March 21, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson paid tribute to the discipline of his players as they bagged a valuable three points at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday evening.
He said to Sky Sports after the game:"It was all about winning the game and giving yourself a foundation. Our concentration and communication was very good and it was a good team effort. The two goals were really high quality it they won us the game. "[Marquis] has obviously not scored as many goals as last season but that was always going to be difficult for him. His performances haven't dipped, he's been excellent for us and he's a real catalyst for the team. I thought he was outstanding tonight and the two goals were clinical."
He added: "It was all about the result, nothing else. It’s the business end of the season, that is what it’s about. At this stage of the season there is a lot riding on the games. It’s all about finding a way of winning games and that is what we did."
New Bradford boss Simon Grayson was disappointed with the lack of threat his side posed in the second half, saying: "First half we played very well and created some decent chances, but we didn't take them. Second half we were the complete opposite and didn't do the same things we did first half. We didn't ask enough questions of Doncaster's defenders or put enough balls into the box. We were too open and it probably sums up the club this season, good parts and then poor parts. We stopped doing the basics, winning battles and making sure Marquis doesn't get a free header in the box."
He added: "When the first goal goes in, it does knock your confidence. But the only way to restore that is to have the inner belief that you are good players. We’re giving them as much encouragement to go and perform as anybody. We’re telling them to enjoy themselves and express themselves. But you’ve got to keep doing the basics right. Why change the game plan that we had worked so well first half? We were really solid and limited them to nothing and looked ever so good going forward. Then we conceded the goal and stopped doing the same things. We didn’t ask enough questions of their back four, we didn’t put enough balls in the box."
March 21, 2018
Match highlights

Highlights of Monday evening's match against Bradford City are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

March 21, 2018
Manager interviews

Videos of the post-match interviews with both managers are currently available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the relevant club badge to the left.
March 21, 2018
Youth team 5 Lincoln City 1
Doncaster Rovers won in style on Saturday as they brushed past Lincoln City at Cantley Park.
Rovers pressed forward from the whistle, and after a bright start, took the lead in the 20th minute as a precise pass found James Morris, who calmly fired the ball into the net.
However, Lincoln drew level when James Hugo headed home from a free kick, but Rovers had the last laugh in the first half as Scattergood volleyed home on the stroke of half time.
Rovers took command of the game when they made it 3-1 soon after half time with a goal from Boocock, which was followed by James Fletcher free kick from 25 yards.
The scoring was wrapped up as Myron Gibbons fought off the challenge from two defenders to score.
March 19, 2018
Rovers v Bradford City
Doncaster Rovers could have Alfie Beestin in the squad for this evening's home game against Bradford City after the youngster has made a quicker than expected recovery from an ankle injury. If he features today, he will have missed only one match since being injured in the game at Rotherham.
Also set for a return to action at the Keepmoat Stadium could be striker Andy Williams, who has been sidelined since November with an ankle injury, and was a non-playing substitute in the away game at Southend just over a week ago - as was Issam Ben Khemis, who had a knee injury and was also expected to be out for much longer.
The game is likely to come just a little too soon for defender Andy Butler, who is pencilled in for a return at Easter. Defender Tom Anderson will continue to be absent as he recovers from a fractured cheekbone, while defender Danny Andrew is out for the rest of the season.
Bradford City will be without striker Charlie Wyke, who serves the second of a three match suspension after being sent off in their game at Plymouth Argyle.
Omari Patrick may feature after recovering from a knee injury, but Jake Reeves and Ryan McGowan are injured and are not under consideration.
Goalkeeper Colin Doyle has been selected for the Republic of Ireland squad's friendly in Turkey, but City are hoping that the Republic will allow him to fly out after the rest of the squad so that he can play tonight.
March 19, 2018
TV date for Rovers

This evening's game is being televised live by Sky Sports, with coverage starting at 7:30pm.
As well as appearing on Sky Sports, the game is also being shown live on Sky Sports Mix, which some fans who do not subscribe to the Sports packages may be able to receive.
The game kicks off at 7:45pm.

March 19, 2018
Ferguson only has eyes on today's game
Boss Darren Ferguson says that the fact that tonight's match will be shown live on nationwide television will not make any difference to his Rovers squad.
