April 30, 2018
Oldham Athletic 0 Rovers 0
A goalless draw was a fair reflection of Saturday's encounter at Boundary Park, with Rovers ending their run of two defeats, and while relegation threatened Oldham would have preferred three points, a point did lift them out of the bottom four.
Oldham had the majority of the play, especially in the second half as they threw players forward in search of a winning goal.
And Rovers failed to land a single shot on target in the entire game, taking far too long in the final third of the pitch to be a serious threat.
Darren Ferguson continued to change his line-up in the hope of keeping his players as fresh as possible, with Danny Amos given his league debut at left back, while Ian Lawlor got his first start in two months. Also making a return after a long absence was striker Andy Williams, who made his first start since September.
James Coppinger was left out of the squad, presumably to rest him for at least Saturday's game against Wigan Athletic, although he could be considered for Tuesday's game at home to AFC Wimbledon.
Rovers had the first chance of the game as Andy Butler headed over from a corner, but the home side had more attacking intent - perhaps not surprising bearing in mind their precarious league position.
Rovers then switched formation in the hope of being more of an attacking threat, with John Marquis having a goal disallowed for a rather obvious offside.
Despite having possession, Rovers failed to convert that into goals, and as the match drew to a close, Oldham continued to push forward.
The "Man of the Match" voting is now open. Apologies for the delay in opening the vote - it will as usual last for 48 hours, so the result will be confirmed on Friday morning.
April 30, 2018
What the manager said
Darren Ferguson was quick to praise debut-making defender Danny Amos after Saturday's game at Oldham Athletic, with the 18 year old playing the whole 90 minutes and impressing his boss.
Ferguson commented: "He was a real outlet for us with the width down the left, and he should be delighted with that performance and it was a reward for the work we've done as a club during his development. He's good with set-pieces and his delivery was excellent, we should have probably scored from one or two of them so his display was the most pleasing thing to take away from it. I think we've had a problem with the balance of the team all season, I felt the game was a good opportunity for Danny to come in as he's done really well for the development side this season."
Of the game itself, Fergie added: "It was a very competitive game, both teams gave everything and my players showed great determination to keep a clean sheet and I was happy with the overall performance. The performances have been good but we find ourselves in a position where we're coming up against teams who are fighting for everything, the next two games are very important for us. It's frustrating that we didn't win the game because at times it was there for the taking, we had a couple of moments where the right pass could have resulted in a clear shot at goal."
"The players showed again how much they are wanting to win games at the end of the season. It was great commitment from the players again. I think today is a good example of how the season has been as a whole. We defended very well. There was a good shape about us, good distances. But where it really matters we were not good enough. At the top end of the pitch. We've not scored enough goals, the final pass, the final shot. Times when we could have shot and we've not."
April 30, 2018
Match highlights

There are highlights of Saturday's away game at Oldham Athletic available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 28, 2018
Oldham Athletic v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers will be hoping to get back on the winning track this afternoon after losing their last two games. Boss Darren Ferguson has set a minimum target of winning two of the last three games, and hopefully getting into the top half of the table, and this looks to be a decent chance to get that target off to a good start.
However, they will face an Oldham side that need to win to keep their dreams of staying in the division alive, so it is set for a good competitive game.
Rovers have not reported any new injury concerns, but they will continue to be without Tommy Rowe, who had an operation last week. Defender Danny Andrew has been continuing his comeback by playing for the Development XI, but could have a chance of being on the bench today.
After that, it's likely to be down to the decision of who Darren Ferguson feels are in peak fitness. He has continued to switch his side around to keep them 'fresh', and that is likely to apply again today.
Oldham Athletic are without injured defenders Cameron Dummigan, Wilfried Moimbe and Kean Bryan, while Anthony Gerrard limped off with a calf injury in last weekend's draw against AFC Wimbledon and could miss the rest of the season.
April 28, 2018
Wellens - aware of importance of today's game
Oldham boss Richie Wellens, the former Rovers midfielder, is well aware of the importance of this afternoon's game as far as the Latics' chances of survival in League One are concerned.
Speaking to their official web site, he said: "The players are well aware (of the significance). Over the last six games people have been saying you must win this one, you must win that one so we are aware of it. Other clubs are going through the same scenario and we have players who have been through this before. In terms of me, I try and take the pressure off the players so it’s another game we have to win."
Commenting on Rovers, he added: "Doncaster don’t really change their formation. They have got some good players; Marquis for me is one of the top three strikers in the league and he is a big threat. They have some technical midfield players who are good at this level so we will have to be tighter than we were on Tuesday night. We will have to do better on Saturday."
April 28, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Oldham Athletic are:
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistant referees: Wade Smith and Nik Barnard
Fourth official: Duncan Street
April 28, 2018
Rovers ticket offer for Wimbledon match
Doncaster Rovers are hoping that extra supporters will turn out for next week's home game against AFC Wimbledon by offering a ticket for the game for 'only £10' by exchanging any unused stubs from their season ticket book.
Tickets should be bought from the ticket office "prior to the above fixture" to gain the discounted price.
April 28, 2018
Uche seals move to Scotland
Former Rovers loan striker Uche Ikpeazu has agreed to join SPL club Heart of Midlothian after rejecting the offer of a new contract at Cambridge United.
Ikpeazu, aged 23, signed a pre-contract agreement ten days ago and will complete the move when his Cambridge contract expires.
Ikpeazu started off at Reading before joining Watford on a three year contract in 2013. He then had loan spells at Crewe Alexandra, Doncaster Rovers, Port Vale and Blackpool before joining Cambridge United on a two year contract. However, he caught the attention of Hearts manager Craig Levein by scoring 14 goals in 42 appearances for he U's this season.
He joins fellow new signing Steven MacLean, with Hearts targeting a top four finish next season.
Ikpeazu commented: "I’m delighted to be a Hearts player. I spoke to Craig and once I spoke to him I was delighted to get here and get it over the line. I’m just looking forward to next season and hopefully I can come here and help the side, and we can have a successful season. Craig wants me to come in and play and nail down a spot, and then with my experience try to help the younger players as well. Hopefully they can learn from me while I’m playing. I want to come here and do well, and hopefully we can finish as high up that league as possible. It’s a massive club, it’s one of the biggest clubs in Scotland, so we’ve got to look to put on good performances, and then the top three or the top four is definitely the aim. Craig has got big ambitions for the club, so hopefully I’m a part of that."
April 26, 2018
Four youth players given contracts
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have offered first year professional contracts to four of their Academy players, with a further five released by the club.
Jacob Fletcher, Morgan James, Cody Prior and James Morris are the lucky ones to be offered a professional contract, with all four having featured in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier in the season.
Former youth player Danny Amos was awarded a professional contact back in November.
However, the club are releasing Kane Bingley, James Leverton, Lewis Scattergood, Keegan Townrow and Matty Overton.
Academy manager Kieran Scarff told DROS earlier this week: "They have and continue to show the potential we are looking for and they now have a great opportunity to continue to develop. They deserve praise for their efforts, but they also know that there is a lot of hard work ahead of them if they are to develop a long career in this industry. The awarding of these contracts is another example of the support and commitment being shown by the owners, the chief executive and the manager to develop our own players. Next year we will have a group of nine first and second year professionals who will all receive a high level of intensive support designed to give them every opportunity to become and established first team player at Rovers."
April 26, 2018
Ferguson sets 60 points target
Boss Darren Ferguson has given his Rovers side the challenge of reaching 60 points by the end of the season. Rovers are on 54 points ahead of this weekend's game at Oldham Athletic, with home games against AFC Wimbledon and Wigan Athletic to round the season off.
The first two are the most reasonable expectations for points, but Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "We’ve got to make sure we get at least some points and we’re targeting six from the last three if we can. We’ve got to make sure we try to get to 60 points if we can. We need two wins out of three games. That was the target. We’ve missed a real chance in the last two games previous to this. They were real opportunities to keep ploughing through the league but we came unstuck in those two games. We knew against Blackburn and then the Wigan game were going to be difficult so we’ve got to get some points."
April 26, 2018
Sheridan on way out as Fleetwood line up Barton
Ex-Rovers midfielder John Sheridan has only a short time left as manager of Fleetwood Town after the club confirmed that controversial former Newcastle United and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton would be their manager next season.
Controversial former Newcastle United and Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton will be their manager for next season, which will be his first taste of football management. He has been suspended from football after admitting a misconduct charge of betting, which runs out on 1st June, so he will take over his new role from June 2nd.
Sheridan took over from the sacked Uwe Rosler in February and has successfully guided the club away from the relegation places to sit comfortably in mid table, level on points with Rovers.
Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley told the BBC: "This is a huge appointment for Fleetwood Town Football Club and one I’m very excited about. Joey not only brings a host of experience and profile, but I also feel he has the potential to become one of the best in the new generation of coaches He’s someone I’ve known for a number of years and I’m convinced he’s ready to make the step into management, and that he will be a huge success. Joey will be able to build-on the fantastic work done by John Sheridan during the last couple of months, one he deserves huge credit for. John joined us on a short term arrangement with the aim of keeping us in League One and I’m delighted he’s been able to do that. Today’s news signals a new chapter for Fleetwood Town which starts on June 2nd, and one which we are all excited about.”
Barton is perhaps best known to Rovers fans for his 'altercation' with the Sarge - Mark Albrighton -during a pre-season match against Manchester City at Belle Vue.
April 26, 2018
Moore plays down speculation over Baggies job
Former Rovers skipper Darren Moore is trying to play down the speculation which has arisen as a result of masterminding West Bromwich Albion's victory at Old Trafford a couple of weekends ago.
Moore was named caretaker manager at the Hawthorns when Alan Pardew was sacked earlier this month, with Moore, who had been part of the coaching staff, asked to hold the fort until the end of the season.
Albion still face an almost impossible task to stay in the Premier League, currently eight points adrift of safety with only three games to play.
Of the speculation about his future, Darren commented: "I can't stop that. It's you guys who will write about it and the fans will probably predict it. All I'm doing, and I really mean it, is just taking it one game at a time. When I came if for Swansea it was just one game at a time. I'm not even focusing on that (job full-time). I'm really not. Today's game we've got a vital three points. It means so much for the football club as it does all the players. Whatever else goes on around it, I can't stop that. I'll just continue to focus on the games ahead."
April 25, 2018
Rovers 0 Blackburn Rovers 1
A goal conceded from a free kick was all that separated the two Rovers teams last night at the Keepmoat Stadium, with victory for Blackburn meaning that they have now sealed automatic promotion back to the Championship.
Blackburn arrived at the Keepmoat intent on winning the game, but Rovers were determined not to oblige, with much of the game being fairly even, although the visitors probably had a few more chances. Andy Butler had to clear off the line to deny Armstrong, and Danny Graham saw a shot go across the goalline, while Alfie Beestin forced a good save out of Blackburn keeper David Raya.
The second half saw a bit of controversy, as John Marquis burst clear, only to be pulled back by Mulgrew, who was only shown a yellow card.
Rovers with their backs against the wall, with a superb interception by Mathieu Baudry denying the visitors, and Rovers were successfully holding out until an 80th minute corner, which was headed home by Mulgrew. And that proved to be the only difference by the final whistle.
April 25, 2018
What the manager said
While disappointed to have lost, Darren Ferguson was pleased with the way his players performed last night.
Speaking after the game, he said: "My players couldn't have given us any more. No one could have any complaints about the effort my players put into that game. They keep doing the same thing but unfortunately we've come unstuck to a team that has won promotion. We were playing a team that is technically very good, that can smother you and cause you problems in certain areas. There were periods in the game when we had to make sure their midfield players didn't control the game. We had to give possession up and sometimes you have to do that. I thought we got better as the game went on. It was a game for common sense but in the second half I thought we grew into it and got better. But we've switched off from a set piece. It's disappointing to lose a game to a set piece because at that stage I thought the game was very even."
April 25, 2018
Match highlights

Some match highlights of last night's home game against Blackburn Rovers are now showing on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 25, 2018
Bayo signs new deal with Wycombe
Former Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has signed a new one year deal with Wycombe Wanderers. His present contract was due to expire in the summer, but Wanderers moved to extend his stay, which has seen him score 36 goals in just under two seasons, with half of those coming this season.
April 24, 2018
Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
No doubt Darren Ferguson will make some changes for this evening's home game against Blackburn Rovers, with those either left out or on the bench on Saturday in with a chance of recalls for a match that could see Blackburn promoted if they win.
Andy Boyle, Jordan Houghton, Rowe, James Coppinger and Alfie Beestin were left out of the starting side on Saturday, with Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock, Luke McCullough, Rodney Kongolo and and Alfie May replacing them.
Definitely missing will be Tommy Rowe, who has had a hamstring tendon operation,while it is still too soon for Danny Andrew to be considered for first team action.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has no new injury problems, although he will be without defender Ryan Nyambe, who has a hamstring injury.
April 24, 2018
Blackburn sell out allocation
Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that they have sold their entire allocation of 3,842 tickets for this evening's game at the Keepmoat Stadium, which has led Rovers to announce that the game will now be all-ticket for home fans.
Effectively that means there will be no cash turnstiles for the South Stand, but tickets can be bought from the ticket office until kick-off - and will only be sold to those already on the club's ticket database or having a Doncaster postcode.
Blackburn have announced that they will be showing the game live in the Blues Bar at Ewood Park at a cost of £6 per person, with their fans eager to (they hope) celebrate with their team, even if they cannot be at the game itself.
April 24, 2018
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against Blackburn Rovers are:
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant referees: David Benton and Richard Wild
Fourth Official: Ian Dudley
April 24, 2018
Ferguson goes easy on training
Darren Ferguson will not be pushing all of his players to the limit in training sessions for the rest of the season to make sure that they stay fit for an intensive match schedule until the end of the season.
By the final game of the season, Rovers will have played six games in 19 days, but Ferguson has a number of players who are struggling with injuries and strains.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star last week: "I would say there’s a handful of them that won’t do any more training. We’ll just roll them out for games. What I mean by that is they won’t be out on the training pitch. They’ll do swimming, cycling. I’ve got to be careful. I can’t afford injuries and them missing part of the season next year, or pre-season."
"I have to go game by game and assess it."
With John Marquis suffering from a hamstring injury, Ferguson paid tribute to his top scorer, adding: "What a performance that was because he shouldn’t be playing. There’s three of them that were out there that shouldn’t be playing. The hamstring is hanging off John and so it is with Tommy Rowe. I keep churning them out there but I’ve got to be careful, obviously, because I don’t want injuries. John’s performance was outstanding."
Rowe, of course, has since had surgery on his hamstring tendon injury and will miss the rest of the season.
April 23, 2018
Rovers 0 Oxford United 1
It was no surprise that Darren Ferguson elected to make several changes to his starting eleven for Saturday's match, mindful of the sequence of games of late and those that lie ahead, but Rovers should still have won this game, but failed to make the most of their chances.
After an uneventful opening quarter of an hour, it was the visitors who had the first scoring chance, with Obika having a shot blocked on the line by Mathieu Baudry, and Wes Thomas hitting the rebound wide.
The recalled Alfie May then beat the offside trap, but his attempt to fire the ball under the Oxford keeper was comfortably saved.
Shots were then evenly traded, with Mowatt's shot going over, while Marquis fired straight at the goalkeeper when he should have done better.
The first half ended goalless, but Oxford struck just after an hour of the game, and against the run of play, with Ledson breaking down the left wing and crossing for Henry to head home totally unmarked.
For all Rovers' efforts for the rest of the game, they just could not find the elusive equaliser, and they went down to the first defeat in the last seven games.
April 23, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson felt that his side should have got at least a point from Saturday's game against Oxford United, and looked to a number of chances that Rovers failed to capitalise on as to why they did not take at least a point.
Speaking after the game, Ferguson said: "It's a game we shouldn't have lost, we had some clear chances to go ahead before they scored and didn't take them. It was a game of few chances and we had to take one of them. I didn't think they troubled us too much apart from the goal, we started the second-half strongly but the key was that we weren't clinical enough in front of goal. Both sides were evenly matched, they probably shaded the opening third of the game but then we grew into it and I felt we were comfortable for the majority of the afternoon."
"In the second half we came on strong and we were the dominant team. But we just weren't clinical enough. I felt a lot of the stuff we did was good. It was what we wanted and the energy levels were good."
The Oxford head coach said after the game: "I just felt we had enough legs to compete and stay at 0-0. We always knew if it was level we had something else. It sounds like a smart answer, but we knew we had goals in Jamo. I had a go at them before the game. I said our subs haven’t made a difference enough this year and they’ve just shut me up."
April 23, 2018
Match highlights

Highlights of Saturday's game against Oxford United are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 23, 2018
Rowe out for rest of season
Tommy Rowe will miss the rest of the season after Darren Ferguson revealed that he had an operation during the week on hamstring tendon.
Rowe has been playing with the injury for the last few weeks, but a visit to the specialist last week left him with little option but to have surgery to solve the problem.
Ferguson said on Saturday: "Tommy is out. He's had an operation. It's a tendon on his hamstring. It's an operation he should have had maybe four weeks ago. But he wanted to keep playing. He went to see the surgeon on Thursday and he'd done more damage. He will be out for four months. Tommy shouldn't have been playing and there's one or two more that are hanging in there which shows the mentality of the players. With Tommy we had to make a decision on how long we could play him."
