September 11, 2018
Rovers 2 Luton Town 1
Doncaster Rovers overcame Luton Town on Saturday, having to dig deep and produce one of their most determined performances of the season to repel numerous attempts by the visitors to take at least a point from the game.
Rovers opened the scoring early on, with a superb strike by Matty Blair, although Marko Marosi had to produce a number of good saves after that to maintain Rovers' lead.
Luton had a goal disallowed on 33 minutes, but finally levelled matters on injury time at the end of the first half, with Elliott Lee heading in.
Less than a minute after the restart, Rovers were back in front, with Ben Whiteman's shot through a mass of bodies - Rovers had chances to go further in front as shots by Mallik Wilks and Danny Andrew going close. Luton were pushing for an equaliser, although often had to rely on the counter-attack, but Rovers successfully held on to take all three points, which keeps them 7th in the League One table.
September 11, 2018
What the managers said
Grant McCann praised his players for the way that they ground out a result on Saturday, which ended a run of six games without a win.
Speaking after the game, he said: "We are showing our steel at the minute. We're showing both sides of our game. We showed our quality against Portsmouth and Peterborough and we showed our steel in this one and that is the side you need if you are going to challenge in this league. That is four unbeaten in the league - two against the top two and one against a team I think will be in the top six without a shadow of a doubt."
He added: "The first 15 minutes we have started really well. I thought we could have scored another couple of goals in that spell. We sat back a little bit, they came into the game and we found it difficult. It was just a matter of time before they were going to score. Wave after wave of attacks. We sounded it out, made a couple of changes at half time, played a diamond with James Coppinger as a ten, and I thought for 25 minutes we looked the better team. Then Luton came strong again but we held on and showed that different side of our game."
Luton boss Nathan Jones was disappointed not to take any points away from the Keepmoat Stadium, summed up by his comments of: "We keep saying it, we’re controlling games, we’re pretty dominant first half, but we started really poorly. We work on starts, we work on what we’ve got to do, maybe we shouldn’t work on starts, maybe we should just let them get on with it. Then after the goal I thought we were excellent, I really did. We had chance after chance, opportunity after opportunity, controlled the game, these are a very good footballing side, they cause sides real, real problems, but all the problems we’ve caused."
"They changed their shape at half time and after scoring right on half time and thinking the momentum is with us, one ball into the box and it’s not even a good ball into the box. Our six foot one left back, who’s very good in the air, doesn’t win his header, it drops in the box, we don’t get on the second one, don’t get on the third one and then we’re 2-1. Then you’re having another mountain to climb and it’s demoralising. We’re having to show a lot of character lately, the reason we’re having to show a lot of character is we’ve giving goals away, and it’s poor. Our structure going forward and how we play and how we cause problems is very good in fact, but at the minute we’re not keeping clean sheets and if we don’t clean sheets then we’re not going to win games."
September 11, 2018
Match highlights

Brief highlights of Saturday's home game against Luton Town are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

September 11, 2018
McIndoe plays again!
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Michael McIndoe has, rather surprisingly, resumed his playing career after a few years on the sidelines, during which time he was declared bankrupt and faced numerous court appearances.
He has signed for Scottish club Clydebank, who are playing in the West Super League Premier Division and are currently second in the league table.
Since being at Rovers, McIndoe has played for several clubs including Wolves, Bristol City and Coventry City.
September 11, 2018
Baudry joins the Dons
Milton Keynes Dons have signed defender Mathieu Baudry, who left Doncaster Rovers in the summer at the end of his contract.
Baudry, now aged 30, was the Dons' eighth signing of the summer.
After signing, he told the club's official web site: "I’m delighted to be here. I’m really looking forward to the season - it’s going to be tough but exciting. This is an ambitious club and Stadium MK is a place you always want to come and play at. This club has always been known for playing an attractive brand of football too so I’m looking forward to being a part of it. I always had it in my mind that Tis is a manager I really want to work for. I knew I would always like to play for him because the way he plays and sets-up is something that suits me."
September 11, 2018
Tyler joins Wimbledon
Rovers left back Tyler Garratt has joined AFC Wimbledon, moving on a season-long loan - at which stage his contract with Rovers will expire.
Garratt made 21 appearances for Rovers last season despite not holding down a regular first team place, and joins Wimbledon, who wanted to strengthen their defence following the retirement of left back Jon Meades during the summer.
September 8, 2018
Rovers v Luton Town
Rovers are set to be without Tommy Rowe for a few matches after he limped off during Tuesday's game against Newcastle United's U21s with what is feared to be another hamstring injury. He was due to see a specialist yesterday, but the early signs that he will be missing for some time. However, Rovers are boosted by the return of Danny Andrew at left back after he missed out last time out due to a foot injury.
Joe Wright should also be available for selection after recovering from an ankle injury sustained in training.
