Rossington 12.15pm, Hare & Tortoise 12.20pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 12.30pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 12.45pm.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £9 - OAPs £8 - Under 16s £7
Non-members: Adults £11 - OAPs £10 - Under 16s £9
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'.

January 15, 2015
Theo relaxed over 'pressure to score'
Rovers striker Theo Robinson is insisting that he does not feel any extra pressure to score goals, despite Nathan Tyson and Curtis Main keen to get back in the team, with both stuck on the bench after recovering from injuries.
Theo has scored only four goals in 28 appearances, but accepts that the team work ethic is one that the manager is reminding them of.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "Everyone’s fit now. Tyson’s back from injury so everyone’s fighting for the jersey and I have to be on my toes. I want to stay in the team. I know I have to do well but I don’t feel under any more pressure to score. I just want to play my hardest and, even if I don’t score, make sure the team’s doing well and getting a result. It’s a bonus to get goals. As long as the team’s winning, that’s the main thing.”
He added: “The role that I’ve been given in the team means it’s up to me to put the work in and help the boys behind me. t’s worked out well since I got back into the team."
January 15, 2015
Rovers set to sign Bywater
Doncaster Rovers are reported to be about to sign experienced goalkeeper Stephen Bywater following his release "by mutual consent" from Millwall yesterday.
Bywater, aged 33, has not featured for Millwall since February 2014, and had a loan spell at Gillingham earlier this season. He has made just 14 appearances for Millwall since moving there i the summer of 2013, and has also played for West Ham, Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich during his career.
Paul Dickov has previously spoken of his confidence in signing a goalkeeper before this weekend to replace the Sam Johnstone, who was recalled from his loan by Manchester United on Monday.
January 15, 2015
Furman on target as South Africa complete AFCON preparations
Rovers midfielder Dean Furman was on target for South Africa last night as they comfortably beat Mali 3-0 in their final preparation match ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which begins at the weekend.
On not quite the same level, ex-Rovers player Ben Muirhead scored a hat-trick for Retford United as the comfortably beat Hucknall Rolls Leisure 6-3 in the quarter finals of the Notts Senior Cup.
January 14, 2015
Bristol City 2 Rovers 0
The dreams of reaching the fourth round for a 'big money' televised game against either Everton or West Ham United died for Doncaster Rovers last night, with Bristol City finding out 45 minutes after the game at Ashton Gate ended that they would be hosting West Ham United at the end of February.
Former Rovers loanee Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored both goals to dump Rovers out of the cup, although James Coppinger did have a shot cleared off the line, and Rovers pushed forward in search of an equaliser after the break.
Rovers fielded Marko Marosi in goal for his first start owing to the departure of on-loan keeper Sam Johnstone since the weekend's game, but the debuting keeper could not be faulted for either goal.
Paul Dickov made a double substitution midway through the second half, with Nathan Tyson and Theo Robinson being introduced, but Rovers could not find the breakthrough, and Emmanuel-Thomas ran half the length of the pitch to score his, and Bristol's, second goal which put the tie out of Rovers' reach.
January 14, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was disappointed to exit the FA Cup last night, especially since he felt that they should have done better in defending the first Bristol goal.
He said after the game: ""We felt we had a chance of coming down here and winning the tie after the first game. The first was a poor goal from our point of view. It was from a set-piece which we've been good at so that was disappointing. The players gave it a good go and we created a couple of chances before half-time and had one cleared off the line. In the second half, we changed the system and for 15 or 20 minutes we caused them problems without having the quality in the final third. It is difficult to be hard on the players because in the last few weeks we have been really good. I thought we showed good quality on the ball. Emmanuel-Thomas was different class all night and that bit of quality shone through."
Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill praised ex-Rovers loan striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who scored both goals last night. He commented; "Jay has been a wonderful boy, he is top top class. When he is fit and when he gets around the field he will always be involved. When he is involved the one thing he does do is he gets bums off seats and he gets people stood up. When I'm in that technical area I am at it because I know something special is going to happen. To be honest I was more pleased with his first goal than his last goal. I see his last goal scored every day of the week. But I keep moaning at him to get in there and score a header. One thing he is this season, he is fitter. When he's involved in the game and runs around, I think he looks a top player."
He added: "I thought we deserved to win the game. We were patient and played some good football in the first half. Then in the second half when we were a goal up there was no big hurry to be running around the pitch. We finally got our just rewards for the patience that we showed in the final third with Jay’s second goal, which was a fantastic goal. Even when we were defending I felt we were in control of the game and on the turnover of the ball we were very good."
January 14, 2015
Goals review
We will not dwell on the fact that former Rovers loanee Jay Emmanuel Thomas scored twice last night, but we will go on to mention that in another FA Cup replay, Ross McCormack scored in the 123rd minute for Fulham, who leveled the scores at 3-3 at Wolves.
He then scored Fulham's first penalty in the shoot-out that followed at the end of extra time - Fulham went on to win the penalties 5-3.
January 14, 2015
Furman evasive on Rovers future
Rovers midfielder Dean Furman, who is presently absent on international duty with South Africa, was non-committal on where he sees himself playing next season.
Furman's contract at Rovers runs out in the summer, but he is refusing to add to the speculation as to where he will play next season.
He told KickOff.com: "I’m just trying to focus on my football, obviously this is a very important month coming up now with the Afcon and then I’ll go back and have three or four months left of the season. It’s important that I have not only a good Afcon, but a good end to the season, and then in the [European] summer I can think about my future."
He added: "At the moment, it’s too soon to start discussing it. It’s important that I just focus and leave that work to my agent, and I’m sure in the next few months we’ll start to sit down and talk about where my future is going to lie."
January 13, 2015
Bristol City v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers travel to Bristol City for their third round FA Cup replay, knowing that the winners will face either West Ham United or Everton in a televised match.
Rovers are forced into making one change for this evening's game, with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone having been recalled by Manchester United, meaning that Mario Marosi will make his first start for Rovers. FA Cup regulations mean that any new signing would not be able to play this evening, as they had to be on the books on the date of the original tie.
Apart from that, Rovers have no other injury concerns, although Dean Furman, who played in the original tie at the Keepmoat Stadium ten days ago, is absent on international duty.
