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DONCASTER ROVERS vs WYCOMBE WANDERERS

SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST 2018 3.00PM | ISSUE 01 | £3 SKY BET LEAGUE ONE

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FOOTBALL STAFF

Manager: Grant McCann Assistant manager: Cliff Byrne Goalkeeping coach: Paul Gerrard Physiotherapist: Joe Sharp Club doctor: Dr Tim Douglas

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CLUB STAFF

Director of finance: Richard Poole Head of administration & football operations: Mary Lally Head of stadium & operations: Marie Hepburn Head groundsman: Pete Needham Head of commercial affairs: Andrew Whitham Lottery manager: Ken Porter Ticket manager: Tracy Bawden Head of marketing & communications: Shaun Lockwood Media manager: Luke Thornhill Marketing manager: Mark Hughesman Supporter liaison officers: Craig Gleadhall, Dean Medical, Sheila Lynch

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Gavin Baldwin

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Player sponsorship

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Feature interview

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Commercial

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Head to head

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Supporters liaison officer

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Four to watch

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Supporters club

Principal: Adi Turnpenny Deputy principals: Joe Burton, Ben Thompson

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Connections

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Away travel guide

PROGRAMME

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Memorable match

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Club Doncaster Foundation

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Numbers game

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League One stats

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Development squad

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Fixtures and results

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Junior Rovers

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Rovers roll-call

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Open day gallery

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GRANT McCANN GOOD AFTERNOON, I AM DELIGHTED TO BE TAKING CHARGE OF MY FIRST COMPETITIVE GAME FOR ROVERS AT THE KEEPMOAT STADIUM. IT IS AN HONOUR TO BE TRUSTED WITH LEADING THIS TEAM AND I PROMISE TO GIVE 100 PER CENT TO LEAD US TO SUCCESS ON THE PITCH. It was a great start to the season at Southend United last Saturday, and to head into this fixture with three points already on the board is fantastic. The nearly 600 supporters backing us at Roots Hall were brilliant, and you can play a really big role for us this season. I’ve been here before for games and the Black Bank has been rocking, with the drum banging and you guys really getting behind the team. I want us to give you plenty to get behind, with a real attacking intent, but knowing you are with us will also help us get through the tougher times. We had to dig in a bit in the opening period at Southend, but I was really impressed with how we turned it up in the second period. Not many teams will go to their place and get all three points. I would like to thank everyone for their warm welcome since my appointment. It has been a busy six weeks or so getting up to speed, but the players and staff have been brilliant and ensured we were ready to go last Saturday. It was also really useful to get to meet plenty of you at the Supporters Club and North Branch AGMs,

Radio Sheffield’s managers’ special, at our open day and at games. I feel we have a squad which can challenge for promotion this season, and everyone at the club is focused on that aim. If the players, staff and supporters are united in that aim then we’ve got a really good chance. This is a team game, and everyone has a role to play. Those of you who were at Southend will have seen some of the talent Ali Crawford and Mallik Wilks brought to the team. We’ve tried to add a little bit more of a cutting edge up front to give us more options, and I feel we have a strong squad with real competition for places throughout. Enjoy the game.

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"WE BELIEVE WE HAVE APPOINTED A MANAGER WHO IS CAPABLE OF TAKING THE CLUB INTO THE CHAMPIONSHIP"

GAVIN BALDWIN GOOD AFTERNOON, AND WELCOME BACK TO THE KEEPMOAT STADIUM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE 2018/19 SEASON. THIS IS A CAMPAIGN WE CAN GO INTO WITH SOME REAL OPTIMISM, WHICH HAS ONLY BEEN ENHANCED BY LAST SATURDAY’S WIN AT SOUTHEND UNITED. It was certainly a dramatic match down at a sunny Roots Hall, and while I’m not sure my heart could cope with 10 minutes of time added on every match I hope the nearly 600 supporters who were down in Essex felt they got their money’s worth. The backing of everyone who made the long journey down was greatly appreciated by everyone at the club. It was great to get off to a win in Grant McCann’s first competitive match in charge, and I’d like to use these notes to formally welcome him along with his assistant Cliff Byrne and opposition analyst Lee Glover to the club. Grant was the standout candidate when we went through this summer’s recruitment process for a manager. He came to two job interviews with a clear philosophy for attacking and entertaining football, and having really done his homework on the squad - having looked back at all our matches from last season.

We’ve been busy off the pitch this summer, too. Today sees the launch of our new fan park, which is building on our area outside the Belle Vue Bar. With activities from 1pm, some of you reading this may already have sampled the entertainment and additional food options. With our family area repeatedly praised as leading the way in the EFL, we want our home games to be a complete experience where you can come down and find enough entertaining activities to keep you and the whole family busy for the whole day. It was great to see so many families down here for our open day, the highlight of which was almost 80 kids taking on our first-team on the main pitch. Everyone at the club takes great pride in our community work, and you could see how much the players and staff enjoyed the experience. Enjoy the game.

When he talked about his attacking intent I could feel the hairs stand up on the back of my neck: we believe we have appointed a manager who is capable of taking the club into the Championship and entertaining all the time as we do that.

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Y M M TO E W O R BEING A CAPTAIN ISN’T ALWAYS ABOUT BEING THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE DRESSING ROOM, BUT SETTING THE BEST EXAMPLE BOTH ON AND OFF THE PITCH. Tommy Rowe has been handed the armband by new manager Grant McCann, and says it was a great honour to be given the responsibility to lead Rovers out in the 2018/19 campaign. “First of all it is a privilege, it’s a great title for any player to have but it doesn’t change much for the team as we all try to lead by example,” he says. “Heading into pre-season I was still getting fit and getting my sharpness back, I’ve known the gaffer a while and I was captain at Peterborough where we had a lot of success. “It’s a case of getting used to it now and taking it in my stride, I was surprised but the decision was made and now I will give it my all. “I’ll keep going about my business and leading by example, communication is a big aspect of it and I believe I’ve got most of the key skills needed in order to be successful.”

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Rowe is one of several leaders in the Rovers squad, and he is keen to learn from former skipper James Coppinger when it comes to the finer details of the role.

have similar success while working together at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“Copps has been my captain in the two years I’ve been here, and he’s done such a great job so I want to learn from him as much as possible,” he says.

