May 22, 2018
Ferguson's transfer plans for summer
Darren Ferguson is mulling over his options as far as player recruitment for this summer is concerned, but it looks likely that he will opt for quality as opposed to quantity. That looks as though it against his earlier plans of having two players to challenge for every position, although there still appears to be no word from the board over Ferguson's budget for the coming twelve months.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "We’ve got to try and get the best players we can for what’s available. Perhaps it may be a case of not getting as many but getting a bit more quality. That might be something I have to do. That has to be in my thinking. Or it might be we manage to get four or five of real quality. I don’t know yet. I would certainly go for quality over numbers, I think I’ve got no choice with that."
"I do feel that we need, if we can, to get another striker in to help John [Marquis]. There’s no doubt about that. We’d be looking for one that knows the league. But everyone’s after strikers and they are the ones that really cost. For me, I’ll be going for adding quality and then see where we get to."
After announcing the club's released list of players, which numbers six, Rovers now have a first team squad of 18 players, three of which are transfer listed.
May 22, 2018
Middleton released by Vale
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Middleton is one of ten players to be released by Port Vale this summer as boss Neil Aspin goes for a major overhaul of their squad, who finished in 20th place in League Two this season. A further four players still under contract have been made available for transfer.
Only one player (Dan Turner) of those out of contract has been offered a new contract.
Middleton left Rovers last summer, but has only made six appearances for Port Vale during the last twelve months, and spent a couple of months out on loan at Halifax Town in late 2017, where he played five games.
He progressed through the Rovers' youth system and made over 60 appearances for Rovers between 2012 and 2017.
May 22, 2018
Chester end talks with Redfearn
Former Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn will not be the new manager at National League club Chester FC after it appears that the two parties were unable to agree financial terms.
The 52 year old was their preferred candidate to succeed Marcus Bignot, who left at the end of the season.
Chester's director Andrew Morris, who is heading the club's search for a new manager, commented to the Chester Chronicle: "We are in the process of speaking with candidates now who have a high skill set, understand the situation and the ethos of the football club. Talks with the successful candidate following interview haven't managed to progress and we have sought to now look elsewhere. It isn't a case of being back to square one and the aim is to bring about a resolution to the situation as soon as possible. This is a big appointment for the football club and one that we have to make sure is done right, and we have to be prudent financially. But we appreciate that the new manager needs as much time as possible and that there are things that need addressing so we are working very hard to get the right man in a soon as we can."
Redfearn is currently the manager of Doncaster Rovers Belles.
May 22, 2018
McCarthy moves to Southport
Ex-Rovers striker Jon McCarthy has been appointed as the new assistant manager at National League club Southport. He becomes assistant to Liam Watson, who has taken the helm at the club for the third time following the sacking of Kevin Davies.
Don't expect the pair to be at the club for the long-term though- Southport are going through managers in recent years more frequently than Chelsea.
McCarthy is a former Northern Ireland international, winning 18 caps for his country.
He became first team coach at Chester in January 2014 after a brief spell as caretaker manager, but left in September 2017.
May 22, 2018
Moore wins award
Former Rovers skipper Darren Moore has been named as the Premier League "Manager of the Month" for April, leading West Bromwich Albion to an unbeaten April with three wins and two draws after replacing the sacked Alan Pardew at the start of the month.
West Brom were bottom of the table and 10 points adrift of safety when he took the helm, but despite Darren's best efforts, the club were confirmed to have been relegated to the Championship just hours after he won the monthly accolade.
After being presented with his trophy, he told the BBC: "It's been a wonderful joint effort by everybody here. We've just brought some unity here and it's helped the players put the performances together on the pitch."
May 21, 2018
Strachan pays tribute to players
Rovers' assistant manger Gavin Strachan has praised the players that the club have released this summer, saying that he would give all of them a good testimonial if asked.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star after the final match of the season, he commented: "The squad has been such a close-knit unit this season, which we’ve needed to have. I spoke to the squad after the game on Saturday and said on behalf of the staff, they’ve been an absolute credit and a joy to work with. Football moves on and they’re aware of that. But I would be happy to reference them to anyone because their professionalism has been really good. It’s been an excellent squad of players to work with on a daily basis and I wish them all the very best in their future endeavours."
May 21, 2018
Cheltenham consider Williams
Cheltenham Town are considering making a move to sign Rovers' striker Andy Williams this summer, 15 years after he left the club as a 16 year old after he was not offered a scholarship, signing instead for home town Hereford United.
The Gloucestershire Live web site is reporting that Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson, who worked with Williams at Yeovil Town, is keen on adding Williams to his squad for next season.
May 21, 2018
Fabien listed by Forest Green
Former Doncaster Rovers player Fabien Robert has been put on the transfer list by Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper, who has released 12 players after the club secured their League Two status for next season.
Robert is one of three players under contract to be made available for transfer by the club, who finished just one point above the relegation places in club's first season in the Football League.
May 21, 2018
Akinfenwa wins supporters award
Ex-Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has been named as the "Supporters' player of the season" and "Players' Player of the Season" for the 2017/18 season at Wycombe Wanderers.
It is the second season in a row that he has landed both accolades, and finished as their top scorer with 18 goals as well as setting up a further 12.
He has also signed up for another season at Wycombe, and feels as though he is fit enough to keep going for even longer
After receiving his awards, he told the Buckinghamshire Free Press: "I believe as you get older you start realising it isn't just you and you get help in other areas. It has been a season where I have been given more help and I have managed to get my goals. I am disappointed the injury came which put me out and I am pleased to contribute with my assists. Above all, the aim was to get promoted and we have done that and I look back at this season with nothing but admiration, pride and blessings."