With Rovers being out of action at the weekend, the gap between them and the bottom four is one point less than before the game, but Ferguson just wants his player to do their job.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press last week, he said: "The most important thing for me is that the players don’t worry about what’s going on outside of what we can affect. Just do our job. We’ve got to make sure we go out there on Monday and do our best to get the three points and then move onto the next one. We can’t be worrying about what’s going on outside of us. You could get a situation on Saturday where all the teams below you win and you’re only two points out of it. The most important thing is we get the points. I feel with 43 points, with 30 to play for and six at home, I’m confident we can finish the season strongly."
Rovers are then out of action again at the weekend with the home game against Blackburn Rovers postponed due to international call-ups in the Blackburn squad.
March 19, 2018
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against Bradford City are:
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistant referees: Richard Wild and Joe Clark
Fourth Official : Michael Salisbury
March 19, 2018
Rowe set for milestone game
Tommy Rowe is set to make his 100th appearance for Doncaster Rovers against Bradford City this evening.
He signed for Rovers in the summer of 2016 after a loan spell from Wolves, but has been a regular since then, taking only two years to make the century of games.
He told DROS: "The games I had on loan have helped me to get there before the end of the season, it's a proud moment for me and it's a good landmark to reach at any club. It's been made even more special by the journey we've been on since I've been at the club, I'm on the verge of reaching 100 games and now it is about kicking on again."
March 15, 2018
Walsall 0 Rovers Development XI 1
Doncaster Rovers gave a number of first team players a run-out in Tuesday's Development XI game at Walsall, taking the opportunity to give them some match practice.
Issam Ben Khemis and Andy Williams both featured after being named as non-playing substitutes on Saturday as they return from injury. Also included were Tyler Garratt, Rodney Kongolo and Alfie May, all of who have had to watch from the bench in recent games.
Rovers took the lead in the 12th minute with the Walsall defence heading the ball out of their area, with Ben Khemis evading a defender before unleashing an unstoppable shot which flew past the Walsall keeper.
Rovers had further chances to extend their lead, with Alfie May hitting the woodwork - and Williams then proceeded to hit the bar and post.
The second half was quieter, but substitute James Morris had a late shot well saved.
Walsall: Ganley, Kinsella, Kendrick, Cockerill-Mollett, Fisher (Butterfield 59), Hayles-Docherty, Cuvelier (Sangha 67), Flanagan, Shorrock, Kouhyar, Shaibu (Candlin 67)
Substitutes not used: Dawe, Peters
Doncaster Rovers: Jones, James, Horton, Fletcher, Garratt, Foulkes, Kongolo (Townrow), Prior (C), May, Ben-Khemis (Morris), Williams (Scattergood)
Substitutes not used: Baldock-Smith, Boocock
March 15, 2018
Blackburn game postponed
Rovers' home game against Blackburn Rovers, which was due to be played on March 24th has been postponed by one month and will now be played on Tuesday, 24th April with a 7:45pm kick-off.
The postponement was requested by Blackburn after three of their players have been named in squads for Scotland and the Republic of Ireland on the weekend of the scheduled date.
March 15, 2018
Anderson returns
On-loan Burnley defender Tom Anderson has returned to Doncaster Rovers after having an operation on the broken cheekbone he suffered while playing for Rovers against Rotherham United recently.
He will continue his recovery at Rovers, although it is likely to be about a month before he is likely to play any games. It may be necessary for him to wear a face mask to protect his injury when he does return.
Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Star: "Tom Anderson has come back to us and he’s going to be doing his rehab here. He’ll be available to play in four weeks as of Monday. That’s great because from April 14th to the last day, we’ve got six games which is a heavy schedule. So it’ll be great to have everyone back for that period."
He added: "We will have to see if Tom wears a mask from that point onwards. We’re not sure at this point and we’ll wait and see how it heals. If he has to, it won’t be a problem. Nowadays it’s more and more common to wear the mask."
Defender Craig Alcock is still suffering pain from the groin injury picked up in training last week, with Rovers likely to send him for a scan if it does not improve.
March 15, 2018
Travel to Blackpool

The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Blackpool on Friday, 30th March.
They will leave Retford at 9.45am, Harworth 9.50am, Bawtry 10.00am, Rossington Styrrup 10.00am, Hare & Tortoise 10.05am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.15am, Waterdale 10.25am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.30am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £15 - Concessions £14
Non-members: Adults £17 - Concessions £16
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.

March 15, 2018
Voting results v Southend

We received nominations for three different players in the voting for the "Man of the Match" in the away game at Southend United on Saturday.
