August 17, 2017
Hull ticket information
Tickets for next week's League Cup tie against Hull City at the Keepmoat Stadium are now on sale.
In contrast to the away ticket policy, this is simple - all adult tickets are £10, concessions (18-21 years, and 60+) £5, juniors (17 & under) £1
Disabled supporters pay the relevant price, with a carer, if needed, free of charge.
The second round game, with the League Cup sponsored this year by Carabao, will be played on Tuesday, 22nd August with a 7.45pm kick-off.
August 17, 2017
Burton linked with Forrester
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester has been linked with a move to Championship club Burton Albion.
He has been told to find a new club by Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha, who has made it clear that Forrester does not feature in his plans for this season, with Forrester told during the summer to stay away from the club's training ground.
However, Forrester still has not found a new club, with reported moves to Southend United and Charlton Athletic coming to nothing
Burton are one of the latest clubs to be linked with a move for the former Brentford man, with Bolton Wanderers the latest club to be alleged to be linked to him.
Forrester has two years to run on his Rangers contract, but can leave the club on a free transfer - if anyone is interested!
August 17, 2017
Wright returns to Oldham
Former Rovers winger Tommy Wright has returned to Oldham Athletic to again be assistant manager to ex-Rover John Sheridan.
Wright, now aged 51,has previously worked as assistant to both Sheridan and five years later to Lee Johnson, and is starting on a remarkable fifth stint at the club, which includes two as a player.
Wright has been out of football since September 2016 when he lost his job at Barnsley following allegations that he took a £5,000 payment from under cover reporters posing as football agents. Tommy insisted that he breached any FA rules, with his lawyer stating at the time: "Any suggested acts contrary to criminal law or those of the FA and Fifa are categorically denied."
He becomes part of an ever-growing former Rovers contingent at Oldham, with ex-Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens also at the club as first team coach.
August 17, 2017
McCormack's ongoing transfer saga
At one stage, it looked like ex-Rovers loan striker Ross McCormack may be getting back into Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce's good books - but despite being included in Villa's pre-season trip to Portugal, he has been out of the first team picture at Villa Park, with Villa and his agent working on a move away from the club.
However, his reported £45,000 per week wages are continuing to be a stumbling block, with any potential new employers understandably unwilling to foot such a bill.
A loan move still looks to be the most likely, with a prospective move to Championship club Sunderland looking to be the most likely. Sunderland boss Simon Grayson worked with McCormack when the pair were at Leeds United.
Villa paid £12 million for McCormack only last summer, but a series of ongoing problems with the player, accompanied by various injuries, saw him score just three goals in 20 games last season.
August 17, 2017
Leeds to play friendly as part of Blunt move
Leeds United have agreed to play a friendly match at non-league Mousehole AFC in October, which will mark the creation of Mousehold's new elite youth player development programme - which is being headed by new Academy Director Jason Blunt, who made the switch from the Leeds training academy at Thorp Arch to Mousehold earlier this summer.
Leeds have not confirmed the strength of the side that is likely to travel to Trungle Park, but Blunt will be hoping for a few big names to swell interest in the game.
August 17, 2017
Voting results v Blackburn

We received nominations for seven different players to be the "Man of the Match" for last Saturday's away game at Blackburn Rovers.
Only two of those received a significant number of votes, which were:
1 Joe Wright (46.15%)
2 Ben Whiteman (15.38%)
We thank everyone for participating in the voting. Hopefully, votes will in future open on time, with the next set to open on Sunday, following Saturday's home game against Blackpool.

August 16, 2017
Rare virus puts Kiwomya in hospital
New signing Alex Kiwomya will have to wait some time before he is able to make his Rovers debut after a mystery illness put him in hospital.
However, the problem has now been identified and boss Darren Ferguson is hopeful that Kiwomya could be back in action later this year - after it was initially feared that he may never play again.