Of future plans, he added: "I still have that drive to push my body and to push myself. As long as I am enjoying the game, I will put my body through what it needs to go through. People that follow me on social media know that I am at it 24/7 but that's because I enjoy putting my body through the regime. I enjoy going to the gym and coming to training so as long as I have that desire, I will keep driving. I am feeling fitter than ever and am enjoying my football more than ever."
May 21, 2018
Butler optimistic for next season
Rovers defender Andy Butler is hopeful of a top ten place next season as a young Doncaster Rovers squad take the experience of last season forward.
The 34 year old recognises that there were several young players in the Rovers squad who have progressed well during the 2017/18 campaign, and are well positioned to make a bigger impact next time around.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Andy said: "I think we need a few additions, but if we keep the squad together I don’t think we’re far off. We’ve had a lot of young players in the team this year and not many players have played in League One. There’s only a few that have. I think those players learning from their experiences will pay dividends next season."
"We’ve conceded a few last minute goals which have cost us points and if we got those points we’d be pushing top six, top ten. It’s just the little things we need to learn from and I’m sure we will."
May 21, 2018
Morecambe release eight
Morecambe, who only avoided relegation to the National League by one place and one point, have released eight players at the end of their contracts. In addition, they have returned all loan players, including Rovers defender Mitchell Lund, to their parent clubs.
Morecambe only avoided relegation by playing out a goalless draw with Coventry City on the final day of the season.
May 17, 2018
Four youth teamers offered pro contracts
Doncaster Rovers have offered four youth team players their first professional contracts. Cody Prior, Morgan James, Jacob Fletcher and James Morris have all impressed sufficiently to be kept on by the club, and follow defender Danny Amos, who signed professional terms earlier in the season.
Kieran Scarff, head of the Rovers' academy, told DROS: "They continue to show the potential we are looking for and have a great opportunity to develop. They deserve huge praise for their efforts but they also know that there is a lot of hard work ahead of them. The awarding of these contracts is another example of the support and commitment being shown by the owners, the chief executive and the manager to develop our own players."
He added: "This season has been a very productive one with highlights including six first-team debuts, two EFL debuts and an international debut. These successes are the result of being fortunate enough to have an excellent team of staff who support the players in an outstanding way."
May 17, 2018
Green released by Latics
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Paul Green has been released by Oldham Athletic at the end of his contract. He had been on loan at Crewe Alexandra for the latter part of the 2017/18 season, and he becomes one of seven players that Oldham have decided to release, partly as a consequence of their relegation from League One this summer.
Green began his football career with Rovers, progressing through the youth team to make his first team debut back when Rovers were in the Conference. He played his last match in red and white hoops at Wembley as Rovers beat Leeds United in the League One play-off final in 2008, electing to join Derby County on a free transfer. Moves to Leeds United, Ipswich Town (loan) and Rotherham United followed before his move to Oldham in July 2016.
May 17, 2018
Turnbull gets permanent role at Hartlepool
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has been appointed to be the goalkeeping coach at National League club Hartlepool United.
He had been performing the role on a temporary basis when Matthew Bates was appointed caretaker manager for the last 13 matches of the season, with the new management team eventually securing National League safety after relegation had threatened for much of the season.
Director of Football at the club, Craig Hignett, told the BBC: "At the end of the season things had really turned round and the staff worked really well together. Ged (McNamee) and Ross (Turnbull) have been a big part of what has happened at the club so we're pleased to get them two secured as well as to have Matthew (Bates) signed up as manager."
May 17, 2018
Snodin leaves Valley Parade
Former Doncaster Rovers defender and assistant manager Glynn Snodin has left his role as assistant manager at Bradford City.
The news followed Simon Grayson's decision to turn down the offer of a extension to his contract at the club.
The pair had joined Bradford City after Stuart McCall was sacked with the club sixth in the League One table, but were offered new deals despite winning only three of the 14 games that Grayson was in charge, with the club ending in 11th place.
The duo started off the season as the managerial team at Sunderland, but were dismissed in October after winning just three of the opening 18 games.
May 17, 2018
Rowe glad to be back
Rovers midfielder Tommy Rowe was back at the Cantley Park training ground before the season ended, even though he had only just had surgery on a hamstring problem that kept him out of the last few matches of the season.
He explained to DROS: "The idea is to slowly build-up the right hamstring and get it back to something that used to be with the strength and power, it is a long process and its all about making sure you build the muscle back up."
May 16, 2018
Ferguson waits budget decision
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has had family matters to concentrate on in the last couple of weeks, but there has been no word from the club since the end of the season on whether a budget for next season has been agreed. Until that happens, Ferguson will not be able to progress with negotiations for new players. He had been hopeful of signing Burnley defender Tom Anderson on a full transfer after a successful loan spell last season, but commented to the Doncaster Star: "I don’t know. I cannot answer that until I’m aware of what I can play with so I don’t know."
However, once a player budget has been set by the club's board, Ferguson plans to offer skipper James Coppinger a new contract as his first priority.
