January 31, 2018
Ferguson fined for refs outburst
Boss Darren Ferguson has been fined £1,000 for his post-match comments about referees made following the home fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 13th January.
He has escaped a touchline ban, which many fans were perhaps fearing, but the fact that he issued an apology on the following morning has probably helped his cause.
The news has been issued on the FA's web site this morning, in which they stated: "Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has been fined £1,000 after admitting that his media comments after the match against Plymouth Argyle on 13 January 2018 were improper and brought the game into disrepute."
Ferguson's outburst followed his frustration at seeing several key decisions go against his team, and also claiming that the match officials were not fit enough to keep up with play.
January 31, 2018
Rovers sign Boyle on loan from Preston
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that Preston North End defender Andy Boyle has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season.
Boyle is an Irish international, having been capped by Martin O'Neill for their game against Iceland last March.
He has only played five games under Alex Neil's managership at Preston this season and the move to Rovers will give him a chance of first team football
Rovers made the move for Boyle after seeing three central defenders injured in the last three games, with all expected to be out for at least a month - in some cases it could be much longer than that. While Luke McCullough is nearing fitness after being out injured all season, Darren Ferguson has still decided that defensive reinforcements are necessary, especially with a tough trip to Portsmouth coming up at the weekend.
Boyle signed for the club after training with the squad yesterday.
He has also played in Ireland for UCD, Shelbourne and Dundalk before joining Preston just over a year ago.
January 31, 2018
Rovers line up second signing
The Doncaster Star has reported that Doncaster Rovers are set to sign a second defender today, following the signing of Preston defender Andy Boyle yesterday.
The centre half is reported to be from a Premier League club and trained with the first team squad yesterday.
The mystery man has been on loan at a League Two club, making 25 appearances so far this season, but was recalled when Rovers showed an interest in signing him. More clues - he has made nearly 100 appearances in the Football League during loans with three different clubs.
The loan signing will also be for the rest of the season.
January 31, 2018
Bradford game moved for TV coverage
It has been announced that Rovers' home game against Bradford City on Saturday, 17th March has been put back to Monday, 19th March as it has been selected for live broadcast on Sky Sports.
The game will kick off at 7:45pm.
January 30, 2018
Rovers 1 Bristol Rovers 3
Despite taking an early lead, Rovers went down to a 3-1 defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, and perhaps more significantly, lost yet another central defender to injury when Joe Wright was forced off early in the second half suffering from broken ribs. With Andy Butler and Mathieu Baudry also injured in the previous couple of matches, Rovers are now desperately short of players in central defence, and ultimately it led to their downfall on Saturday.
Rovers went in front after just four minutes when John Marquis fired home from a Matty Blair cross to get his first goal in twelve games. Joe Wright then left the field after 20 minutes and while Niall Mason took his place, Wright's absence disrupted the organisation of the defence and Bristol levelled four minutes later as a cross in from the right was headed back across goal by Liam Sercombe and tapped into an empty net by Sweeney.
With defence their weakness, Rovers decided that attack was the best option and Rovers ended the first half well on top.
Marquis went close twice, Alfie Beestin and Tommy Rowe had shots blocked and Whiteman fired over the bar on more than one occasion. But even though Rovers were trying to get forward the visitor still posed a threat and Lawlor had to make a good save to deny Sinclair. Bristol's pressure paid off on 50 minutes as Gaffney controlled the ball to slot it past Lawlor.
Again Rovers had the chance to level the scores when Blair fired over the bar with the goal at his mercy, and Marquis was denied by a good block by Sweeney. Rovers had no less than four appeals for a penalty turned down, with a push on Blair seeming to be the best shot, but there was no way back as the visitors scored again in the 85th minute as they mounted a counterattack, with Harrison firing past Lawlor.
A disappointing way to end Rovers' unbeaten run, as Rovers played well but the disruption caused by Wright's injury proved to be their undoing. But of more concern to Darren Ferguson will be that of how to patch up his defence before the transfer window closes.
January 30, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson refused to criticise his players after what he thought was a good performance on Saturday, choosing to look at the positive things that happened on the pitch, and was sure that Rovers could bounce back from this setback.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It’s a poor result but I thought some of our play was outstanding and we passed them off the pitch at times, we played the way I wanted us to play and we had so many chances to score. Matty Blair’s miss at 2-1 down is pivotal, but in terms of the way we started the game, we were able to exploit weaknesses in their side and I’m delighted that John was able to get his goal. Another pivotal moment was the third goal. The lad Harrison should not be on the pitch, it should be a red card, the tackle is awful, Craig Alcock has a six-inch gash just below his knee. It’s an awful decision. We were on top for the majority of the game, and a lot of the stuff we did was really good, but we’re unlucky to have lost a centre half so early on for the third game in a row.”
He was particularly pleased to see John Marquis on the score sheet after a barren spell, adding: "He’s brave the boy and he was in a position where he couldn’t miss it, it’s a great ball in from Matty Blair and he’s got in between the sticks to score. I think John has shown that he’s a better finisher when he doesn’t have to think about it, he’s had a couple he’s missed where he’s been one-on-one, so I was delighted for him because his performances have been so consistent. Alfie Beestin was excellent today too so hopefully now we can see to start a partnership forming where not only are they playing well together but scoring goals too."
The prognosis for Joe Wright isn't so good, and it could be touch and go as to whether he plays again this season, with Fergie revealing: "Joe Wright has fractured his ribs and will be out for two or three months."
Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke was pleased that his players managed to get a win out of the game, admitting they had to work hard to win the game.
He told the Bristol Post afterwards: "Credit to my players they dug in, it wasn’t pretty at times. I played four different formations to try and get the result, and that’s something you have to do away from home. So, credit to my players for digging in. Doncaster were on the front foot for a lot of the game but we defended really well which we have for most of the last six games to be fair. It’s about character, ideally you don’t want to concede the first goal but then to go on and win another game 3-1, I don’t think anyone can question the character of my players. It was certainly a great response."
"We had to change formation, they were getting overloads all over the pitch. We started with a diamond then we changed to a 4-3-3 then 4-4-2 then finished the game with a 5-3-2. That’s up to me to assess it, I’m sure they’ll be some people saying I didn’t get it right to start off with. But the proof is in the pudding and in the result, so we’re really pleased. Not enough times this season have we been ruthless away from home in front of goal, but we certainly did that today. The lads deserve all the plaudits."
January 30, 2018
Match highlights

