February 28, 2018
Anderson injury update
On loan defender Tom Anderson was due to have surgery on a broken cheekbone after being injured in a collision with goalkeeper Marko Marosi at the weekend.
Rovers had feared that he may also have broken his eye socket, which would have made it a much worse injury, but those fears were proved not to be the case.
Burnley report that he will be out of action for between four and six weeks. He returned to his parent club to have the operation and rehabilitation, but Rovers will be keeping a check on him to see how his recovery goes, and when he will be fit to resume playing.
Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press: “It was a bad one. Marko’s caught him badly. The striker’s just nudged him and obviously put him onto Marko. We thought he had fractured his eye socket as well but he hasn’t. It’s a bad injury but it could’ve been worse in many ways. He’s a tough boy, he’ll get on with it. Burnley will get him in quicker for the operation and we’ll keep in contact with him about how his rehab is going."
February 28, 2018
Alfie out for six weeks
Rovers midfielder Alfie Beestin is facing around six weeks in the treatment room after suffering ankle ligament damage during the second half of Saturday's away game at Rotherham United.
The news comes just as Rovers thought that their injury woes were diminishing, and Darren Ferguson is disappointed that Alfie will be unavailable after making such progress this season.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "I’m really disappointed for him because he’s made himself a real fixture in the team. We’ve brought him back into that midfield role and he’s done well in it. So it’s a real blow for the boy. Unfortunately it’s something I’m getting used to at this club, we just keep getting injury after injury. It’s incredible, but we just have to get on with it."
"I think a lot of people might’ve thought it was a break. It was a strong tackle but I don’t think it was a malicious tackle. The boy [Richard] Wood has come through him and taken the whole lot really. It’s quite bad ligament damage, probably similar to the one Issam [Ben Khemis] got. At a push you’d get him back for the last three or four games."
February 28, 2018
Development game postponed
Yesterday's Development XI game against York City was postponed due to the adverse weather conditions in the York area.
The game was due to be played at their Wigginton Road training ground, but the pitch was unplayable.
Both clubs have agreed to rearrange the game for Tuesday, 6th March with a 1pm kick-off.
February 28, 2018
Youth Team 0 Notts County 0
A young Rovers side were held to a goalless draw at Cantley Park on Saturday, with coach Paul Stancliffe giving a number of the Under-16s and Under 15s a game, as has been the case in a number of recent games.
The Rovers defence was particularly assured and minimised the number of goal scoring chances that County had, and Rovers tended to threaten on the counter-attack, with Cody Prior going close.
February 28, 2018
Travel to Southend

The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Southend United on Saturday, 10th March.
They will leave Retford at 8.30am, Harworth 8.35am, Bawtry 8.45am, Rossington Styrrup 8.45am, Hare & Tortoise 8.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9,00am, Waterdale 9.05am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.15am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £23 - Concessions £21
Non-members: Adults £25 - Concessions £24
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.

February 27, 2018
Hayter coaching back at Bournemouth
Former Doncaster Rovers striker James Hayter has gone back to his first club, Bournemouth, to become a part-time coach with the younger players in their academy.
James has started to do his coaching badges as he looks to life after playing and is now coaching the seven and eight year old at Bournemouth. He continues to play for National League club Havant & Waterlooville.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, James said: "I’m realistic. I’m 38 and know football doesn’t go on forever so you have to look at other avenues. If something were to come up and there was conflict with playing then something would have to give and it would probably be the football because you have to look long term. I have had a good innings and you have to do what you have to do. I’m doing my coaching badges and enjoy helping out and passing on some of my experiences. It’s something I’m looking to move into but it’s still early days."
Hayter's claim to fame at Bournemouth is the fastest hat-trick scored in the Football League (140 seconds), and at Rovers will be long remembered for scoring the winning goal at Wembley when Rovers beat Leeds United in the League One play-off final of 2008.
February 27, 2018
Ameobi joins Cincinnati
Ex-Rovers loan striker Tomi Ameobi has joined FC Cincinnati after being released by FC Edmonton at the end of the 2017 season.
He is the second player to join their squad in the last couple of weeks as they begin their pre-season training. His move is subject to USL and Federation approval. He played for Edmonton between 2014 and 2017 and scored 21 goals in 95 appearances.
He played for Rovers in the 2008/09 season on loan from Newcastle United and as well as playing for Leeds United, Scunthorpe United and Forest Green Rovers in England, also played for Bi/Bolungarvik and UMF Grindavik in Iceland in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He then played in Finland for Vassan Palloseura in 2013 before moving to North America in 2014.
February 27, 2018
Southend ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Southend United on Saturday, 10th March are now on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office. Or, as I realised at the last match, the "Box Office" - whatever difference the name makes!
Rovers have received an allocation of 600 tickets for the match, and tickets are now on sale to Silver & Half Season Membership holders, Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership holders.
If any tickets remain unsold, they will go on general sale next Monday (5th March).
Ticket prices are:
Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (60+) £15 - Disabled £14 - Young adults (17-21) £14 - Students (valid proof required) £14 - Juniors (9-16) £10 - Juniors (8 & under) £4
Tickets can be bought on match day, but prices rise to:
Adults £25 - Senior Citizens (60+) £18 - Disabled £17 - Young adults (17-21) £17 - Students (valid proof required) £17 - Juniors (9-16) £12 - Juniors (8 & under) £5
Please note that for tickets bought on match day at Southend, it will be cash only.
February 27, 2018
O'Kelly extends contract at Brentford
Former Rovers assistant manager Richard O'Kelly has agreed an extension to his contract at Brentford. All of their coaching staff - Dean Smith, Richard O'Kelly and Thomas Frank - have signed new deals that keep them at Griffin Park until the summer of 2020.
O'Kelly moved to Brentford with boss Dean Smith in November 2015 after the pair moved from Walsall, where they had worked together for three and a half years.
A statement issued by the club said: "We have been pleased to see the progress the team has made this season. We strongly believe that we are on the right path, and with the new contracts for Dean, Richard and Thomas we can now continue the hard work with stability in key coaching positions. At Brentford it is not about the individuals, it is about the team and the togetherness we need to compete in a very tough league. In Dean, Richard and Thomas we believe we have a very strong coaching team who complement each other very well."
February 26, 2018
Rotherham United 2 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers were subjected to a continued onslaught from Rotherham United in the closing minutes of Saturday's South Yorkshire derby at the New York Stadium, and fell to a heartbreaking last minute goal which means that the Rovers' long sequence of not having won an away game against the Millers continues.
While the defeat may be very disappointing, especially since Rovers held a lead from the 39th minute through to the 90th, but the 14 minute added on at the end of the game was caused by lengthy stoppages as Tom Anderson and Alfie Beestin were treated and carried off the pitch on stretchers. Both look set for lengthy absences, and comes just as it looked as though Rovers' lengthy injury list was becoming shorter.
Tom Anderson appeared to be knocked out by a collision with Marko Marosi in the 48th minute and eventually was replaced after seven minutes' treatment by Joe Wright, who was himself making his first appearances after an absence caused by injury.
And then Alfie Beestin was injured when involved in a 50/50 challenge with Rotherham's Richard Wood. Another lengthy halt to the game followed, until Alfie also left the field on a stretcher with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Darren Ferguson made just one change to his starting line-up, preferring to stick by the players that produced an improved performance last weekend against Fleetwood, with Ben Whiteman replacing Luke McCullough, who picked up a knock in last week's game.
Rovers took the lead six minutes before the break when Alex Kiwomya's pace caught a Rotherham defender in possession, with Kiwomya laying the ball back for John Marquis, whose shot from 20 yards curled into the corner of the net.
The second half started in disastrous fashion, with Marosi racing out of his goal to claim the ball, but he flattened Tom Anderson in doing so. That led to a lengthy delay while Anderson received treatment before being carried off and replaced by Joe Wright.
Rovers were coming under more pressure as the half went on, although Coppinger's chipped cross came close to sneaking under the crossbar.
Another long stoppage followed when Alfie Beestin came off second best in a legitimate 50/50 challenge with Rotherham's Richard Wood, before he was taken from the field on a stretcher to be replaced by Matty Blair.
And then the board went up for an incredible (but quite right) 12 minutes of added time, and it all went pear shaped for Rovers.
In the third minute of added time, Rovers (yet again) conceded from a free kick as Smith got in front of his defender to head home and make it 1-1.
Even then, it looked as though Rovers would continue to hold out against a Rotherham side that were intent on finding a winner - but when the winner came, it was in unfortunate and entirely avoidable circumstances.
A Rotherham attack had been thwarted with Marosi forcing Smith wide of goal, but inexplicably Marosi then tried to reclaim the loose ball and brought Smith down, with the referee having little hesitation in giving a penalty, which was duly dispatched.
February 26, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson admitted after Saturday's game: "It’s a hard one to take. When you lose a game with the actual last kick of the ball, it’s a really hard one to take. My players didn’t deserve that. The amount of effort they put into that and the commitment. It was a typical derby game, one that we expected."
He continued: "First half, they didn’t give us many problems at all and it was a great goal by John. A great finish. We pressed them and the goal came from that. We defended from the front. Tom Anderson getting injured for so long gave us a problem in a sense that I knew if the game had stayed the same as it was then as soon as the board went up with that amount of injury time, it would give everyone a lift. That came into my thinking when Tom was down for so long. The first goal is such a blatant foul on my centre half, that is why they score and it’s not been seen by the referee."
The penalty award in the last minute of the game was fair, said Ferguson. "It was a penalty. It's a mistake by my centre half in the last ten seconds of the game. Marko has done really well initially to stand up as long as he could. But he doesn't have to go for it.As soon as he does everyone in the ground knows the boy is going to go down. But it is a penalty. I can't have any complaints about the decision."
Rotherham manager Paul Warne commented: "It was sort of a game of two halves, really. First-half I don’t think there was a lot in it but Donny had more composure on the ball. It’s the first time we’ve played in a full house for a while, which is great and we want people to come and watch this great team. I thought Donny had a bit more composure and adjusted to the conditions quicker than we did. I thought if I got the lads in at 0-0 by half time I’d be happy with that. I didn’t think they were doing what we asked them to do."
"We asked them where they thought it was going wrong at half time and we adjusted it. Then I thought the second half we were really good. I hope the two Donny lads are all right, as neither of them looked like good injuries. I hope they’re okay. It sort of ruined the run of the game. It wasn’t smooth, but we had a lot of possession, attempts on goal and corners. Then there was another injury so we didn’t get going as well as we’d liked."
February 26, 2018
Ferguson on injuries
After Saturday's game at Rotherham, Darren Ferguson made comment on the two injuries suffered by Rovers players which led to both being carried off on a stretcher.
On-loan defender Tom Anderson collided with goalkeeper Marko Marosi and suffered a head injury, with Ferguson saying: "I don't know if Tom was knocked out. The way he has fallen, there was no support for his head or his neck. It didn't look very good I have to say."
Alfie Beestin also seems to face a lengthy time in the treatment room, with Ferguson commenting: "Beestin is a bad one. I think it looks like his ankle. You would imagine it was some sort of ligament damage. That wasn't a foul, it was a good strong tackle from the boy. I wasn't complaining about that at the time, it was more about the linesman not giving us a corner."
Ferguson also confirmed that James Coppinger's late substitution was down to fatigue, with the midfielder suffering from cramp. He explained: "I had to take Copps off because he was cramping up. I didn't want to because he was our best player. He was outstanding, his composure on the ball every time he got on it he looked after it. He was giving them a problem but I had to take him off."
February 26, 2018
Match highlights

Brief match highlights of the away game at Rotherham United at the weekend are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

