September 30, 2017
Bradford City v Rovers
The main doubt for Darren Ferguson ahead of this afternoon's game at Bradford City is that of goalkeeper Ian Lawlor, who was forced off near the end of Tuesday's game against Shrewsbury with an ankle injury.
The injury is not as serious as first feared, but it will still be touch and go as to whether Lawlor will be fit enough to play this afternoon.
Boss Darren Ferguson revealed: "He is not that bad, actually. We were worried and we thought it might be a really bad one, but it is a little bit of damage to an old injury he has got, which has just flared up. He has even got half a chance for Saturday, perhaps. Although we will have to see how he is tomorrow (Friday)."
"But there’s no need for real concern. It is a big relief for us all. I’d be more than happy to play Marko (on Saturday) and I have no issue with that as he did excellent last season. But Ian has been in good form."
Apart from that, the injury situation at the club is unchanged, and while the likes of Baudry and McCullough have returned to training, neither will be close to a return for another couple of weeks at least.
Others still missing will be Alex Kiwomya (back), goalkeeper Ross Etheridge (ankle) and defender Danny Andrew (knee).
Bradford City will be without the services of Shay McCartan and Timothee Dieng, both with calf injuries.
Striker Charlie Wyke and Dominic Poleon are hoping to be recalled by Stuart McCall.
September 30, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials for his afternoon's away game at Bradford City will be:
Referee: Anthony Backhouse
Assistant referees: Adam Clayton and Paul Graham
Fourth official: Kevin Mulraine
September 29, 2017
Overton joins Frickley on loan
Young Doncaster Rovers midfielder Matthew Overton has joined Frickley Athletic on a month's loan.
Paul Stancliffe, Head of Youth at Rovers, has decided to give Matthew the opportunity of some first team action at Frickley.
He made his debut for Frickley on Tuesday evening during their victory over Spalding United, which lifts Athletic up to third place in the Evo-Stik First Division South, with their third win in a row.
September 27, 2017
Rovers 1 Shrewsbury Town 2
The pattern of conceding a goal soon after scoring one themselves continued in the home game against Shrewsbury Town. Tommy Rowe had given Rovers the lead in the first half, only to see Shrewsbury kick-off, go down the right wing and equalise within a minute. It is not the first time that such frailties have been seen and one that opposition managers must be aware of, so it is a mystery as to why the Rovers players or coaching staff have not worked out a way of stopping the phenomenon.
Rovers made just one change for the game, with Rodney Kongolo starting the game at the expense of Ben Whiteman, who took a place on the bench.
Rovers played quite well, and they had their chances in the first half and could have gone in front in the first quarter-hour as the ball flashed across the face of the Shrewsbury goal, but no-one could get a touch on the ball. Again, in the second half, Rovers had plenty of possession and applied continual pressure, but actual scoring chances were scarce.
Even so, the game was competed between two apparently evenly matched teams, but seemed to be heading for a deserved draw when Shrewsbury stole the points with an injury-time goal, with a Shrews substitute, Arthur Gnahoua cutting in from the right with no challenges by any Rovers players, and fired the ball into the net, with substitute goalkeeper Marko Marosi getting a hand to the shot, but unable to keep it out. The fact that Ian Lawlor was forced off the field only a minute or two earlier had little to do with it - Gnahoua should not have progressed as far as he did unchallenged.
So it marks another defeat for Rovers, and one that should have been avoided. The home record is often the bedrock of a team's season, and Rovers need to address their weaknesses if they are to have a successful season.
September 29, 2017
Quinn in hospital after having tooth out
Ex-Rovers defender Paul Quinn has been in hospital after suffering complications after having a tooth out, it has been reported in the Scottish Sun.
It appears that an abscess caused the problem, with the infection spreading and causing an abnormal heart rate.
Quinn, who now plays for Dundee United, played just ten minutes of their game against Falkirk two weekends ago before having to be substituted as he was unwell.
He was then sent for some medical checks after it was detected that his heart rate was higher than it should be.
Boss Ray McKinnon explained: "Paul is really struggling. He has an infection because of his tooth. He is away for a scan because his heart rate was going through the roof yesterday. From what we can gather he’s got an infection in his mouth after the tooth extraction and it looks like it has spread through his body. So they are giving him an ECG to make sure everything is fine. We will have to wait on the results of that. You’d think with a tooth that it wouldn’t be too much hassle once it has been taken out. But it has caused him a bit of a problem."
September 29, 2017
Woods gets new deal at Accies
Former Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods has signed a new contract with SPL club Hamilton Academical after being their regular stopper this season.
Woods has agreed a new contract that keeps him at Hamilton until the end of next season.
He joined Hamilton in July 2016 after being released by Leyton Orient, although prior to his release, Gary had been on an extended loan at Ross County.
September 29, 2017
Neill becomes cricketing coach
Ex-Rovers defender Lucas Neill dropped off the radar after leaving Doncaster Rovers back in 2014, which also accompanied being axed by his country, Australia, for the 2014 World Cup, which ended his 96 cap career.
However, he has not given up sport altogether, and the 39 year old is now part of the coaching staff for his son Marcus' Lowerhouse's Fagan and Whally Under-9 Hornets side.
The Hornets beat East Lancashire earlier this month to claim the Lancashire Junior League Cup, and Lucas has received praises for his contribution to their success.
Lowerhouse Cricket Club chairman Stan Heaton commented: "We are very pleased to add dad Lucas to the coaching staff. From his career as an international footballer, Lucas has brought new ideas and an infectious enthusiasm to the coaching and matches."
Neill now lives with his family near Blackburn.
September 29, 2017
McCormack set for trip Down Under
Ex-Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack has been out of favour at Aston Villa for some months, but somewhat surprisingly he failed to move on during the last transfer window, with his Villa wages reported to be the stumbling block.
However, Australian club Melbourne City have made an approach to sign McCormack on loan until January after their Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli broke his ankle.
The A League season begins on October 6th, with Melbourne kicking off their season against Brisbane Roar.
McCormack has been a prolific goal scorer throughout his career - until joining Villa, where a series of injuries, along with a falling out with boss Steve Bruce, has limited his appearances for the club.
The player is due in Melbourne this weekend to finalise details of the loan move.
Villa boss Steve Bruce commented: "Nobody came in for him. Sunderland played at it, played at it and played at it but it didn’t come through. Unfortunately that’s where we were left. I was a bit shocked by it but that’s the brutal reality of it. Nobody came for him, unless I missed them!"
"I wish him the best of luck no matter what people think and all the rest of it. He needs to go and play somewhere and get himself in the right condition. It could be the perfect fit for him."
September 29, 2017
Car Park changes at the Keepmoat
Doncaster Rovers have announced that new parking regulations have been introduced at the Keepmoat Stadium. Car parks 1 and 3 are limited to permit holders only, meaning that all visitors to the stadium, whether on a match day or not, will be limited to using Car Park 2. Cameras have been introduced to issue automatic fines to any vehicles parking in car parks 1 & 3 without a valid permit.
September 27, 2017
Match highlights

Highlights of Tuesday evening's home game against Shrewsbury are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

September 27, 2017
Bookies rate Ferguson favourite for Oldham job
Believe the bookies if you will - but shock reports in the press rate Darren Ferguson as being the hot favourite to land the managerial vacancy at Oldham Athletic, who sacked John Sheridan earlier this week.
Exactly why the link has been made is a mystery, but his odds were dramatically cut from 16/1 to 1/3 on Tuesday, but bookies often throw up some rather bizarre candidates in these situations which have no substance to them.
It is hard to see why Fergie would want to make the move across the Pennines, even with Rovers' indifferent form so far this season - and an unnamed source at Doncaster Rovers has dismissed reports, insisting there is no substance to the speculation.
September 27, 2017
On the move
Jordan Snodin, the son of former Rovers midfielder, captain and manager Ian, and nephew of ex-Rover Glynn, has joined Ossett Albion on loan from Alfreton Town. it is the latest move for the young midfielder, who started off at Leeds United's academy, and has also played for Matlock Town and Hyde United.
September 27, 2017
Liam joins Boston
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Liam Wakefield has joined Vanarama National League North club Boston United and is available for selection with immediate effect. While the transfer window closed at the end of August, Wakefield is a free agent after leaving Morecambe at the end of last season.
After leaving Rovers in the summer of 2015, he signed for Accrington Stanley, but after being released the following summer, he joined Morecambe.
