August 30, 2017
Grimsby Town 1 Rovers 1 (3-4 on pens)
Yet again this much criticised competition attracted a very low attendance, with just 862 hardy souls reported as having witnessed the game, including 319 travelling from Doncaster. It still did manage to get more than the protest match being staged at the same time (although not by much, with 161 attending that game, and another 595 watching on a live 'feed' online), but it was hardly a resounding vote of confidence in the format.
Both managers took the opportunity make numerous changes to their side, with Darren Ferguson changing nine of his starting eleven, only Andy Butler and Joe Wright being retained - and they were replaced at the interval. Grimsby boss Russell Slade made eight changes to his side.
Those who stayed away did miss a spectacular goal by Andy Williams in the first half - but they probably didn't miss too much else.
Rovers won the penalty shoot-out thanks to the heroics performed by goalkeeper Marko Marosi, who saved three of Grimsby's spot kicks, meaning that Rovers went through 4-3, meaning that Mandeville's saved penalty did not matter.
The "Man of the Match" voting is now open. If you would like to take part, please click on the logo to the left.
August 30, 2017
Houghton returns to Rovers
Darren Ferguson has confirmed that Rovers have come to an agreement for Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton to rejoin the club after discussions have been ongoing all summer.
Speaking last week, Ferguson announced: "Houghton’s all done. It’s just been agreed now. It won’t be completed until Wednesday but it’s done. The paperwork’s all completed, it’s gone to the Football League. We’re all absolutely delighted. He’ll probably join us around mid-September time. The last game he’s got pencilled in for Chelsea Under-23s is on September 18, the Monday night. That’s the last one he would play for them and then he would come with us. It’s the week of the cup match [with Arsenal] he’d be with us."
However, things seem to have moved on apace since then, with the Rovers boss revealing that Houghton could be involved in Saturday's game against Peterborough United.
Yesterday, he confirmed: "Jordan will be joining us early. He’ll be with us on Thursday. He will be available to play on Saturday. He is way ahead of schedule. Jordan is part of the plans for Saturday and we’ll see whether we start him or not."
Houghton has played in two games for Chelsea's Under-23s side and they think he is now ready for action with Rovers.
The agreement between Rovers and Chelsea is for a loan that lasts until January, with a view to extending the deal until the end of the season.
August 30, 2017
Injury update
Defender Mathieu Baudry has had a set-back in his recovery from an operation on an injured Achilles tendon, and has gone back to his surgeon after his recovery is taking longer than anticipated.
However, it seems that there is nothing particularly wrong, and they will just have to be patient.
Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "Baudry has gone back to the surgeon and he's probably going to be one or two weeks more than we thought which is a bit of a blow for him. It is healing but it's taking a bit longer than we thought. "
Ross Etheridge is making good progress as he recovers from a broken ankle, and while he remains on the transfer list, Ferguson has confirmed that the keeper will not be released from his contract before the transfer deadline.
Ferguson added: "We've got to make sure we get Ross back. He's back off the brace and doing a little bit more. He's doing well and he's working hard. The thing is, even if the window shuts, we can still loan him to a non-league club. We've just got to make sure he's OK in terms of his fitness."
Luke McCullough is also on schedule with his recovery, and he should be closing in a return to the side in about a month's time.
August 30, 2017
Arsenal tickets to go on general sale earlier
Doncaster Rovers have announced that tickets for the forthcoming League Cup tie at Arsenal will now go on general sale on Tuesday, 12th September, which is two days earlier than previously announced.
All other information for ticket sales remains the same.
The date for the general sale of tickets has been brought forward as the Supporters Club need to provide Arsenal with details about coaches by the Wednesday (presumably 13th September).
The Supporters Club are reported to be arranging for a member to be based in the ticket office to allow supporters to book their coach space at the same time as buying their ticket(s).
August 30, 2017
Arsenal coach information
The Supporters Club have released details of coach travel for the forthcoming League Cup tie at Arsenal, which is on Wednesday, 20th September.
Bookings will be taken from tomorrow on a non-refundable basis, as the Supporters Club have to pay for coach hire in advance.
Coaches will leave the Keepmoat Stadium at 1pm, and places on the coach cost £25. Please note that you will have to show your match ticket before boarding your coach.
There will be a Supporters Club member in the ticket office on 31st August, and also in the Community changing rooms ahead of Saturday's game. In addition, Paul Mayfield will be outside the Belle Vue Bar at the Peterborough game.
There are no details available of any additional pick-up points.
August 29, 2017
Grimsby Town v Rovers
It would be fair to say that neither Grimsby or Rovers will be sending out an unchanged side for this evening's Checkatrade Trophy game at Blundell Park.
In any case, competition rules have changed this year to give managers a bit more flexibility, with players who have made over 40 appearances for the club able to replace regulars in the side.
With Saturday's disappointing performance fresh in Darren Ferguson's mind, he will be giving some other players the chance to stake a claim for a place in the side at the weekend.
Matty Blair will miss out after suffering a head injury quarter of an hour from the end of Saturday's game, but Ferguson revealed to DROS: "Eight or nine of the players who featured at AFC Wimbledon won’t be playing. It’s a chance to freshen it up a bit as we have eight games in September. The likes of Alfie Beestin, Will Longbottom and Issam Ben Khemis will all come in and get some game time.”
Remaining on the injured list are Ross Etheridge, Luke McCullough, Mathieu Baudry and Alex Kiwomya, and we suspect that Ferguson will also give starts to Marko Marosi, Craig Alcock, Tyler Garratt, Andy Williams and Liam Mandeville.
Grimsby boss Russell Slade has also confirmed that he will make some changes for today's game, although he also has injury concerns to think of before he finalises his team.
Danny Collins is available despite being sent off in Grimsby's league game on Saturday, as his one match ban will apply to their next league game on Saturday.
Sam Jones is unlikely to be risked as he is suffering from tendonitis in his knee.
Scott Vernon, who was injured in the warm-up for Saturday's game against Wycombe, will be in the squad for tonight's game - but definitely out will be Akwasi Asante, Jamey Osborne and Sean McAllister, who are all injured.
August 29, 2017
Tonight's match officials
The match officials for this evening's away game at Grimsby Town will be:
Referee: Mike Jones
Assistant referees: Stuart Burt & Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Andy Madley
August 29, 2017
Protest game hopes to get bigger crowd!
Supporters from Doncaster Rovers and Grimsby Town are set to play a "protest match" this evening, in the hope that they can attract a larger crowd than the "real" game between the two sides in the Checkatrade Trophy.
Grimsby Town's IMFC will face the Donny R'Sonists, with any money taken raising money for charity.