Bristol City also have no fresh injury worries, and could name the same side that thrashed Notts County 4-0 at the weekend. They may give Bobby Reid a chance to play in the FA Cup for the first time this season after returning from a loan spell at Plymouth Argyle.
Strikers Kieran Agard and Aaron Wilbrahim are back in training but are not expected to feature as they progress towards full fitness.
January 13, 2015
Cash bonanza for winners
Doncaster Rovers have the prospect of a cash bonanza of over £300,000 if they can win this evening's FA Cup replay, with gate money, prize money and cash for the 'live' televising of the fourth round tie set to swell the club's coffers.
Always presuming Rovers win, they will earn £67,500 for winning tonight, and a further £144,000 for the live TV transmission of the fourth round game.
Add onto that potential gate receipts, which the Doncaster Free Press have calculated could reap Rovers a further £100,000 (based on an average £15 ticket price and a 15,000 capacity crowd), which takes receipts potentially through the £300,000 mark.
But there's no point in getting ahead of ourselves - boss Paul Dickov recognizes that Rovers face a huge challenge at Bristol City this evening.
He said: "The FA Cup is a fantastic competition and we’ve got the carrot of getting a Premier League club here at the Keepmoat, but first and foremost, we’ve got to do a good job. There is a little more pressure because of that, but it’s a massive game for lots of reasons. We want to keep our run going, I want to give the club and the players national exposure and, obviously, for the financial aspect as well. I know from the cup runs I’ve been involved with at Oldham how beneficial it is for lots of reasons, including the feelgood factor around the club. And I would hope it benefits me in terms of transfer kitty."
"From speaking with Nigel Clough, the FA Cup was massive for Sheffield United last year, the financial aspect of it as well. But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, it’s going to be a tough game tonight, but it’s a game we want to win and we’ve got to go for it. We’ve always wanted to do really well in the competition and it’s a little bit more special now, for the players and fans especially, knowing that there’s going to be a Premier League team and it’s going to be on telly.”
January 13, 2015
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's FA Cup replay at Bristol City will be:
Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant referees: William Bull and Adam Bromley
Fourth official: Brendan Malone
January 13, 2015
Johnstone recalled
Manchester United have recalled goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from his second loan spell of the season at Rovers, just seven days after agreeing to extend his original loan until 28th January.
The England under-21 international was then sent straight back out on loan to League One rivals Preston North End, with that loan lasting until the end of the season.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is understandably disappointed with this turn of events, but by what he says, Preston may be intending to make Johnstone's move a permanent one on the summer, even though he has only just signed a new deal at Old Trafford.
Dickov told the Doncaster Free Press: “Manchester United have called Sam back. He’s going to Preston, until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal which I believe, I might be wrong, is round about the seven figure mark. It’s a big blow. Sam has been excellent for us. The timing isn’t ideal because we’ve got a massive game on Tuesday night and FA rulings say you can’t bring in another goalkeeper for a replay."
"I always look on the bright side and it gives young Marko Marosi a fantastic opportunity to come into the team in a big game and show everyone exactly why I signed him. We will be looking for someone to come in. We’ve moved pretty quickly. We’re looking, hopefully by the end of the week, to have an experienced goalkeeper in and permanently as well. It’s someone who has been promoted from this division. We’re looking to do a deal initially to the end of the season. It’s an experienced goalkeeper, someone I know well. Hopefully it’s something we can get done before Barnsley.”
Unusually for DROS, they are reporting that the acquisition of Johnstone's replacement is a "done deal", with the club stating: "To aid Slovakian under 21 international Markos development, the Club are delighted that we will be joined later this week by an experienced goalkeeper. Paul Gerrard said “I have worked with this guy in the past. His personality and experience of winning promotion at this level is very, very valuable. To get someone with his experience is something that we are excited about and myself and the squad can’t wait to work with him".
January 13, 2015
Boss backs Marko
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has spoken of his confidence in young goalkeeper Marko Marosi, who will make his first start for the club this evening in the big FA Cup replay at Bristol City.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "He can handle the pressure. He’s a good young keeper, he’s improved since we brought him in. Me and Paul Gerrard were speaking about it yesterday, when you’re a kid you want to get your chance and you’re going to get your chance sometime, and when it comes you’ve got to take it. I have every confidence in the kid. He’s done very well for the development squad, he’s doing really well in training and he’ll be buzzing. He’s got a great mentality - a stupid mentality what you expect of a keeper. But he’s grounded, he’s very calm and we’ve got a lot of faith in him.”
January 13, 2015
Voting results v Oldham
Scoring a spectacular last minute goal does no harm for gaining you a few votes in the "Man of the Match" ratings, as was proved this week as James Coppinger picked up nearly two votes in every three cast for Saturday's away game at Oldham Athletic.
We received nominations for four players this time around, with the most votes going to:
1 James Coppinger (64.29%)
2 Paul Keegan (18.75%)
3 Luke McCullough (13.33%).
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. For those of you travelling down to see this evening's game at Bristol City, the voting for that game will open in the morning.
January 12, 2015
Dickov praises attitude of players
Rovers boss Paul Dickov has praised the attitude shown by his players after they dramatically came back from two goals down to snatch an equaliser against Oldham Athletic on Saturday.
There has been a noticeable change during the season, says Dickov, and they are now reaping the rewards that they were not doing a few weeks ago.
He told the Doncaster Star: "We know we’ve got good players in the team, people are technically good, can pass the ball and people that can change a game, but you can’t buy and put into players the attitude and desire they showed in that game. It doesn’t matter whether it’s against ten men or not. When Sheffield United went down to ten men, we couldn’t get back into the game. It shows we’re progressing and learning which we want to do. It’s also another game where we’ve not been beaten, which breeds confidence."
January 12, 2015
Dickov hopeful of Razak signing
Paul Dickov has dropped strong hints that he is hopeful of signing former Manchester City midfielder Abdul Razak, who is currently playing for Greek side OFI Crete after leaving Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala in 2013.