He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Whatever I get, the first thing I will be doing is offering him a new contract. He deserves it. He’s been excellent this season. James and I have been in constant communication about this. The communication to him from myself has been that, on a footballing basis, I will be offering him a new contract. I can’t do that until I know what we’ve got. But he’s fully aware that his manager wants him to get a new contract. That’s where we are at and that’s as far as we can go with it at the moment. But certainly I feel that whatever money I’ve got to play with, the first thing I’m doing is giving him a contract."
May 16, 2018
McCormack set for bumper bonus
Ex-Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack is set to get a huge cash bonus if Aston Villa are promoted to the Premier League this summer. Villa progressed through to the final of the Championship play-offs this week, but McCormack has played no part in that - or, indeed, in the whole season. The Scot has been frozen out by boss Steve Bruce and has now played only 20 games since joining the club from Fulham in a £12 million move in 2016.
He spent some of the season on loan at Melbourne City, but has been on the sidelines since returning in the New Year. McCormack has another two years to run on his existing contract, but it seems that while Bruce remains as manager, there is little prospect of him getting a chance to prove himself on the pitch.
McCormack's salary is reported to be around £2.3 million per year.
May 16, 2018
Season tickets set to rise from 25 May
The extended "Early Bird" prices for next season's season tickets only runs until 25th May, with prices increasing after that date. However, the increased prices will be held at the same levels as they were last season.
Until 25 May
After 25 May
Until 25 May
After 25 May
Until 25 May
After 25 May
Category A
Category A
Category B
Category B
Category C
Category C
Adults £389
Adults £399
Adults £329
Adults £359
Adults £304
Adults £339
Seniors £289
Seniors £309
Seniors £239
Seniors £259
Seniors £224
Seniors £249
Young adults (22-24) £269
Young adults (22-24) £299
Young adults (22-24) £224
Young adults (22-24) £244
Young adults (22-24) £204
Young adults (22-24) £214
Young adults (18-21) £194
Young adults (18-21) £199
Young adults (18-21) £154
Young adults (18-21) £159
Young adults (18-21) £144
Young adults (18-21) £149
Juniors (17 & under) £30
Juniors (17 & under) £30
Juniors (17 & under) £30
Juniors (17 & under) £30
Juniors (17 & under) £30
Juniors (17 & under) £30
Rovers will also be offering 5 and 10 match packages next season.
May 16, 2018
Parkin wins York awards
Former Rovers loan striker Jon Parkin is the clear winner of "The Press Player of the Year", even though he missed seven of the last eight games of the season due to injury.
He finished as clear winner of the "Player of the Year" award, and was also clear winner as the club's top goal scorer, having 25 goals to his name, 15 clear of his nearest rival.
The Beast has been at York since November 2016 and has a long list of former clubs, starting as a trainee at Barnsley in 1998, followed by Hartlepool United, York City, Macclesfield Town, Hull City, Stoke City, Preston North End, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers (2011), Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United, Fleetwood Tow, Forest Green Rovers, Newport County and York City (2016 to date).
May 14, 2018
Rovers launch new kit design
Long gone is the club's pledge that each kit design would last for at least two seasons. Now it's every year, and the latest variation on the club shirts has been released by Rovers, with a group of young Rovers fans unknowingly being the first to see the new shirts.
While the shirts are not yet on sale, if you want to be one of the first to get the 2018/19 kit, it is available for pre-order on-line. We've not quite worked out why shirts should be ordered via the Club Doncaster Box Office (tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk), but that's the idea!
Shirts will cost from £31.95 for juniors and £39.95 for adults.
May 14, 2018
Ferguson eyes progression next season
A season which consolidated Doncaster Rovers in League One after their promotion from League Two in the previous campaign may seem like a reasonable feat to many, but Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has his eyes on promotion as well as rebuilding the club to support the club at Championship level and allowing more players to progress through from the youth team to first team.
That player development is a key characteristic of Ferguson's career as a manager, but an equal key component of the strategy is that the first team is successful.
So in Ferguson's eyes, stability in League One is the first step along the journey.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post before the end of the season, Ferguson said: "The squad has improved in the last two seasons, but we have got to continue doing that, and that is the key thing for me for this club and I have got to make sure that everyone is on board in terms of me progressing the football club. We have had chats and they (Rovers’ board) understand what we need to improve on and we will have further chats going forward."
Rovers have top six ambitions for next season, and Ferguson continued: "That is part of the remit and has got to happen. I do not want to be a League One manager and that is clear and I have made that clear, and the players don’t want to be in League One; they want to have a right challenge. Everyone does at the club and we want to make sure we keep progressing. We have just got find the balance."
"I have done what I have been asked to do: consolidate. We have been in most games and I think anyone who has watched us throughout the whole season would say there has been a gradual improvement. I would like to think they would think that. There is also the fact that we have potential in the squad in those ones who are going to stay. But fans are fans and always want improvement and they have got a manager and set of players who want the same thing."
He added: "You are always going to get people who expect you to blow it away and go back to back (promotions). But it is very rare that happens. We have never really been in the bottom four or pushed for the play-offs and we have sort of been in between. There has been moments where we have thought that if we did not win this game we could get dragged in and ones where we thought if we won we would not be that far away. It has always been ifs and buts. I am not used to it. It has always been fighting for promotion or to stay up in the Championship (before). I do not particularly enjoy it to be honest. There has always got to be the challenge of being successful, however that is perceived. That is the aim, if we can."
May 14, 2018
Clubs to vote to end footy programmes
A proposal to remove the obligation of Football League clubs to produce programmes for all league matches is being put to the Football League's AGM this summer.