Those receiving votes were:
1 Marko Marosi (50%)
2 Luke McCullough (33%)
3 James Coppinger (17%)
Thank you to those who took the time to vote. The next poll will open following the next game, which is on Monday evening when Rovers are at home to Bradfod City.

March 13, 2018
New contracts on hold until Rovers are safe
Several players are out of contract at Doncaster Rovers this summer, but a number of them will have to wait to see if they will get a new deal from Darren Ferguson.
Andy Butler, Joe Wright and Louis Jones have recently signed new deals, but James Coppinger, Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock, Andy Williams and Cedric Evina all have contracts expiring at the end of the season.
Some of the decision will depend on Rovers confirming that they will be playing in League One next season - while the current situation suggests they will, there are only five points between Rovers and the bottom four.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Star last week: "We’re not safe yet. We’re not guaranteed anything but obviously we’re very hopeful. The plans for the meeting wouldn’t have been taking place until around about the end of this month any way."
"We’ve got some good players out of contract: James Coppinger, Mathieu Baudry, Craig Alcock. I’ve spoken to them and they understand the situation. And the good thing is they understand the most important thing is focusing on the team. They may just have to bide their time. Andy Butler was different because of the role within the club he takes, with his coaching."
March 13, 2018
Blackburn game in doubt
The home game against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 24th March is in doubt after Blackburn have had three players named in provisional squads for international matches that weekend.
Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams have been named in the Republic of Ireland's provisional squad for their game against Turkey on Friday, 23rd March, and skipper Charlie Mulgrew has been named in a 27 man squad for Scotland's games against Costa Rica and Hungary.
Under EFL rules, clubs that have three players called up for international duty can ask for their league matches to be postponed.
March 13, 2018
Youth game brought forward
The youth team game against Lincoln City, which was due to be played on Saturday (17th March) will now be played on Thursday 15th March with a 1.30pm kick-off time.
Supporters are reminded that you can watch the game at Cantley Park free of charge if you wish.
March 12, 2018
Southend United 0 Rovers 0
Goal scoring opportunities were minimal in a goalless draw at Roots Hall on Saturday, with the awful state of the pitch playing a big part in the drab game.
For all that, the score line could have been better from both sides' point of view, with former Rovers loan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune blasting over when he only had Marko Marosi to beat. And Rovers were denied when Southend goalkeeper Mark Oxley made a superb double save to deny John Marquis' header, followed by Alex Kiwomya's follow-up shot from close range. Joe Wright may also feel that he should have done better when a James Coppinger cross saw Wright head side.
But the pitch won the day, with flowing football totally out of the question on a muddy pitch that saw the ball hold up or bounce unpredictably, and with both sides going into the game close to each other in the league table, a draw was probably the fairest result.
March 12, 2018
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was pleased with the performance of his side as they came away from Southend United with a point.
He admitted after the game: "I think the game was one of limited chances. They had a couple first half, we had a couple and it was similar in the second half. Marko made a really good save. I cannot fault my players. They gave me everything I asked of them. It shows good character to come here after the defeat at Rotherham. Even in the last minute when they were putting balls in the box, we dealt with them fine. I don’t think we’ve had back-to-back defeats since September so again that shows the character of the team and the determination to work hard as a team. As long as they keep doing that, I’ll always support them and protect them."
Ferguson added: "I am really proud of the team. The back four were strong against a really good side. Southend have beaten Wigan and Portsmouth at home recently so it was always going to be tough. I thought we caused them problems, which was pleasing because the pitch wasn’t helping either side. There were times when we had to dig in towards the end and we managed to do that. But we toughed it out to see it through. The boy Wordsworth had a chance but put it over the bar and it would have been cruel had they scored."
"There are moments when they will frustrate you but you have to accept that. We’re a League One team. I felt once or twice we could have been better when we got into their last third. It was difficult to do what we wanted to do at times, given the way the pitch was. But when we did do it, I thought we did it very well and played right through them. James Coppinger again was the one with real quality. The front two worked hard. A clean sheet and their goalkeeper made two incredible saves in the first half.
Southend boss Chris Powell was also pleased with the way his side played in the game, and told their official club web site: "I thought after last week we wanted to make sure defensively that we were a lot stronger and in really difficult conditions, I thought everyone played their part in getting a clean sheet, especially Mark Oxley’s double save which was outstanding. I thought the defenders stuck to the task really well and it was just a shame that we couldn’t crown it off by getting our moment to claim three points. We haven’t had too many clean sheets this season and we needed to have a positive response to last week and I certainly got that."