He was asked about potential transfer business during the January transfer window, and in particular about the chances of signing Razak, to which he responded to the Doncaster Star: “Abdul’s a player I’ve watched for a long time and he is a player I rate really highly. We’ve had conversations about doing it. Whether it can be done or not, we don’t know. If it’s something we could manage to do, I believe we’d be getting a player who would be fantastic in this league. He’s a Premier League player and for whatever reason he has had to go abroad. When you’re looking at a player like that, there’s always other clubs involved as well. Conversations have been had and I’m hopeful, without getting too far ahead, that he will be our player. When that is, we don’t know because there’s international clearance, work permits and things like that. If we can manage to do, it will be a real coup for us because he’s a top, top player."
January 12, 2015
Orient re-sign Lundstram
Leyton Orient have announced that they have re-signed Everton midfielder John Lundstram on loan until 18th February. The 20 year old was also at the club during the latter part of last season, which ended with the League One play-off final defeat against Rotherham, and has also played for Blackpol this season.
He played 14 games on loan for Rovers during the 2012/13 season.
He told the BBC: "I feel like I have unfinished business at Orient after the way last season ended. Everyone involved with the Wembley match was devastated and we need to put that right. I looked at the table before I came and it's not out of the question to get a run together and push on towards the top six."
January 12, 2015
Furman has eyes on winning cup
Rovers midfielder Dean Furman has great expectations that South Africa have a good chance of winning the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which begins at the weekend in Equatorial Guinea.
Furman, who was appointed captain for the final two qualifying games, thinks that, despite South Africa being drawn in a tough group for the initial stages of the tournament, they have nothing to fear.
He told the Doncaster Free Press before he left for international duty: "There’s no point in us turning up if we don’t believe we can go and win it. Our group is incredibly tough with three top teams full of players playing in Europe’s top leagues, so we know it’s going to be difficult. But there’s no point in us going into the competition without the belief we can go all the way, and that will be the focus for us."
"We’re going into the tournament with a lot of confidence after our qualification campaign,” he added. "We got off to a perfect start and went top of the group from the third game - and never looked back really. The African champions Nigeria were in our group and knocking them out was a massive scalp. It’s been a big disappointment over the past decade or so that South Africa has not qualified for these major tournaments, so it was important to get off to that good start. We did that and we qualified in style. So it’s very promising for us going forward that we know we can do it on the Continent and hopefully we can carry that into the competition.”
January 11, 2015
Oldham Athletic 2 Rovers 2
Doncaster Rovers snatched a last minute equaliser to deny Oldham Athletic all the points in a dramatic end to yesterday's game at Boundary Park.
Both sides ended frustrated by decisions made by the match officials, although they probably balanced each other out for both sides over the match as a whole.
Rovers had gone two goals down and things looked bleak as far as the prospects for getting back into the game, but a double substitution on the hour mark, followed by former Rovers loan defender Joseph Mills being sent off, sparked a revival, with the whole game heavily influenced by the testing weather conditions.
Nathan Tyson scrambled home Rovers' first goal, but that was capped both in drama and skill, by James Coppinger's superb 90th minute left-footed strike after he had dribbled through a crowded penalty area before shooting with virtually the last kick of the game.
For all that Rovers were two down at one stage, they did have their moments in the first half. While Oldham were the brighter of the two sides, and more composed in possession, Rovers had the better chances with Harry Forrester hitting the woodwork twice. Rovers were not helping themselves with numerous errors in possession.
Ibehre took advantage of poor defending by Rovers in the 23rd minute, with Andy Butler misjudging the bounce of the ball, with Ibehre firing home completely unmarked from 15 yards.
Oldham's second goal was surrounded by controversy, with the linesman ruling that the ball had crossed the line. Elokobi's header seemed to have been saved by Sam Johnstone, with Harry Forrester clearing off the line, only for the linesman to flag for a goal. So while Oldham may have been frustrated about the decision that led to Mills being sent off, Rovers were justifiably upset about the second goal being given.
The result sees Rovers' unbeaten run extended to five games, and keeps them level with Oldham in the table.
January 11, 2015
What the managers said
Both managers were critical of the standard of decisions made by the match officials during yesterday's game, although the bulk of the criticism came from the home team's manager, who wasn't helped by watching his side throw away two points as Rovers grabbed a dramatic last minute equaliser.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We knew it was going to be a tough, tough game. They've had a tough week and we knew they were going to come out flying at us today. We were really angry at half-time because we spoke at length about how they would come at us and get their fans up. But we contributed to our own downfall. We made too many mistakes."
"We came out second half and they've got a corner when it's a foul right in front of the linesman, then the linesman gave a goal when he's 50 yards away. It's basic stuff. They went to 10 men, probably rightly so, and the boys showed a lot of character and I've got to give them a lot of credit for getting back in the game. I don't want to see people getting sent off but he's left the floor with two feet. I know why Lee is frustrated because he's not given it (initially), but for both teams, that summed up the (referee's) performance for me today."
Oldham boss Lee Johnson told BBC Radio Manchester after the game of his efforts to prepare for the match amidst the controversy surrounding the potential signing of Ched Evans: "I am a football manager and I have had to prepare my team. The people who have come out with fantastic credit are the players and the office staff. It has been nice to be part of a team under siege and everyone stuck together. When you are in the media as much as we have been it has been different. We have stuck to the same line and it was important the players maintained their focus and performed. It was a very unique potential signing and one that could only be made by people at the top end. I have to respect that and make sure I am very careful with what I say."
Of the sending off of Joseph Mills, which contributed to Rovers , he added: "It's not a great challenge but the manner in which the officials dealt with it was very, very poor. I think if they watch the video back they'll be disappointed with their performance for both teams all throughout the match. The game changed on some poor officiating. He (Mills) has left the ground. When you leave the ground you're always asking for trouble, however the management of the situation then after was just poor from start to finish. There were so many decisions - and obviously we felt it was a foul on Rachubka - there were so many incidents that happened today. Sometimes you get three or four but today it was probably 18 or 19 and that has such an effect on the game."
January 11, 2015
Goals review
We found just two former Rovers players scoring goals yesterday, and we begin in League One, where Jay-Emmanuel Thomas scored Bristol City's third goal in their 4-0 home win over Notts County, a result that both leaves City three points clear at the top of the table, and also probably gives them confidence ahead of this week's FA Cup replay against Rovers.
The only other goal we have to mention is in the Northern Counties East Division One, where Tristram Whitman scored AFC Mansfield's third goal in their 4-1 win at Selby Town. The win lifts Mansfield up to ninth in the table.