“It’s difficult sometimes when a manager comes in as you have to get used to their ideas and philosophies but it was good to already know Grant and how he works,” he says.

“He has already pulled me to one side and told me that he’ll be there for me if I need anything, we get on really well and hopefully it will be a natural progression.

“I only knew him as a player when I was at Peterborough though so it is still different, the preseason has been good and everyone is enjoying it.

“I’ve had the captaincy before at previous clubs, I had it at a young age at Stockport, and then again at Peterborough, then it was a case of showing my leadership skills. I came into the game fairly young and learnt from a lot of experienced people around me and that helped.

“We have a new system is one which everyone has bought into, you have to be aggressive and look to get on the front foot.It’s a good way to play and hopefully we can get the best out of it this season with the squad we’ve put together.

“I want to help get the best from the group in terms of the standards in training and around the place, there is now more responsibility on me to do that.” The appointment of Grant McCann has seen Rowe reunited with his former Peterborough United teammate, something which made the transition easier for him at the start of pre-season. The pair were both part of a promotion winning side at London Road, and the midfielder hopes they can

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"I’LL KEEP GOING ABOUT MY BUSINESS AND LEADING BY EXAMPLE"


“I think the manager’s understanding of the game is second to none, that’s been the thing when I was playing with him he knew how he wanted to play. He has set his stall out early on and the lads have listened well, we want to play good football and attack with a purpose.” The 29-year-old was originally a doubt for the start of the new campaign after undergoing surgery on a hamstring injury at the end of last season. Rowe is full of praise for the Rovers medical staff, after their hard work throughout the summer eventually saw him able to complete 90 minutes at Southend United, a game in which he also scored in. “It’s always good to not rush the recovery from an injury as it takes the pressure off, it allowed me to improve my strength,” he says. “In seasons gone by when I’ve had injuries I’ve tended to ignore medical advice and try to get back quicker, sometimes that can work against you. “It’s about getting the recovery in where I can as I’ve had a bit of a longer pre-season than normal and that meant I was ready for the Southend game.

"EVERYONE WANTS TO WIN PROMOTION AND PLAY AT A HIGHER LEVEL, WE HAVE THE QUALITY WITHIN THE GROUP TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT" “The staff here deserve huge credit, they worked hard with me and gave up a lot of their time to get me back fit. I’ve got my base fitness but the real fitness comes from playing games, I’ve come through all of the tests I’ve had and it’s nice to be able to make a full recovery.” New signings Mallik Wilks and Ali Crawford made their full Rovers debuts against Southend, with the former netting his first goal for the club in the 3-2 victory at Roots Hall. Rowe has been impressed with all of the new recruits brought in during the off-season, and believes Rovers now have a squad capable of challenging at the top end of Sky Bet League One. “Ali and Mallik have both been brilliant on and off the field, I’ve been impressed and I think they’ve got even more to show,” he adds. “We’ve been building here with players developing all the time, it would be great for Grant to come here and take us on to that next step. “Given how we performed last season, we analysed where we can improve and everybody is aware of the importance of getting it right this season. “It’s a long season ahead and we’re not going to get carried away, we’re going to stay level-headed, make sure we keep improving throughout the season, then who knows where that can take us. “Everyone wants to win promotion and play at a higher level, we have the quality within the group to be able to do that.”

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HEAD TO HEAD DONCASTER ROVERS v WYCOMBE WANDERERS | COMPLETE RESULTS COMPETITION H A N Total H A N Total H A N

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League Cup

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FOUR T WYCOMBE WANDERERS

RYAN ALLSOP TOP STOPPER

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The former England under-17 international signed a three-year deal with the Chairboys this summer following his departure from AFC Bournemouth.

Allsop began his professional career with West Bromwich Albion, signing with their academy in 2007, before leaving The Hawthorns in 2011. He made his first appearance in English football with Leyton Orient in 2012, before leaving for the South Coast in January 2013 to join AFC Bournemouth. With the Cherries, Allsop helped to secure promotion to the Championship in 2012, but found much of his time later on at the Vitality Stadium spent on the bench, making just two appearances in the Premier League. Loan spells with Coventry City, Blackpool and Lincoln City, which included a Checkatrade Trophy victory with the Imps, followed, before his move to another former loan club Wycombe this summer.

SAM SAUNDERS MIDFIELD MAESTRO

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The experienced midfielder could rack more than 500 career appearances this season.

Saunders began his career with Charlton Athletic and Fulham, but he would have to drop into non-league for his first taste of senior football, firstly with Welling United, before moves to Ashford Town and Carshalton Athletic. Saunders signed for Dagenham and Redbridge in 2005, spending four seasons with the Daggers, the second of which saw him help them to promotion from the Conference as they secured the title. He then signed for Brentford in 2009, spending eight years with the Bees, helping them to promotion from League One in 2014, and being inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame upon his departure from Griffin Park. He moved to Adams Park in 2017, following a loan spell two years prior to that, helping the Chairboys to automatic promotion in his first season.

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JOE JACOBSON DEFENSIVE ROCK

The Welshman is entering his fifth season with the Chairboys, following his arrival at Adams Park in 2014.

Jacobson signed for hometown club Cardiff City as a youngster, but after struggling to break through he made a move to Bristol Rovers in 2007. During his time with the Pirates, he was named Young Player of the Year as they secured promotion to League One. Spells with Oldham Athletic and Accrington Stanley followed, before a move to Shrewsbury Town in 2011, spending three years with the Shrews, where he made almost 120 appearances in blue and amber. He made the move across to Buckinghamshire in 2014, making the League Two Team of the Year in 2016 following a successful season at left-back, and he was a crucial figure in the Chairboys’ promotion from the fourth tier last season.

CRAIG MACKAIL-SMITH DEADLY STRIKER

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After a successful first season with the Chairboys, the forward signed a new twoyear deal at Adams Park towards the end of April. Mackail-Smith began his career in non-league, first with St Albans City and then Arlesley Town, before joining with Saunders at Dagenham in 2004, scoring 15 goals in their promotion season from the Conference. This earned him a move to Peterborough United, where he would score 80 goals in 185 league games, helping the Posh to their double promotion from League Two to the Championship. His final season with Peterborough saw him help them to another League One promotion, this time via the play-offs. Spells with Brighton and Hove Albion and Luton Town saw him spend time away from both clubs back at Peterborough, with an international goal for Scotland coming during his time with Brighton. He signed a one-year deal with the Chairboys last summer, and after his fine form at Adams Park, he was rewarded with an extended deal following their promotion from League Two.