Danny Amos and Ali Crawford are still injured and are reported to be making good progress and are closing in on a return to full training.
The visitors have made a good start to the season after their promotion in the summer, but have a doubt over Eunan O'Kane, who was forced off during Luton's Checkatrade game against Brighton U21s during the week with an injury. Jorge Grant also was replaced in the same game, but he is expected to recover from his knock and is likely to be included in the Hatters' squad.
Danny Hylton has missed the last couple of games with a thigh injury, but could return to action today. However, Luke Berry has suffered a set-back in his return to fitness after breaking his leg, and will miss out today.
September 8, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Luton Town are:
Referee: Tom Nield
Assistant referees: Simon Clayton and Billy Khatib
Fourth official: Peter Wright
September 8, 2018
Morris goes on loan to Frickley
Young Rovers striker James Morris has joined Frickley Athletic on a one-month youth loan and could be available for their game this afternoon in the FA Cup First Round Qualifying Round at Maltby Main.
Morris was handed his first professional contract during the summer after impressing last season, during which he made his first team debut against Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy.
September 8, 2018
No deal for Franck at Gills
Ex-Rovers loan midfielder Franck Moussa will not be playing for Gillingham this season after being unsuccessful in winning a contract while back at the club during the pre-season period.
Moussa played for the Gills during the second half of the season and was released at the end of the campaign, but joined the squad for pre-season training in the hope of a new deal and played in six of their matches during the summer.
He made just two substitute appearances for them last season, but the club have more than adequate cover in the midfield area.
September 8, 2018
Khumalo signs up with United
Former Rovers defender Bongani Khumalo has signed a one year contract with South African club SuperSport United for the 2018/19 season.
It had been reported during the summer that Khumalo had been training with them after leaving Bidvest Wits at the end of last season, and this becomes Khumalo's third stint with SuperSport. His first time at the club was in 2007, and his second came in 2015 after his release by Tottenham Hotspur.
September 8, 2018
Ryan's MYA continues to grow
MYA, the company set up by former Rovers chairman John Ryan, has broken through the £20 million turnover barrier as it continues to grow.
Based in Harrogate, MYA (which stands for Make Yourself Amazing) now has ten clinics throughout the UK as well as facilities in London and Preston, and has reduced their losses in the financial year to April 2017 to £769,000 from £929,000 the year before.
The cosmetic surgery specialists count reality TV shows like Geordie Shore and The Only Way is Essex among its clients.
September 6, 2018
Rovers 1 Newcastle United U21s 3
At least this game was the first of three in the group stage of the Checkatrade Trophy, and there is a chance for Rovers to redeem themselves and progress into the next round.
Grant McCann selected a stronger than anticipated by many for this game, but the kind of form which they have shown in league games again deserted them.
Having said that, their quest was not helped by injuries to Tommy Rowe and Mitchell Lund, which limited McCann's options as far as substitutions were concerned.
Newcastle started the game better, and they went ahead in the 14th minute as a great pass by Bailey split the Rovers defence, allowing Allan to round Marosi and slot the ball home.
The visitors were certainly looking technically very able, and if there was ever any doubt, Rovers knew they had a serious game on their hands. Rovers' equaliser had an element of fortune to it, with Marquis sending over what was a "was it a shot, or was it a cross" ball - this time it favoured Rovers' top scorer from the last two seasons and Rovers were level.
You may have then thought that Rovers' experience would then tell in the second half, but the Newcastle youngsters had other ideas, and goals by Roberts and Sorensen consigned Rovers to defeat.
At least there are two other matches in this group for Rovers to mount a serious challenge - or are the Newcastle youngsters destined for great things?
September 6, 2018
Rowe injury concern
The Rovers' medical staff will be waiting nervously for the verdict of Tommy Rowe's injury which forced him off the field early in Tuesday's defeat against Newcastle United.
Worryingly, it is another hamstring injury, but boss Grant McCann thinks that it is a different injury to that which needed surgery towards the end of last season. But it looks like he will miss a few matches at a minimum to recover
McCann told the Doncaster Free Press: "We don’t know just yet. It is his hamstring. I don’t think it’s the bit he did last season and had the operation on. We’re hoping it’s not too bad because he put in his best performance of the season on Saturday at Peterborough. He had to do a job for us at left back on Tuesday night. So it's frustrating for us on that part as well."
Mitchell Lund was substituted after picking up a 'dead leg', meaning that Rovers had to play Niall Mason for an hour of the game, despite McCann intending to give Mason a rest.
Danny Andrew, Joe Wright, James Coppinger and Ben Whiteman, all of who missed Tuesday's game, will be fit and available for selection on Saturday.
September 6, 2018
Sheridan in line for monthly award
Ex-Rovers midfielder John Sheridan, now manager at Carlisle United, is on the shortlist for the League Two manager of the month after the Cumbrians picked up 10 points from their opening five games.