February 24, 2018
Rotherham United v Rovers
Darren Ferguson has hinted that he is unlikely to change much when he names his side for this afternoon's away game at Rotherham United.
Luke McCullough picked up a knock in last weekend's game against Fleetwood, but is expected to bit fit, and Alex Kiwomya is also set to retain his place after a successful performance last week.
Defender Joe Wright is closing on a return but will not be risked today, while Andy Butler, Danny Andrew and Andy Williams continue to be sidelined. Mathieu Baudry has regained fitness after his hamstring injury, but is again likely to be on the bench.
Rotherham could welcome back defender Joe Mattock after he missed last week's win at Shrewsbury, but he returned to training during the week.
Several other players are reported to be carrying knocks, with midfielders Richie Towell and Anthony Forde, along with defender Will Vauks all having to persuade boss Paul Warne that they are fit enough to play.
Striker Jamie Proctor (knee) and midfielder Darren Potter (achilles) are long term injured players and will not feature today.
February 24, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Rotherham United are:
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
Assistant referees: Nick Greenhalgh and James Mainwaring
Fourth official: Richard Clark
February 24, 2018
Ferguson gives injury update
Darren Ferguson thinks that defender Joe Wright will be available for next weekend's home game against Bury. He has been out with fractured ribs since last month's defeat against Bristol Rovers, and while he has an outside chance of being fit for this afternoon's game, next weekend looks a more likely prospect.
As Ferguson explained to the Yorkshire Post: "Joe has got a small chance but I’m not going to risk him. With the injury he got, one knock could give him a problem. He’s more chance for the following week."
Andy Butler is further behind in his recovery from knee ligament damage, with the Southend game on March 10th the earliest likely return date.
Andy Williams should be back in training next week, so by the middle of next month, the injury list at Rovers should be greatly reduced, with only Danny Andrew and Issam Ben Khemis out for the rest of the season.
February 24, 2018
Nelson joins Glovers
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has signed a short-term contact at Yeovil Town.
He was released 'by mutual consent' by Gillingham on 31st January, so allowed to join a new club as a free agent, and has signed a deal which lasts until the end of the season.
Yeovil moved to sign him after Artur Krysiak was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and Nelson will compete with Jonny Maddison for the starting place in the Yeovil team.
February 23, 2018
Rotherham game sold out
This weekend's game at Rotherham United is a sell-out, with all of the home and away tickets for the New York Stadium now taken.
Obviously that means if you don't have a ticket, it is pointless in travelling to the game.
Rovers have sold all of their allocation of just over 2,500, and the club have pointed out that tickets are for allocated seats, and supporters should make sure that they sit in the right seat.
Additionally, there are a number of families and elderly supporters among the Rovers support, and Rovers have reminded everyone that it is an all-seater stadium, and the younger and older supporters may struggle to see the pitch if others stand for prolonged periods of time.
February 23, 2018
Youth team game to start early
Doncaster Rovers have announced that the youth team game against Notts County at Cantley Park on Saturday will now kick-off at 10.30am instead of the originally scheduled 11am.
All are welcome to watch - supporters can watch youth team games at Cantley Park free of charge.
February 23, 2018
Fergie looks forward to Millers clash
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is looking forward to this weekend's local derby against Rotherham United, even though the statistics may suggest that the odds are in favour of the home team.
But local derbies can throw up all sorts of unexpected events, so it's anyone's guess as to how things will turn out.
Ferguson told DROS in his pre-match press conference: "These are the ones where you wish you were playing again, I’d love to be involved on Saturday, it’ll be a full house with 2,500 of our fans making the journey across, it’s a proper game and the early part will be blood and thunder. I’m really looking forward to it and so are the players, you can just sense it, it’s one that we’ve singled out to look forward to, we know how important it is, they’re in great form and they’re very effective in the way they play."
"They’re confident and it’s in their own back yard, it’ll be a tough game, but when my players are on it and we get the intensity we saw against Fleetwood, we will give anyone a good game in this league."
He added: "The last game against them was a real derby game, and we will need to do a lot of stuff that we did well this time too, it’ll be a similar game where both teams are very committed, but we have to find the composure on the ball too. We will be competitive in every game this season, you have to do the basics right, we didn’t change too much against Fleetwood, but it worked because we did the basics better and now we will look to go on a run once again. You have to give Rotherham a lot of credit, they’re on a great run, you have to take your hat off to any team that wins six on the bounce, but we will look to build on last weekend, and there’s no reason why we can’t go out and win and continue our momentum."
Ferguson is expecting a physical encounter with a lot of aerial bombardment, adding: "It will be tin hats on Saturday. I will be honest, I have not seen a team play like this for a long time. The way they just throw the ball in the box – it is just constant. Any throw-in anywhere near 30 or 40 yards, bang, it is in the box."
Rotherham boss Paul Warne is expecting that his side can continue their recent good form, which has seen them go 13 matches unbeaten in League One.
Looking forward to the game, he told the Yorkshire Post: "Donny are bringing a good crowd and it will give our fans something to sing against. I am expecting it to feel like a play-off game, like a second leg of a play-off. It is our job, as a staff, to just focus the lads on the game not the occasion. At their place the occasion, I think, got the better of all the players. It was a poor game. Neither team really played that well. I am hopeful it will be a good game of football on Saturday, a good advert for League One."
February 23, 2018
Petition for Harry to be knighted
An on-line petition has been launched calling for former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Harry Gregg to receive a knighthood in recognition of his heroism on the night of the Munich Air Disaster back on 6th February 1958.
There are only two living survivors of the air crash - the other being Sir Bobby Charlton.
Gregg escaped from the wreckage, but went back into the plane to pull Dennis Viollet and Bobby Charlton free, as well as a Czech passenger, Verena Lukic and her baby, Vesna.
He has already been awarded the MBE (in 1995), but fans back in Belfast have started the campaign to get Harry a knighthood.
The petition reads: "Mr Harry Gregg from Coleraine Northern Ireland signed for Manchester United in October 1957 from Doncaster Rovers for a fee off £23,000.
"On 6th February 1958 his life was to change Manchester United were on there way back from Belgrade Yugoslavia when the plane had to stop in Munich for a refuel after refuelling the plane made three attempts to take off when on the third attempt disaster struck.
"Mr Gregg survived the crash he managed to free himself and to help fellow passengers by pulling them to safety of the burning plane he also pulled a baby an her mother from the wreckage he was praised for his heroics (for which he plays down).
"Amazingly Harry was back in action within 2 weeks in a FA cup tie for Manchester United as the club defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-0. Then 4 months later this amazing man was voted best goalkeeper in the World Cup after starring for Northern Ireland at the world cup finals in Sweden.
"Harry Gregg has now also got a foundation set up in his name he likes to promote alot of grass roots football. The Harry Gregg Foundation youth league aims to provide a framework for youth football. Which will promote player development,community cohesion and participation in healthy recreation. Which in turn promotes good citizenship and also enables young people to grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.
"I think Harry should not only get a knighthood just for what he done in Munich but also his contribution for grassroots football and also are youth of today."
If anyone is wanting to put their name to the petition, please click on the picture to the left.
February 23, 2018
Sheridan replaces Rosler at Fleetwood
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder John Sheridan has been appointed as the new manager at League One club Fleetwood Town.
He replaces Uwe Rosler, who was sacked after Fleetwood's 3-0 defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium, and has a contract which runs until the end of this season.
Fleetwood are in a relegation battle and currently lie in 20th place in the table, only out of the bottom three on goal difference.
Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley told the BBC: "John is exactly the sort of character we need. He has a proven track record of having an instant impact with clubs and we are confident that will be the case here. We have found ourselves in a difficult position in League One and it was important we appointed someone quickly to address this."
This will be Sheridan's tenth managerial appointment since his first job at Oldham in 2001. He has a record of successful battles against relegation, including his latest return to manage Oldham last season.
Sheridan has also managed Chesterfield, Plymouth Argyle, Newport County and Notts County.
February 22, 2018
Copps plans to play on
Midfielder James Coppinger has confirmed that he plays to keep playing past the end of this season, despite continuing to pass numerous career milestones this season, including his 500th league appearance which came in the Charlton game recently.
Coppinger's contract with Rovers runs out in the summer, and Darren Ferguson is not saying anything about whether a new deal will be on the cards for his skipper.
But Coppinger will keep on playing - whether it's at Rovers or elsewhere.
He told the Doncaster Star earlier this month: "There’s no reason why I can’t be playing football next season or won’t be playing football next season. One hundred per cent I want to be playing football. I don’t wake up in the morning thinking ‘I don’t want to go to training’ or my legs are hurting. I feel fresh every single morning with a desire to get better and improve and help the team. Next season is definitely something that I want to be part of and hopefully fingers crossed something will happen."
As far as life after Rovers, if it comes this summer, he added: "I’d definitely look for another club. I’ve said in the past it would be nice to finish here, obviously being here for that long. But things don’t always happen the way you want them to. For me I want to play football, I love playing football and I’m still enjoying playing football. I’m still doing as well as I have done in the past and there’s no reason for me to stop playing. If it’s not with Doncaster it will be with someone else and that’s just the way it will be."
February 22, 2018
Danny keen to learn at Buxton
Young Rovers defender Danny Amos is keen to learn as much as he can during his time on loan at Buxton, who have former Rovers defender Tim Ryan as their caretaker manager at the moment.
Danny told the Buxton Advertiser: "It’s a good experience for me to go out and play men’s football. There are some former Rovers players there such as Jan Budtz, Ricky Ravenhill and Tim Ryan who is the assistant manager, so I know I will be in good hands. It’s been an amazing season for me, being in the squad for Arsenal, then the call up for Northern Ireland, then securing my professional deal and then getting a full 90 minutes of first-team football."
During his month on loan at Buxton, Amos will continue to be available to play in Rovers' Development XI games.
February 22, 2018
Fowler joins Wellmen
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Lee Fowler has joined Huws Gray Alliance side Holywell Town and will be with the club for the rest of the season.
Fowler, a Welsh under-21 international, has played in the Football League for Coventry City, Huddersfield Town, Burton Albion, Fleetwood Town, Doncaster Rovers and Crawley Town, as well as in non-league with Forest Green Rovers, Newport County, Kettering Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Nuneaton Borough and Wrexham (twice).
After signing, Lee told the Daily Post: "I’m good mates with the gaffer and we always keep in touch. If I can help the club out in any way from now until the end of the season, I will do. My fitness is a lot better and I’m lighter than the back end of last season. I want to bring my experience to the club and it suits us both so it can only be a win-win situation for us all and I look forward to getting going playing for Holywell Town."
Boss John Haseldin added: "I’m delighted that Lee has signed for the club, I’ve known him for a few years now and tried to get him a few times over the years. He’s obviously a player with a wealth of professional and Football League experience which makes him a great addition to our squad at this important stage of the season. With the postponements of late we will need a bit more strength in depth to the squad and he will certainly bring that along with a huge amount of quality with his ability to affect games and unlock defences which could be the difference in tight games. He is a clever footballer and will suit our style of play."
February 22, 2018
Ryan to have op in hope of resuming career
Ex-Rovers midfielder Ryan Burge is to have ankle surgery today with the hope that he will be able to resume his playing career.
The Cheltenham born player played for Sutton United and Eastleigh last season before being forced to stop playing after an injury was not identified correctly.
He was told that he had got ankle ligament damage, but it turned out he had fractured his ankle.
He explained to Gloucestershire Live: "I strengthened my ankle as best as I could and was told to ignore the pain and try and play, even having injections to get me through games, but I got fed up with it all in the end. Nearly two years later I've seen someone who knows what they're doing and my ankle is still broken as these things don't heal themselves."
After having surgery, it will take four to six months before he can play again.
