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Doncaster Rovers : Club Background
Doncaster's Logo
Doncaster's Logo : The Viking. Their more usual nickname is 'Rovers' but you may find kids wearing viking helmets in the ground.
Hey ooop, Doncaster. Donny. Oop north. Whippets, clogs, terraced houses, tin baths, outside lavs, slag heaps. Yorkshire, it's grim tha knows..... So much for stereotyping. Doncaster is mostly a large, modern, relatively prosperous conurbation, with hardly a cobble in sight. It's a sign of how Yeovil's horizons and 'traditional' place in football have changed so much in such a short space of time that the likes of Doncaster Rovers, who we'd never met in any shape or form before 1998, are seen more as our peers these days than teams such as Weymouth or Bath City. There will be a large number of Glovers fans who have done Conference title battles and League Two and League One promotion battles with Donny, and will have travelled to both their old and new grounds, yet will have never set foot in the Wessex Stadium. How time changed.

We first came across Doncaster in 1998 when came down to the Conference. Donny fans suffered more than most ex-League clubs from a huge collective chip on their shoulders - unsurprising really, given the fact that their club had barely escaped alive after the predations of the disgraced Richardson regime when a concerted effort was made to bankrupt the club. Richardson eventually went to prison for conspiring in an attempt to burn the stadium down. Gradually however the real Rovers fans emerged - passionate about their football and their team, yes, but welcoming and generous too, as over 1,000 Glovers found out when visiting Belle Vue in April 2003 to witness and celebrate Yeovil's capture of the Conference title and their promotion to the Football League. Donny finished third that season, and then became the first club to gain promotion through the new Conference play-off system. The following season, whilst the bride was just missing out on a play-off spot in Division Three, the bridesmaid stormed straight through to secure their first title since 1969.
The Rossington End
The away end at Belle Vue - the away accommodation at the Keepmoat will be a bit more salubrious.

As well as progressing on the pitch, Donny were finally doing well off it as well. Belle Vue (Earth Stadium) was a crumbling wreck more suited to the outskirts of downtown Kabul than a thriving Football League team. After years of false starts a new 15,000 all-seater ground was built as they rose up the divisions. The Lakeside Sports Complex (the stadium is known as the Keepmoat Stadium), mostly funded by the council, is the new home for Doncaster Lakers Rugby League Club, Doncaster Rovers Football Club, Doncaster Rovers Belles Women’s Football Club and the Doncaster & Stainforth Athletics Club. The Rugby League and Ladies sides use the stadium pitch, whilst various other associations use the adjoining facilities. Rovers played their first match there on 1st January 2007.

Donny's rise back up the leagues was helped significantly by their former Chairman/benefactor John Ryan - who came in just after the Richardson debacle, and stayed for a period of 15 years. Ryan himself admitted to pumping over £5 million into keeping the club afloat during their years in the Conference - excuse enough then to indulge his life long dream of playing in the red and white colours of the Vikings, accomplished when he took the pitch as a 90th minute substitute at Hereford on the final league game of the 2002-03 season, incidentally becoming at 52 years and 11 months the oldest registered player in the professional game. Shame he didn't actually touch the ball, but the spirit was certainly willing. When new funding came in, he took on a 'John Fry' style figurehead role - a man who was no longer the person with the purse strings, but one that continued to lead the club. He deserves credit for not being one of these boom'n'bust Chairmen that end up doing long term damage to their clubs.

Doncaster's Main Stand
Doncaster's Main Stand at Belle Vue. Once the target of an arson attempt by former Chairman Richardson after a couple of idiots managed to blow it up at 3.00 a.m in the morning after tampering with the gas main.

After getting into League One Donny were very solid for three seasons, finishing 10th (2004-05), 8th (2005-06), 11th (2006-07). During this time though, they swapped Dave Penney - the man who had got themselves two promotions - for Sean O'Driscoll. He was to take them up another level during the 2007-08 season, getting them in the Play-Off Final where they defeated Yorkshire rivals Leeds United by a single goal. The man who became a Rovers legend on that day was none other than James Hayter.

That meant that Donny had by now achieved promotion in 2003 (Conference), 2004 (League Two) and 2008 (League One) and were now at Championship level for the first time since 1958. They were probably expected to find that a bridge too far, but started pretty well, managing a 14th (2008-09) and a 12th (2009-10) placed finish before gravity started to catch up, with them finishing 20th (2010-11) and then 24th (2011-12) thus ending a four year stay at second tier level. O'Driscoll departed in September 2011 and he was replaced by Dean Saunders, who was the man who took Rovers down, although with the downward trend having already set in.