January 11, 2015
Grimsby Town 0 Rovers Youth 1
Rovers kept their good run of results against Grimsby Town going, now having beaten them in the last three meetings without conceding a single goal.
All that separated the two sides was a stunning 25 yard shot by Jordan Linley, which came after he initially gained possession just inside the Grimsby half, making a run towards the penalty area before unleashing an unstoppable shot which gave the goalkeeper no chance of getting anywhere near it.
Grimsby Town: Pearson, Appleby, Crowther, Venney, Gunter, Middleton, Dale (Phillips- 63), Clifton, Benrose, Jennings (York- 72), Wright
Substitutes not used: Heath-Dury, Wroot, Burchell.
Doncaster Rovers: McLaren, Greasley, Carberry, Head (Parkin- 72), P McKay, Mbuti, Davies, Linley, J McKay, Mandeville (Wanless- 88), Gordon (McCormick- 80)
Substitutes not used: Iveson, Barker.
January 10, 2015
Oldham Athletic v Rovers
With Doncaster Rovers on a good run of form of late, it would not be a surprise if Paul Dickov changed much as far as the starting line-up is concerned for this afternoon's trip to Oldham Athletic.
One change is guaranteed, with Dean Furman absent as he is on international duty, although it would not be a surprise if Dickov persists with just one player up front, meaning a direct swap of another midfielder for Furman. That could give Harry Middleton and Kyle Bennett vying for the midfield vacancy, with Marc de Val Fernandez seemingly out of favour at the moment.
Rovers are unbeaten in eight away games in all competitions, and seem to have found a way of avoiding defeat on the road, although the 'goals for' tally could be better.
Theo Robinson seems certain to keep his place, earning the praise of his manager for the all-round contribution in recent games, despite his personal lack of goals. With the renewal of Sam Johnstone's loan, and the extended contract for Reece Wabara, along with the permanent signing of Andy Butler last week, the defensive side of things starts to have a settled look to it.
Oldham could have been distracted by the "will they, won't they" controversial signing of Ched Evans, but that isn't likely. The biggest concern for Oldham is skipper Liam Kelly's hamstring injury, but he has trained this week and should be in the squad today. Daniel Johnston and Paddy Kenny have completed their loan spells at the club and have returned to their parent clubs. Definitely missing is former Rovers skipper Adam Lockwood (knee), along with Rhys Turner (hamstring), both of who are three weeks away from a return.
January 10, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Oldham Athletic are:
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistant referees: Thomas Bramall and Ross Joyce
Fourth official: Anthony Tankard
January 10, 2015
McGrath joins Sheffield
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder John McGrath has finally returned to playing football after a lengthy absence due to injury. He missed over a season after rupturing a right cruciate ligament while playing for Burton Albion last Boxing Day, which ended his season.
His contract with Burton expired at the end of last season, but he has elected not to sign a new deal with the Brewers, and he finally signed for Northern Premier League club Sheffield FC on Christmas Eve. In addition to playing duties, he has become assistant manager to boss Jordan Broadbent, with John having one eye on a coaching role for when his playing days end.
He told the Burton Mail: "The rehab has gone well and I'm back now fully fit. I did all my rehab with Nigel Clough and his team at Sheffield United, and hats off to him because he didn't have to open up his doors to me, but he did."
"I'm 34 now so I'm a young man but an old man in football terms. My knee though is fine, and if I can get playing again I will, but obviously I'm looking at the future with my coaching. My wife and kids gave me Christmas off because I haven't had a break now for 16 or 17 years and there was no point rushing it. It's been 10 months since my operation so there's no point rushing for the sake of four or five weeks. And that's not just because Christmas is around the corner, if it was March or April I would give myself the extra time I've been advised to take. It's just nice that it was around Christmas!"
He added: "Those who know me best know that my passion for football doesn't end with playing. I love the coaching side of the game and this is hopefully the first step on what will be a successful pathway in my career. I am lucky to have worked with and learned so much from great managers like Nigel Clough, Paul Peschisolido, Gary Rowett and Gary Mills."
January 10, 2015
Butler eyes top six
Defender Andy Butler is convinced that a play-off place is within Rovers' grasp after seeing a marked upturn in form in recent weeks.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "I don’t see any reason why we can’t keep this form going. The team’s working really well at the moment. We’ve been hard to beat, solid and we’re playing some good football. Things are coming together for us, so hopefully we can push on."
He added: "The top four are doing really well but the rest of League One is so wide open. Win a couple of games and you’re in the play-offs or lose a couple and you could be in the bottom three. There’s a real opportunity for us to push hard for the top six in the second half of the season and I think we’re capable of doing it."
January 9, 2015
Harry - Let's get home form sorted
Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester has confirmed that the players' main concern now is to win games at home. Rovers' season has been bolstered by an impressive away set of results, but a poor set of home games has, thankfully, been ended with a win against Coventry City and was followed up by a draw against league leaders Bristol City in the FA Cup.
Harry told the Doncaster Star last week: "We haven’t even talked about a target for the season. We’re just trying to get the home form sorted. Once we get the home and away form together we can get to the play-offs - minimum."
"We’re only half way through the season. A few people have been getting carried away, but we’re not a million miles away from the play-offs. We don’t want to be where we are [14th], no one does. But once we hit some form, get the home fans on our side, you never know where we can finish this season."
January 9, 2015
Chesterfield ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Chesterfield on Saturday, 31st January, are now on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium.
As is usual for away ticket sales, Rovers choose to stagger the release of tickets, with only season ticket holders currently able to buy a ticket for the game.
From Monday, 12th January, multi-game ticket holders, Members and Alliance members will be able to buy tickets, and from Monday, 19th January remaining tickets will go on general sale.
Rovers have received an allocation of 1,016 tickets for the game.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Juniors (17-18) £15 - Juniors (16 & under) £11
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price, but can take in a carer free of charge.
Tickets will be on sale on match day, but Chesterfield are advising supporters to buy tickets in advance to avoid queues at the ticket booth. Please note that Chesterfield do NOT operate cash turnstiles at the Proact Stadium.
January 9, 2015
Peterson returns to Rovers
Scarborough Athletic have confirmed that striker Alex Peterson has returned to Doncaster Rovers upon the completion of his loan spell with the club.