He added: "The level I will be able to play at depends how the operation goes, but I still haven't decided if I want to carry on yet. I will get myself in the best shape just in case I do want to and if I'm fully fit, I'm capable of playing at any level. I helped Port Vale win promotion to League One and won player of the year too, after missing a year with injury before that. Every club I've been at since then I've done well and success is not measured by quantity but by quality as you can play a lot of games and achieve nothing, or a limited amount of games and achieve something like I have. I will always back myself, but this is a very serious injury and I have to recover from this first. I always look to take the positives from a bad situation and one thing I have learned during the last couple of years while I've had this injury, is to enjoy myself more."
February 22, 2018
Anderson named in "Team of the week"
Doncaster Rovers defender Tom Anderson has been named in the latest Football League "Team of the Week" for his performance against Fleetwood Town last Saturday.
Along with Anderson, former Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa was also recognised while playing for Wycombe Wanderers.
The full team named is: Costel Pantilimon (Nottingham Forest), Matt Targett (Fulham), Sean Morrison (Cardiff City), Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle), Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers), Jason Demetriou (Southend United), Ben Kennedy (Stevenage), Richie Towell (Rotherham United), Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic), Marc Richards (Swindon Town), Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers).
Manager - Joe Dunne (Cambridge United).
February 21, 2018
Ferguson looks forward
Darren Ferguson was pleased with the way that his players reacted after the 'horror show' at Walsall, and is hoping that it was a "watershed" moment.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, he said: "I said to the players we had to use it as a positive. We had to make sure it was a watershed moment. It’s not something I’ve been accustomed to from my players or anyone that has watched all our games. It was an unusual performance and when you get performances like that, you have to see a reaction immediately. You cannot wait and we got that."
The performance against Fleetwood last Saturday certainly calmed a lot of nerves and he added: "It’s been a bit of a tough time but hopefully this is the sign we’re coming through it. We can take that performance into the last 12. Perhaps it is a good example to the players that if they don’t get the first bit right, the fundamentals, the basics, outwork them, outrun them, have the stats that should show me on a Sunday morning that we have outrun the opposition. If we don’t get all that then it might be a problem."
February 21, 2018
Fergie hails Marquis
Boss Darren Ferguson reckons that striker John Marquis is one of the best strikers in League One, even though he has not been anywhere near as prolific as he was last season.
However, the overall contribution he is making to the team is just as valuable, his manager says.
Darren commented: "He was always in a good frame of mind. There was never any doubt in my mind that he would get back to scoring goals. For me he’s one of the best strikers in the league, there’s no doubt in my mind. I know he perhaps doesn’t score as many goals but ask any defender that plays against him - they know they’ve been in a game. I think he’s done tremendously well and he’s kept his belief in his performances and not let it affect him. When he wasn’t scoring he was having a big impact on the team. There’s players you just can’t afford to lose and John’s one of those."
February 21, 2018
Kiwomya now ready for full game
Striker Alex Kiwomya could play the entire 90 minutes of this weekend's away game at Rotherham United after successfully coming through his first start for Rovers against Fleetwood.
Until then, Alex had been given game time from the substitutes' bench, but against Fleetwood he played 72 minutes before being withdrawn as a precaution.
Darren Ferguson explained: "He looked far better in the latter part of the game than I thought. His running didn’t change. He is very explosive so he takes probably longer to recover but I thought his recovery was very good. He kept looking strong. I thought he was excellent on Saturday, very good on the ball. His goal was a real poacher’s goal which is not something he’s used to. I was absolutely delighted for him. He could have possibly stayed on for 90 but there was no point in risking him. An hour we felt he could do, and after an hour I thought he looked strong. I probably think he’s ready for 90."
And Ferguson revealed that the former Chelsea striker could be a key player for the rest of the season, adding: "Alex is going to be important in most games now. He’s a good player and he’s now got confidence. The fans have taken to him really well and they can see what he gives us."
February 21, 2018
Voting results v Fleetwood
WE received nominations for six different players to be the "Man of the Match" for last Saturday's home game against Fleetwood Town, with two-goal defender Tom Anderson coming home ahead of his nearest challengers.
The players to receive the most votes were:
1 Tom Anderson (31.58%)
2 Luke McCullough (26.32%)
3 Alfie Beestin (21.05%)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. The next poll will open following Saturday's away game at Rotherham United.
February 20, 2018
Milligan named as new boss at Worksop
Former Rovers defender Duncan Milligan has been named as the new manager at NCEL Premier Division club Worksop Town. Now aged 34, Milligan has been in the dugout for Doncaster Rovers Belles, and has also worked in America and done some scouting for Oldham Athletic.
Milligan, who is head of academy coaching at Balby Carr Community Academy, has another former Rover, John Buckley, as his assistant at Worksop.
He has already brought a number of players through from Worksop's youth system into their first team, and Duncan replaces caretaker manager Craig Spink, who has now left the club.
Milligan came up through the Rovers youth system between 1999 and 2001 before moving on to join Frickley Athletic.
February 20, 2018
Ferguson's dilemma over Copps
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has admitted that he continually faces a selection dilemma over whether to include influential skipper James Coppinger in some games.
Ferguson admits that it is tempting to play the 37 year old midfielder in some matches, but knows that Coppinger's time on the pitch has to be carefully managed to make sure that he is available for the key matches. With James suffering from tendonitis in recent years, Ferguson has omitted his skipper from some games to keep that under control.
He explained to the Doncaster Star earlier this month: "As a manager, he’s a difficult one. Sometimes a decision will be made on James where, if he’s going to end up just defending all the time, it’s not going to work. He’s in the team to be attacking, but when we need someone with that composure, Copps is your man."
February 20, 2018
Diouf the politician?
Controversial former Rovers striker El-Hadji Diouf is considering a major career change - by moving into politics.
While he would liven up British politics, we are sure, it would be back in his home country of Senegal, where he is weighing up a decision of whether to run to become president of Senegal.
Although he has completed his coaching badges in football, he has announced that he wants to become an MP in Senegal, and said: "I am looking after myself and my family. For many years I used to think about football but I have a new career and it is a political career. I have taken the decision to do politics because I have people waiting for me to change things in my country and I am ready to do that because I want to be the solider of the youngsters."
He added: "My future is defined. In the next two years I will be joining politics, because I know from that point I can change a lot in football. I have a lot of passion for politics, and I have people in Senegal who are mentoring me. That is the future for me, because a lot of Senegalese people are able to listen to me. I took high-level coaching courses, but decided not to continue since I have better plans on things I want to do. But I am always available to advise my team whenever called upon."
February 20, 2018
Hume injury blow ends season early
Ex-Rovers striker Iain Hume has suffered a major injury while playing for Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters and could be ruled out for the rest of their season, which has only been going a few weeks.
Hume has been a key player for the Blasters, scoring four goals in the league for them this season despite not being fully fit, but the club have now announced that the unspecified injury could rule him out for the rest of the season. However, Iain is more optimistic as far as the speed of his recovery, but it seems certain that he still faces a lengthy period out of action.
Hume rejoined Kerala Blasters this season after two years with Atletico de Kolkata (now called ATK).
February 20, 2018
Moore turned down Oakwell approach
It has been revealed that former Rovers skipper Darren Moore was approached for the managerial vacancy at Barnsley recently, but turned down the approach>
Moore, presently first team coach at West Bromwich Albion, declined the approach as he is happy to remain at Albion, despite Barnsley asking for permission to give him an interview.
Darren is reported to have managerial ambitions, but has preferred to stay put to help Albion's fight for survival this season.
February 19, 2018
Rovers 3 Fleetwood Town 0
Both sides were desperately wanting to win the game on Saturday, with Rovers not having won since the New Year, and Fleetwood on a run of six successive defeats.
Historically, you would have put money on Rovers to capitulate, but that was never going to be the case in this game, with Fleetwood never really in the game and they gave the Rovers defence a fairly easy afternoon.
After Tuesday's disappointing showing, Darren Ferguson was true to his word and made several changes, with five of Tuesday's team dropped. Marko Marosi, Craig Alcock, Niall Mason and James Coppinger were all given starts, as was Alex Kiwomya, who made his first start in Rovers colours.
Fleetwood made three changes and they looked the brighter side in the opening few minutes without really threatening.
That all changed in the 14th minute when Alex Kiwomya met a low cross in from the left by John Marquis to side-foot the ball home for his first Rovers goal. 13 minutes later and it was 2-0. Rovers won a free kick just outside the penalty area, which was taken by John Marquis, whose low shot went past the wall and was spilled by the Fleetwood keeper, allowing defender Tom Anderson to force the ball home.
Fleetwood made a double substitution at half time in an effort to get back into the game, but they failed to seriously test the Rovers goal, and it became 3-0 in the 55th minute. Again, it came from a free kick routine that looked to have failed, but just as Fleetwood thought they had cleared the danger, Tommy Rowe regained possession down the right and crossed it to allow Anderson, who was still up field after the free kick, to get his second goal by heading the ball into the net.
Marosi did have to save from a long range shot by Hunter in the closing minutes, but Rovers were never going to let their lead slip and comfortably saw the game out and take all the points.
February 19, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson asked for a positive reaction after Tuesday's defeat, and he was pleased to see that the players responded as he hoped.
After the game, he commented: "I said after the game on Tuesday we wanted to make sure that sort of performance, that level of performance and the manner in which we lost was a one off. If it was, only time will tell. But certain on the basis of this performance it was. It has to be that way. There’s no ifs or buts about it. The players knew that when I reminded them of what was expected of them on Thursday. We played more like a team that people are used to seeing in terms of energy, application, determination to win a game of football. I thought they were very good at it. We were dominant. Three goals, a clean sheet - a comprehensive victory really.
"It was an important game to win, we looked at it as a good opportunity to get our first win of the year. We've had a lot of draws and we had to start turning them into wins."
He added: "I had to make some tough decisions in the build-up to the game, I think the ones that were left out were in need of a break from the spotlight. The players that came in did very very well, Ian Lawlor has played non-stop for the past 18 months and Marko Marosi came in and did a good job with what he had to do. That was the case with the other players I took out, some have hit a bit of a bad spell of form but that happens, our back five were very good."
It certainly wasn't a good afternoon for Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler.
He went over to the travelling support at the Keepmoat Stadium after the game to apologise for their performance, and to thank them for travelling.
In an interview in the Blackpool Gazette, he said: "I personally apologise for the result. I personally apologise for the run of results we have lately. I am the leader and i take that responsibility on my shoulders. I thank the supporters, that is why I went over to them at the final whistle to thank them for their effort to come here. To come here they support me, they support the team, when we losing 3-0 of course I understand they are very disappointed."
Speaking on the game he said: "I saw beginning of the game very good, they had no chance to break us down, they looked very nervous and we looked better with Ash Hunter on the left, we threatened them more. But we have players that do not do the basics right, we coach the basics every single day. What you should normally do at this level what we do on throw ins, and how we close people down on throws, normally on this level that is a given. but still we are doing it wrong, the manner the goals came in in the first half is disappointing. After we went 1-0 down you could see the confidence went out of the team because of the run we are on. Senior players are not having more level of confidence holding for longer, that is disappointing. In the end the third goal shows where we are and the manner it came. you cannot top that naivety now, the players have to think about their own futures now but I will not go into that trap and try to blame anyone. We win as a team and lose as a team."
It got worse for Rosler, as before the day was out, Fleetwood announced that he had been relieved of his duties, with Barry Nicholson and David Lucas given the task of taking charge until a new manager is found.
February 19, 2018
Match highlights