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

January 30, 2018
Ferguson looks to bring in defenders
With injuries to central defenders mounting up, and lengthy absences expected, Darren Ferguson will be forced into the transfer market to sign at least one central defender before the transfer window closes on Wednesday evening.
Ferguson has been lining up loan players already, but admitted: "It is difficult in January. A lot of questions we have asked clubs, a lot of the time they have said no. A lot of the time it has been because they want permanent transfer so we have already had three or four no`s. You have your targets but it is very difficult at this time of the season to get players in. I have funds available and we thought that would bring one centre half in. We haven`t spoken yet but I will have to be creative because we clearly need two."
At least with Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya close to a return, it may help the situation a little, as McCullough can operate in central defence, but Ferguson still needs to supplement his defence.
January 30, 2018
Longbottom signs new contract
Young striker Will Longbottom has signed a new contract with Doncaster Rovers after doing well in his loan spell earlier this season, and impressing in Development XI games since, and played nine games for the first team, scoring in the Checkatrade Trophy against Derby County last season.
The 19 year old has signed a contract which lasts until the summer of 2020.
He told DROS after signing his new contract: "I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with the club, it has been a frustrating season for me as I have had a few injuries, but I am looking forward to making a few more appearances. There are a lot of Development games coming up, so I am hoping to play in those games and after those I will speak to the gaffer and see what he says about the rest of the season. Darren Ferguson is a fantastic manager, I have learnt a lot from him so far, he comes in everyday and gives you advice, he is a manager that gives you a chance no matter what age you are."
January 30, 2018
Etheridge has contract cancelled
Goalkeeper Ross Etheridge has left Doncaster Rovers after his contract with the club was cancelled by mutual consent.
Etheridge broke his ankle during pre-season training in the summer, and has consequently not played at all this season, but was not in Darren Ferguson's plans anyway, so it was always likely that he would leave after being transfer listed at the end of last season. At least by having his contract cancelled means he is a free agent and can sign for a new club in due course outside of the 'transfer window'.
He made just eight appearances for Rovers after joining on a two year deal from Accrington Stanley, and would have been out of contract at the end of this season in any case.
We would like to wish Ross all the best for his future career.
January 30, 2018
Donaldson leaves Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that young midfielder Tony Donaldson has left the club.
Tony joined Rovers in January 2017 from non-league club Runcorn Linnets after a successful trial with Rovers, and went out on loan to AFC Telford to gain experience. However, after returning to Rovers, he was not able to break into the first team squad.
We wish Tony all the best for his future footballing career, wherever that may lie.
January 27, 2018
Rovers v Bristol Rovers
The Rovers defence is being particularly hard hit by injuries in the last couple of games, with both Mathieu Baudry and Andy Butler facing a few weeks on the sidelines, even if for less than originally feared. It means that Craig Alcock has a chance to revive his Rovers career, as he is likely to appear in defence alongside Joe Wright, who has also not been in the starting eleven until the injuries struck. It gives both a chance to impress Darren Ferguson, although competition for places could increase when Ferguson thinks that Luke McCullough is ready for first team action.
McCullough and Alex Kiwomya have both stepped up their returns with Development XI games this week, but this weekend is too soon for both to be considered.
Apart from that, there are no new injury problems to contend with, although the longer term injury casualties - Danny Andrew, Ross Etheridge, Andy Williams and Issam Ben Khemis - are all ruled out for a while.
Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke also has no new injury problems as he hopes to extend a five-game unbeaten run which has edged them further away from the relegation zone. But with Rovers of the Doncaster variety also having an eight match unbeaten run, a close contest looks on the cards.
Striker Bernard Mensah could be hoping for a place after making his debut in last weekend's game against Bradford City, but Clarke will be without longer term injury victims James Clarke and Daniel Leadbitter.
January 27, 2018
Ferguson urges more from players
Darren Ferguson has called upon his players to raise their standards back to where they were a few matches ago after admitting that they 'got away with it' at Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening.
Rovers have gone on an eight-match unbeaten run which has greatly improved their league position, but Ferguson knows that they will have to improve against Bristol Rovers this afternoon.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star ahead of today's game, he said: "If you’ve watched us through the course of the season, I would agree with you that there’s been a gradual improvement. I think we’ve shown a resolve to us that I’ve been pleased about. But clearly if we win on Saturday we get to 40 points from 30 games. Given where we were before Christmas, you would’ve taken that. It will be a good return with 16 games to go, and you’re probably around the middle of the table. Before Christmas we were 18th or 19th so we’ve certainly done well over this period."
"But I do believe that we need a performance on Saturday far better than what we’ve been getting. If we do get that obviously it gives us a better chance of winning the game."
January 27, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Bristol Rovers are:
Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant referees: Jonathan Hunt and Matthew McGrath
Fourth official: Darren Handley
January 27, 2018
Moussa joins Gills
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Franck Moussa has joined Gillingham on a short term contract after a successful trial at the club.
The 28 year old Belgian-born player has been without a club since leaving Walsall last summer, and has been training with Gillingham for the last couple of months.
He has played 251 games and scored 38 goals in the Football League and has played for eight different clubs during his career, with his most successful period being in League One with Coventry City in the 2013/14 season when he scored 14 goals.
January 26, 2018
Better news for Ferguson
After seeing three of his players injured in the last week, there was some better news for Darren Ferguson yesterday - or at least some 'less bad' news.
After receiving new assessments of the injuries to Mathieu Baudry and Andy Butler, both could be out for a shorter time than origianlly feared.
Baudry limped off early in Tuesday's game at Scunthorpe United, and he is now said to be out for "a minimum of three weeks".
And club captain Andy Butler is now expected to be out for six weeks, rather than the ten that was originally feared.
Rovers are still trying to get some defensive cover in, even though Ferguson was impressed by the way that Craig Alcock played, and also bearing in mind that Luke McCullough is now nearing a return to first team action.
Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We have to deal with it as best we can but clearly it leaves me short in that area. We will look to get someone in - a centre half. The last couple of days we’ve been very busy doing it and spoken to some clubs. It’s a funny time of year to do it because a lot of clubs are not really wanting to do any business, or if they do it’s more of a permanent thing. It’s not the easiest time to get players in. Although we try and prepare as best we can, to lose Butler and Baudry within the space of four or five days is a real blow to us."
He added: "Andy Butler is good news. Since the initial scan, he has been and seen someone and it is now down to closer to six weeks for Andy. The initial timescales are wrong, it has been cut in half, so you are looking at games at the start of March."
Regarding Baudry, Ferguson added: "He’s got a small problem with his hamstring which will keep him out for three weeks, possibly four. We’re looking at him returning for the Fleetwood game on February 17."
January 26, 2018
Nelthorpe joins Ossett Town
Ex-Rovers winger Craig Nelthorpe has joined Evo-Stik League North club Ossett Town after a time at Vanarama National League North strugglers North Ferriby United, where he has only been since November.
His list of clubs is now lengthy - he started out with Brodsworth Miners Welfare and Frickley Athletic before joining Doncaster Rovers in 2004. He went out on loan six times - to Hucknall Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Gateshead, Halifax Town and Darlington.
A permanent transfer then followed to Oxford United in 2009, with moves following toYork City, Gateshead, Gainsborough Trinity, Winterton Rangers, Matlock Town, Frickley Athletic, Brigg Town, Harrogate Town, (where he played 51 games), Scarborough Athletic and North Ferriby United.
January 26, 2018
Voting results v Shrewsbury
We received votes for just three different players to be the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's away game at Shrewsbury Town.
Those players receiving votes were:
1 John Marquis (47.82%)
2 Ian Lawlor (30.43%)
3 Alfie Beestin (21.74%)
As always, we thank everyone for taking the time to place their votes. The voting for the away game at Scunthorpe United is open until Saturday morning.
January 26, 2018
Forrester eager to try again at Rangers
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester is eager to go back to Glasgow Rangers after his loan at AFC Wimbledon expires to fight for a first team place.
Forrester was an outcast when Pedro Caixinha was boss at Ibrox, having been persuaded to join the club when Mark Warburton was manager - who was also his boss at Brentford, the club he played for before joining Rovers.
But now Rangers have replaced Pedro Caixinha with Graeme Murty, and Harry is keen to try again - but that will have to wait until his loan at Wimbledon expires at the end of the season.
He told the Daily Record: "It's amazing to play for Rangers, and I got on really well with the fans there. It's an experience I'll never forget. I have next year up there as well, so maybe I'll get another chance. I know that football is all about opinions, so I'll have to wait and see. It's an institution – every time you go into work you are representing a huge football club. I have a young daughter in Birmingham, so that aspect was tough, being so far away from home, but it was an experience I couldn't turn down. Wimbledon is a club on a high with Plough Lane being approved, and it's a good time to be here. I get on well with everyone here. I was saying to someone recently that there are no bad eggs in the dressing room. We're all hungry to achieve, and we come in to do our work every day. I enjoy coming in every day, which is a big part of everyday life. It becomes difficult if you're not enjoying your football."
January 25, 2018
Scunthorpe 1 Rovers 1
It will not have escaped many that the achilles heel of Rovers' fortunes in the early part of the season have been reversed of late, and so it proved again at Glanford Park on Tuesday evening.
The tendency to concede goals at the end of matches has been overcome, and Rovers have worked "Fergie time" to positive effect by scoring late goals themselves. The ability to keep going to the final whistle was seen against the Iron when Alfie Beestin hit an equaliser in the sixth minute of added on time to earn Rovers a point that looked well beyond their reach earlier in the game.
Add to that what Iron boss Graham Alexander considered to be a dubiously awarded free kick that directly led to Beestin's goal, you could say that Darren Ferguson's complaint about referees was appreciated by his opposite number.
What will be of more concern to Darren Ferguson is that Rovers suffered another potentially long term injury, with Mathieu Baudry limping off in the first quarter an hour with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
A horror experience by Ian Lawlor gave the home side an early lead, totally missing his kick when trying to clear, leaving Tom Hopper with the simple task of putting the ball into an unguarded net. Rovers then rode their luck on more than one occasion, with Lawlor having chance to redeem himself as Scunthorpe poured forward in the first half. The hosts were again in the ascendancy in the second half with Lawlor saving Rovers again along with a last ditch block by Joe Wright helping to prevent Scunthorpe getting a second goal.
Towards the end of the game, Rovers managed to put some pressure on the home defence, with Whiteman's fierce strike beaten away by Rory Watson, but he was powerless to stop Beestin's late goal, a thumping header from a centre by Tyler Garratt.
The point means that Rovers have only lost twice in the last 15 visits, and also moves them up to 11th in League One, although Rovers are still ten points away from the play-offs.
January 25, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was delighted to come away from Glanford Park with a point after it looked for so long that they would lose the game.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, Ferguson said: "I’m delighted to get a point. You have to be when you’ve gone into the last minute of a game and you’re losing. But I’m not going to be doing cartwheels about it, because I think there’s a lot more in the tank. Lots of parts of the performance frustrated me tonight. I didn’t think we moved the ball quickly enough or looked after it well enough – and we rushed to get in positions when we could have taken an extra touch. We gave Scunthorpe the first goal through a bad mistake, but we dug in and we showed great resolve. Credit to my players for the great character they’ve shown and a great belief that they could get back in the game. I thought Alfie Beestin was our best player tonight. In the second half he was fantastic and won headers against people three or four inches bigger than him. Probably through our endeavour we deserved a point."
Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander couldn't work out how his players didn't win the game and was accordingly disappointed with the result.
Speaking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph afterwards, he said: "We were fantastic, dominated, created so many chances to score and should have won the game two or three nil. But we are disappointed with the result and I don’t think we deserved that right at the end. They got a helping hand with the free kick and took advantage of it."
"The players were desperate to react (after Saturday's disappointing result) and they were superb. I don’t think you will see as much as a one-sided game for 75 minutes and not win. But Doncaster hung in there, defended their goal relatively well with blocks and saves. We were not clinical enough with our opportunities then they got a non-free kick, it ended up in our box and they managed to get the equaliser."
Darren Ferguson may have got into trouble for his comments after Rovers were denied a penalty kick against Plymouth, but Alexander was equally disappointed with the decision that led to Rovers' goal.
Alexander continued: "We weren’t going to get it. There were a couple of challenges that I hadn’t seen for 15 years. If the game is like that and consistent all the way through then not a problem, we will compete on any level. But when you are not getting free kicks for some of the challenges and then they get a free kick for their goal at the end. Their players was not even asking for that free kick. It was a non-free kick, a non-challenge. They take the free kick with a moving ball which he stopped us from doing a couple of minutes before. It was so inconsistent."
January 25, 2018
Match highlights

Some highlights of Tuesday's game against Scunthorpe United are available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left.