September 26, 2017
Rovers v Shrewsbury
Doncaster Rovers welcome league leaders Shrewsbury Town to the Keepmoat Stadium hoping to build on Saturday's most welcome victory at Plymouth Argyle.
Rovers have no new injury concerns to contend with, so it will be more a case of tinkering with the starting eleven if Darren Ferguson think it needs it.
He has spoken of his pleasure at how well strikers Alfie May and John Marquis have performed so far this season, with nine goals between them so far, but it is a consistent level of performance that he is looking for from his players.
Still missing will be Alex Kiwomya (back), Danny Andrew (knee) and Ross Etheridge (broken ankle), while Mathieu Baudry and Luke McCullough have just resumed training, but will not be considered until they have hopefully played in the Development XI game against Walsall on October 10th.
Shrewsbury boss Paul Hurst has used a largely unchanged side so far this season, but has hinted that changes could be made this evening, with a few players struggling with cramp towards the end of Saturday's draw at Blackburn.
Those in with a chance of breaking into the side are Omar Beckles, Ebou Adams, Arthur Gnahoua and Lenell John-Lewis, while Joe Riley, who has only recently returned following a broken leg, could resume action after being rested at the weekend.
September 26, 2017
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against Shrewsbury Town are:
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant referees: Wayne Grunnill and Michael Denton
Fourth Official: Ricky Wootton
September 26, 2017
Sheridan leaves rock bottom Latics
Ex-Rovers midfielder John Sheridan has left his post as manager at Oldham Athletic "by mutual consent" after the club were thrashed 5-1 by Rotherham United at the weekend, meaning they have taken only four points from their opening nine games, which leaves them bottom of the League One table.
The club issued a statement that said: "The board of directors would like to place on record their thanks to John for his contribution to the development of the club, not only during this tenure, but as both a player and manager previously. His impact over the past two seasons in particular, when he has saved the club from near certain relegation on both occasions, will mean he is always guaranteed a warm welcome here by both the club and fans alike."
"This season, however, has not seen the progression we hoped with what was felt to be the nucleus of a good squad, and results, performances and league position have been hugely disappointing."
However, local news reports suggest that all has not been well behind the scenes, with strong speculation of a takeover of the club in recent weeks.
Another former Rover, Richie Wellens, part of the coaching staff at Boundary Park, has been placed in temporary charge following Sheridan's departure.
September 26, 2017
Baudry and McCullough back in training
Darren Ferguson has confirmed that Mathieu Baudry are back in training after recovering from ankle ligament damage and a knee injury respectively.
Both have not played so far this season, with both having surgery during the summer, but the club have provisionally planned to include the pair in the Development XI game at Walsall in a couple of weeks time.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "Baudry and McCullough trained on Monday so that’s another bonus for us. They’re going to do bits with us, bits with the fitness coach, bits with the physio, get them through the week and try to do the same intensity as everyone else so it means they won’t lose out. They will train with us properly next Monday."
"There’s a development game on October 10. There’s one on October 3 but I think that will come too early for them. So we’re looking to that game on the tenth to have them make their first comeback."
He added: "They’re two big characters. It was good to see them out on the grass, back with the lads. We’ve just got to keep the reins on Frenchie [Baudry] because he thinks he’s ready to play now – that’s how he always is. It’s good to have them back in there."
However, young striker Will Longbottom has had his loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers cut short after suffering ankle ligament damage, which will keep him out for at least two months.
Ferguson explained: "He’s going to be out for the foreseeable future and could be out for a good while actually. It’s quite a bad injury. He’s just got a habit of picking up one or two injuries but this is a bad one and we’ll just have to see how he goes. We sent him out for the experience and he was getting good experience. We were looking at extending the loan because he’d fitted in well, scored a goal and set up others."
"It’s disappointing but it’s part of the game and hopefully he’ll get his rehab done and be back as soon as possible."
September 26, 2017
Whitehouse joins Shaw Lane
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Billy Whitehouse has joined ambitious Evo-Stik Premier League club Shaw Lane AFC, as they have made three additions to their squad to build on a promising start to the season at the highest level in the club's history.
Whitehouse was released by Leeds United at the end of last season, but has also played for Alfreton Town, and loan spells at FC Halifax Town and Guiseley AFC.
September 25, 2017
Plymouth Argyle 0 Rovers 3
Last season, Plymouth took all the points in the two league games played, so Saturday's victory on the south coast was all the sweeter as Rovers got back into the winning habit after a series of games without a win. Both sides went into the game with bad form behind them, but the performance against Arsenal seems to have put some belief into the Rovers players, and it was the visitors who went ahead in the 19th minute as Andy Butler pounced to steer the ball over the line after the ball had come back off the cross bar, following a corner.
The second goal also came from a corner, as John Marquis, restored to the starting line-up, took advantage of the Plymouth goalkeeper fumbling the ball to make it 2-0 just before the hour mark.
Rovers' third came in the 79th minute when the industrious Alfie May, who steered Kongolo's cross past the keeper and into the net.
The result meant that Plymouth dropped to next to the bottom of the League One table with just five points collected in their opening nine games, whilst Rovers climbed to 17th place with 9 points from their 9 games.
September 23, 2017
Rovers 0 Scunthorpe United 1
The frustrating run of poor results continued at the Keepmoat Stadium last weekend, and again it was an early goal which proved to be Rovers' undoing. Darren Ferguson continued to tinker with his starting eleven in the hope of finding the right formula - and on the whole, performances have not been as poor as the results may suggest - but uncommonly for a Darren Ferguson team, the team's strikers have not been getting the goals.
Scunthorpe took the lead in the tenth minute when Lee Novak headed home from a corner in a first half that had few real opportunities for either side. Rovers improved in the second half and had a couple of good chances to equalise, with John Marquis hitting the post, and Andy Williams hit a shot over the bar. Whilst Rovers continued the pressure, further real scoring chances were scarce.
September 23, 2017
What the managers said
A frustrated and disappointed Darren Ferguson faced the press after the home defeat to Scunthorpe United, which was evident by the tone of his comments.
He said: "It was a disappointing day for us and a disappointing day for the fans because no-one likes to lose derby matches. The word I keep drumming into the players is ‘concentration’, be it when defending a set-piece or when trying to take clear, easy chances. It is what is costing us at the moment. We have to find a way of winning these games because fine lines are costing us."
Has the Arsenal cup draw distracted the players? Who knows, but Ferguson continued: "I will be glad when the game is out of the way. From the moment we got the draw, we said, ‘That is a bonus and we can make the club a few quid'."
"We have had four games since the draw and obviously not won any. I don’t believe it (the Arsenal tie) has been affecting us but after eight games we have not collected enough points. It is as clear as day why, because in five of those games we haven’t scored.So, that is something we need to address. We need to show better quality in the last third of the pitch."
His opposite number, Graham Alexander, praised the quality of football his players produced, which sent them back up the M18 with the three points.
He told the Scunthorpe Telegraph: "I was delighted with the players and the supporters. We played well in the first half and deserved to go into the lead. In the second half they put us under a lot of pressure but the players stood up to it fantastically well. It is a great three points for us because we know of the local rivalry – we are not blind to it. But it is only after the game can you look at that side of it."
"It was great to see all that fantastic support today. They can go home with a smile on their faces and the players can go home feeling good about themselves."
September 23, 2017
Match highlights

Match highlights of the home game against Scunthorpe United are available for viewing on the Sky Sports web site.
To access them, please click on their logo to the left.

September 23, 2017
Arsenal 1 Rovers 0
With the poor sequence of results since the draw for the next round of the Carabao Cup was made, there were mixed expectations of the game the Emirates Stadium, although 5,000 Rovers fans made the trip to London in hope and expectation that their team could do them proud.
Whilst they did not go as close to defeating their Premier League rivals as they did at Belle Vue twelve years ago, Rovers did provide Arsenal with a challenge. Darren Ferguson opted to start the game with just one striker on the pitch, with Alfie May asked to do endless running when given the opportunity.
Arsenal made 11 changes from the side that drew with Chelsea the previous weekend, but the side named by Arsene Wenger was very close to the one that faced Cologne in last week's European game, so it certainly was not a weak side by any stretch of imagination. And when you looked at some of the names in their side, theoretically there was enough talent to beat Rovers with plenty to spare, with names such as Per Mertesacker, Jack Wilshere, Giroud, Sanchez and Theo Walcott starting the game.