The decision of the Football League to allow U21 sides from the Championship and Premier League have not been popular with fans - with many clubs getting very disappointing attendances.
A spokesman for IMFC said: "The Checkatrade Trophy is a competition that many football fans disagree with and has united us regardless of who we support. We want to uphold the values and history of traditional clubs in England and Wales, without this competition being used as a backdoor to B league proposals." This is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of our thoughts on this competition, whilst also generating money for three excellent charities."
The game will be played at Lucarly's, Wilton Road, Humberston with a 7.15pm kick-off.
Money will be split between Grimsby Town Disabled Supporters Club, Inspire TCI and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. Tickets are available for free, but there will be a minimum donation of £5 for adults and £2 for concessions payable on the gate.
August 29, 2017
Grimsby ticket information
Tickets will be on sale at Blundell Park for this evening's Checkatrade Trophy game between Grimsby Town and Doncaster Rovers.
Prices are as follows:
Osmond Stand - Unreserved - Adult £10.00 - Senior (65+) £5.00 - Student £5.00 - Young Adult (15-18) £5.00
14 & Under Accompanied (1 per adult/senior) FREE - 14 & Under (Additional & Unaccompanied) £5.00 - Ambulant Disabled & Carer (high level care) £10.00 - Wheelchair & Carer £10.00
Wheelchair tickets to be booked direct with Grimsby Town on 01472 605050
August 28, 2017
AFC Wimbledon 2 Rovers 0
The unbeaten opening to the season came to an end in a rather disappointing fashion on Saturday, as Doncaster Rovers went down to a 2-0 defeat, with two quick-fire goals on the hour mark settling the game.
It could have been worse, but last ditch defending and clearances, accompanied by some good saves by keeper Ian Lawlor, kept the game within reach - but there was only occasionally any serious threat on the Wimbledon goal.
Rovers made just one change from the game against Blackpool last weekend, with Alfie May starting the game in place of Liam Mandeville, who dropped to the bench.
The early signs seemed to be that Rovers were relying on an early ball hit up front to capitalise on the speed of May up front, but it proved fairly easy for the home defence to neutralise.
Rovers started the second half the stronger and a low free kick by Danny Andrew produced the first on-target shot of the game.
Wimbledon took the lead on 57 minutes, just moments after Tommy Rowe almost set up May, but the pass proved too heavy, and that error proved costly.
Appiah controlled the ball well to slot home past Ian Lawlor to open the scoring, and an awful lapse in concentration by Rovers almost straight away led to them being 2-0 down. Barcham had far too much space, allowing him to move forward and slam in a shot 20 yards off the inside of the post.
A double substitution was made by Darren Ferguson, bringing on Mandeville and Kongolo, attempted to spark a bit of life into Rovers - which it did, but the quality of play was still missing.
Rovers were forced to play the final quarter of an hour with only ten men as Matty Blair was forced off with a head injury, and Wimbledon went close to extending their lead on a couple of occasions.
Hopefully, this game was just a blip in form for Rovers, rather than anything more serious, but it will give the Rovers coaching staff something to work on during the week.
August 28, 2017
What the managers said
A rather disappointed Darren Ferguson faced the press after Saturday's defeat at Kingsmeadow.
He admitted on BBC Radio Sheffield: "It's a very disappointing day. Wimbledon deserved to win the game, they thoroughly deserved it in the second half. I can't really look at my team and think who really had a good performance or one anywhere near the levels that we normally get. We were way off it as a team today. You hope that you don't get that on a consistent basis but generally we've been ok up to now."
"Today, the tempo was not quick enough in the first half. The only period we had where I thought we were well on top was the opening period of the second half. But the quality of our counterattacks, the quality of the final pass and lack of quality in defending the two goals cost us."
"Wimbledon thoroughly deserved to win in my opinion. We didn't look like scoring today."
Of the goals, Ferguson commented: "It's just a lack of communication and the boy has got in and scored. And then the second one they've had a bit of luck where the ball has bounced to him. But two goals in quick succession killed the game."
Rovers will wait to see how serious the injury to Matty Blair will be, but he will miss the Grimsby game this week in any case, with Ferguson revealing: "Matty just took an arm to the face, which was an accident. He may be concussed, I'm not sure. He couldn't really see out of his eye and he's got quite a heavy bruise."
It took the team talk at half time for AFC Wimbledon to spring into action, said Dons boss Neal Ardley. After the game, he said of the first half performance: "I was really surprised because the boys have trained incredibly over the last couple of days. On Friday they were really, really flying so much so that you call the training session early because you want to save some of that for Saturday. So it's a bit of a mystery but that is my job and I have to make sure the expectation from them is the same as from me."
"In the second half it was a lot better and there was another 15 per cent on everything and in the end I thought we were worthy winners. We have played OK in some of the games and not got our rewards but against Doncaster it was important we got a result. They were unbeaten so far this season so we knew they were in good spirits but it took a little bit of a wake up for us in half-time team talk to get them really where I wanted them. Credit to the boys, they responded really well."
August 28, 2017
Saturday's match officials
The match officials for Saturday's away game at AFC Wimbledon were:
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant referees: Gregory Read and Nicholas Cooper
Fourth official: Garry Maskell
August 28, 2017
Voting results v Blackpool
We received nominations for nine different players for last Saturday's home game against Blackpool, with the voting spread fairly evenly throughout, meaning there was no clear winner.
In fact, three players tied for the most number of votes, with Matt Blair, Alfie May and Ben Whiteman all catching the eye.
Those receiving the most votes were:
1= Matty Blair, Alfie May, Ben Whiteman (17.65% each)
4= Joe Wright, Andy Butler (11.76% each)
Thank to you to everyone who voted.
August 28, 2017
Voting results v Hull City
In contrast to the pattern of voting for the Blackpool game, there was a runaway winner for the home game in the League Cup against Hull City. Striker Alfie May received 78.95% of all votes cast, with four other players sharing the remainder of the votes.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in both games. The voting for the away game at AFC Wimbledon is now open.
August 28, 2017
Rovers get dream draw at Arsenal
Doncaster Rovers were rewarded for their win against Hull City on Tuesday evening in the Carabao Cup - the League Cup to you and me - with a dream away game at The Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal, in the third round.
The game has been confirmed to be played on Wednesday, 20th September with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Rovers have received an allocation of 5,042 tickets for the game. Tickets will go on sale to Silver Membership Holders on Thursday (31st August), and to Members/Alliance/DNA holders on Thursday, 7th September, at one per book/membership.
Remaining tickets go on sale on Thursday, 14th September at a maximum four per person.