There are some match highlights of Saturday's home game against Fleetwood Town on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

February 19, 2018
Rotherham tickets all sold
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have fully sold their quota of tickets for Saturday's away game at Rotherham United.
Please also note that there will be no tickets available on the day.
Rotherham United are reporting that they had less than 250 tickets remaining this morning, so the match looks like being a total sell-out at the New York Stadium.
February 19, 2018
Nelson leaves Gillingham
Former Rovers goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has left Gillingham "by mutual consent" after a stay of over five years.
Nelson joined the Gills in the summer of 2012 on an initial two year contract, and since has picked up numerous "Player of the Year" awards at the club.
However, that time has now come to an end.
Stuart issued a personal note of thanks to the Gillingham supporters, saying: "All good things come to an end` as they say and that is now what’s happened. From the moment I walked through the door in July 2011 you backed me and treated me as one of your own. I’ve been truly blessed to have had such a fantastic support over the last five-and-a-half years. Sadly the time is now for me to move on to a fresh start and a new challenge. I came here with targets and I’m pleased to say I hit those targets I set, and more. I am a League Two Champion, I was voted into the PFA divisional team, I’m now placed third in the all-time appearances for a goalkeeper at GFC and to top it off you have voted me your POTY and overall in the top three for all but one of the full seasons I’ve been here."
"I’ve had so many highs here that I can’t say about them all now but I can say I’m very proud and honoured for every second that I’ve had the Gills badge on my chest. This time out of the team has not been a waste for me. I’ve been working even harder, putting in even more hours to work at my game, my strength and my conditioning and I am now the fittest I’ve been in my whole career and also been able to fine tune many aspects of my game. Now is the time to set new targets and go out and achieve them like I have here. I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your continued support throughout my Gills career, you’ve all been amazing!"
February 17, 2018
Rovers v Fleetwood Town
Mathieu Baudry makes a return to action this afternoon after a speedy recovery from a hamstring injury and has trained all week.
Fellow defenders Andy Butler, Joe Wright and Andy Butler are still out of action, so it looks as if Baudry will line up alongside at least one of the loan defenders in the heart of the Rovers defence this afternoon.
After being concerned about the poor performance on Tuesday evening, Darren Ferguson is likely to make some changes to the side, with James Coppinger likely to be restored to the starting line-up.
Danny Andrew and Andy Williams also continue to be absent due to injury.
For all the disappointment, the overall recent record isn't all that bad, just that Rovers have drawn too many matches instead of winning them.
In contrast, Fleetwood have lost their last six games, but they should have striker Paddy Madden in the squad today, although he has a swollen ankle from their midweek game at Shrewsbury.
Defender Cian Bolger returns after suspension, but George Glendon is doubtful with a calf injury.
Manager Uwe Rosler is likely to continue with Alex Cairns in goal after dropping Chris Neal to the bench on Tuesday.
February 17, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Fleetwood Town are:
Referee: Darren Drysdale
Assistant referees: Ian Smedley and Helen Byrne
Fourth Official: Martin Coy
February 17, 2018
Rovers add six to Hall of Fame
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they will add six former players to their "Hall of Fame" at this afternoon's game against Fleetwood Town.
Those who will be introduced to the crowd are Brian Deane, Ian Snodin, Adam Lockwood, Syd Bycroft and Alan Warboys, while Harry Gregg is also included in the "Hall of Fame", although he will not be at the game, but an interview with him will be played on the stadium's screen.
The claims that Syd Bycroft will receive his certificate on the pitch is an interesting one - as he died at the age of 92 back in 2004!!
February 17, 2018
Voting results v Charlton & Walsall
Thank you to everyone who took part in the "Man of the Match" votes for the last two games, against Charlton Athletic last Saturday, and Walsall on Tuesday.
Young striker Alfie Beestin won the vote for the Charlton game with 38.46% of the vote, coming narrowly ahead of goalkeeper Ian Lawlor (30.76%). Matty Blair picked up 15.38% of the votes, with three other players also being nominated.
Perhaps the result of the vote for Tuesday's game at Walsall sums up the evening, as substitute James Coppinger comfortably won the vote with two votes in every three going his way. John Marquis and Tommy Rowe also received votes.
February 16, 2018
Clarke-Harris rejoins Sky Blues
Ex-Rovers loan striker Jonson Clarke-Harris has moved to Coventry City on loan from Rotherham United for the rest of the season, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.
The 23 year old began his career with Coventry's youth team and became the youngest player to make it to their first team at the age of 16 years 21 days.
Jonson joined the Millers from Oldham Athletic in September 2014 for what was described as a record transfer fee and he made 37 appearances in the 2015/16 season, but a pre-season injury meant he missed most of the following campaign. He has made 19 appearances in all competitions this season.
In January 2015 he went on loan to MK Dons and in March 2015 to Doncaster Rovers. He played 8 games for Rovers, six of them as a substitute, and scored just once.
February 16, 2018
Duffy eyes Premier League after new Blades deal
Ex-Rovers midfielder Mark Duffy has signed an extension to his contract at Sheffield United, and he is now under contract until the summer of 2020.
Duffy moved to Bramall Lane two years ago, joining from Burton Albion, and was a key member of their squad that gained promotion to the Championship last season.
He joins former Rovers striker Billy Sharp in signing an improved contract in recent months, and also has eyes on winning another promotion by the time his new deal runs out.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Duffy said: "That’s the plan. I’ve signed for two and a half years so I’ll be here that long and hopefully I’ll be playing my football in the next division. Sheffield United are right at the top of all my clubs. I’m enjoying my football more than ever and we’re on the right path to where we want to be."
February 16, 2018
Fergie explains Mandeville's loan
Boss Darren Ferguson has explained that he allowed Liam Mandeville to go on loan to Colchester United for the rest of the season in the hope that he will become a more consistent player.
But the way that he explains it, it certainly doesn't mean that Liam's time at Rovers is nearing an end.
After impressing last season, Mandeville has struggled to become a first team regular this season.
He explained to the Doncaster Star: "I just think he needs consistency. There’s only been one period in my time here where he’s been consistent to a level I expect of him. He would probably admit that himself. He’s still young and sometimes it takes that little bit longer for the penny to drop or find that consistency within his game. Perhaps for him, he’s still not sure whether he’s a number nine or ten. He’s in between. I really like Liam as a player and he knows that. This move doesn’t really have a bearing on him long term, I don’t feel. That decision will come in the summer."
He added: "He needs games. He needs to go out and show the quality he showed in the same league last year. And the quality he’s shown at times in this league. I just think he needed games. He was getting frustrated. And I felt with the strikers we’ve got, we’re ok. The big important thing was how Alex Kiwomya came back and that made my decision quite easy."
February 16, 2018
Luke hopes to move into midfield
Luke McCullough is pleased to be back to full fitness and back in the first team after being injured for much of the season, but he now hopes to progress as a midfielder rather than in defence, where he has played most of his games so far.
However, Rovers' defensive shortages at the moment may well mean he will have to wait for a chance in midfield, with Rovers having three centre-backs out injured at the moment.
He explained to the Doncaster Star: "I probably see myself more as a midfielder now to be honest. I’ve enjoyed playing there. I like being in the thick of it more and getting up against people. Whereas you have to sit back a bit more playing at the back. You do have to look at the game a bit differently and study the game a little bit. The manager has been good at helping me, and Gavin Strachan as well, giving me pointers. Obviously the more you play there, the more you get it. But I feel natural enough in there and I think I can play there."
February 16, 2018
Ex-youth teamer joins Boston Town
Former Rovers youth team striker Cameron Johnson has joined ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division club Boston Town, moving across town from Vanarama National League North club Boston United.
Johnson joined the Pilgrims from Rossington Main in July 2015 - he has also played for Matlock Town during his career.
February 14, 2018
Walsall 4 Rovers 2
Two late goals by Rovers gave a scoreline of relative respectability they scarcely deserved after conceding three first half goals with a poor performance at the Bescot Stadium.
It means that Rovers still have not picked up a win since the turn of the year and means they must start to look over their shoulders as the gap between them a the bottom four, rather than the dreams of the play--offs which were realistic at Christmas.
While it is true that none of the goals Rovers conceded were from set pieces this time, the Walsall goals were just too easy as Rovers put in an awful performance.
Rovers went behind in the 22nd minute, with Edwards rising high and unchallenged to head home a cross. It was 2-0 just two minutes later, as Edwards side-footed home a low cross - and it got worse in time added on at the end of the first half as Morris drilled the ball past Lawlor.
It took the introduction of James Coppinger as a second half substitute to provide the spark that saw Rovers spring into life, and the Rovers skipper almost scored, but Walsall again took advantages of gaps in the Rovers defence to score their fourth, with Lawlor coming out of his goal as the home side exploited gaps through the middle, and Bakayoko put the ball past the Rovers keeper into an empty net.
But at least these days Rovers don't give up until the very end, and Tommy Rowe forced his way into the penalty area to get Rovers' first. That was followed by a spot kick by Niall Mason which was given after Boyle was judged to have been pushed - but that was in injury time and too late for any chance of salvaging a point.
There is much work to be done at Cantley Park this week, as Rovers desperately need to improve in time for Saturday's home game against Fleetwood.
February 15, 2018
Richardson moves to the KC
Former Rovers goalkeeper Barry Richardson has joined Championship club Hull City as their goalkeeping coach.
Richardson has been performing a similar role at Wycombe Wanderers for the last four years, where he was also still registered as a player.
On getting confirmation of his new job, Richardson told Hull's official web site: "I’m very excited to be here, to be working with a group of really good players and more especially in my role, two really good international goalkeepers and some young goalkeepers that really want to develop. I love all aspects of working with different goalkeepers, from helping those just starting out with their careers with their development to working with some really top goalkeepers, and the two we have here are right up there. There’s a good blend of experience, youth and hunger with the group of goalkeepers we have here and I’m really looking forward to working with them."
He has also coached at Nottingham Forest, Peterborough United and Cheltenham Town.
February 15, 2018
Travel information to Rotherham

The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Rotherham United on Saturday, 24th February.
They will leave Retford at 12.15pm, Harworth 12.25pm, Bawtry 12.35pm, Rossington Styrrup 12.35pm, Hare & Tortoise 12.40pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 12.45pm, Waterdale 12.50pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 1.00pm.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £11 - Concessions £10
Non-members: Adults £13 - Concessions £12
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.

February 15, 2018
Ward joins the Dons
Ex-Rovers loan defender Elliott Ward has joined MK Dons on loan from Blackburn Rovers for the rest of the season.
Now aged 33, Ward has made 15 appearances for Blackburn this season and arrives at Milton Keynes Dons to provide cover for Joe Walsh and Scott Gilbourne, both of which are expected to miss the rest of the season.
Dons boss Dan Micciche told the club web site: "It was important, for me, to bring some experience in there and Elliott has a fantastic CV."
February 15, 2018
Grant's loan collapses
Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has called for the rules for loan players to be changed after Argyle were forced to pull out of a move to sign Everton's Conor Grant on loan.
Grant had a loan spell at Crewe earlier this season, and played one game for Everton's Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy back in August. However, the rules stipulate that a player cannot represent more than two clubs in one season, so Argyle's move for the midfielder could not go ahead.
Adams commented: "The rule has to change. Will it change? I'm not sure, because it might be UEFA that'll stop that."
February 15, 2018
Sandwith is new boss at Ellesmere
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Kevin Sandwith has been appointed as a joint manager at Ellesmere Rangers, who play in the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division.
The club announced the appointment at the end of January following the departure of previous boss Richard Brown.
He has been appointed as joint manager along with Jamie Haynes. A club statement says: "We are pleased to announce that Jamie and Kevin have agreed to join the club to form the new management team. Jamie is an experienced player having started as a professional at Shrewsbury Town & has played for Newtown & Caersws in the Welsh Premier league as well as several clubs in the English non-league scene – Market Drayton Town, Leek Town, Newcastle Town & Redditch. Kevin has significant Football League experience at Carlisle United, Doncaster Rovers, Lincoln City, Chester City, Oxford United, Macclesfield Town & Mansfield Town as well as non-League at Telford United & Weymouth. Both come with excellent coaching experience & qualifications. The committee were impressed with their passion to develop & improve players, their vision to take the club forward, encouraging any local players to join or return to the club plus their plans to integrate the Youth team into the First Team setup. They will take charge immediately with their first game on Sat 3rd February 3pm at home to Shifnal Town."
February 14, 2018
Match highlights

There are match highlights of Tuesday evening's game at Walsall currently showing on the Sky Sports web site>
If you would like to watch them, please click on their logo to the left.