Four months means it could be touch and go as to whether he is fit to start next season, with Ferguson admitting: "I don't know. He will get a pre-season because he'll be in the rehab phase. My physio was saying it had to be done but I was delaying it. We spoke to Tommy after every game and he felt all right. But at this stage there was no choice after the specialist saw it again. It would have gone and if that would have happened it would have been a real problem."
April 23, 2018
Ferguson to continue player rotation
Darren Ferguson will continue to fully utilise his squad for the rest of the season to allow some players more recovery time between games.
Ferguson made five changes for Saturday's game, and there will be changes for tomorrow's home game against Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking after Saturday's game, Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "I don’t think I’ve got much choice because the games are coming that thick and fast. At any stage of the season if you’re going Saturday Tuesday for three consecutive weeks that is going to be hard, let alone this part of the season. Coppinger needed a break. There was no way I could play him in every game if I’m going to get the best out of him. Beestin felt his hamstring. I had to make a decision between Baudry and Boyle and I picked Baudry because he’s played with Butts so many times previously and he gives us that composure on the ball at the back. Alcock and McCullough were fresh, and I can’t play Houghton every week."
"So they were quite obvious decisions to make because I know daily how the players are feeling. I knew I needed a freshness in the team. Now that gives me the opportunity to freshen it up again on Tuesday. Quite honestly, I’ll be surprised if I’m not doing that every game now. I think I’ve got to utilise the squad. I feel the ones that came into the team didn’t let anyone down."
April 23, 2018
Rovers 0 Oxford United 1
It was no surprise that Darren Ferguson elected to make several changes to his starting eleven for Saturday's match, mindful of the sequence of games of late and those that lie ahead, but Rovers should still have won this game, but failed to make the most of their chances.
After an uneventful opening quarter of an hour, it was the visitors who had the first scoring chance, with Obika having a shot blocked on the line by Mathieu Baudry, and Wes Thomas hitting the rebound wide.
The recalled Alfie May then beat the offside trap, but his attempt to fire the ball under the Oxford keeper was comfortably saved.
Shots were then evenly traded, with Mowatt's shot going over, while Marquis fired straight at the goalkeeper when he should have done better.
The first half ended goalless, but Oxford struck just after an hour of the game, and against the run of play, with Ledson breaking down the left wing and crossing for Henry to head home totally unmarked.
For all Rovers' efforts for the rest of the game, they just could not find the elusive equaliser, and they went down to the first defeat in the last seven games.
April 23, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson felt that his side should have got at least a point from Saturday's game against Oxford United, and looked to a number of chances that Rovers failed to capitalise on as to why they did not take at least a point.
Speaking after the game, Ferguson said: "It's a game we shouldn't have lost, we had some clear chances to go ahead before they scored and didn't take them. It was a game of few chances and we had to take one of them. I didn't think they troubled us too much apart from the goal, we started the second-half strongly but the key was that we weren't clinical enough in front of goal. Both sides were evenly matched, they probably shaded the opening third of the game but then we grew into it and I felt we were comfortable for the majority of the afternoon."
"In the second half we came on strong and we were the dominant team. But we just weren't clinical enough. I felt a lot of the stuff we did was good. It was what we wanted and the energy levels were good."
The Oxford head coach said after the game: "I just felt we had enough legs to compete and stay at 0-0. We always knew if it was level we had something else. It sounds like a smart answer, but we knew we had goals in Jamo. I had a go at them before the game. I said our subs haven’t made a difference enough this year and they’ve just shut me up."
April 23, 2018
Match highlights

Highlights of Saturday's game against Oxford United are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 23, 2018
Rowe out for rest of season
Tommy Rowe will miss the rest of the season after Darren Ferguson revealed that he had an operation during the week on hamstring tendon.
Rowe has been playing with the injury for the last few weeks, but a visit to the specialist last week left him with little option but to have surgery to solve the problem.
Ferguson said on Saturday: "Tommy is out. He's had an operation. It's a tendon on his hamstring. It's an operation he should have had maybe four weeks ago. But he wanted to keep playing. He went to see the surgeon on Thursday and he'd done more damage. He will be out for four months. Tommy shouldn't have been playing and there's one or two more that are hanging in there which shows the mentality of the players. With Tommy we had to make a decision on how long we could play him."
Four months means it could be touch and go as to whether he is fit to start next season, with Ferguson admitting: "I don't know. He will get a pre-season because he'll be in the rehab phase. My physio was saying it had to be done but I was delaying it. We spoke to Tommy after every game and he felt all right. But at this stage there was no choice after the specialist saw it again. It would have gone and if that would have happened it would have been a real problem."
April 23, 2018
Ferguson to continue player rotation
Darren Ferguson will continue to fully utilise his squad for the rest of the season to allow some players more recovery time between games.
Ferguson made five changes for Saturday's game, and there will be changes for tomorrow's home game against Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking after Saturday's game, Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "I don’t think I’ve got much choice because the games are coming that thick and fast. At any stage of the season if you’re going Saturday Tuesday for three consecutive weeks that is going to be hard, let alone this part of the season. Coppinger needed a break. There was no way I could play him in every game if I’m going to get the best out of him. Beestin felt his hamstring. I had to make a decision between Baudry and Boyle and I picked Baudry because he’s played with Butts so many times previously and he gives us that composure on the ball at the back. Alcock and McCullough were fresh, and I can’t play Houghton every week."
"So they were quite obvious decisions to make because I know daily how the players are feeling. I knew I needed a freshness in the team. Now that gives me the opportunity to freshen it up again on Tuesday. Quite honestly, I’ll be surprised if I’m not doing that every game now. I think I’ve got to utilise the squad. I feel the ones that came into the team didn’t let anyone down."
April 21, 2018
Rovers v Oxford United
Rovers have no new injury worries ahead of this afternoon's home game against Oxford United, although that doesn't necessarily mean that Darren Ferguson won't make any changes. With a busy end of the season schedule, he left Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya given an evening on the bench on Tuesday, their recall is a fair possibility. Defender Mathieu Baudry is fit to play today, although Joe Wright is still unlikely to play, but whether Andy Butler and Andy Boyle will continue their central defensive partnership is uncertain.
Leading scorer John Marquis has a hamstring issue, but is keen to play on until the end of the season if at all possible.
Danny Andrew made a successful return to action with the Development XI during the week, but will not be considered for the first team until he has played at least another game at that level.
Hints are that, subject to any fitness concerns that we are not aware of, Ferguson is unlikely to change things much.
Oxford United are only four points above the bottom four in League One, so they will be keen to pick some points up this afternoon. They could give influential winger Rob Hall a first start after a long absence with a knee injury.
Curtis Nelson made a comeback after recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon last week, and played well against Wigan on Tuesday, so should keep his place.
Striker Jon Obika was rested for the midweek game, and is hoping to return to action this afternoon.
April 21, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Oxford United will be:
Referee: Martin Coy
Assistant referees: Paul Thompson and Simon Clayton
Fourth Official: Wayne Grunnill
April 21, 2018
Fringe players could get chance
Boss Darren Ferguson has said that he has not forgotten about the likes of Andy Williams, who has barely featured since getting injured back in November of last year.
And there is a hint that the 31 year old striker could still play a part in the run-in, as could Craig Alcock, Alfie May and Tyler Garratt.
While it will be surprising if Williams gets a new contract at Rovers in the summer, Ferguson was impressed by the way the first team squad players performed in the Development XI game during the week, and commented: "One or two of the senior players got games, and showed good attitudes which is important. Willo got another game. Willo could come into my thinking [for this weekend]. He’s certainly not been forgotten about."
"[Craig] Alcock’s the same. I’ve got Issam that played, and Garratt. I’ve got a few that would come into the team if I decided to freshen it up. Alfie May’s another one. I have got good options."
April 21, 2018
Andrew could feature this season
Defender Danny Andrew could feature for the first team before the end of the season if everything goes according to play.
He featured for the first half of Rovers' Development XI game against Mansfield, and will probably play an hour of the Development game next week, and could feature after that.
As Darren Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star: "Danny is training very, very well. He’s training with us most days now. We’ll take it from there with Danny but he’s looking very good. Whether we get him a game with the first team will purely depend on how he comes through these games. He’ll have to do 45 minutes (against Mansfield), then an hour. I think the U23s have got a game the day of the Blackburn game as well. If he got through those two no problem, we’d only have three games left after that. Then we’d have to come to a decision of whether to give him some part in one of those."
He concluded: "If we can get one game or half a game or an hour, it’ll give him that confidence going into next season. That is very much in my thoughts."
April 20, 2018
Hartlepool United 3 Rovers Youth 6
Doncaster Rovers' youth side won an entertaining game at Blackhall’s Welfare Park on Thursday afternoon, but had to come back from conceding an early goal to do so.
While Rovers started the better, Hartlepool took the lead on the quarter-hour mark through Ryan Robinson, but Rovers were back on level terms only a minute later through a well executed free kick from just outside the penalty area by Morgan James.