Nothing showed up in the various tests that Rovers did when they signed the striker in the summer, but it became clear that all was not well, with the condition now identified as Guillain-Barre, which attacks the nervous system.
Ferguson revealed to the Doncaster Star: "I’ve probably not been as transparent as I usually am with you guys [the media] and there’s reasons for that, it’s been a really complex thing this. We have got to the bottom of it and he has got symptoms of a condition called Guillain-Barre. It attacks the nervous system. It’s quite a bad thing that he’s got. But the good news is that he’s got a very mild form of it."
"We’ve managed to get through the final scans, with the neurologist, and other details we had to go through. It was really quite extensive, and also quite worrying at one point because it could have been a lot worse. He’s just picked this up. We think it comes from when you have an illness and there’s a bacteria problem, he was ill when we were doing the testing back in the summer."
"Fortunately it’s not as bad as it could’ve been. There were a lot of serious things we had to cancel out so really it wasn’t so much about when he’s back but more about the boy’s health. That seems to be okay. Time-wise I can’t be too specific but we’re looking at at least two months. But we actually feel that’s good news considering what he’s been through."
He was in hospital for a few days earlier this month receiving treatment, but now is on the road to recovery.
August 16, 2017
The Goal Machine joins Harrogate
The legendary Afro Goal Machine, Jason Price, has joined NCEL Premier Division club Harrogate Railway for the coming season. Since 2012 he has been playing in non-league football, most recently for Brighouse Town and more recently playing for the Harrogate Veterans, but his signing is considered a major signing for Railway, with boss Liam Gray telling the Harrogate Advertiser: "This is a fantastic signing for the club, I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to bring Jason in. He’s been there and done it in the professional game and you can’t buy that kind of experience, it’s invaluable."
"Our younger players will really benefit from his presence in the side and be able to learn a great deal from him. To attract a player of Jason’s calibre is a big positive for Harrogate Railway. I’m sure that any side at our level of football would have snapped his hand off, I feel very lucky that we’ve got him."
Gray added: "Jason is an incredibly fit guy, he’s confident that he will score goals in the NCEL Premier and I have every confidence in him. He’s a big chap, he’s very strong and deceptively quick, but most importantly he knows where the back of the net is. What’s better is that he’s not come here for money or anything like that, he’s come to try and do his bit, score some goals and help bring our young players on. He’s excited about the challenge and has told me he is really looking forward to helping our youngsters develop."
August 16, 2017
Butler joins backroom staff at Leeds
Former Rovers first team coach Paul Butler has been named as the new first team coach at Leeds United as they rebuild after another turbulent summer which has seen Thomas Christiansen named as manager and his assistant has been confirmed as Julio Banuelos.
Butler, now aged 31, worked under Paul Dickov at Oldham Athletic as well as at Rovers, and was Rovers' head of recruitment before leaving the club last year.
Leeds have also added a new goalkeeping coach and "head of fitness" to their staff, but Butler's acquisition was seen key to ensure there was someone with experience of the English game in the club's management structure.
August 16, 2017
York release Letheren
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Kyle Letheren has been released by York City after the Minstermen signed the experienced Jon Worsnop, with former Accrington keeper Luke Simpson placed on the transfer list, even though he still has a year to run on his contract.
During the summer, Kyle has been on trials at Bury and Oldham Athletic as he looks to get himself fixed up with a new club, but neither are reported to have signed him on.
August 16, 2017
Ticket information for AFC Wimbledon
Doncaster Rovers have received an allocation of 725 terrace tickets and 74 seating tickets for the forthcoming away game at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, 26th August.
Due to limited availability and an expected high demand for tickets, Rovers have decided to implement a complicated sequence of when various categories of supporters can buy tickets. It was fairly complex last season, but it looks even more so this year!