February 14, 2018
Ferguson - get back to basics
After watching Rovers slump to defeat at Walsall on Tuesday evening, boss Darren Ferguson is asking his players to 'get back to basics' to get themselves out of this winless run that stretches back to 2017.
And he also warned that Rovers cannot continue to rely as heavily on the creative influence of James Coppinger.
Speaking to DROS after the Walsall game, he said: "I have been happy in recent weeks because we have battled back from losing positions, we have managed to compete and scrap points and I’ve been pleased with that. Our priorities now are to get back to basics, my players have done that over time, and we need to get back to winning ways as quick as possible. We need to compete, win second balls and you have to run more than the opposition, and as soon as you do that we will start winning games again."
He added: "James Coppinger cannot play every game, he has played six on the bounce now and that is too many for him, I am a big fan of James. I only wish I could have had him earlier in his career and I have said that many of times, I am fortunate to have had him over a certain amount of time. We cannot keep relying on Coppinger because he cannot play until he is 50, he came on and did things that you would expect Coppinger to do, but I had to give him a rest."
February 14, 2018
Mason forced to retire
It is with great regret that we learn that former Rovers loanee Ryan Mason has announced his retirement from playing football. His statement was issued on the web site of Hull City, his current club, and comes after twelve months of trying to regain fitness. However, specialists have persuaded him that his head injury was too serious to allow him to play again, even with a protective helmet.
Ryan joined Hull City from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2016, and suffered the serious head injury when Hull played Chelsea in January 2017, which left him with a fractured skull.
Since then he has been advised by numerous neurologists and neuro surgeons, but based on advice he has received, his health has to come first.
Ryan said in a statement: "I have worked tirelessly in order to be able to return to the pitch. Unfortunately, having taken expert medical advice I now have no option but to retire due to the risks involved given the nature of my injury."
A statement from Hull City read: "It is with deep regret that the Club has to announce that, following the head injury suffered on 22nd January 2017, Ryan Mason is to retire from football with immediate effect. Ryan has sought the guidance of numerous world renowned neurologists and neuro surgeons who have all advised that a return to competitive football is not advised. Ryan would like to put on record his thanks to all at the Club who have aided his recovery to this point and he his is indebted to them for their support and compassion over the past 12 months."
Ryan Mason played for Doncaster Rovers on loan from Spurs in three loan spells, from August 2010 to November 2010, when he played in five matches, from January 2011 to May 2011, when he made a further ten appearances and the early stages of the following season, when he made another five appearances.
He scored just once for Rovers, in the Carling Cup home game against Tranmere Rovers in August 2011, which Rovers won 3-0.
We would like to wish Ryan all the best for the future, wherever that may lead.
February 13, 2018
Walsall v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers play the second match in a busy week that Darren Ferguson has identified as being key in how well the club do in League One this season.
Ferguson is likely to use the same squad that was named for Saturday's home game against Charlton Athletic, although he will be hoping for a more cohesive display this time around.
Alex Kiwomya and Luke McCullough successfully came through Saturday's game, with both featuring as second half substitutes, and it will be interesting to see how soon Ferguson decides to give either a start.
Defender Mathieu Baudry will miss today's game, but was due to have resumed training yesterday, and should come into contention for the weekend's game against Fleetwood.
Still missing will be Andy Butler, Joe Wright, Andy Williams, Issam Ben Khemis and Danny Andrew.
Walsall are likely to have Erhun Oztumer, their top scorer, back in the first eleven today. He was dropped to the bench on Saturday to give Julien Ngoy his first start. Walsall boss Jon Whitney also is not reporting any new injury problems, with Florent Cuvelier fit after a knee injury.
February 13, 2018
Fergie frustrated by set piece problems
Boss Darren Ferguson is frustrated that Doncaster Rovers have conceded so many goals from set pieces, which is a marked contrast to their record before Christmas. Form until then had made dreams of catching up with the play-off places not out of the question, but the form since has been disastrous, with Rovers still chasing their first win of 2018.
Speaking ahead of this evening's game at Walsall, Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: "I have had a good look at our form all the way through Christmas, which was good. But we have now had seven games without a win, six of them have been drawn. The main difference has been we are losing too many goals to set-pieces. It has cost us 11 points, and that is a lot. Up until the start of the new year we had the second-best record for (conceding from) set-pieces in the league. We had only conceded three."
February 13, 2018
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's away game at Walsall are:
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant referees: Matt Eva and Peter Gooch
Fourth Official: Akil Howson
February 13, 2018
Snodin joins Grayson at Valley Parade
Rovers legend Glynn Snodin has been appointed as the new assistant manager at Bradford City.
The Bantams had been without a manager since sacking Stuart McCall earlier this month, turning his back on the managerial vacancy at Barnsley to move to Valley Parade.
Greg Abbott and Kenny Black, who were part of the set-up at Bradford under Stuart McCall, and took charge for Saturday's draw with Bury, are staying at the club.
It marks Grayson's return to management after a disappointing stint at Sunderland, and is due to take control of the City team for their game this evening against Charlton Athletic.
February 13, 2018
Longbottom goes out on loan
Rovers striker Will Longbottom has joined Evo-Stik League Premier Division club Halesowen on an initial month's youth loan. It is his second loan spell of the season, having been at Kidderminster Harriers until an ankle injury cut that loan short.
The 19 year old will be at Halesowen until March 10th with the hope that the experience will further his development.
Boss Darren Ferguson commented before the Halesowen move came about: "Certainly we’re looking to him to kick on now. He needs to have a strong finish to the season, probably go on loan to the Conference. Will played on Tuesday in the development squad game and we’ll look to get him out on loan now. He went to Kidderminster and did very well. These games will toughen them up."
"Will needs to have a strong finish to the season because we’d want him to have a good pre-season with us."
However, Longbottom's tendency to pick up injuries is a concern to Ferguson, as he added: "We just need to keep him fit. He’s had far too many injuries for whatever reasons. Perhaps it’s growth or his body is still developing and you can get that with someone of his age. I like the lad. Good size, good physique. He can play in different positions, he’s got a left foot which can make a difference. He’s got a lot of good attributes."
February 12, 2018
Jackie Teasdale
We are saddened to learn of the death of Jackie Teasdale, who played for Doncaster Rovers between October 1949 and 1956. Born on 15th March 1929, he was aged 88.
He made his Rovers debut on 7th April 1951 in a Division 2 game at Chesterfield, which Rovers won 4-1, with the goals scored by Ray Harrison (2), Bert Tindill and Bobby Herbert.
That was the only appearance he made that season, and played only five games in the 1951/52 season, but then went on to be a more regular selection, eventually making a total of 113 first team league appearances by the end of the 1956 season. He played as a wing-half - a midfielder in modern day terms - and could play on both the left and right, but despite all the games he played for Rovers, he did not score a single goal.
At the end of the 1955/56 season, he was selected to be part of the FA squad that travelled to play a series of matches in South Africa and Rhodesia, but Jackie suffered a serious knee injury in the opening match of the tour, against Johannesburg Southern Transvaal on 12th May 1956. That injury ended his playing career.
We would like to offer our condolences to his friends and family at what will be a very sad time for them.
February 12, 2018
Rovers 1 Charlton Athletic 1
Doncaster Rovers snatched a point from a game that they scarcely deserved as Matty Blair scored an equaliser deep into time added on at the end of Saturday's game against Charlton.
Charlton arrived at the Keepmoat Stadium with the intent of closing the gap on the play-off places and for much of the afternoon, it looked as if they were going to achieve that.
Rovers never really got going - their passes frequently went astray, whereas the visitors managed to find their man much more often. And Rovers seemed vulnerable to the pace of the visitors attacks, particularly down their left wing, and it took some last ditch tackles and blocks to deny the visitors from building up a lead.
As it was, it was Rovers' susceptibility from set pieces that again was their undoing, with centre-half Patrick Bauer rising high above Tom Anderson to head home from a corner. Rovers only managed one shot on target in the whole first half, which came on 25 minutes as John Marquis shot straight at keeper Ben Amos. A switch of the Rovers full backs, with Mason coming over to the left and Rowe on the right, partially addressed the Charlton threat down the wings, but Rovers struggled to impose their authority on the game throughout.
Ian Lawlor denied Charlton more than once, but still Rovers failed to land a further shot on target. Darren Ferguson introduced Alex Kiwomya and Luke McCullough into the action during the second half, although with Kiwomya asked to play a wider role at times, Rovers still failed to significantly apply pressure to the Charlton goal. At least McCullough was one player who seemed to have control of the ball, and once he gets more match fit, he could prove to be a key player for Rovers.
The Rovers goal when it came, saw the home goal under siege with bodies being thrown in the way of goal-bound attempts. The ball came out to Luke McCullough, whose shot from 25 yards cannoned into a defender, looped up and allowed Blair to head home from five yards out.
If you were a Charlton fan, you'd probably feel as though you'd been robbed, but at least Rovers now have the ability to keep going right to the end, and have scored a number of goals late in the game, rather than conceding them as was the case earlier in the season.
February 12, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was pleased to take a point from Saturday's game against Charlton Athletic, admitting that his side were far from at their best throughout the game.
And the fact that they scored deep into added time at the end of the game was a pleasing factor for him.
Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: "Credit to the players - they kept going and it's a good habit to have that we find a way of getting something out of a game, even if it's only a draw. Blair has popped up in injury time and we've done that a few times lately. It's not a coincidence, it shows a good character within the team to not know when they're beat. That was pleasing that they kept going until the end."
"I thought we were poor today, we didn't have any fluency to what we wanted to do. We've gone behind to another set piece, we never got our passing game going. There was too many wrong decisions made at the wrong times. But I just felt there was too many misplaced passes and not enough rhythm to what we were trying to do. It was a bit huff and puff. But when you get games like that where it's clearly not one of our better performances, you have to be happy with the result."
"We’re not doing badly, we’ve only lost four of the last 22, but we are drawing too many games, so we need better performances because that will then bring better results and help us climb up that table. We need to get through this week and pick up as many points as we can, after this period there’s only a dozen games left and you’re at the business end, and the players know that they have a lot of hard work to put in. You have to keep going and keep practicing, we’ve kept going today and got something out of the game, but it’s important that we get back to winning ways on Tuesday, it’s as simple as that."
Charlton boss Karl Robinson was disappointed not to take all three points from Saturday's game, and knows his side have to be more ruthless with the chances they get if they are to mount a serious promotion challenge.
Speaking after the match, he admitted: "We have to be more ruthless. We have to have more of an edge. We need to find that ruthless edge. The big thing for me is if you don’t take your chances at 1-0. I said this last week. We need to be more ruthless when we go 1-0 up. We were excellent today. But we’ve not turned a very comfortable position into three points. I don’t think the players did anything wrong. It took two deflections and players are throwing their bodies on the line. It hit someone and looped. Everything we did today was to shore it up. They did not create a chance. So we’ve done our job. But they have a lucky deflection and it drops to someone who scores."
Robinson added: "Today we did not give them [Doncaster] an opportunity. Everything worked the way we wanted it to. But when you have two deflections and one drops to someone unmarked, the right back of all people, what can you do? If there is criticism it’s that we let James Coppinger out too easy in the corner but we were cruising and at no stage did we feel we were ever going to throw the game away."
February 12, 2018
Match highlights

There are some highlights of Saturday's home game against Charlton Athletic available on the Sky Sports web site.
If you would like to view them, please click on their logo to the left.