Omar Sanyang then scored for Rovers, but on the stroke of half time, the home side levelled with a header from Joe Jackson.
Rovers had the chances early in the second half, and took the lead after Gibbons squared the ball for Boocock to tap the ball into the net. After a goal by Gibbons, Rovers then won a penalty which was duly converted by Owen Jacob. The scoring was completed with substitute Cameron Barnett putting the ball into an empty net after their goalkeeper could only parry a shot by Horton.
The result means that Rovers are now unbeaten in their last seven games, six of which were victories.
April 20, 2018
Blair wins community award
Matty Blair has been named as the PFA League One Community Player of the Year and picked up a trophy recognising his efforts last Sunday. It is in recognition of the community work that he has done in the past year, which is even more remarkable when you recall that his brother died of cancer last summer.
On hearing the news, Matty told DROS: "It’s a very proud moment. I like to do my community work, I try to give back as much as I can and to top it off with being recognised as the League One PFA Community Player of the Year is very special. This club has given me so much in what has been the toughest year of my life, I always say I just try to be the best person I can be and see where it takes me."
"I’ve been at some great clubs with great community work, but the work behind the scenes that goes on at Rovers is incredible. There is so much work going on by staff at the club and at the Club Doncaster Foundation that it isn’t much to go down to a session and help out. There are so many people to thank as well on behalf of myself and my family - my team-mates and the gaffer, as well as our football secretary Mary Lally, media manager Luke Thornhill and Foundation media co-ordinator Sophie Scargill who organise all the player visits."
"The supporters and everyone at the club, whether they are at the training ground or the stadium, really, have been an absolute rock for me and my family over the past year without even realising it. This award is as much for them as me."
Boss Darren Ferguson added: "He is a great role model, not just how he has dealt with his brother’s death but the way he is off the pitch - always available to do the community work when asked. He fully deserves the award, and there wouldn’t be anyone more deserving of it. We’ve got a good group of players who understand the community work is an important part of their role. Credit to Matty and the lads who are always putting themselves out there building and strengthening links with the community."
April 20, 2018
Ferguson - no talks yet for new contracts
Darren Ferguson has still not held any talks with any of the Rovers players who are out of contract in the summer, with five uncertain of their futures past the end of the season.
Five players will be out of contract - James Coppinger, Andy Williams, Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock and Cedric Evina - and Ferguson intends to have talks with the Rovers board before entering into discussions with the players.
However, Ferguson appears to have already made his mind up. When asked whether he is likely to change his mind between now and the end of the season, he told the Doncaster Star: "I wouldn’t like to think so, no. I wouldn’t like to think there is going to be anything dramatic happens over this short period that would make me think twice about certain things. I know myself what my plans are for next season but the real focus is on this season."
Keeping his focus on fortunes on the pitch, he added: "We really want to finish the season as strongly as we can. I’ve not had any conversations with any players about next season. I’ve not had any conversations with the board about next season. We just want to focus on this season and see how far up the league we can get. It might even be a case of this season finishing and having talks after that which wouldn’t bother me at all because I’ve got to make sure that is the main focus."
April 20, 2018
Ferguson pays tribute to keepers
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson paid tribute to the two goalkeepers he has at the club, claiming that they are to of the best goalkeepers in the division.
Recalling the circumstances that Ian Lawlor arrived at the club, he told the Doncaster Star: "There is a strong possibility at the time that we wouldn’t have got Ian in if Marko hadn’t got injured. He was doing ever so well last season. Sometimes it works out as a bit of a blessing. For me, Marko getting injured meant we brought Lawsy in. And I think we’ve got two of the best goalkeepers in the league. I really do."
After making number of changes for the Fleetwood game following a poor team display in the previous game, Marosi has taken his chance and produced some great performances.
Ferguson explained: "He’s done very well. When I did leave Ian out, it was for the Fleetwood game, and I didn’t make the decision until the Saturday morning. It was quite late. Normally I would have made it before then. I think I just went with what my gut was telling me that it was time for Lawsy to have a break. Fortunately we won the game and he got a clean sheet, which for a goalkeeper is massive."
"Marko is a very good goalkeeper. It’s a difficult decisions for me. I think Lawsy is a top, top goalkeeper and Marko is up there with him. It’s a good problem to have."
April 19, 2018
Rovers 3 Bury 3
Bury came to the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday evening having had their relegation from League One confirmed at the weekend, but they put on a spirited display against Rovers despite going two goals down in the first 35 minutes. In fact, the visitors went in front on the hour mark before Rovers levelled things five minutes later for both sides to share the points as they shared six goals.
Perhaps with a busy end of the season fixture list in mind, Darren Ferguson took the opportunity to make four changes to the starting line-up, with Andy Butler coming back into the side after a lengthy injury absence at the expense of Joe Wright, who was injured on Saturday. Andy Boyle also made a return after injury at the expense of another injury victim, Mathieu Baudry, who picked up a slight hamstring strain a few days earlier.
Rovers went in front in the first couple of minutes through the returning Andy Butler, with John Marquis netting in the 35th minute to give Rovers a seemingly commanding lead, with Rovers having by that stage spurned a couple of other good opportunities.
Bury hit back in perhaps fortuitous circumstances, with Mason heading into his own net, giving Marko Marosi no chance of keeping the ball out. The visitors came out for the second half on the attack, and they levelled matters as O'Shea drilled the ball down the middle. Nine minutes later they were in front after Butler lost possession, giving Ismail the ball. His shot went past Marosi and touched into the net by Miller, who was in an obviously offside position, but the offence was not noticed and the goal stood.
Rovers got their equaliser only five minutes later, with Coppinger's corner headed in by on-loan defender Andy Boyle for his first Rovers goal.
Despite Rovers going for the winner, some good saves by Murphy in the opposition's goal denying any addition to the score line.
We apologise for the delay in this site being updated of late; we will try to catch up as soon as possible.
April 19, 2018
What the manager said
Darren Ferguson was disappointed not to have taken all three points from the game on Tuesday evening after watching his side take a two goal lead in the first half, only to see it thrown away.
Speaking after the game, he said: "I’m disappointed that we didn’t finish the job off, getting to 2-0. It gets you to 56 points. You’re going to be in the top half, you’ve got a game in hand and you can see a really strong finish to the season. I still think we can (finish in the top half) but it was a missed opportunity. We felt it was a game we could win and when you go 2-0 up after half an hour you’re thinking you’ve got a hell of a chance. But the first goal for them is the one that changed the whole game."
He added: "You’ll never get a better opportunity when you’re 2-0 up to get a good result and see the game through, we should’ve won the game comfortably, but the moment Bury got back into the game we lost all composure, and in the end it’s a good point. The game became so open and whilst we didn’t want a point at the start of the game, especially as we started it so well, it’s a very good point, we spoke about starting aggressively and Butts scored early doors."
"We controlled the game early on, and when it got to 2-0, we just had to be disciplined and see the game out, but from the moment we lost the goal just before the break we lost all of that which is a shame."
However, Fergie is still optimistic, with Rovers still on a good run of results. As he said: "I won’t get carried away with the run we’ve been on, but we’ve lost the three in 19 and you have to put that into perspective and remember that, but the players have got to finish the season as strongly as possible. We always felt we might have an outside chance of sneaking into the play-offs, and in my own mind that’s what I was thinking, you keep winning your games and see where it takes you with that momentum. We need all the support we can get, we have five games to go and we’re sitting on 54 points, we just have to keep on picking up as many points as we can before now and the end of the season, and then we can take the momentum into next season."
April 19, 2018
Match highlights

There are highlights of Tuesday's home game against Bury on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 19, 2018
Match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for Tuesday evening's home game against Bury were:
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistant referees: David Plowright and Neil Sharp
Fourth Official: Michael Denton
April 19, 2018
Mansfield Town 1 Rovers Development XI 1
Doncaster Rovers gave a few 'fringe' first team players a run-out on Tuesday in their Development XI game against Mansfield Town, which was played at the ground of Rainworth Miners Welfare.
Most notably for Rovers was the return to action of defender Danny Andrew, for his first taste of competitive action in many months.
He played the opening 45 minutes as planned, and should be pleased with his contribution, making some challenges which will have done his confidence a lot of good.
Rovers went behind in the first half, but equalised through Robbie Miller, a trialist, after the break. Also featuring in the Rovers side were Andy Williams, Issam Ben Khemis and Tyler Garratt, all of who played the full match.
April 19, 2018
Rovers v Bury
Doncaster Rovers were without defender Joe Wright for Tuesday evening's home game against Bury, after the defender picked up a knock in Saturday's victory at MK Dons, with Andy Butler expected to return in his place.
Midfielder Matty Blair faced a late fitness test after being forced off in the first half of the MK Dons game with suspected concussion. Rovers are nearing a fully fit squad otherwise, although Danny Andrew will not return for another couple of matches as he began his return to full fitness with a Development XI game at Mansfield earlier on the same day.