Down in League One once again, Saunders got off to a very slow start during the 2012-13 season, and it looked as though they were set for an extended stay at this level ... or quite possibly worse! However, they found their feet after the psychological scars of relegation, and gradually pulled themselves up the table and into the top six ... only for Saunders to jump ship and take up a vacancy at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Former Wales Under-21 manager Brian Flynn, who had been working as a Scout at the club has taken up the reins with the aim of continuity. Donny wobbled a bit following that switch, but they were still good enough to make their stay at League One level a short one. Flynn stepped down (to become Director of Football) and was replaced by Paul Dickov, as they joined Yeovil Town for a one season short stay at Championship level ... and back down to League One yet again. Since then Doncaster seem to have suffered the exact same problems that Yeovil Town faced - okay so they didn't do the double-relegation that we managed, but once you drop out of the wealthy second tier level, then arresting the slide can be difficult - they finished 13th in League One during 2014-15 before they sank in 21st place during 2015-16, with Darren Ferguson coming in to replace Dickov during October 2015 when it was apparent they were in problems. Like two peas in a pod, ourselves and Doncaster seem never far apart, and so again we meet once more.
The main front to the Keepmoat Stadium
The main front to the Keepmoat Stadium.
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Doncaster Rovers : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Doncaster Rovers

26/09/1998HomeConfD2-22300Dale 70, Pickard 82
13/02/1999AwayConfW2-04413Patmore 3, Pickard 59
11/03/2000HomeConfL1-32079Tisdale 1
18/03/2000AwayConfW3-02498Own Goal 35, Patmore 70, Bent 84
23/09/2000HomeConfW2-02605Own Goal 14, Way 70
10/04/2001AwayConfL0-22111
25/08/2001AwayConfW2-12796Way 53, Giles 90
08/12/2001HomeConfD1-12650McIndoe 87
19/02/2002HomeFAT4D1-12671Stansfield 79
23/02/2002AwayFAT4RW5-42178Miles 57, Alford 75, Stansfield 79, 86, Skiverton 89
19/10/2002HomeConfD1-16674G Williams 15
12/04/2003AwayConfW4-05344Way 23, McIndoe 35, Johnson 41, Gall 49
16/09/2003AwayDIV3W1-04716G Williams 35
16/03/2004HomeDIV3L0-17587
02/01/2006AwayCCL1W1-05680Jevons 12
08/04/2006HomeCCL1W3-05456Skiverton 8, Jevons 57, Davies 86
27/02/2007AwayCCL1D0-08046
28/04/2007HomeCCL1W1-06253Gray 72
16/12/2007AwayCCL1W2-15967Way 37, Stewart 78
21/03/2008HomeCCL1W2-16149Skiverton 22, Owusu 31
01/09/2012HomeNPL1W2-13535Hayter 56, Ugwu 84
23/02/2013AwayNPL1D1-16356Madden 6
22/11/2013AwayCHPL1-26620Webster 43
22/02/2014HomeCHPW1-04934Hayter 59
09/08/2014HomeFL1L0-35235
14/02/2015AwayFL1L0-35950
27/08/2016AwayEFL2L1-44686Hedges 55
28/01/2017HomeEFL2L0-33627


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Doncaster Rovers

HomeAwayOverall
WDLFAWDLFAWDLFA
6441717824231814684035


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Doncaster Rovers : Photo Galleries
Photo Galleries for Yeovil vs Doncaster Rovers

Date Event Match Report Photo Gallery Total
10/19/2002Yeovil Town vs Doncaster RoversMatch ReportPhoto Gallery25
4/12/2003Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil TownMatch ReportPhoto Gallery80

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Doncaster Rovers : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

25/02/2017Accrington StanleyHomeEFL2D2-25272Rowe 20, Marquis 58
28/02/2017Cambridge UnitedAwayEFL2W3-24236Rowe 18, Baudry 23, Marquis 71
04/03/2017Crawley TownAwayEFL2D0-02417
11/03/2017Cheltenham TownHomeEFL2W2-05737Butler 23, Marquis 81
14/03/2017Notts CountyHomeEFL2W3-15760Coppinger 43, Baudry 47, Williams 90
18/03/2017Leyton OrientAwayEFL2W4-14791Rowe 33, Marquis 55, 82, Baudry 86