In commenting about the state of the Roots Hall pitch, he added: "I said to the players afterwards, I’ve got to commend you because it’s difficult. It’s difficult for both teams, of course, but we’ve got footballers out there and when the pitch has held up we’ve shown our quality but it’s very difficult. I’m not here to blame anyone, let's make that clear, because it’s tough for a lot of teams around the country with the adverse weather but it really makes it tough to make it a decent spectacle. You can’t exactly dribble out of your area, you have to make good decisions and try and get good balls into the midfield or the front men and put the opposition under pressure. I always say to the players just try, make good decisions, play in the right areas and it does test you in a different way. And to be fair to them, since I come in we’ve dealt with our home games really well and we’re just going to have to do that for the rest of the season."
March 12, 2018
Match highlights

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

March 12, 2018
Injury update
Darren Ferguson confirmed that defender Craig Alcock was replaced in the starting line-up on Saturday after he aggravated a groin injury in the pre-match warm-up.
Alcock was replaced by Matty Blair at right back, with Ferguson telling BBC Radio Sheffield: "We've had to change the team, the personnel, all the time because of injury recently. Again, we had to do it before the start of the game, at ten to three. We had to change the team with Craig Alcock feeling his groin. But Matty Blair came in and did tremendously well. We knew the situation before. We knew on Thursday and Friday and had a conversation with him but he felt he'd be fine. We said we'd see how it was."
"To be fair, Blair warmed up with the starting team and Craig came in quite late to say he wasn't right. As a player, it's difficult to do that but at least he was honest because if he'd played and done it worse he could have been out for a lot longer. And I thought Blairy came in and did very well which will not hurt his confidence. I thought the back four did fine against a team, apart from last week, that have been one of the form teams in the league, beating Wigan here, beating Portsmouth here comfortably."
On-loan defender Andy Boyle is close to a return and should be fit for Rovers' next game. He was considered for the Southend game, but was not risked to make sure he makes a full recovery.
March 10, 2018
Southend United v Rovers
With last weekend's game being postponed, it is a fortnight since Rovers' last game at the New York Stadium, so defender Tom Anderson and Alfie Beestin, who were both injured in that game, will certainly be absent, meaning that Darren Ferguson has to make at least two changes to the starting line-up.
With Joe Wright making a comeback as a substitute in that game, and Mathieu Baudry also now fully fit after being out with a hamstring injury since January, Rovers have options, and striker Andy Williams could be set for is first game since November after eventually recovering from an ankle injury.
Andy Butler's knee injury is taking a little longer than anticipated to heal, so he will be missing today, as will Issam Ben Khemis and Danny Andrew.
Luke McCullough, who missed the Rotherham game with a knock, is also fit to play this afternoon.
The improvement in Southend's fortunes since Chris Powell was appointed as manager is a potential problem to Rovers, with the Shrimpers having won four, drawn one and lost once since he arrived at the club.
Powell could include Anthony Wordsworth and Michael Kightly in their first eleven this afternoon after their return to the squad last weekend, but the game will come just a little too soon for defender John White to be considered. He has been out with an ankle injury since early February, but is expected to be ready for Southend's game at Blackpool next weekend.
Ted Smith and Rob Kiernan continue to be absent due to injury.
March 10, 2018
Deteriorating pitches means Rovers change plans
The state of pitches in League One means that Doncaster Rovers are altering their style of play, says boss Darren Ferguson.
With pitches suffering from the wintry conditions and the wet weather of this winter, it is making the "playing out from the back" a more difficult and risky ploy, so along with the need to cut out unnecessary mistakes, fans will see a slightly different style to Rovers in the next few games.
Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star yesterday: "The change is quite subtle really in terms of perhaps not playing out from the goalkeeper at the back because the possibility of mistakes being made, for example. The work we’ve done this week has been more about players finding space quicker in order for us to play forward quicker. That doesn’t mean it’s long ball stuff. It could be a five yard pass rather than a 50 yard pass. “It’s things like that and then getting a balance between the two."