Bury, who had their relegation confirmed at the weekend, were set to give teenager Joe Adams his first start for the club after making his debut from the bench on Saturday, with boss Ryan Lowe using the last few games to give some of the youngsters a taste of first team action.
Continuing to be absent will be Greg Leigh and Joe Skarz, with Jermaine Beckford (knee), Craig Jones (thigh) and Eoghan O'Connell (ligament damage) also absent.
April 19, 2018
Ferguson wants top half finish
A win on Tuesday night would have given Rovers the chance to go into the top half of the table as Rovers continue their good recent form.
Speaking ahead of the game, Ferguson told DROS: "There is huge motivation for us to get three points on Tuesday because that can take us into the top half of the table, so it is a big game for us in that respect. It would be a successful season for us , if we were to finish inside the top 10 in League One this season, but I have said it all along that we just want to take it game by game and give every game the respect that it deserves. Myself and the players have worked together a long time now and we know that we do not want to let the season just float away, there are points to be won and the players understand that."
April 19, 2018
Match highlights v MK Dons

Highlights of Saturday's away game against Milton Keynes Dons are available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 16, 2018
MK Dons 1 Rovers 2
Rovers came back from a goal behind at half time to win 2-1, thanks to a brace of goals from striker John Marquis.
A further update will follow later today, but in the meantime, the "Man of the Match" voting is now open.
April 14, 2018
MK Dons v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers travel to face MK Dons this afternoon heading towards a fully-fit squad, with Tom Anderson and Jordan Houghton in with a chance of playing. It only leaves Danny Andrew as being out of contention at the moment, giving Darren Ferguson plenty to think about for the last few weeks of the season.
Boss Darren Ferguson said: "My biggest problem is picking 18 players from the squad I have got, but it's a good problem."
Rovers go into the game undefeated in the last four games, and are up against an MK Dons side battling against relegation, being deep in the bottom four and still eight points away from the theoretical safety point of 50 points.
The Dons will be hoping that goalkeeper Lee Nicholls is fit to play after picking up an 'unspecified' injury, but if he is not fit to play, Wieger Sietsma is set to make his first team debut. Osman Sow is still a week away from fitness, while Marcus Tavernier and Josh Tymon return to the squad after recent injury absences.
April 14, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Milton Keynes Dons are:
Referee: Nicholas Kinseley
Assistant referees: Marc Wilson and Gregory Read
Fourth Official: Michael Webb
April 14, 2018
Ryan returns to Spurs
Former Doncaster Rovers loan midfielder Ryan Mason has returned to Tottenham Hotspur to start working towards his coaching badges. The news comes just a few weeks after he was forced to announce his retirement from playing as a consequence of fracturing his skull while playing for Hull City against Chelsea in January 2017.
He has been working at Spurs' training base in Enfield for the last two weeks, assisting with coaching the club's under-23 squad. However, he is uncertain as to what he wants to do on a long-term basis, but it looks like he will be staying in the football industry in some capacity.
Ryan commented to the Spurs official web site: "I'm happy, that's the most important thing. I'm alive and I'm happy. It's a whole new challenge that I'm stepping into now -- I've done bits of media, I'm doing coaching, it's just the next step in my career. To be honest I was hoping it would be at 35 or 36 years old but I'm 26, it's happened, I've got a head start on everyone and I'm keen to make the most of the next 10 years. I've always been positive throughout the whole injury. That's the reality. It's the best way to be -- positive. I'm excited for the future now."
"At the moment I'm just observing as much as I can. I've joined in with little bits and taken little bits as well. I'm doing work with the young boys, with the reserves [U23s], with everyone, so I can hopefully pass on my knowledge and help them out. I don't know where I want to go with it yet. If you were to say would I be a manager, I don't know. I don't know whether I want to stay coaching kids. It's just a case of coming in, finding the path and seeing where I want to go with it all but I'm loving it, I'm loving being back out there and being involved with football -- especially here as well because it's all I've known for so long. It's good to be back home."
April 14, 2018
New date for reserves game
The Development XI's away game against York City has been rearranged for Tuesday, 1st May with a 1pm kick-off.
The original date in late February was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
The game will be played at City's Wigginton Training Ground.
April 13, 2018
Fergie has big hopes for Luke
Darren Ferguson has admitted that he mismanaged the return of Luke McCullough into the team last season, and is determined not to make the same mistake twice.
With plenty of matches to go before the end of the season, it is likely that the Northern Ireland international will not play in them all to prevent any chance of another setback.
McCullough has successfully returned to action from a knee injury, making his first appearance of the season in February, but Ferguson knows that he needs a pre-season training regime, something that he has not had for the last couple of years) before fans will see the best of him.
He told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "I think people forget he’s still a young boy. He needs to get through the season fit. He needs to maintain his fitness. And then we need to get a pre-season into him. And then you’re going to see a very good player. I rate the boy very highly, I think he’s a very good player."
McCullough would have missed the AFC Wimbledon game in any case before it was postponed, with Ferguson adding: "In terms of managing him it’s not so much on a day-to-day basis but certainly there was no way he would’ve played Friday and Monday. We made that mistake last season when I relied on him too much. I remember the game at Hartlepool, he should never have played and that was my mistake. I’ve got to make sure we keep him right and make sure he gets enough games this season, also to give him confidence. But he’s got to have a full pre-season with us. He’s not had one for a couple of years and it’s so important for these players. I’ve been very happy with Luke."
April 13, 2018
Johnstone accepts he has to move on
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has accepted that his time as a Manchester United player could be coming to an end, with no real prospect of making it into their first team.
Johnstone, now aged 25, has been at United since the age of 10, but has never made a competitive first team appearance for the club, but has impressed while on loan at Aston Villa this season.
He told The Guardian: "If you leave, then the one downside is that you haven't done that despite being there since you were 10. I'd have liked to have done it. But you've got the world's best goalkeeper, David de Gea, at the club and you can't wait around forever."
But a move away from Old Trafford does not necessarily end the dream of playing at the top level, as he added: "You realise you might have to take the example of someone like Michael Keane, who went to Burnley and has gone from strength to strength [with Everton and England]. I have to create my own career. You want to be challenging to get into the England setup. Nick Pope gets into the Burnley team because of an injury, does very well and then gets his call-up. It just shows the manager [Gareth Southgate] is watching and hopefully he has me in mind even though I'm in the Championship."
Johnstone's chances of a full-time move to Villa Park may depend on whether they gain promotion from the Championship this summer, although it seems likely they will have to go through the play-offs to move up to the Premier League.
April 13, 2018
York City U18s 0 Rovers U18s 2
The Rovers' youth team registered another good win at the weekend, with a brace from Myron Gibbons gaining all three points for Paul Stancliffe's men.
Rovers made two changes to their side that had been victorious at Oldham Athletic the previous week, and stamped their authority on the game from the opening minutes, with Cameron Foulkes hitting a volley across the goalmouth without anyone making contact. However, possession was not translated into goals, and half time came with the game goalless.
York came out in an attacking mood for the second half, but Rovers responded to a good York attack with Morris sliding the ball through to Gibbons, who beat the offside trap to progress and fire the ball into the net past the keeper.
Gibbons' second came with Rovers in command of the game, as he capitalised on a slip by the York goalkeeper to slot the ball calmly into the net.
April 13, 2018
Voting results v Gillingham
Apologies for the delay in confirming the results of the "Man of the Match" for the Gillingham game on Saturday.
We received nominations for four different players in this game, with Joe Wright coming out on top with 40% of the vote - Luke McCullough, Niall Mason and Marko Marosi were the others to receive votes.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote - the next poll will open following this weekend's away game at Milton Keynes Dons.
April 12, 2018
Rovers enquire about Anderson
Darren Ferguson has already spoken to Burnley boss Sean Dyche about the chances of signing defender Tom Anderson on a full transfer in the summer.
The 24 year old is out of contract in the summer and is still recovering from a fractured cheekbone which he suffered in the away game at Rotherham United in February.
However, he appears to have already done enough to persuade Ferguson that he would be a useful addition to the Rovers squad.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "I’ve spoken to Sean [Dyche] at Burnley and we’ll have another conversation. Certainly I’ll need to bring in one centre half over the summer, if not two. That depends on what I do with the other ones that are here. I know in my own mind what I’m going to do in the summer. The plans are set in stone."
Andy Butler, who was out of contract at the end of the season, has already signed a new one year extension, and Rovers have activated a clause in Joe Wright's contract to keep him at the club until 2019.
Defenders Mathieu Baudry and Craig Alcock are both out of contract in the summer, as is Cedric Evina, who has been out on loan at Crawley Town all season.
April 12, 2018
Ferguson drops strong hint about Copps
It looks as though veteran midfielder James Coppinger is to be handed an extension to his Rovers contract in the summer.