Arsenal certainly started the game well and had an early chance, with Olivier Giroud hitting the crossbar in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick, with Ian Lawlor well beaten. With the hosts continuing to put pressure on Rovers, the break through came in the 22nd minute, when Theo Walcott evaded his marker to latch on to Alexis Sanchez's cross-field pass to dink the ball over Lawlor.
At that stage, the fear was that more goals would follow, but it proved not to be the case. Rovers responded well to the setback, and managed to mount some attacks of their own, but Arsenal were still making opportunities, with a lack of accuracy saving Rovers on occasion.
Rovers proved more of a threat after the break with a series of counter-attacks, with Andy Butler and John Marquis, who was unfamiliarly named on the bench, going close. A late chance fell to Blair, whose header from a corner cannoned off the Arsenal crossbar, but Rovers could look back on their performance with satisfaction, knowing that they performed well in what was always going to be a huge challenge.
September 23, 2017
What the managers said
A proud Darren Ferguson answered questions after Doncaster Rovers had given Arsenal a closer game than many may have feared at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
He said: "I'm so proud of the players this evening, we gave it a good go and we reacted quite well after going behind. We created a lot of chances in the second half, there was a point in the game where we really went for it. Our performances haven't been too bad and the games we have lost have majority been by one goal, we are not far off."
"They did a lot of the things asked. It was a fantastic learning curve in terms of concentration levels. When you are a lower league team playing a team from the top level the opening 20 minutes can be difficult and I felt we were getting through that when Walcott scored. We created chances - the deflected shot and the one that hit the bar - and we stayed in the game for as long as we could."
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that the game was harder work for his players than they had expected.
He commented: "Yes that was hard work, credit to Doncaster, they kept going. We started well in the first 35 minutes but we decreased slowly. We lost our collective game and couldn't score the second goal, it became more difficult. We wanted to score goals we were just lacking. It was a typical cup game. I was concerned, they looked dangerous."
"I would say they (Rovers) played very well. This is what has changed in the lower divisions - first of all everybody is super fit. There is absolute total fitness. They were well organised, they came and gave us a tough time. They never showed any weakness mentally and they kept going until the end. They could have a scored a goal as well."
"I must say I was surprised by their quality and their level. They shouldn`t be too concerned about staying in their league. They need to adapt because they just came up but they have enough to stay in the league for me."
September 23, 2017
Match officials v Arsenal
The match officials appointed by the Football League for Wednesday's League Cup tie against Arsenal were:
Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews and Michael George
Fourth Official: Keith Stroud
September 17, 2017
Rovers v Scunthorpe United
Darren Ferguson will be hoping that Doncaster Rovers can get their stuttering start to the season back into winning in this afternoon's home game against Scunthorpe United. Rovers have not won in their last five league games, with some disappointing results and performances along the way.
Rovers have suffered the blow of learning that they will be without midfielder Tommy Rowe for today's clash, which comes on top of the continuing absence of Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Mathieu Baudry, Alex Kiwomya and Ross Etheridge. Even so, the Rovers boss is likely to tinker with his starting eleven in the hope of finding a winning formula - and not conceding a goal early in the game will certainly help towards that quest.
Scunthorpe are set to include new striker Lee Novak, who joined the Iron on transfer deadline day, but has yet to open his goal scoring account. Scunthorpe are expected to have a virtually unchanged side today to the defeat against Blackburn on Tuesday. Murray WAllace played much of last weekend's game with a 'dead leg', while midfielder Andrew Croft and Jonny Margetts continue to be absent due to injury.
September 17, 2017
Ferguson - the result is most important
In his pre-match press conference, boss Darren Ferguson said that he wants a win in this afternoon's game, even if the result came at the expense of the performance. Rovers are in need of a morale boost after a series of disappointing results lately, and a win against some local rivals would be a good way to achieve that
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "I’d always take a horrible, scruffy 1-0 win. That’s something that we spoke about at length for Rochdale - focus on the result and then we’ll analyse the performance. It was so nearly one of those scrappy 1-0 wins and should’ve been. The result is the most important thing on Sunday. But you have to play a certain way to get that result."
"There are certain things you need to do well; you need to compete, you need to make sure you win your tackles and you need to make sure that you do all things relevant to a derby. We need to be intense, but we need to have composure and play with the ability we’ve got and keep the shape we are going to play. If it’s all running around, headless chicken stuff with the ball, it’s not going to work. We need to be aggressive but solid as well."
September 17, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Scunthorpe United are:
Referee: David Webb
Assistant referees: Declan Ford and Graeme Fyvie
Fourth official: Paul Hodskinson
September 16, 2017
Fabien joins Aldershot
Former Rovers loan midfielder Fabien Robert has joined Aldershot Town on a one month loan from Forest Green Rovers.
Now aged 28, the Frenchman made 23 National League appearances for Forest Green last season as they won promotion to the Football League for the first time in their history, but was told that he did not feature in their plans for the coming season and had been training with the youth team while he found a new club.
Clearly delighted with the move and the chance to resurrect his career, he told Aldershot's official web site: "I can’t wait to play for the team. I remember playing against them last season and I think the way they play will suit me. It’s a really positive move for me. The team has started really well this season, and I am here to help Aldershot Town compete for the National League title. Simple as that."
"It takes a lot of commitment, and the National League is hard, but I think the fans here will enjoy watching us play. I’ve always played as an offensive midfielder in my career, either in the number ten role or out wide. I can say that after the first training session, no problem at all. I want to be involved and on the ball a lot of times during a match – and the way training is, I can only imagine what it will be like during a game!"
September 16, 2017
Charlton ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 1,039 tickets for the forthcoming game at Charlton Athletic on Saturday, 14th October.
However, tickets are not on sale yet - with the first category of tickets going on sale on Monday, 25th September.
Tickets will be sold as follows:
Monday 25th September - Silver Membership Holders
Monday 2nd October - Bronze, Academy, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership Holders
Monday 9th October – General Sale
Ticket prices are: Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £16 - Young adults (18-21) £16 - Students (with valid ID) £10 - Juniors (17 & under) £10 - Juniors (10 & under) £5
Tickets can be bought at Charlton on match day, but prices for all categories will rise by £3.
Tickets for disabled supporters are available "at a reduced price"; please contact the ticket office for further information.
September 16, 2017
Rovers pair join the Tulips
Two young Doncaster Rovers players, Keegan Townrow and Jacob Fletcher, have joined Evo-Stik League (South) club Spalding United on a one month "work experience" loan, and are expected to provide cover while some more senior players are injured.
Townrow has not featured for the first team at Rovers yet, but Fletcher has been given a squad number at the Keepmoat Stadium. Ferguson`s senior side.
September 16, 2017
Virgin to run extra train
Virgin Trains have announced that they will run an additional late night train back from London to help Rovers fans the chance to return home after the League Cup game at Arsenal on Wednesday.
With extra time and penalties possible, as the tie has to be decided on the night, the game could finish later than the last scheduled train back to Doncaster, so Virgin have put on the extra train, which will run direct from Kings Cross to Doncaster.
The train will set off at 23:21 and arrive in Doncaster at 1:19 the following morning, with fares 'starting' at £25 (£50 return) in Standard Class, and £48 (£96 return) in First Class.
Those with the Rovers' DNA card can get 25% off these ticket prices.
Virgin issued a statement on DROS that read: "It’s a very prestigious tie for Rovers and we’re delighted for the club and, of course, its fans. We hope the extra train we have specifically arranged for Rovers’ fans, along with our other timetabled services, will help those wanting to travel to the game by train get back home after the match. Fans wanting to travel to the match and return on the extra train are urged to book via our website from today at www.virgintrainseastcoast.com."
September 16, 2017
Voting results v Northampton
Due to the late opening of the voting for the "Man of the Match" in last weekend's defeat at Northampton Town, there were fewer than usual votes placed - or maybe it was partly down to the disappointing performance and result.
As it was, we received nominations for just two players, with substitute James Coppinger coming home well ahead of Tommy Rowe with 89% of the votes placed.
September 16, 2017
Voting results v Rochdale
We received nominations for three different players for Tuesday evening's "Man of the Match" at Rochdale. Goalkeeper Ian Lawlor led the way with 67% of the votes cast, with other votes going to Joe Wright and James Coppinger.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to place their vote. Hopefully the performance and result will improve for tomorrow's home game against Scunthorpe United, giving everyone a wider choice of who the best player is!
September 14, 2017
Millers game slated for TV broadcast
The forthcoming home game against Rotherham United on Saturday, 11th November has been selected for live broadcast by Sky Sports.