He is up against Lincoln boss Danny Cowley, Exeter's Matt Taylor and MK Dons' Paul Tisdale, with the winner due to be announced tomorrow.
September 6, 2018
Kimble gets chance at Great Wakering
Ex-Rovers winger Garry Kimble has been appointed as the new manager at Great Wakering Rovers who, as you all undoubtedly know, play in the Bostik North League.
Now aged 51, Kimble had a 20 year playing career which took in clubs including Charlton Athletic, Cambridge United, Gillingham, Doncaster Rovers, Peterborough United and Dagenham & Redbridge.
He also has managerial experience, and has a promotion on his CV when he guided Witham to the Essex Senior League title, and a subsequent promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Great Wakering's chairman, Dave Patient, told Yellow Sport: "Garry ticked the right boxes. I will be working as his assistant, while John Ray and Curtis Whyte have also joined us. We have worked together before. I know they are the right people and know their way around this league. We are secure, but don’t have a huge budget. Garry knows that and isn’t under pressure to achieve anything which is unrealistic. But his know-how, along with John and Curtis, will give us a decent chance to establish ourselves at the higher level we now find ourselves at."
September 6, 2018
Ikeme confirms retirement
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of just 32.
Carl has recently announced that he is in "complete remission" after treatment for acute leukaemia, which meant he missed all of last season, as well as missing the chance to play in the World Cup this summer with Nigeria.
He has been advised to retire on medical advice, but is set to take up a coaching career, with the Nigeria national team already indicating he will be welcome to join their coaching staff.
Carl said on social media when announcing his retirement: "Thank you for the support over the years. My last day as a footballer but one I am happy and grateful for. Thanks to everyone to do with Wolves and everyone in football I have met."
"The doctor suggested I should retire after the toll the treatment has taken on my body. I can't really risk trying to come back. My health is my main thing. I just want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things, with your life in danger, it's a minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family. I'm happy with what I've achieved."
We wish Carl all the very best for wherever his future may take him.
September 4, 2018
Peterborough United 1 Rovers 1
Doncaster Rovers became the first team to take any points from a Peterborough United game this season, denting their 100% winning record with a hard-earned draw that could, with a bit of luck and more accurate shooting, have seen the Posh end pointless.
As expected, the starting eleven reverted to one similar to the last league game, and took the lead five minutes before the break, thanks to a good finish by John Marquis
The game started off at a high pace, although Rovers found clear-cut scoring chances hard to come by, although Tommy Rowe came close after hitting the post from a Niall Mason pass. Mallik Wilks missed the target when he should have done better. The Peterborough keeper almost gifted Rovers the lead on 20 minutes when he failed to keep hold of a stinging shot from Rowe, only just recovering in time to stop the ball spinning over the line.
Rovers took the lead in style in the 40th minute as Marquis clipped the ball over the on-rushing keeper from just outside the area - and Rovers could have extended their lead before half time as they forced the home defence into making errors.
Rovers had a 'goal' disallowed in the second half as Tom Anderson headed home from a corner, only for the referee to have spotted a foul. The home side drew level in the 58th minute as they scored from a corner - but instead of exerting pressure on Rovers, it was the visitors who looked more likely to regain the lead.
And it wouldn't be a game involving Steve Evans if there wasn't a bit of controversy to finish the afternoon off. Evans and his assistant were 'sent off' in the closing minutes after disputing a decision by the referee - not the first time Evans and ref Darren Bond haven't seen eye to eye over the years.
September 4, 2018
What the managers said
A delighted Grant McCann faced the press after Saturday's draw at Peterborough United, and thought that his new club could easily taken all three points from his former club in his first visit back to London Road since he was sacked by the Posh in February.
He said: "I thought we were excellent throughout and deserved to come away with more than a point. I thought it was an excellent performance from us. I thought we were the best team for 90 minutes. Maybe there was a five minute spell where they scored and were on top of us for a bit. They couldn’t live with us really. Our movement, our passing - we controlled the game. We got one goal and we should probably have had four or five. We nullified the threat very, very easily. We pushed the full-backs up on the wide players and stopped their counter attacks. We stayed on the front foot. I thought technically we were better. We were first-class."
He added: "We know the way they play. They try to play on the counterattack. Dembele is quick, Cummings and Godden run in behind. I thought we dealt with it. I don’t think Marko Marosi had much to do. We’re disappointed with the goal because if we see it back, they’ve got three men in the line of the wall that were unmarked. Any one of them could have put it in. It’s something we need to learn and work on. We need to stay narrow and compact and for a split second we got done and we concede. We came again and had other opportunities. Mallik Wilks hit the post and the keeper is making some really good saves. We go again. We’re not going to get too down about it.”