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TWO MEMBERS OF THE CHAIRBOYS’ FRONTLINE HAVE PREVIOUS CONNECTIONS IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE, WITH BOTH PLAYERS SPENDING TIME IN THE RED AND WHITE OF THE ROVERS. The first of the links comes in the form of one of the most well-known figures of lowerleague football, although he is probably lesser known for his short but successful time with the club. Adebayo Akinfenwa spent a short time of 2004 with Rovers, signing in February, going on to make just nine appearances at Belle Vue, but scoring four crucial goals that helped Rovers to seal the Division 3 title, with the man commonly known as ‘The Beast’ scoring the goal to seal their promotion, grabbing the opener in a 2-0 win over Cambridge United. Despite wishes from the fans for Akinfenwa to stay, he instead opted for a move down south, firstly with Torquay United, followed by a very successful spell with Swansea City, scoring the first ever league goal at the Swans’ new stadium, then going on to score the winning goal in the LDV Vans Trophy at the Millenium Stadium in 2006. A brief move to Millwall was followed by Akinfenwa moving back and forth between Northampton Town and Gillingham, spending two successful periods with both clubs, before signing with AFC Wimbledon in 2014. In his second and final season with the Dons, Akinfenwa helped them to secure promotion to League One for the first time in their history, scoring a penalty with his last kick for the club in a 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle at Wembley Stadium in May 2016. He joined Wycombe later on that year, and after scoring 17 league goals last season, he helped them to secure the final automatic promotion spot. The second member of the Chairboys’ strike force to have played for both is Nathan Tyson, with his spell at the Keepmoat Stadium being much more recent. Tyson is now in his third spell with the Chairboys, after a loan switch from Reading, followed by a permanent move in 2004, scoring 42 goals in 78 games across his two periods at Adams Park. From there, he signed for Nottingham Forest, spending five years at the City Ground, before making a rare move in signing for Forest’s fierce rivals, Derby County. Tyson signed for Rovers in 2014, following a brief stint with Blackpool, quickly becoming a fan favourite at the Keepmoat, notably for

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his goals against local rivals Scunthorpe United, scoring the winner at Glanford Park in October, before bagging a hat-trick on the final day against the Iron in a 5-2 win. Performances like that would see him named Rovers’ Player of the Pear in his first campaign with the club, however, injury curtailed his second season with the club, and he joined Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League for a season. Tyson made his return to the Chairboys at the start of last season, scoring seven goals in 28 League Two games on the road to promotion, and now he will be looking to get firing once more in the third tier this year.


MEMORABLE MATCH WYCOMBE WANDERERS

OCTOBER 29 2016

In what was an early season clash between two sides looking to achieve promotion from Sky Bet League Two, an entertaining affair saw both teams come away from the Keepmoat Stadium with a point in October 2016. It was Rovers who had the game’s opening opportunity inside the first 10 minutes of the game, with Will de Havilland’s outstretched leg diverting James Coppinger’s cross into the path of Niall Mason. Mason struck his shot well but his effort fizzed wide of Jamal Blackman’s post, with the Chairboys defence let off after Rovers early miss. It would be a let off they would be grateful for less than 10 minutes later, as Matt Bloomfield capitalised on a goalkeeping error to put Wycombe in front. Joe Jacobson’s cross in looked comfortable for Ross Etheridge in the Rovers goal, but he dropped the ball right in front of Bloomfield who was on his back and kicked the ball over his head and into the back of the net for a bizarre opener. Wycombe’s lead wouldn’t last all to long however, as Rovers were back level just before the half hour mark, with Tommy Rowe benefitting from a swift counter attack down field that would see him slot the ball past Blackman. He played a one-two with Coppinger, with

the captain swinging the ball in and Rowe managed to shoot under the on-rushing Blackman and into the empty net, with Rovers now in the ascendancy. Rowe then had a great chance to put his side in front as he got past the Wycombe defence with ease, but he looked on as his shot went just wide of the far post, but Rovers fans wouldn’t have to wait long before the goal they deserved came along. John Marquis’ piece of brilliance would be Wycombe’s undoing, leaving the defence stranded as he weaved his way towards goal, cutting back twice before finally firing into what was now an empty net

with four Chairboys players left on the deck in the process. The second half saw considerably less action, however from the only real shot either side had after the break, it would be Wanderers that would reap the rewards. Paris Cowan-Hall’s strike from the edge of the box was spilled by Etheridge into the path of Bloomfield, and he gratefully received his gift by slotting into the far corner, ensuring that they would be travelling back to Buckinghamshire with a share of the spoils in an entertaining encounter.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? This result for Rovers would be the start of a run that would see them lose just once in 16 games, with 12 wins and three draws, including a strong Christmas and New Year period, with notable wins against Grimsby Town and Notts County, before a 1-1 draw away at Mansfield Town on New Years Eve. Ultimately, Rovers would earn promotion back to League One at the first attempt, with a 5-1 win away at Grimsby and a 1-0 win at home to Mansfield sealing promotion in early April. Striker John Marquis would go on to win both the League Two Golden Boot and the Player of the Year award for the division, capping off a remarkable season for the forward in his first season in South Yorkshire. The Chairboys maintained their play-off push throughout the course of the season, winning their next six following their 2-2 draw with Rovers, with the seven results being a part of a 12-match unbeaten run that went on into the New Year, however they missed out on the final play-off place by a point to Blackpool on the final day. That didn’t deter them however, as they achieved automatic promotion in third place, like Rovers, last season, with former Rovers front man Adebayo Akinfenwa top scoring with 17 league goals.