Anyway, the sequence of events are as follows:
Monday, 14th August - Silver membership holders who bought Blackburn tickets
Tuesday, 15th and Wednesday 16th August - Silver membership holders
Thursday 17th August - Bronze, Academy, Red Squad and Donny Squad membership holders who bought Blackburn tickets
Friday 18th August to Monday 21st August - Bronze, Academy, Red Squad and Donny Squad membership holders
Tuesday 22nd August - tickets on general sale to those who bought Blackburn tickets
Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th August - general sale
Ticket prices are as follows:
Seating: Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Students £15 - Juniors (17 & under) £10
Terracing: Adults £17 - Senior Citizens (65+) £11 - Students £11 - Juniors (17 & under) £4
Disabled supporters pay the appropriate price, but can take a carer free of charge.
To add to the complication, you will need to provide proof of purchase of a ticket for the Blackburn match if you are buying a ticket on the relevant days.
Good luck on working it all out!
August 16, 2017
Rovers face Hull City in next round
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn at home to Hull City in the second round of the Carabao Cup after being victorious in last week's away match at Bradford City in the first round.
The match will be played on Tuesday, 22nd August with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Ticket details will be confirmed in due course.
August 14, 2017
Blackburn 1 Rovers 3
Doncaster Rovers travelled to Ewood Park on Saturday, perhaps full of hope, but nevertheless mindful that they had never won at the home of the former Premier League champions.
But Rovers (of the Doncaster variety) turned on the style and comprehensively beat their Lancashire counterparts, and a score line of a wider margin than 3-1 would not have been undeserved.
A three goal haul in the second half won the game for Rovers, with John Marquis opening the scoring barely a minute after the restart.
It became 2-0 when James Coppinger scored from the penalty spot after being brought down when he was through on goal - with the Blackburn defender only receiving a yellow card.
Two became three in due course when a calamitous decision by Raya, the Blackburn goalkeeper, to charge off his line to try and deal with a long ball over the top, but his attempt at a header towards ex-Rover Elliott Ward only found Alfie May, who had the simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net.
A rather undeserved consolation goal for the home team was a pity, as a clean sheet would have been thoroughly deserved.
August 15, 2017
Whitman rejoins Arnold Town
Ex-Rovers striker Tristram Whitman has joined another of his former clubs, Arnold Town, as part of their new management team that took over during the summer.
He returns as a player/coach, and will assist new manager Tom Richardson and assistant Chris Galley following the departure of Dave Marlow, who has now moved to Eastwood CFC.
Since leaving Rovers, Tristram has played for several non-league clubs including Bedworth United, Eastwood Town, Loughborough Dynamo, Hucknall Town, Grantham Town, Alfreton Town and FC United of Manchester.
August 15, 2017
Kyle joins Leek Town
Former Rovers youth team midfielder Kyle Blake has signed for Evo-Stik League Division One (South) club Leek Town, being their fourth signing of the summer.
Blake, now aged 26, joined from league rivals Newcastle Town, where he was in his second spell with the club. He began his career as a youth at Rovers, joining NPL Premier Division club Nantwich Town when he was released as an 18-year old. He then went on to play for Newcastle Town, Market Drayton Town before returning to Newcastle Town last season.
August 15, 2017
Quinn signs for Dundee United on short team deal
Dundee United have announced that they have signed former Doncaster Rovers defender Paul Quinn on a short term contract The 32 year old has been training with them over the summer and has now agreed a deal until January. He had most recently been playing for SPL club Ross County, but was released at the end of last season.
Dundee United boss Ray McKinnon commented: "Paul gives us greater strength across the defensive line. He has been patient and showed a willingness to play for United by spending quite a few weeks in training with us. That allowed us to get a good look at him and his attributes. I am happy that our squad has competition and quality all over the park."
August 15, 2017
Calder moves north
Former Rovers loan midfielder Riccardo Calder has signed a two year contract with SPL club Inverness Caledonian Thistle after leaving Aston Villa in the summer.
Calder came up through the youth team ranks at Middlesbrough, but failed to make it into their first team, and played 11 times for Dundee in the Scottish Premier League in a six month spell.