February 12, 2018
Ryan in temporary charge
Ex-Rovers left back Tim Ryan has been named as the caretaker manager at Evo-Stik League club Buxton after the club announced that boss Martin McIntosh had left the club on Wednesday.
Ryan, who was acting as McIntosh's assistant, has been asked to take charge of the team until a permanent appointment is made. That will last until at least 21st February, which is the closing date for applications for the job.
Ryan was due to take charge for the first time on Saturday for their game against leaders Altrincham, but the game was one of six games in the Evo-Stik Premier Division to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, a problem which has afflicted many non-league clubs in recent weeks.
February 12, 2018
Dene rejoins the Tigers
Ex-Rovers striker Dene Shields has rejoined Maltese club Xewkiga Tigers after leaving the club at the end of the season, in what will be his third spell with the club.
His debut for the club did not go as planned as they went down to a 3-0 defeat in the quarter finals of their FA Trophy game against Hibernians a couple of weeks ago.
Shields joined Rovers on loan from Sunderland in the summer of 1999, but failed to hold down a regular first team place at Belle Vue. Much of his career was then in Scotland, with the likes of Gretna, Stranraer and Ross County before moving to Malta for the first time in 2010.
February 10, 2018
Rovers v Charlton Athletic
While most of the attention may well fall on the 500th league appearance of James Coppinger for Doncaster Rovers this afternoon, three players are set to make their first appearances at the Keepmoat Stadium in Rovers colours. New loan signings Andrew Boyle and Tom Anderson are set to make their home debuts after playing in last week's away game at Portsmouth, while Alex Kiwomya is also hoping to make his home debut, although he will probably have to settle for another start on the bench. Luke McCullough is also likely to be included on the subs bench as he continues to make his way towards full match fitness.
Rovers will be without Mathieu Baudry, Andy Butler, Joe Wright, Andy Williams, Danny Andrew and Issam Ben Khemis due to injury, but have no new injury concerns to report.
Charlton will make a late decision about striker Nicky Ajose, who only returned to training on Friday after struggling with a hamstring injury, but defender Jason Pearce is not likely to be included in the squad despite having also resumed training in the last few days. Also missing are Naby Sar, Leon Best, Billy Clarke and Stephy Mavididi, who are all injured.
Interestingly, an unofficial Charlton web site is reporting that of the nine previous encounters between Rovers and Charlton, none have ended in draws, with six wins for Charlton and three for Rovers. On the basis that Rovers have a habit of ending sequences like this, what odds on a draw today?
February 10, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Charlton Athletic are:
Referee: Mark Heywood
Assistant referees: Duncan Street and Steven Rushton
Fourth official: Paul Hobday
February 10, 2018
Rovers work on set-piece weakness
Boss Darren Ferguson is hoping that his players will get over their present weakness from set-pieces, which has led to a number of the goals conceded in recent matches.
Both goals that Rovers let in last weekend were from set pieces, and Rovers have been working on the training ground to identify and rectify these problems, but Ferguson insists that ultimately, the players have to take responsibility.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, Ferguson said: "The set piece thing is becoming a bit of a problem. We’re probably going to do an extra day on that. It’s really about individuals – you’ve been given a man to mark so mark them. Matty Blair lost his man for Portsmouth’s first and then with the second we’ve not stopped the ball going into the box. You can keep working on it."
"You can change things – go zonal, leave more players up the pitch so the opposition can’t send as many up. But also, I feel, you’ve got to have a belief in what you’re doing. “Maybe you stick to that and hope the players start doing better. I think it’s just individual people not doing what they’re meant to be doing. We need to keep looking at it and finding different ways of doing it. But it’s really only been over the recent period where we’ve had a problem with it."
February 10, 2018
Coppinger set for milestone
James Coppinger should make his 500th league appearance for Doncaster Rovers this afternoon, and he has his eyes on going on for some time yet.
Looking forward to the game, the 37 year old told DROS: "I’m still enjoying my football, still fit, still healthy and still contributing to the side, maybe my shift from the wing to the centre of the pitch has helped me but I’m still running as much as anyone else. When you look at the stats, the Scunthorpe game I ran more than anyone else playing through the middle and that shows I’m still working hard and doing all the things I was doing when I was younger, so nothing has changed. I wake up every morning feeling fresh and with the desire to help improve this team and be successful and long may it continue."
Even though his Rovers contract only runs until the end of the season, James is not planning on retiring from playing any time soon, telling the Yorkshire Post: "There’s no reason why I can’t be playing football next season, or won’t be. One hundred per cent I want to be playing football. I don’t wake up in the morning thinking, ‘I don’t want to do training’ or ‘my legs are hurting’. Next season is something I definitely want to be part of and hopefully, fingers crossed, something will happen. It would be nice to finish here (at Doncaster), having been here so long, but things don’t always happen the way you want them to. There’s no reason to stop playing; if not with Doncaster, it will be with somebody else."
"I signed a three-year deal here at 30, which not many people do, and I was probably playing the best football of my career. I am still here at 37, enjoying my football. I’m still fit, still healthy and still contributing to the side."
February 9, 2018
Ticket information v Rotherham United
Tickets for the forthcoming away game at Rotherham United are now on general sale from the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers have received an allocation of 2,578 tickets for the fixture, which is on Saturday, 24th February.
Ticket prices are as follows: Adult £23.00 - Senior (60+) £13.00 - Ambulant Disabled £13.00 - Young Adults (18-21)£13.00 - HM Armed Forces £13.00 - Students (proof needed)£13.00 - Juniors (13-17) £ 8.00 - Juniors (12 & under) £ 6.00
Ambulant disabled and wheelchair users pay the appropriate price with a free carer, apart from the adults who pay £13.
Parking for disabled supporters is available but most be booked direct with Rotherham United on 01709 827768 and costs £5.
February 9, 2018
Ferguson hints at more experience next season
Darren Ferguson has dropped a hint that he is looking for some more experienced players for next season to help what is overall a quite young squad.
There are a number of players who will be out of contract in the summer, including some of the club's highest earners, and include Andy Williams, Cedric Evina, James Coppinger, Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock and Joe Wright.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star in late January: "There needed to be the change and a bit of freshness. Still, we keep an eye on one or two that have more experience in the league, bearing in mind it won’t be this window. I do feel we have decent experience in the squad. I think what we’re buying are players that have shown they can cope with this level fine, but obviously also have lots of potential to go onto better things and improve with us."
"That’s generally how I’ve always wanted to manage my squads really. You’ve got to look after the short term and get the right results but add value to the squad as well and we’ve certainly done that."
February 9, 2018
Emile joins Goole
Former Rovers loan striker Emile Sinclair has joined Goole AFC, who play in the Evo-Stik League North after completing a transfer from league rivals Ossett Town.
It is the latest of an impressive list of clubs by the Leeds born player, who began his career with Bradford City's youth academy before moving on to Nottingham Forest's youth team. After several substitute appearances for Forest, he went out on loan to Brentford, Mansfield Town and Macclesfield Town before completing a full transfer to Peterborough United in 2011. Loans at Barnsley and Rovers followed before Crawley paid £100,000 for his services in 2013. He then moved on to Northampton Town, York City, Guiseley, Altrincham and Bradford Park Avenue, starting this season at Scarborough Athletic before moving to Ossett Town in October.
February 9, 2018
Billy joins Tadcaster
Ex-Rovers striker Billy Whitehouse has joined Evo-Stik League Division One (North) club Tadcaster Albion only two years after leaving Doncaster Rovers to join Leeds United.
Whitehouse came up through the Rovers youth system, a making an occasional first team appearance, with Leeds United moving in to sign him, along with the McKay twins, in 2016 on a year's contract with their Under-21s. However, he spent a three month loan at Guiseley before making his only first team appearance for Leeds in their infamous FA Cup defeat to Sutton United. He was released the following summer and joined Alfreton Town after failing to land a contract with trials at Alfreton Town.
February 9, 2018
Redfearn - Belles is 'continuation of journey'
Ex-Rovers player Neil Redfearn insists that his appointment as the new manager at Doncaster Rovers Belles is part of his journey as a football coach, after he became the first former manager of a Football League team to manage a women's team.
He was appointed as their new boss just ahead of the start of their new season last month, and it marks his first managerial job in almost two years.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Redfearn said: "It’s not so much as a stepping stone but as an equal. It is a continuation of my journey as a coach. You take different facets and learn different things about yourself from it. I’ve got a lot of experience - good and bad - and what it does is make you rounded as a sportsperson and a coach. Even though people might think you are jumping from men’s football to women’s football, the fact of the matter is that it is all relevant. These are elite players, elite athletes within their environment. I think the standard is unbelievably good. Women’s football in general is on an upward curve. It is a real opportunity for a coach to go and learn how other players learn and try to ply your trade at this level."
He admitted: "I have missed being on the grass working with players. It really has taken my imagination to be able to work with the girls on the grass. To be able to make them better, being able to make a difference has given me a big buzz. The thing for me that has been really refreshing is their attitude, their desire to want to do well and get better. These girls are desperate to do well, they travel big distances to come and train and work. They are always prompt, always professional. And it makes you want to do well for them."
February 9, 2018
Voting results v Portsmouth
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote in the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's away game at Portsmouth.
"Veteran" midfielder James Coppinger came ahead of the pack with 37.5% of the vote, coming ahead of Ian Lawlor, Jordan Houghton, John Marquis and Ben Whiteman.
The next vote opens after this weekend's home game against Charlton Athletic
February 7, 2018
Development XI 1 Rotherham United 1
Doncaster Rovers had to settle for a point in their Development XI game at Cantley Park against Rotherham United yesterday afternoon.
Rovers included new signing Shane Blaney for his first game since joining from Irish club Finn Harps. They also fielded striker Alfie May, who had requested to play to get some match sharpness, and Danny Amos, who is currently on loan with Buxton. Also taking part was striker Will Longbottom, who was playing his first game since recovering from injury.
Rotherham took the lead in the 32nd minute of the game, with Joshua Kayode heading home from a cross, and it took until the second half for Rovers to level matters, with Danny Amos getting the goal.
May had a good game, and was unlucky to have a goal disallowed for offside, and also had a couple of other chances which went close.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Foulkes, Amos, Fletcher, Townrow, Blaney, James, Prior, Morris, Longbottom, May