Clubs are concerned about declining sales and increased costs in their production - but even if the proposal goes through, it does not mean that all clubs will cease production.
With many younger supporters considering that on-line sources are their main way of finding out about their club, it is perhaps unsurprising that clubs are experiencing a fall in sales - particularly those clubs who repeat much of the on-line content in the match day programme.
Football programmes continue to be highly collectable, especially for copies from decades ago.
The Football League have pledged that they will continue to produce match programmes for all of its major games, including the play-off finals and League Cup final.
May 14, 2018
Macheda sees red
Former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Frederico Macheda was sent off while playing for Novara in a Serie B game at the beginning of this month.
The Italian played on loan for Rovers on loan from Manchester United, but never really made it at Old Trafford, and he eventually left them in the hope of finding success in his homeland.
However, it didn't work out as he planned, and instead of playing for top flight clubs, he is playing in the second tier of Italian football.
He had a night to forget in their 1-1 draw with Cremonese. It all started so well, with Macheda scoring in the 51st minute, but just eight minutes later, he was given his marching orders after being fouled. He reacted by kicking out at Daniele Croce before aiming a weak head butt at Ivan Marconi who, collapsed to the ground in great theatrical style.
Macheda's misdemeanour did his team mates no favours - while they were ahead at the time of his dismissal, the team soon conceded an equaliser.
May 13, 2018
Ferguson plans recruitment strategy
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has several recruitment strategies in place, and he is still waiting to find out what budget he has available before he knows which plan he can put into place.
As his assistant, Gavin Strachan, explained to the Doncaster Star: "It’s up to us to plan for different eventualities. There’s a plan X, Y and Z for different potential budgets, or different targets. If you don’t get this one, what do you do? Different bands of targets, if you like. That’s our job. We feel that whatever way it’s looking we’ve got players targeted that can help the core of what we’ve got here now and try and make that next step next season. I imagine the people above me will probably have discussions at the end of the season. But it’s our job to be ready for when those talks take place and we can go ‘we propose this, this and this’ and then we can crack on with it."
Ferguson has previously suggested that he would like a larger first team squad to have two players for each position, with the injury problems of this season meaning he was forced into the loan market on a number of occasions instead of having more cover within his squad.
The injury problems is something he is mindful of, with Ferguson commenting: "Something I’ve got to look at for next season is certainly players that are going to be available all season. Ones that keep getting injured, I’m going to have really, really think about. I think it’s important that we’re going to need players that are available for as much of the season."
"I’ll be looking at that with players I bring in, in terms of how many games they’ve played. It’s given us a problem. That’s no fault of the players, they’ve had bad injuries. But we need to make sure that’s the case for us. You cannot hide away from the fact that all season I’ve had a quarter of my squad out injured. No one else in the league will say that. That’s a hell of a lot of players. You’re looking at Danny Andrew, Alex Kiwomya, Mathieu Baudry – that’s three key players there."
May 13, 2018
Butler wins Star award
Andy Butler has been named as the Doncaster Rovers' Player of the Year at the Star's recent awards ceremony in Sheffield.
It came as a surprise to the veteran defender, who has missed much of the latter part of the season owing to injury.
He commented: "I'm surprised, to be fair. I've been out for three months injured and didn't think I'd made that much of an impact. I just go about my job like I do every game."
May 13, 2018
Williamson released by Oxford
Former Rovers loan defender Mike Williamson is to leave Oxford United this summer when his contract expires.
He is one of eight players who has been told by boss Karl Robinson that they are no longer required. They have two players returning from loan spells, while new deals have been offered to three players, and a contract extension given to another.
He moved to Oxford last summer on a free transfer from Wolves, but the bulk of his footballing career was at Newcastle United (between 2010 and 2016), when he played just over 150 games for them.
Williamson was at Rovers on loan from Southampton for the latter part of the 2003/04 season, but got no closer to first team action than an unused substitute in Rovers' game against Bury.
May 13, 2018
Lawlor called up by Ireland
Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ian Lawlor has been named in a provisional Republic of Ireland squad for their international friendly games which are to be played later this month.
The Irish have games against Celtic (a testimonial game for Celtic skipper Scott Brown) on Sunday, 20th May, France (away on Monday, 28th May) and the USA (home) on Sunday 2nd June.
Also named in the squad is former Rovers defender Enda Stevens, who is now on the books at Sheffield United.
The full Republic of Ireland squad is:
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers), Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End)
Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), David Meyler (Hull City), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)
Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers)
May 11, 2018
Ferguson on Rovers' restructuring
Darren Ferguson moved into the Doncaster Rovers hot seat a couple of years ago and quickly realised that the club needed "restructuring" from top to bottom.
In answering criticism from some sections of the club's fan base, Ferguson pointed out that while success at first team level is important, so is the underlying organisation.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star a couple of weeks ago, he said: "This club needed a big, big restructuring. A huge one in my opinion, and we’re only a small way through it. Of course, everyone wants success. But there’s not many managers that have gone back to back [promotions]. It’s a very hard thing to do."
"So I think we’re progressing okay. Could we have more points, did I want more points? Absolutely. Some people get frustrated, some people understand it. I don’t know whether it’s because we were a Championship club and it was a bit of an up and down sort of thing. I think the team Sean [O’Driscoll] had was a very good team, a very good Championship team. Since then it’s been a bit of a yo-yo and then obviously when I first came in we had the huge disappointment of going back down to League Two. I did say at the time as long as we recover quickly it might not be the worst thing that’s happened, and I certainly feel that might be the case. But we’ve just got to keep on progressing, and keep progressing as a football club, not just the football side of things."
