January 19, 2018
Ferguson charged by FA
The BBC has reported that Darren Ferguson has been charged by the FA over comments he made after Saturday's home game against Plymouth Argyle.
While Ferguson issued an apology on Sunday for some of the wording he used in the post-match interview, that has not been enough to appease the Football Association, who have reportedly charged him for making improper comments and/or bringing the game into disrepute. Ferguson has until 6pm on Monday, 22nd January to respond.
January 19, 2018
Hird starts coaching badge studies
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Sam Hird, now playing for Chesterfield, is taking his first steps towards a post-playing career, although he insists he has no intention of hanging up his boots any time in the near future.
Sam has started studying for his UEFA B coaching licence, but is looking ahead perhaps five to ten years before he moves into coaching full-time.
He told the Derbyshire Times: "I like to think I’m quite mature for my age but I’m only 30 years old. I’d like to think I’ve got another five years in the game if I keep myself fit, which I try and do, I try and keep my standards high. But further on than that I have got aspirations to be a manager."
He added: "I did my first session for my B license, it’s a long process. It is something I’ve got one eye on, but not the near future. It’s something for five or 10 years ahead. I’ve got my head screwed on, I’m trying to do things in advance and I started my B license with Tommy (Lee, another former Chesterfield player).
January 19, 2018
Houghton open to permanent move
Chelsea midfielder Jordan Houghton has said that he remains open to the idea of moving to Rovers on a permanent transfer, but chose to extend his loan for the second half of the season to give himself more time to decide.
He told DROS: "I think the loan was the best option for everyone. It would be my first permanent move so I had to make sure it was right for everyone around me. I’m definitely open to it, though. Signing permanently rather than on loan is a big commitment. It means relocating fully up here, which I am willing to do, but just didn’t want to be rushed."
The 'official' reason given for the full transfer not taking place was due to not being able to agree personal terms, but Jordan added: "It wasn’t really down to that. I didn’t want to rush into anything. The offer was there but I didn’t to rush into something. I think we came to the best agreement to do the loan short term and I’m back for the season. Then we can have talks. We don’t have to rush any talks throughout the season and we can look towards the summer. I was always going to stay, be it loan or permanent, whatever it would be. It just gives us a bit of time to talk through it. We’ve got six months to sit down and it just goes from there."
January 19, 2018
Grayson returns to Buxton
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Bradley Grayson has returned to Buxton Town after a spell Evo-Stik Premier Division club Mickleover Sports.
Now aged 25, Bradley scored 20 goals for Buxton last season, but moved on to Mickleover in May.
He has also played for Swedish club Ange IF, where he scored 24 goals in 22 games, Cumberland FC in South Australia and Loyola Mercalo Sparks in the Philippines.
January 17, 2018
Ferguson has support of other managers
Darren Ferguson certainly grabbed the headlines for his outburst following Saturday's game against Plymouth, and while he has both explained and apologised for his off-the-cuff remarks of "shoot them", he stands by his comments about the standard of refereeing in the lower leagues, and claims that he has received messages of support from other managers.
While he will undoubtedly incur the wrath of the FA, if it gets something done about refereeing standards, at least some good may come out of it. With Arsene Wenger getting a three match touchline ban for his comments about match officials, Rovers must be fearing a similar punishment, although Wenger did accuse their referee of dishonesty which won't have helped!
Speaking to the Doncaster Star yesterday, Ferguson said: "What I said on Sunday in my apology is the top and bottom of it really. In the press conference, obviously I was angry and I’m not apologizing for showing my emotion in that way But I clearly said a stupid thing. I think everyone who was in the room was aware that it was very much tongue-in-cheek and there was no deliberate intention to any of that. I’m not that sort of person."
He continued: "Everything else I said I do pretty much believe in. I felt what I was trying to say before and after that was quite valid to be honest. I wasn’t really having a go at that particular ref, it was more the system and how it works. The amount of managers that have texted and phoned me saying ‘you’re absolutely right’ has validated that. I think we just need to leave it. It’s done now. I apologised on Sunday and I’m fully aware I made a mistake."
January 17, 2018
Shane Blaney joins Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have, subject to international clearance, completed the transfer if Irish youngster Shane Blaney from Finn Harps. He has signed a two and a half year contract.
The 18 year old defender has been tracked by Rovers for some time and both he and Rovers are hoping that the move into full-time football will pay dividends.
Blaney is described as a 'one for the future' player, and it is not anticipated that he will make an imminent appearance in the first team.
In an interview published in the Donegal Democrat, Blaney said: "The aim is just to get as fit and strong as I can using the facilities here and put in the hard work. If I keep working hard I can eventually get into the first-team. I’m working with the fitness coaches now, then hopefully I can get a few games for the Development team and show the manager and the lads what I can do."
Darren Ferguson commented: "I’m very happy that Shane is now joining us here at Doncaster. We have been watching his progress at Finn Harps and have had him over here a couple of times. Shane wants to take his football career to the next stage so the coaching staff and management here are very much looking forward to helping him realize his ambitions with us at Doncaster Rovers. Our Chief Executive and the Chairperson would like to thank Finn Harps for their help in the negotiations and it’s refreshing to see a Club that wants to see players like Shane progress in their careers."
January 17, 2018
Voting results v Plymouth Argyle
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for the "Man of the Match" in Saturday's home game against Plymouth Argyle. We received nominations for eight different players, with the most votes going to young goal scorer Alfie Beestin, who gained just under one in every three votes cast.
The players receiving most votes were:
1 Alfie Beestin (31.57%)
2 Jordan Houghton (21.05%)
3 Mathieu Baudry (15.79%)
4 James Coppinger (14.28%)
We are aware that we have not reported details of recent votes, which was an oversight, and that will be corrected as soon as possible.
January 17, 2018
Bradford City 3 Rovers Development XI 2
Defender Luke McCullough made a return to action yesterday afternoon when he played for the first half of the game at Bradford City. It also gave Rovers the chance to give some players who have not had regular time on the pitch for the first team the chance to impress, and Development boss John Schofield was pleased with the performance.
He told DROS after the game: "The quality of play and the chances we created were brilliant, it is leading us where we want to be and I thought that we were unlucky not to come away with anything from the game. We created some great chances before the break and it is important the chances we create are turned into goals, and we started positively which saw Liam Mandeville and Issam Ben Khemis have shots saved before Reece Fielding opened the scoring. We like to start on the front foot in games and make sure that we press our opponents and that actually comes from Darren Ferguson, he likes the whole club to have the same ethos when it comes to being aggressive."
It could have been worse for Rovers, with Craig Alcock conceding a penalty in the second half, but Marko Marosi produced a great save to deny Reece Webb-Foster.
January 16, 2018
Travel information to Portsmouth
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Portsmouth on Saturday, 3rd February
They will leave Retford at 7.30am, Harworth 7.35am, Bawtry 7.45am, Rossington Styrrup 7.45am, Hare & Tortoise 7.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 8.00am, Waterdale 8.05am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 8.15am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £26 - Concessions £24
Non-members: Adults £28 - Concessions £26
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
January 16, 2018
Wilder hopes to keep Duffy
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has revealed that he is in discussions with former Rovers midfielder Mark Duffy about extending the 32 year old's contract at Bramall Lane.
It seems that Duffy has impressed the United boss, with him telling the Sheffield Star: "He has got 18 months left, but we are in discussions with Mark to extend that. That’s the planning we are doing. When I first came to the football club there nine or 10 contracts up, that won’t happen again. We will make decisions early. If players are part of the club and have done well, like Clarke, Fleck, Brooks - and Duffy is the next one up - they will get new contracts. We are not handing out contracts, they are precious, but everyone recognises Duffy has had an outstanding first part of the season. He needs rewarding. We are way below paying players the average Championship wage, that’s a fact."
January 16, 2018
Portsmouth ticket details
Tickets for the forthcoming away game on Saturday, 3rd February against Portsmouth are now on sale from the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium.
As is the usual case sales are only currently on sale to specific categories, namely Silver Membership Holders, Half Season Membership Holders, Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad and Donny Squad Membership Holders.
Anyone that doesn't fit into any of those categories will have to wait until next Monday (22nd January), when the remaining tickets of the 620 allocation go on general sale.
Tickets bought in advance have the following prices:
Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (63+) £17 - Young adults (18-22) £15 - Under 18s (unaccompanied) £10 - Under 18s (accompanied) £5 - Ambulant disabled (adult) £15 - Ambulant disabled (junior) £10 - Wheelchair disabled (+ carer) £14
Tickets will be on sale on match day, but some categories will see prices rise as follows: Adults £25 - Senior Citizens (63+) £19. All other categories remain unchanged from the above advance prices.
Please note that wheelchair disabled supporters must book their tickets direct with Portsmouth on 0.45 6461 898 - and remember that the wheelchair bays are located in the home end!
January 16, 2018
Ferguson happy Kongolo extends loan
Boss Darren Ferguson is pleased to have secured the services of Manchester City midfielder Rodney Kongolo for the remainder of the season after his loan was extended.
Ferguson told DROS: "Manchester City have been delighted with his progress and how we’ve managed him because it’s his first loan spell, but he’s done very well, so that’s good news and I’m pleased we have him until the end of the season. A first loan can be difficult for a player, it’s a totally different game, he’s played in different formations and different systems but that suits him, and he’s really enjoyed it, he has improved and developed his ways of playing at this level. At the end of it, it should be a really good season for him and his development, and he’s played a good part in our season so far, so his progress so far has been great, and having his brother local now it will help him too."
January 15, 2018
Rovers 1 Plymouth Argyle 1
They started the day side by side in the league table, separated only by goal difference, and that's the way it ended with Rovers being pegged back after taking a first half lead.
Rovers had a good first half and played some nice football along the way, and deservedly went in front with a great finish from Alfie Beestin for his first Football League goal. However, after the break, Plymouth had the upper hand and there was always the fear that a one goal lead wasn't going to be enough, and so it proved to be. Take away the post-match controversy and a draw was probably a fair reflection of the game overall, but a couple of key decisions certainly didn't go in favour of Rovers.
Darren Ferguson again shuffled his pack, with Ben Whiteman, returning from Sheffield United on a full transfer, surprisingly having to settle for a place on the bench, with Jordan Houghton given midfield duties alongside Rodney Kongolo, James Coppinger and Tommy Rowe, while the defence was unchanged from last time out, with Matty Blair, Andy Butler, Niall Mason and Mathieu Baudry selected. John Marquis and Alfie Beestin started the game in attack - with Marquis again putting in a good shift, even if the goals aren't coming for him at the moment. Beestin tired as the game went on, and was replaced by Alfie May, who was rather disappointing and added little to the game.
The real moments of controversy - as Darren Ferguson certainly saw it - came late on in the game. Plymouth equalised from a free kick, but Andy Butler was left on the floor after starting off alongside goal-scorer Ryan Edwards, but sadly the match officials did not spot anything and gave the goal. As the 90th minute approached, Rovers had a good shout for a penalty waved way after James Coppinger was brought down. From the South Stand, it looked a clear penalty, but the linesman failed to see anything wrong. Both decisions incensed Darren Ferguson, who may well be in trouble with the FA for his scathing post-match comments.
A link to the match highlights can be accessed further down this page - view them and make up your own mind - that's if you weren't there to see things first hand.
January 15, 2018
What the managers said
An angry Darren Ferguson held nothing back in his post-match interview on BBC Radio Sheffield on Saturday, and his view of events will undoubtedly land him in hot water with the FA once they have considered the matter. The Football League have confirmed that they are passing the matter to the FA, so we are guessing that he will be charged, fined and given a touchline ban at some stage.
For all that, he was clearly frustrated at decisions made in the game, with events of other recent games also still in his mind and not helping.
The "foul" not given on Andy Butler in the scoring of Plymouth's equaliser, followed by a penalty appeal for Rovers being ignored at the end of the game were the injustices that Ferguson was not happy about, and he said after the game: "That is the most blatant penalty you will ever see. It’s two incidents. The goal, he has just pulled Andy Butler to the floor. The linesman can see it and the linesman can see the penalty. He is looking right at it. We’re just getting poor officials. The job is hard enough as it is. Do your job and clearly give the penalty. It’s the clearest penalty you will see all season and their goal was a clear foul. The linesman is laughing at the end of the game about it. I think it’s absolutely disgusting, the standard of refereeing and of all officials. To not see that is a disgrace."
When asked if he would complain about the standard of refereeing, Fergie added: "Well it doesn’t matter, we will get a letter probably next week some stage, we will get an apology. We got a letter after the Oxford game, we apologise that we played an extra minute of injury and we apologise that we gave a penalty that was clearly outside the box (the letter said). But the referee that referees that game is refereeing again at the weekend. We will get another apology because when they look at it they will see it was a blatant penalty and a blatant foul but they will referee again at the weekend. They are part-time, the standard is appalling, the fitness levels are a disgrace, I have had enough of it."
The headlines were grabbed by Ferguson being quoted as saying when asked what he would like the FA to do about the referees: “Shoot them, would be a good idea."
Listen to the audio below on the Radio Sheffield web site. While the words were said, the tone of voice was more him posing a rhetorical question, rather than a serious suggestion of violence. But the way the press operate, they select the key 'offending' words and make headlines out of them. It's likely enough to land Darren with a charge of 'bringing the game into disrepute', but it would be something if the FA also seriously considered the points Ferguson raised in the interview.
Of the game itself, he admitted: "I didn’t think we deserved any more than a draw. We weren’t good enough in the second half, we didn’t have enough composure. First half I was pleased, I thought we played well. I thought we’d come through the worst of it when they scored but it’s a clear foul. We’re very unfortunate.”
January 15, 2018
What the managers said
The post-match interview given by Plymouth boss Derek Adams highlights how different a point of view of the same game can be. Adams made a point of praising the referee, Andy Haines, in total contrast to the views given by the Rovers boss.
Adams told the Plymouth Herald after the game: "The referee had a very good game. I thought he was excellent. I thought the officials were very good. They let the game flow. It was an end-to-end game and I said to the fourth official (Andrew Miller) it was like a FA Cup tie. It was good. I thought he (Haines) refereed it very well and I’m delighted with them all."
Adams added: "I didn’t think it was (a penalty). Coppinger goes down very easily and I don’t think you can be in this game and give penalties for these kind of things. That’s my view of what I saw. I was probably 30 yards away."
Of the game itself, he said: "It became end to end and it became man to man. The way we opened them up a good number of times was pleasing for us. We have come here in the past and found it difficult but today it was a different story."
January 15, 2018
The BBC Radio Sheffield interview