January 25, 2018
Development XI 1 Port Vale 2
A young Rovers side went down to their more experienced opponents on Tuesday afternoon, although the first half ended with Rovers in front, thanks to a goal by James Morris just a minute before the break.
Rovers mainly included youth team players, although they were supplemented by Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya, who are both striving for full fitness after missing all of the season so far.
As was the plan all along, Kiwomya played the first half of the game, with McCullough getting an hour on the pitch after playing 45 minutes last week.
In contrast to the first team, Rovers conceded an injury time goal at the end of the match to give Port Vale all three points.
Doncaster Rovers: Jones, Walker, Amos, McCullough (James, 60), Fielding, Townrow, Prior (Foulkes, 77), Fletcher (Greaves, 74), Morris, Olaosun (Overton, 74), Kiwomya (Scattergood, 46)
Port Vale: Slinn, Ward, Steele, Calveley, Hill (Ryder, 66), Dennis, Regis, Middleton, Angus, Forrester, Benns (Grimshaw, 77)
January 25, 2018
Ferguson considers loan move
Darren Ferguson may say that he will not panic in making loan signings that he may have to make in the January transfer to cover for injuries.
The injury situation got worse on Tuesday with Mathieu Baudry limping off after just 12 minutes with a hamstring injury. And he also has to contend with potentially season-ending injuries to Andy Butler and Issam Ben Khemis which were picked up at Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Defender Craig Alcock had been due to go out on loan, but that will not now happen, and Ferguson will speak to the Rovers board to see if he can get some more players in before the end of the month.
He told the Doncaster Star: "I’m not one for panicking. I never have really been because I don’t think it helps. We’ve had meetings about recruitment."
"Craig Alcock was due to go out but will stay now and if he plays like he did, there’s a good chance he’ll stay in the team. We’ve got the potential to go three at the back but clearly we’re probably looking at getting at least one in."
He added: "We have got some targets but it looks like it’s going to be more than one position. We’ll speak to David [Blunt, chairman] and Gavin [Baldwin, CEO] tomorrow and go through it. We’ve got another game Saturday and I’m more than happy to go with what I’ve got for then."
"Clearly after that we’ve got another 16 games or so, so we need to make sure we’ve got enough numbers. We’re short on numbers, anyone can see that. We’ll be having conversations on Wednesday about what we can do. Clearly if Baudry is out for an extended period, we’ll probably have a conversation about bringing someone in."
“We will be looking at getting at least one or maybe two. I don’t know -we will have to wait and see.”
Issam Ben Khemis is expected to miss the rest of the season with ligament damage, while Butler has a medial collateral ligament injury, with the Rovers boss expecting a ten week absence.
January 23, 2018
Scunthorpe United v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers will be forced to make at least two changes to their match day squad for this evening's trip to Scunthorpe United following the injuries to Andy Butler and Issam Ben Khemis during Saturday's match at Shrewsbury Town.
Defender Craig Alcock is likely to be drafted into the squad as cover for Butler, with Mathieu Baudry likely to partner Joe Wright in central defence.
The longer term injury victims are also to miss this evening's game. While Luke McCullough made a playing comeback when he played in the first half for the reserves last week, tonight's game comes too soon and he will not be considered. Alex Kiwomya is due to play his first game for Rovers in their Development XI game this afternoon and will also not be in contention for a couple of weeks.
Also missing today's game are Andy Williams, Ross Etheridge and Danny Andrew.
Scunthorpe are likely to have two new signings, Ivan Toney and Cameron McGeehan, making their debuts this evening, after they were signed on loan from Newcastle and Barnsley respectively last week.
Goalkeeper Matt Gilks has missed the last two games with a calf injury and is doubtful for the match.
Also missing today's game are Ryan Yates, Sam Manton, Luke Williams and Andrew Crofts.
January 23, 2018
Ferguson - hard game expected
Boss Darren Ferguson is expecting a tough game this evening when Rovers travel along the M180 to Glanford Park.
Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "You look at the league and take the top five out of it, after that it is so tight. This where we have to keep putting the foot down and picking up points. A couple of wins and we can kick on."
"I think it will be a very hard game on Tuesday, it’s a difficult ground to go to with the fans tight to the pitch and we will have to compete, there is not doubt about that. It is a game that we have looked at and said that if we get the right result, that we could go 10th, which would put us in a very good position."
"There is a lot of belief in the squad at the moment, the last three performances away from home have been very good and I feel like we should have won the game against Peterborough, there are some very good signs definitely."
January 23, 2018
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's away game at Scunthorpe United are:
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant referees: Raven Cheosiaua and Oliver Bickle
Fourth official: Nick Hopton
January 23, 2018
Scunny ticket update
Scunthorpe United will have a cash turnstile in operation for this evening's game against Doncaster Rovers, but please note that there is a £3 increase in match day prices when compared to those purchased in advance.
Ticket prices as detailed on DROS are: Adult £23.00 - Senior (65+) £16.00 - Young Adult (18-21) £16.00 - Student (valid NUS card) £16.00 - Junior (12-17) £7.00 - Under 12s £7.00 - Under 12s accompanied by an adult (max of 2) Free
Disabled supporters must be on a higher rate level of PIP/DLA.
January 22, 2018
Shrewsbury Town 2 Rovers 2
For a change, controversy was on Rovers' side in Saturday's game at Shrewsbury Town, with the Rovers equaliser having an element of "did it go over the line, or didn't it?" about it.
Shrewsbury shrugged off the after effects of playing 120 minutes against West Ham in the FA Cup during the week and played well to go two goals up, before Rovers struck back with goals by Mathieu Baudry and Issam Ben Khemis in the second half to rescue a point and maintain their recent unbeaten record.
However, Rovers could have paid dearly for the point, with Andy Butler forced off the field after just 11 minutes with a hip injury that makes him doubtful for the next few games, depending on what diagnosis is received this week. And they had to finish the game off with ten men, after Issam Ben Khemis had to leave the field of play ten minutes from the end after being caught by a late challenge, which was after Rovers had used all three of their substitutions.
Darren Ferguson had brought Joe Wright back into defence to partner Andy Butler, but that partnership lasted just ten minutes before Butler was injured, with Baudry replacing him. Wright needed treatment just five minutes later, with a clash of heads drawing blood, forcing a change of shirt and a bandage.
Shrewsbury went in front in the 23rd minute, with Sadler scoring from a corner - Rovers were struggling to land a shot on target until the closing stages when James Coppinger had a shot turned around the post by the goalkeeper.
Rovers made their second substitution at half time, with Alfie Beestin replacing Kongolo, but it was Lawlor that had to make the first save after the break to deny Nsiala. Chances were appearing at both ends, but it was a second Shrewsbury goal, again from a corner, which made the challenge even tougher for Rovers. But Rovers clawed their way back, Baudry bundling the ball home from a James Coppinger corner. That goal changed the game and Rovers were in the ascendancy, and Darren Ferguson made his final substitution, with Issam Ben Khemis making his league debut when replacing Jordan Houghton.
The Rovers equaliser followed as Ben Khemis delivered a deep cross into the area. The ball was ahead of two Rovers players, and Shrews keeper Dean Henderson caught the ball, but under pressure from John Marquis and Mathieu Baudry, was deemed to have taken a step back when catching the ball and took it over his own goal line.
A heavy tackle on Ben Khemis ended his match early on 85 minutes, but Rovers safely saw the game out to take a point.
January 22, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson paid tribute to his players in the post-match interview on Saturday for the way they kept at their task to come back and take a point after being two goals down against Shrewsbury, who started the game off in second place.
Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: “A big credit to my players today, we didn’t give up after going two goals down and we’ve come away with a huge point. John Marquis was outstanding, he didn’t stop working and created a lot of opportunities for us in the second-half. Alfie Beestin changed the game as well, he came on and gave us a lot of width and we played more like ourselves in the second period. We dug in and, to be honest, I felt we could go on and win it. We really were the team that looked like we was going to go on and win it – but character, the determination of my players not to lose a game of football. We have got good quality in this side, we’re in League One and one of the main things that we have to do is do the basics right and we did that better in the second-half."
Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst was disappointed to have dropped two points, and told the Shropshire Star afterwards: "We overall played with lots of energy, it would've been nice to not concede that first goal then we go on and win the game and are delighted. But we all leave a bit frustrated and disappointed. I thought there was a lot of good individual performances. I thought Luke Hendrie was excellent on the ball for us, showed a lot of composure, confidence and there were quite a few others that I thought had good afternoons. We all get dictated by a result as to how we feel instantly. I'm no different. I try to be a little more diplomatic but it does feel like two points dropped from the position we found ourselves in. If I was a Premier League manager or someone of a certain ilk I wouldn't be talking about our performance but about one decision. I'm trying to look at it as a whole. There's no doubt the deciding factor is very controversial."
Of Rovers' second goal, Hurst added: "It’s about goals and small margins, isn’t it? We seem to come out on the wrong side of perhaps a bit of bad luck, certainly a very controversial decision, that ultimately means we haven’t taken all three points today. Hand on heart, there’s not one definitive piece of footage that I’ve looked at, or a photo, anything like that, that says it was definitely not over the line. But I’ve had various people tell us – I’m being told there’s a photographer that’s got clear evidence that it wasn’t over the line. From the footage I’ve seen, it doesn’t look like it is until one of the Doncaster Rovers players makes contact with Dean and kind of gives him a little shove further back – and it’s not until that point that the linesman starts to flag."
January 22, 2018
Match highlights