On the other hand, Steve Evans, the Peterborough boss, wasn't as happy. He commented: "It was frustrating. I have to take some blame as the manager as I gave them a couple of days off at the start of the week because they had been off all over the country. I've always learnt with experience over the years that you don't give them two days off when you're on that type of run so I'll take the blame, because when the boys came in they looked sloppy, they looked off it. We tried to address it as a team because they knew that, and it never really got much better towards the end of the week. And I think for 50 minutes we played like that collectively. There were no individuals that gave us a spark."
"We changed the system at half-time and how we were going to play and that changed it - we dominated the game for 35-40 minutes, got the goal. We were perhaps unfortunate not to get a second. And then later in the day we were having to take a point. People looked as if they were out of energy which has not been like us, but I'll take the responsibility of the two days and it won't happen again."
September 4, 2018
Match highlights

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

September 4, 2018
Rovers v Newcastle United U21s
Rovers are back into cup action this evening as they face Newcastle United's Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy group match at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Please note that only the East Stand will be open for today's game, due to the anticipated low attendance. There will be no cash gates on the night, but tickets can be bought from the ticket office up to kick-off time - which is 7pm.
Rovers will be making a few changes for today's game, but you'd probably guessed that anyway.
Danny Andrew suffered a foot injury in Saturday's game that makes him doubtful for the weekend, so he misses out, as does his more obvious deputy at left back, Danny Amos, who is also injured.
A scan of Joe Wright's ankle injury, which kept him out of the Peterborough game, has shown no serious damage and he should be available for selection on Saturday, but he will not be risked today.
Midfielder Ben Whiteman has reported some stiffness in his knee and so misses out, while Niall Manson and James Coppinger will be rested.
Boss Grant McCann has pledged that he is putting out a side to win the game, commenting: "The players that come in to the side on Tuesday will know it is an opportunity for them, And it will be first team players, it won’t be a load of kids given the chance. As much as I’d love to do that my priority is to go far in this competition."
September 1, 2018
Peterborough United v Rovers
You know how it goes for the league game after a cup game during midweek - all the changes made for the cup game tend to be reversed and you're likely to get the side that played last Saturday. And so we expect it to be today. Marko Marosi has completed his one match ban, and all the other changes made for the Blackpool game were the manager's choice, to rest players in anticipation of the future league campaign. So recalls are likely for John Marquis, Mallik Wilks, Herbie Kane, Andy Butler and James Coppinger.
However, Tommy Rowe is set for a recall after being "managed' back into action after his hamstring operation at the end of last season. He has now regained full fitness and now needs time on the pitch to get back to peak form.
Jermaine Anderson, on loan from Peterborough, cannot take part in today's game as part of the loan agreement between the two clubs.
Peterborough have a 100% record so far this season, and won 5-1 at Plymouth last weekend. They have also named an unchanged starting eleven for five successive matches, but boss Steve Evans has hinted at his dissatisfaction over some aspects of their play last time out, and could change his side. The Posh are unlikely to include attacking midfielder Jamie Walker, who only signed on a season-long loan from Wigan Athletic yesterday. Peterborough have no new injury concerns, and will be looking to stay at the top of the League One table by 5pm.
Evans went to watch Rovers play Blackpool on Tuesday evening, but admitted: "“Grant left all of his good players out, and that tells you that Saturday’s game here is very important to him. It will be a totally different Doncaster team on Saturday. They outplayed Portsmouth last week and if we finish above Portsmouth we’ll be playing Championship football next season. So it will be a really tough afternoon for us."
"Whenever a manager goes back to his old club - no matter what the circumstances surrounding the departure - they want to put up a good performance. I hope he gets a warm reception from the Posh fans - I’m sure he will. But once that first whistle blows it’s a football match between two teams who want to win three points."
September 1, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Peterborough United are:
Referee: Darren Bond
Assistant referees: Adrian Waters and Ian Cooper
Fourth Official: Ross Joyce
September 1, 2018
Rowe set for recall
Rovers boss Grant McCann has confirmed that skipper Tommy Rowe is now fit enough to start games regularly, after he has eased the midfielder back into action since his hamstring surgery at the end of last season.
After speaking to the player, the conclusion is that both team and player will benefit from playing regularly.
McCann told the Doncaster Free Press this week: "I think Tommy is good as gold. I think I’ve been too nice with him and I’ve tried to manage him too well. I think Tommy needs to play game, game, game, game if we’re going to get the best out of him. I had that conversation with him on Thursday morning. We sat down, watching his clips from a few games, and he agrees."
"Tommy is good. The more games he plays, the better he gets. He told me he doesn't starting kicking in properly until September so let's hope he does."
"Rowey is a top player. He’s one of the top midfield players in this league in my opinion. We just need to utilise his strengths, get him higher up the pitch with more goals and more assists. I think he's started with two assists and a goal already and I’m sure there is more to come from him."