He added: "You have to play to your strengths so if there’s space in behind the back line you have to utilise it. Or if the opposition drop deep you have to play between them or down the sides. That never really changes. It’s just now about getting the right balance. Certainly I feel that playing out from the back might go away for the moment because, our pitch included, it’s a struggle to do that."
He concluded: "I think it’s about eliminating risk as much as you can. It doesn’t mean we just hoof it because that’s not what we’re about. But certainly Saturday is a good example of having to play the conditions."
March 10, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Southend United are:
Referee: Kevin Johnson
Assistant referees: Anthony Da Costa and Simon Shaw
Fourth official: Stephen Brown
March 10, 2018
McSheffrey trains with Mariners
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Gary McSheffrey is reported to be training with Grimsby Town. McSheffrey is a free agent after leaving south coast club Eastleigh in early December due to it being too far away from his family home, so a move back north could be ideal for him. There is no word from Grimsby over the news, so it looks like he is just keeping himself fit while he finds a new club.
McSheffrey only joined Eastleigh in the summer after he was released at the end of his contract by Doncaster Rovers.
March 9, 2018
Beestin makes speedy recovery
It had been feared that Alfie Beestin would miss most of the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury against Rotherham United a fortnight ago. However, he has made a remarkably speedy recovery and Darren Ferguson expects him to be joining in with training sessions next week, with the expectation that he will be fit to play in the home game against Bradford City a week later.
Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press: "Beestin is coming along magnificently well. We feel he will be fit for the Bradford game. It's huge. The first scan showed an injury but we now feel that was an old injury which means the timescale comes right down. I think at the time we said six to eight weeks. If things go to plan we're looking to get him out training next week. That is a big bonus for us. He's been doing very well for us. He's a good player."
March 9, 2018
Williams back on Saturday
Striker Andy Williams will be included in the Rovers squad for Saturday's away game at Southend United, Darren Ferguson has confirmed.
Williams suffered an ankle injury back in November, but has now recovered and will be added to the squad.
Ferguson said: "Andy is different and especially now the pitches have turned, he gives you that physicality. He is different to what we've got. And him and John Marquis always seem to enjoy playing with each other. It's another option up front. It is a case of finding the right ways to win a game of football at the minute because all the pitches have turned."
March 9, 2018
Delay to Butler's recovery
Andy Butler has been ruled out of contention to play in Saturday's game after Darren Ferguson revealed that he has made slower than expected progress in his recovery from a knee injury.
Butler suffered ligament damage in the Shrewsbury Town game, but he was sent for a scan on Tuesday to find out if the ligaments have healed enough to allow him to step up his rehabilitation programme.
Ferguson commented: "Andy has gone for a scan on it to see where we’re at. It’s a normal procedure. The outcome we’ll know today In terms of whether we crack on and let him get on with it or we need to do a little bit more work on it. Andy is still feeling the injury a little bit. He’s probably not got to the level we thought he might do. He’s not going to be fit for Saturday."
However, Ferguson did confirm that both Joe Wright and Mathieu Baudry are now fit enough to start games after both have recovered from injury, which may well be a good thing since on-loan defender Andy Boyle is still suffering from a groin strain which he got in the Rotherham United match.
Tom Anderson continues to recover after having surgery on a fractured cheekbone after the Rotherham game, and is back at Burnley at the moment, but is expected to return to Doncaster in about three weeks' time.
March 9, 2018
Wright and Jones extend Rovers contracts
Defender Joe Wright has had his Doncaster Rovers contract extended by a year after Rovers took up the option on his current deal. Wright's contract had been due to expire in the summer, but he has impressed Darren Ferguson this season and the extension has been triggered with the likelihood being that he will sign a new longer term deal in the summer.
Boss Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press: "With Joe, we tried to extend his contract but the negotiations were put on hold until the end of the season. We offered him a new one but that wasn’t done. It’s not an issue really because we took up the option and I’m confident we’ll sort something out in the summer. Even though we’ve extended it for a year, it’s been put on the back burner until we get this season out of the way and we can have discussions with agents. We’re very positive about the whole thing."
Jones has also caught the manager's eye, even though he has not featured regularly for the first team. As with Wright, he is a player that Ferguson thinks will progress, with the boss saying: "We’ve got to have one eye on the long term as well as the short term. Those two are very much part of that."
Darren added: "Louis has done really well and we have high hopes for him. He’s gone out on loan and he’s shown he’s a very capable goalkeeper with a good temperament, which you need as a keeper. It was a no-brainer that one and we were always going to take up the option. Now we’ve got to decide whether to send him back out for a month to give him that experience."