Rovers have been allocated blocks 20 to26 in the South East section of the stadium, and they will be sold in block order.
Tickets for the lower tier areas are as follows:
Adults £10 - Senior Citizens (65+) £5 - 17/18 years old (Members only) £5 - Juniors (16 & under) £5 - Disabled £5 (carer free)
Tickets for the upper tier are as follows:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £10 - 17/18 years old (Members only) £10 - Juniors (16 & under) £10 - Disabled £10 (carer free)
Please note children of 13 and under should be accompanied by an adult aged 18 and over to attend matches at the Emirates Stadium. And as it's a school night, how are you going to get there in time anyway?
August 23, 2017
Bill Green 1950 - 2017
We are saddened to hear of the death of former Doncaster Rovers defender Bill Green at the age of 66.
Green died on Monday, according to Scunthorpe's official club site.
Born in Newcastle, he began his football career at Hartlepool United, where he stayed for four years, before moving to Carlisle United over three seasons. A move to West Ham United followed in 1976, and two seasons later he moved to Peterborough for a year. In 1979 he signed for Chesterfield, and after a four year stay moved to his final club, Doncaster Rovers, where he played 11 games before retiring in 1984.
His first taste of management came with Scunthorpe United as assistant manager to Frank Barlow, taking over from the following manager, Mick Buxton, in February 1991, taking the club to their first Wembley appearance in 1992. A two year stay as manager at Buxton followed in 1994, then a caretaker manager role at Sheffield United in 2002.
He then turned to a scouting career, firstly the Chief European Scout at Wigan Athletic, and then to a similar role at Derby County. His final job was as Head of Recruitment at Southampton.
We would like to pass our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.
August 23, 2017
John Ogston 1939 - 2017
It is with deep regret that we advise you of the death of former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper John Ogston last Wednesday at the age of 78.
Aberdeen FC announced the news after being contacted by John's family last Thursday.
John was born in Aberdeen and made his first team debut for his hometown club against Rangers at Pittodrie on 20th December 1958, but it took until 1960 when he established himself as the regular first team goalkeeper. He went on to play 230 games for the Dons before joining Liverpool and he was capped by Scotland at under-23 level and was also named in several full Scotland squads.
The move to Liverpool was not successful, being unable to oust regular keeper Tommy Lawrence, and after playing just one League game in three years, moved to Doncaster Rovers, who were then managed by Lawrie McMenemy. Rovers went on to win promotion to Division 3, but when McMenemy was sacked, John asked for a transfer and returned to Aberdeen, where he became a fish market porter. He continued to play football at non-league level in Scotland, firstly for Buckie Thistle, and then going on to feature for Huntly, Fraserburgh and Deveronvale before retiring at the age of 35.
He was a lifelong Aberdeen supporter and continued to attend games at Pittodrie until very recently.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish our condolences to his family friends at this sad time.
August 23, 2017
Rovers 2 Hull City 0
Doncaster Rovers progressed through to the third round of the League Cup last night by dispatching Championship club Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson made five changes to his starting line-up, and Hull changed the entire starting eleven, in their case mainly due to several injuries sustained during the opening few matches of the season.
After a patchy first half hour, the first half ended goalless, but the deadlock was broken just three minutes after the break, when Alfie May continued his goal-scoring run with an accurate finish from 15 yards. Six minutes later, it was 2-0, as Tommy Rowe scored - and it could have been more, with Ben Whiteman and Alfie May also hitting the woodwork for Rovers.
August 23, 2017
Yesterday's match officials
The match officials for yesterday's League Cup tie against Hull City were:
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistant referees: Alf Greenwood & Michael Denton
Fourth official: Sebastian Stockbridge
August 21, 2017
Rovers 3 Blackpool 3
Two points dropped may be the viewpoint after an entertaining 3-3 draw which saw Rovers take the lead on three occasions, only to see the visitors respond to level soon afterwards. In fact, on two occasions, the Rovers lead lasted barely a minute, suggesting that a concentration matter may need to be addressed by the Rovers management.
Darren Ferguson kept faith with the starting eleven that did so well at Blackburn the previous weekend, and the ploy looked to be working as Rovers had the majority of possession in the opening stages. The scoring opened in the 36th minute after a long range shot from Tommy Rowe came down off the crossbar, only to hit the back of the unfortunate Blackpool goalkeeper and go into the net. Another superb strike within a minute gave Ian Lawlor no chance and the scores were level.
Rovers went back in front seconds before half time, with John Marquis prodding the ball home from close range after an earlier shot was inadequately cleared.
Blackpool did not level matters until the 66th minute, with another stunning strike.
Rovers were back in the lead after substitute Rodney Kongolo caused trouble in the Blackpool defence, with Alfie May captailising to make it 3-2.
Yet again, Blackpool were back on level terms within the minute, as Cooke pounced for the equaliser. Alfie May could have won it for Rovers in stoppage time, but the Blackpool goalkeeper palmed the ball away.
August 21, 2017
Ferguson's view
Boss Darren Ferguson was left to reflect on Saturday's game and on balance, thought it was a game that Rovers should have won.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: "When you're three times in the lead you would have to say it's two points dropped. I thought we controlled large parts of the game so I'm slightly disappointed."
"I think we've got ourselves to blame for not winning the match. Sometimes you have to say the opposition did this or that but we've done it to ourselves with just lapses of concentration. It's rare that you get two goals of the quality of Blackpool's first two in one game. But the third goal is terrible. It's less than a minute after we score and we've not touched the ball. I thought with concentration and being careless, we've done that too much for my liking."
"It was a game we should have won but they're all tough at this level and Blackpool have got some good players in their team. We've started the season well and we're unbeaten. I'd probably say we deserve two more points that we've got."
He added: "It is early doors, if we win next week we are in good form and have two points a game in the opening month, we want to be there or there about after the first 10-12 games. I think we can be positive about how we have approached games so far, it is a step up or us being in the division above what we played in last season. It is only a matter of time before the ball falls for us quite nicely and we win the game, 4-3 would have been a quite nice result for us."
August 21, 2017
May impresses boss
Alfie May has had to settle for a place on the bench so far, but boss Darren Ferguson has seen enough during his substitute appearances to reward his endeavour with a start against Hull City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
Ferguson said after Saturday's game: "All I've said to Alfie May was if he keeps doing what he's doing then he'll force my hand. He'll certainly start on Tuesday, there's no question about that. I thought he was outstanding when he came on. Him and Rodney Kongolo gave us real energy when they came on and that's what you hope they do."
August 21, 2017
Match highlights
Brief highlights of Saturday's home game against Blackpool are currently available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left.