The 20 year old striker was a big hit at Athletic, scoring three goals in his ten appearances for the club, with joint boss Paul Foot commenting: "Alex has been a massive influence during his time at the club and we are all sad to see him go. I'd like to thank Alex as he leaves us; I cannot praise him enough. The work ethic he has shown throughout his stay has set an example for the rest of the lads and to finish on a high with his goal was a great way to round things off."
Bryan Hughes echoed those views, commenting: "I'm sure I speak for everyone at the club in thanking Alex for all his efforts for us. Doncaster Rovers have a great young player who has helped us so much during his time in a Boro shirt. Thank you to Paul Dickov and Brian Horton at Doncaster Rovers for making the loan possible and we wish Alex all the best for the future."
Alex's last game for Boro' was their game against Brighouse Town on New Year's Day.
January 9, 2015
"Ernie Moss day" tomorrow
Ex-Rovers striker Ernie Moss is being honoured tomorrow by Chesterfield supporters, who are holding an "Ernie Moss Day" to show their appreciation for their former player. The game has added significance with the opposition being Port Vale, who are another of the much-travelled Ernie's former clubs.
Moss scored 245 goals during his long career, of which 162 were for the Spireites. He spent the 1983-84 season at Doncaster Rovers - and remarkably of his superb goal haul, none of his goals came from the penalty spot.
Moss was diagnosed with Pick's Disease, which is a form of dementia, in October 2014.
Supporters will have their chance to show their appreciation for Ernie when he is introduced to the crowd at half time of tomorrow's game at the Proact Stadium.
January 9, 2015
Bayo scores against heroes
Self-confessed Liverpool fan Adebayo Akinfenwa got the chance to play against his heroes earlier this week when AFC Wimbledon hosted Liverpool in the Third Round of the FA Cup.
While a brace of goals from Steven Gerrard sealed the tie for the Premier League club, Bayo had the satisfaction of scoring a 36th minute equaliser for Wimbledon - as well as exchanging shirts with the Liverpool skipper after the game! The game finished 2-1 to Liverpool.
January 8, 2015
Rovers set for TV game
Doncaster Rovers have the prospect of having their Fourth Round FA Cup tie being shown live on the BBC - but first they have to overcome League One leaders in a Third Round replay at Ashton Gate next Tuesday.
The FA have announced which matches will be shown live on either the BBC or BT Sport with the Rovers or Bristol City v Everton or West Ham United game to be screened on BBC 1 at 2pm on Sunday, 25th January with a 2pm kick-off.
As long as Rovers win the replay, they will receive £144,000 for the televising of the Fourth Round game.
January 8, 2015
Woods extends County stay
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Martin Woods has agreed to extend his contract with SPL club Ross County until the end of the season. He had been drafted in to the SPL strugglers on a short term contract that was due to run out this month, but his form has persuaded County boss Jim McIntyre to offer him a longer stay.
McIntyre told the Highland News: "Martin has been first class since he came to the club. He's a fantastic pro, so I'm delighted he will be staying until the end of the season. I think he's getting better and better each week with his fitness levels. He had a slight hamstring/back problem which he gets from time to time and was a miss for us on Saturday at Dundee."
January 8, 2015
Ricky joins Mansfield
Ex-Rovers midfielder Ricky Ravenhill has joined Mansfield Town for the rest of the season after leaving Northampton Town "by mutual consent" on Tuesday.
Ricky had been a major part of the Cobblers' side last season, but has struggled to win a first team place this year, and he becomes Mansfield's second January signing, with Billy McKee also joining the club from Scunthorpe United.
Mansfield boss Adam Murray told the BBC: "Ricky will add a wealth of experience. He is someone who has achieved success in League Two previously. [He] is a leader and organiser - specific qualities which I think we needed. Ricky will raise the standards."
January 8, 2015
Youth team game changed
Doncaster Rovers have announced that their FA Youth Cup game against Swansea City has been changed, and will now be played at Stebonheath Park, Llanelli, on Wednesday, 21st January with a 7pm kick-off.
Admission prices for the game are £3 for adults and £1 for senior citizens, with under-16s able to watch free of charge.
To reach the fourth round, Rovers have beaten Morecambe, Peterborough United and Norwich City.
January 7, 2015
Prospect of top flight cup draw
Doncaster Rovers have been given the prospect of facing Premier League opposition in the fourth round of the FA Cup - but of course that is only of interest should they win the third round replay against Bristol City at Ashton Gate next week.
The replay has been fixed for Tuesday, 13th January, with the winners of that game being at home to either Everton or West Ham United, who played out a draw in their third round tie last night.
The fourth round is scheduled to be played over the weekend of 24th and 25th January.
The full fourth round draw can be seen by clicking on the logo to the left.
January 7, 2015
Butler signs for Rovers
Defender Andy Butler has completed his transfer from Sheffield United to Doncaster Rovers after Rovers confirmed yesterday that he has signed a two and a half year contract.
Butler has been at Rovers on loan for the last two months, with heavy hints coming out of Bramall Lane that he would be allowed to leave on a free transfer during the January transfer window.
Andy has impressed while playing for Rovers, providing valuable experience and solidity in the defence, which had been suffering during Rob Jones' continued absence.
Butler, aged 31, only made one appearance for the Blades since joining from Walsall in the summer, with United boss Nigel Clough commenting: “When we signed Andy in the summer it was with the intention of him putting pressure on our central defenders but it has not panned out that way. There has been no animosity and we wish him well at Doncaster Rovers.”
Andy told the Yorkshire Post earlier this week: "I’m really enjoying my time here and the manager’s brilliant with me, as are the players and I’ve loved every minute and I love playing for my home team. It’s a little surreal because I thought it would never happen."
January 7, 2015
McCullough signs up
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that defender Luke McCullough has signed an extension to his contract, meaning that he will be under contract to Rovers until the summer of 2017.
He has become a first team regular this season, and has featured for Northern Ireland regularly over the last few months.
Still aged only 20, he has already made 43 first team appearances and scored his first senior goal at the weekend in Rovers' FA Cup tie against Bristol City.
His contract had been due to run out at the end of this season.
January 7, 2015
Ticket details for cup replay
Doncaster Rovers have announced that tickets for the FA Cup replay against Bristol City will go on sale this afternoon to season ticket holders, multi-game ticket holders, members and Alliance members.