As a consequence, the game will now kick-off at 12.30pm instead of the usual 3pm.
September 14, 2017
Fortune looks forward to helping out
Former Doncaster Rovers and Manchester United midfielder Quinton Fortune has joined the set-up of the South Africa national side and while he has not yet signed a contract yet, joined up with the national squad for their recent game against Zambia.
Fortune revealed in an interview in South Africa: "Stuart (Baxter, the national boss) spoke to me a couple of weeks ago, and at first I was taken aback, so it was with a lot of excitement when he told me. I just couldn’t wait to get going, because it is something I have been dreaming about for years, as I know the potential we have in this country. I have said for years that when we do things the right way, we can achieve amazing things."
"This is my first day, so I need to find my baby steps and see how it goes, but I am excited. My aim is to help make this national team successful – that’s the ultimate for me, I just want to see Bafana Bafana being a great success."
"It’s been amazing. I am still based in Manchester and right now, I am involved with Bafana Bafana, which is a great honour and a privilege. I still need to sit down with the Association (Safa) and see where this goes, but at the moment, I am excited to be part of the team. I want to help as much as I can, wherever I can. I am still a young coach, trying to learn the game."
Fortune has already acquired his Uefa A Licence, and is now working towards the Uefa Pro Licence.
September 14, 2017
Mason no plans to stop playing
Former Rovers loan midfielder Ryan Mason, currently at Hull City, has been given encouragement that he will be able to resume his playing career after seeing the latest of a number of specialists.
He has not played since fracturing his skull in a clash of heads with Chelsea's Gary Cahill, and has received conflicting advice as to whether he may be able to play again.
However, recent reports indicate that the bone is continuing to heal well, giving Ryan the hope that he may yet be well enough to play again. The only issues seem to be how long that recovery may take, and whether any further surgery may be required.
Mason is not rushing into making any decisions over resuming his playing career.
September 14, 2017
Sheridan in court battle with Notts
Ex-Rovers midfielder John Sheridan is set for an appearance in court over his sacking as manager of Notts County last January.
County were on a bad run of form at the time, but he was sacked for gross misconduct by the Magpies owner, Alan Hardy, after an expletive laden rant at match officials during their defeat to Wycombe Wanderers the month earlier.
Sheridan, now the manager at Oldham Athletic, will present his case to an arbitration court in Nottingham this month, and is backed by the League Managers' Association.
Sheridan has since apologized for abusing the match officials and received a five match touchline ban for the offence.
Hardy has criticized the LMA's decision to appeal against the sacking, accusing them of running a "coach and horses through the concept of respect in football".
September 14, 2017
Rovers arrange coaches to Arsenal
It may be a little late in the day, but Doncaster Rovers have announced that they are to run some "executive coaches" to the away game at Arsenal next week.
The fare, which includes a match ticket, will be £70 + VAT (so let's call that £84), for which you get coach travel, a match ticket, a packed lunch on the way down, and food to be provided on the way back.
As with Supporters Club coaches, no alcohol will be allowed on any coaches.
For those interested, you should either email commercial@clubdoncaster.co.uk or call 01302 764665.
Or you could buy a ticket separately, then book a place on the Supporters Club coach for £25, and take your own sandwiches. You pay your money and you take your choice!
September 13, 2017
Rochdale 2 Rovers 1
Two goals in 'injury time' consigned Doncaster Rovers to defeat after it looked as though they had done enough to get their first win in five matches.
From a positive side, at least Rovers ended their own goal drought when John Marquis put Rovers ahead in the 74th minute, but that did cover over a below-par performance by Rovers, even though they had defended with determination against a Rochdale side that did not suggest they were seeking their first win of the season.
Ian Lawlor pulled off a number of good saves, and when Joe Wright conceded a penalty in the seventh minute when tussling for the ball with Rochdale's Oliver Rathbone, Lawlor came to Rovers' rescue by saving the spot kick.
As promised, Darren Ferguson made a number of changes, bringing Andy Williams, Jordan Houghton and Issam Ben Khemis in for their first starts of the season, with James Coppinger and Niall Mason also recalled after being on the bench on Saturday.
Rovers are still struggling to convert possession into goals, and yesterday's game again highlighted this problem. It could well be that Rovers are still in a period of acclimatizing to the step up in leagues, and will turn things around before too much longer. Let us hope that is the case.
September 13, 2017
What the manager said
A disappointed Darren Ferguson passed comment on last night's defeat at Rochdale when telling the Yorkshire Post: "I'm really disappointed with the way the game has ended. We got ahead through John, which was a tidy finish, we unfortunately didn't have the composure to get the three points. We were really disciplined, under the circumstances with the weather but you know you are always going to get a tough game here. It's a big week ahead for us, we will look at the video of tonight's game and hopefully we can catch a break because we haven't so far."
September 13, 2017
Match highlights

There are some match highlights of yesterday's game at Rochdale on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

September 13, 2017
Bradford City ticket information
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 826 tickets for the away game at Bradford City on Saturday, 30th September.
As with all away games this season, when you can buy your ticket depends on what colour membership card you've got.
Tickets are currently on sale to Silver Membership holders. Other categories are as follows:
Monday 18th September - Bronze, Academy, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership Holders
Monday 25th September – General Sale
Ticket prices for the game are as follows:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (60+) £15 - Student (with valid ID) £15 - Juniors (15 & under) £10 - Juniors (10 & under and accompanied by full paying adult) £5
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price, with a carer free if appropriate and on the right level of disability benefit.
Match day prices for adults rise to £25; all other categories have the same price whether bought in advance or on match day.
September 12, 2017
Northampton Town 1 Rovers 0
Northampton Town got their new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink off to a great start by scoring in the first minute of Saturday's game. Rovers kicked off in the first half, but after losing possession, Northampton mounted an attack down the left wing, with the ball being pulled back by George Smith for Matt Crooks to score.
Rovers tried to claw their way back into the game, but struggled to put much pressure on the home goal, although John Marquis was closed down just as he was about to shoot on the half-hour mark.
It took the introduction of James Coppinger at half time to spark Rovers into life, with much of the creative side of Rovers' play coming through him. Rovers did start to attack the Northampton goal, but it took until a double substitution with half an hour to go, with Jordan Houghton and Alfie May being added at the expense of Tyler Garratt and Liam Mandeville. It took a good save by the home keeper in the closing minutes to deny Whiteman, with Coppinger also denied by a low shot earlier.
September 12, 2017
What the managers said
A frustrated Darren Ferguson faced the press after Saturday's defeat at Northampton Town, with the early goal meaning that Rovers struggled to impose themselves afterwards.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We spoke about the way they would start, with a new manager coming in, lifting the crowd and we made the worst possible start to the game, which meant we couldn’t do what we wanted to do - which was to hold the ball and frustrate them. At 1-0 we had a lot of the ball, but didn’t move it quick enough. In the second half we played well, and in the last 15 minutes had some real urgency because we were 1-0 down. If we played like that for the full match it’d be different."
"We needed to concentrate on our own game. It’s the same players who have been beaten four games on the bounce. Jimmy is a good manager. We made it easy for them in the first-half as some of the passing was too slow."
"So, it was a really disappointing day. That's four blanks out of six matches now and it's an issue that has to be sorted. The second half was better. The last 15 minutes in particular there was a real urgency to our game because we're 1-0 down. If we played like that the whole game then the outcome would be different. But it was nowhere near. For 20 minutes of the first half we got complete control of the game, had one or two openings. But I think we only had two shots in the first half. It's not how I want us to play."
"James Coppinger was the only player we had today. He was the only one who showed any imagination, anything creative. That for me, as a manager, is not a good thing to say but it's how I feel at the moment. The other substitutes, Alfie May did fine and Jordan Houghton did fine. I have to reflect on it and look at it again."
New Northampton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was very pleased with the effort shown by his players in the game, which saw them pick up their first points of the season.
Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle, he said after the match: "The boys worked very hard, the application was magnificent. The three points were very important, but you look at your team and how they can suffer, and how they are willing to suffer. And we suffered today. But that was always going to be the case because it’s only been a few days together and the confidence is low. So we need to work on the confidence and believe in what we have got. And I must say, it’s a very good start. It was a win, but more important was the application of the players. I couldn’t have asked for more."
He added: "Everything went in the right way. There are still a lot of things to work at, but it's a good start. You can see they are willing. I couldn't have asked for more. They showed really good spirit, and that's a good platform to be successful."