August 21, 2017
Forrester set for loan move
Scottish newspaper the Daily Record is reporting that former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester is about to join League One club AFC Wimbledon on loan after a chances of a permanent move away from Rangers have proved difficult.
Forrester was banished from training with the Rangers first team squad as boss Pedro Caixinha continues to change the squad he inherited, and he plainly has not been impressed by the contribution made by Forrester since joining the club.
Harry has been linked with a number of clubs in England, including Bolton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic and Burton Albion, but those have come to nothing, but it now seems that he has agreed to join Wimbledon, even though he still has two years left on his Rangers contract.
August 21, 2017
Middleton loan likely
Boss Darren Ferguson has conceded that a loan move may be necessary for midfielder Harry Middleton, who has failed to find a new club after being transfer listed in the summer.
Ferguson revealed on BBC Radio Sheffield that there has been a little interest in Middleton, revealing: "There has been one or two interested. Halifax have shown an interest and a Scottish team have shown an interest. For both him and for us, the sensible thing would be to do a loan until January."
Apart from Middleton, the only transfer listed player still on the Rovers' books is goalkeeper Ross Etheridge, who is presently recovering from a broken leg.
August 21, 2017
Turner joins Southport
Former Doncaster Rovers loan goalkeeper Iain Turner has signed for Vanarama National League North club Southport after being released by Tranmere Rovers in the summer.
Turner has also been appointed as Southport's goalkeeping coach.
Boss Alan Lewer, a former Rovers assistant manager, told the club's official web site: "We’re very happy to bring Iain on board and we think we have two very good goalkeepers now in the squad. We know he’s a great ‘keeper, Mark Wright and I knew Iain from Chester and we’ve been talking to him for about six weeks. Iain had been talking to a couple of National League clubs and waiting for things to materialise, but we kept in contact, we told him how much we wanted him here and we’re delighted to sign him. Iain will be competing with Mark Halstead for the number one spot. It’s a great scenario to have them both challenging and fighting for the number 1 shirt and we think it’ll bring out the best in both of them".
Turner joined Rovers on loan from Everton, although he did not make a first team appearance, and has also played for Chester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Preston North End, Coventry City and Sheffield United, and is a Scottish under-21 international.
August 21, 2017
Shiels returns to Scotland
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels has ended a short stay at North American Soccer League club FC Edmonton to sign a one year deal with Dunfermline.
The 32 year old returned to Scotland for what the Canadian club called "family reasons", and they added: "I’m very disappointed because I enjoyed working with Dean, he was great in the change room, was a terrific professional, knew the game and he was a very intelligent football player."
Dunfermline finished fifth in the Scottish Championship last season, with Shiels hoping to add to his medals collection this term, the latest of which was a League of Ireland title won with Dundalk last year.
August 21, 2017
Burge plays for a year with a broken ankle!
Former Rovers midfielder Ryan Burge has revealed that he has been told that he spent last year playing football with a broken ankle!
The Cheltenham born midfielder took two years out of football after leaving League Two club Newport County and signed for Sutton United last year, which was close to where he was living at the time.
He picked up an ankle problem following a heavy challenge, but an X-Ray showed that it was not broken.
As he told Gloucestershire Live: "I went for an X-ray, but was told it wasn't broken and I would be okay in a couple of months if I rested it and had treatment. I started pre-season last year, but could only play every other game as it wasn't right and still swollen. I was told to get through it and it would be like that for a while. I was still able to do well at that level, but it's not where I want to be so I left Sutton because I was frustrated with the injury."
He then joined Eastleigh last season, but was still suffering discomfort, which is when he found out that he need an operation to fix his ankle. He added: "I now need an operation to fix the broken ankle which would keep me out for four to six months, but I have too much work going on with Ten Club London at this moment and I need to be able to travel around so I won't be playing in the near future. The specialist said he's very surprised I was able to play at this level with the injury and he said most people would struggle to play Sunday League with it."
"It's because of how hard I worked in the gym so I was able to compensate for it in other areas. It's unbelievable that the injury wasn't picked up and that I've been playing with it for a year, but I've got so much I'm excited about at the moment with things away from football building this brand which I know will be one of the biggest things out there. But if I decide to return, it will be when I'm fully fit and at a higher level than I have played before. With my mindset and confidence I'm capable of achieving whatever I want to."
August 19, 2017
Rovers v Blackpool
Expect no big changes to the Doncaster Rovers side for this afternoon's home game against Blackpool. After last weekend's impressive win at Blackburn, Darren Ferguson has no new injury concerns to contend with, although Alfie May may be hoping for a starting place after scoring when coming off the bench twice so far this season.
Definitely missing today's game are the injured Ross Etheridge, Alex Kiwomya, Luke McCullough and Mathieu Baudry, but apart from those, Darren Ferguson has a full complement of players to select from.
Blackpool head for the Keepmoat Stadium hoping for their first away points of the season, and add Scott Quigley to their squad after the striker joined from League of Wales club The New Saints during the week. They also are likely to add Kelvin Mellor to their squad after he missed the opening games of the season with a hamstring injury. Pools boss Gary Bowyer is also expected to give late fitness tests to Callum Cooke and Kyle Vassell, both of who missed last weekend's home win over MK Dons.
August 19, 2017
The managers' preview
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is expecting a difficult game when Blackpool face Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon.
Ferguson has clearly had Blackpool watched in their opening games, and knows Rovers will have to play well if they are to take the points.
Speaking to DROS ahead of the game, Ferguson said: "They’ve got a lot of good attributes in their team, they’re an energetic side with a lot of pace in that side. They’ve played three different formations in their three games so they’re very flexible, we need to make sure we have control of the ball because they will cause us problems. It’ll be a difficult game, but we’ve got great energy and they’ll have to match that, we have to stay patient and make it tough for them."
Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer is hoping that last weekend's win over MK Dons will kick-start their season, and told Blackpool's official web site: "We’ve got to go there with the confidence from last week’s performance and the performance against Bradford. The performance against MK was boosted by the fact that we got our first three points, and now we’ve got to go out and try and get three points away from home."
August 19, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Blackpool are:
Referee: Robert Jones
Assistant referees: Barry Gordon and Paul Graham
Fourth official: Stephen Wade
August 19, 2017
O'Driscoll joins Wolves staff
Former Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers as a "professional phase coach", and will mainly be working with the Under-18s and Under-23 squads.
Academy boss Gareth Prosser told the Express & Star: "Sean joins us as a Professional Phase coach, predominantly working with Darren (Ryan) with the Under-18s, but will also be involved with the Under-23s and younger schoolboy groups. I am delighted for the players and the staff because his experience in the game over many years will add to the existing expertise that is already in place here."