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

January 22, 2018
Ferguson may be forced into loan signing
Darren Ferguson has previously stated that he did not anticipate making any further player signings during the January transfer window, but injuries to Andy Butler and Issam Ben Khemis may force him to change his mind and ask the club's owners for permission to bring someone in.
Butler was injured early in Saturday's game, with Ferguson explaining: "Butler just felt his hip and has no chance for Tuesday. We'll have to assess that. It doesn't look good. It will depend on the length of injuries but certainly we're running out of bodies. If it's anything it will be a loan. It wouldn't be a permanent I would have thought. We've always kept an eye in the market in terms of what we might need. Tommy Rowe went to left back in the second half and he gives you that left foot. Niall Mason went to right back and Matty Blair gave us the energy in midfield. There's food for thought there when it comes to Tuesday. But if they're long injuries then I think we have to dip in and try to solve that problem."
Ferguson also fears that Ben Khemis has suffered ligament damage, which would suggest a fairly lengthy absence.
January 20, 2018
Shrewsbury Town v Rovers
It looks likely that Darren Ferguson will select from an unchanged squad for this afternoon's tricky away game at Shrewsbury Town, with no new injury or suspension issues to contend with.
Luke McCullough successfully played 45 minutes of the Development XI game during the week, but is set to play at least one more reserve game before being considered. Striker Alex Kiwomya is expected t play his first game in the next Development XI game, with the Portsmouth game next month pencilled in as a possible debut game for him.
Danny Andrew, Andy Williams and Ross Etheridge are also injured and imminent returns are not expected for any of them.
Ferguson may shuffle his pack though, as he expressed concern during the week over the inability to convert goal-scoring chances, with midfielder Ben Whiteman hoping to start after being a substitute last weekend.
Shrewsbury look set to include recent signing Luke Hendrie, who was prevented in playing in their FA Cup replay against West Ham during the week as he had joined the club after the original game between the two sides. Apart from that, there are no injury concerns that have been publicised, although boss Paul Hurst has expressed a concern about fatigue in the squad after their FA Cup game which was taken to extra time.
January 20, 2018
Ferguson expecting tough game
Darren Ferguson knows that Rovers will have to be on form if they are to take the points from this afternoon's game at Shrewsbury Town.
Shrewsbury have outperformed pre-season expectations and lie second in the table, having won 10 out of their 12 home games, which is an impressive statistic in itself.
Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post: "Shrewsbury are a very good team who are having an excellent season, deservedly so. The manager has done a fantastic job in how they play. It will be a big, big test for us. They play a specific way and everyone knows their job and works for each other and it is a real team. There are similarities to ourselves in that they leave everything out there and I believe that my players do that as well. We will have to match their energy as they keep going and going."
He also said to the Doncaster Free Press: "They’ll be at it and they’ll be in your face. So it’ll be a tough game. They gave us a tough game here. I thought a draw would have been the right result on that night but they scored late on. They do score a lot of late goals which I think is testament to their team spirit. We’ll prepare as best we can and I’ll pick a team that hopefully can get a result."
January 20, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Shrewsbury Town are:
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistant referees: Barry Cropp and Dean Treleaven
Fourth official: Nigel Smith
January 20, 2018
Barnes moves to Mexico
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has ended his six year footballing stay in the United States to move south of the border to play in Mexican football.
He has signed Mexican side Club Leon after being released by Orlando City at the end of their 2017 season. During his time in America, he also played for Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo. His MLS career saw him play 157 games, scoring 36 goals and 17 assists, with his best season coming in 2014 when he was at Houston Dynamo, scoring 11 goals in 34 games. He has also been capped by Jamaica during that time.
January 19, 2018
Ferguson charged by FA
The BBC has reported that Darren Ferguson has been charged by the FA over comments he made after Saturday's home game against Plymouth Argyle.
While Ferguson issued an apology on Sunday for some of the wording he used in the post-match interview, that has not been enough to appease the Football Association, who have reportedly charged him for making improper comments and/or bringing the game into disrepute. Ferguson has until 6pm on Monday, 22nd January to respond.
January 19, 2018
Hird starts coaching badge studies
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Sam Hird, now playing for Chesterfield, is taking his first steps towards a post-playing career, although he insists he has no intention of hanging up his boots any time in the near future.
Sam has started studying for his UEFA B coaching licence, but is looking ahead perhaps five to ten years before he moves into coaching full-time.
He told the Derbyshire Times: "I like to think I’m quite mature for my age but I’m only 30 years old. I’d like to think I’ve got another five years in the game if I keep myself fit, which I try and do, I try and keep my standards high. But further on than that I have got aspirations to be a manager."
He added: "I did my first session for my B license, it’s a long process. It is something I’ve got one eye on, but not the near future. It’s something for five or 10 years ahead. I’ve got my head screwed on, I’m trying to do things in advance and I started my B license with Tommy (Lee, another former Chesterfield player).
January 19, 2018
Houghton open to permanent move
Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton has said that he remains open to the idea of moving to Rovers on a permanent transfer, but chose to extend his loan for the second half of the season to give himself more time to decide.
He told DROS: "I think the loan was the best option for everyone. It would be my first permanent move so I had to make sure it was right for everyone around me. I’m definitely open to it, though. Signing permanently rather than on loan is a big commitment. It means relocating fully up here, which I am willing to do, but just didn’t want to be rushed."
The 'official' reason given for the full transfer not taking place was due to not being able to agree personal terms, but Jordan added: "It wasn’t really down to that. I didn’t want to rush into anything. The offer was there but I didn’t to rush into something. I think we came to the best agreement to do the loan short term and I’m back for the season. Then we can have talks. We don’t have to rush any talks throughout the season and we can look towards the summer. I was always going to stay, be it loan or permanent, whatever it would be. It just gives us a bit of time to talk through it. We’ve got six months to sit down and it just goes from there."
January 19, 2018
Grayson returns to Buxton
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Bradley Grayson has returned to Buxton Town after a spell Evo-Stik Premier Division club Mickleover Sports.
Now aged 25, Bradley scored 20 goals for Buxton last season, but moved on to Mickleover in May.
He has also played for Swedish club Ange IF, where he scored 24 goals in 22 games, Cumberland FC in South Australia and Loyola Mercalo Sparks in the Philippines.
January 17, 2018
Ferguson has support of other managers
Darren Ferguson certainly grabbed the headlines for his outburst following Saturday's game against Plymouth, and while he has both explained and apologised for his off-the-cuff remarks of "shoot them", he stands by his comments about the standard of refereeing in the lower leagues, and claims that he has received messages of support from other managers.
While he will undoubtedly incur the wrath of the FA, if it gets something done about refereeing standards, at least some good may come out of it. With Arsene Wenger getting a three match touchline ban for his comments about match officials, Rovers must be fearing a similar punishment, although Wenger did accuse their referee of dishonesty which won't have helped!
Speaking to the Doncaster Star yesterday, Ferguson said: "What I said on Sunday in my apology is the top and bottom of it really. In the press conference, obviously I was angry and I’m not apologizing for showing my emotion in that way But I clearly said a stupid thing. I think everyone who was in the room was aware that it was very much tongue-in-cheek and there was no deliberate intention to any of that. I’m not that sort of person."
He continued: "Everything else I said I do pretty much believe in. I felt what I was trying to say before and after that was quite valid to be honest. I wasn’t really having a go at that particular ref, it was more the system and how it works. The amount of managers that have texted and phoned me saying ‘you’re absolutely right’ has validated that. I think we just need to leave it. It’s done now. I apologised on Sunday and I’m fully aware I made a mistake."
January 17, 2018
Shane Blaney joins Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have, subject to international clearance, completed the transfer if Irish youngster Shane Blaney from Finn Harps. He has signed a two and a half year contract.
The 18 year old defender has been tracked by Rovers for some time and both he and Rovers are hoping that the move into full-time football will pay dividends.
Blaney is described as a 'one for the future' player, and it is not anticipated that he will make an imminent appearance in the first team.
In an interview published in the Donegal Democrat, Blaney said: "The aim is just to get as fit and strong as I can using the facilities here and put in the hard work. If I keep working hard I can eventually get into the first-team. I’m working with the fitness coaches now, then hopefully I can get a few games for the Development team and show the manager and the lads what I can do."
Darren Ferguson commented: "I’m very happy that Shane is now joining us here at Doncaster. We have been watching his progress at Finn Harps and have had him over here a couple of times. Shane wants to take his football career to the next stage so the coaching staff and management here are very much looking forward to helping him realize his ambitions with us at Doncaster Rovers. Our Chief Executive and the Chairperson would like to thank Finn Harps for their help in the negotiations and it’s refreshing to see a Club that wants to see players like Shane progress in their careers."
January 17, 2018
Voting results v Plymouth Argyle
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for the "Man of the Match" in Saturday's home game against Plymouth Argyle. We received nominations for eight different players, with the most votes going to young goal scorer Alfie Beestin, who gained just under one in every three votes cast.
The players receiving most votes were:
1 Alfie Beestin (31.57%)
2 Jordan Houghton (21.05%)
3 Mathieu Baudry (15.79%)
4 James Coppinger (14.28%)
We are aware that we have not reported details of recent votes, which was an oversight, and that will be corrected as soon as possible.
January 17, 2018
Bradford City 3 Rovers Development XI 2
Defender Luke McCullough made a return to action yesterday afternoon when he played for the first half of the game at Bradford City. It also gave Rovers the chance to give some players who have not had regular time on the pitch for the first team the chance to impress, and Development boss John Schofield was pleased with the performance.
He told DROS after the game: "The quality of play and the chances we created were brilliant, it is leading us where we want to be and I thought that we were unlucky not to come away with anything from the game. We created some great chances before the break and it is important the chances we create are turned into goals, and we started positively which saw Liam Mandeville and Issam Ben Khemis have shots saved before Reece Fielding opened the scoring. We like to start on the front foot in games and make sure that we press our opponents and that actually comes from Darren Ferguson, he likes the whole club to have the same ethos when it comes to being aggressive."
It could have been worse for Rovers, with Craig Alcock conceding a penalty in the second half, but Marko Marosi produced a great save to deny Reece Webb-Foster.
January 16, 2018
Travel information to Portsmouth
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Portsmouth on Saturday, 3rd February
They will leave Retford at 7.30am, Harworth 7.35am, Bawtry 7.45am, Rossington Styrrup 7.45am, Hare & Tortoise 7.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 8.00am, Waterdale 8.05am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 8.15am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £26 - Concessions £24
Non-members: Adults £28 - Concessions £26
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.
January 16, 2018
Wilder hopes to keep Duffy
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has revealed that he is in discussions with former Rovers midfielder Mark Duffy about extending the 32 year old's contract at Bramall Lane.
It seems that Duffy has impressed the United boss, with him telling the Sheffield Star: "He has got 18 months left, but we are in discussions with Mark to extend that. That’s the planning we are doing. When I first came to the football club there nine or 10 contracts up, that won’t happen again. We will make decisions early. If players are part of the club and have done well, like Clarke, Fleck, Brooks - and Duffy is the next one up - they will get new contracts. We are not handing out contracts, they are precious, but everyone recognises Duffy has had an outstanding first part of the season. He needs rewarding. We are way below paying players the average Championship wage, that’s a fact."
January 16, 2018
Portsmouth ticket details
Tickets for the forthcoming away game on Saturday, 3rd February against Portsmouth are now on sale from the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium.
As is the usual case sales are only currently on sale to specific categories, namely Silver Membership Holders, Half Season Membership Holders, Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad and Donny Squad Membership Holders.
Anyone that doesn't fit into any of those categories will have to wait until next Monday (22nd January), when the remaining tickets of the 620 allocation go on general sale.
Tickets bought in advance have the following prices:
Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (63+) £17 - Young adults (18-22) £15 - Under 18s (unaccompanied) £10 - Under 18s (accompanied) £5 - Ambulant disabled (adult) £15 - Ambulant disabled (junior) £10 - Wheelchair disabled (+ carer) £14
Tickets will be on sale on match day, but some categories will see prices rise as follows: Adults £25 - Senior Citizens (63+) £19. All other categories remain unchanged from the above advance prices.
Please note that wheelchair disabled supporters must book their tickets direct with Portsmouth on 0.45 6461 898 - and remember that the wheelchair bays are located in the home end!
January 16, 2018
Ferguson happy Kongolo extends loan
Boss Darren Ferguson is pleased to have secured the services of Manchester City midfielder Rodney Kongolo for the remainder of the season after his loan was extended.
Ferguson told DROS: "Manchester City have been delighted with his progress and how we’ve managed him because it’s his first loan spell, but he’s done very well, so that’s good news and I’m pleased we have him until the end of the season. A first loan can be difficult for a player, it’s a totally different game, he’s played in different formations and different systems but that suits him, and he’s really enjoyed it, he has improved and developed his ways of playing at this level. At the end of it, it should be a really good season for him and his development, and he’s played a good part in our season so far, so his progress so far has been great, and having his brother local now it will help him too."
January 15, 2018
Rovers 1 Plymouth Argyle 1
They started the day side by side in the league table, separated only by goal difference, and that's the way it ended with Rovers being pegged back after taking a first half lead.
Rovers had a good first half and played some nice football along the way, and deservedly went in front with a great finish from Alfie Beestin for his first Football League goal. However, after the break, Plymouth had the upper hand and there was always the fear that a one goal lead wasn't going to be enough, and so it proved to be. Take away the post-match controversy and a draw was probably a fair reflection of the game overall, but a couple of key decisions certainly didn't go in favour of Rovers.
Darren Ferguson again shuffled his pack, with Ben Whiteman, returning from Sheffield United on a full transfer, surprisingly having to settle for a place on the bench, with Jordan Houghton given midfield duties alongside Rodney Kongolo, James Coppinger and Tommy Rowe, while the defence was unchanged from last time out, with Matty Blair, Andy Butler, Niall Mason and Mathieu Baudry selected. John Marquis and Alfie Beestin started the game in attack - with Marquis again putting in a good shift, even if the goals aren't coming for him at the moment. Beestin tired as the game went on, and was replaced by Alfie May, who was rather disappointing and added little to the game.
The real moments of controversy - as Darren Ferguson certainly saw it - came late on in the game. Plymouth equalised from a free kick, but Andy Butler was left on the floor after starting off alongside goal-scorer Ryan Edwards, but sadly the match officials did not spot anything and gave the goal. As the 90th minute approached, Rovers had a good shout for a penalty waved way after James Coppinger was brought down. From the South Stand, it looked a clear penalty, but the linesman failed to see anything wrong. Both decisions incensed Darren Ferguson, who may well be in trouble with the FA for his scathing post-match comments.
A link to the match highlights can be accessed further down this page - view them and make up your own mind - that's if you weren't there to see things first hand.
January 15, 2018
What the managers said
An angry Darren Ferguson held nothing back in his post-match interview on BBC Radio Sheffield on Saturday, and his view of events will undoubtedly land him in hot water with the FA once they have considered the matter. The Football League have confirmed that they are passing the matter to the FA, so we are guessing that he will be charged, fined and given a touchline ban at some stage.
For all that, he was clearly frustrated at decisions made in the game, with events of other recent games also still in his mind and not helping.
The "foul" not given on Andy Butler in the scoring of Plymouth's equaliser, followed by a penalty appeal for Rovers being ignored at the end of the game were the injustices that Ferguson was not happy about, and he said after the game: "That is the most blatant penalty you will ever see. It’s two incidents. The goal, he has just pulled Andy Butler to the floor. The linesman can see it and the linesman can see the penalty. He is looking right at it. We’re just getting poor officials. The job is hard enough as it is. Do your job and clearly give the penalty. It’s the clearest penalty you will see all season and their goal was a clear foul. The linesman is laughing at the end of the game about it. I think it’s absolutely disgusting, the standard of refereeing and of all officials. To not see that is a disgrace."
When asked if he would complain about the standard of refereeing, Fergie added: "Well it doesn’t matter, we will get a letter probably next week some stage, we will get an apology. We got a letter after the Oxford game, we apologise that we played an extra minute of injury and we apologise that we gave a penalty that was clearly outside the box (the letter said). But the referee that referees that game is refereeing again at the weekend. We will get another apology because when they look at it they will see it was a blatant penalty and a blatant foul but they will referee again at the weekend. They are part-time, the standard is appalling, the fitness levels are a disgrace, I have had enough of it."
The headlines were grabbed by Ferguson being quoted as saying when asked what he would like the FA to do about the referees: “Shoot them, would be a good idea."
Listen to the audio below on the Radio Sheffield web site. While the words were said, the tone of voice was more him posing a rhetorical question, rather than a serious suggestion of violence. But the way the press operate, they select the key 'offending' words and make headlines out of them. It's likely enough to land Darren with a charge of 'bringing the game into disrepute', but it would be something if the FA also seriously considered the points Ferguson raised in the interview.
Of the game itself, he admitted: "I didn’t think we deserved any more than a draw. We weren’t good enough in the second half, we didn’t have enough composure. First half I was pleased, I thought we played well. I thought we’d come through the worst of it when they scored but it’s a clear foul. We’re very unfortunate.”
January 15, 2018
What the managers said
The post-match interview given by Plymouth boss Derek Adams highlights how different a point of view of the same game can be. Adams made a point of praising the referee, Andy Haines, in total contrast to the views given by the Rovers boss.
Adams told the Plymouth Herald after the game: "The referee had a very good game. I thought he was excellent. I thought the officials were very good. They let the game flow. It was an end-to-end game and I said to the fourth official (Andrew Miller) it was like a FA Cup tie. It was good. I thought he (Haines) refereed it very well and I’m delighted with them all."
Adams added: "I didn’t think it was (a penalty). Coppinger goes down very easily and I don’t think you can be in this game and give penalties for these kind of things. That’s my view of what I saw. I was probably 30 yards away."
Of the game itself, he said: "It became end to end and it became man to man. The way we opened them up a good number of times was pleasing for us. We have come here in the past and found it difficult but today it was a different story."
January 15, 2018
The BBC Radio Sheffield interview