He had two loan spells at Rovers, starting 16 games and making another 16 appearances as a substitute, but was then returned to Villa and was subsequently loaned out to Lincoln City.
August 15, 2017
Richardson trains with the Millers
Ex-Doncaster Rovers defender Frazer Richardson has been training with another of his former clubs, Rotherham United - but the Millers boss Paul Warne has pointed out that there is little prospect of him signing for the club.
It sounds much like the situation that Rovers have with Gary McSheffrey, where they have allowed him to join in with training, with the hope that he may get fixed up with another club in due course.
Warne told their official club web site: "Frazer 'phoned me up and asked if he could come and train with the Mighty Millers. There is no pressure on either of us, there is no expectation. If he does really well there possibly could be something there for him, but I did say there were obviously no guarantees. He's trained really well over the last couple of days so we`ll keep looking at him. In the meantime if this helps him get sorted somewhere else then great for him."
Richardson joined Rovers in August 2016 as cover during an injury crisis among the club's defenders, but was also an injury victim and only managed a handful of games before being released in the December.
August 14, 2017
What the managers said
A delighted Darren Ferguson took questions from the press after Saturday's comprehensive victory at Ewood Park.
He was pleased with the way that his players went about their task, commenting: "I thought we deserved the victory, we really did. Our performance was a mature one and it was a solid one. Our distances and our discipline both on and off the ball were very, very good. We felt it was a game where we would have time on the ball, especially the centre halves. It was quite a tactical affair but once the first goal we were really clinical. I was delighted all the way through the game."
He added: "It’s three games in and we should have won all three. It was a pity we couldn’t have kept a clean sheet because it would have been back-to-back clean sheets in the league. The players are confident, the players are looking fit. The players must take belief out of that game when they’ve come and won at a team I feel are the best in the league."
"When you look at the fixtures, you think your first away game is Blackburn and it’s their first home game too. And I’ve got no doubt in my mind that Blackburn will be right up there, no doubt at all because their quality will come through. But they came up against a team that they knew could cause them problems. Especially once the first goal went in and we started to hit them on the counter-attack."
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray knows that they have work to do if they are to live up to their favourites tag.
He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I talked to them afterwards about the support base and the expectation and the anticipation of this season and there was a frustration at letting them down. You could feel the fans’ frustrations and we have to accept that, stick together and find a way of winning some football matches."
"I think the important thing is that the players stick together. They have to work hard. These days come along, you have to put them behind you and move on. I have every confidence in the players that we are going to have a lot of good days and we have to deal with this and get ready for the next game."
He admitted: "There are no excuses, we gave some dreadful goals away. We were frustrated in the first half, we had one or two good opportunities to score and give ourselves a chance to play how we would like to play. But we missed a couple of chances first half and then shot ourselves in the foot right at the second. I don't think you can say it was bad play or anything to do with the team it was an individual error that cost us the goal. Then after the penalty the game ran away from us. It isn't a day for making excuses, it's not a day for anything other than the feeling of disappointment and frustration for the supporters who have had to deal with it for a long time. We have to put it behind us very quickly and get ready for the next one."
August 14, 2017
Saturday's match officials
The match officials for Saturday's away game at Blackburn Rovers were:
Referee: David Webb
Assistant referees: Graham Fyvie & Geoffrey Liddle
Fourth Official: Gary Hilton
August 14, 2017
Three go out on loan . . .
Doncaster Rovers have sent three of their younger players out on loan to gain some first team match experience.
Goalkeeper Louis Jones, who has featured on the bench but is now unlikely to play in the first team with Ian Lawlor and Marko Marosi ahead of him in the pecking order, has joined Gainsborough Trinity on loan until 10th September and made his debut for them in their home game against Nuneaton Borough, which Trinity won 1-0.
Also moving out on loan for an initial month are Reece Fielding and Tyler Walker, both of who have joined non-league club Biggleswade Town, who play in the Evo-Stik South Premier League.