September 12, 2017
Saturday's match highlights

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

September 12, 2017
Rochdale v Rovers
On the back of Saturday's disappointing performance and result, it looks highly likely that Darren Ferguson will make some changes to the side for this evening's trip to Rochdale - who, as with Northampton on Saturday, have not won so far this season.
With Rovers struggling to score goals, and Rochdale also not having scored in their last three games, a goalfest does not look to be on the cards, something that is not usually associated with a Darren Ferguson team.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star yesterday: "We’ve got to have more shots, more crosses, more goals - something I never really expected to say about us. But we need to be more like we were in the second half [at Northampton] and like we have been in games. You look back at possibly all three home games and they were decent performances. When you have decent performances you need to win those games."
"There are certain things I’ve seen that I can change. One of those is personnel so we’ll wait and see. I feel there are some good players that haven’t been playing and have been waiting. But I think it’s important we don’t let the result on Saturday have too much of an effect on us. There hasn’t been a team better than us in the games we’ve played, I don’t think, in terms of the way the games have gone. All the stats are very positive towards us - apart from the main one, which is to score more goals than the opposition. We can’t keep saying ‘we should’ve done this’ and ‘we should’ve done that’. We need to do it. So there are things we need to improve on, certainly we need to be more aggressive with the ball."
A more attacking intent is likely to be seen today, with James Coppinger, Alfie May and Jordan Houghton all hoping for starts after coming on and doing well as second half substitutes on Saturday. Striker Andy Williams is also hinted at having a chance of starting, with Ferguson stressing that Rovers need to use their squad wisely with a five matches in 21 days coming up in September.
Rovers are not reporting any new injuries, so any changes are likely to be aimed at freshening up the performance, with Ferguson not wanting to have another match without Rovers scoring.
For Rochdale, they will be without striker Ian Henderson due to a suspension, while Joe Thompson remains absent as he has treatment for cancer. Defender Joe Bunney returned to the side after recovering from a knee injury and should be fit to continue.
September 12, 2017
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's away game at Rochdale are:
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistant referees: Neil Sharp and Ian Dudley
Fourth Official: Tony Peart
September 12, 2017
Mansfield Town 0 Rovers Youth 0
The Rovers' youth team battled to a goalless draw on Saturday against Mansfield Town's U18s side, with boss Paul Stancliffe happy with the performance of the players.
After the match he told DROS: "When you come to places like this you know you’re in for a tough battle. They’re not going to give you much time on the ball so you have to work hard to get your rewards and we did. We’re really pleased it’s a clean sheet. We’ve worked hard and as a team effort it was brilliant and and they put you under a lot of pressure as I’ve said, but for chances created you know, I thought we created the better chances."
Goal-scoring chances were few and far between, but Rovers' best chance of the first half was a shot from 30 yards by Myron Gibbons, but the shot went over the bar.
Mansfield Tow: Sundby, Weston, Wilder (C), Cornell, Gibbens, Walker, Blake, Bircumshaw, Sarson (Gooden 46), Ward, O'Sullivan (Darby 69)
Substitutes not used: Mars, Briggs, Johnson
Doncaster Rovers: Leverton, Foulkes, Horton (Barnett 61), Morgan (C), Bingley, Baldock-Smith, Olaosun, Greaves, Gibbons (Scattergood 61), Overton (Morris 61), Prior
Substitutes not used: Ogley, Amos
September 9, 2017
Northampton Town v Rovers
Beware the "new manager syndrome" could well be something to consider for this afternoon's game, with news confirmed during the week that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the new manager at Northampton Town. As Darren Ferguson commented in his pre-match press conference, it puts several unknowns into the mix for his planning ahead of today's match.
As Fergie put it: "The one thing you’d say now is there will be different ideas, fresh ideas. It’s a bit of a difficult one to gauge. You have to look at two things now. You look at the games they’ve played but you would think there would be changes in terms of formation. I now have to also look at how Jimmy has played in the past because generally managers stick to what they’ve done."
Rovers have no new injury concerns to contend with, but none of the injured quartet of Alex Kiwomya, Mathieu Baudry, Luke McCullough and Danny Andrew are in with a chance of returning for a few weeks, with transfer-listed goalkeeper Ross Etheridge also still recovering from a broken leg.
Rovers could give new loan signing Harry Toffolo his Rovers debut after being an unused substitute last week against Peterborough, but the most interest is likely to be whether Ferguson gives Jordan Houghton his first start since rejoining the club recently.
As far as the Northampton side goes, with a new manager come different ideas, so changes could either be minimal or many. Goalkeeper Matt Ingram could make his debut after signing from Queens Park Rangers on loan.
September 9, 2017
Please arrive early for today's game
Northampton Town have posed a notice on their official web site asking for supporters to arrive earlier than usual for today's game, as they have implemented some increased security measures for the game, with "a 100% search policy" in operation.
It looks like this is a standard notice for their home games this season, which results from the bombing at Manchester Arena in May, rather than anything specific to today's match.
September 9, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed for this afternoon's away game at Northampton Town are:
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistant referees: Thomas Harty and Danny Gratton
Fourth Official: Josh Smith
September 9, 2017
Plymouth ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, 23rd September are now on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office. Rovers have received an initial allocation of 558 tickets for the game.
As with Rovers policy this season, there are a number of different dates from which certain categories of people can buy their tickets.
In this case, the dates are as follows:
Monday 4th September - Silver Membership Holders
Monday 11th September - Bronze, Academy, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership Holders
Monday 18th September – General Sale
Ticket prices are: Adults £1 - Senior Citizens (65+) £16 - Young adults (18-21) £16 - Juniors (17 & under) £8 - Family ticket (1 adult + 1 junior) £27 (in family zone only)
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, but a carer, if required, is free.
Tickets will be available on the day, but all categories see their price rise by £2 on match day.
September 9, 2017
Catching up - Furman signs extension
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Dean Furman has signed an extension to his contract at South African club SuperSport United, which now means he will remain with the club until 2019.
The 29 year old South Africa international has been a regular in the side since joining from Rovers back in 2015 and has been the club captain for those two years.
SuperSport's CEO, Stan Matthews commented: "Dean’s contract has rolled over until 2019 because he was meant to end next year."
September 9, 2017
Catching up - Callum joins Whitby
Ex-Rovers youth team player Callum Terrell has signed for Evo-Stik Premier League club Whitby for the coming season, making the move north from Ossett Town, where he had been since October 2016.
He joined Rovers' youth system back in 2006 and stayed with the club until he was released in July 2014. He then signed for Wrexham, with a loan spell at GAP Connah's Quay following in the September. A further loan at Bradford Park Avenue came in January 2016, then a move to Scarborough Athletic last summer.
September 9, 2017
Catching up - Walker is one of 14 joining Horlock's men!
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Andy Walker is one of 14 players to have signed for Bostik League North club Maldon & Tiptree for the coming season
Maldon are managed by former Rovers defender Kevin Horlock, who keeps six from last year's squad, who were the beaten finalists in the end of season promotion play-offs last season.
Walker was on the books at Rovers in the 2001/02 season, and since leaving Rovers has played for a number of southern-based clubs including Billericay and Bromley.
September 8, 2017
McSheffrey joins Eastleigh
Ex-Rovers striker Gary McSheffrey has signed for National League club Eastleigh and goes straight into their match day squad for tomorrow's away game at Guiseley.
McSheffrey was a free agent, which is why he was able to complete a move outside the transfer window, after being released by Darren Ferguson at the end of last season.
He has over 450 Football League/Premier League games under his belt, but only managed 12 games last season due to a series of injuries, although he did report back to do pre-season training with Rovers to keep fit.
September 8, 2017
McCarthy sacked by Chester
Former Rovers striker Jon McCarthy has been sacked by National League club Chester after they only won one of their opening eight games this season.
He had been in the post since April 2016, initially on a caretaker basis, and was appointed on a full-time basis a month later.
However, Tuesday's defeat at Solihull Moors left Chester 21st in the table, and coming after only avoiding relegation last season by only a single point, the club's board clearly thought it was time for a change.
A club statement said: "Chester Football Club can today announce that they have terminated the contract of manager Jon McCarthy with immediate effect. The club would like to place on record their sincere thanks to Jon, a thoroughly decent man who could not have worked harder to try and deliver success – and could not have shown more commitment to the community and the club.