While not actually saying so, some comments by Darren Ferguson last week heavily suggest so.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, Ferguson said: "But certainly we want to strengthen the squad in different areas. [We want] a bit more competition for James [Coppinger] in that position, definitely."
With several defenders mentioned in the above article the subject of some decision making by the Rovers boss, it only leaves striker Andy Williams who has not been mentioned - and with him struggling to make the side since regaining fitness, it looks like he may also be set to leave Rovers in the summer.
April 12, 2018
Ticket office opens late ahead of Early Bird deadline
The ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium has been opening until 7pm all of this week, and that will continue through to 7pm on Friday, so that supporters can take advantage of the "Early Bird" discounted period for season tickets for next season.
Season tickets can also be bought over the phone on 01302 762576 or on-line at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk.
There is an implication that prices will rise next week, but if recent years is anything to go by, that increase will be fairly small.
April 12, 2018
Injury update
Darren Ferguson has explained that Jordan Houghton missed Saturday's game at Gillingham after picking up a knee injury in training last Friday.
Rovers initially thought that he would be fit to play on the Saturday, but the injury worsened and he returned to Chelsea for some treatment before meeting up with the Rovers squad later in the week.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "Houghton took a knock on Friday in training. He travelled down with us, we thought he'd be okay. We looked at him on Friday night and he seemed okay. It was just a knock on his knee. Nothing to do with anything he's had before. We felt that if there was no more reaction to it by the morning then he'd be fine. But when we looked at it about half nine, there was a little bit more swelling on it so there was no way he was playing. He's gone back to Chelsea straight away. He'll spend the next few days with them and then rejoin us on Tuesday. I fully expect him to be fit for Milton Keynes."
Striker Alex Kiwomya was omitted from the squad for the Gillingham game as Fergie wanted to keep the squad as similar as possible to that which won at Blackpool in the previous game.
April 9, 2018
Gillingham 0 Rovers 0
Doncaster Rovers picked up another point to life them to the 50 point mark and gives them a comfortable 8 point advantage on the bottom four. It came in a game of minimal chances, with both sides struggling to create many goal scoring chances, and a goalless stalemate was perhaps a fair outcome.
Darren Ferguson made just one change to his starting line-up, with Ben Whiteman returning at the expense of Jordan Houghton, who picked up a knock in training during the week.
Rovers' best chance came in the closing minutes of the game when two substitutes combined - Alfie May couldn't control a pass in by Rodney Kongolo when well placed.
There were other chances - Marquis had a difficult chance early on from an awkward angle, and Alfie Beestin had two of the better opportunities of the game as the game approached half time, with the first just missing the target and the Gills goalkeeper doing well to block.
Gillingham made an attacking double substitution at half time, and the change caused problems, particularly with Tom Eaves causing problems, and the home side came back into the game.
The closing stages of the game saw Andy Butler have a run-out for his first time on the pitch after an injury-caused absence, as the Rovers' injury problems continue to ease.
April 10, 2018
Penney joins the board at York
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder and manager Dave Penney has joined the board at National League club York City.
The news came after chairman Jason McGill and CEO Jackie McNamara left the club a fortnight ago when the York City Supporters Trust voted against granting McGill's company (JM Packaging) full ownership of the club.
After initially deciding to put the club up for sale, McGill has now decided to leave the club completely, with his 'controversial' CEO following him out of the door.
The club have consequently had to revise their board, which now consists of four directors, one of which is Dave Penney, who was already at the club as a Director of Football.
A club statement reads: "Further to the decision by a majority of 139 York City Supporters’ Trust members to decline the J M Packaging offer of financing the football club until the opening of the new Community Stadium and, as a consequence, the decision by J M Packaging to offer the company’s interest in York City Football Club for sale, the club has today issued the following statement:
"With immediate effect the chairman, Jason McGill, is retiring from his role and will have no further involvement in the running of the club. With immediate effect CEO, Jackie McNamara, is leaving York City Football Club."
"With immediate effect, a new board of directors has been established to run the football club with the pressing need to produce a break-even position whilst maintaining the aspiration of success."
"The new board consists of four directors: Ian McAndrew, chartered surveyor, as stadium development director, Dave Penney as sporting director, Richard Adams as marketing and communications director and Steven Kilmartin, chartered accountant, who will join as managing director in due course. Steven – under secondment from Hentons – will also undertake a thorough review of the club’s finances immediately."
April 10, 2018
Travel to Oldham Athletic

The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Oldham Athletic on Saturday, 28th April.
They will leave Retford at 11.15am, Harworth 11.20am, Bawtry 11.30am, Rossington Styrrup 11.30am, Hare & Tortoise 11.35am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 11.45am, Waterdale 11.50am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 12 noon.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £15 - Concessions £14
Non-members: Adults £17 - Concessions £16
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.

April 10, 2018
Ikeme to kick off game against England
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who has missed all of this season because he is being treated for acute leukaemia, has not been forgotten by his team mates in the Nigerian national team.
The Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, has assured that Carl will ge this fair share of the World Cup qualification bonus due to the Nigerian national team.
The NFF have also invited Ikeme to take the ceremonial kick-off when Nigeria play England in their penultimate match before the World Cup in Russia.
The recognition comes as Carl played in the first few World Cup qualification games for his country, something which has not been forgotten.
Pinnick told him: "We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria. We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre-World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June. We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association."
Ikeme responded by saying: “I am so overwhelmed by this show of love. I am indeed grateful to Nigerians who daily flood my phone with prayers and well wishes. I feel their love everywhere, every day, on social media. I thank the Government of Nigeria and the NFF for all the support and I appreciate my teammates so much for being there for me.”
April 10, 2018
Jack Coleman, coach to many
The Yorkshire Post has reported that Jack Coleman, who spent a lifetime coaching youngsters in football skills in the Doncaster area, has died at the age of 89.
The most well known of the players he coached is probably Sam Allardyce, the current Everton manager, but there were a number of players that went on to play for Doncaster Rovers - most notably Paul Raven, Steve Gaughan and Mark Rankine.
April 9, 2018
What the managers said
A frustrated Darren Ferguson looked back to a lack of precision in Rovers' play which minimised the number of chances to break the deadlock at Priestfield on Saturday.
Rovers started the game well but faded as the game went on, with inaccurate passing a particular problem.
Ferguson said after the game: "I thought the first half we played very well but we didn't take capitalise on the control and dominance we had on the game. Gillingham started with a three at the back as we thought they might do but then they matched us up. We were really dominant in the first half. The second half, they have thrown two big lads up front and gone really direct. It caused us a problem, we couldn't get any rhythm to our play. Saying that, we had the best chances of the game. Mathieu Baudry's volley and Alfie May, I don't know why he has taken a touch. The players know, we know where we want wrong today and it's the final decision in the last third. The final pass, the final shot."
"Counterattacks, we had lots of them and we do a lot of work on them. We just didn't make the right decision today and that is something we need to improve on. The positives are it's another clean sheet and the first half, I was very pleased with everything apart from the fact we didn't go in ahead."
"Gillingham started with a three at the back as we thought they might do but then they matched us up. We were really dominant in the first half. The second half, they have thrown two big lads up front and gone really direct. It caused us a problem, we couldn’t get any rhythm to our play."
Gillingham ended a run of four defeats by picking up a point to leave them level on points with Rovers, something that boss Steve Lovell was pleased about.
Speaking after the match, he commented: "It was our aim to get to 50 plus when we took over, and we got there, but we’ve got six more games to go. We want to finish on a high."
He added: "It was a poor game; I don’t think Tomas Holy had to make a save of any note. For half an hour in the second half we got on top but never created anything. Both teams I think would have accepted a point because no-one deserved to win the game."
"You change shape because of the way the opposition get on top. We stayed with our shape in the first place to get our wide men out, but they never got out. So that meant they had one man more in midfield, so we changed that quickly to counteract that and match them up and it seemed to be okay with us defensively, which we have been all year."
April 9, 2018
Match highlights

There are some highlights of Saturday's match presently showing on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

April 9, 2018
Ferguson - no contact from clubs
Boss Darren Ferguson has revealed that Doncaster Rovers have not heard anything from any of the clubs who were linked with a move for Rovers defender Niall Mason.
Mason, who has a further year to run on his contract, has been mentioned in news reports suggesting that Leeds United, Birmingham City, Hull City and Sunderland are interested in acquiring his services in the summer.
However, Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I have only seen the speculation. I know all the clubs that have been mentioned and I know those managers well so I would have imagined I would have had a phone call. At this stage of the season, you are going to see a lot of players linked with different clubs. I will treat it as it is until something concrete happens. Niall is very happy at the football club and to be fair to him, he`s done very well."
April 7, 2018
Gillingham v Rovers
Rovers are travelling to Gillingham today looking to make it a hat-trick of wins, which will virtually make their League One survival a certainty.