May 11, 2018
Rovers win family award
Doncaster Rovers have been put in the top ten clubs in the Football League for "family excellence", according to a report on DROS.
The award is for an overall welcome approach to families, and is awarded after two "mystery family visits" during the season, and Rovers have won the 'gold award' along with Aston Villa, Cardiff City, Derby County, Fulham, Middlesbrough, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Blackburn Rovers and Luton Town.
Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin commented: "This is testament to the incredible level of hard work put in by our staff, both on match days and in the days leading up to the game to ensure everything runs smoothly. We are in a very elite band as one of only 10 clubs in the whole EFL, and three outside the Championship, so everyone who is involved in putting together our match day family offering can be very proud of their achievements. We continue to set the standard for other EFL clubs to follow, and I know our staff are working hard to ensure we keep at this level and improve on it."
May 11, 2018
Kirkland considers playing return
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland is considering a return to playing football next season after retiring due to a battle with depression.
Kirkland may be aged 37, but he still thinks that he could be ready to play again, and has been without a club since his contract with Bury expired last summer.
Coventry City fans have urged him to re-join the Sky Blues - the club where his career began back in 1999.
Chris spent a short time on loan at Doncaster Rovers back in 2011.
May 11, 2018
Pittman released by Gulls
Former Rovers striker Jon-Paul Pittman has been placed on the transfer list by Torquay United after the club were relegated from the National League at the end of this season.
Pittman is one of three still under contract at Plainmoor to be placed on the transfer list, with the club releasing five others who were at the end of their contracts.
New contracts have been offered to six players whose current deals were coming to an end.
Pittman joined Doncaster Rovers in January 2007 when Sean O'Driscoll was manager, after he was released by Nottingham Forest. He was only signed on a short-term contract and only made one substitute appearance for Rovers before leaving to join Crawley Town for the following season.
May 11, 2018
Voting results review
We have the results of three "Man of the Match" votes to report on this morning, so apologies for not having given the results out sooner.
Firstly, for the away game at Oldham Athletic, we received nominations for four different players. The most votes went to Luke McCullough (28.57%) and the winner of the vote, debut-making Danny Amos, who got 42.85% of the votes.
Then came the rearranged home game against AFC Wimbledon, Perhaps due to the late opening of this vote, we only received nominations for three players, with votes spread fairly evenly between Andy Butler, Matty Blair and Alfie Beestin.
For the final game of the season, against Wigan Athletic, we got votes for six different players.
The players getting most votes were:
1 Luke McCullough (30.77%)
2 Danny Amos (23.08%)
3 Alfie Beestin (15.38%)
We thank everyone for continuing to support the voting, which we started back in the 2002/03 season. We will total all the votes cast throughout the season and let you know the final totals for the season in due course.
May 10, 2018
Fergie improves and asks for Donny result
There is good news for the Ferguson family after it has been reported that Sir Alex, father of Rovers boss Darren, is out of intensive care at Salford Royal Hospital after having surgery on a brain haemorrhage last Saturday.
Ferguson, aged 76, is reported to have asked: "So, how did Doncaster get on?” upon coming out of an induced coma during the week.
Darren missed last Saturday's final game of the season against Wigan Athletic to rush to the hospital.
Updates of Sir Alex's condition have come via the Manchester United web site, which has issued a statement that reads: "Sir Alex no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient. His family have been overwhelmed by the level of support and good wishes but continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery."
May 10, 2018
Whitehouse attracts interest
Former Rovers winger Billy Whitehouse has an opportunity to climb back up the footballing ladder, with Mansfield Town being one of a number of clubs reported to be interested in acquiring his services this summer.
Whitehouse has been in great form for current club Tadcaster Albion, who play in the Northern Premier League, with Cambridge United, Halifax Town and Wigan Athletic reported to have been keeping an eye on the 21 year old.
Billy began his career at Doncaster Rovers in the youth team, and went on to make 17 first team appearances before moving to Leeds United in the summer of 2016 for an "undisclosed sum". He joined their Development Squad, but only managed to make one first team appearance - the infamous FA Cup tie against Sutton United, in which Leeds gave several fringe players a game, and suffered an embarrassing defeat.
He was released in 2017 and then went down through the football pyramid, eventually ending up at Tadcaster Albion, joining on non-contract terms in December 2017.
Since then, Billy has caught the attention of several clubs, thus alerting them to his availability.
May 10, 2018
Tyson extends Wycombe stay
Ex-Rovers striker Nathan Tyson has signed a one year extension to his contract at Wycombe Wanderers, which will keep him at Adams Park until June 2019.
The new deal is a reward by boss Gareth Ainsworth for his contribution to the Wanderers cause this season.
As he explained to the Buckinghamshire Free Press: "Nathan has had a fantastic season for us so far and proved to everyone that he still possesses the pace and ability in front of goal that has helped him enjoy a long and successful career. He overcame a serious injury in October and worked hard to battle back to full fitness within two months, and his experience – particularly in recent weeks – has been hugely important in our frontline, helping us collect some valuable points which we hope will help us achieve our goal this season. Tys is a popular lad in the changing room and fits in well with the culture we’ve got here, so it wasn’t a difficult decision at all to reward him with a new contract and we know he’ll continue to have a big part to play next season."