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
John Marquis22000022
Tommy Rowe12000012
Andrew Williams9001010
James Coppinger900009
Liam Mandeville700108
Mathieu Baudry400004
Andy Butler300003
Matty Blair300003
Alfie May100001
Conor Grant100001
Jordan Houghton100001
Own Goals300003

ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 10084, vs Grimsby Town, 17/12/2016
Lowest League Attendance: 4327, vs Crawley Town, 13/08/2016
Average League Attendance: 5604

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 7
Games Without A Home Defeat: 19 Games Without An Away Defeat: 3
Games Without A Draw: 3 Games Without A Score Draw: 5
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 3 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: WDDDWW
Away Results Sequence: WDLWDW Overall Results Sequence: DWDWWW


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Doncaster Rovers : Club Information
The Keepmoat Stadium
Stadium Way
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN4 5JW

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01302 762560
Fax : 01302 738220
Email : info@doncasterroversfc.co.uk

Chairman : David Blunt
Secretary : David Morris
Media Manager : Steve Uttley
Team Manager : Darren Ferguson

Capacity : 15,231
Seated : All-seated
Record Attendance : At Belle Vue 37,149 v Hull City (Division Three North), 2nd October 1948
Record Attendance : At Keepmoat Stadium 15,001 v Leeds United (League One), 1st April 2008
Colours : shirt - red and white hoops, shorts - red with white trim, socks - red and white
Nickname : The Rovers, The Vikings

Ticket Prices : Tickets are on advance sale for this 2016-17 fixture at the following prices, which are heavily discounted as part of a special 'Back to School' promotional weekend:

Adults: £10.00; Aged 16 and Under: £5.00. .

Doncaster Rovers have also introduced a Junior Away Squad Membership for the 2016-17 season. It is free of charge to join for away junior fans if they complete an application form, and once they fill in their details, they receive a £3.00 reduction on their ticket, thus getting them in for £2.00. This is only applicable on tickets brought in advance of matchday. Supporters need to fill in their details on the application forms provided or if ordering on the phone give permission for the ticket office to complete a form on their behalf. A junior membership card will be issued to the junior supporter.

Those who pay on the day of the match must purchase their tickets from the Club Doncaster Academy which is located next to the away turnstiles.

Away supporters are usually allocated the Corsan North Stand, which is a covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. Up to 3,344 supporters can be accommodated here. You will enter via Turnstiles 23-26 and/or 27-30. Doncaster also allow room for away fans in the East Stand, but only tend to use this for either very small or very large away followings - here it's Turnstiles 1-5.

For our 2016-17 visit we've got North Stand tickets.

Disabled Info : The stadium has been designed with the latest regulations and good practice in mind. However the disabled parking provision at the stadium can't be booked and is on a first come first served basis.

Ambulant disabled and wheelchair disabled supporters will pay the above rates, depending upon your age, but are entitled to take an assistant in free of charge.

There are 18 wheelchair spaces at pitch level in the North Stand that are for away supporters to use.

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Doncaster Rovers : Directions To The Ground
The East Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium - as viewed from the away end
The East Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium - as viewed from the away end.
Photo © 2013 Ciderspace

General

Doncaster is a large town in the south of Yorkshire, north-east of Sheffield. With all the trips we've had to Donny, and to the likes of nearby Rotherham, Barnsley, Scunthorpe and Wakefield, there can't be many Glovers who don't know how to get to the general vicinity by now.

By Road

Doncaster is easy to access, being just off the M18. If you are coming from the A1(M) join the M18 Eastbound at Junction 35 (signposted Hull). If you are coming from the M1 join the M18 Eastbound at Junction 32.

Leave the M18 at Junction 3, taking the first exit (left) at top of sliproad signed Doncaster. Follow the A6182 towards the town Doncaster and after two and a half miles you'll meet a giant roundabout, the Lakeside Shopping Centre on your right........... and the stadium is behind it. That's it.

However you might wish to travel on to Belle Vue, not for the nostalgia but the parking (see Parking below). Follow the brown signs for the Racecourse.

Parking

There is space for 1,000 cars at the new stadium, but this will cost you £5.00 per car. You need Car Park No.3. Away coaches park behind the North Stand at the away end - cost £20.00 per coach, and £10.00 for minibuses.