For those who have not heard it already, the interview that Darren Ferguson gave after Saturday's home game is now available online on the BBC Radio Sheffield web site.
To listen to it, please click on the logo to the left.

January 15, 2018
Ferguson issues apology for post-match remarks
Darren Ferguson has issued a 'clarification' on Sunday morning over remarks made in the interview he gave on BBC Radio Sheffield on Saturday.
The statement was published on DROS, which reads
"Darren Ferguson has clarified his post-match comments after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle.
The Rovers boss was critical of the officials after the game, feeling key decisions went against his side.
He said: “When asked after the game what I personally could do to raise standards, I said: ‘What can I do? Shoot them?’ Although clear to everyone in the room that my comment was a tongue-in-cheek response, it is worth clarifying my comments were borne out of frustration and I absolutely do not advocate violence against officials.
“I am sorry for that comment and regret the wording, but as was clear from my post-match comments I felt the referee got some decisions wrong at key moments in the game.
“Referees have a tough job and I have a lot of respect for the challenges they face, but I would like to see more done to raise standards across the board and give them the best chance of getting decisions right."
Despite this apology, it looks as though Ferguson will still face the wrath of the FA.
In the Doncaster Star, they report that an EFL spokesman has said: “The EFL has noted the comments made by Darren Ferguson following his side’s draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 13 January and his post-match remarks have been passed by PGMOL to the FA for their consideration. We further note the clarification issued by Mr Ferguson on Sunday morning. Managers and officials at EFL Clubs are given guidance each season so that they are fully aware of their responsibilities in regard to commenting on match officials and their performance."
January 15, 2018
Match highlights v Plymouth Argyle

As usual, there are brief match highlights of Saturday's game against Plymouth Argyle on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

January 15, 2018
Blades confirm Whiteman sell-on clause
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that there is a sell-on clause built into the deal which saw midfielder Ben Whiteman join Rovers in a reportedly six-figure sum last week.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Wilder said: "Ben leaves with our best wishes and we hope he picks up from where he left off at Doncaster. It would be tough for him to get into our side at present given the strength we have in that area of the team, but should Ben’s career progress as we think it could, then, as a club, we’ve covered ourselves for the future in terms of a sell-on."
January 13, 2018
Rovers v Plymouth Argyle
Doncaster Rovers will be hoping to register a 'double' over Plymouth Argyle, having won the game at Home Park earlier in the season. It's likely to be a harder test this time round, with Plymouth's form picking up of late, but Rovers go into the game undefeated in the last five league games, and only last week's FA Cup blip against Rochdale to spoil the copybook.
On the whole, player availability will be as it was last week, although Rovers will be boosted by the inclusion of Ben Whiteman who returned to the club on a full transfer during the week.
Those on the bench last week will also be hoping for a recall, most notably James Coppinger, with Tyler Garratt and Joe Wright also in with a chance, although it could depend on what formation Darren Ferguson elects to use today.
The usual long term injured players (Luke McCullough, Alex Kiwomya, Andy Williams, Ross Etheridge and Danny Andrew) may be getting nearer to fitness, but none are close enough to be considered today.
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Remi Matthews will be in goal for the visitors today, with the club still having three goalkeepers injured, but boss Derek Adams is not likely to make too many changes as Plymouth go after their third win in a row. Ex-Rovers defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is unlikely to feature in the starting line-up despite having recovered from a hamstring injury.
January 13, 2018
Ferguson expects close game
Darren Ferguson is expecting this afternoon's home game against Plymouth Argyle to be a close encounter, with only goal difference separating the two clubs ahead of today's game.
Ferguson told DROS this week: "Plymouth are very similar to ourselves in the way they’ve managed to put a run of results together and climb up the table. They’ve grown into the league and got confidence from going a few games unbeaten, we know them well from last season and there hasn’t been a lot of change in personnel since then. Both teams are in good form and will go out there to win the game, we’ve got to take the game to them being at home and get on the front foot early."
He added: "When we faced them at their place we’d just come off the back of a good performance at Arsenal and they were on a bad run. We won the game comfortably. But I think it’ll be a slightly different game this time. I think they’re a good team and they’ve found form with their results, they’re unbeaten in seven. I watched the game from last weekend and it was not too dissimilar to what we’ve come up against over the last year or so. They’ll probably say the same about us. I think we know what we’re going to get from each other and it will be a tight, cagey game. Certainly though they’ve got players who can open you up quite quickly, Lameiras and Carey in particular. They are the two that will be a real threat."
January 13, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Plymouth Argyle are:
Referee: Andy Haines
Assistant referees: Michael Denton and Wayne Grunnill
Fourth Official: Karl Evans
January 13, 2018
Green joins Crewe on loan
Crewe Alexandra have signed former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Paul Green on loan for the rest of the season. The Republic of Ireland international (despite being born on Pontefract) has only played nine games for Oldham Athletic this season after being a regular in the side last year, although injury hasn't helped his cause this term.
Green, now aged 34, has also played for Derby County, Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Rotherham United.
He commented to the BBC: "Oldham were a bit reluctant to let me go, but I need to be playing regular games and when Crewe came in, it was a chance I had to take."
January 13, 2018
Butler misses out after being nominated for two awards
Rovers defender Andy Butler has missed out on being named as the "EFL SkyBet League One Player of the Month" and the "PFA Fans` Player of the Month", despite being short-listed for both awards.
In the end, Bradley Dack of Blackburn Rovers won the first award, with Dan Bur of Wigan Athletic getting the fans' vote.
Still, it's an achievement to be nominated - and there's always next month!
January 13, 2018
Ferguson dismisses Hammers defender link
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has dismissed speculation that he is interested in signing West Ham United defender Vashon Neufville on loan for the rest of the season.
Press reports suggested that Rovers were facing competition for his signature from Bradford City and Northampton Town - but Ferguson put it down to 'newspaper talk' and that there was no foundation in the story.
Rovers' transfer activity looks likely to have finished for the January transfer window following the signing of Ben Whiteman for a significant sum, although if some fringe players to the first team squad manage to find clubs to go out on loan, it may give Ferguson a little flexibility.
January 11, 2018
Whiteman back at Rovers
Ben Whiteman has returned to Doncaster Rovers only a few days after Sheffield United recalled him from his loan spell at the club. It's better news than that - with Rovers confirming that he is returning on a full transfer after both clubs agreed an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be a six-figure sum.
Whiteman has signed a three and a half year deal with Rovers, and was evidently pleased to be back, telling the Yorkshire Post: "I’m made up to have signed for this club permanently. We’ve managed to get it all sorted fairly quickly and my aim was always to get back here. I enjoyed my loan spell and that’s what made me want to come back, it was an easy decision to come back here once the offer went in. The aim was to get it done and dusted so that I could be a part of the game on Saturday."
He added: "The manager has been great for me, he developed me and allowed me to express myself which was one of the biggest reasons why I came here in the first place. I’m looking for more of the same in terms of the performances we’ve been putting in, we’ve been on a good run recently and managed to pick up a few wins so hopefully we can keep that going."
Boss Darren Ferguson is also pleased to have got his man, as he revealed to the Doncaster Star: "The big change for us was that Sheffield United decided to sell him permanently, so we knew that we had to be quick and get a deal over the line because other clubs were interested. I spoke with the board and said we needed to prepare ourselves to make an offer, we did that and Ben’s desire to come back here was evident from the start. There was a figure that they wanted and we managed to do the deal pretty quickly which is good for all parties, it was imperative that we got a player of his calibre here."
He continued: "Now that Ben is our player we can work to improve different aspects of his game, I want him to play in different systems for me and he is a very good signing for the football club. Making a loan permanent means that we’re not introducing anyone else into the group, it keeps the momentum going and the players know each other’s game. In the time I’ve been here we’ve managed to reduce the average age of the squad by around two-and-a-half-years and got a lot more value with the quality of player we’ve brought in."
January 11, 2018
Ferguson rules out return for Toffolo
Boss Darren Ferguson has dismissed any chance of left back Harry Toffolo returning for a second spell at the club after his loan from Norwich City was curtailed a little by injury.
It was touch and go as to whether he would be fit again before the transfer window closed, but it now seems that the signing of Ben Whiteman on a full transfer has limited Ferguson's options in the transfer market.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "No, he [Toffolo] won’t be coming back. At the moment I’ve only really got scope to bring in Ben and that’s what I’m fully concentrating on, especially now it’s a permanent. That’s all I’ll be able to bring in over the course of the window."
He added: "Looking at the squad I’ve got at the moment there’s probably one or two I might have been prepared to let out on loan but that’s not the case now because I haven’t got the numbers. What we had on Saturday is what I’ve got. I can’t be fully one hundred per cent that Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya will come back like they were when then stopped playing. So I haven’t even added those two to the squad at the moment."
January 11, 2018
Development XI 4 Morecambe 4
Doncaster Rovers surrendered a three goal lead against an experienced Morecambe side at Cantley Park on Tuesday afternoon, with Liam Mandeville (2), Cody Prior and Max Watters scoring for Rovers.
Morecambe responded with a hat-trick from Garry Thompson, with the Morecambe management using the game to give a number of first team players returning from injury some time on the pitch before they go back to first team action.
Rovers Development boss John Schofield was pleased with the first half performance, although disappointed not to have won the game.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Walker, Horton, Fletcher, Fielding, Amos, James, Prior, Watters, Ben Khemis, Mandeville
Substitutes: Greaves, Olaosun, Morris, Scattergood, Overton
Morecambe: Maher, Jordan, Jones, Brownsword, Winnard, Brough, Hedley, Wildig, Campbell, Thompson, McGurk
Substitutes: Jumeau, Yawson, Hawley, Fletcher, Nelligan
January 11, 2018
Curtis moves to Motherwell
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Curtis main has joined SPL club Motherwell after being allowed to leave Portsmouth.
Main, now aged 25, has signed an 18-month deal and leaves Portsmouth after not being a regular in the first team this season. He joined them from Rovers in the summer of 2016, but got injured in the October after scoring five goals in 14 appearances. This season he has been unable to force his way past the preferred striking partnership of Brett Pitman and Ollie Hawkins, so has been allowed to leave to give him regular first team football.
Curtis told Motherwell's official club site: "A few weeks ago I heard about the interest and it’s been back and forth with the club and myself but finally we’re here and I can’t wait to get started. There were a few options but I felt this challenge, coming up here and testing myself in a new environment, is something that really appealed to me."
January 9, 2018
Injured duo set for February comeback
Injured duo Alex Kiwomya and Luke McCullough are set for a return to the first team in February. Both have missed all of the season so far, with Kiwomya having to overcome the effects of Gulliain Barre syndrome, and McCullough suffering from a knee injury and a thigh problem.
Both are back in training, but given the length of their absence, Rovers are taking no chances with their recovery and will not be rushing either player back.
Darren Ferguson revealed to the Doncaster Star recently: "McCullough and Kiwomya are almost there but not there, if you know what I mean. We’re not sure exactly when they’re going to be back. If all goes well I’m hoping that those two will be back around February, and give us the last three months. That’d be like two new signings, Kiwomya in particular."
"With McCullough we’ve got to be a bit more careful with him because he’s had a long, long time out. A recurrence of that injury would be a problem. So we take our time with him. But, again, he’s training with us. He’s been training with us two weeks now."
"With Kiwomya we’ve taken our time and it’s more about him telling us. The plan for him is to play at least three development games in January. If he comes through those he’ll probably be telling us he’s ready. We’ve got a development game every week so towards the end of January we’ll know more about that one."
January 9, 2018
Travel information to Shrewsbury
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, 20th January.
They will leave Retford at 9.45am, Harworth 9.50am, Bawtry 10.10am, Rossington Styrrup 10.10am, Hare & Tortoise 10.15am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.20am, Waterdale 10.25am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.30am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £16 - Concessions £15
Non-members: Adults £18 - Concessions £17
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.
January 9, 2018
Matthews rejoins Plymouth
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Remi Matthews has rejoined Plymouth Argyle on loan from Norwich City for the rest of the season.
For the second time this season, he signed on an "emergency loan" at the end of December, with no senior professional goalkeepers fit at Argyle, with the arrangement converted to a formal loan once the January transfer window opened.
He made seven appearances for Plymouth before injury curtailed his stay at the club, but impressed both fans and club with his performances during that time. Argyle have been particularly badly hit by injuries to their goalkeepers, with six other players used in goal for them so far this season.
January 9, 2018
Rovers recall loan duo