For those who have not heard it already, the interview that Darren Ferguson gave after Saturday's home game is now available online on the BBC Radio Sheffield web site.
To listen to it, please click on the logo to the left.

January 15, 2018
Ferguson issues apology for post-match remarks
Darren Ferguson has issued a 'clarification' on Sunday morning over remarks made in the interview he gave on BBC Radio Sheffield on Saturday.
The statement was published on DROS, which reads
"Darren Ferguson has clarified his post-match comments after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle.
The Rovers boss was critical of the officials after the game, feeling key decisions went against his side.
He said: “When asked after the game what I personally could do to raise standards, I said: ‘What can I do? Shoot them?’ Although clear to everyone in the room that my comment was a tongue-in-cheek response, it is worth clarifying my comments were borne out of frustration and I absolutely do not advocate violence against officials.
“I am sorry for that comment and regret the wording, but as was clear from my post-match comments I felt the referee got some decisions wrong at key moments in the game.
“Referees have a tough job and I have a lot of respect for the challenges they face, but I would like to see more done to raise standards across the board and give them the best chance of getting decisions right."
Despite this apology, it looks as though Ferguson will still face the wrath of the FA.
In the Doncaster Star, they report that an EFL spokesman has said: “The EFL has noted the comments made by Darren Ferguson following his side’s draw with Plymouth Argyle on Saturday 13 January and his post-match remarks have been passed by PGMOL to the FA for their consideration. We further note the clarification issued by Mr Ferguson on Sunday morning. Managers and officials at EFL Clubs are given guidance each season so that they are fully aware of their responsibilities in regard to commenting on match officials and their performance."
January 15, 2018
Match highlights v Plymouth Argyle

As usual, there are brief match highlights of Saturday's game against Plymouth Argyle on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