August 14, 2017
. . . And two join Rovers
On the eve of the new season, Doncaster Rovers announced the signing of two midfielders, Issam Ben Khemis and Rodney Kongolo.
Khemis has been on trials at Rovers for much of the pre-season period, and the comments made by Darren Ferguson during that time make it no surprise at all that he has been signed up. He has signed a two year deal with Rovers.
Rodney Kongolo is a loan signing from Manchester City, and he has joined on a six-month loan to gain further experience after being a regular for City's under-23s last season.
Kongolo told DROS: "It is a good standard for me to play at, the pressure of needing to win every week is something I’m looking forward to as we need to do well in the league. There were a couple of clubs interested in me because I did well with Manchester City last season but after speaking with Darren Ferguson I was really impressed with his plans. It’s my first loan spell so I’m excited to see how the club can develop me and I want to be able to help the team as much as I can."
August 14, 2017
Voting results v Gillingham
Thanks go to everyone who took part in the "Man of the Match" voting for the opening game of the season against Gillingham. Again, we apologise for the delay in opening this vote, and appreciate your continuing support of this poll.
We received nominations for six different players, with debut making Ben Whiteman coming home as the clear winner with just over half of the votes.
Those receiving the most votes were:
1 Ben Whiteman (52.63%)
2 Matty Blair (15.78%)
3= Joe Wright, Ian Lawlor (10.53% each)
August 14, 2017
Voting results v Bradford City
We received votes for four different players for Tuesday's cup game away at Bradford City.
Votes were spread fairly evenly, resulting in joint winners.
Those receiving votes this time around were
1= Alfie May, Ben Whiteman (37.5% each)
3= John Marquis, Niall Mason (12.5% each)
Thank you for your patience as regards news updates on this site in recent weeks, which as we explained previously, are due to some very difficult personal circumstances of late. However, news items for posting later today are currently being prepared and should be on-line later this afternoon. With the lack of updates on a number of days, there may well be some news items relating to some time ago which we thought ought to be mentioned for the sake of thoroughness, so it may seem as if some of the news is out of date as it appears!
August 12, 2017
Man of the Match voting v Gillingham
We greatly apologise for the lack of updates on the web site, particularly since the new season has started during that time.
Somewhat after the event, we are now opening the "Man of the Match" voting for last weekend's home game against Gillingham.
As there will be more than one vote open at the same time, we ask everyone to make sure that you vote for your "Man of the Match" in the game that you intended.
The result for this match will be confirmed on Monday.
August 12, 2017
Man of the Match voting v Bradford City
The "Man of the Match" for the midweek game against Bradford City is also now open.
To place your vote, please click on the logo to the left.
The result for this game will also be confirmed on Monday.
August 3, 2017
Skelmersdale sign ex-Rover
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Gareth Roberts is to continue playing for the coming season after it was confirmed that he has signed for Evo-Stik North club Skelmersdale United. He played for their divisional rivals Clitheroe as player/assistant manager last season and the 39 year old thus extends his playing career, which started as a trainee with Liverpool, where he was part of their 1996 FA Youth Cup winning side alongside the likes of Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen.
He then moved to Greece to play for Panionios before returning home to play for Tranmere Rovers, where he played over 300 games before moving to Doncaster Rovers in 2006, where he made almost 150 appearances and was part of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory. Moves to Derby County, Bury and Notts County followed before he moved into non-league football with Chester for a year, and then Stockport County.
Roberts said: "I am looking forward to a new challenge and playing for Skem next season. Hoping that I can be a key part of what I believe will be a successful season."
United manager Alan Rogers expressed his delight in signing Roberts: “I am delighted to bring a player of Gareth’s calibre to the club. He comes to us to extend a fantastic career and will add so much experience and know-how to the dressing room. He has a fantastic attitude for the younger lads to follow and brings a touch more quality to the team”.
