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In Focus: Doncaster Rovers

4 July 2022

Full name: Doncaster Rovers Football Club

Nickname(s): Donny, Rovers and The Reds

Founded: 1879

Ground: The Eco-Power Stadium (Keepmoat Stadium)

Capacity: 15,231

Chairman: David Blunt

Manager: Gary McSheffrey

Doncaster Rovers Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Doncaster, Yorkshire. Doncaster Rovers was formed in 1879 by Albert Jenkins, a fitter at Doncaster's Great Northern Railway. He gathered a team to play a match against the Yorkshire Institute for the Deaf and Dumb in September 1879 and the game ended in a 4–4 draw. After the game the team gathered for a meeting and decided on a name change and in turn decided on the name Doncaster Rovers.

The first match under the new name was on 3rd October 1879 against Rawmarsh which ended in a draw and in 1885 the club turned professional.

Early History

Doncaster Rovers first entered the FA Cup during the 1888-89 season but lost their first game 9-1 at home to Rotherham Town. The 1890–91 season was significant for Rovers as they were a founding member of the Midland Alliance League and finished in second and in the season that followed they entered and won the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Challenge Cup beating Sheffield United 2–1 in the final at Bramall Lane.

In 1901 Doncaster were elected in to the Football League for the first time as replacements for New Brighton Tower. Their first season in the League was the season they achieved their highest League position in their history (7th in the Second Division) but fortunes weren’t too last as they lasted only two seasons in the league before being voted out in favour of local rivals Bradford City after finishing in the bottom three.

Recent History

On 1st April 2007 Doncaster Rovers won their first ever major trophy beating Bristol Rovers 3-2 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to with the EFL Trophy and the following season they were promoted to the Championship after beating Rivals Leeds United 1-0 in the play-off final at Wembley.

At the end of the 2011-12 season Rovers were relegated back to League One after a 4 year stay in the Championship but at the end of the 2012-13 season Doncaster were promoted back to the Championship as Champions thanks to a last minute James Coppinger goal away to Brentford.

In 2014 and 2015 Doncaster Rovers suffered back to back relegations before being promoted back to League One again in 2017.

After 5 seasons back in League One Rovers were relegated back to League Two after finishing the season in 22nd place with a total of 38 points.

Our Recent Battles

Overall record

Won: 19

Drawn: 20

Lost: 37

4st February 2020 – Tranmere Rovers 0 Doncaster Rovers 3

In February 2020 a double from Aston Villa loanee Jacob Ramsay and a Fejiri Okenabirihrie strike saw Doncaster Rovers leave Prenton park with all three points.

6th April 2013 – Doncaster Rovers 1 Tranmere Rovers 0

A 63rd Minute goal from Doncaster captain Rob Jones saw Tranmere succumb to a narrow defeat.

23rd October 2012 – Tranmere Rovers 1 Doncaster Rovers 2

In October 2012 a late strike from former Tranmere striker Iain Hume saw Doncaster run out 2-1 winners after Jake Cassidy cancelled out Paynter’s Doncaster opener.


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