"Certainly we feel he’s got a chance. I think he’s a good goalkeeper. We like him. Paul Gerrard the goalkeeper coach likes him. He’s had different experiences out on loan. He’s a level-headed lad. A good size. We’ve definitely seen enough improvement in him to suggest he can go on again."
March 8, 2018
New date confirmed for Bury game
Doncaster Rovers have announced that the home game against Bury, which was postponed on Saturday due to the wintry conditions, will now be played on Tuesday, 17th April with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Tickets already sold for the original date will still be valid, but Rovers did indicated that anyone who is unable to attend the rearranged game can obtain a refund from the ticket office.
March 8, 2018
Ferguson - League One stronger than ever
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson thinks that the strength of League One is unprecedented, and with the teams who could be in it next season could make it even stronger in the future.
Speaking to the Star, Ferguson said: "I think this league is as strong as I can remember it. I think it’s a mini-Championship, I really do. It’s sort of filtering down for me. Obviously there’s a long way to go, and nothing is decided yet, but you only have to look some at the teams that could possibly come down."
"It could be incredible in League One next year. That’s maybe jumping ahead of the game. Wigan and Rochdale did fantastic for the league in the FA Cup, and Wigan in particular are having a fantastic season. Paul Cook’s done a great job there. For them to beat Manchester City was probably the result of the season for anyone this season, you have to say."
However, before anyone gets too carried away with themselves, Rovers are still only five points above the bottom four and need to pick up more points to assure themselves of League One football next season.
March 8, 2018
Wright joins Grays
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Jermaine Wright has joined the coaching staff at Bostik League North club Grays Athletic for the rest of the season.
Wright, now aged 42, has been taking his coaching qualifications since retiring from playing and Grays boss Jamie Stuart is hoping that Jermaine will be also be able to pass on the benefit of his experience to the Grays players.
Jermaine played for Doncaster Rovers on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers during the 1995/96 season and played ten games in Division 3.
During his playing career, he made over 400 first team appearances, playing for Wolvers, Ipswich Town, Southampton, Leeds United, Crewe Alexandra and Blackpool, before playing for the likes of Lewes and Croydon Athletic in non-league football.
March 8, 2018
Development game postponed
Tuesday's Central League game against York City was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at York's Wigginton Road training ground - the inevitable consequence of all the snow of last week melting.
The game was supposed to be played the previous week, but was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, so the clubs will have to arrange a new date for the fixture.
March 5, 2018
Jordon moves to Vancouver
Ex-Rovers loan midfielder Jordon Mutch has moved to Vancouver Whitecaps on a one-year loan. The move, which was announced on Friday, gives Vancouver the option to sign the 26 year old on a permanent deal at the end of the MLS season.
Jordon joined Palace during the January 2015 transfer window from Queens Park Rangers, signing a four and a half year contact at Selhurst Park, but only made 31 appearances for Palace and has not featured for them at all this season. He went out on loan to Reading last season, and has also had loan spells further back in his career at Hereford United, Doncaster Rovers and Watford. He started his career with Birmingham City in 2008 in their youth academy, and after the three loan spells just mentioned, joined Cardiff City on a permanent deal in 2012 before being sold on to QPR ahead of the 2014/14 season for a reported £6 million.
The Whitecaps kicked off their 2018 MLS campaign on Sunday when they beat Montreal Impact 2-1, although we note that Mutch did not feature in their match day squad for that game.
March 5, 2018
Bury ticket news
Doncaster Rovers have announced that any tickets bought for Saturday's postponed home game against Bury will be valid for the rearranged fixture, whenever that may be.
Supporters who are unable to attend on the rearranged date will be able to claim a refund from the ticket office, but Rovers have informed supporters that they will not be giving any refunds until a new date for the fixture has been announced.
March 5, 2018
Turnbull helps out at Pools
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has started work coaching the goalkeepers at National League club Hartlepool UNited.
He has moved in to help out caretaker boss Matthew Bates, who has taken the helm at the financially-stricken club following the departure of Craig Harrison eleven days ago.
Bates told the Sunderland Echo, after also confirming that Gen McNamee is helping the coaching staff at the moment: "It was good to have the help around the training ground this week. They both bring with them a wealth of experience and that can only be a good thing for us moving forward."