January 15, 2018
Blades confirm Whiteman sell-on clause
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed that there is a sell-on clause built into the deal which saw midfielder Ben Whiteman join Rovers in a reportedly six-figure sum last week.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Wilder said: "Ben leaves with our best wishes and we hope he picks up from where he left off at Doncaster. It would be tough for him to get into our side at present given the strength we have in that area of the team, but should Ben’s career progress as we think it could, then, as a club, we’ve covered ourselves for the future in terms of a sell-on."
January 13, 2018
Rovers v Plymouth Argyle
Doncaster Rovers will be hoping to register a 'double' over Plymouth Argyle, having won the game at Home Park earlier in the season. It's likely to be a harder test this time round, with Plymouth's form picking up of late, but Rovers go into the game undefeated in the last five league games, and only last week's FA Cup blip against Rochdale to spoil the copybook.
On the whole, player availability will be as it was last week, although Rovers will be boosted by the inclusion of Ben Whiteman who returned to the club on a full transfer during the week.
Those on the bench last week will also be hoping for a recall, most notably James Coppinger, with Tyler Garratt and Joe Wright also in with a chance, although it could depend on what formation Darren Ferguson elects to use today.
The usual long term injured players (Luke McCullough, Alex Kiwomya, Andy Williams, Ross Etheridge and Danny Andrew) may be getting nearer to fitness, but none are close enough to be considered today.
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Remi Matthews will be in goal for the visitors today, with the club still having three goalkeepers injured, but boss Derek Adams is not likely to make too many changes as Plymouth go after their third win in a row. Ex-Rovers defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair is unlikely to feature in the starting line-up despite having recovered from a hamstring injury.
January 13, 2018
Ferguson expects close game
Darren Ferguson is expecting this afternoon's home game against Plymouth Argyle to be a close encounter, with only goal difference separating the two clubs ahead of today's game.
Ferguson told DROS this week: "Plymouth are very similar to ourselves in the way they’ve managed to put a run of results together and climb up the table. They’ve grown into the league and got confidence from going a few games unbeaten, we know them well from last season and there hasn’t been a lot of change in personnel since then. Both teams are in good form and will go out there to win the game, we’ve got to take the game to them being at home and get on the front foot early."
He added: "When we faced them at their place we’d just come off the back of a good performance at Arsenal and they were on a bad run. We won the game comfortably. But I think it’ll be a slightly different game this time. I think they’re a good team and they’ve found form with their results, they’re unbeaten in seven. I watched the game from last weekend and it was not too dissimilar to what we’ve come up against over the last year or so. They’ll probably say the same about us. I think we know what we’re going to get from each other and it will be a tight, cagey game. Certainly though they’ve got players who can open you up quite quickly, Lameiras and Carey in particular. They are the two that will be a real threat."
January 13, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Plymouth Argyle are:
Referee: Andy Haines
Assistant referees: Michael Denton and Wayne Grunnill
Fourth Official: Karl Evans
January 13, 2018
Green joins Crewe on loan
Crewe Alexandra have signed former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Paul Green on loan for the rest of the season. The Republic of Ireland international (despite being born on Pontefract) has only played nine games for Oldham Athletic this season after being a regular in the side last year, although injury hasn't helped his cause this term.
Green, now aged 34, has also played for Derby County, Leeds United, Ipswich Town and Rotherham United.
He commented to the BBC: "Oldham were a bit reluctant to let me go, but I need to be playing regular games and when Crewe came in, it was a chance I had to take."
January 13, 2018
Butler misses out after being nominated for two awards
Rovers defender Andy Butler has missed out on being named as the "EFL SkyBet League One Player of the Month" and the "PFA Fans` Player of the Month", despite being short-listed for both awards.
In the end, Bradley Dack of Blackburn Rovers won the first award, with Dan Bur of Wigan Athletic getting the fans' vote.
Still, it's an achievement to be nominated - and there's always next month!
January 13, 2018
Ferguson dismisses Hammers defender link
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson has dismissed speculation that he is interested in signing West Ham United defender Vashon Neufville on loan for the rest of the season.
Press reports suggested that Rovers were facing competition for his signature from Bradford City and Northampton Town - but Ferguson put it down to 'newspaper talk' and that there was no foundation in the story.
Rovers' transfer activity looks likely to have finished for the January transfer window following the signing of Ben Whiteman for a significant sum, although if some fringe players to the first team squad manage to find clubs to go out on loan, it may give Ferguson a little flexibility.
January 11, 2018
Whiteman back at Rovers
Ben Whiteman has returned to Doncaster Rovers only a few days after Sheffield United recalled him from his loan spell at the club. It's better news than that - with Rovers confirming that he is returning on a full transfer after both clubs agreed an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be a six-figure sum.
Whiteman has signed a three and a half year deal with Rovers, and was evidently pleased to be back, telling the Yorkshire Post: "I’m made up to have signed for this club permanently. We’ve managed to get it all sorted fairly quickly and my aim was always to get back here. I enjoyed my loan spell and that’s what made me want to come back, it was an easy decision to come back here once the offer went in. The aim was to get it done and dusted so that I could be a part of the game on Saturday."
He added: "The manager has been great for me, he developed me and allowed me to express myself which was one of the biggest reasons why I came here in the first place. I’m looking for more of the same in terms of the performances we’ve been putting in, we’ve been on a good run recently and managed to pick up a few wins so hopefully we can keep that going."
Boss Darren Ferguson is also pleased to have got his man, as he revealed to the Doncaster Star: "The big change for us was that Sheffield United decided to sell him permanently, so we knew that we had to be quick and get a deal over the line because other clubs were interested. I spoke with the board and said we needed to prepare ourselves to make an offer, we did that and Ben’s desire to come back here was evident from the start. There was a figure that they wanted and we managed to do the deal pretty quickly which is good for all parties, it was imperative that we got a player of his calibre here."
He continued: "Now that Ben is our player we can work to improve different aspects of his game, I want him to play in different systems for me and he is a very good signing for the football club. Making a loan permanent means that we’re not introducing anyone else into the group, it keeps the momentum going and the players know each other’s game. In the time I’ve been here we’ve managed to reduce the average age of the squad by around two-and-a-half-years and got a lot more value with the quality of player we’ve brought in."
January 11, 2018
Ferguson rules out return for Toffolo
Boss Darren Ferguson has dismissed any chance of left back Harry Toffolo returning for a second spell at the club after his loan from Norwich City was curtailed a little by injury.
It was touch and go as to whether he would be fit again before the transfer window closed, but it now seems that the signing of Ben Whiteman on a full transfer has limited Ferguson's options in the transfer market.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "No, he [Toffolo] won’t be coming back. At the moment I’ve only really got scope to bring in Ben and that’s what I’m fully concentrating on, especially now it’s a permanent. That’s all I’ll be able to bring in over the course of the window."
He added: "Looking at the squad I’ve got at the moment there’s probably one or two I might have been prepared to let out on loan but that’s not the case now because I haven’t got the numbers. What we had on Saturday is what I’ve got. I can’t be fully one hundred per cent that Luke McCullough and Alex Kiwomya will come back like they were when then stopped playing. So I haven’t even added those two to the squad at the moment."
January 11, 2018
Development XI 4 Morecambe 4
Doncaster Rovers surrendered a three goal lead against an experienced Morecambe side at Cantley Park on Tuesday afternoon, with Liam Mandeville (2), Cody Prior and Max Watters scoring for Rovers.
Morecambe responded with a hat-trick from Garry Thompson, with the Morecambe management using the game to give a number of first team players returning from injury some time on the pitch before they go back to first team action.
Rovers Development boss John Schofield was pleased with the first half performance, although disappointed not to have won the game.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Walker, Horton, Fletcher, Fielding, Amos, James, Prior, Watters, Ben Khemis, Mandeville
Substitutes: Greaves, Olaosun, Morris, Scattergood, Overton
Morecambe: Maher, Jordan, Jones, Brownsword, Winnard, Brough, Hedley, Wildig, Campbell, Thompson, McGurk
Substitutes: Jumeau, Yawson, Hawley, Fletcher, Nelligan
January 11, 2018
Curtis moves to Motherwell
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Curtis main has joined SPL club Motherwell after being allowed to leave Portsmouth.
Main, now aged 25, has signed an 18-month deal and leaves Portsmouth after not being a regular in the first team this season. He joined them from Rovers in the summer of 2016, but got injured in the October after scoring five goals in 14 appearances. This season he has been unable to force his way past the preferred striking partnership of Brett Pitman and Ollie Hawkins, so has been allowed to leave to give him regular first team football.
Curtis told Motherwell's official club site: "A few weeks ago I heard about the interest and it’s been back and forth with the club and myself but finally we’re here and I can’t wait to get started. There were a few options but I felt this challenge, coming up here and testing myself in a new environment, is something that really appealed to me."
January 9, 2018
Injured duo set for February comeback
Injured duo Alex Kiwomya and Luke McCullough are set for a return to the first team in February. Both have missed all of the season so far, with Kiwomya having to overcome the effects of Gulliain Barre syndrome, and McCullough suffering from a knee injury and a thigh problem.
Both are back in training, but given the length of their absence, Rovers are taking no chances with their recovery and will not be rushing either player back.
Darren Ferguson revealed to the Doncaster Star recently: "McCullough and Kiwomya are almost there but not there, if you know what I mean. We’re not sure exactly when they’re going to be back. If all goes well I’m hoping that those two will be back around February, and give us the last three months. That’d be like two new signings, Kiwomya in particular."
"With McCullough we’ve got to be a bit more careful with him because he’s had a long, long time out. A recurrence of that injury would be a problem. So we take our time with him. But, again, he’s training with us. He’s been training with us two weeks now."
"With Kiwomya we’ve taken our time and it’s more about him telling us. The plan for him is to play at least three development games in January. If he comes through those he’ll probably be telling us he’s ready. We’ve got a development game every week so towards the end of January we’ll know more about that one."
January 9, 2018
Travel information to Shrewsbury
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, 20th January.
They will leave Retford at 9.45am, Harworth 9.50am, Bawtry 10.10am, Rossington Styrrup 10.10am, Hare & Tortoise 10.15am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.20am, Waterdale 10.25am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.30am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £16 - Concessions £15
Non-members: Adults £18 - Concessions £17
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
January 9, 2018
Matthews rejoins Plymouth
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Remi Matthews has rejoined Plymouth Argyle on loan from Norwich City for the rest of the season.
For the second time this season, he signed on an "emergency loan" at the end of December, with no senior professional goalkeepers fit at Argyle, with the arrangement converted to a formal loan once the January transfer window opened.
He made seven appearances for Plymouth before injury curtailed his stay at the club, but impressed both fans and club with his performances during that time. Argyle have been particularly badly hit by injuries to their goalkeepers, with six other players used in goal for them so far this season.
January 9, 2018
Rovers recall loan duo