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NUMBERS GAME WHEN ARGENTINA WON THE WORLD CUP IN 1986 THEIR SQUAD WAS NUMBERED, MORE OR LESS, ALPHABETICALLY. FIRST CHOICE GOALKEEPER NERY PUMPIDO WORE NUMBER 18, WHILE THE NO.1 WAS NOT A GOALKEEPER BUT STRIKER SERGIO ALMIRON. SINCE ROVERS ADOPTED THE PRACTICE OF ALLOCATING SQUAD NUMBERS, AT THE START OF THE 2002-03 SEASON, THERE HAS BEEN NONE OF THIS LATIN AMERICAN QUIRKINESS: NO.1HAS ALWAYS BEEN WORN BY A GOALKEEPER, AND THERE HAVE BEEN SOME NOTABLE WEARERS OF THE NUMBER. The first owner of the No.1 was Andy Warrington, an often under-rated goalkeeper who joined Rovers in 1999. The club was then in the Football Conference and Rovers faced a struggle to regain their Football League place, which had been lost with relegation in 1998. Warrington had a key role in Rovers’ promotion season of 2002-03, playing in all but two games as the club finished third to earn a play-off place. In the second leg of a gripping play off semi-final at Chester’s Deva Stadium and with the scores level. Warrington made a crucial save to deny the home side a late winner. Then he saved two penalties in the shoot-out as Rovers marched on to the Final at Stoke’s Britannia Stadium. A 3-2 golden goal victory over Dagenham and Redbridge took Rovers back into the League, but Warrington’s contributions were far from over. In 2003-04 he was an ever-present and a key component in a miserly defence which conceded only 37 goals as Rovers won the Third Division championship. His Rovers career ended when he sustained a broken leg during a League Cup victory over Manchester City in September 2005, but he went on to play with distinction for Bury and Rotherham United before moving into coaching with Grimsby Town. Warrington’s successor as Number One was the vastly experienced Neil Sullivan, who arrived, initially on loan, during the 2006-07 season. Sullivan, capped 28 times by Scotland, had played in the Premier League for Wimbledon, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea before moving to Leeds United, from whom he

joined Rovers. He became a member of the most successful side in Rovers’ recent history, helping to win the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in Cardiff in 2006-07 and then promotion to the Championship in 2007-08. Sullivan had been considered too old by Leeds manager Dennis Wise, and must have had great satisfaction when Rovers beat his former club 1-0 at Wembley in May 2008 to secure a return to the second tier of English football after a 50 year absence. Sullivan went on to play for Rovers until 2013, making a total of 217 first team appearances, and his final game was perhaps the most dramatic of all. He was in goal on April 22 2013 when Brentford’s Marcello Trotta slammed a last gasp penalty against the crossbar at Griffin Park with the score at 0-0. The ball was cleared upfield and James Coppinger scored the breakaway winning goal which secured the League One Championship for Rovers.- not a bad way to end your career. Sullivan moved into coaching with his former club Leeds United. Since that dramatic end to the 2012-13 season there have been four more incumbents of the No.1 jersey: Ross Turnbull (2013-14), Aston Villa loanee Jed Steer (2014-15), Ross Etheridge (2016-17) and the current holder, Ian Lawlor. Oddly enough the No.1 was vacant throughout the 2015-16 season despite Rovers fielding four different goalkeepers in first team games. Perhaps Rovers should have adopted the approach of that successful Argentina side and tried a striker in the No.1 shirt.

NEIL SULLIVAN

JOHN COYLE

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CENTRAL LEAGUE DEVELOPMENT SQUAD FIXTURES 2018/2019 DATE OPPOSITION SEPTEMBER Tue 11 Grimsby Town Tue 18 Mansfield Town OCTOBER Tue 16 Morecambe NOVEMBER Tue 20 Notts County DECEMBER Tue 5 Port Vale JANUARY Tue 15 Rotherham United Tue 29 Wigan Athletic FEBRUARY Tue 5 Grimsby Town Tue 19 Mansfield Town MARCH Tue 5 Morecambe Tue 19 Notts County Tue 26 Wigan Athletic APRIL Tue 16 Port Vale Tue 23 Rotherham United

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U18s MATCH REPORT:

ROVERS 3-1 OLDHAM ATHLETIC Rovers’ U18 side opened their season with victory over Oldham Athletic to stretch their winning run in the league to nine games.

strike from Declan Baldwin who from a far distance curled the ball into the top-right corner, leaving the stretching Ogley no chance of stopping.

Rovers started brightly at Cantley Park and earned an early corner through Jack Watson who did very well to keep the ball upfield in a threatening position. New captain AJ Graves whipped the resulting corner into the box and the chance is headed over by the towering Foulkes.

Then came another flood of Rovers corners with the youngsters almost retaking the lead when Barnett’s shot was cleared off the line by an Oldham defender.

Harry Robinson was allowed room down the left wing which resulted in a cross into the box which was neatly extinguished by home goalkeeper Dec Ogley. Rovers then took the lead just shy of the 10-minute mark as another great corner provided through skipper Graves was scrambled on the goal line, but Watson ws there to provide the clinical touch to take the ball into the back of McFarlane’s goal. Oldham responded rapidly as they forced Ogley into a neat save with his legs as Max Norman pulled the trigger from close range. The Latics then pulled one back through an unstoppable

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Stancliffe’s side retook the lead on the brink of half-time after Will McGowan fed off the scraps of Myron Gibbons’ initial shot, as he slotted home from close-distance. Simon Cooper’s Oldham side then came out with a point to prove in the second-half, but Rovers withstood the pressure with Ogley making some important saves to keep the teams advantage. Full-back Martin Smith Jr opened Oldham up with a sprint down the right-flank, leaving behind two defenders in the process, then played a ball across the face of goal but it landed straight at the feet of Latic defender who cleared his lines immediately. Rovers extended their lead courtesy of Gibbons who tucked the ball into the back of the night from a tight angle from the near-left-hand post.


"I AM CONVINCED THIS STRUCTURE WILL SEE MORE YOUNG PLAYERS PLAYING IN OUR FIRST TEAM"