March 3, 2018
Match off
This afternoon's home game against Bury has been postponed due to "safety grounds".
The pitch passed its inspection by a an EFL appointed referee, but after discussions with the safety advisory group, South Yorkshire Police and the EFL, the game was postponed after the safety of everyone potentially attending could not be guaranteed. The staff employed by the stadium had worked throughout Thursday and Friday to clear the car parks and inner ring road, as well as clearing snow and ice from the stadium itself, but in the end it was all in vain.
A Rovers spokesman said: "I’d like to thank all the staff who have been out doing everything they can to get the game ahead, with people from every department within the club willing to put in time and effort to clear the stadium site and pitch. Unfortunately, despite all that work, we simply couldn’t guarantee the safety of everyone attending which is the top priority for us. There is further adverse weather forecast overnight and on Saturday morning, and we were only left with one option.
In addition, travel over the Pennines by both the Bury team and their supporters could have been a problem, so we understand the decision.
A new date for this fixture will be decided in due course.
March 3, 2018
Youth team game also postponed
The youth team's away game at Hartlepool United this morning is also a victim of the wintry weather and has been postponed, with a new date for the game to be arranged in due course.
Hartlepool issued a statement that said: "Heavy snow and freezing conditions across the region have left the pitch unplayable at Blackhall".
March 3, 2018
Postponement may give players chance to recover
While the postponement of today's game may well be seen as a disappointment, the lack of matches for another week may give a number of injured Rovers players the chance to near fitness by the next game.
If the match were to be played today, Alfie Beestin and Tom Anderson would have missed the match in any case as their recovery periods are lengthy, but Andy Boyle was also a doubt for the game with a thigh strain.
In addition, Darren Ferguson hopes that defender Andy Butler will be available for next weekend, which should be a big boost for the side.
Injuries, particularly ones that take long periods of time to recover from, have particularly blighted this season, with Ferguson telling the Yorkshire Post: "The physio told me that we have had 40 injuries this season. I don’t know why he told me; it put me in an even worse mood. The problem we are having is that they are not one-week injuries. We have to just get on with it and the good thing is that we are getting players back as well. It is annoying and frustrating that we have got so many injuries. It has been like that, not just this season, but last season as well – we are having a real unlucky spell."
"The two years have been as bad as I remember in terms of the length of the injuries. (Danny) Andrew played the first month and Alex Kiwomya’s first game back was in January or February time and Luke McCullough has not played until now. For me and everyone else, they are three massive players for us."
He added: "Given the amount of injuries we’ve had, and also the fact that perhaps this season was going to be one of those seasons where it may be a little bit more about consolidation, and given the longer term plan, I think 45 points with ten games to go would be [okay]."
March 3, 2018
Green plays on through pain barrier
Fears that former Rovers midfielder Paul Green will have to miss some of the season to have surgery have been dismissed. The Republic of Ireland international, currently on loan at Crewe Alexandra from Oldham Athletic, broke his hand during their 4-1 win at Lincoln City last weekend, but a visit to a consultant revealed that he will not need an operation to fix a "spiral fracture".
Boss David Artell told the Crewe Chronicle: "He'll be fit to play, he is having a split fitted. He said to me early on this week 'don't worry about me, I'll be playing'. That'll do! Put it this way, I think even if the specialist had said he needed a week or two off he'd have gone 'okay, I'll have a week or two off throw-ins and I'll carry on'. That's Greeny, that's what you want. He's an excellent pro and I can't praise him highly enough."
March 2, 2018
Pitch inspection planned
Doncaster Rovers await the outcome of a pitch inspection today before they know whether tomorrow's home game against Bury will go ahead as scheduled.
Racing at Doncaster Racecourse for today and tomorrow has been abandoned, and with temperatures still below zero, and not forecast to rise above freezing point today, and a maximum of 1C tomorrow, the game must be in doubt.
Rovers' ground staff have been clearing snow from the pitch, but the protective sheets will remain down until tomorrow. It could come down to the safety of the paths and roads surrounding the stadium as to whether the match goes ahead. At the moment, travel across the Pennines is not recommended by the authorities, so Bury and their supporters could have difficulty in travelling to Doncaster.
Boss Darren Ferguson is equally as pessimistic about tomorrow's game, commenting in yesterday's press conference: "You`d have to say it`s a doubt. The problem we`ve got, whether there is any more snow or not, is the temperature is not rising. You would have to say it`s a big, big doubt. If it`s like this tomorrow we`ll probably get someone in tomorrow afternoon to have a look at it and common sense will have to prevail. It`s looking a big doubt I have to say."