Doncaster Rovers have recalled Tyler Walker and Reece Fielding from their loans at Biggleswade Town, according to a report on the Evo-Stik League web site.
Both have been with Biggleswade since the start of the season and by all accounts have done well. In an article revealing the news, the report said: "It is also the time for us to say goodbye to Tyler and Reece who have both been recalled by Doncaster Rovers, both Lads showed class and I am positive they will go a long way in the game."

January 8, 2018
Rovers 0 Rochdale 1
Doncaster Rovers went out of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon, conceding a first half goal which proved impossible to reply to. Despite a concerted display in the second half, in which Rovers threw the proverbial kitchen sink at their opponents, Rovers were unable to capitalize on a number of clear-cut chances, with Beestin and Rowe particularly guilty in that regard.
Rochdale were much improved on their recent game at the Keepmoat Stadium, and reaped their reward in the 18th minute when Calvin Andrew rose high and relatively unchallenged at the far post from a free kick to put the ball in the Rovers net.
It took Rovers about ten minutes before getting their first shot on goal, when Blair's shot was saved by Lillis. Rovers started to press forward, with Rodney Kongolo, who only this week signed an extension to his loan at the club, having probably his best game for Rovers, and it was through him that most of Rovers' attacking efforts came.
Marquis, Blair and Beestin had efforts on goal before the break, but Rovers went in at the break one goal down.
Rovers continued to press forward in the second half, with the visitors particularly grateful to referee Andy Woolmer for turning down a number of penalty appeals. But they were not given, and Rovers could not break through in any other way. Marquis had a shot hit the post, Rowe blazed over when it seemed easier to score, and earlier on Beestin had a gilt-edged chance saved by Lillis.
So it was not Rovers' day - and Rovers will now have to hope that this disappointment does not affect their move up the League One table.
January 8, 2018
What the managers said
A disappointed Darren Ferguson faced the press after Saturday's game against Rochdale, but he had a number of positive things to take out of the game - but the main irretrievable problem was that Rovers have been eliminated from the FA Cup for this season.
Speaking after the game, he said: "We are out of the cup, we can’t get it back, we are out, but there were a lot of good things. We’ve only got ourselves to blame when you have that many chances and you draw a blank. I can’t fault the players for the chances created, I can fault them for not taking them. These games are always tight against a team in the same league. The goal changes the complexion of the game in the short term, but we created enough chances, we just didn’t take one. We have got no one to blame but ourselves. We had enough chances to earn at least a replay. It’s a really disappointing day, it was a chance to keep our momentum and get some much needed revenue. It was a great chance to get into the fourth round, we’re not going to get many better chances than that."
"That's two games on the bounce now where we've conceded two soft goals and it gave them something to hold onto, like it did Peterborough."
Rochdale boss Keith HIll was pleased with the way his players approached the game, and said after the match: "It was a hard game, but there was a fighting quality, so I’m really pleased with the competitive energy, and obviously the intelligence. When you’re being competitive you’ve got to show intelligence, and I thought we did that today. We’ve been guilty of committing too many silly free-kicks rather than courageous free-kicks, but there was courage and intelligence to the way that we played today, rather than supporting the opponents’ tactics. We also did one thing that we haven’t done a regular basis, which is defend as a team when the opposition are strong. We stood strong when they were going direct, which they had to do because they were losing the game."
"It was brilliant goal from Calvin, but what gave me more enthusiasm was his performance. It was his commitment, his endeavour and his putting their central defenders under pressure. You want centre-forwards to work central defenders in both boxes and I thought he was excellent today. He’s added towards his game and his function with a goal."
January 8, 2018
Rochdale match highlights

Highlights of Saturday's FA Cup game at home to Rochdale are, for a change, on the BBC web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