May 10, 2018
Rovers Legends game
Doncaster Rovers have announced that there will be a charity game of Doncaster Rovers Legends against Leeds United Legends at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday, 3rd June.
The match will be raising money for the Eve Merton Dreams Trust, a local cancer charity which helps local cancer patients and their families.
The game will start at 3pm, with tickets now available from the ticket office at £5 for adults, £3 for children, £10 for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children).
VIP tickets, which includes a 'meet the players' opportunity, are available booking direct with the charity at info@evestrust.co.uk - but numbers for this are strictly limited.
No players for either team have yet been confirmed.
May 7, 2018
Ferguson misses game as Sir Alex taken ill
Boss Darren Ferguson missed Saturday's final game of the season against Wigan Athletic after his father, Sir Alex, was rushed to hospital after having a brain haemorrhage.
Ferguson told the club he would be absent early on Saturday morning and Gavin Strachan, his assistant, was in the dugout to take charge of the Rovers team.
Reports suggest that an ambulance was called to Sir Alex's home at around 9am on Saturday and after being taken to the local hospital, was transferred to Salford, which has a specialist head trauma unit, where more specialised help was available. He had surgery and is in Intensive Care as he recovers.
The family have asked for privacy at what is a very difficult and stressful time for them, and we fully respect that request.
We would like to pass on our prayers and good wishes to Sir Alex in the hope that he recovers, and to Darren and the rest of Sir Alex's family.
May 7, 2018
Rovers release six but will offer Copps new deal
Just a couple of hours after the final whistle on Saturday, Doncaster Rovers announced that they were releasing a total of six players and transfer listing three more.
Released at the end of their contracts are Mathieu Baudry, Cedric Evina, Andy Williams, Craig Alcock, Tyler Walker and Reece Fielding, while Liam Mandeville, Mitchell Lund and Tyler Garratt, who are still under contract have been made available for transfer.
As Darren Ferguson indicated last week, his first priority this summer is to offer James Coppinger a new contract, and talks are said to be ongoing between the club, the player and his agent.
Mitchell Lund has been on loan at Morecambe, who only just avoided relegation from League Two, but only made 15 appearances during the season. Striker Liam Mandeville also struggled to hold down a regular place at Colchester, where he spent the second half of the season on loan, and he managed to play only seven games for them.
Cedric Evina has been on loan at Crawley Town all season after attempts to find him a permanent move last summer failed.
It is always difficult to see players leave, especially if you think they should have been given more time. But we move on with optimism, and thank all the departing players for being part of the adventure of the 2017/18 season.
May 7, 2018
Rovers 0 Wigan Athletic 1
Doncaster Rovers failed to score for the fifth successive game, although to lose to the league champions was some consolation. Rovers had the majority of the possession, but didn't really land any telling punches as they found it difficult to create space in the final third against a very well organised and disciplined Wigan team.
Rovers had some half-chances, with John Marquis getting the first opportunity, but Wigan also threatened, although the Rovers defence ahead of Marko Marosi, held firm and Marosi was up to the attempts that Wigan did have.
With Wigan attacking the end with over 4,000 of their fans in full voice, Rovers must have known that they would be under pressure. Yet when the goal came, it was on a Wigan counter-attack, with a long ball over the back of the Rovers defence finding Grigg, who beat the offside trap and comfortably beat Marosi in a one-on-one to roll the ball into the net.
Rovers pressed forward in search of an equaliser without seriously threatening the Wigan goal, with the game ending in victory for Wigan, who were presented with the trophy after the final whistle.
May 7, 2018
What the manager said
It was left to assistant manager Gavin Strachan to talk to the press after Saturday evening's game against Wigan Athletic, with boss Darren Ferguson absent for family reasons.
And Strachan was pleased with the way the players performed, commenting: "The players put in an excellent effort. I thought they were a credit to the manager in the professionalism that they showed. I think they put on a performance that the manager would be very proud of. The players implemented the stuff that the manager highlighted. We ran a very good team very close. We made them work very hard for their victory. It was a counter attack that did us. Congratulations to Wigan , they thoroughly deserved it, and I hope we earned their respect by putting in the kind of performance that we did."
He added: "Some of the young players in the squad have done really well, you look at the likes of Niall Mason and Alfie Beestin to name a few, and it is our job to make sure they take it one step further next season. The fans have been excellent this season, they have stuck with us through some of the tougher times, and they have always been behind us. “We could feel that, in the last away game of the season and against Wigan as well, they have helped the younger players and they have helped us achieve our objectives over the season."
"Moving forward we don’t feel that we are that far away. If we can get the right players in to help the existing squad then we’ll maybe show improvement next season."
May 7, 2018
Match highlights

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

May 7, 2018
Copps picks up two awards at presentation dinner
Skipper James Coppinger picked up two awards at Rovers' end of season dinner, which was held on Saturday evening after the final game of the season.
Copps was named as the "Player of the Year" and the "Players' Player of the Year" in recognition of his continuing contribution and influence in the Rovers side.
John Marquis won the "golden boot" for the second season in a row, being the club's top scorer this season with 15 goals.
Danny Amos was Rovers' "Young Player of the Year" after impressing this season, breaking through to play a couple of games late in the season, and not looking out of place at all.
Finally, Matty Blair received a "Special Achievement Award" for his work in the community.
May 5, 2018
Rovers v Wigan Athletic
The final game of the 2017/18 season arrives with Rovers in mid-table obscurity, but they have the chance to be 'party poopers' this afternoon as Wigan Athletic come to town needing to take something from the game to take the League One title. A superior goal difference means that a draw will be enough for the Latics, although they doubtlessly would like to celebrate in style with a victory.