Doncaster Rovers have recalled Tyler Walker and Reece Fielding from their loans at Biggleswade Town, according to a report on the Evo-Stik League web site.
Both have been with Biggleswade since the start of the season and by all accounts have done well. In an article revealing the news, the report said: "It is also the time for us to say goodbye to Tyler and Reece who have both been recalled by Doncaster Rovers, both Lads showed class and I am positive they will go a long way in the game."

January 8, 2018
Rovers 0 Rochdale 1
Doncaster Rovers went out of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, conceding a first half goal which proved impossible to reply to. Despite a concerted display in the second half, in which Rovers threw the proverbial kitchen sink at their opponents, Rovers were unable to capitalize on a number of clear-cut chances, with Beestin and Rowe particularly guilty in that regard.
Rochdale were much improved on their recent game at the Keepmoat Stadium, and reaped their reward in the 18th minute when Calvin Andrew rose high and relatively unchallenged at the far post from a free kick to put the ball in the Rovers net.
It took Rovers about ten minutes before getting their first shot on goal, when Blair's shot was saved by Lillis. Rovers started to press forward, with Rodney Kongolo, who only this week signed an extension to his loan at the club, having probably his best game for Rovers, and it was through him that most of Rovers' attacking efforts came.
Marquis, Blair and Beestin had efforts on goal before the break, but Rovers went in at the break one goal down.
Rovers continued to press forward in the second half, with the visitors particularly grateful to referee Andy Woolmer for turning down a number of penalty appeals. But they were not given, and Rovers could not break through in any other way. Marquis had a shot hit the post, Rowe blazed over when it seemed easier to score, and earlier on Beestin had a gilt-edged chance saved by Lillis.
So it was not Rovers' day - and Rovers will now have to hope that this disappointment does not affect their move up the League One table.
January 8, 2018
What the managers said
A disappointed Darren Ferguson faced the press after Saturday's game against Rochdale, but he had a number of positive things to take out of the game - but the main irretrievable problem was that Rovers have been eliminated from the FA Cup for this season.
Speaking after the game, he said: "We are out of the cup, we can’t get it back, we are out, but there were a lot of good things. We’ve only got ourselves to blame when you have that many chances and you draw a blank. I can’t fault the players for the chances created, I can fault them for not taking them. These games are always tight against a team in the same league. The goal changes the complexion of the game in the short term, but we created enough chances, we just didn’t take one. We have got no one to blame but ourselves. We had enough chances to earn at least a replay. It’s a really disappointing day, it was a chance to keep our momentum and get some much needed revenue. It was a great chance to get into the fourth round, we’re not going to get many better chances than that."
"That's two games on the bounce now where we've conceded two soft goals and it gave them something to hold onto, like it did Peterborough."
Rochdale boss Keith HIll was pleased with the way his players approached the game, and said after the match: "It was a hard game, but there was a fighting quality, so I’m really pleased with the competitive energy, and obviously the intelligence. When you’re being competitive you’ve got to show intelligence, and I thought we did that today. We’ve been guilty of committing too many silly free-kicks rather than courageous free-kicks, but there was courage and intelligence to the way that we played today, rather than supporting the opponents’ tactics. We also did one thing that we haven’t done a regular basis, which is defend as a team when the opposition are strong. We stood strong when they were going direct, which they had to do because they were losing the game."
"It was brilliant goal from Calvin, but what gave me more enthusiasm was his performance. It was his commitment, his endeavour and his putting their central defenders under pressure. You want centre-forwards to work central defenders in both boxes and I thought he was excellent today. He’s added towards his game and his function with a goal."
January 8, 2018
Rochdale match highlights

Highlights of Saturday's FA Cup game at home to Rochdale are, for a change, on the BBC web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

January 8, 2018
Youth Team 1 Mansfield Town 1
The Rovers' youth team came away from Saturday's home game against Mansfield Town with a point in a well contested encounter.
They had to come from behind to level matters, with an 11th minute goal conceded, but got their just reward just before the break with a scrambled goal by James Morris following a corner by Danny Amos.
Despite pushing for the winner, it was not to be - and Rovers had to play the last ten minutes with ten men when Keegan Townrow was shown a straight red card for a push on a Mansfield player.
Doncaster Rovers: Leverton, Foulkes, Horten, James, Amos, Townrow, Olagsun (Barnett 63), Fletcher, Scattergood, Morris, Prior (Rieves 70)
Subsitutes not used: Overton, Greaves, Ogley
Mansfield Town: Sundby, Weston, Wilder, Bircumshaw (Johnson), Gibbens, Walker, Jackson (Jones 45), Cornell (Morgan 70), Gooden (Sarson 80), Ward (Dumbleton 78), O'Sullivan
January 6, 2018
Rovers v Rochdale
Doncaster Rovers play hosts to Rochdale for the second time in eight days when they play in the Third Round of the FA Cup this afternoon.
Rovers won the previous Keepmoat encounter 2-0, so will perhaps have the upper hand, but then again, both sides will have a good idea of what to expect from their opponents from last time. Differences in the starting line up between the two matches could hold the key, and Rovers are forced into making at least one change from last week, with midfielder Ben Whiteman missing today after being recalled from his loan by Sheffield United.
However, fellow loanees Jordan Houghton and Rodney Kongolo will be available after their loans were extended.
The Rovers squad appear to have got over the illness that was affecting some players over the Christmas period, with Alfie Beestin, Alfie May and Mathieu Baudry all recovering to play in the Peterborough game.
It goes without saying that Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Andy Williams and Alex Kiwomya will all be absent as they recover from injury, but hopefully that list will be shorter by the end of the month.
Rochdale have a couple of injury concerns, with Steven Davies picking up an injury on New Year's Day, while full back Joe Rafferty is a major doubt.
January 6, 2018
Ferguson on today's match
Darren Ferguson is hoping that his Rovers side will extend their unbeaten record this afternoon and make it through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
Today's game may not be the 'biggest' draw Rovers could have had, but just like Rochdale, they will be looking at the game with a realistic hope of making it through to the next round.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post ahead of today's game, Ferguson said: "Rochdale will look at it as well in that they could have got a lot harder tie in the sense of leagues above us. Both clubs will be saying the same thing; that it is a chance to get into the fourth round, which does not happen too often. We have got to make sure we take it. And if we can, take it at the first attempt."
"For many reasons, it is an important game. One, we want to keep the home form going; we have been strong at home and look good. We want to keep the momentum going that we have managed to build up over the course of Christmas. And then, there are the finances as well, which do also play their part."
January 6, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed for this afternoon's home game in the FA Cup against Rochdale are:
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant referees: David Avent and Paul Hodskinson
Fourth official: Matthew Donohue
January 6, 2018
Blades recall Whiteman
Sheffield United have recalled midfielder Ben Whiteman from his loan at Doncaster Rovers after boss Chris Wilder called him back owing to a number of injury issues at Bramall Lane.
It comes as a major disappointment to Rovers, as an extension for the second half of the season had been agreed with the Blades.
Time will tell as to whether Whiteman could return at the end of the month - as Darren Ferguson commented: "The lad has been called back at short notice due to injury problems, after we had already agreed to extend the loan. Hopefully this is a short-term measure and we can resurrect a deal before the window closes, though we will of course now look at all our options."
The possibility of returning is a sentiment shared by the player himself, with Ben adding: "It is nice to be leaving on a high and with the team doing well and I would be happy to come back. I was fully expecting to stay here for the season so am a bit sad to be leaving - I’ve loved it and can’t thank the fans, players, manager and staff enough."
He added: “It has been really good to play regularly, it is a step up from League Two and I feel I have done OK. League Two is a bit more physical, but it has been a real learning curve and I have loved my time with Rovers."
Blades boss Chris Wilder is keeping his options open as to Whiteman's future, commenting to the Sheffield Star: "Ben is back with us. His loan expired on Wednesday, so he is back in training with us today. One of the situations we have had in the Championship is learning about numbers, and making sure we are covered. The loan move has been great for Ben."
"So we are bringing Ben back for January, to see how he goes and see what happens here. If we don’t get anybody in, or we look at Ben and think he can take us forward into the second part of the season, he will stay. He is our player, Ben understands that, and we will take it from there."
January 6, 2018
Kongolo extends Rovers stay

Doncaster Rovers have announced that Manchester City midfielder Rodney Kongolo has extended his loan with the club, and he will stay with Doncaster until the end of the season.
Kongolo, a Netherlands under-20 international, has made good progress so far this season, and is looking forward to the rest of the campaign, commenting: "The gaffer has been brilliant to work with, he helps me and the other young players a lot. I feel I have really grown as a player and person."