September 1, 2018
Injured keeper returns to Rovers
Louis Jones has ended his loan spell at Grantham Town early after picking up an injury last week. Grantham have moved quickly to sign former Manchester United goalkeeper Theo Richardson as Jones' replacement.
Gingerbreads boss Ian Culverhouse told the Grantham Journal: "We were really impressed during pre-season but, understandably, Theo was looking to play at a level closer to where he was before. Due to unfortunate circumstances, we've managed to get in a fine young goalkeeper."
Jones has returned to Rovers for treatment as a consequence.
August 31, 2018
Voting results v Peterborough United
I must admit, I wouldn't have been surprised if there were no votes received for the two "Man of the Match" votes this week after a three week hiatus between updates.
But it proves there are people out there that have kept checking, which amazes me. So thanks to everyone who has kept the faith, and for contributing to this week's votes.
For the Portsmouth game last Saturday, we got nominations for three players, with Liverpool loanee Herbie Kane winning your vote with just short of half of the votes.
The players to receive votes are as follows:
1 Herbie Kane (42.86%)
2= Ben Whiteman & Marko Marosi (28.57% each)
August 31, 2018
Voting results v Blackpool
Striker Alfie May was the clear winner in the voting as your "Man of the Match" for Tuesday evening's League Cup game against Blackpool.
Alfie gained nearly three-quarters of all votes cast, with the remaining votes shared between Joe Wright and Matty Blair.
Thanks to everyone for voting. The next vote will open after Saturday's away game at Peterborough United.
August 31, 2018
Scunny kick-off time changed
Doncaster Rovers have announced that the home game against Scunthorpe United on Saturday, 15th December will now kick-off at 12.15pm instead of the usual 3pm.
The change has been made at the request of South Yorkshire Police so that they have enough personnel to cover all games in their region on that day.
August 31, 2018
Checkatrade Trophy dates confirmed
Doncaster Rovers' games in the initial group stage of this year's Checkatrade Trophy have now been confirmed, with the competition following more or less the same format as last season.
Rovers have been put in the same group as Grimsby Town, Notts County and Newcastle United's Under-21s, with the dates being as follows:
Tuesday 4th September - Rovers v Newcastle United U21s (kick-off 7pm)
Tuesday 9th October - Rovers v Grimsby Town (kick-off 7.30pm)
Tuesday 13th November - Notts County v Rovers (kick-off 7.45pm)
Details of ticket prices will be announced in due course.
August 31, 2018
Blaney goes on loan to Tamworth
Young Doncaster Rovers defender Shane Blaney has moved to Tamworth on a six month loan.
The 19 year old joined Rovers from League of Ireland club Finn Harps in January on a two and a half year contract, and has moved to gain some first team experience, albeit at Southern League Premier Central Division level.
New boss Grant McCann is keen to send out younger members of the Rovers squad on loan to gain experience, rather than being restricted to Development XI matches.
August 31, 2018
Fortune trains with Swindon
Ex-Rovers loan striker Marc-Antoine Fortune was searching for a new club during the close season, and towards the end of July went on trials to Swindon Town after being released by Southend United at the end of last season.
Swindon boss Phil Brown commented to the Swindon Advertiser: "Marc-Antoine Fortune is somebody I’ve worked with in the past two years. Again, he has a magnificent attitude and is a real hard worker. He could just fit the bill while Marc Richards is in no fit state to train or play."
August 31, 2018
McCann decides against Vieria
Grant McCann has decided that former Leeds United youngster Romario Vieria will not be joining Doncaster Rovers after spending a few weeks on trial over the summer.
McCann revealed last week: "Romario’s left the club. Romario was more of a [long term] project and we felt, looking at the young lads who we’ve got at the club, it wouldn’t be the right thing to bring a player in that was on par with a Cody Prior or a Jacob Fletcher or a Morgan James. We’ve got to believe in the players that are here. They’ve been given pro contracts for a reason. We’ve got to get amongst them and when they join in with the first team we’ve got to make sure they’re ready for the first team. That was the reason I didn’t do it."
August 31, 2018
Rhodes joins Latics
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Andy Rhodes has left Sheffield Wednesday to become the new assistant manager at League Two club Oldham Athletic.
He joins the Latics as number two to newly appointed Frankie Bunn, who replaced ex-Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens, who was sacked after Oldham were relegated at the end of last season.
Rhodes joined Sheffield Wednesday as goalkeeping coach back in January 2010, but took the chance to reunited with his new boss at Boundary Park, with the pair playing together between 1988 and 1990.