Alternatively you can make use of the 'Park & Walk' scheme. That large unsurfaced car park is still in front of the old Belle Vue stadium. Our interpretation is that this should now be free. When you leave the Belle Vue car park you should find yellow direction signs to help you get to the stadium.

The nearby leisure complex between the two grounds is not advised for parking unless you can demonstrate you are a customer of one of the facilities there. Wheel clamping is in operation.


By Rail

There's normally a good direct service to Doncaster from London King's Cross, with several trains an hour through the day taking from one hour forty-one minutes to one hour fifty-one minutes. Services are offered by Hull Trains and GNER.

Doncaster railway station is near the town centre and a long walk from the ground so you may want a bus or taxi (see below).

By Bus

There are buses running from Doncaster Frenchgate Interchange to the ground. For Saturday games, you need a 72 or 73 bus. For evening games it's a 72 or 58 bus.

The current timetable sees Saturday buses leaving the town centre at 10, 22, 40 and 52 past the hour. For evening matches they leave at 00, 15, 30 and 45 past the hour. On the way back, buses leave from in front of the athletics stadium.

By Taxi

A selection of Doncaster taxi companies can be found here.
The West Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium - as viewed from the away end
The West Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium - as viewed from the away end.
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Doncaster Rovers : Web Resources
Web Sites

Doncaster Rovers F.C. - Official Web site
PTV site, registration, you know the rest.


Keepmoat Stadium
With the Keepmoat Stadium being a community stadium, it has its own separate website covering all events and facilities at the stadium.


Rovers Till I Die
Donny's footy.mad site is one of the poorer examples of the genre. Why would anyone come here when there are much better genuinely independent Donny sites to visit? Agh! Deja vu!


www.doncasterrovers.co.uk
News-led independent site. Worthy.


Web Message Boards

Rovers Till I Die Message Board
MAD forum, registration required.



E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

Doncaster Topica Mailing List
See instructions on page on how to join. 199 members, but very few messages per day when we looked. Lists are, sadly, dying these days.




Local Press

Doncaster Free Press


Yorkshire Post



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Doncaster Rovers : Food & Drink
The South Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium - as viewed from the away end
The South Stand at the Keepmoat Stadium - as viewed from the away end.
Photo © 2013 Ciderspace

Club Bar :

The stadium complex has a bar on the West side called the Belle Vue Bar. This is expected to admit away fans unless the police object to those from particular opponents. Inside that bar, they do special offers on things like a 'pie and a pint' (£5.00) or 'two pints' (£6.00). They have their own beer called Rovers 1879. Meanwhile inside the ground, keg lager and bitter and bottled Fosters are available from the stadium concourses.

Local Pubs :

It has to be said that, fairly or unfairly, Doncaster doesn't have the best reputation as a friendly place to visit. They're somewhat better than they used to be during their Belle Vue days - probably the general vibe of the lakeside retail parks and a new shiny stadium tends not to provoke the feeling that the crumbling old ground evoked. Plus over the years as peers we have followed each others paths to a fairly decent extent. Sometimes that breeds contempt - in Donny's case there appears to be a fair bit of respect, but of the town itself we'd suggest that you don't stray too far from the mainstream places.

There is the usual mix of chain pubs and local boozers in town. The prices are generally good and there’s plenty of pool tables and Sky Sports screens to go round. Of those nearer the ground there are a couple of pubs that seem to be geared towards the races rather than the football but could easily satisfy your thirst. The first of these two is the Grand St Leger Hotel. It can be found on the corner of the last roundabout before you reach the old ground, diagonally opposite the race course. The Cheswold is about ten to fifteen minutes walk from the ground deep into a large leisure park. Family friendly - if you have a family utterly lacking in taste - but not keen on colours.

We've tried quite a few hostelries in the area over the years. The two that have stood out for good beer are The Salutation in Doncaster and the Scarbrough Arms a few miles away in Tickhill.

An alternative in Tickhill to the Scarbrough Arms
An alternative in Tickhill to the Scarbrough Arms
© Hugh Gleave
Carpenters Arms: Also in Tickhill and an alternative to the Scarbrough Arms if you also want food. Real ales are Jennings Cumberland Ale, Black Sheep Best Bitter and John Smith's Bitter. Good portions of food, and a fairly wide ranging menu. Children are welcome in the conservatory, and there is a garden and play area for younger ones. Opening 12.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. everyday, except Saturday when it closes at 12.30 a.m. and Monday when it doesn't open at all. Own car park.
Carpenters Arms, Westgate, Tickhill, South Yorkshire, DN11 9NE. Tel: 01302 742839. Map: Click Here.