Darren Ferguson will have to try and lift his troops for one last time before the summer break, with a rather lacklustre performance on Tuesday evening something he will have to take into account. He has a number of players that sat on the bench on Tuesday, including Alex Kiwomya, Mathieu Baudry and Luke McCullough.
James Coppinger could return after missing the last two games due to a 'niggle' to add some creativity to Rovers, but his return is not certain at the moment.
Ferguson could include defender Danny Andrew in the squad for the game after successfully returning in Development XI games recently, but a place on the bench is the most likely place for him. Definitely missing the game will be Tommy Rowe, who continues to recover from surgery on his hamstring.
Wigan arrive in town having lost only once in the last 16 games, so pose a serious threat to Rovers from that fact alone. They are expected to be at full strength, with no new injury concerns.
That means they continue to be without Shaun MacDonald, who is recovering from a broken leg and knee injury, with out of contract duo Noel Hunt and David Perkins unlikely to be involved.
Striker Nick Powell could return after coming back from injury last weekend with an appearance from the bench.
May 5, 2018
Ferguson - do it for the fans
Boss Darren Ferguson has asked his Rovers players to produce a good display this afternoon against Wigan as a way of thanking them for their support throughout the season.
And with the potential divisional champions as the opposition, they will have to raise their game to take any points from the match.
Speaking ahead of the game, Ferguson said: "I’m hoping the crowd and the atmosphere will be a good one. The most important thing, whatever your opinion has been of the whole season, when you play your last game you want a result for your fans because they’ve been with us all the way through it. That’s really the basis of what I will be telling all the players."
He added: "I felt Tuesday night was a game we could have done without, but with this being the last game, hopefully we should be able to get more out of them. Tuesday, we knew we had Saturday but it was a bit too much for us, perhaps for all of us. The performance reflected that."
"We’ve come up from League Two and we know the difference between League One and League Two is a fair amount. We’ve had to deal with an incredible amount of injuries and the players have shown over ten months that they’ve given everything for the cause. Whatever people may think it has been a solid enough season. Of course, we wanted to finish higher but hopefully we can improve next season."
Of today's opponents, he continued: "They’re a very good team and they fully deserve to be with Blackburn in the top two. They have been the two best teams. There’s not much can separate them. They deserve a hell of a lot of credit. I like the way they play. It is going to be a tough game."
May 5, 2018
Today's game all ticket
Supporters are reminded that this afternoon's game at home to Wigan Athletic will be all-ticket, with the visitors having sold all of their allocation, meaning over 4,000 Latics fans will be hoping to celebrate promotion this afternoon.
While there are still tickets available in the home areas of the ground, there will be no cash turnstiles in operation today, meaning you will need to buy a ticket from the ticket office. Rovers will be only selling tickets in the home areas to people already on the club's database, or having a Doncaster postcode.
May 5, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Wigan Athletic are:
Referee: David Webb
Assistant referees: Sam Lewis and Matthew Parry
Fourth Official: Richard Clark
May 5, 2018
Kit sell-off today
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have reduced their replica kit in the club shop ahead of the new design being introduced for next season.
Shirts are reduced to £10, with training shorts now £5. However, availability of various sizes is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so you may be lucky to get a shirt or shorts in the size you want.
Orders can also be made on-line at these prices from today, obviously also subject to availability.
The club shop will be open ahead of today's game and also for 20 minutes after the final whistle.
May 4, 2018
Rovers 0 AFC Wimbledon 0
Doncaster Rovers failed to score for the fourth successive game, and like the previous game, the problem was the lack of chances to score, not the problem with shooting on target.
The first half saw both sides fail to have a single shot on target - AFC Wimbledon needed a point to avoid relegation and that looked to be their main motivation.
Rovers improved after half time, but there was still a lack of creativity up front - perhaps the over reliance on John Marquis, who hasn't been fully fit for several matches now - is part of the problem.
James Coppinger missed his second match in a row due to a knock, and as has happened when he has been omitted before, you realise how much creativity comes from the midfield veteran.
Darren Ferguson has given one or two fringe players a chance in recent games - Issam Ben Khemis was given a start in this game, with Danny Amos given a start at the weekend at Oldham.
Rovers also recalled Tom Anderson, Alfie Beestin and Alfie May .Beestin started off as a wing-back, then moving up to start the second half up front.
The second half was better than the first, but the killer pass just didn't happen. And Wimbledon could have pinched all three points as they twice went close as the final whistle approached.
May 4, 2018
What the managers said
Rovers manager Darren Ferguson conceded that his players are rather jaded and were not at their best for Tuesday's game at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he admitted: "Tonight was simply one game too many. There was energy from some but it was a jaded performance from some of our better players like John Marquis. They’ve given me everything. We’ve come up from League Two. The difference between the two divisions is a fair amount."
"We’ve had to deal with an incredible amount of injuries and I think the players have shown over ten months that they’ve given everything for the cause. Whatever people may think, it’s been a solid enough season. Of course we wanted to finish higher. Hopefully we can improve next season."
He added ""I will freshen it up (for Saturday). People like John in particular, Matty Blair kept going even though he was feeling cramp and Jordan Houghton looked a bit leggy. Saturday is another game. We won’t do a lot with them on the training ground and it’ll be a case of freshening them up. I will try as best I can to get a bit of freshness into the team. I can certainly do that. Whatever the game is, I will always try to play the best team possible. Tonight I had no choice but to not play James Coppinger. There was no way I was going to risk him."
Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley was pleased that his players earned that vital point to preserve their League One status for another season - a season that will see them play at a higher level than MK Dons for the first time.
He told their official web site: "There were nerves out there, I'm not going to lie. You try to stay calm, but the pressure down the bottom is a lot tougher than winning the play-offs. When you reflect and look at the budgets of some of the other teams that have already gone down, it's no mean feat to stay up. We are not saying, 'what a wonderful season we've had, everything has been brilliant, and we deserve loads of pats on the back'. We are saying that with six games to go we went on a six-game unbeaten run when the pressure was on and the squad really fought for each other. We've got out of it when other clubs haven't. We have to improve for next season, that is a given, but we deserve some real credit for the way we handled the run-in."
"I said to the boys afterwards that we should all go over and celebrate together with the fans. I am glad the fans got to enjoy it. We can all take a deep breath now and look forward to Saturday. Not to celebrate us being wonderful, just to celebrate the fact that we are a League One team. That should not be taken for granted. We can look forward to Saturday and after that look at how we are going to improve next season."
Looking back to the match, he added: "We knew that the pitch was not going to be great. We brought Jimmy in there to play alongside Jon Meades, so that we had two strong workers in midfield and the flair of Deano and Barchy either side. We played two up front away from home again because we wanted to try and win, we did not want to just play for the draw. It was a whole team responsibility to defend. We thoroughly deserved a point. It was a nervy performance, but the players have come together and fought for each other. On a bobby pitch, it was a poor game. We had to defend to stay in it and we did that. We had chances near the end to win it and we deserved a point."
May 4, 2018
Match highlights

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

May 4, 2018
York City 3 Rovers Development XI 2
Danny Andrew continued his progress back towards full fitness by playing the whole of Rovers' Development XI game at York earlier in the week.
He completed the game comfortably, and could come into contention for Saturday's first team match.
Rovers looked the more potent of attacking threats in the early stages, and took the lead in the 18th minutes from the penalty spot after Boocock had been pushed in the penalty area.
The home side did not level until 7 minutes after half time, when York were awarded a penalty for a foul on Aston Harrison, with Josh Berry converting the spot kick
York too the lead soon afterwards with a great shot from Flynn McNaughton which was out of the reach of Rovers keeper Louis Jones.
Rovers got their second penalty of the game on 70 minutes, but Fletcher's penalty was saved. And Rovers were made to pay for that miss, with the home side extending their lead as McNaughton got his second goal of the game.
A trialist scored a late goal to narrow the deficit which set the game up for a dramatic finale, but Rovers could not find the equaliser by the time the final whistle went.
May 4, 2018
Mills released by Perth
Australian club Perth Glory have confirmed that they have parted company with former Doncaster Rovers defender Joseph Mills. He is one of three clubs to have left the club at the end of the Australian season, which saw Perth miss out on the end of season finals.
Mills spent two seasons at Glory, playing 44 games and scoring just one goal.
May 1, 2018
Rovers v AFC Wimbledon
Darren Ferguson is hoping that his Rovers players will have their shooting boots on this evening after being frustrated at their inability to land a single shot on target on Saturday at Oldham Athletic.
Rovers tended to hesitate to shoot and took too long in attack, allowing Oldham to nullify their attacking threat.
But Ferguson simply said: "We didn’t get enough shots off and the final pass wasn’t right. We worked the ball into very good positions in the last third but the final bit wasn’t there. That was disappointing and the players know that."
AFC Wimbledon go into tonight's game needing just one point to be sure of League One football next season, and are unbeaten in their last five matches.
Rovers have no new injury problems, but we expect that Ferguson will shuffle his pack once again. Danny Andrew will not be considered after turning out for the Development XI this afternoon.
May 1, 2018
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against AFC Wimbledon are:
Referee: John Brooks
Assistant referees: Steven Rushton and Darren Strain
Fourth Official: Graeme Fyvie
May 1, 2018
Ferguson attracting interest?
The Daily Mail are reporting that Doncaster Rovers are "braced for approaches for manager Darren Ferguson", claiming that clubs in the Championship and League One are considering him as their next manager.
Ferguson has a reputation throughout his career of bringing on younger players through from the youth teams, something he has continued at Rovers.
This article does not seem to have any substance to it at the moment, but we are approaching the time of year when speculation starts to run amok!
May 1, 2018
Out of contract players decisions this week
Darren Ferguson has hinted that all of the club's players who reach the end of their contracts this summer will learn whether they will get a new deal with Rovers by the end of the week.
Rovers have five players in that situation - James Coppinger, Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock, Cedric Evina and Andy Williams.
Evina is certain to leave after being at Crawley on a season-long loan, while Andy Williams is set to leave after struggling to make the first team despite being one of the club's highest earners.
We would expect Alcock to be released, with Coppinger and Baudry given new deals - although it's all guesswork at the moment!
Ferguson told the Yorkshire Post yesterday: "If I am going into the last week undecided, then I have got a problem. I have made my mind up and I know what I am going to do and know the areas we feel we need to strengthen. All decisions will be made this week and I am not one for dragging it out."
Talks with the board over recruitment are imminent, as he added: "They understand what I feel we need to improve in terms of areas and positions and we will have further chats moving forward. It will be before the weekend."