He added: "I think it’s fair to say we probably want a quick decision tomorrow in terms of what we’re doing and whether the game’s going to be on or not."
March 2, 2018
Ferguson happy with new attack partnership
Darren Ferguson is pleased at the way that John Marquis and Alex Kiwomya have quickly formed a strike partnership, which he believes is already reaping dividends, with the goal at Rotherham last weekend typical of their understanding.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press this week, he said: "The front three [Marquis, Kiwomya and James Coppinger] have been outstanding in the last two games. They’ve looked a real threat and really led the line in terms of pressing, which is what we want. We’ve done a lot of work on that, putting defenders under pressure, and the goal on Saturday came from that. I think Kiwomya and Marquis look good. I do, I like them. They’re covering a lot of distance. And I thought Coppinger was the best player on the pitch by a long way on Saturday, I thought he was outstanding. They’re your starting point, for me, those three. They’re in good form."
March 2, 2018
Shop shuts early

The club shop and ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium has closed early for the last two days due to the wintry conditions which continue to affect the Doncaster area.
Orders can continue to be made on-line, and the ticket office will take bookings on 01302 762576, should they close early again today.

March 1, 2018
Thailand trip put back
Doncaster Rovers have announced that a pre-season tour of Thailand, which was being arranged in conjunction with the kit manufacturers, will not take place in the run-up to the 2018/19 season.
Delays from Thailand mean that the arrangements for playing a friendly fixture cannot be made until their own league matches have been confirmed, and means any Rovers tour will now be delayed to summer 2019.
Andrew Whitham, head of commercial affairs at Club Doncaster, told DROS: "Having spent lots of time researching the options and opportunities, for both the first team in terms of scheduled matches and training facilities and supporters with regards travel costs, activities that can be undertaken and payment schedules, we have opted to postpone the plan of a pre-season tour to Thailand in 2018."
"We are, however, continuing discussions with partners over a 2019 tour and these discussions will take place in the summer. Any such activity will be determined by two key factors: ensuring the preparation is right for the first team and that we can provide enough supporters the opportunity to travel by having longer payments plans. Supporters who are potentially interested in any pre-season tour in 2019 should email for information when available."
March 1, 2018
Rankine leaves York
York City boss Martin Gray has confirmed that former Rovers youth striker Michael Rankine is no longer with the club.
Rankine has not played since September, when he was diagnosed with a high blood pressure problem, and has been receiving treatment for that since. It had been hoped that he could resume training after Christmas, but that has proved not to be the case.
Gray told the York Press: "Things have been taken care of and Michael’s doing what he’s doing at the moment. There’s nothing at all to report really and it’s a difficult one to talk about, because I can’t shed too much light on it, but he’s not with us at this moment in time.”
March 1, 2018
Brown announces his retirement
Ex-Rovers striker Chris Brown has announced his retirement from playing football after suffering a series of injuries in recent years.
Brown, who is aged only 33, has admitted defeat in his hopes of playing again, and commented to the Doncaster Free Press: "Since I left Bury last year I haven’t been doing much really. I think I knew [it was over]. Some people say ‘it’s come three years too late’. The Blackburn fans especially! I think you just know. I’ve been crap basically. Injuries have taken its toll and I think I’m just looking forward to moving forward now."
Chris was at Rovers on two separate occasions, firstly on loan from Sunderland as a teenager in the 2003/04 season, and then returned to play for his hometown club in 2011 and stayed until 2014, when he joined Blackburn Rovers.
It is sad to hear of his enforced early retirement and wish him all the best for the future.
March 1, 2018
Blackpool ticket information
Tickets for the forthcoming away game at Blackpool on Friday, 30th March are now on sale from the Rovers' ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 800 tickets for the game, but as usual they initially go on sale to certain categories of supporters before going on general sale.
Tickets are now on sale to silver and half-season membership holders, and from Monday, 5th March to Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership Holders.
Any remaining tickets will go on general sale from Monday, 12th March.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (60+) £18 - Juniors (18 & under) £10 - Juniors (10 & under) Free, but most be accompanied by an adult/senior citizen.
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price but must be in receipt of mid, high or enhanced rate of DLA/PIP.