"From being a manager at league clubs, to England Under-19s coach, assistant manager at Liverpool, Sean boasts so much valuable experience and is another excellent coach who can help all of our players in their journeys ahead. We are always after the best people and the right people, and the fact that Sean was born and brought up in Wolverhampton is an additional bonus - he knows the club and staff well and has that affiliation."
August 19, 2017
Husband signs for Norwich
Ex-Rovers defender James Husband has joined Norwich City and has signed a three year deal at Carrow Road.
James made his first team debut for Rovers in 2012 and made 73 appearances before being transferred to Middlesbrough in the lead-up to the 2014/15 season, although he spent time on loan at Fulham and Huddersfield Town since then.
Speaking to Norwich City TV, Husband commented: "I’m delighted to join such a big football club. First and foremost I’ve come here to play football and to enjoy my time as much as possible. The main thing is to try and get Norwich up the league as far as we can go. Everyone seems lovely and welcoming and I’m looking forward to my time here."
Head coach Daniel Farke added: “James is quick, he’s technically good and knows how to defend. There are some things he needs to improve but he’s young and his attitude and character are excellent. He’s a young guy with lots of potential, but he also already has strong experience of playing in the Championship. He’s an excellent fit for our squad."
August 19, 2017
Ingham back in action after long absence
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Michael Ingham is back in action for Tadcaster Albion after a nine month absence due to a serious foot injury.
The former York City keeper joined Tadcaster last summer after a long stay at Bootham Crescent which dates back to 2008. His time at Doncaster Rovers is even longer ago than that - his time goes back to the Belle Vue days of 2004.
August 19, 2017
Ikeme still Wolves' number 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed that former Rovers loan goalkeeper Carl Ikeme keeps the number 1 jersey for the 2017/18 season, despite being sidelined as he battles against acute leukemia, which was diagnosed during the summer break.
Wolves announced that 10% of gate receipts from their opening game of the season against Middlesbrough would be donated to Birmingham based charity Cure Leukaemia, as will profits from the sal of goalkeeper replica shirts when printed with "Ikeme 1".
Ikeme has been a Wolves player throughout his 14 year professional career, and has been a regular first team player for them in recent years.
August 19, 2017
Ryan moves north
Former Rovers "communications manager" Ryan Murrant has joined Scottish club Mother well as their "fan engagement manager".
Murrant joined the club last September and has been tasked with finding out what the club means to its supporters and local residents as they attempt to rediscover the club's roots to enable it to flourish in the future.
Speaking to the Herald, Murrant said: "The Made in Motherwell thing was borne out of the survey. What we found was people lost what Motherwell was about, both as a club and a town. We wanted to take it back to what Motherwell means to you. Not your favourite goal or player, just what does it mean. People spoke quite emotionally about the club because their grandad brought them to their first game, it could be they live far away and don’t get their often. We tried to understand fans a bit more."
He added: "At Motherwell you have people who live within hundreds of yards of the stadium that want to go and watch Celtic and Rangers. That’s the biggest challenge in trying to change people’s mentality. In England people will think that’s great, let’s give it a go. Up here, people are a little bit more stand-offish, and are hesitant over change. Their club may not be brilliant but it’s still theirs. That’s not necessarily a negative, that’s just a resistance to change which you naturally get. But when we have changed things here what I have found is that if the fans like it they will shout about it more. We had over 600 responses to our fan survey which doesn’t sound like a massive number until you look at our average gate. Fans do want to be listened to."
August 17, 2017
Hull ticket information
Tickets for next week's League Cup tie against Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium are now on sale.
In contrast to the away ticket policy, this is simple - all adult tickets are £10, concessions (18-21 years, and 60+) £5, juniors (17 & under) £1
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price, with a carer, if needed, free of charge.
The second round game, with the League Cup sponsored this year by Carabao, will be played on Tuesday, 22nd August with a 7.45pm kick-off.
August 17, 2017
Burton linked with Forrester
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester has been linked with a move to Championship club Burton Albion.
He has been told to find a new club by Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha, who has made it clear that Forrester does not feature in his plans for this season, with Forrester told during the summer to stay away from the club's training ground.
However, Forrester still has not found a new club, with reported moves to Southend United and Charlton Athletic coming to nothing
Burton are one of the latest clubs to be linked with a move for the former Brentford man, with Bolton Wanderers the latest club to be alleged to be linked to him.
Forrester has two years to run on his Rangers contract, but can leave the club on a free transfer - if anyone is interested!
August 17, 2017
Wright returns to Oldham
Former Rovers winger Tommy Wright has returned to Oldham Athletic to again be assistant manager to ex-Rover John Sheridan.
Wright, now aged 51,has previously worked as assistant to both Sheridan and five years later to Lee Johnson, and is starting on a remarkable fifth stint at the club, which includes two as a player.
Wright has been out of football since September 2016 when he lost his job at Barnsley following allegations that he took a £5,000 payment from under cover reporters posing as football agents. Tommy insisted that he breached any FA rules, with his lawyer stating at the time: "Any suggested acts contrary to criminal law or those of the FA and Fifa are categorically denied."
He becomes part of an ever-growing former Rovers contingent at Oldham, with ex-Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens also at the club as first team coach.
August 17, 2017
McCormack's ongoing transfer saga
At one stage, it looked like ex-Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack may be getting back into Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce's good books - but despite being included in Villa's pre-season trip to Portugal, he has been out of the first team picture at Villa Park, with Villa and his agent working on a move away from the club.
However, his reported £45,000 per week wages are continuing to be a stumbling block, with any potential new employers understandably unwilling to foot such a bill.
A loan move still looks to be the most likely, with a prospective move to Championship club Sunderland looking to be the most likely. Sunderland boss Simon Grayson worked with McCormack when the pair were at Leeds United.
Villa paid £12 million for McCormack only last summer, but a series of ongoing problems with the player, accompanied by various injuries, saw him score just three goals in 20 games last season.
August 17, 2017
Leeds to play friendly as part of Blunt move
Leeds United have agreed to play a friendly match at non-league Mousehole AFC in October, which will mark the creation of Mousehold's new elite youth player development programme - which is being headed by new Academy Director Jason Blunt, who made the switch from the Leeds training academy at Thorp Arch to Mousehold earlier this summer.
Leeds have not confirmed the strength of the side that is likely to travel to Trungle Park, but Blunt will be hoping for a few big names to swell interest in the game.
August 17, 2017
Voting results v Blackburn

We received nominations for seven different players to be the "Man of the Match" for last Saturday's away game at Blackburn Rovers.