January 8, 2018
Youth Team 1 Mansfield Town 1
The Rovers' youth team came away from Saturday's home game against Mansfield Town with a point in a well contested encounter.
They had to come from behind to level matters, with an 11th minute goal conceded, but got their just reward just before the break with a scrambled goal by James Morris following a corner by Danny Amos.
Despite pushing for the winner, it was not to be - and Rovers had to play the last ten minutes with ten men when Keegan Townrow was shown a straight red card for a push on a Mansfield player.
Doncaster Rovers: Leverton, Foulkes, Horten, James, Amos, Townrow, Olagsun (Barnett 63), Fletcher, Scattergood, Morris, Prior (Rieves 70)
Subsitutes not used: Overton, Greaves, Ogley
Mansfield Town: Sundby, Weston, Wilder, Bircumshaw (Johnson), Gibbens, Walker, Jackson (Jones 45), Cornell (Morgan 70), Gooden (Sarson 80), Ward (Dumbleton 78), O'Sullivan
January 6, 2018
Rovers v Rochdale
Doncaster Rovers play hosts to Rochdale for the second time in eight days when they play in the Third Round of the FA Cup this afternoon.
Rovers won the previous Keepmoat encounter 2-0, so will perhaps have the upper hand, but then again, both sides will have a good idea of what to expect from their opponents from last time. Differences in the starting line up between the two matches could hold the key, and Rovers are forced into making at least one change from last week, with midfielder Ben Whiteman missing today after being recalled from his loan by Sheffield United.
However, fellow loanees Jordan Houghton and Rodney Kongolo will be available after their loans were extended.
The Rovers squad appear to have got over the illness that was affecting some players over the Christmas period, with Alfie Beestin, Alfie May and Mathieu Baudry all recovering to play in the Peterborough game.
It goes without saying that Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Andy Williams and Alex Kiwomya will all be absent as they recover from injury, but hopefully that list will be shorter by the end of the month.
Rochdale have a couple of injury concerns, with Steven Davies picking up an injury on New Year's Day, while full back Joe Rafferty is a major doubt.
January 6, 2018
Ferguson on today's match
Darren Ferguson is hoping that his Rovers side will extend their unbeaten record this afternoon and make it through to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup.
Today's game may not be the 'biggest' draw Rovers could have had, but just like Rochdale, they will be looking at the game with a realistic hope of making it through to the next round.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post ahead of today's game, Ferguson said: "Rochdale will look at it as well in that they could have got a lot harder tie in the sense of leagues above us. Both clubs will be saying the same thing; that it is a chance to get into the fourth round, which does not happen too often. We have got to make sure we take it. And if we can, take it at the first attempt."
"For many reasons, it is an important game. One, we want to keep the home form going; we have been strong at home and look good. We want to keep the momentum going that we have managed to build up over the course of Christmas. And then, there are the finances as well, which do also play their part."
January 6, 2018
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed for this afternoon's home game in the FA Cup against Rochdale are:
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant referees: David Avent and Paul Hodskinson
Fourth official: Matthew Donohue
January 6, 2018
Blades recall Whiteman
Sheffield United have recalled midfielder Ben Whiteman from his loan at Doncaster Rovers after boss Chris Wilder called him back owing to a number of injury issues at Bramall Lane.
It comes as a major disappointment to Rovers, as an extension for the second half of the season had been agreed with the Blades.
Time will tell as to whether Whiteman could return at the end of the month - as Darren Ferguson commented: "The lad has been called back at short notice due to injury problems, after we had already agreed to extend the loan. Hopefully this is a short-term measure and we can resurrect a deal before the window closes, though we will of course now look at all our options."
The possibility of returning is a sentiment shared by the player himself, with Ben adding: "It is nice to be leaving on a high and with the team doing well and I would be happy to come back. I was fully expecting to stay here for the season so am a bit sad to be leaving - I’ve loved it and can’t thank the fans, players, manager and staff enough."
He added: “It has been really good to play regularly, it is a step up from League Two and I feel I have done OK. League Two is a bit more physical, but it has been a real learning curve and I have loved my time with Rovers."
Blades boss Chris Wilder is keeping his options open as to Whiteman's future, commenting to the Sheffield Star: "Ben is back with us. His loan expired on Wednesday, so he is back in training with us today. One of the situations we have had in the Championship is learning about numbers, and making sure we are covered. The loan move has been great for Ben."
"So we are bringing Ben back for January, to see how he goes and see what happens here. If we don’t get anybody in, or we look at Ben and think he can take us forward into the second part of the season, he will stay. He is our player, Ben understands that, and we will take it from there."
January 6, 2018
Kongolo extends Rovers stay

Doncaster Rovers have announced that Manchester City midfielder Rodney Kongolo has extended his loan with the club, and he will stay with Doncaster until the end of the season.
Kongolo, a Netherlands under-20 international, has made good progress so far this season, and is looking forward to the rest of the campaign, commenting: "The gaffer has been brilliant to work with, he helps me and the other young players a lot. I feel I have really grown as a player and person."

January 6, 2018
Rovers keep Houghton for rest of season
Midfielder Jordan Houghton will be staying at Doncaster Rovers for the rest of the season, after it was confirmed that his loan has been extended.
Rovers had agreed a permanent deal with Chelsea for Houghton's transfer, but Rovers were not able to agree personal terms with the player in time.
Ferguson told the club's press conference on Thursday: “We did agree a deal with Chelsea to make it permanent but we couldn’t agree personal terms. It’ll be a loan until the end of the season. In the long term the loan might be the best thing, in terms of where we go next season."
Houghton said: "The main thing for me was getting it done nice and early in this window as I wanted to get prepared for a big game in the FA Cup. There have been talks over the past few weeks and that gradually built up to getting it across the line and agreeing on a deal which suited everyone. One of the key reasons to get it sorted so quickly was because we’re doing really well at the minute and I didn’t want to miss out on that, we want to keep the momentum going as long as possible."
January 6, 2018
Rovers close to signing Irish youngster
Doncaster Rovers are close to signing Republic of Ireland Schoolboy international Shane Blayney from Finn Harps, who play in the Republic of Ireland.
The 18 year old, who has captained the Irish schoolboys, has been over for trials at Rovers, and has impressed enough for Ferguson to try to sign him.
Ferguson said on Thursday: "He came over for a week, left centre half, good player, left-sided helps. He’s perhaps not one for now, we’ll put him away, but he’s one we’ve looked at and we like him. It’s pretty much done, he’s probably going to join up with us on Monday."
Reports from Ireland suggest that he has also been on trial at Derby County, but Rovers seem to have won the battle for his signature. Those reports from Ireland suggest that Rovers will have to pay a fee for the 18 year old.
January 3, 2018
Peterborough United 1 Rovers 1
For a change, it was Doncaster Rovers who scored a last minute goal to take a point from the New Year's Day game at Peterborough after it looked like all their possession would count for nothing as they tried to come back from conceding a 14th minute goal.
Rovers conceded after conceding a free kick, with Tafazolli heading down the free kick for Danny Lloyd to score. Ian Lawlor then had to save to prevent Rovers going further behind from a 25 yard thunderbolt by Chris Forrester, but then Rovers started to pile the pressure on, with Whiteman and May denied. But it was Whiteman who had the last laugh, scoring the equaliser in the 93rd minute from close range after a shot by Alfie May was blocked, but the ball fell kindly for Whiteman, who lashed home from ten yards.
It means that Rovers come away from the Christmas and New Year games undefeated - and only dropped these two points, which leaves them in 11th place. Considering the injury situation at the club, and the illness affecting some in the squad, that is a commendable achievement for all concerned.
January 3, 2018
What the managers said
Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson praised his players for continuing to search for an equaliser right to the end of the New Year's Day game at Peterborough.
Speaking after the game, he said: "We're not getting overexcited by the fact that we've got a point but when you equalise in the 94th minute you take it obviously. I'm just pleased with the performance. It was really good. It was quite open but I didn't mind that because I thought if we were good on the ball then we'd cause them problems. The players showed great character again. We've had a really good Christmas with ten points out of 12 games from some tough games. Mentally the players have been very good and they just kept going until we got the wee break."
January 3, 2018
Match highlights