KIERAN SCARFF THE SEASON SOON COMES ROUND, DOESN’T IT! It’s been a very busy and productive close season programme at the Academy, with much planning and preparation taking place for the season ahead. The Academy is going into the coming season in a real position of strength. Following our academy audit I have publicly spoken of my pride in being in the top 10 of category three academies in the country. This week I had the great news that we have in fact been placed fourth out of the 45 category three clubs. This is a huge achievement. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank everyone who has worked so hard to ensure we provide such a strong programme for all our young players. During the early part of the schoolboy programme our young players have already had the opportunity to challenge themselves in a variety of tournaments against a wide range of premier league, EFL and international teams. Our excellent staff continue to provide brilliant opportunities for the players and I look forward to seeing many more of these challenges in the season ahead. Our Under 18s have had a really positive pre-season. The new first year apprentices have settled in very well: reaping the benefits of having so much youth team involvement in the second half of last season. Following some strong performances in pre-season the youth team opened their Youth Alliance League account last week with a very strong 3-1 win over Oldham. Taking the outstanding run at the end of last season into account, that meant nine league wins in a row! The group

consistently show a real enthusiasm to improve and I look forward to seeing them develop further. Thanks to really positive support from our owners and chief executive we now have the ability to work with a number of younger professionals and they have all made really positive starts to their professional contracts. We already have arranged loan deals for some of them and with the U23 league soon to begin these players will be able to test themselves against a mixture of young and experienced professionals on a regular basis. This additional time for the player to develop and bridge the gap to first team football is vital and I am convinced this structure will see more young players playing in our first team which is any Academy’s ultimate aim. As an Academy programme it is vital to have a first team manager and staff who value the young players and provide opportunities for them. Already this preseason Grant McCann has shown, as I knew he would, that he will provide opportunities for the youngsters. Both he and Cliff Byrne have taken an active interest in the development of the young players. The players and staff really value and appreciate this. Good luck to the gaffer, the staff and the players.

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Hello everyone! Welcome to our first home game of the new season against Wycombe Wanderers - I hope you all enjoyed the World Cup! I would like to say a big hello to our new manager Grant McCann and hope he likes dogs! I have had a good couple of months as I have attended a few events, having been down to Lakeside Outlet with Trax FM doing Shoot for the Boot, learning some martial arts with Endeavour at Town Fields Gala and visiting Yorkshire Caravans for their World Cup Show! It is good to be back with you all.

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the Keepmoat esman said: "Our open days here at Rovers marketing manager Mark Hugh players. rite favou their greet and meet to Stadium are a great way for our fans idols on the pitch ce to train with and play against their "For our junior members, the chan love. rs visito we know our young itself is a rare opportunity and one s and look on looking after our younger supporter "As a family club we pride ourselves in activities throughout the season" ed involv them get to ies rtunit forward to more oppo before joining go-kart track outside the East Stand Visitors were greeted by an inflatable fun. ng gami and ring colou ing, paint Donny Dog in his kennel for face-

, with the snakes popular critters and creatures along White Post Farm brought their everDoncaster Club with s game skills all and old. Footb particularly attached to fans young Rugby League well as a chance to meet Doncaster as up levels y energ kept staff Academy e basics. leagu rugby some sters rty who taught young players Kieran Cross and Sam Dohe members and Flip Out, came along to meet junior Doncaster's newest trampoline park, all. for ies families and hand out good followed by the training session on the main pitch The Rovers first team squad held a waiting for – the been had dance atten in bers moment all the registered junior mem bout. for their own training session and kicka chance to join their idols on the turf home changing sters were given a teamtalk in the Split into three age groups the young l onto f, before heading through the tunne Scarf n Kiera my, acade of head s room by Rover the pitch itself. signing session paces, the first team lined up for a After putting the kids through their nn who spoke about his McCa t Gran ger mana team first while fans were addressed by plans for the new season.

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COMMERCIAL GOOD AFTERNOON AND WELCOME TO TODAY’S VISIT OF WYCOMBE WANDERERS TO THE KEEPMOAT STADIUM. We kicked off the season with a really positive result last Saturday, taking all three points away at Southend United in a fixture that always represents a tough trip. Grant McCann will have been extremely satisfied with the performance, which sets us up nicely for our first home fixture today against newly promoted Wycombe Wanderers. There are many different ways that you can get involved corporately with Club Doncaster and Doncaster Rovers. We have a range of great hospitality options to treat clients, celebrate special occasions with friends or simply enjoy a day out in style at the football. If you are involved with a local business we have a number of sponsorship and partnership opportunities whereby you can raise the profile of your business through working with the club.

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SAFETY Staff at Doncaster Rovers and Club Doncaster are committed to ensuring the safety of all spectators and visitors to the Keepmoat Stadium. Staff are required to regularly review and improve operational plans and have a number of external audits and inspections by professional bodies to ensure spectator safety within the stadium. An area that has been highlighted is the emergency exit stairwell and disabled refuge in the centre of the West Stand’s concourse, which is being used as a standard exit route at the end of fixtures. While historically club staff have felt that this could be managed through stewarding, this has been highlighted as a risk by two independent audits and the recommended changes now need to be implemented. This will mean that the central stairwell in the West Stand can no longer be used as a general exit route from the stadium by members of the public and must only be utilised as an emergency exit. This will be stewarded and supporters will be directed to the correct exit routes. While club staff understand it will be frustrating for people who have used the stairwell as an exit route previously, they have worked with the authorities to see if there are ways to mitigate the risk by other means. The design of the stadium and intended purpose for this stairwell means it cannot be changed to a standard exit route. Members of the safety team have reviewed the exit capacities of the West Stand and the stairwells at either end of the stand will more than accommodate the number of supporters and therefore have had to ensure the central stairwell is used for the purpose of emergency exit only. Should supporters have mobility difficulties or have concerns about moving down the exit stairwells with the flow of supporters, a steward will provide lift access or assist you in leaving the stadium. A member of the stadium operations team will be in the West concourse at the end of Saturday’s game against Wycombe Wanderers if supporters have any questions or concerns they would like to raise regarding the changes to the exit.

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SUPPORTER LIAISON OFFICER DEAN MEDCALF GOOD AFTERNOON LADIES AND GENTLEMEN AND A WARM WELCOME TO THE KEEPMOAT STADIUM FOR OUR FIRST HOME GAME OF THE 2018/2019 SEASON AND A WARM WELCOME TO THE VISITING FANS FROM WYCOMBE WANDERERS. First of all, I would like to thank the 591 Rovers fans who made the journey to Southend United last weekend. What a game of football it was and the Rovers fans were in top voice and created a fantastic atmosphere. I would like to take this opportunity to explain a bit more of what my role is as the Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) at Doncaster Rovers. We are voluntary Rovers fans who work as a communication link between the club and the fans and also vice versa. If you follow me on social media you will see me informing fans of future away games including ticket prices, travel information and other information about our away games. As well as information about up and coming home games as well as other important information that the club ask me to post and answering any questions you may have. I also have monthly meetings with the club and have regular conversations with different departments to give feedback I receive from follow Rovers fans and also to get questions answered. Before each away game I send an email to the SLO of the club we are visiting to collect information to help the Rovers fans get the most out of their visit. I write my away day blog that gives you all the information you will need before travelling. In these blogs, it shows ticket information, directions and parking instructions if you are travelling by car, as well as information regarding the supporters’ club coaches’ prices and departure times. If there is any more information you would like before away then please let me know. I also post blogs about other aspects of the SLO role such as attending meetings with the EFL and visits to other clubs to see how their SLO’s operate on match days.