"Tom Shaw, Dave Felgate and Calum McIntyre have been asked to prepare the team for the forthcoming fixtures – we ask everybody who can to get down to the Swansway Chester Stadium and get behind the staff and players this weekend as we seek to reverse our fortunes at home."
Mccarthy played for Rovers just once in the 2002/03 season, a goalless draw at home to Stevenage Borough on 8th October 2002, after which he was injured and left the club, joining York City in early November 2002.
September 8, 2017
Rovers get new physio
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that they have appointed Joe Sharp as their new physiotherapist. Sharp, aged 27, has previously worked at Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe United and was recommended for the role by two Rovers players, Mathieu Baudry (when they were at Leyton Orient) and Gary McSheffrey (from their time at Scunthorpe).
He began working for Leyton Orient six years ago, when he was appointed as physio for their academy teams, and within a year, he was working with the first team. He then moved to Scunthorpe United, where he has been working for the last two and a half years, but had no hesitation in moving to Rovers when the job offer came in.
He commented: "A bigger club and a bigger job is not necessarily the right job. This was just the right job for me. I think it is brilliant to get an opportunity like this. Doncaster is a club that really should be competing in the Championship. The manager [Darren Ferguson] is brilliant and he has got a great CV. He is a high-profile manager and the opportunity of working with someone like Darren is immense and, with the backing of the board, to run the medical department."
September 8, 2017
Lockwood and Penney leave Guiseley
Guiseley AFC have announced that they have sacked manager Adam Lockwood after a poor start to the National League season, which leaves them third bottom of the National League table.
Lockwood's assistant, Dave Penney, has also left the club. Both were, of course, former Rovers players, with Penney going on to be manager at Rovers, winning promotion back to the Football League and also the Division Three championship the year afterwards.
Guiseley issued the following statement: "Guiseley AFC have today taken the decision to part company with Adam Lockwood and his assistant, Dave Penney, with immediate effect."
"The club wishes to place on record its thanks to Adam and Dave, in particular for their efforts in keeping the club in the National League last season. Guiseley AFC will be making no further comment at this stage."
Lockwood was appointed to the role at Guiseley in September 2016.
September 8, 2017
Rochdale ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Rochdale, which is next Tuesday (12th September) are now on general sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of over a thousand (well, 1,001 to be precise) at the following prices:
Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (65+) £16 - Young adults (17-21) £16 - Juniors (16 & under) £5 - Wheelchair disabled £16 (carer free).
Rochdale will not issue duplicate tickets if any are lost, damaged or stolen. The tickets are for unreserved seating.
September 8, 2017
Whitehouse joins Alfreton
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Billy Whitehouse has joined Vanarama National League North club Alfreton Town for this season. He was the latest in a huge turnaround of the playing staff from last season, with the club signing a massive 17 players this summer.
Whitehouse came up through the Rovers academy, but after a few first team appearances, during which time he went on loan to FC Halifax Town, he then signed for Leeds United in August 2016. A loan to Guiseley followed, where he played only one game, but was then released by Leeds in the summer.
Alfreton manager John McDermott commented: "Billy can play on both sides and can track back very well and fill the hole too. He is a great winger but can also drop back into right-back. He comes from Leeds and has good experience at a young age, he’s very tricky and we saw on Tuesday night he is excellent on the ball, very quick and can score goals. He is good with both his feet. He is very versatile, can go right wing, left wing; it’s great cover again for us and it makes excellent competition for places, we have great depth in a strong squad now. He is a hungry lad and I liked his attitude".
September 8, 2017
Anderson goes on loan to Swindon
Ex-Rovers loan striker Keshi Anderson has joined Swindon Town on a six month loan from Crystal Palace, and became their fifth loan signing of the summer.
Anderson made the move on transfer deadline day after being on the bench for Palace in their Premier League game against Swansea City.
Anderson has also had loan spells at Rovers and Northampton Town, with his loan at Rovers curtailed due to injury.
September 8, 2017
Conor joins Crewe until January
Ex-Rovers loan midfielder Conor Grant has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until January, which marks his fifth loan while on the staff at Premier League club Everton, where he is under contract until next summer.
He made 43 appearances for Rovers in two loan spells, and there had been a provisional agreement to turn it into a full transfer, but Darren Ferguson opted against that and sent him back to Everton last January.
He has been at Everton since the age of 13, but has never played in their first team, the closest coming earlier this month when he turned out for Everton's Under-21s in their Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Notts County, although he is an England Under-21 international.
September 7, 2017
Voting results v Peterborough United
We received nominations for six different players to be the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's home game against Peterborough United, but only two received significant quantities of votes.
Defender Joe Wright again caught the eye of many, and received nearly two in three of the votes cast.
The most votes went as follows:
1 Joe Wright (63.6%)
2 Ian Lawlor (15.79%)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to place their vote. The next poll will open following Saturday's away game at Northampton Town.
September 7, 2017
Development XI 1 Bradford City 2
Doncaster Rovers played their first Development XI game of the season on Tuesday, which gave a number of first team players the chance to get some match practice in, with several of the younger players also given a chance to impress. Some of the junior professionals who would have been included have gone out on loan to further their development.
Inevitably the most attention was given to the inclusion of Jordan Houghton, who went on to play the full 90 minutes of the game as he continues to work his way back to full fitness after a lengthy injury lay-off. Also catching the eye was new signing Issam Ben Khemis, who scored the Rovers goal.
Rovers: Jones; Alcock, Townrow, Amos, Horton (Prior 32); Houghton, James (Foulkes 90), Ben Khemis, Fletcher (Greaves 62); Morris, Scattergood (Gibbons 57)
Sub not used: Ogley
Bradford: Sykes-Kenworthy; Hendrie, Laird (Mullett 69), Barr, Hanson; Peters; Hudson, Gunner, Devine, Gibson; Powell (Farrar 80)
Sub not used: Wright
September 7, 2017
Ferguson updates on injuries
Darren Ferguson was pleased to see on-loan midfielder Jordan Houghton play his first 90 minutes since being injured last season, but will see if there are any after-effects before deciding whether he will start Saturday's game at Northampton.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "He’s done his first 90 and the big thing is how he’ll be the next day, how he recovers and how he feels. If he’s fine on Thursday morning, which I expect him to be, touchwood, then he will probably be in a position to give me a decision whether to start him or not. I’m not one for risking players unnecessarily. We’re only in the early stages of the season. He might only be on loan until January but the hope is to keep him longer than that. We’ll work on it with the physio and with Chelsea. There’s a lot of communication that goes on. But the big thing will be about how he recovers from playing his first full 90 minutes for six months."
Harry Toffolo was omitted from the Development XI game as Ferguson considered that a full week's training would be more beneficial than playing the game.
Defender Mathieu Baudry is on schedule to return to training in three weeks time as he continues to recover from an Achilles tendon operation. Also set to return to training in around three weeks is Northern Ireland international Luke McCullough, who saw his surgeon earlier this week as he continues to progress towards full fitness.
September 7, 2017
Ferguson - academy needs to improve
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson knows that the club's academy level has to improve in many ways to ensure that the club have a way of progressing through from the youth teams to the first team picture in the future.
He is well aware that Rovers are still losing local youngsters to the likes of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, but he is wanting the club to work hard to make sure those players join Rovers in the future.
In an interview on BBC Radio Sheffield, Ferguson said: "For our club there needs to be a big improvement at that level, and not just with the players but in terms of the coaching they get. I think that’s pivotal to young players coming through and that’s something that definitely we need to improve on. It’s difficult for us and the thing that keeps getting thrown at me is that where we are geographically means we keep losing players to Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday - but I don’t buy into that so much."
"We’ve got to find a way of actually making sure that we keep our better younger players. I’m talking here about the 13 and 14-year-olds here. Our way has to be that we give them a vision that they’re going to get in the first team. We’ve got to do it slightly differently. I think everyone would agree that the fans want to see young local players in the team. It can make a difference to the community. It can be difficult but that’s what we want to do at Doncaster, we want to get young players through."
September 7, 2017
Catching up - Robert leaves Forest Green
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Fabien Robert is free to look for a new club after being told that he can leave Forest Green Rovers. Robert was one of three players not to be given squad numbers for the coming season, and were told to train with the youth team until they find a new club.
Fabien still has two years left on his contract at the New Lawn, and is one of four to be told they could leave ahead of the new season - with French goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.
September 7, 2017
Catching up - Ameobi reaches century of games
Former Rovers loan striker Tomi Ameobi spent many years never spending very long at any club, but finally he seems to have found somewhere to call home, spending the last four seasons at Canadian club FC Edmonton.