Only two of those received a significant number of votes, which were:
1 Joe Wright (46.15%)
2 Ben Whiteman (15.38%)
We thank everyone for participating in the voting. Hopefully, votes will in future open on time, with the next set to open on Sunday, following Saturday's home game against Blackpool.

August 16, 2017
Rare virus puts Kiwomya in hospital
New signing Alex Kiwomya will have to wait some time before he is able to make his Rovers debut after a mystery illness put him in hospital.
However, the problem has now been identified and boss Darren Ferguson is hopeful that Kiwomya could be back in action later this year - after it was initially feared that he may never play again.
Nothing showed up in the various tests that Rovers did when they signed the striker in the summer, but it became clear that all was not well, with the condition now identified as Guillain-Barre, which attacks the nervous system.
Ferguson revealed to the Doncaster Star: "I’ve probably not been as transparent as I usually am with you guys [the media] and there’s reasons for that, it’s been a really complex thing this. We have got to the bottom of it and he has got symptoms of a condition called Guillain-Barre. It attacks the nervous system. It’s quite a bad thing that he’s got. But the good news is that he’s got a very mild form of it."
"We’ve managed to get through the final scans, with the neurologist, and other details we had to go through. It was really quite extensive, and also quite worrying at one point because it could have been a lot worse. He’s just picked this up. We think it comes from when you have an illness and there’s a bacteria problem, he was ill when we were doing the testing back in the summer."
"Fortunately it’s not as bad as it could’ve been. There were a lot of serious things we had to cancel out so really it wasn’t so much about when he’s back but more about the boy’s health. That seems to be okay. Time-wise I can’t be too specific but we’re looking at at least two months. But we actually feel that’s good news considering what he’s been through."
He was in hospital for a few days earlier this month receiving treatment, but now is on the road to recovery.
August 16, 2017
The Goal Machine joins Harrogate
The legendary Afro Goal Machine, Jason Price, has joined NCEL Premier Division club Harrogate Railway for the coming season. Since 2012 he has been playing in non-league football, most recently for Brighouse Town and more recently playing for the Harrogate Veterans, but his signing is considered a major signing for Railway, with boss Liam Gray telling the Harrogate Advertiser: "This is a fantastic signing for the club, I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to bring Jason in. He’s been there and done it in the professional game and you can’t buy that kind of experience, it’s invaluable."
"Our younger players will really benefit from his presence in the side and be able to learn a great deal from him. To attract a player of Jason’s calibre is a big positive for Harrogate Railway. I’m sure that any side at our level of football would have snapped his hand off, I feel very lucky that we’ve got him."
Gray added: "Jason is an incredibly fit guy, he’s confident that he will score goals in the NCEL Premier and I have every confidence in him. He’s a big chap, he’s very strong and deceptively quick, but most importantly he knows where the back of the net is. What’s better is that he’s not come here for money or anything like that, he’s come to try and do his bit, score some goals and help bring our young players on. He’s excited about the challenge and has told me he is really looking forward to helping our youngsters develop."
August 16, 2017
Butler joins backroom staff at Leeds
Former Rovers first team coach Paul Butler has been named as the new first team coach at Leeds United as they rebuild after another turbulent summer which has seen Thomas Christiansen named as manager and his assistant has been confirmed as Julio Banuelos.
Butler, now aged 31, worked under Paul Dickov at Oldham Athletic as well as at Rovers, and was Rovers' head of recruitment before leaving the club last year.
Leeds have also added a new goalkeeping coach and "head of fitness" to their staff, but Butler's acquisition was seen key to ensure there was someone with experience of the English game in the club's management structure.
August 16, 2017
York release Letheren
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Kyle Letheren has been released by York City after the Minstermen signed the experienced Jon Worsnop, with former Accrington keeper Luke Simpson placed on the transfer list, even though he still has a year to run on his contract.
During the summer, Kyle has been on trials at Bury and Oldham Athletic as he looks to get himself fixed up with a new club, but neither are reported to have signed him on.
August 16, 2017
Ticket information for AFC Wimbledon
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 725 terrace tickets and 74 seating tickets for the forthcoming away game at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, 26th August.
Due to limited availability and an expected high demand for tickets, Rovers have decided to implement a complicated sequence of when various categories of supporters can buy tickets. It was fairly complex last season, but it looks even more so this year!
Anyway, the sequence of events are as follows:
Monday, 14th August - Silver membership holders who bought Blackburn tickets
Tuesday, 15th and Wednesday 16th August - Silver membership holders
Thursday 17th August - Bronze, Academy, Red Squad and Donny Squad membership holders who bought Blackburn tickets
Friday 18th August to Monday 21st August - Bronze, Academy, Red Squad and Donny Squad membership holders
Tuesday 22nd August - tickets on general sale to those who bought Blackburn tickets
Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th August - general sale
Ticket prices are as follows:
Seating: Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Students £15 - Juniors (17 & under) £10
Terracing: Adults £17 - Senior Citizens (65+) £11 - Students £11 - Juniors (17 & under) £4
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, but can take a carer free of charge.
To add to the complication, you will need to provide proof of purchase of a ticket for the Blackburn match if you are buying a ticket on the relevant days.
Good luck on working it all out!
August 16, 2017
Rovers face Hull City in next round
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn at home to Hull City in the second round of the Carabao Cup after being victorious in last week's away match at Bradford City in the first round.
The match will be played on Tuesday, 22nd August with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Ticket details will be confirmed in due course.
August 14, 2017
Blackburn 1 Rovers 3
Doncaster Rovers travelled to Ewood Park on Saturday, perhaps full of hope, but nevertheless mindful that they had never won at the home of the former Premier League champions.
But Rovers (of the Doncaster variety) turned on the style and comprehensively beat their Lancashire counterparts, and a score line of a wider margin than 3-1 would not have been undeserved.
A three goal haul in the second half won the game for Rovers, with John Marquis opening the scoring barely a minute after the restart.
It became 2-0 when James Coppinger scored from the penalty spot after being brought down when he was through on goal - with the Blackburn defender only receiving a yellow card.
Two became three in due course when a calamitous decision by Raya, the Blackburn goalkeeper, to charge off his line to try and deal with a long ball over the top, but his attempt at a header towards ex-Rover Elliott Ward only found Alfie May, who had the simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net.
A rather undeserved consolation goal for the home team was a pity, as a clean sheet would have been thoroughly deserved.
August 15, 2017
Whitman rejoins Arnold Town
Ex-Rovers striker Tristram Whitman has joined another of his former clubs, Arnold Town, as part of their new management team that took over during the summer.