Cheswold Lodge: Brewers Fayre pub in the Doncaster Leisure Park, ten minutes from the ground. Caters particularly for those with younger families. Standard Brewers Fayre menu, large children's area, etc. The chain makes lots of money so some people must like their pubs. We don't. Opening hours from midday until 11.00p.m. except for Sundays when they close half an hour early.
Cheswold Lodge, Doncaster Leisure Park, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7NW. Tel: 01302 533000. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Posh, but has no problem with serving football fans
Posh, but has no problem with serving football fans
© Hugh Gleave
Grand St. Leger Hotel: A couple of minutes walk if you've chosen to use the old Belle Vue car park and your party want a drink. Up-market looking outside, London prices inside, 3 star hotel which perhaps surprisingly has never had any issues with football fans dropping in. Hotel style bar - as one would expect given it's a hotel - open to non-residents. Mostly standard fizz, though there was one real ale on. Can't now recall what it was, so nothing exciting presumably. Open all day.
Grand St. Leger Hotel, Racecourse Roundabout, Bennetthorpe, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN2 6AX. Tel: 01302 364111. Map: Click Here.

Lakeside: This is a Beefeater restaurant situated within the retail complex that surrounds the Keepmoat Stadium. Opening hours are from midday until 11.00p.m. except for Sundays when they shut half an hour earlier. They also do breakfasts on weekends from 7.00a.m. until 11.00a.m. (during weekdays it's half an hour earlier) where they open the restaurant but not for alcohol.
Lakeside, South Entry Drive, White Rose Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 5PJ. Tel: 01302-361134. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Salutation : best pub in the area
Salutation : best pub in the area
© Hugh Gleave
Salutation: Old coaching inn dating from 1745. Large single bar, partially divided into smaller areas. Good cheap food served 12 noon - 9.00 p.m. The large screen had gone last time we used the place but word is it's now been replaced by a couple of plasma TVs. Does an excellent range of real ales. Tetley Bitter and Dark Mild are regulars, with a changing series of up to seven guests. There's also a beer brewed in aid of Doncaster Rovers - but you don't have to drink that. Popular with Donny fans, and a chatty and friendly crew they were too. The only downside is that it is a long walk to the ground. Opening 12 noon - 11.00 p.m. (12.00 midnight Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 10.30 p.m. Sunday). Some (very) limited parking. Wheelchair friendly.
Salutation, 14, South Parade, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN1 2DR. Tel: 01302 368464. Email: salutationdoncaster@gmail.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Traditional pub out in Tickhill
Traditional pub out in Tickhill
© Hugh Gleave
Scarbrough Arms: Those preferring to drink outside Doncaster will find this repeated winner of local CAMRA awards is still OK but not what it was in our opinion after a change of ownership. Opening hours are 11.00 a.m. (noon Monday) - 3.00 p.m and 6.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m. on weekdays, 11.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m. Saturday. The pub is divided into three smallish rooms each with a different atmosphere. For those who have eaten there in the past - and excellent it was too - the news is..... they don't do food any more. Beers are now the rather dull Greene King Abbot, John Smith's Bitter and Courage Directors as regulars, though the guests were interesting last time we called in. Children welcome. Tables outside for good weather. Good sized car park.
Scarbrough Arms, Sunderland Street, Tickhill, South Yorkshire, DN11 9QJ. Tel: 01302 742977. Map: Click Here.


Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Low, unless you insert a collection of localised additions around your usual conversation. Useful sentences would include "Di’ye know the way t’ground?" and "Amaye a’rite fer a pint?" We suggest you also shy away from heavy usage of phrases containing ‘mate’, ‘geezer’ and ‘gert any zider, boy’ as this will swiftly identify you as a bit of an outsider.

Top-Tip :

If there's a race meeting on the day before or after the game, stay overnight and have a go on the Gee-Gees whilst you're there. Although that would mean you'd have to sample some of the Doncaster nightlife. On second thoughts ...

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Doncaster Rovers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's online guide to Doncaster guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, and hotels for further information.


Tourist And Other Local Attractions

The race course obviously. Big town centre, worth a look if you're into shopping. Er, that's it.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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