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

January 3, 2018
Ticket information v Shrewsbury
Tickets for the forthcoming away game at Shrewsbury Town are now on sale from the ticket office at the Keepmoat Stadium, which is due to be played on Saturday, 20th January with a 3pm kick-off.
Rovers have received an "initial allocation" of 840 tickets for the game at the following prices:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Young Adults (19-21) £15 - Students (with NUS card) £15 - Disabled £15 (on mid-high rate level on PIP/DLA) £15 - Juniors (12-18) £8 - Juniors (8-11) £6 - Juniors (U8) free.
However, as usual, it depends on what sort of membership you have as to when you can buy your tickets.
This week, Silver membership holders and half-season ticket holders can buy tickets.
From Monday, 8th January, Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership holders can buy tickets.
From Monday, 15th January, remaining tickets go on general sale.
January 1, 2018
Peterborough United v Rovers
It could well be a late decision as to who plays in this afternoon's away game at Peterborough United, with a number of players in the Doncaster Rovers squad being reported to have flu-like symptoms that caused Saturday's planned training session to be cancelled. Rodney Kongolo and Alfie Beestin missed Friday's win over Rochdale due to the illness, with Mathieu Baudry and Alfie May playing despite suffering from some symptoms. The decision to cancel the training session will hopefully mean that no further players will succumb to the illness.
No fresh injury concerns have been reported, so it will be a combination of the aforementioned illness combined with Ferguson's wish to shuffle the team to keep them as fresh as possible which will determine the side that plays Peterborough today.
Although all continue to edge towards fitness, Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Andy Williams and Alex Kiwomya continue to be absent.
Peterborough could make a number of changes for today's game, although for totally different reasons. Boss Grant McCann was dissatisfied with their performance on Saturday, when they were unable to prevent defeat to MK Dons, who played for 55 minutes with only nine men after two were sent off.
Striker Junior Morais made his comeback after injury in that game and could get a start, while defender Jack Baldwin is doubtful after missing recent games with a hamstring injury. Midfielder Gwion Edwards is definitely out with an ankle injury.
January 1, 2018
Ferguson - Posh will be tough test
Darren Ferguson returns to Peterborough United's London Road knowing that Rovers will have to produce the best performance of their Christmas and New Year games if they are to take any points away at 5pm.
Ferguson has managed the Posh twice, but goes back with the intention of taking all three points, but once the game starts there will be no sentiment for his past achievements at Boro'.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star ahead of the game (but obviously before Peterborough's game on Saturday), he said: "Out of the four games we're probably going to have to give our best performance to get anything from there. We go there to win the game though. There's no way I'd go there to draw. We'll try to win the game."
"Peterborough have got real obvious strengths in personnel. And they've been in good form themselves recently. There's certain things we'll have to be good at. If we're not, it's going to cause us problems."
He continued: "I've been delighted with the players over this run. They're looking confident and are in a good place."
January 1, 2018
Illness sweeps through squad
Darren Ferguson abandoned plans to hold a training session on Saturday in the hope that it will control a bout of illness sweeping through the squad.
Two players (Alfie Beestin and Rodney Kongolo) missed the Rochdale game due to flu-like symptoms, while Alfie May and Mathieu Baudry played despite being under the weather.
Ferguson revealed: "We've got a real illness going around the camp. Beestin pulled out an hour before the game. May is ill. Mathieu Baudry is ill and was struggling to carry on at half time. A few of the staff are feeling it."
"Kongolo was ill on Wednesday and he managed to do an hour but he didn't come in the following day. We've got a bit of a bug going around so for the lads to produce that against Rochdale and get them all out there is excellent. Beestin he looked terrible so he's a doubt for Monday."
"It's just a flu bug, a bit of diarhorrea going about. Frenchie [Baudry] was really bad at half time. I was going to bring him off but he managed to carry on. Beestin was fluey-ill, Kongolo has it, May has it. We'll just have to see how they are for Monday."
Fergie added: "The plan was for them to come in and do a recovery but they need to stay away because five or six are really struggling and so are a few staff. That's probably the best way of dealing with it, and trying to get rest at home. It won't have any effect on Monday that, because what we would have done would have been minimal anyway."
January 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: John Brooks
Assistant referees: Declan Ford and Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Nicholas Cooper
January 1, 2018
Fergie's plans for the transfer window
Darren Ferguson's plans for the January transfer window seem to be dominated by the need to sign up the loan players - Ben Whiteman, Rodney Kongolo and Jordan Houghton - for the rest of the season.
He is confident that Kongolo and Whiteman will be able to stay, and there seems to be a possibility that Houghton's loan may be converted into a full transfer.
But he will leave his options open, especially since Harry Toffolo has returned to Norwich due to injury, so cover at left back could well become a priority. There is a chance that Toffolo will regain fitness before the end of January, but it may depend whether Ferguson needs cover before then.
One or two fringe players are likely to be allowed to go out on loan to gain experience, including Will Longbottom, and Ferguson also will be hoping for movement on the transfer listed players, although due to the club's injury situation, that could be unlikely.
Darren told the Yorkshire Post before Christmas: "At the moment we will see what we can do with the loan players. I have spoken to Chelsea about perhaps turning it (Houghton) into a permanent."
Of potential new signings, he added: "If they are the right ones. There is not a massive amount, but a possibility. If we manoeuvre in the right way within the squad, we can do something."
December 31, 2017
Rovers 2 Rochdale 0
Doncaster Rovers made it three wins in a row as they finished 2017 in tenth place in the League One table. That was thanks to two first half goals, which effectively put the match out of Rochdale's reach, although the visitors did offer more in the second half, with the half time team talk producing an improved performance. As such, Rovers were put on the back foot more after the break, but a recently found defensive resilience is paying off.
Rovers made just one change, with Rodney Kongolo dropping out of the squad and Jordan Houghton taking his place in the starting line-up. Rovers struck in the fourth minute as they surged forward and a fine left-footed shot from Ben Whiteman was directed well out of the reach of the Rochdale goalkeeper.
That became 2-0 in the 27th minute as Ben May ended his personal goal drought, a good finish even if his shot did take a slight deflection. It then became only a matter of time before the third goal arrived - but it didn't, and Rochdale's tactical changes at the break dulled the Rovers' cutting edge. But, as Darren Ferguson has said on numerous occasions in the last couple of weeks, at this time of year, the results count more than the performance, and a win it was.
December 31, 2017
Ferguson pleased with win
Boss Darren Ferguson was very pleased to have picked up another three points from Friday evening's win over Rochdale and went out of his way to praise the performance on a pitch that was passed fit to play despite the snowfall from earlier in the day.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a good win. We did what we had to do. It's another clean sheet so I'm delighted with that. It's three on the bounce. It was just about getting the win. It wasn't very pretty. It was a hard pitch to play on, it was hard in areas, especially the middle of the pitch. But we did what we had to do and ground out another really good win. I'm really delighted with the players and the week we've had couldn't have gone any better really."
"Three clean sheets, three wins and I don't think there will be many teams that get three wins out of three in this period, so I can't be any happier with the effort and the commitment the players have shown."
He even was satisfied with the performance in the second half, even though they were less of an attacking threat than in the opening 45 minutes, adding: "There was no disappointment in my players. The change helped, getting Matty Blair on because they nullified [James] Coppinger a little bit. We went with a bit more width and I felt he managed to get us up the pitch. Matty did well and he's definitely in my thinking for Monday. I'll go and watch Peterborough (on Saturday) and see what I get out of that."
December 31, 2017
Match highlights

Highlights from Friday night's match against Rochdale are available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left.