He returns as a player/coach, and will assist new manager Tom Richardson and assistant Chris Galley following the departure of Dave Marlow, who has now moved to Eastwood CFC.
Since leaving Rovers, Tristram has played for several non-league clubs including Bedworth United, Eastwood Town, Loughborough Dynamo, Hucknall Town, Grantham Town, Alfreton Town and FC United of Manchester.
August 15, 2017
Kyle joins Leek Town
Former Rovers youth team midfielder Kyle Blake has signed for Evo-Stik League Division One (South) club Leek Town, being their fourth signing of the summer.
Blake, now aged 26, joined from league rivals Newcastle Town, where he was in his second spell with the club. He began his career as a youth at Rovers, joining NPL Premier Division club Nantwich Town when he was released as an 18-year old. He then went on to play for Newcastle Town, Market Drayton Town before returning to Newcastle Town last season.
August 15, 2017
Quinn signs for Dundee United on short team deal
Dundee United have announced that they have signed former Doncaster Rovers defender Paul Quinn on a short term contract The 32 year old has been training with them over the summer and has now agreed a deal until January. He had most recently been playing for SPL club Ross County, but was released at the end of last season.
Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon commented: "Paul gives us greater strength across the defensive line. He has been patient and showed a willingness to play for United by spending quite a few weeks in training with us. That allowed us to get a good look at him and his attributes. I am happy that our squad has competition and quality all over the park."
August 15, 2017
Calder moves north
Former Rovers loan midfielder Riccardo Calder has signed a two year contract with SPL club Inverness Caledonian Thistle after leaving Aston Villa in the summer.
Calder came up through the youth team ranks at Middlesbrough, but failed to make it into their first team, and played 11 times for Dundee in the Scottish Premier League in a six month spell.
He had two loan spells at Rovers, starting 16 games and making another 16 appearances as a substitute, but was then returned to Villa and was subsequently loaned out to Lincoln City.
August 15, 2017
Richardson trains with the Millers
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Frazer Richardson has been training with another of his former clubs, Rotherham United - but the Millers boss Paul Warne has pointed out that there is little prospect of him signing for the club.
It sounds much like the situation that Rovers have with Gary McSheffrey, where they have allowed him to join in with training, with the hope that he may get fixed up with another club in due course.
Warne told their official club web site: "Frazer 'phoned me up and asked if he could come and train with the Mighty Millers. There is no pressure on either of us, there is no expectation. If he does really well there possibly could be something there for him, but I did say there were obviously no guarantees. He's trained really well over the last couple of days so we`ll keep looking at him. In the meantime if this helps him get sorted somewhere else then great for him."
Richardson joined Rovers in August 2016 as cover during an injury crisis among the club's defenders, but was also an injury victim and only managed a handful of games before being released in the December.
August 14, 2017
What the managers said
A delighted Darren Ferguson took questions from the press after Saturday's comprehensive victory at Ewood Park.
He was pleased with the way that his players went about their task, commenting: "I thought we deserved the victory, we really did. Our performance was a mature one and it was a solid one. Our distances and our discipline both on and off the ball were very, very good. We felt it was a game where we would have time on the ball, especially the centre halves. It was quite a tactical affair but once the first goal we were really clinical. I was delighted all the way through the game."
He added: "It’s three games in and we should have won all three. It was a pity we couldn’t have kept a clean sheet because it would have been back-to-back clean sheets in the league. The players are confident, the players are looking fit. The players must take belief out of that game when they’ve come and won at a team I feel are the best in the league."
"When you look at the fixtures, you think your first away game is Blackburn and it’s their first home game too. And I’ve got no doubt in my mind that Blackburn will be right up there, no doubt at all because their quality will come through. But they came up against a team that they knew could cause them problems. Especially once the first goal went in and we started to hit them on the counter-attack."
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray knows that they have work to do if they are to live up to their favourites tag.
He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I talked to them afterwards about the support base and the expectation and the anticipation of this season and there was a frustration at letting them down. You could feel the fans’ frustrations and we have to accept that, stick together and find a way of winning some football matches."
"I think the important thing is that the players stick together. They have to work hard. These days come along, you have to put them behind you and move on. I have every confidence in the players that we are going to have a lot of good days and we have to deal with this and get ready for the next game."
He admitted: "There are no excuses, we gave some dreadful goals away. We were frustrated in the first half, we had one or two good opportunities to score and give ourselves a chance to play how we would like to play. But we missed a couple of chances first half and then shot ourselves in the foot right at the second. I don't think you can say it was bad play or anything to do with the team it was an individual error that cost us the goal. Then after the penalty the game ran away from us. It isn't a day for making excuses, it's not a day for anything other than the feeling of disappointment and frustration for the supporters who have had to deal with it for a long time. We have to put it behind us very quickly and get ready for the next one."
August 14, 2017
Saturday's match officials
The match officials for Saturday's away game at Blackburn Rovers were:
Referee: David Webb
Assistant referees: Graham Fyvie & Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official: Gary Hilton
August 14, 2017
Three go out on loan . . .
Doncaster Rovers have sent three of their younger players out on loan to gain some first team match experience.
Goalkeeper Louis Jones, who has featured on the bench but is now unlikely to play in the first team with Ian Lawlor and Marko Marosi ahead of him in the pecking order, has joined Gainsborough Trinity on loan until 10th September and made his debut for them in their home game against Nuneaton Borough, which Trinity won 1-0.
Also moving out on loan for an initial month are Reece Fielding and Tyler Walker, both of who have joined non-league club Biggleswade Town, who play in the Evo-Stik South Premier League.
August 14, 2017
. . . And two join Rovers
On the eve of the new season, Doncaster Rovers announced the signing of two midfielders, Issam Ben Khemis and Rodney Kongolo.
Khemis has been on trials at Rovers for much of the pre-season period, and the comments made by Darren Ferguson during that time make it no surprise at all that he has been signed up. He has signed a two year deal with Rovers.
Rodney Kongolo is a loan signing from Manchester City, and he has joined on a six-month loan to gain further experience after being a regular for City's under-23s last season.
Kongolo told DROS: "It is a good standard for me to play at, the pressure of needing to win every week is something I’m looking forward to as we need to do well in the league. There were a couple of clubs interested in me because I did well with Manchester City last season but after speaking with Darren Ferguson I was really impressed with his plans. It’s my first loan spell so I’m excited to see how the club can develop me and I want to be able to help the team as much as I can."
August 14, 2017
Voting results v Gillingham
Thanks go to everyone who took part in the "Man of the Match" voting for the opening game of the season against Gillingham. Again, we apologise for the delay in opening this vote, and appreciate your continuing support of this poll.