Any tickets of Rovers' unspecified allocation will go on general sale on Friday morning.
The game has been fixed for Tuesday, 13th January with a 7:45pm kick-off, with the winners being at home to either Everton or West Ham United.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults £12 - Senior Citizens (65+) £8 - Under 22s £5 - Under 12s £1
Disabled supporters pay the adult price, and their carer will be admitted free of charge.
Please note that there will be no tickets available for sale on the day of the game at Ashton Gate, so you must buy a ticket in advance if you wish to attend this match.
January 7, 2015
Voting results v Bristol City
We experienced a remarkable voting pattern for the "Man of the Match" of Saturday's home FA Cup tie against Bristol City. There was a remarkably even spread of votes among the ten players receiving votes - but, however, the clear winner of the voting was midfielder Dean Furman, who was playing his final game before jetting off to play for South Africa in this month's AFCON tournament.
The players to receive most votes were:
1 Dean Furman (22.86%)
2 Paul Keegan (20.0%)
3 James Coppinger (14.29%
4 Harry Forrester (11.42%)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, and we will be opening the next poll after this weekend's game at Oldham Athletic.
January 6, 2015
Johnstone extends Rovers stay
Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has extended his loan stay at Doncaster Rovers until the end of January. He has already made 13 appearances during his time at Rovers this season, assisting the Rovers defence to a much improved record of having conceded just ten goals in those 13 games.
While the news is welcome, we hope that Rovers will be able to persuade Manchester United to extend Sam's stay until the end of the season.
January 6, 2015
Stevens stays on
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have extended the loan of Aston Villa defender Enda Stevens until the end of the season. The 24 year old Irishman has been at the Keepmoat Stadium since November and has played ten games for the club. It is Enda's second spell at Rovers, having also spent five months on loan last season, during which time he played 14 games.
January 6, 2015
Wabara turns down Championship clubs
Rovers defender Reece Wabara has said that he turned down interest from some League One and Championship clubs in order to finish the season off at the Keepmoat Stadium.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "There was a bit of interest for this window but I always wanted to stay at Doncaster. I love the players and I get along really well with the manager. I like the way things are going so I wanted to see how the end of the season pans out. I want to get promoted with Doncaster, that’s the plan. Ultimately I just wanted to keep playing football."
"I think I’ve played 27 games this season and it’s really important for my development to keep on playing week in, week out. I knew I would do that at Doncaster so that’s the reason for the contract."
January 6, 2015
Thornton moves back to Ireland
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Sean Thornton has joined Irish club Drogheda United, the club announced yesterday.
The former Irish under-21 international has joined his hometown club after spending most of his career in English football, although his last three clubs have been in the Welsh Premier League.
Speaking after the move to Drogheda had been confirmed, Thornton said: "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do having spent nearly 16 years in the UK. I’m a local lad who wanted to play for his local town and I’m delighted that the deal is done. It was an easy decision and I had no interest in going anywhere else when I came home. I’ve no individual goals for next season as the main aim will be to do well as a group. Obviously, Drogheda didn’t have the best of seasons last year so with a new manager in; I think things should be looking up this year. Cup competitions will be a big incentive for us as well."
January 5, 2015
Rovers 1 Bristol City 1
Doncaster Rovers were denied progress into the fourth round when Bristol City came from behind to equalise in the 75th minute of Saturday's FA Cup Third Round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers had made just one change for the game, with Richie Wellens recovering from a hamstring injury to replace Marc de Val Fernandez in the starting line-up. Dean Furman played his last game before leaving to join the South African squad for the AFCON competition which starts in a fortnight's time.
The opening half hour saw little to separate the two sides, but for the final 15 minutes before the interval, Rovers turned on the pressure and were unlucky not to go in front when Paul Keegan had a header cleared off the line, and James Coppinger's shot was deflected wide.
The pressure exerted before the interval finally paid off for Rovers five minutes after the restart, with Luke McCullough notching his first senior goal for Rovers following a corner. The setback shook the table topping visitors, and they snatched an equaliser 15 minutes from time after a deep cross being converted by on-loan Fulham striker Matt Smith.
Even then, Rovers had chances to win the game, with Kyle Bennett having two good chances to dump City out of the Cup.
As it is, the two sides face a replay next week at Ashton Gate.
January 5, 2015
What the managers said
Rovers boss Paul Dickov was pleased to see his players extend their unbeaten run to four games against the League One leaders Bristol City on Saturday.
Speaking after the game, he told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We’ll take a lot of confidence from this. We’re obviously really disappointed to not come away with the win, but I’ve said to the players if we perform like that in the majority of our games then we’ll do well. We played a really good team and we restricted them to limited chances. I thought that their attitude, application and work rate was outstanding."
"I told the lads after the game if they perform like that for the rest of the season we’ll win a lot more games. We out-passed a passing team and certainly caused them more problems than they caused us. We should have won the game. Kyle [Bennett] had a great chance at the end and nine times out of ten he scores that one. So it was frustrating not to win it but pleasing as well. I thought it was a really good performance against a team that are rightly top of the division."
"Steve [Cotterill] said that his team didn’t play well in the first half and that was because we didn’t let them. We’ve played worse and won games this season. We had a little spell in the second half when we sat a little bit too deep after we scored. I thought we showed a lot of composure on the ball too. We kept the ball and switched the play really well. So it does feel like a defeat, because we were so close, but at the same time I’m really pleased with the boys."
Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill was disappointed with the performance of his players in the first half of Saturday's game, and moaned to BBC Radio Bristol: "We wasted 45 minutes and didn’t turn up until the second half. There was no tempo to our play, there were no forward runs and, therefore, there was no forward passing. We were counter-attacking and not playing on the front foot, which is not like us. Too many were off colour in the first half. Had we turned up in the first half, we probably would have won the game, albeit by a narrow score-line. But we were not the attacking threat we potentially could have been.We were average in the first half - at best - and good in the second half. In the first half we were almost like a counter-attack team. We weren't the attacking threat that we usually are in every game we play in. But sometimes you need to show character in games like this when you're a long way away from home. I thought we were good in the second half and we certainly deserved a draw."