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All my blogs can be found at www.drfcslo.wordpress.com On match days you will see me, and my colleague Sheila, walking around the footprint of the stadium again to help fans any way we can. So if you ever have any issues then please come and find us or just stop us for a chat. We can be identified by our DRFC rain jackets and t-shirts which have SLO clearly marked on them. As always if you have any questions then please contact me on the usual SLO social media accounts, @SLO_ DRFC on twitter, DRFC SLO on Facebook or email me at dean.medcalf@clubdoncaster.co.uk. I hope you all enjoy today’s game. Rovers Till I Die Dean Medcalf Supporter Liaison Officer

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SUPPORTERS CLUB PAUL MAYFIELD

GOOD AFTERNOON, AND A WARM WELCOME BACK TO THE KEEPMOAT STADIUM FOR OUR OPENING HOME GAME OF THE SEASON AGAINST WYCOMBE WANDERERS. GARETH AINSWORTH’S TEAM GOT PROMOTED LAST SEASON, AND WILL PROVE A STERN TEST FOR US.

We have got pre-season out of the way, and we welcome new manager Grant McCann and his assistant Cliff Byrne to the club,for what we all hope can be a promotion-winning campaign. Good luck to Grant and his team. Our thanks also go to Darren Ferguson and Gavin Strachan for the past few seasons and wish them all the best in future ventures and hope Darren’s dad, Sir Alex a speedy recovery. Thanks to the fans for supporting the Supporters Club coaches for the friendly games, we aim to get as many fans to the games as possible. We thank Grant and Gavin Baldwin for attending the Main and North Branch supporters club’s AGMs, which were well attended and informative. We would like to thank Davina Skinn for doing a fantastic job as Supporters Club secretary for the last eight or so years, always loved her end of season round up at the AGMs, and we welcome Melanie Sheppard into the role. We will be traveling to Scunthorpe in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday August 14. Coaches will depart from Retford at 5.30pm, Harworth 5.35pm, Bawtry/ Rossington 5.45pm, Punches 5.50pm, Infirmary 6pm and the Keepmoat Stadium Car park 1 at 6.15pm.

Prices are £11 for adult members, £10 concessions, add £2 for non-members. For the trip to Burton Albion the coach times are Retford 11am, Harworth 11.05am, Bawtry/Rossington 11.15am, Punches 11.20am, Infirmary 11.30am and Keepmoat Stadium 11.45am. Fares are £16 adult and £14 concessions, with a £2 surcharge for non-members. You can join on the buses or at the Supporters Club shop on match days, or download on the Supporter’s Club website. Our North branch also run coaches from Askern, Carcroft, A19 corridor, you can contact them on 07780316923 for more details. For coach bookings call Paul on 07961727769 or Len on 01302 817347. If you need programmes or football memorabilia, call at the Supporters Club shop situated in the Club Doncaster Academy on matchdays. Let’s get behind the lads all season. Thanks for your support. Rovers Till We Die Paul Mayfield

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TUESDAY 14TH AUGUST | 7.45PM | CARABAO CUP ROUND ONE Rovers make the short trip down the M180 to face Scunthorpe United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday August 14. Ground: Glanford Park Capacity: 9,088 Phone: 01724 840139 Postcode: DN15 8TD

TRAVELLING BY CAR: Follow the M18 and M180 before joining the M181, and as you arrive at the roundabout at the end of the motorway the ground is on the right. There is a large car park at the stadium which is open to home and away supporters. TRAVELLING BY TRAIN: The nearest train station to Glanford Park is Scunthorpe station. This is located two miles from the ground and can be accessed by the public bus service.

BURTON ALBION

SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST | 3.00PM | SKY BET LEAGUE ONE Rovers head to the East Midlands to face Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One on Saturday August 18. Ground: Pirelli Stadium Capacity: 6,912 (2,034 seated) Phone: 01283 565938 Postcode: DE13 0AR TRAVELLING BY CAR: Take the exit at Junction 28 on the M1 and continue onto the A38. At the roundabout for Little Eaton Island, take the second exit onto Abbey Hill, then take the second exits at the next two roundabouts. Keep right on the A38, before using the left-hand lane to join the A5121 towards Burton (North). Continue along the A5121 Derby Road and the ground is on your right. TRAVELLING BY TRAIN: The nearest station to the Pirelli Stadium is Burton station, which is located a mile-and-a-half away from the ground. This is around a 25-minute walk between the station and the Pirelli, but there are public bus services towards the stadium, as well as taxis being available outside Burton station.

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FOUNDATION UP

Matty Blair helped the latest Fit Rovers inductees settle into their course recently, as he takes on his new role as ambassador for Club Doncaster Foundation’s flagship scheme. The Rovers midfielder welcomed 27 men onto the new course, helping them record their initial measurements of weight, height and blood pressure. Matty will be joining the men more regularly on a Thursday night at the Keepmoat Stadium, as they bid to follow in the footsteps of the eight previous courses who have between them lost an incredible amount of weight. Matty said “I’m delighted to be the Fit Rovers ambassador for this season: I spent quite a bit of time with the participants last year and really enjoyed watching them reach their goals, so to have more of a direct involvement this time round is great. “The programme is fantastic and I still can’t believe it’s free. The sessions I’ve witnessed are really professional and it’s such a relaxed environment to meet new people and reach your goals.”

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As part of his role, Matty also visited the Fit Rovers vets session to keep an eye on how the men are progressing having already graduated from the course. Eighty-one men turned up at the Keepmoat Stadium, 54 of which were for the for the veteran sessions, which are run by Foundation staff and are exclusive for Fit Rovers graduates. Matty spent the rest of the evening discussing how they had maintained lifestyle changes up to 18 months after their course finished. Fit Rovers is Club Doncaster Foundation’s pioneering adult fitness course based at the Keepmoat Stadium, aimed at men over the age of 30, and is free of charge for participants. The follow on veteran sessions are available at just £2 and offer football sessions, circuits and various cycle routes around Doncaster. For more information about the next free courses available, contact the team on 01302 764663 or fitrovers@clubdoncasterfoundation. co.uk.