Now aged 28, Ameobi played his 100th game for Edmonton, scoring in their 2-1 loss to the Indy Eleven.
He was brought to Edmonton by another ex-Doncaster Rovers player, Colin Miller, who was (and still is) their head coach.
Ameobi commented to the National Post: "It’s definitely been an honour to be given the opportunity to come out here and play my football. As you know in football, a lot of players bounce around, but FC Edmonton has given me the chance to stay here for four seasons and I’ve enjoyed it. There’s been ups and there’s been downs, but I wouldn’t change it for anything."
"I think it took me a little bit to get adjusted to it, because there’s a lot more running here than there is in Europe,” he said. “In Europe it’s a bit more of a tactical game, teams feel each other out. The physical side of it, I feel I had to push myself a little harder in the gym and on the training pitch, but thanks to teammates, coaches and the city in general, I had to play catch-up pretty quick."
Miller added: "He’s a quiet leader and he’s a very, very professional player. He’s admitted that he’s underachieved with us over his time with the chances that we’ve created for him and the chances that he’s missed, but never at any point have I ever faulted him about his attitude or his wiliness to do the work. He’s a great professional, fantastic in that change room and does a great job of being a very calming influence. When things get a bit heated, you can always count on the big man to have a few calming words to throw in there. I think he’s a great ambassador for the club and young players to come and watch."
September 6, 2017
Youth Team 1 Scunthorpe United 1
Youth team boss Paul Stancliffe praised his players after they stuck to their game plan to get their first point of the season against Scunthorpe United on Saturday.
Rovers had to come back from a goal behind to take a point, with Keegan Townrow's second half goal cancelling out the Iron's first half goal. A much improved second half performance took the game to their opponents, and their efforts eventually paid off from a corner, with Townrow heading home from the corner kick.
Stancliffe told DROS after the game: "I was pleased with the character and the way we’ve come back. In the second half we showed a lot more desire. We had a lot more passion and some good football, so we got more out of the team in the second half and I’m very pleased with them."
September 6, 2017
Ferguson demands consistency
Although pleased that Rovers bounced back from last week's disappointing defeat at Wimbledon to hold leaders Peterborough United to a draw on Saturday, boss Darren Ferguson is still looking for more consistency to the Rovers' play if they are to do well this season.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star after the game, he commented: "The key to any season is being consistent. If we get consistent performances, like a large part of what we did today, like a large part of the game at Blackburn, then we’ll be more than a match for anyone in this league. I’ve no doubt we’ve got the ability, we just need to get consistency. It’s early days. We’ve had eight games and one defeat, but we’ve had too many draws. We’ve had an okay start."
September 6, 2017
Catching up - Sam joins Pitmen
Former Rovers loan defender Sam Oji has joined Evo-Stik League Premier club Hednesford Town for the coming season after training for the club during the pre-season period. He played for Worcester City last season and adds considerable experience to the Hednesford squad, and names Birmingham City, Doncaster Rovers, Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient and Hereford United among his previous clubs, before a move to Swedish club Ljungskile SK, then returning to England to play non-league football for Tamworth and most recently Worcester City.
Hednesford boss Neil Tooth said to the club's official web site: "Sam has been in with us for a few weeks now but because of a small niggle he has not been able to play but he is now fully fit and we are delighted to be able to announce his signing. Sam joins from Worcester City and is a dominant centre-half who has played pro football for the majority of his career. He also brings a wealth of experience to our squad and that was key when getting the deal done."
September 6, 2017
Catching up - Greer joins Kilmarnock
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Gordon Greer has returned to his homeland to sign for Scottish club Kilmarnock after leaving relegated Blackburn Rovers at the end of last season.
Greer, now aged 36, has been capped 11 times for Scotland and returns to Kilmarnock for a second spell - he was previously with the club between 2003 and 2007 before leaving to play for Rovers, Swindon Town and Brighton & Hove Albion.
September 6, 2017
Catching up - LuaLua signs for QPR
Queens Park Rangers have confirmed that they have signed Brighton & Hove Albion winger Kazenga LuaLua on a six month loan, which follows on from a successful loan at Loftus Road in the second half of last season.
His previous stint at Rangers was blighted by injury, missing two months with an ankle injury, but QPR boss Ian Holloway is happy to have the 26 year old back, especially since Kazenga does not appear to be in Chris Hughton's plans at Brighton for this season.
Speaking to GetWestLondon, Holloway said: "I am absolutely delighted to have Kaz back. I wasn’t actually sure it was going to be possible because he had such a good pre-season with Brighton and it was touch-and-go whether they were going to let him go out again. He is in a really good place after getting a very good pre-season under his belt, and this is a great opportunity for us. Some of the times when we used him last season, he turned games for us and I would prefer him to do that from the start of matches, rather than as a sub. He knows the lads here so he’ll settle straight into the group."
September 6, 2017
Catching up - James moves to Holland
Manchester City youngster James Horsfield has joined Dutch club NAC Breda on a permanent transfer after impressing while on loan at the club last season.
Horsfield, who had a loan spell at Doncaster Rovers during the 2015/16 season, during which time he played three games, has signed a three year deal at NAC Breda after deciding there was little chance of breaking into the first team picture at Manchester City. City have sent several players on loan to NAC Breda recently, who were promoted to the Dutch top flight last season.
September 6, 2017
Catching up - Clingan joins Glenavon
Former Rovers player Sammy Clingan has joined Northern Ireland club Glenavon after featuring for them in pre-season training and matches, and is hoping to kick-start his career after injury prevented him from making a significant impact at Linfield last season.
Formerly of Norwich City, Coventry City, Nottingham Forest and Kilmarnock, Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton is expecting big things of Sammy this season. His club captain Jonny Tuffrey commented: "It's a great bit of business by Gary (Hamilton). We all know what Sammy will bring on the pitch and, more importantly, what he'll offer off it this season in the changing room. We are a young squad and his experience is vital alongside a few other experienced players."
September 4, 2017
Rovers 0 Peterborough United 0
A point gained, or two lost? Either side probably could have reasonably expected to win Saturday's game, with Peterborough starting the day with a 100% points haul, but a fifth straight win for the visitors was not to be. Both sides effectively cancelled each other out by playing similar formations (or is it systems?) and goal scoring chances were scarce. John Marquis had a chance later on in the first half, but failed to get full power behind it and the goalkeeper tipped it around the post - and the visitors struck the Rovers woodwork through Marcus Maddison.
The second half started in a fairly scrappy style, but the pace of Alfie May threatened to pierce the Posh rearguard at times, but some last ditch tackles kept Rovers at bay.
Jordan Houghton made a welcome return to action as a second half substitute, playing the last half an hour and he didn't really look as if he'd been away, so comfortably did he settle in.
A second clean sheet in home matches is one way of looking at the result - or you could say that Rovers are starting to draw too many matches, and if they are to succeed this season, they will have to find a way of winning instead of drawing games.
September 5, 2017
Travel information to Exeter
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Northampton Town, which is on Saturday, 9th September.
They will leave Retford at 10.15am, Harworth 10.20am, Bawtry 10.30am, Rossington Styrrup 10.30pm, Hare & Tortoise 10.35am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.45am, Waterdale 10.50am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 11.00am.
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 for this weekend's game need to be made by Wednesday.
September 5, 2017
O'Connor leaves Saddlers
Ex-Rovers defender James O'Connor has left Walsall after having his contract terminated by mutual contract. The news came ahead of the closure of the 'transfer window', which means he will be free to find a new club without having to be concerned about waiting until January, when the next 'window' opens.
O'Connor, now aged 32, had been told before the season started by boss Jon Whitney that he did not feature as part of his plans for this season, and has not featured for the club so far this season.
He has been a first team regular since joining the club from Derby in 2014 and has played more than 100 games for the club, and was named as vice-captain last season.
James told the Express & Star: “I’ve enjoyed my three years at Walsall and I’ll take lots of good memories from my time here. I really want to thank the fans for all their support in my time here, and I wish the club all the best. I’m so happy to have had my family come to watch me every week."
September 5, 2017
Catching up - Fairhurst becomes a Viking
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Waide Fairhurst has joined Evo-Stik League North club Goole AFC, which becomes the latest of a lengthy list of clubs since leaving Rovers.
The 28 year old has previously played for Torquay United, Macclesfield Town, Lincoln City, FC Halifax Town, Boston United and Frickley Athletic.