Substitutes: Ogley, Horton, Greaves, Olaosun, Scattergood
Rotherham United: Bilboe, Atherton, Purrington, Wiles, Southern-Cooper, Hinds, Maguire, Warren, Muskwe, Kayode, McGinley
Substitutes: McMahon, Murr, Osbourne, Martin, James
February 7, 2018
Youth team 0 York City 1
Doncaster Rovers went down to what they called an 'unlucky' defeat against York City in their youth team game at Cantley Park on Saturday. Rovers had a considerable amount of chances and pressure, but could not get that vital goal, and paid the price after an hour's play, when a counter-attack from York, with Aston Harrison putting the ball into an empty net after Flynn Naughton managed to draw Rovers keeper Declan Ogley out of his goal.
Rovers had a penalty awarded to them ten minutes from time, but Overton had his spot kick saved.
February 7, 2018
Pools knock back move for Woods
Hartlepool United turned down a transfer deadline day move for the in-demand midfielder Michael Woods, a former Rovers player, despite the club being in a severe financial predicament.
Pools refused to accept moves from both Stevenage Borough and Exeter City. Neither club offered Hartlepool a transfer fee for the player, and even though Woods' departure would have freed some money in the wages budget, the option was rejected.
Hartlepool United have had severe financial problems since their relegation from the Football League, but are hoping to both see out the season and fight off the prospect of relegation to the National League North. The club have appealed for potential investors to form a consortium to take over the club - the club were put up for sale in December by their owners, HUFC Holdings Limited.
February 7, 2018
Cotterill moves to India
Former Rovers winger David Cotterill, who was released from his contract by Birmingham City in December , has become one of a number of players to move to play in the Indian Super League. He signed for ISL champions ATK in mid-January, who are managed by former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham. ATK have also just signed former Burnley striker Martin Paterson as they try refresh their squad in the hope of reviving their title hopes. They took a draw from their game against Kerala Blasters yesterday to end a run of four successive defeats, which may well have ended their title hopes for this season.
Cotterill was out of favour at Birmingham before being released, having played just eight games this season and boss Steve Cotterill made it clear that he did not feature in his plans at the club.
"It is an honour to play for ATK. Kolkata has hosted the biggest teams and players in the past and has a rich footballing history. To play for the two-time ISL champion is a challenge which I am excited to take on," Cotterill said in a statement.
February 6, 2018
Travel information to Walsall
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Walsall on Tuesday, 13th February
They will leave Retford at 3.30pm, Harworth 3.35pm, Bawtry 3.45pm, Rossington Styrrup 3.45pm, Hare & Tortoise 3.50pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 4.00pm, Waterdale 4.05pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 4.15pm.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £18 - Concessions £16
Non-members: Adults £20 - Concessions £18
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.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
February 6, 2018
Fabien returns to Shots
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Fabien Robert has returned to Aldershot for a second spell on loan from parent club Forest Green Rovers.
The 29 year old joined the Shots in September, but returned to Forest Green in December after suffering a knee injury. He has now regained full fitness and went back to Aldershot in mid-January and will remain there for the rest of the season.
Robert played 23 games for Forest Green last season as they won promotion to the Football League, but has been out of favour this season.
February 6, 2018
Anderson joins Swindon
Ex-Rovers loan striker Keshi Anderson has joined Swindon Town on a full transfer from Crystal Palace for "an undisclosed fee".
Anderson was with Rovers between September and November of the 2015/16 season and had a successful spell with the club before a serious injury ended his loan early and ended his season.
Since then, he has had loans at Bolton Wanderers and Northampton Town before joining Swindon on loan at the end of August2017, with the move now being made permanent. Keshi had been at Crystal Palace since February 2015.
Swindon are currently in ninth place in League Two and are looking to secure a place in the playoffs.
February 6, 2018
Rovers check out Woking defender
Newspaper reports from Surrey indicate that Doncaster Rovers are one of a number of clubs to be tracking the progress of young left back Nathan Ralph, who plays for Woking.
"Get Surrey" report that Charlton Athletic, Bury, Oxford United and Dundee are keeping an eye on the progress of the 24 year old, and they report that Bury have had a five-figure transfer offer rejected by Woking. Boss Anthony Limbrick was rejecting all advances during the January transfer window and is wanting to keep Ralph at least until the end of his contract in the summer, if not longer.
Limbrick said: "Nathan is a top player and I think one of the best left-backs in the league so we aren't surprised there has been interest in him. But he wants to finish the season, strong. His contract is up at the end of the season, and we want to keep Nathan for as long as we can."
February 6, 2018
Ferguson building for the future
Darren Ferguson considers that the signing of Irish defender Shane Blaney from Finn Harps last month is part of Doncaster Rovers' strategy of nurturing young players for progress into the first team in the years to come.
Darren has the reputation of 'bringing on' young players throughout his managerial career, and this move is the latest example. Speaking to DROS, Ferguson said: "We’re trying to build within the squad, we want to have a strong Development squad next season with players who fall between the youth and the first team. I’m keen on adding more younger players to it, we are thinking not just for the short-term but for the long-term as well."
However, it is unlikely that Blaney will be included in the first team picture for a while, even though he has been allocated a squad number, although games for the Development XI are likely.
Ferguson continued: "Because the League of Ireland season finished in October he is spending the first week with the fitness coaches. He is one to put away for the future, to let him get up to speed then see where we are."
February 5, 2018
Portsmouth 2 Rovers 2
Despite taking an early lead, Doncaster Rovers had to settle for a point on Saturday as the home side came from behind on two occasions. Perhaps with changes in defence, a point at Portsmouth will not be considered a bad result, with Boyle and Anderson both making their debuts after joining on loan during the week.
The two other long-term absentees, Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya, both made their first appearances of the season from the substitutes' bench in the second half.
Rovers took a fourth minute lead as James Coppinger wriggled his way into the penalty area before sneaking a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, who was making his debut from Nottingham Forest.
Portsmouth levelled in the 19th minute as another debut-making player, Anton Walkes, scored at the back post from a corner. The home side were by this stage dominating the game and Lawlor had to pull off a finger-tip save to deny Clarke's header on the half hour.
Despite Portsmouth continuing to dominate proceedings, Rovers took the lead in the 63rd minute as John Marquis headed in from a Coppinger corner. But the home side continued to press forward and got their reward in the 81st minute when Pitman scored from another set-piece, something that the Rovers management must be disappointed about.
Still the action was not over - an injury to keeper Stephen Henderson after Portsmouth had made all three substitutions meant that striker Kal Naismith had to go in goal for the last few minutes. And then Portsmouth finished another man down as Christian Burgess was sent off in the 93rd minute for a second bookable offence, meaning that Pompey were hanging on in the closing stages with diminished numbers.
February 5, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson admitted after the game that Doncaster Rovers did not deserve to win Saturday's game at Portsmouth, although he was overall satisfied to take a point from the game.
In his post-match interview, Fergie said: "It was a strange sort of game. Any time you come to Portsmouth, it's always tough. There's no two ways about it. If you can manage to come away without getting beat, you're always thinking it's not a bad result."
"The way the game went, the first 20 minutes we were absolutely outstanding. It was fantastic the way we passed the ball and moved it. Copps got the early goal and we were totally dominant. But from a set piece one of my players loses his man and that changed the game."
"After that we couldn't get a foothold in the game, I've got to be honest. They were dominant, we couldn't get out, they put cross after cross into the box. To be fair we were resilient and we defended better and John gets us back in the lead. "We just couldn't find a way of playing like we did in the first 20 minutes because we couldn't get control of the game. We changed formations three times to try and do something."
He added: "The last period of the game when Burgess has been sent off and they've got a left winger in goal, my players decided to panic and I was more worried about losing the game. We started pumping it forward instead of passing. The only time we did Whiteman should have scored."
Ferguson concluded: "Do I think we deserved to win the game? No. We didn't deserve to win the game on the performance but we were resilient. The two new boys came in and did what I asked - head it away up against Hawkins who I knew would be a handful. They did their job because of the amount of balls into the box, we didn't stop that enough."
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett was also happy to take a point from the game, especially as his side finished the game with only nine players on the field.
He commented: "Taking into account what happened from 85 minutes onwards, we’re very happy with the point. The injury to the goalkeeper and then the sending off – which I think surprised everyone in the ground – made it tough. We’re obviously happy with the outcome because of the way it all ended, but it was a winnable game for us."
"We had a lot of control and did better between the boxes than we have done for a while, but the goals against have again disappointed me. It doesn’t take teams very much to score against us and that’s nine games now without a clean sheet, so we have to sort that out. Christian lost his man and allowed Marquis to score at a time when we were on top, so it deflated us. But we dug out a point thanks to a quality delivery from Donohue and there are fine margins at the moment between where we are and the top six sides."
February 5, 2018
Ferguson praises Kiwomya's debut
Darren Ferguson was pleased with the performance of Alex Kiwomya as he made his debut for the last half hour of Saturday's game at Portsmouth - and also with the way Luke McCullough played in his first game of the season.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, he said: "It was fantastic for both of them because they’ve been out for so long. I thought they were excellent when they came on."
"Kiwomya, you can see what he brings to the table. His pace and he was a real threat. We just weren’t getting a hold of the ball up front so I had to think, at least he’ll stretch the game for us which he did. I thought he looked good, really good. He was rusty at times but you’re getting to get that."
"McCullough was McCullough. A very good player."
Despite their performances, it is unlikely that both, especially Kiwomya, are ready to start games yet.
Of Kiwomya, Ferguson said: "He is not ready. He won’t be ready for next Saturday. Quite simply it’s because he would be too early to throw him in. What we’re going to get off him is what we saw at Portsmouth with him getting bits and pieces in games. I thought the game was set up for him because while they were on the front foot, they were also leaving gaps at the back we didn’t exploit."
February 5, 2018
Match highlights