DATE Club Doncaster Foundation’s NCS graduates recently met the Secretary of State for Education in the UK Damian Hinds. They discussed the essential life skills they have developed while on their NCS Doncaster journey and how the programme has changed their lives. The discussion, staged at Bentley Youth Centre, was part of the Opportunity Area programme, which has been launched to offer sports, arts and cultural activities to disadvantaged young people in Doncaster. Hinds said: “The Opportunity Area programme is about broadening the horizons of young people from disadvantaged areas. I want every young person living in Doncaster to be able to access extra-curricular activities that build the resilience and character they need to fulfill their ambitions, whatever they are. “This investment will help young people in Doncaster learn the skills of leadership and teamwork that are so important later in life, giving them the boost in

confidence they need to succeed in education or the world of work.” NCS programme manager Jan Budtz added: “It was a privilege that our NCS graduates were invited to the launch and had the opportunity to shout about our NCS programme. “Some of our NCS graduates form part of the local DFE youth board, so it was a great chance for them to interlink the two programmes.” The £1million programme has been launched to improve access to sports, arts and culture for 5,000 disadvantaged young people across Doncaster. The funding includes £550,000 for a programme of summer activities in 2018 and 2019, which are free for participants aged five to 18. They include boxing, football, cycling, baking and many more ran by EXPECT Youth, Doncaster’s youth alliance which works closely with the Opportunity Area programme by delivering projects for the most vulnerable in the borough.

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SKY BET LEAGUE ONE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

BARNSLEY GILLINGHAM DONCASTER ROVERS PETERBOROUGH UNITED ROCHDALE SCUNTHORPE UNITED SUNDERLAND WALSALL AFC WIMBLEDON BRADFORD CITY PORTSMOUTH BLACKPOOL WYCOMBE WANDERERS SOUTHEND UNITED BRISTOL ROVERS BURTON ALBION CHARLTON ATHLETIC COVENTRY CITY PLYMOUTH ARGYLE FLEETWOOD TOWN LUTON TOWN SHREWSBURY TOWN ACCRINGTON STANLEY OXFORD UNITED

P 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

W 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOP GOALSCORERS

L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

F 4 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

A 0 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 4

GD 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -2 -4

PTS 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

W W W W W W W W W W W D D L L L L L L L L L L L

FORM

FIXTURES & RESULTS

PLAYER

TEAM

Bradden Inman

Rochdale

GLS 2

Mamadou Thiam

Barnsley

2

Tom Hopper

Southend United

1

Stephen Humphrys

Scunthorpe United

1

Brad Potts

Barnsley

1

John Marquis

Doncaster Rovers

1

Mallik Wilks

Doncaster Rovers

1

Tommy Rowe

Doncaster Rovers

1

SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST Accrington Stanley 0-2 Gillingham Barnsley 4-0 Oxford United Burton Albion 1-2 Rochdale Coventry City 1-2 Scunthorpe United Fleetwood Town 0-1 AFC Wimbledon Peterborough United 2-1 Bristol Rovers Portsmouth 1-0 Luton Town Shrewsbury Town 0-1 Bradford City Southend United 2-3 Doncaster Rovers Sunderland 2-1 Charlton Athletic Walsall 2-1 Plymouth Argyle Wycombe Wanderers 0-0 Blackpool SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST AFC Wimbledon v Coventry City Blackpool v Portsmouth Bradford City v Barnsley Bristol Rovers v Accrington Stanley Charlton Athletic v Shrewsbury Town Doncaster Rovers v Wycombe Wanderers Gillingham v Burton Albion Luton Town v Sunderland Oxford United v Fleetwood Town Plymouth Argyle v Southend United Rochdale v Peterborough United Scunthorpe United v Walsall

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FIXTURES & RESULTS DATE

OPPOSITION

COMP

SCORE

ATT

3-2

7,147

AWAY POS

STARTING XI

AUGUST Sat 4

Southend United

A

EFL1

Sat 11

Wycombe Wanderers

H

EFL1

15:00

Tue 14

Scunthorpe United

A

CC1

19:45

Sat 18

Burton Albion

A

EFL1

15:00

Tue 21

Shrewsbury Town

H

EFL1

19:45

Sat 25

Portsmouth

H

EFL1

15:00

W

SEPTEMBER Sat 1

Peterborough United

A

EFL1

15:00

Tue 4

Newcastle United U21

H

CTG1

19:45

Sat 8

Luton Town

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 15

Walsall

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 22

Bradford City

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 29

Plymouth Argyle

A

EFL1

15:00

OCTOBER Tue 2

Accrington Stanley

A

EFL1

19:45

Sat 6

Fleetwood Town

H

EFL1

15:00

Tue 9

Grimsby Town

H

CTG2

19:30

Sat 13

Rochdale

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 20

Gillingham

H

EFL1

15:00

Tue 23

Sunderland

H

EFL1

19:45

Sat 27

Coventry City

A

EFL1

15:00 15:00

NOVEMBER Sat 3

Charlton Athletic

A

EFL1

Tue 13

Notts County

A

CTG3

19:45

Sat 17

AFC Wimbledon

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 24

Barnsley

A

EFL1

15:00

Tue 27

Blackpool

H

EFL1

19:45

DECEMBER Sat 8

Bristol Rovers

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 15

Scunthorpe United

H

EFL1

12:15

Sat 22

Oxford United

H

EFL1

15:00

Wed 26 Fleetwood Town

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 29

A

EFL1

15:00

Gillingham

JANUARY 2019 Tue 1

Rochdale

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 5

Southend United

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 12

Wycombe Wanderers

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 19

Burton Albion

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 26

Shrewsbury Town

A

EFL1

15:00

FEBRUARY Sat 2

Portsmouth

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 9

Peterborough United

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 16

Bristol Rovers

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 23

Scunthorpe United

A

EFL1

15:00

MARCH Sat 2

Charlton Athletic

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 9

AFC Wimbledon

A

EFL1

15:00

Tue 12

Blackpool

A

EFL1

19:45

Sat 16

Barnsley

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 23

Luton Town

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 30

Walsall

H

EFL1

15:00

APRIL Sat 6

Bradford City

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 13

Plymouth Argyle

H

EFL1

15:00

Fri 19

Sunderland

A

EFL1

15:00

Mon 22 Accrington Stanley

H

EFL1

15:00

Sat 27

Oxford United

A

EFL1

15:00

Sat 4

Coventry City

H

EFL1

17:30

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MAY

591

3

Marosi

Mason

Andrew

Wright

Butler

Crawford


Whiteman

Rowe

Coppinger

Wilks

Marquis

SUB 1

SUB 2

SUB 3

UNUSED

Kiwomya

Amos

Blair

Lawlor, Anderson, Kane, May

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ISSUE 01 v WYCOMBE WANDERERS