January 5, 2015
The big footy swindle
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Michael McIndoe hit the headlines this weekend for all the wrong reasons - he has been named in the Daily Mirror as being at the centre of a police investigation involving a £30 million investment swindle, in which he persuaded a hundred footballers into a "get rich quick" investment scheme.
Named as the biggest losers in the con were ex-Spurs and Irish international Robbie Keane and ex-Hull and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard, who were sucked in by the promises of a return of over 20% on their money.
The scheme collapsed amid huge debts and the police are also investigating links with the scheme to big money gambling on football matches. Bookmakers William Hill have given detectives details of the betting account of McIndoe, who went bankrupt in October 2014 with debts disclosed at £3 million - but debt recovery experts believe that this is a small percentage of the money involved, and could involve as much as £15 million.
A spokesman for Westminster CID said: “An allegation of fraud was made in February. An investigation is ongoing. There has been no arrest.”
January 5, 2015
Goals review
We've spotted just two former Rovers players scoring goals in this weekend's action, and we begin in the Scottish Championship, where Dean Shiels scored in the 93rd minute for Rangers in their 3-1 home win over Dumbarton - their first game since Ally McCoist quit as manager.
In the Conference Premier, Jon Parkin scored twice, once in each half, as Forest Green Rovers came from behind to win 4-1 at home to Welling. The win closes the gap between Forest Green and the play-offs to two points.
January 3, 2015
Rovers v Bristol City
Doncaster Rovers go into this afternoon's FA Cup Third Round game against Bristol City with two aims - to make sure that the home form continues to show the improvement that resulted in a win last time out, and to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time in five years.
That will be a tough task, as League One leaders Bristol City provide the opposition today, but at least Rovers have Kyle Bennett and Nathan Tyson available for selection after both have missed recent games. Richie Wellens remains a doubt after missing the last game with a hamstring injury suffered in the Boxing Day game against Coventry City, although Paul Dickov is optimistic that the talismanic midfielder will be fit to play. It would not be a big surprise if Dickov chooses to continue the revised formation, which could see Curtis Main having to settle for a place on the bench again. Midfielder Dean Furman plays his last game for Rovers before being absent for at least three weeks due to participating in the African Cup of Nations with South Africa.
Bristol City will be able to play Todd Kane, who is on loan from Chelsea, after being given permission by the Premier League club, but are having to wait to see if Fulham will give permission for in-form loan striker Matt Smith to play - he was denied permission to play in their second round game against AFC Telford.
Late checks will be given to Kieran Agard (ankle) and Aaron Wilbrahim (hip), while Joe Bryan (thigh) and Wade Elliott (calf) have recovered from their respective complaints and are available to play today.
January 3, 2015
Dickov - magic of the Cup
Paul Dickov clearly has a great affection for the FA Cup competition, which makes him even more determined to do well in this afternoon's game against Bristol City. He was part of the Arsenal squad that lifted the trophy back in 1993, and would like to have the prospect of playing a "big fish" in the next round.
He told DROS this week: “Bristol City are flying high at the top of the league and will come here probably expecting to win but the way we’re playing at the minute and we go in with confidence. It’s a cup game and one we want to win so we’re going to go for it straight from the off. We know the home form has to be better. We started well against Coventry and that was a big factor in going on to win the game. If we can better our home form and match it to our away form we’ll soon see where we are by the end of the month.”
He added: "There will be shocks over the weekend of the FA Cup, the magic is back now and everyone connected with it wants to do well in it because it’s the biggest cup competition in the world and it has a lot of history behind it so it’s a competition I love."
In an interview with the Doncaster Star, he said: "Defensively, we are looking really good at the moment, and we’re looking dangerous on the break, so it should be a good game against a really good team. It will be a good test for us. We have kept three clean sheets in a row and that is credit to all of the players. It’s not just the back five, it starts from Theo (Robinson) working his socks off up front. The lads in the middle have been doing their jobs as well. I have always said, if you keep clean sheets you’ve got a chance. It’s not rocket science."
January 3, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed for this afternoon's home FA Cup Third Round tie against Bristol City are:
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant referees: Neil Sharp and Nicholas Gibbons
Fourth official: Wayne Grunnill
January 3, 2015
Belles future at Keepmoat assured
Doncaster Rovers Belles have signed a new sponsorship deal with Club Doncaster, which will mean that they will continue to play at the Keepmoat Stadium for the next three seasons.
With the prospect of two promotion places in the WSL2 up for grabs next year, the Rovers Belles are targeting a quick return to the top flight of women's football after their controversial demotion as part of the FA's reorganization in 2013.
Teresa Aitken, a spokesman for the Rovers Belles, commented: "The sponsorship keeps us well and truly on the radar of all in Doncaster and gives our loyal players and supporters something to be proud of. To be able to play our home games at this fantastic stadium until 2018 shows the ambition of the Football Club and of Club Doncaster. We are all delighted."
January 3, 2015
Schofield goes back to Lincoln
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder and captain John Schofield has returned to Lincoln City to become a first team coach under boss Chris Moyses.
Schofield has been out of work since leaving Scunthorpe United earlier this season, where he had been assistant to Russ Wilcox, with the pair paying the price of some poor results in League One which saw the Iron languishing in the relegation places.
Schofield has previously played for Lincoln City, and was also manager for a spell before a poor start to the 2007/08 season saw him sacked. He also spent two seasons at Gillingham as assistant to Martin Allen, where the pair won the League Two title.
January 2, 2015
Goals review
With most leagues apart from the three Football League divisions having a full fixture list yesterday, we find two former Rovers players scoring goals in the Conference Premier.
Firstly, Jon-Paul Pittman scored for Grimsby Town in their home game against Macclesfield. Unfortunately for the Mariners, an 84th minute goal consigned them to a 2-1 defeat.
In the same division, Jon Parkin scored twice for Forest Green Rovers as they continued their good season by winning 4-2 at Kidderminster Harriers. They are now just three points adrift of the play-off places, while Grimsby Town remain in fourth place.
January 2, 2015
Wellens backs the boss
Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens has forcefully stated that he, and the rest of the players, are wholly behind the management of Paul Dickov at the club.