Rovers will have striker Alex Kiwomya back in the squad for this afternoon's away game at Gillingham. The former Chelsea striker missed the Blackpool game due to illness, but has now recovered and is fit to play.
There are mixed messages on whether Andy Butler will return today, but we expect Darren Ferguson to give Butler another week to get fully fit, with the MK Dons game being a more realistic target.
Tom Anderson and Danny Andrew continue their recovery from injury, but both continue their absences from the team.
John Marquis and Jordan Houghton are both former Gillingham loan players.
Gillingham will be without skipper Lee Martin, who was sent off at Southend United last weekend. The Gills opted against appealing against the decision and he starts a four match ban today.
Defender Luke O'Neill is a major doubt for today's game after suffering a groin injury in the first half of last weekend's heavy defeat at Southend, and although he battled on for a while, was substituted early in the second half. Josh Parker is also expected to miss the game, with a return expected for Southend's midweek game against Blackburn Rovers.
Gills boss Steve Lovell will welcome back Callum Reilly, who has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury, and former Rovers midfielder Franck Moussa, who recently joined Southend after being without a club since last summer, is nearing getting a chance in the squad. Alex Lacey, who missed their game on Monday, is also expected to return today.
There will be a minute's applause held before this afternoon's game in memory of former England midfielder Ray Wilkins, who died during the week.
April 7, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Gillingham are:
Referee: Lee Collins
Assistant referees: Kevin Howick and Stephen Finch
Fourth Official: Adrian Waters
April 7, 2018
New date for reserves game
A new date has been agreed with Morecambe for the Development XI fixture which was postponed on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch at Morecambe.
The game will now be played on Thursday, 3rd May with a 1pm kick-off.
April 7, 2018
Anderson close to return
Loan defender Tom Anderson, who has been absent since suffering a fractured cheekbone in the away game at Rotherham United last month, is getting close to a return to the squad.
He is provisionally pencilled in for a return for the MK Dons fixture next weekend, with boss Darren Ferguson telling the Doncaster Star: "Tom should be back, touchwood, and we’ve pencilled in the Milton Keynes game. That would mean he’d get a good stretch of games which is good. He will miss Gillingham and he’ll be back for the one after that. Tom has done quite well with that. Hopefully at that point, everyone else has stayed fit and I’ll have a full squad to pick from. That is going to be really vital because from the 14th of April we’re going to have so many games."
April 6, 2018
Ticket information for MK Dons
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 810 tickets for the forthcoming away game against Milton Keynes Dons, which is on Saturday, 14th April.
Tickets are currently on sale to Silver & Half Season Membership Holders, Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership Holders, and any remaining tickets go on general sale from Monday 9th April.
Ticket prices are:
Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (65+) £17 - Juniors (17 & under) £7
Disabled supporters must be in receipt of of mid, high or enhanced rate of DLA/PIP.
April 6, 2018
Danny's back in training
Danny Andrew is back in training and has a chance of returning to the first team before the end of the season.
He has been recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament which he suffered in the sixth game of the season and been missing since.
Boss Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "He’s back training now. He’s joined in for the last week now so it’s certainly a conversation that is taking place. There is a possibility we could maybe get one or two games into him. It’s never one I’m going to rush or chance."
"Looking forward to next season, it’d be nice if we were in a position where we could throw him in for an hour here and there just to get that confidence, knowing he’s played a game of football before pre-season. That would probably be my aim."
With Rovers using a number of players to deputise at left back this season, Ferguson is keen to see Danny back in action.
He added: "I think quite quickly people saw the quality he had as a player. I think everyone said that was what we were missing the previous year - that quality from the full back area, as a left back. The fact he can play left of a three as well is something I feel we’ve really missed, having that left foot. He’s going to improve us next season I feel, because he’s only played four [league] games. It’d be nice for him, for his confidence, to play a game here. So hopefully we can do that."
April 6, 2018
Praise for Marko
Darren Ferguson has praised the performance of goalkeeper Marko Marosi since being given his chance in the first team in recent games. He replaced Ian Lawlor, who had been virtually ever-present since joining the club last season, and Ferguson has kept faith Marosi since.
He told the Doncaster Star recently: "Marosi has come in and done well. He’s shown good composure. He’s been positive. He’s not the biggest Marko, but I feel with goalkeepers - and I’m fortunate because I’ve got two good young goalkeepers - it’s about being decisive. Make a decision, be positive. There was one against Bradford City where Marko came out and punched it, he’s made a decision and thought ‘right, I’m going for it’. As a goalkeeper I always like that, rather than being hesitant. I think that spreads nerves around the place. Like I say, I’ve got two good goalkeepers and Marko’s come in, and to be fair apart from that horrible last bit at the end of the Rotherham game, we could’ve had four clean sheets."
April 6, 2018
Cadamarteri links up with England
Former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Danny Cadamarteri, now coach of the Under-18s at Burnley, has been asked to join the England set-up as an "out of possession coach".
He linked up with the England youngsters for their recent games against Qatar, Argentina and Belarus, and said of the offer to join up with England youth manager: "Neil Dewsnip has been in and watched me work on a few occasions, he got back in touch and said there might be the opportunity for this, my name had been thrown in the hat as a possible candidate, he asked if I’d be interested and if I was interested was it something which the club would potentially entertain."
"I had the discussions with the academy manager and the head of coaching, I explained the situation and put them in touch with each other and discussions were had and we came to the conclusion that it was something we all thought would be a benefit to me for my development and for the FA in the experiences I’ve had going through, I’ve been in a lot of these boys’ positions coming through Premier League clubs, playing 16s, 18s and 21s international football. Hopefully it will be a benefit to Burnley Football Club with the experiences I will get working with the technical staff at the FA as well as some of the players there."
April 5, 2018
Agents fees report
Doncaster Rovers spent just over £60,000 on fees paid to football agents in the year ending 31st January 2018. When compared to all Football League clubs in Yorkshire, that is the lowest figure, with Middlesbrough (£2,528,840) and Huddersfield Town (£2,465,815) by far the largest.
At the other end of the scale were Sheffield United (£652,070), Barnsley (£419,638), Rotherham United (£136,046), Bradford City (£100,980) and Doncaster Rovers (£61,832).
League One clubs overall increased spending on football agents from £3.1 million to £3.5 million - all divisions showed an increase in the survey apart from the National League, where spending was down from £271,065 to £188,869.
The League One big spenders were perhaps unsurprisingly Blackburn Rovers with £764,024, Wigan Athletic (£557,333) and Charlton Athletic (425,466), with Gillingham the lowest spenders (£17,030).
The full list can be accessed on the BBC web site (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43632830).
April 5, 2018
Seats reserved for another week
Rovers fans who are yet to renew their season ticket have been reminded by the club that they only have until April 13th to guarantee that you can keep your seat for next season.
While that is of no significance to supporters in the South Stand, Rovers are continuing to offer a daily prize draw until the end of the Early Bird offer period of April 13th.
Seats not secured by a season ticket purchase before the end of next week will then go on general sale.
April 5, 2018
Travel to Milton Keynes Dons

The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, 14th April.
They will leave Retford at 10.00am, Harworth 10.05am, Bawtry 10.15am, Rossington Styrrup 10.15am, Hare & Tortoise 10.20am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.30am, Waterdale 10.35am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.45am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £15 - Concessions £14
Non-members: Adults £17 - Concessions £16
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.

April 5, 2018
Update on Carl's recovery
Wolves' Sporting Director Kevin Thelwell has given their supporters an update on the health of Carl Ikeme, who is receiving treatment for leukaemia, which has prevented him from playing all of this season.
Thelwell told the Express and Star: "He’s based in Manchester, close to the hospital, and is there Monday to Friday and home for weekends. He’s very up and down and there are days when he is very tired but the situation around him is very positive. He has to go through all the treatment and hopefully comes back to us fit and well and with a clean bill of health. We always let him know we are thinking about him here. A few of us have been up there and had a bite to eat or a coffee with him, and he appreciates everybody’s support and love."
We hope that the treatment is successful and that Carl can regain full health, and send our best wishes to him.
Carl was on loan at Doncaster Rovers during the 2011/12 season, when he played 15 games for the club.
April 4, 2018
Moore in charge at Baggies
Former Doncaster Rovers skipper Darren Moore has been named as the caretaker manager at Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion after Alan Pardew was sacked, with Albion having lost eight successive league matches.
Moore has been placed in charge "until further notice", with the general expectation that it will be until the end of the season.
Moore has been on the coaching staff at the club for some time, and had been First Team Coach until Pardew's departure.
The club issued a statement which read "West Bromwich Albion and Alan Pardew have agreed to mutually part company today following discussions between both parties. Assistant head coach John Carver will also be leaving. The club would like to thank Alan and John for their efforts and wish them well in their future endeavours. First-team coach Darren Moore has been placed in charge of first-team affairs until further notice. The club will not be making any further comment at this time."