He said to the Manchester Evening News: "It’s fantastic, a dream come true. I was here as a player in the great days with some really good people and I was fortunate to come back with Andy Ritchie and Iain Dowie as goalkeeping coach. The next progression in your life is to go the managerial side and fortunately Frank asked me to do that and I couldn’t wait to get here. I leave Hillsborough with a heavy heart but this is a great career move and a completely different challenge. I have enjoyed some memorable times with Wednesday and worked with some fantastic people, each of whom I would like to offer my sincere thanks, on and off the pitch."
August 30, 2018
Glover joins McCann's team
Doncaster Rovers have announced the appointment of Lee Glover as the club's new "opposition analyst", which will see the 48 year old scouting opposition for upcoming games.
He will also oversee Rovers' recruitment, thus replacing Russ Wilcox, who left Rovers shortly after the arrival of new boss Grant McCann.
McCann told the Doncaster Free Press: "Lee is going to be opposition scout, building up a portfolio on recruitment and players that we possibly could have in the future. In an every day sense on Mondays, maybe Tuesdays, Thursdays leading into games he will be working closely with John Schofield with players in between the 18s and first team.
McCann, who knows Glover from when the pair were at Peterborough United, added: "Gloves was working with Blackpool last year. He's an excellent coach. He was my assistant at Peterborough for most of my first year. He's someone who knows me, the players I want, how I like to coach. I think it's important in this role that you have people you know know what you want. He'll be brilliant for us. He's come in already, made himself at home. He's an infectious character so I think everyone has taken to him quite well."
August 30, 2018
Sam joins Highgate
Ex-Rovers loan defender Sam Oji has joined Midland League Premier Division club Highgate United after playing for Hednesford Town most recently.
The experienced centre-back played for Rovers back in the Belle Vue days while on loan from Birmingham City, but has since played for several clubs, including Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient, the now defunct Hereford United, Swedish side Ljungskile SK and Tamworth as well as League of Ireland outfits Limerick and Galway.
Highgate boss Paul Smith commented to the Solihull Observer: "It was important we got another centre half in straight away and Sam will bring a wealth of experience. He is a no-nonsense defender who played more than 40 times for Hednesford last season and it was a huge must that to bring that kind of experience in."
August 30, 2018
Kirkland joins Redfearn at Liverpool
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been appointed as the new goalkeeping coach at Liverpool Ladies, joining former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Neil Redfearn, who became the Reds' as manager in the summer after a spell with Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Kirkland retired from playing professional football in 2016, and this marks his first move into coaching.
After joining Liverpool Ladies FC, Kirkland told their official club web site: "I am really excited to have been given my first coaching opportunity in football and I’m really looking forward to the new season. I have watched a lot of women's football over the past couple of seasons and have been really impressed with the quality football on show. The women's game continues to go from strength to strength and I am extremely grateful to have been given an opportunity by Neil [Redfearn] to work with such a huge club as Liverpool Ladies. Coming back to work for Liverpool FC is a superb feeling and one that I could not turn down. My daughter is also in the centre of excellence at Liverpool Ladies, which makes the new role even more exciting and I am thrilled to be joining ahead of the new season."
August 30, 2018
JET trials for Billericay
Ex-Rovers striker Jay Emmanuel Thomas, who appeared for Rovers on loan from Arsenal, has been spotted this summer playing for Billericay Town in a pre-season game. The National League South club included him in their game against Maidenhead United, but Billericay bosses moved quickly after the game to dampen speculation that the ex-Gunner was about to, or had already signed for, Billericay.
The issued a statement that said: “To be clear we haven’t signed or made any form of statement to say Jay has signed! we are looking at him as he is us, negotiations are ongoing.”
August 28, 2018
Man of the Match voting v Portsmouth
We resume our "Man of the Match" voting today after an unprecedented break, starting with Saturday's home game against Portsmouth.
We welcome all contributions - everyone's opinions count, and if everyone agreed, what a boring world it would be!
If you would like to take part, please click on the logo to the left. The result will be revealed on Friday.
August 29, 2018
Rovers 1 Blackpool 2
Despite taking the lead midway through the first half, Doncaster Rovers failed to capitalise on their lead and slumped to defeat at the Keepmoat Stadium last night.
Rovers made five changes to the side that played at the weekend, as do most clubs in this competition, and you can't help but feel that the number of changes does not help. And the number of changes also gets reflected in the size of the crowd watching the game, with less than half of Saturday's crowd turning up to watch. The cost of the match ticket to watch a game where you know there's going to be a number of first team players absent, is it a surprise?
Rovers went in front with a good strike by Alfie May, but never really dominated the game, with key players John Marquis, Andy Butler, James Coppinger and Herbie Kane all given the night off. One change was enforced, with Marko Marosi absent after being sent off on Saturday, so Ian Lawlor got his first game of the season.
Blackpool equalised through the very tall Michael Nottingham in the first half, then scored their winner on the hour mark thanks to Harry Pritchard, and thus booked their place in the third round.