January 6, 2018
Rovers keep Houghton for rest of season
Midfielder Jordan Houghton will be staying at Doncaster Rovers for the rest of the season, after it was confirmed that his loan has been extended.
Rovers had agreed a permanent deal with Chelsea for Houghton's transfer, but Rovers were not able to agree personal terms with the player in time.
Ferguson told the club's press conference on Thursday: “We did agree a deal with Chelsea to make it permanent but we couldn’t agree personal terms. It’ll be a loan until the end of the season. In the long term the loan might be the best thing, in terms of where we go next season."
Houghton said: "The main thing for me was getting it done nice and early in this window as I wanted to get prepared for a big game in the FA Cup. There have been talks over the past few weeks and that gradually built up to getting it across the line and agreeing on a deal which suited everyone. One of the key reasons to get it sorted so quickly was because we’re doing really well at the minute and I didn’t want to miss out on that, we want to keep the momentum going as long as possible."
January 6, 2018
Rovers close to signing Irish youngster
Doncaster Rovers are close to signing Republic of Ireland Schoolboy international Shane Blayney from Finn Harps, who play in the Republic of Ireland.
The 18 year old, who has captained the Irish schoolboys, has been over for trials at Rovers, and has impressed enough for Ferguson to try to sign him.
Ferguson said on Thursday: "He came over for a week, left centre half, good player, left-sided helps. He’s perhaps not one for now, we’ll put him away, but he’s one we’ve looked at and we like him. It’s pretty much done, he’s probably going to join up with us on Monday."
Reports from Ireland suggest that he has also been on trial at Derby County, but Rovers seem to have won the battle for his signature. Those reports from Ireland suggest that Rovers will have to pay a fee for the 18 year old.
January 3, 2018
Peterborough United 1 Rovers 1
For a change, it was Doncaster Rovers who scored a last minute goal to take a point from the New Year's Day game at Peterborough after it looked like all their possession would count for nothing as they tried to come back from conceding a 14th minute goal.
Rovers conceded after conceding a free kick, with Tafazolli heading down the free kick for Danny Lloyd to score. Ian Lawlor then had to save to prevent Rovers going further behind from a 25 yard thunderbolt by Chris Forrester, but then Rovers started to pile the pressure on, with Whiteman and May denied. But it was Whiteman who had the last laugh, scoring the equaliser in the 93rd minute from close range after a shot by Alfie May was blocked, but the ball fell kindly for Whiteman, who lashed home from ten yards.
It means that Rovers come away from the Christmas and New Year games undefeated - and only dropped these two points, which leaves them in 11th place. Considering the injury situation at the club, and the illness affecting some in the squad, that is a commendable achievement for all concerned.
January 3, 2018
What the managers said
Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson praised his players for continuing to search for an equaliser right to the end of the New Year's Day game at Peterborough.
Speaking after the game, he said: "We're not getting overexcited by the fact that we've got a point but when you equalise in the 94th minute you take it obviously. I'm just pleased with the performance. It was really good. It was quite open but I didn't mind that because I thought if we were good on the ball then we'd cause them problems. The players showed great character again. We've had a really good Christmas with ten points out of 12 games from some tough games. Mentally the players have been very good and they just kept going until we got the wee break."
January 3, 2018
Match highlights

There are some highlights of the away game at Peterborough on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

January 3, 2018
Ticket information v Shrewsbury
Tickets for the forthcoming away game at Shrewsbury Town are now on sale from the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium, which is due to be played on Saturday, 20th January with a 3pm kick-off.
Rovers have received an "initial allocation" of 840 tickets for the game at the following prices:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Young Adults (19-21) £15 - Students (with NUS card) £15 - Disabled £15 (on mid-high rate level on PIP/DLA) £15 - Juniors (12-18) £8 - Juniors (8-11) £6 - Juniors (U8) free.
However, as usual, it depends on what sort of membership you have as to when you can buy your tickets.
This week, Silver membership holders and half-season ticket holders can buy tickets.
From Monday, 8th January, Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership holders can buy tickets.
From Monday, 15th January, remaining tickets go on general sale.
January 1, 2018
Peterborough United v Rovers
It could well be a late decision as to who plays in this afternoon's away game at Peterborough United, with a number of players in the Doncaster Rovers squad being reported to have flu-like symptoms that caused Saturday's planned training session to be cancelled. Rodney Kongolo and Alfie Beestin missed Friday's win over Rochdale due to the illness, with Mathieu Baudry and Alfie May playing despite suffering from some symptoms. The decision to cancel the training session will hopefully mean that no further players will succumb to the illness.
No fresh injury concerns have been reported, so it will be a combination of the aforementioned illness combined with Ferguson's wish to shuffle the team to keep them as fresh as possible which will determine the side that plays Peterborough today.
Although all continue to edge towards fitness, Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Andy Williams and Alex Kiwomya continue to be absent.
Peterborough could make a number of changes for today's game, although for totally different reasons. Boss Grant McCann was dissatisfied with their performance on Saturday, when they were unable to prevent defeat to MK Dons, who played for 55 minutes with only nine men after two were sent off.
Striker Junior Morais made his comeback after injury in that game and could get a start, while defender Jack Baldwin is doubtful after missing recent games with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Gwion Edwards is definitely out with an ankle injury.
January 1, 2018
Ferguson - Posh will be tough test
Darren Ferguson returns to Peterborough United's London Road knowing that Rovers will have to produce the best performance of their Christmas and New Year games if they are to take any points away at 5pm.
Ferguson has managed the Posh twice, but goes back with the intention of taking all three points, but once the game starts there will be no sentiment for his past achievements at Boro'.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star ahead of the game (but obviously before Peterborough's game on Saturday), he said: "Out of the four games we're probably going to have to give our best performance to get anything from there. We go there to win the game though. There's no way I'd go there to draw. We'll try to win the game."
"Peterborough have got real obvious strengths in personnel. And they've been in good form themselves recently. There's certain things we'll have to be good at. If we're not, it's going to cause us problems."
He continued: "I've been delighted with the players over this run. They're looking confident and are in a good place."
January 1, 2018
Illness sweeps through squad
Darren Ferguson abandoned plans to hold a training session on Saturday in the hope that it will control a bout of illness sweeping through the squad.
Two players (Alfie Beestin and Rodney Kongolo) missed the Rochdale game due to flu-like symptoms, while Alfie May and Mathieu Baudry played despite being under the weather.
Ferguson revealed: "We've got a real illness going around the camp. Beestin pulled out an hour before the game. May is ill. Mathieu Baudry is ill and was struggling to carry on at half time. A few of the staff are feeling it."
"Kongolo was ill on Wednesday and he managed to do an hour but he didn't come in the following day. We've got a bit of a bug going around so for the lads to produce that against Rochdale and get them all out there is excellent. Beestin he looked terrible so he's a doubt for Monday."
"It's just a flu bug, a bit of diarhorrea going about. Frenchie [Baudry] was really bad at half time. I was going to bring him off but he managed to carry on. Beestin was fluey-ill, Kongolo has it, May has it. We'll just have to see how they are for Monday."
Fergie added: "The plan was for them to come in and do a recovery but they need to stay away because five or six are really struggling and so are a few staff. That's probably the best way of dealing with it, and trying to get rest at home. It won't have any effect on Monday that, because what we would have done would have been minimal anyway."
January 1, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Peterborough United are:
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant referees: Declan Ford and Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Nicholas Cooper
January 1, 2018
Fergie's plans for the transfer window
Darren Ferguson's plans for the January transfer window seem to be dominated by the need to sign up the loan players - Ben Whiteman, Rodney Kongolo and Jordan Houghton - for the rest of the season.
He is confident that Kongolo and Whiteman will be able to stay, and there seems to be a possibility that Houghton's loan may be converted into a full transfer.
But he will leave his options open, especially since Harry Toffolo has returned to Norwich due to injury, so cover at left back could well become a priority. There is a chance that Toffolo will regain fitness before the end of January, but it may depend whether Ferguson needs cover before then.
One or two fringe players are likely to be allowed to go out on loan to gain experience, including Will Longbottom, and Ferguson also will be hoping for movement on the transfer listed players, although due to the club's injury situation, that could be unlikely.
Darren told the Yorkshire Post before Christmas: "At the moment we will see what we can do with the loan players. I have spoken to Chelsea about perhaps turning it (Houghton) into a permanent."
Of potential new signings, he added: "If they are the right ones. There is not a massive amount, but a possibility. If we manoeuvre in the right way within the squad, we can do something."