Moore has the dubious challenge of avoiding relegation, which looks unlikely with the Baggies 10 points adrift of safety with only six games to go.
Darren said after his appointment: "West Bromwich Albion has always been a family for me. And that's the word I shall focus on - family. We need to get the unity back among everyone - the players, the staff, the fans, everyone connected with Albion, because that is the only way forward."
He added: "These are never happy days at a club and it's never nice to see people leave their jobs. Alan showed faith in me and gave me the chance to work at first-team coach level for which I will always be grateful. It's a brutal business at times and unfortunately the results just haven't gone for us. But now all I can do is do everything in my power to focus the team for Swansea on Saturday."
April 4, 2018
Rovers agree new date for Wimbledon clash
Doncaster Rovers and AFC Wimbledon have agreed a new date for their game at the Keepmoat Stadium that was postponed on Easter Monday due to a waterlogged pitch.
The game will now be played on Tuesday, 1st May with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Rovers will have to play eight games in the final 28 days of the season, five of which will be at home.
With two home games for the Doncaster Rovers Belles, and three home games for the Rugby League side, it will be a big challenge for the Rovers' ground staff.
April 4, 2018
Voting results
We apologise for the delay in updating you with the results for the last couple of "Man of the Match" votes.
Firstly, we received nominations for four different players to be "Man of the Match" for the televised home game against Bradford City.
The players to get most votes were as follows:
1 John Marquis (47.06%)
2 Luke McCullough (29.41%)
3 Marko Marosi (17.64%)
For the away game at Blackpool, we received nominations for three players, with the most votes going as follows:
1 Tommy Rowe (42.86%)
2 Joe Wright (28.57%)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to place their votes, all of which will go towards the end of season "Player of the season".
April 4, 2018
Four clubs after Mason
If a report in The Sun is to be believed, there are four clubs interested in signing Rovers defender Niall Mason.
They report that Birmingham City, Sunderland, Hull City and Leeds United are keeping an eye on Mason's performances, who has been a first team regular this season. He only joined last summer after impressing whilst on loan at Rovers from Aston Villa.
April 2, 2018
Match off
Admittedly it's not the biggest of surprises bearing in mind it's been snowing and raining all morning, but this afternoon's home game against AFC Wimbledon has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The pitch was inspected by a league match official this morning, who deemed the pitch unplayable.
April 2, 2018
Rovers v Wimbledon
We expect that Darren Ferguson will make a few changes for this afternoon's home game against AFC Wimbledon, even though Rovers have won their last two games.
With two games over the Easter weekend, and no substitutions utilised on Friday at Blackpool, Ferguson could make changes just to keep his players in peak condition.
Striker Alex Kiwomya missed Friday's game due to illness, but has recovered and is available to play. Andy Boyle returned to the squad at Blackpool as an unused substitute and could return, but Andy Butler is expected to sit out today's game with next weekend a more realistic prospect for him.
All those on the bench on Friday could potentially start today, but we expect the changes to be much more limited to avoid too much disruption to a winning side.
AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley will give a late fitness test to striker Joe Piggot, who missed Friday's defeat against Fleetwood after suffering an injury in training last Thursday. Ardley will also have to check on defender Darius Charles, who has missed the last three games with a hip injury, while Cody McDonald is set to miss the rest of the season due to injury.
Almost certain to play today will be ex-Rover Harry Forrester, who has done well since joining Wimbledon on a season-long loan from Rangers.
April 2, 2018
Ferguson admits it was wrong time for Harry at Rovers
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson thinks that ex-Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester, who is set to turn out for AFC Wimbledon at the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon, would be better suited to playing for Rovers now than when he left the club two years ago.
Rovers were in a relegation battle in League One in the 2015/16 season, and Ferguson had only taken over two months before Forrester left, and he only played twice under Ferguson's management.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press last week: "H has got so much talent but he just didn’t get enough games for me. The opportunity came up for him and we had the conversation. He just needed to play football, the boy. He went up to Scotland and did ever so well. There is no doubting his talent or ability. I just didn’t get enough time to work with the boy. At that time it was safe to say we weren’t in the right situation. He’d probably be better with us now, if you know what I mean. Now there’s a bit more fluency to us and a bit more confidence. At that point we had other players that I felt should play. It’s just one of those things. It was nothing against Harry."
"We left on very good terms and when he comes back I’ll wish him all the best. And then we’ll kick lumps out of him."
Presumably Ferguson was only joking about the last comment.....!
April 2, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against AFC Wimbledon are:
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant referees: Steven Rushton and Darren Strain
Fourth Official: Graeme Fyvie
April 1, 2018
Blackpool 1 Rovers 2
Doncaster Rovers picked up three points from their trip to the seaside, and by the end of the season, those three points could prove most valuable.
It means that Rovers now have a 9 point advantage on fourth-bottom Oldham Athletic - and with the number of games to go rapidly decreasing, League One safety looks likely, although far from mathematically assured. Since the gap was as little as 4 points very recently, it's been a good March for Rovers, with 7 out of the 9 points gained.
With the pitch in poor condition, Blackpool had early success with long diagonal balls into the channels, whereas Rovers were working the ball down the wings and hoping to get early crosses in. Chances were few and far between, with both sides struggling to create clear chances.
The breakthrough came two minutes before the break, with a healthy slice of luck going Rovers' way. Rovers broke quickly to find Alfie Beestin, who laid the ball off to Rowe, whose first time shot took a deflection which lefty Lumley, the Blackpool keeper, helpless.
A half time substitution by Blackpool, along with a poor start to the second half by Rovers, saw the home side pressing forward, and Marosi had to save at full stretch to deny Gnanduillet. But the momentum was with Blackpool, and the equaliser came in the 55th minute, with the ball finding an unmarked Daniel, who drilled the ball into the net past Marosi.
Distribution by the Rovers keeper was dubious at times, but Rovers gradually pulled themselves back into the game and started to threaten.
The lead was regained thanks to another well worked free kick routine, with Marquis flicking the ball square to Rowe, who bagged his second goal of the game.
And with Darren Ferguson making no substitutions, he should have several players available to step up if he decides to change anything for Monday's game against AFC Wimbledon.
April 1, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was delighted to see his Rovers side pick up another three points with a hard earned victory at Bloomfield Road.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, Ferguson said: "Anyone who gets back-to-back wins in this league moves quickly up the table. We’re on 49 points now with eight games to go, five of which are at home. The importance of it, the back-to-back wins have been key to that."
Of the match itself, he added: "Blackpool are a well organised side. We weren’t sure what they would do so we worked on several things. They have quite a good record against us so it was about time we got a win. And I thought it was a fully deserved victory. I think first half we were outstanding, we played the system really well and we worked on the basis of them playing three at the back as they have done against us previously and they did that."
"The first 15 minutes of the second half we were terrible but we started passing again. In the second half, after we took the lead again, they brought on two wingers and changed their shape, we coped with that fine and we were relatively fine with that. It is a tough place to come and they have not lost at home in their last six games, overall I am delighted with the result and the performance."
Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer had to defend his decision to change his 4-2-3-1 system which had seen the Seasiders lose just once in the last nine games, opting to switch to 3-5-2 to try and counteract Rovers' diamond formation. But after it didn't work, their fans queried his decision, but Pools' success against Rovers with a 3-5-2 format persuaded him to go with the same again. He said: "Would you be asking that question if we had drawn or won? No, you wouldn’t, would you? So if you had said we were rubbish for the whole game, then you could be justified with that question. But just because of the result I’m not too sure you’re justified with that question. We were better in the second half and that’s because of the shape. But we will regroup, we will go again and take the positives to get ready for an exciting local derby on Monday."
Bowyer added: "It’s disappointing to lose because I thought we were worthy of a point. We conceded two poor goals from our point of view. To get done how we get done is a sucker-punch because I’ve just watched the ‘foul’ back for their second seven or eight times and I can’t see how it’s been given. But I thought he was appalling the referee (Ollie Yates). But we’ve said that week in, week out. We don’t get anything. I’m pretty sick of it to be honest."
April 1, 2018
Match highlights

Highlights of Friday's away win at Blackpool are now on the Sky Sports web site.
If you would like to view them, please click on the logo to the left.

April 1, 2018
Rovers Development XI 0 Walsall 0
Rovers' Development XI battled away to gain a point against Walsall at Cantley Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Rovers made eight changes to the side that lost 4-0 to Grimsby Town the week before, with none of the first team players available to him in mind of the busy first team schedule over Easter.
Chances were thin on the ground, with the weather conditions not helping matters and making it difficult for both sets of players, and in the second half, Walsall tried to use the swirling wind to their advantage to try some long-range shots, but Louis Jones in the Rovers goal held firm. He was called upon to make a good save in the 70th minute, as the game tended more towards end to end stuff, but some wayward shooting meant that the game ended goalless.