There are some highlights of Saturday's away game at Portsmouth on the Sky Sports web site.
If you would like to view them, please click on their logo to the left.

February 5, 2018
Change of kick-off time for reserves game
Please note that the Development XI game at home to Rotherham United tomorrow afternoon will now kick off at 1pm instead of the 2pm originally scheduled.
The game is being played at Cantley Park with free admission for anyone that wants to see the game.
February 5, 2018
Walsall ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Walsall a week tomorrow (Tuesday, 13th February), are now on general sale from the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers have received an allocation of 372 tickets for the game at the following prices:
Advance sales: Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (60+) £16 - Under 18s £14 - Family ticket (1 adult + 1 U18) £24 - Additional family child £11
Match day prices: Adults £24 - Senior Citizens (60+) £18 - Under 18s £16 - Family ticket (1 adult + 1 U18) £26 - Additional family child £13
The family tickets must be booked direct with Walsall on 01922 651416.
February 3, 2018
Portsmouth v Rovers
Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya will be welcome additions to the Doncaster Rovers squad for this afternoon's tough away game at Portsmouth. Both have been sidelined for all of the season so far, but have made good progress in recent weeks and both have played in the Development XI in the last couple of matches. We expect both to be named on the bench for today's game, but you never know.
Rovers also are set to name new signings Tom Anderson and Andy Boyle in the squad following their signings on loan during the week. Whether Darren Ferguson elects to start them both, or use Craig Alcock as a central defender alongside one of them is an option for him to consider.
Definitely missing today's game will be Andy Butler, Mathieu Baudry and Joe Wright, all of who have been injured in the last few matches and are expected to be out for at least another month.
Also sidelined are Danny Andrew, Issam Ben Khemis and Andy Williams, all of who have longer term injuries.
Portsmouth will include new loan signings Stephen Henderson and Anton Walker to their squad, but two former Rovers players - Kyle Bennett and Milan Lalkovic - will not face their former club after both were released just ahead of the transfer deadline.
Adam May will miss the game due to suspension, and Jack Whatmough is unlikely to play despite having resumed training this week after recovering from a knee injury.
Stuart O'Keefe and Danny Rose also remain absent as they recover from injury.
February 3, 2018
Better news in injured trio
Darren Ferguson thinks that the defensive crisis may not last as long as he feared, with a chance that Joe Wright, Andy Butler and Mathieu Baudry will all be fit in five weeks' time.
Wright has a fractured rib, with Ferguson explaining: "Joe has fractured his eighth rib. You’re guessing five to six weeks but knowing Joe it’s more likely to be three or four. I’ve never done it but anyone who has says it’s very, very painful. It’s a bad area to get injured. For Joe to come off it had to be bad because he’s a tough lad. He got a kick which is pretty unlucky to get a kick in that area and fracture a rib. Anywhere else and he’d probably have been fine."
Andy Butler should also be back within the above timeframe, with Darren saying: "Butler is coming along steady. He’ll probably be another four weeks."
And for Mathieu Baudry, he revealed: "Baudry is the one you’d say would be before four weeks. I’d say in five or six weeks you’re going to have the three of those fit."
February 3, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Portsmouth are:
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistant Referees: Graham Kane and George Warren
Fourth Official: Gary Parsons
February 3, 2018
Maxted joins Accrington
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Jon Maxted has joined Accrington Stanley on a permanent transfer from non-league Guiseley.
Maxted came to Stanley boss John Coleman's attention when his heroics seeing Guiseley dump Accrington out of the FA Cup in the first round, saving two penalties in the penalty shoot-out to send the National League side through.
He now has to compete with Aaron Chapman for the place in the first team, with the on-loan Max Stryjek returning to parent club Sunderland.
Coleman told the Lancashire Telegraph: "To have our own keeper and get him on a longish term contract, we’ve got two keepers now who can compete with each other and that’s what I want. I don’t want one being a number one and one being a number two, I want them pushing for first team starts and I think healthy competition will hopefully lead to more output from both of them."
"It’s always difficult when you’ve got a loan keeper, we don’t really like to have back-up keepers. Max came in from Sunderland with a big reputation and we had high hopes for him but unfortunately he got injured. In that spell he was injured Chappy had a purple patch and played well."
Of his decision to move for Maxted, Coleman added: "I knew of him before the cup match but obviously he comes to our attention more when he played in that tie and he played really well in both games. And just seeing him in training, he has a good attitude towards training. I’ve seen him in a friendly already and he was pleasing."
February 3, 2018
Alfie's tribute to Fergie
Young Rovers striker Alfie Beestin hopes to pay back the work that Darren Ferguson and Gavin Strachan have done with him since joining the club last year.
Beestin scored his second goal in two games against Scunthorpe recently, and feels that he is now starting to reap the rewards of all the hard work put in.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Alfie said: "Last year took its toll on me because I wasn’t really used to it but after a year I felt great. I came back strong in pre-season and the gaffer and Strachs have been unbelievable with me. I’ve put the work in at the gym but they’ve helped me technically as well. Now I really feel like repaying them by hopefully scoring more goals."
"At the start of the season, I was not playing as much. But now I am in the squad, I am trying to keep my place and feel like I am doing that and am scoring goals, too."
February 3, 2018
McCormack's future is uncertain as he goes back to Villa
The future of former Rovers striker Ross McCormack is uncertain at the moment following his return to Aston Villa upon the expiry of his loan with Australian club Melbourne City.
He has enjoyed a prolific time in Australia, scoring 14 goals in 17 games, but despite Melbourne being keen to keep the Scot, it seems that Villa are yet to agree anything - but it looks like he will not be returning Down Under.
Ross has been out of favour with Villa boss Steve Bruce, which has led to his move out on loan, but FIFA's rules look to limit the options on what happens to him next. Their rule states: "Players may be registered with a maximum of three clubs during one season. During this period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs."
Despite McCormack now being back in England, Melbourne are still keen for him to return, but Villa's current preference is for a permanent move. A move to the MLS looks most likely, as their season does not run in parallel with the UK and Australian seasons.
Villa boss Steve Bruce commented: "McCormack looks as if he’s come to an end at Melbourne. I’ve given him a couple of weeks off. He can’t go anywhere else because he’s played for two other clubs. When he comes back after having a couple of weeks off I’ll have a chat with him, see where he’s up to and we’ll go from there. I would have liked him to have stayed in Australia and play because I think he’s benefited from playing. But he’ll come back in and we’ll see how he is."
McCormack was signed by Melbourne as cover for the injured Bruno Fornaroli, but his goal-scoring exploits have led City to try and extend that deal. There are limitations on how many foreign players each team can have, although the recent release of Argentine midfielder Marcelo Carrusca seemed to have solved that problem.
February 2, 2018
Three leave on loan
Three young Rovers players have gone out on loan to non-league clubs to gain some first team match experience.
Reece Fielding and Tyler Walker have returned to Biggleswade Town for the rest of the season. The pair had spent a successful first half of the season at Biggleswade and returned to Rovers over the New Year period.
Danny Amos has gone on a one-month loan to Evo-Stik Premier Division club Buxton.
February 2, 2018
Squad numbers allocated to new players

Squad numbers have been allocated to the three players who have joined the club recently.
Defenders Tom Anderson and Andy Boyle have been given squad numbers 18 and 24 respectively, while Shane Blaney has been given squad number 41.

February 2, 2018
Bennett moves to the Gas
Former Rovers winger Kyle Bennett has joined Bristol Rovers after being released on transfer deadline day by Portsmouth. Bennett only signed a three year contract with Portsmouth last summer, but despite making 18 league appearances this season, has only played once since 18th December.
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett explained: "We have a number of wide players available in our squad and Kyle wasn’t getting the game-time that he wanted. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for everything that he’s done for Portsmouth Football Club."
Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke commented: "I am pleased to bring Kyle to the club as he’s a player I have watched on a number of occasions over the years. He is another experienced player who has well over 200 first class appearances to his name and is a wide player who will add to our attacking options. We have signed two very talented players this week to further strengthen our squad and I am looking forward to working with them."
Bennett has previously played for Doncaster Rovers, Bury and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and became the Gas's second signing of the month.
February 2, 2018
Mills joins the Tykes
Ex-Rovers defender Matt Mills has joined Barnsley after being released by Nottingham Forest on transfer deadline day.
Forest released Mills from his contract early on the last day of January, and Mills wasted no time in signing for Barnsley later the same day, much to the frustration of ex-Rover Richie Wellens, manager at Oldham Athletic, who also wanted to sign Matt; the pair were at Rovers at the same time and would be well known to each other.
The Nottingham Post reports that Mills has only signed a contract which lasts until the end of the season.
Before joining Rovers, Matt played for Southampton and Manchester City, making his big breakthrough into first team football after his move to the Keepmoat Stadium. He then went on to play for Reading, Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers before joining Forest in 2015.
February 2, 2018
Lalkovic released by Pompey
Former Doncaster Rovers loan signing Milan Lalkovic has been released by Portsmouth by mutual agreement after coming to a compromise over the remainder of his contract at Fratton Park.
Lalkovic moved to Portsmouth in 2016 from Walsall, but has been dogged by injuries during his time on the south coast, and has only played twice this season due to an on-going Achilles tendon problem.
Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett commented: "Milan has been unfortunate with injuries this season, but has been nothing but professional since I’ve been working with him. We have a number of options in that area of the pitch, so we felt it best for both parties if he moved on. ‘But we thank Milan for all his efforts and wish him well in the next stage of his football career."
Milan added: "I’m disappointed in how it’s gone but I think it’s the best decision for everyone. When I came back this season I was ready to win my position. ‘It’s just been one of those things that hasn’t worked out. I’m sorry it hasn’t worked out in the right way – like I felt when I came here. It’s been an unlucky time because I’ve never been injured before like this but I wish everyone at the club good luck."
February 2, 2018
Voting v Bristol Rovers
Thanks go to everyone who took the time to vote for the "Man of the Match" for last Saturday's home game against Bristol Rovers.
We received nominations for six different players, with young striker Alfie Beestin again catching the eye and gaining most votes.
The players to get most votes were:
1 Alfie Beestin (35.17%)
2 Ian Lawlor (28.57%)
3 Matty Blair (14.29%)
The next vote will open after this weekend's away game at Portsmouth.
February 1, 2018
Anderson joins Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that Burnley centre-back Tom Anderson has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.
The 24 year old signed a season-long loan at Port Vale, but Burnley had a recall clause for January, and implemented that clause once Rovers made their move.
Tom has not yet made a first team appearance for Burnley, but has had loans at Halifax Town, Lincoln City and Carlisle, before his 24 games for Port Vale this season.
He is described as a 'no-nonsense defender' and is looking forward to stepping up to League One to prove his capabilities.
Speaking to DROS yesterday, he said: "I'm looking forward to the challenge and i'll give it my all, I try and dominate players in the air and do the basics of being a defender. I see this as another progression in my career, the manager was really good with me when we had a conversation about coming here. I know he has a reputation for developing young players so i'm looking forward to it."
February 1, 2018
Butler signs contract extension
Injured Rovers defender Andy Butler has signed a contract extension at the club. His present deal was set to run out at the end of this season, but the 34 year old has now signed up until the end of the 2018/19 season.
He has appeared in a Rovers shirt on over 150 occasions, and is only 7 games short of starting 500 league games during his career, which dates back to being a trainee at Scunthorpe United in 2002.
Since then he has played for Grimsby Town (loan), Huddersfield Town, Blackpool (loan), Walsall and Sheffield United before joining Rovers, initially on loan, in October 2014.
Andy told DROS: "It means a lot to me being the club captain of my local team, I never thought I would ever get the opportunity to play for my hometown club, and I have loved every minute of it. We have got a young squad and we do have a lot of senior professionals as well, so the mixture is right and it only looks good for the future, some of the younger lads are finding their feet as well. I want to get back as soon as possible as I am only seven appearances away from my 500th league appearance, I’m on 47 goals as well so it would be nice to get up to 50."
February 1, 2018
Mandeville moves out on loan
Colchester United have announced that they have signed Doncaster Rovers striker Liam Mandeville on loan for the rest of the season, and he will go into their squad for this weekend when they play Newport County.
Mandeville, now aged 20, has progressed through to the Rovers first team from the youth team and had a good season last year, but has struggled to hold down a regular first team place this season. The extra game time he ought to get at Colchester should give him the chance to build up his confidence, so that he can add to the 64 first team games he has played for Rovers so far in his career.
We wish Liam well and hope to see him on the score sheet regularly for the next few months.
February 1, 2018
Kazenga moves to Sunderland
Former Doncaster Rovers loan player Kazenga LuaLua has left Brighton & Hove Albion after an eight year stay at the club and has signed for Championship club Sunderland on a free transfer after the Seagulls agreed to cancel the remainder of his contract.
LuaLua joined Albion for the first time in February 2010 on loan from Newcastle United and after a further loan spell, eventually joined on a full transfer in November 2011.
Brighton boss Chris Hughton commented: "The competition for places in our wide areas means it has been very difficult for Kazenga to play in the number of matches he would have liked here."
Sunderland boss Chris Coleman said after getting his man: "Kaz was determined to come here and get playing first-team football again and I look forward to helping him play the kind of football he is capable of. He’s quick, skillful and has a lot of experience at this level. He gives us another option in attack and, most importantly, is up for the fight."
February 1, 2018
Toffolo joins Millwall
Norwich City defender Harry Toffolo, who played the first half of the season for Doncaster Rovers before injury curtailed his stay at the club, has signed for MIllwall on a permanent transfer, signing a contract until the end of this season.
Toffolo came through the youth system at Norwich City, but only made to first team appearances for the club, and has also had loan spells at Swindon Town, Rotherham United, Peterborough United and Scunthorpe United. He became their second signing in the January transfer window, joining former Rover Jason Shackell who joined on loan from Derby County last week.
February 1, 2018
Shackell in loan move to Lions
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Jason Shackell has joined Millwall on loan from Derby County for the second half of the season. The 34 year old has been out of favour since Gary Rowett became the manager at Derby and, with his contract being up in the summer, it is in his interests to get first team action elsewhere so that he can find another club for next season. He has not played for Derby's first team since February 2017, although he has over a hundred appearances to his name with the Rams. He has been limited to playing with their Under 23's team at times this season, although he has also been injured for part of the season.
Interestingly, his move to Millwall comes because another former Rovers player, Byron Webster, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury and while he has stepped up his rehabilitation programme, is not considered to be likely to play again before the summer.