December 31, 2017
Redfearn returns to Donny
Former Doncaster Rovers player Neil Redfearn, who has also managed at Rotherham United and Leeds United, has been named as the new manager of Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Redfearn’s first game in charge will be away to the division’s bottom club, Watford, on 7 January. He succeeds Emma Coates, who left the club to join the England set-up in October, with interim coach Kate Rowson being in charge since then - and they are currently top of the WSL 2 with four wins from six games.
After being appointed, Redfearn said: "The women’s game is on a steep upward curve and it is our aim to have Doncaster Belles competing at the highest level against the elite football athletes of WSL1. I have been hugely impressed by the players’ buy-in over the last six weeks towards my training methods and beliefs of how the game should be played and hopefully we can keep improving and be successful collectively and individually going forward."
Faye Lygo, the Doncaster chairwoman, added: "His experience within the game is invaluable and will bring a new dynamic to the team, but most importantly for us he shares our values and visions, particularly surrounding development."
December 29, 2017
Rovers v Rochdale
Doncaster Rovers face Rochdale at the Keepmoat Stadium this evening with the two teams also lining up against each other a week tomorrow for the FA Cup Third Round tie, so both will be keen to gain the upper hand this evening as a marker for the rematch.
Rovers will go in to the game full of confidence after winning the last two games, and another tonight will put Rovers into the top half of the table. Darren Ferguson indicated before the Christmas matches that he intended to fully use his available squad, and that is likely to continue against Rochdale. We are not aware of any new injury concerns for Ferguson, although the usual quintet of players is still unavailable as they recover from long-term injuries. Midfielder Matty Blair came through his first match after recovering from a calf injury on Tuesday with no reaction, and should play some part this evening.
A combination of illness or injury affected Rochdale boss Keith Hill's selection for their Boxing Day game, and he will have to make a late check to see those affected - Jim McNulty, Calvin Andrew and Joe Rafferty - will be available today.
Rochdale go into the game sitting in 23rd place in the League One table and have not won for their last four games.
December 29, 2017
Ferguson after another win
Darren Ferguson is hoping to make it three wins in a row this evening as his Rovers side entertain Rochdale at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Ferguson is well aware of the potential problems that Rochdale may pose, commenting on DROS: "It will be a hard game on Friday night, but I have to keep going back to it, it’s all about getting the three points if we can and there will be no excuses from my players. I like Rochdale as a team, I think the manager has done a good job with them and what I like about them is they play with a very high energy. They have a lot of young players in the team, they have flexibility in the formations that they like to play and they always give us a hard game."
As he has said before in the last few days, the result is paramount. He added: "It is a simple case of getting a result and going again and getting another result and going again. It can turn quickly either way, but I have remained confident we can get the results we need. It sets you up for the second part of the season if you come through it."
December 29, 2017
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against Rochdale are:
Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistant referees: Matthew Jones and Alix Pashley
Fourth official: Peter Wright
December 29, 2017
Cut price tickets tonight
With the same opposition for two successive home games, Rovers have decided to reduce the price of tickets for this evening's game.
They have decided to charge £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for those aged 17 and under.
The two clubs have also agreed that ticket prices for the FA Cup game on Saturday, 6th January will be:
Adults £15 - Concessions £10 - Juniors (17 & under) £5
December 28, 2017
Parkin signs for more at York
Ex-Rovers loan striker Jon Parkin has signed an extension to his York City contract, meaning he will be staying at the club until the summer of 2019.
The striker, who will be 36 later this week, has already scored 16 goals this season, and the club are understandably pleased to be keeping their man, with ex-Rovers boss Dave Penney, now Director of Football at York, admitting that he could still be playing at a higher level.
Boss Martin Gray said: "We are delighted that Jon has committed his future to the club for another 18 months. There is so much we are looking to build on going forward and Jon is a key part of what we want to do. He is a big personality, a big character and such an important player. Wherever he has been in his career, he has scored goals and
December 28, 2017
Toffolo open to return
On-loan defender Harry Toffolo has returned to parent club Norwich City after injury curtailed his time at Doncaster Rovers.
He has spoken of his frustration and disappointment in an interview on DROS, which states that he would be happy to resume his loan at Rovers once he is fit again. However, he is unlikely to be fit much before the end of the next transfer window, which gives doubt to such a move.
Harry told DROS last week: "I’m gutted, I had a good run in the side and it is really frustrating - but if I had not made the block then we could well have conceded. If the ball is there to be win I have to put my foot in, it’s just disappointing to miss such a busy period."
He added: "I have really enjoyed my time here and learnt a lot from all the staff, so I’d be happy to stay here. Progression is the important thing for me at this stage in my career. Obviously with the injury now it is down to the two clubs to come to an agreement that suits everyone."
December 28, 2017
Johnstone in demand
Ex-Rovers loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone has had a successful half-season on loan at Aston Villa, with Villa boss Steve Bruce keen to keep his many past the January transfer window, possibly on a permanent move either in January or in the summer.
However, the Daily Express is reporting that three Premier League clubs are also hoping to sign him, which could open a bidding war in January.
Bruce has already spoken of his hopes of signing Johnstone, saying he "will do everything in our power" to sign him, and adding: "He is going to find it difficult at United to break through because of what they have got so we are hopeful."
It has been reported that Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United are closely monitoring the situation.
December 28, 2017
Rovers get new fitness coach
Darren Ferguson has revealed that Doncaster Rovers have a new fitness coach after he confirmed that Ben Rome has left the club.
Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Free Press: "We spoke at length. I had a look throughout the season about various things and I felt it was a decision we needed to make."
Rovers have appointed Rob Lee, formerly of Cardiff City, as a replacement.
December 27, 2017
Rovers 3 Northampton Town 0
It turned into a relatively comfortable victory for Doncaster Rovers in the Boxing Day encounter against Northampton Town yesterday, with a relatively toothless Northampton not really providing much of a threat to Ian Lawlor's goal - although it threatened to be otherwise with long range pot shot flying well over the bar in the first minute. But after that, they did not really threaten much, and Rovers went on to dominate the possession throughout the game.
As promised, or hinted, Darren Ferguson continued to change his starting line-up, with three changes this time around and certainly for this match, those he sent out to do battle were more than up to the task.
Rovers went in front in the 33rd minute when the recalled James Coppinger got on the score sheet, making sure from close range. Tommy Rowe had squared the ball to Marquis, whose shot was blocked - then Alfie May hit the rebound on to the post, with Coppinger providing the needy nudge over the line.
The second game from the penalty spot as Rowe drew the foul, and Niall Mason converted the spot kick after persuading James Coppinger that he should take it. Fortunately for Mason, his penalty was good enough, even though the keeper dived the right way.
A third goal should make it beyond reach for the visitors, but Rovers had to wait until the 66th minute, which bore similarities to the first goal. From a corner, Mathieu Baudry saw his header cleared off the line, but Andy Butler was on hand barely a yard out to put the ball over the line.
And it could have been better for Rovers, but I guess we shouldn't be greedy.
But the highlight of the game in the 51st minute when James Coppinger performed an outrageous back-heel to put Alfie May away down the Rovers right. Sadly the move came to nothing, but if it had, it would have been included on numerous match highlights.
December 27, 2017
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson was delighted to see his Rovers side register a comfortable win over Northampton Town on Boxing Day, saying after the game: "If you can imagine a game going as well as it possibly could have then that was one of those. We were very comfortable, got a clean sheet, got three goals and could have had more. I thought we managed the game very well. “I’m very pleased with the players. At this stage of the season it is all about picking up points. I’m not too bothered about how good the performances are at this period of the year, it’s just about getting the results."
"My players were very professional today. I thought we did what we had to do in the second half. The third goal when a game is at 2-0 is so important. We had an opportunity to really kill the game off and that is what happened. I'm really disappointed we didn't get a fourth because I thought we had opportunities to. I'm delighted with the players and the result. It's a really good day's work."
Northampton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink suspected that he got his team selection wrong for the game after being very disappointed at the performance of his players.
Speaking to the Northampton Chronicle after the game, he said: "I'm very disappointed, we were flat and they deserved to win. In the last two matches we played really well and you want to keep that going and try to get a little bit of momentum. We had a good chance to score when it was 1-0 but then straightaway they go up the pitch and score a second goal and that summed us up today. It's a little bit frustrating because we're up and down. We want to sustain our form and at this moment I can't put my finger on why we were so flat today. The intensity was so high in the last two matches, we had played really well and all of that kind of stuff but today we didn't look how I see them and I know how they can play and how I want them to play."
He added: "We changed a few things and maybe I got the selection wrong for this match, it's a possibility, but there was no oomph and you need oomph and character, especially when you go away and when you're in the position we are. We tried to inject that into them at half-time and we started a bit better but you still need intensity and we didn't show enough of that."
December 27, 2017
Match highlights