August 3, 2017
El-Hadjii Diouf - "I'm a good guy"
Controversial former Doncaster Rovers striker El Hadjii Diouf is now working in Senegal as a "government goodwill ambassador", as well as being President Macky Sall's advisor and running his own sports newspaper.
However, he has responded to criticisms of his past behaviour by insisting that he has bee misunderstood.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Africa, he said: "I am a bad loser. I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it's not wrong to be a bad loser. I have got character and I want people to respect me."
He added: "I am an easy target. It's easy to talk about El Hadjii Diouf and I let them talk but I know in my heart I am a good guy. My family know, my population knows, my continent knows I am a good guy and that's the best thing. The rest is not my problem."
August 3, 2017
Rovers chief gets job at Lincoln
Liam Scully, who has worked his way up through the ranks of the Rovers in the Community to become Chief Operating Officer of Club Doncaster, will be leaving the club at the weekend to become Chief Executive Officer at Lincoln City. Lincoln have just won promotion back into the Football League, and the challenge of the job is clearly one that appeals to Liam.
Speaking to DROS, he said: “I have really enjoyed my time at Club Doncaster, and it has been a dream come true to work for a club I used to watch from the terrace as a boy. But I am also excited by the opportunity at Lincoln City who, having just won promotion back to the EFL, have plenty to look forward to including a new training ground and stadium in the not too distant future. I’ve always looked out for their results in particular as I have family in the area and my parents spent their early married years living close to the Sincil Bank ground."
He takes up his new role on Monday, 7th August.
August 3, 2017
Danny gets job with Burnley
Ex-Rovers loan striker Danny Cadamarteri has been appointed as Burnley's "Under-18s Professional Development Phase Coach", replacing Michael Duff, who has stepped up to run their Under-23 squad.
Cadamarteri had been about to join Huddersfield after leaving a job on Sheffield Wednesday's coaching staff, but opted to take the vacancy at Turf Moor.
And as the former Evertonian said, it has all come out of the blue. He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It’s been a whirlwind. I had been working at Sheffield Wednesday for four years, through all the age groups from pre-Academy to the Under-18s and Under-23s. I was due to go into Huddersfield and start working there after leaving Wednesday and, as it’s my hometown club, I was absolutely delighted with the fact that I was going home. But the opportunity that came here was just too good to turn down and I’ve ended up making probably one of the hardest decisions in my life, in turning down a club I’ve been desperate to work at and come and to take on the challenge at a fantastic club, which is prepared to give me a chance to develop myself as a coach with really good players."
He added: "I started coaching six years ago while I was playing at Carlisle and I’ve done a little bit at Everton, working in the pre-Academy and foundation, just getting some experience. I also did a little bit of coaching at Huddersfield in the Academy again before I went for a coaching role at Sheffield Wednesday. There, I worked through all the age groups at the younger end, did my education and worked through my badges there."
August 3, 2017
Ferguson mystified by Middleton situation
Boss Darren Ferguson has been surprised how little interest there seems to have been in transfer listed Harry Middleton, and has suspicions that his advisors have not been doing enough to secure their man a move to another club.
Ferguson commented to the Doncaster Star: "There’s been nothing concrete which is surprising really. Swindon showed an interest but nothing came of it. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens there."
However, he added: "It’s only fair and right that if we’re going to get players in, we’ll get some out. I think Harry has to accept, and he has done to a degree, but the people that look after him need to accept he has to look somewhere else. I’m quite surprised but I’m not too sure about how proactive his team have been about doing it. He’s got to accept he needs to get out and get games."
August 3, 2017
Suckling joins Spurs
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Perry Suckling has been appointed as the Academy coach and goalkeeping coach at Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
Suckling played for Doncaster Rovers during the turbulent mid-1990s, and has most recently been a coach with the Queens Park Rangers academy.
In his playing career, he included spells at Coventry city, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Watford and Rovers, along with loans at West Ham United and Brentford.