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

18 BEN KHEMIS, Issam

17 BLAIR, Matty

25 BLANEY, Shane

06 BUTLER, Andy

26 COPPINGER, James

11 CRAWFORD, Ali

30 FLETCHER, Jacob

31 JAMES, Morgan

33 JONES, Louis

15 KANE, Herbie

23 KIWOMYA, Alex

01 LAWLOR, Ian

21 LONGBOTTOM, Will

28 LUND, Mitchell

13 MAROSI, Marko

09 MARQUIS, John

02 MASON, Niall

19 MAY, Alfie

04 McCULLOUGH, Luke

34 MORRIS, James

32 PRIOR, Cody

10 ROWE, Tommy

3

0

0

1

3

1

1

05 WRIGHT, Joe

0

0

TOTALS

1

07 WILKS, Mallik

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

08 WHITEMAN, Ben

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

GLS

OWN GOALS

0

27 WATTERS, Max

TAYLOR, Paul

0

14 BEESTIN, Alfie

-

0

1

03 ANDREW, Danny

0

0

12 ANDERSON, Tom

1

0

24 AMOS, Danny

SUB

SKY BET LEAGUE 1

APPS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SUB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

GLS

EMIRATES FA CUP APPS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SUB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

GLS

CARABAO CUP APPS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

APPS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

SUB

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

GLS

CHECKATRADE TROPHY

11

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

SUB

3

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

GLS

2018-19 TOTAL APPS

61

1

40

0

0

103

0

0

102

26

86

99

49

37

2

58

5

0

0

1

1

1

509

171

0

86

7

27

7

7

3

5

0

8

0

0

2

2

1

9

21

7

1

5

8

7

0

8

0

0

1

2

0

66

4

0

9

2

14

0

0

3

SUB

0

1

7

0

0

26

0

0

1

9

3

42

0

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

65

14

0

5

2

3

0

2

0

GLS

CAREER TOTALS APPS

ROVERS ROLL-CALL


MATCH OFFICIALS REFEREE Carl Boyeson

DONCASTER ROVERS

WYCOMBE WANDERERS

ASSISTANTS Paul Hobday David Avent

MANAGER: Grant McCann 01 Ian LAWLOR 02 Niall MASON 03 Danny ANDREW 04 Luke McCULLOUGH 05 Joe WRIGHT 06 Andrew BUTLER 07 Mallik WILKS 08 Ben WHITEMAN 09 John MARQUIS 10 Tommy ROWE 11 Alister CRAWFORD 12 Tom ANDERSON 13 Marko MAROSI 14 Alfie BEESTIN 15 Herbie KANE 16 Paul TAYLOR 17 Matthew BLAIR 18 Issam BEN KHEMIS 19 Alfie MAY 20 Tyler GARRATT 21 Will LONGBOTTOM 23 Alex KIWOMYA 24 Danny AMOS 25 Shane BLANEY 26 James COPPINGER

MANAGER: Gareth Ainsworth FOURTH OFFICIAL Nik Barnard

01 Ryan ALLSOP 02 Sido JOMBATI 03 Joe JACOBSON

IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE TO ENTER THE PITCH OR PERIMETER TRACK. ANYONE DOING SO WILL FACE ARREST AND A BAN FROM WATCHING FOOTBALL ANTI DISCRIMINATION POLICY

04 Dominic GAPE 05 Anthony STEWART 06 Adam EL-ABD

Doncaster Rovers Football Club is determined to treat with equal consideration all supporters, regardless of gender, race or ethnic origin, religious belief, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other unjustifiable reason. The club, in association with its governing bodies (the FA and the EFL) and all footballing authorities, is determined to eradicate racism in football by ensuring that no barriers exist to anyone playing/enjoying the national game, whatever their ethnic background. To this end, Doncaster Rovers Football Club will not tolerate any form of racism amongst spectators. Anyone found to be culpable of displaying any form of racist behaviour will be removed from the stadium immediately.

07 Sam SAUNDERS

RESPECT THE LAW Supporters are reminded that the Keepmoat Stadium is a strictly no smoking venue. It is an offence to purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol for anybody under the age of 18. Anybody caught doing so will face ejection from the stadium and prosecution. Anybody who appears to be under the age of 21 will be asked for ID. We appreciate supporters’ co-operation.

24 Randell WILLIAMS

08 Marcus BEAN 09 Craig MACKAIL-SMITH 10 Matt BLOOMFIELD 11 Scott KASHKET 12 Paris COWAN-HALL 16 Michael HARRIMAN 18 Curtis THOMPSON 20 Adebayo AKINFENWA 21 Darius CHARLES 22 Nick FREEMAN 23 Nathan TYSON 30 Yves MA-KALAMBAY

27 Max WATTERS 28 Mitchell LUND 30 Jacob FLETCHER

MATCH SPONSOR

31 Morgan JAMES 32 Cody PRIOR 33 Louis JONES 34 James MORRIS

Club Doncaster and Doncaster Rovers treats discriminatory anti-social behaviour seriously and wants to ensure the enjoyment of the match for all. If you experience anti-social behaviour close to you, please report it to the nearest steward or police officer. We also offer and anonymous ‘safe text’ service to enable supporters to report their concerns quickly and easily by text message.

Please send a text with your location and the location of the offence – e.g. block, row, seat - to 07825012850 with one of the following:

• • • •

STAND (standing up) HPH (homophobic chanting) DRINK (drinking alcohol in view of the pitch) PYRO (use of or intended use of any pyrotechnic or smoke bomb)

• FOUL (language & behaviour) • SMOKE (smoking in the stadium) • RACISM (racist chanting & shouting)

Each message costs one standard text at your local rate.

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