We received nominations for six different players, with debut making Ben Whiteman coming home as the clear winner with just over half of the votes.
Those receiving the most votes were:
1 Ben Whiteman (52.63%)
2 Matty Blair (15.78%)
3= Joe Wright, Ian Lawlor (10.53% each)
August 14, 2017
Voting results v Bradford City
We received votes for four different players for Tuesday's cup game away at Bradford City.
Votes were spread fairly evenly, resulting in joint winners.
Those receiving votes this time around were
1= Alfie May, Ben Whiteman (37.5% each)
3= John Marquis, Niall Mason (12.5% each)
Thank you for your patience as regards news updates on this site in recent weeks, which as we explained previously, are due to some very difficult personal circumstances of late. However, news items for posting later today are currently being prepared and should be on-line later this afternoon. With the lack of updates on a number of days, there may well be some news items relating to some time ago which we thought ought to be mentioned for the sake of thoroughness, so it may seem as if some of the news is out of date as it appears!
August 12, 2017
Man of the Match voting v Gillingham
We greatly apologise for the lack of updates on the web site, particularly since the new season has started during that time.
Somewhat after the event, we are now opening the "Man of the Match" voting for last weekend's home game against Gillingham.
As there will be more than one vote open at the same time, we ask everyone to make sure that you vote for your "Man of the Match" in the game that you intended.
The result for this match will be confirmed on Monday.
August 12, 2017
Man of the Match voting v Bradford City
The "Man of the Match" for the midweek game against Bradford City is also now open.
To place your vote, please click on the logo to the left.
The result for this game will also be confirmed on Monday.
August 3, 2017
Skelmersdale sign ex-Rover
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Gareth Roberts is to continue playing for the coming season after it was confirmed that he has signed for Evo-Stik North club Skelmersdale United. He played for their divisional rivals Clitheroe as player/assistant manager last season and the 39 year old thus extends his playing career, which started as a trainee with Liverpool, where he was part of their 1996 FA Youth Cup winning side alongside the likes of Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen.
He then moved to Greece to play for Panionios before returning home to play for Tranmere Rovers, where he played over 300 games before moving to Doncaster Rovers in 2006, where he made almost 150 appearances and was part of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory. Moves to Derby County, Bury and Notts County followed before he moved into non-league football with Chester for a year, and then Stockport County.
Roberts said: "I am looking forward to a new challenge and playing for Skem next season. Hoping that I can be a key part of what I believe will be a successful season."
United manager Alan Rogers expressed his delight in signing Roberts: “I am delighted to bring a player of Gareth’s calibre to the club. He comes to us to extend a fantastic career and will add so much experience and know-how to the dressing room. He has a fantastic attitude for the younger lads to follow and brings a touch more quality to the team”.
August 3, 2017
El-Hadjii Diouf - "I'm a good guy"
Controversial former Doncaster Rovers striker El Hadjii Diouf is now working in Senegal as a "government goodwill ambassador", as well as being President Macky Sall's advisor and running his own sports newspaper.
However, he has responded to criticisms of his past behaviour by insisting that he has bee misunderstood.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Africa, he said: "I am a bad loser. I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it's not wrong to be a bad loser. I have got character and I want people to respect me."
He added: "I am an easy target. It's easy to talk about El Hadjii Diouf and I let them talk but I know in my heart I am a good guy. My family know, my population knows, my continent knows I am a good guy and that's the best thing. The rest is not my problem."
August 3, 2017
Rovers chief gets job at Lincoln
Liam Scully, who has worked his way up through the ranks of the Rovers in the Community to become Chief Operating Officer of Club Doncaster, will be leaving the club at the weekend to become Chief Executive Officer at Lincoln City. Lincoln have just won promotion back into the Football League, and the challenge of the job is clearly one that appeals to Liam.
Speaking to DROS, he said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Club Doncaster, and it has been a dream come true to work for a club I used to watch from the terrace as a boy. But I am also excited by the opportunity at Lincoln City who, having just won promotion back to the EFL, have plenty to look forward to including a new training ground and stadium in the not too distant future. I’ve always looked out for their results in particular as I have family in the area and my parents spent their early married years living close to the Sincil Bank ground."
He takes up his new role on Monday, 7th August.
August 3, 2017
Danny gets job with Burnley
Ex-Rovers loan striker Danny Cadamarteri has been appointed as Burnley's "Under-18s Professional Development Phase Coach", replacing Michael Duff, who has stepped up to run their Under-23 squad.
Cadamarteri had been about to join Huddersfield after leaving a job on Sheffield Wednesday's coaching staff, but opted to take the vacancy at Turf Moor.
And as the former Evertonian said, it has all come out of the blue. He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It’s been a whirlwind. I had been working at Sheffield Wednesday for four years, through all the age groups from pre-Academy to the Under-18s and Under-23s. I was due to go into Huddersfield and start working there after leaving Wednesday and, as it’s my hometown club, I was absolutely delighted with the fact that I was going home. But the opportunity that came here was just too good to turn down and I’ve ended up making probably one of the hardest decisions in my life, in turning down a club I’ve been desperate to work at and come and to take on the challenge at a fantastic club, which is prepared to give me a chance to develop myself as a coach with really good players."
He added: "I started coaching six years ago while I was playing at Carlisle and I’ve done a little bit at Everton, working in the pre-Academy and foundation, just getting some experience. I also did a little bit of coaching at Huddersfield in the Academy again before I went for a coaching role at Sheffield Wednesday. There, I worked through all the age groups at the younger end, did my education and worked through my badges there."
August 3, 2017
Ferguson mystified by Middleton situation
Boss Darren Ferguson has been surprised how little interest there seems to have been in transfer listed Harry Middleton, and has suspicions that his advisors have not been doing enough to secure their man a move to another club.
Ferguson commented to the Doncaster Star: "There’s been nothing concrete which is surprising really. Swindon showed an interest but nothing came of it. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens there."
However, he added: "It’s only fair and right that if we’re going to get players in, we’ll get some out. I think Harry has to accept, and he has done to a degree, but the people that look after him need to accept he has to look somewhere else. I’m quite surprised but I’m not too sure about how proactive his team have been about doing it. He’s got to accept he needs to get out and get games."
August 3, 2017
Suckling joins Spurs
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Perry Suckling has been appointed as the Academy coach and goalkeeping coach at Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
Suckling played for Doncaster Rovers during the turbulent mid-1990s, and has most recently been a coach with the Queens Park Rangers academy.
In his playing career, he included spells at Coventry city, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Watford and Rovers, along with loans at West Ham United and Brentford.