September 5, 2017
Catching up - Ryan's MYA slips into the red
Former Doncaster Rovers chairman John Ryan's company, MYA Cosmetic Surgery, has slipped into the red after experiencing a drop in turnover of £200,000, meaning that a profit of £1.4 million in 2015 has turned into a loss of £1.2 million in 2016.
A considerable increase of £1.7 million in "administrative expenses" contributed to the losses, and a review of how the company was run also happened during 2016.
A statement by a MYA spokesman said: "Twelve months ago the business, after nine years of continuity, had a change of leadership which resulted in a top-to-bottom review. There is still continuity under the chairmanship of John Ryan but there has been a change in the business leadership team."
"There was a deliberate slowing of growth to re-build the leadership team, re-engage with staff, develop technology and re-focus on the patient experience. This period of adjustment has allowed us to build robust foundations for our exciting next phase of growth which will allow us to deliver a consistently strong financial performance. The planned growth that had been forecast did not materialise due to internal factors." With a change in key personnel and a higher than anticipated turnover of employees the business could not deliver the consistently strong performance it anticipated and this resulted in a drop in procedure numbers.
MYA was formed in 2007 and they have clinics located in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff, Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Chelmsford and Bristol.
September 5, 2017
Catching up - Lundstram joins the Blades
Ex-Rovers loan midfielder John Lundstram has signed for Sheffield United for what is described as an "undisclosed fee".
The 23 year old has signed a three year contract at Bramall Lane and joins former Rovers players Billy Sharp and Enda Stevens at the club. He joined Oxford United on a free transfer from Everton in the summer of 2015 and was named their club captain last season.He was in the final year of his contract at the club and is reported to have turned down several offers made by Oxford to extend his stay at the club.
Oxford manager Pep Clotet said: “John has been a big part of the club for the past two seasons and has always given his best. He is ambitious and had the chance to play in a higher division, and from our point of view, we tried our best to persuade him to stay. Having said this, we have received an attractive fee for a player who was entering the last year of his contract and this will allow further reinvestment to build squad quality and depth."
September 5, 2017
Catching up - Tyson returns to Wycombe
Ex-Doncaster Rovers striker Nathan Tyson has rejoined Wycombe Wanderers after signing a one year contract during the summer.
Tyson, now aged 35, joined Wycombe for the first time back in 2004 and scored 44 goals in a two year stay at the club and has since played for Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers and most recently Kilmarnock.
The move was subject to international clearance, as his last club was outside England, but that duly came through and he has featured regularly for the club this season.
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth told the club website: "He's had a fantastic career, playing most of his football at a higher level, and has still got plenty to offer in terms of his pace, his finishing ability and his clever forward play."
Nathan is not the only ex-Rover at Wycombe - goalkeeper Barry Richardson has been their goalkeeping coach since 2014.
September 5, 2017
Catching up - James moves to the States
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Baxendale has moved to the United States to continue his footballing career, and has signed for Orange County SC, who play in the United Soccer League (USL), being one of its founder members in the 2011 season.
Orange County is a suburb of Irvine in California.
Baxendale was a free agent after being released by Mansfield Town at the end of last season, and has also played for Buxton, Hereford United and Walsall.
September 4, 2017
Saturday's match officials
The match officials for Saturday's home game against Peterborough United were:
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Assistants: Alan Clayton & Steven Rushton
Fourth Official: Steven Meredith
September 4, 2017
Deadline day move for Harry
Transfer listed Rovers midfielder Harry Middleton made a rather unexpected exit from the Keepmoat Stadium on transfer deadline day, when it was announced that he has signed for Port Vale on a one year contract.
He has signed a one year deal with the Valiants, which brings to an end a lengthy process of finding a new club after he was transfer listed by Darren Ferguson at the end of last season.
Middleton made 80 appearances for Rovers over a four year period after coming through the youth system at the club.
We wish Harry well for his future footballing career, and thank him for all his efforts while at Rovers.
September 4, 2017
Harriers swoop for Rovers youngster
Rovers youngster Will Longbottom has signed for Vanarama National League North club Kidderminster Harriers on a one month Youth Loan, and was a late second half substitute for them in their game at home to Boston United on Saturday, playing the final eight minutes of the match.
Longbottom has already made four first team appearances for Rovers, with Darren Ferguson rating the youngster highly, so the first team experience he should gain whilst at Kidderminster should enable him to progress further.
September 4, 2017
Rovers sign Toffolo in deadline day move
Doncaster Rovers had an unexpectedly busy transfer deadline day, with two players signing for the club. One, Jordan Houghton, was expected and had been much mentioned in recent weeks, but the second was a surprise.
Rovers have signed Norwich City left back Harry Toffolo on loan until January after it was found that new signing Danny Andrew will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate ligament injury which he suffered early in last week's defeat at AFC Wimbledon.
Toffolo is an England international at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, and will be with Rovers until January 3rd, presumably with a view to extending the loan if all goes well.
Darren Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star: "The reason [we’ve signed Harry] is Danny Andrew’s going to be out for the season, he’s done his cruciate. It’s the sixth cruciate we’ve had in 18 months. I’ve never known anything like it to be honest."
"We worked quickly to get Harry in after we knew how long Danny would be out for, we felt we needed someone in that left side of the defence and he ticks a lot of boxes with his experience in League One and he is used to playing a lot of different formations. Harry has good experience in League One. He has played over 50 games in the competition, he was one of the targets alongside Danny Andrew during the summer."
September 1, 2017
Boyce joins Eastleigh
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Andrew Boyce completed on a free transfer to National League club Eastleigh from Grimsby Town.
The 27 year old centre back made 20 appearances for the League Two club last season, and has also played for Lincoln City and Scunthorpe United during his career.
He has been given the number 22 shirt at Eastleigh, and became their seventh signing of the summer as new boss Richard Hill looks to rebuild the Eastleigh squad after a disappointing end to last season.
September 1, 2017
Hume rejoins the Blasters
Ex-Rovers striker Iain Hume has rejoined the Kerala Blasters ahead of the new Indian Super League season after two seasons playing for last season's ISL champions Atletico Kolkata.
Hume is the all-time top scorer in the Indian Super League with 23 goals over three seasons, and rejoins the team he played for in the inaugural season of the league.
However, Hume remains highly popular with the Blasters and their management moved quickly to resign the crowd favourite for the new season.
September 1, 2017
Thornton announces his retirement
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Sean Thornton has announced his immediate retirement from playing. He joined Drogheda United in 2015, but has decided that he is no longer able to play at a sufficient level to contribute to the club's survival this season and has decided to end his playing career with immediate effect.
A former Ireland under-21 international, started his career with Tranmere Rovers before moving to Sunderland in 2002. He went on to join Doncaster Rovers and Leyton Orient before dropping into non-league football, then joining Drogheda in 2005 after deciding to return to his homeland.
His final playing appearance came in early July against Finn Harps.
September 1, 2017
Northampton ticket information
Tickets for the away game at Northampton Town on Saturday 9th September are now on general sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 962 tickets for the game at the following prices:
Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (65+) £18 - Young adults (18-20) £18 - Juniors (17 & under) £10 - Juniors (6 & under) free
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate charge, but are allowed a carer free of charge, if required.
September 1, 2017
Sharp gets longer contract at Blades
Billy Sharp has been given a new two year contract with Sheffield United after finishing as their top goal scorer last season. He is one of four players to be handed new extensions, which are seen as key by boss Chris Wilder to the club's future success.
Wilder told Sheffield United's official club web site: "It's a huge boost. Supporters and media always want to know about new signings coming in to improve the group, but to get these boys to tie their immediate futures to the club is fantastic. I'm delighted they see their football at this club going forward. We've all got a point to prove going into the Championship and we feel these boys can compete at that level. That's why we've offered them improved terms and good length contracts. The four of them were at the heartbeat of what happened last season and we've always said we would reward those who produce the goods for us. I'm loyal, but not sentimental."
September 1, 2017
Blayney joins Warrenpoint
The former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Alan Blayney has joined Northern Irish club Warrenpoint Town for the current season. Warrenpoint are semi-professional club that play in the NIFL Premiership.
Blayney, who has joined the growing number of footballers to now sport a beard, has played for a succession of clubs in Ireland since returning there in 2007 after his release by Oldham Athletic, and names Ballymena, Bohemians, Linfield, Ards (loan), Glenavon, Ballymena United and Dundela as his clubs in the last ten years.