Reacting to recent criticism by some supporters, Richie told the Doncaster Free Press: "Everyone is behind the manager. We’ve never not all been behind the manager. I’ve played in teams where the manager has been on the verge of the sack and you can tell by the performances of the team that he’s under pressure, that players aren’t fighting for the manager. Without doubt you can see from the last few games that the players are playing for the manager. Of course we all respect him, and we want him to take us to the top of the league. I didn’t think he was under any pressure.”
January 2, 2015
Harry is close to starting for Rovers
Paul Dickov thinks that the day that teenage midfielder Harry Middleton starts his first game for Rovers is not far away, but that he has been unfortunate to have some high-performing players in competition for a midfield slot.
Dickov clearly thinks highly of young Harry, telling the Doncaster Star: "He was close to starting after his performances for the development squad recently. Harry is a great kid and he’s a player we think highly of. He’s been slightly unfortunate with the form of Paul Keegan, Richie Wellens, Marc De Val and Dean Furman being ahead of him, but in the last eight to ten weeks he’s really stepped up in training and in the development squad games."
"I spoke to him the day before the Peterborough game and told him he was closer to starting than he thinks. He was looking at me as though I was stupid. He’s a good footballer and he’s a kid who has got a great attitude."
January 2, 2015
Furman's final game before his international break
Midfielder Dean Furman potentially makes his last appearance for Rovers tomorrow before jetting off to play for South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts in a fortnight's time. As it is, he will be late in joining up with the South African squad, and is a doubt for their warm-up game on Sunday. When he returns to Rovers depends on how well South Africa do. He will definitely be out of the country until their final group game on January 27th, but if his country qualify for the knock-out stages, he could be missing for Rovers until mid-February.
That is a blow for Rovers, with Furman being in good form in recent games, but it could give youngster Harry Middleton the chance to show what he can do in the first team.
Furman was in the 23 man squad named by coach Shakes Mashaba for the Africa Cup of Nations competition, with the whole squad being:
Goalkeepers: Darren Keet, Brilliant Khuzwayo, Jackson Mabokgwane
Defenders: Siyabonga Nhlapo, Patrick Phungwayo, Anele Ngcongca, Thulani Hlatswayo, Eric Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba
Midfielders: Themba Zwane, Andile Jali, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bongani Zungu, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala, Mandla Masango, Oupa Manyisa
Strikers: Bongani Ndulula, Tokelo Rantie, Bernard Parker, Sibusiso Vilakazi
January 1, 2015
Quinn hopes to extend stay at County
Former Rovers defender Paul Quinn is hoping to extend his short-term contract with SPL club Ross County until the end of the season after enjoying his first three months at the club.
Quinn had been without a club after leaving Rovers in the summer, but signed a short term deal with the Scottish Premier League's bottom club which is due to expire on 24th January.
Quinn told the Press & Journal: "My contract is up on January 24 after we play Celtic again. I must be the only player to sign a 12-week contract and play Celtic three times. I am talking to the club and I am enjoying my time here."
"The performances have been improving. We had been losing goals and ending up chasing games. Even one of the referees commented to me about it – he said we need to stop losing early goals. It was that obvious. But since the Celtic game in October when we lost 5-0, there has not been one team that has been miles ahead of us. We have come a long way since then, especially in terms of organisation.”
January 1, 2015
Lawrence joins Ghana as fitness coach
Ex-Doncaster Rovers striker Jamie Lawrence has been appointed as Ghana's fitness trainer for the forthcoming AFCON, which begins in the middle of January. He will also be in charge of food and nutrition for the Ghana squad.
Lawrence, now aged 44, has been running a coaching school, concentrating on fitness, in London in recent years, and has been gaining much praise for his efforts with the under privileged youngsters.
Before leaving, Jamie said: "It’s a massive chance for me, especially with someone like Avram (Grant, the ex-Chelsea boss) who is respected throughout the game. It could open up so many doors. He knows football inside out and it will be great to learn the ropes from him. I’m absolutely buzzing. But now to get the chance with Ghana is unreal. I know what the international set-up is like after playing for Jamaica and I can’t wait to get started."
He added: "There’s a lot of sitting around so you have to keep the players focused. I’ll be in charge of all the fitness stuff as well as the food and nutrition. Some won’t have played for a few weeks because of the winter break so you’ve got to get them in the right condition. There aren’t so many big hitters. It will be a younger bunch who will be keen to impress because they’ve not been there and done it before."
January 1, 2015
Butler in Team of the Week
Doncaster Rovers defender Andy Butler has been named in the "Team of the Week" by the Football League for his performances over the Christmas set of matches, during which time Rovers remained undefeated and kept two clean sheets. He also capped that by scoring the first goal in the home game against Coventry City on Boxing Day.
The "Team of the Week" is selected from all of the Football League, and so is quite an accolade. Also named in the eleven is former Rovers left back George Friend, who is now playing for Middlesbrough.
The full team named is: Joe Lewis (Blackpool), Keith Lowe (York City), Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers), George Friend (Middlesbrough), Bradley Johnson (Norwich City), Dany N'Guessan (Port Vale), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Danny Mayor (Bury), Andy Williams (Swindon Town), Chris Dagnall (Leyton Orient), Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) - Manager: Neal Ardley (AFC Wimbledon)
January 1, 2015
Dickov still plays it cool over promotion
Rovers boss Paul Dickov is still playing down the prospect of Doncaster Rovers finishing in the play-off places by the end of the season, despite appearing to have broken the ongoing problem of how to win matches at home.
Considering that it was appearing to be a disappointing first half of the season, Rovers are now within a win of the play-off places, so a slight upturn in home form could see Paul Dickov's men in with a shot of the play-offs.
Before the Christmas set of matches, he had said that their target was to be in the top half of the table by the New Year - they are currently two places below that target, but are level on points with twelfth placed Fleetwood Town.
Of the top half placing, Paul commented to the Yorkshire Post: "That’s roughly about where we should be. Top six has never been an aim for us. It would be fantastic if we could make it. All along we’ve been talking about getting a bit of consistency of selection and stability into the club. If we can be there or thereabouts come the end of the season then fantastic. If we keep players fit and stay clear of suspensions then we won’t be far away. But the ultimate aim at the minute is to go into January in the top half of the table then we’ll take it from there."
"I want promotion, but we have to be realistic. We had a small time to prepare, we knew it was going to be tough, and it’s a much tougher league."