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August 28, 2018
Thank you to those who have sent in emails expressing your concern at the lack of updates on this web site since 4th August. Your messages are greatly appreciated.
It has been a difficult summer, and any decision to cease updates is not taken lightly. Personal circumstances change for everyone, and I am not excepted from this. I do concede that the enthusiasm has waned and with the amount of time that is needed on a regular basis, it becomes a big commitment virtually every day.
The web space becomes due for renewal in mid-September, and I have been torn between whether to renew for a further year or not. At the beginning of the month, I had little desire to renew, so thought it pointless to start the season if I were not able to complete it. However, the messages of concern and appreciation do, perhaps, increase the chances that I will continue, although how often updates may be are uncertain.
But for the moment, I confirm that updates will recommence from Wednesday, 29th August. With the large gap since the last update, I intend that there will be no attempt to catch up on news that relates to matches played this season, and I will concentrate on matters such as transfer news and they will appear in 'date order', so news for a few days may appear to be rather out of date. For the sake of completeness, I would rather do this than miss out on some items altogether.
Future matches should be included alongside this news, and the “Man of the Match” votes will recommence with immediate effect, so votes for Saturday’s league game and this evening’s cup game will both appear on Wednesday morning.
This should mean that the site will be updated fairly regularly until the renewal date, with a decision on the next 12 months needing to be taken before then. At the moment I will not commit to what that decision may be.
Thank you for supporting for the past 19 years – perhaps we will make it to complete 20 years?
August 29, 2018
Jones joins Moore at West Brom
Former Rovers striker Graeme Jones has joined West Bromwich Albion as assistant manager, thus leaving his post as assistant to Roberto Martinez after a successful summer with Belgium at the World Cup.
Jones joins his former Rovers team mate Darren Moore, who was appointed as boss at The Hawthorns late last season - too late to stop them getting relegated from the Premier League, although they did enjoy enough of an upturn in form to turn Moore's caretaker position into a permanent job.
And it seems the pair have kept in touch constantly since, with Moore telling the BBC: "We never been out of contact since we were at Doncaster and I am delighted to have him alongside me. He has all the right qualities as a man and all the right qualities as a coach. His attention to detail, his career record, and his qualities as a human being are exactly why I was determined he join me."
Prior to joining Moore at West Brom, Jones had been assistant to Roberto Martinez on a number of occasions - at Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton.
August 29, 2018
Button signs for Brighton
Brighton & Hove Albion have signed former Rovers loan goalkeeper David Button for an undisclosed fee from Fulham, and became the club's fifth signing of the summer.
He provides "further competition" to existing keepers at Brighton, Mathew Ryan and Jason Steele.
David began his career at Spurs and then played for 11 clubs on loan, including Rovers, before moving on a permanent transfer to Charlton in 2012. A move to Fulham followed in 2016, and he played 20 games for their promotion-winning side last season, when Fulham went up to the Premier League via the play-offs.
August 29, 2018
Horsfield moves to the Iron
Scunthorpe United have signed former Doncaster Rovers loan midfielder James Horsfield on a free transfer from Dutch side NAC Breda.
The 22 year old has signed a two year contract after having trials over a two week period during the summer.
He is a former Manchester City trainee, joining the club as a 7 year old and then up through the club's youth system, and had a loan spell at Rovers for a month in September 2015. James moved to Breda,on loan in January 2017 for the remainder of the season, signing permanently in the summer - and then mysteriously only played 7 games for them last season.
August 29, 2018
Kongolo moves back home
Rodney Kongolo, who spent last season on loan at Rovers from Manchester City, has completed a permanent transfer to Dutch club Heerenveen, who play in the top flight in the Netherlands.
The transfer fee is reported to be in the region of £750,000, and he has signed a four year contract.
Kongolo joined Manchester City from Feyenoord in 2014, and spent all of last season on loan at the Keepmoat Stadium, making 42 appearances in all. He is a former Netherlands youth international, having represented his country from Under-15 to Under-20 levels.
August 4, 2018
Southend United v Rovers
With the weather forecast expecting temperatures heading towards 30C, it must be time for the new football season to begin, and Rovers have a weekend at the seaside, with today's trip to Southend United.
Team selection for the first game of the season may be known to the Rovers staff, but to everyone else, there are a number of uncertainties about who is likely to start the game today.
Rovers have a number of new signings who could make their club debuts, with Ali Crawford shaking off a suspected groin injury sustained against Sheffield United to be fit, along with strikers Max Watters and Mallik Wilks, and this week's arrivals Paul Taylor and Herbie Kane. Alex Kiwomya is fit after overcoming a gluteal muscle injury.
As far as we can tell, only Mitchell Lund, who has an ankle issue, is injured at the moment. Issam Ben Khemis has also been ruled out due to suspected concussion after colliding with Andy Butler in training, and he has been sent for a CAT scan after suffering from headaches since that collision.
Southend United are hoping that goalkeeper Mark Oxley, who was ever-present for them last season, is fit to play after his missed their last pre-season game against Leyton Orient as a precaution.
They have also made a number of additions to their squad, with Timothee Dieng, Sam Mantom and Luke Hyam all arriving during the summer.
Winger Sam Barratt is doubtful with a bruised heel, and Dieng has been suffering from a calf problem in the last two weeks.
August 4, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials named by the Football League for this afternoon's game at Southend United are:
Referee: Craig Hicks
Assistant referees: Paul Yates and Nicholas Cooper
Fourth Official : George Byrne
August 4, 2018
Rowe is new skipper
Midfielder Tommy Rowe has been named as the new team captain at Doncaster Rovers, taking over from James Coppinger. Andy Butler remains as the club captain.
Rowe was known to boss Grant McCann when the pair were at Peterborough United, with the change also coming about when Coppinger wanting to relinquish the role to concentrate on extending his record-breaking career.
McCann explained to DROS last week: "I spoke to Copps and he was pleased really, he said he was going to come and see me. He didn’t really want the responsibility this year. That was nice because I didn’t really have to explain it any further to him. But it’s more about Copps just concentrating on his game."
"I know Rowey. He’s been a captain at Peterborough, he’s been a successful captain. He won the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and got to the semi-finals of the play-offs as captain with Peterborough. A captain’s a captain. I think we’ve got loads of leaders in the changing room: Marquis, Butler, Coppinger, Rowe. They all can lead. Rowey will wear the armband and Butts will continue to do what he does because what he does, not only on the pitch but off the pitch, is brilliant."
August 4, 2018
Kane joins Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that they have signed 19 year old Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane on loan until January 2019. He becomes Grant McCann's fourth signing of the summer and was a regular in Liverpool's Under-19 and Under 23 squad last season. He is also an England youth international and is keen to make his mark at the Keepmoat Stadium.
After joining Rovers, he told the Yorkshire Post: "I am happy to be here, I have met a few of the lads and they seem like a good group so I’m looking forward to the start of the season. It was an important decision for me as it is my first loan spell, I know I will have to work hard to earn my place in the team. I am a hard working player, I like to score and assist as much as possible. There is plenty of competition for places which I am excited by."
He will come into contention for this afternoon's season opener against Southend United.
August 4, 2018
Taylor signs
On a busy Thursday, Doncaster Rovers followed up the acquisition of Herbie Kane by confirming that striker Paul Taylor has signed a one year contract with the club.
Taylor has been training with Rovers during pre-season, and is another player that Grant McCann knows from their time at Peterborough.
The 30 year old striker is eager to get started, possibly as early as this afternoon and said: "It has been great to be around the club during pre-season, and I’d like to thank the gaffer for offering me this contract. I’m looking forward to knuckling down and showing supporters just what I can do over the course of the season."
August 4, 2018
Morris moves to Tamworth
Young Rovers striker James Morris has joined Tamworth on a one month youth loan to gain some first team experience.
Morris has come up through the Rovers youth system and signed his first professional contract this summer. He made his first team debut for the club last season in the Checkatrade Trophy game against Sunderland's U23s last October.
August 4, 2018
Blaney joins Lambs for six months
Highly rated young Irish defender Shane Blaney has joined Tamworth on a six month loan with the intent of gaining more experience of first team football.
Blaney signed for Rovers from Irish club Finn Harps in January, but Rovers have decided that, instead of playing in the Development XI, it will benefit him more to play for Tamworth for the first half of the season.
Blaney told the Birmingham Mail: "I am very excited about this move. I needed to get out and play some games. I’m still developing at the moment and there are two or three experienced defenders at Doncaster. So I need to get some minutes. The club did their homework and know that Tamworth are a good footballing side. They have a good management team. Tim Harris and Mike Fowler are both lovely fellas."
"And the lads seem a really nice, good bunch too, very professional, so I am really, really happy with the move. I will have the best of both worlds really. I will be training with Tamworth on a Thursday and playing Tuesday and Saturdays. The rest of the time I will still be training with Doncaster, which will also be beneficial."
August 4, 2018
But McCoulsky's move to Rovers is off
Bristol City striker Shawn McCoulsky's move to Doncaster Rovers has been called off, with Rovers now pursuing other targets after doubts with McCoulsky's fitness.
McCoulsky had been out on loan at Newport County last season, at which time pericarditis was detected, which is the cause of Rovers' hesitation this summer.
McCann told the Doncaster Star last month: "I had a conversation with Lee Johnson in the early part of my days here. It was just speaking to him about Shawn, knowing what he'd done at Newport last year. But the boy is having a problem which I don't want to go into, with him not being too well."