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

December 27, 2017
Voting results v Bristol Rovers
We received nominations for just three different players to be the "Man of the Match" for Saturday's away game at Bristol Rovers.
Ian Lawlor comfortably won the vote with 54.54% of the votes, with Alfie May and Niall Mason also being nominated.
The voting for the Boxing Day match is now open and remains open until Friday, 29th December.
December 26, 2017
Rovers v Northampton Town
Darren Ferguson indicated several days ago that he was approaching the next few matches in the full knowledge that he would have to use all of his fit players to ensure that some players did not play more than he thought wise.
That was shown with James Coppinger not playing at Bristol Rovers on Saturday, but the not too subtle hints are that the talismanic midfielder will return to the first eleven this afternoon.
Matty Blair has not played the last few matches due to a calf injury, but the hints are that he could be included as a substitute for today's game, suggesting that he is not fully fit but could still have a part to play.
Ferguson says he has 18 fit players to select from over the next week, but he will still be without the longer term injured players Ross Etheridge, Luke McCullough, Alex Kiwomya, Danny Andrew and Andy Williams.
Northampton Town boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink also has to check on his injured players before naming his squad for today's game. Defender Aaron Pierre limped off in their game against Blackburn on Saturday, but that may be balanced, of sorts, by the successful return of striker Sam Hoskins as a second half substitute.
Midfielder Matt Crooks serves the second of a two match ban after being sent off for the second time this season against Walsall. Daniel Powell is unlikely to play today as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
The match kicks off at 3pm, but remember that there are no buses running today.
December 26, 2017
The managers' preview
Darren Ferguson has explained that he is having to "mix the squad up" over the festive period as he juggles a limited number of players he has available.
Looking forward to today's game, he said: "I was keen on keeping the squad fresh, Baudry returned and May dropped to the bench, Coppinger was fit but I chose to rest him, Whiteman and Matty Blair will both be fresh for the game as well. You have to mix the squad up as best as you can over the festive period because I only have 18 fit senior players at the moment, so I have had no choice really. Northampton are a solid team and play a 4-4-2 formation with a big striker up top and another with a lot of pace, it looks like Crooks will be suspended for the game and were fresh going into it."
He added: "It is nice to be at home on Boxing Day; I think everyone does because you get a good crowd. The crowd average has been very good at home. I am also happy about the game against Rochdale (on December 29) being a Friday night game as well as it generates a different atmosphere."
"Anyone that shows a level of consistency over the Christmas period will pick up places and we are one of those team with nine or 10 others that want to do that and you could get yourself a bit of daylight between yourself and the relegation zone. It’s important that we win against Northampton to get that first back-to-back wins - we certainly feel that these upcoming games are winnable and the players have shown fantastic attitude."
Northampton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink brings a side who are floundering in the relegation zone to the Keepmoat Stadium with the hope of taking at least a point out of the game in the hope that it will improve their plight. He told their official web site: "We want to go there and try and get something. Doncaster play a different system to the one we faced with Blackburn on Saturday so we might have to play a little bit differently. They are very fluent in the way they play and we have to try and stop them. The last two games have been encouraging and we want to keep this little run going. It won’t be easy but we are going to try everything in our power to come back with the three points."
December 26, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Northampton Town are:
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistant referees: David Benton and Paul Thompson
Fourth official: Stephen Wade
December 25, 2017
Bristol Rovers 0 Rovers 1
For a change, Doncaster Rovers did not concede in the closing minutes of each half or the early stages of the second half, and managed to come away with all three points from the Memorial Stadium.
The only goal of the game came just after half an hour's play when Tommy Rowe was brought down in the penalty area, with Niall Mason converting the spot kick to give Rovers the lead.
Darren Ferguson said in advance of the game that the Bristol pitch wasn't the best, and that certainly proved to be the case with the surface cutting up badly.
The home side pressed forwards in the second half and were unlucky not to level things in the 86th minute, with the ball going out of play by the goal line before they thought they had scored. But the most important thing is that Rovers (Doncaster, that is) held on successfully this time and came away from a busy Christmas set of matches with all three points. In fact, if they had lost, Rovers would have been level on points with fourth from bottom in the table.
Although apparently fit to play, James Coppinger did not travel, with Ferguson preferring to delay his captain's return until Boxing Day. Matty Blair was also not fit enough to be included, although he may appear on the bench for the next match.
December 25, 2017
What the managers said
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson was very pleased to come away with all three points from Saturday's game at Bristol Rovers, with him confessing that the result was important ahead of a busy period for the players.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a result we needed. It was a very important game. Looking at the league table before the match, we knew we could move up a right few positions and that’s what we’ve done. It’s a tough place to come, the pitch is horrible, the atmosphere can be real intimidating here because the fans are very good."
"The first half I felt we controlled most of it. The shape worked really well. Second half became more difficult but against the wind and we couldn’t get out. We dug in and ground out a result."
He added: "When you come to place like this where they've got a very good home record, that's what you need to do. I was pleased first half we did most of the things I wanted them to do. And second half they got on top and we had to dig in. I thought we could have killed them off when we had one or two breaks. But we did what we needed to do, got a break or two which we were definitely due. It's a very, very good win for us."
Bristol Rovers assistant manager Marcus Stewart admitted that the penalty award in the first half was the right decision, commenting: "Their penalty was a penalty, there is no doubt about that. I think after that penalty, I don’t remember them having a shot on target. We huffed and we puffed but it wasn’t a day for things to go for us."
"The first half was all about winning your headers and tackles, the pitch is crumbly that’s for sure and the wind was against us. So to dig in and come in 0-0 at half time would have been great. But it was a scrappy game and no one really gained a foothold. I just think we found it a bit difficult against the wind, but second half we had a right go and put them under a lot of pressure. Fair play to them for defending well. We had our opportunities to score, but there were no real clear cut chances I would say."
The Gas thought they had equalised late on in the game, with the linesman deeming that the ball had gone out of play before their 'goal' was scored.
Stewart added: "Whether the ball was in or out for our goal at the end was debatable, I can’t tell by looking at the screen. The man with the best view was the linesman, so we’ve got to trust his decision."
However, Bristol defender Lee Brown had other ideas, saying: "Ellis [Harrison] said there is no way it crossed the line. Everyone that was around the ball said it didn’t cross the line. But when you’re on a bad run that’s what happens. I don’t see how he [the linesman] can see that through 10 players, through two posts, the ball has gone across the face of the goal. So if it’s behind the line it must be some ball to get it across the goal, unless he’s done it off the outside of his boot – if you think about the logistics of it. So, he’s obviously guessed and it’s gone against us."
December 25, 2017
Match highlights

Some match highlights of Saturday's away game at Bristol Rovers are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left.

December 25, 2017
No buses tomorrow
Please not that First buses will not be running any services in Doncaster tomorrow. Any supporters wanting to attend the home game against Northampton Town will therefore have to make other arrangements to get there.
It also means that the usual buses running to and from the Keepmoat Stadium both before and after the match will not be running.
December 23, 2017
Bristol Rovers v Rovers
Darren Ferguson should be able to call upon the services of James Coppinger and Craig Alcock for this afternoon's long trip to Bristol Rovers after both missed out last week due to injury. With nine missing from last week's game, it's a boost for Ferguson, who has to try and work out a way of using his available players wisely to play a busy schedule of matches in the next nine days.
Matty Blair, who has a calf injury, is rated as 50/50 and we would expect that he will be given extra time to recover, with Boxing Day a more likely option.
Harry Toffolo is unavailable after returning to Norwich City due to having broken a bone in his foot, and Rovers continue to be without Ross Etheridge, Luke McCullough, Andy Williams, Alex Kiwomya and Danny Andrew as they recover from their injuries.
Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke as to check to see how many players have been affected by a virus which has affected the club this week. He wants to see his side bounce back after a disappointing 4-1 loss against Gillingham last weekend. Clarke has only made minimal changes to his team recently, but last week's defeat could persuade him to make changes today. He is also considering rotating his squad to keep the players fresh, but he could give Ollie Clarke and Chris Lines a chance in midfield today.
December 23, 2017
Ferguson looks forward
Doncaster Rovers begin a run of four games in a nine day period as we approach the Christmas and New Year set of fixtures, and success in most of those could propel Rovers away from the lower reaches of the League One table. They go in to the festive period just three matches above the relegation places, and Darren Ferguson knows that it is an important time for the club.
Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield this week, he said: "It`s a very crucial period, it always is and it always will be. There are so many games and so many points to play for in such a quick space of time. You have four games in nine days, so it is a really important period, given the opposition also, the first three teams of the four are all around us, and so it makes it even more important. It is a crucial period but we will take it a game at a time."
Ferguson is aware that today's opponents, Bristol Rovers, will pose a significant threat to his side, but says that he goes into the game with a plan in mind.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, he said: "They got heavily beaten on Saturday [at Gillingham] but in the two previous home games they beat Rotherham and comfortably beat Southend. They’re a big team, physical, they go back to front very quickly so we’ll have to match all that, physicality, set pieces are a real threat. Long throw. We’ll have to manage all that and the pitch, it’s heavy, it’s dead. Billy Bodin in particular is a threat so we will consider that but we’ll compete as are expected to do."
"The last two home games they’ve done well, they’ve been very aggressive, up and at you and in your face. So that’s the game I’m expecting."
December 23, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Bristol Rovers are:
Referee: Dean Whitestone
Assistant referees: Robert Dabbs and Ian Rathbone
Fourth Official: Grant Taylor
December 23, 2017
Pilgrims hope Matthews will return
Plymouth Argyle are hoping to persuade Norwich City to allow goalkeeper Remi Matthews to return to the club in the New Year as their goalkeeping problems continue.
Argyle have gone through a remarkable seven goalkeepers this season as an injury jinx as struck in spectacular style - and Matthews himself as been an injury victim, with his loan at Home Park cut short in October.
But he has made enough of an impression on both the club and fans to persuade Plymouth boss Derek Adams to make a move to sign Remi on loan for the rest of the season.
Matthews has little chance of first team action at Norwich at the moment, and a loan move is understood to be under consideration by the Canaries so that he can gain first team match experience. Despite supposed interest from two other clubs, Plymouth are reported to be "encouraged" in their chances of getting their man.
At the moment, Argyle have Kelle Roos on emergency week to week loan from Derby. Their regular keepers are all injured - Luke McCormick (ankle), Robbert Te Loeke (back and ex-Rovers loanee Kyle Letheren (thigh). Their only other goalkeeping options at the moment are from the junior teams.
Letheren is expected to be first of the club's regular goalkeepers to return to fitness, but that is not expected until February.
Matthews has only just signed a contract extension at Norwich, but despite having no first team games to his name there, has had loan spells at Burton Albion, Doncaster Rovers and Hamilton Academical before signing for Argyle in the autumn of this year.
December 21, 2017
Port Vale 6 Rovers Reserves 0
Doncaster Rovers went down to a heavy defeat at Port Vale earlier in the week, conceding six goals in the second half after a first half which ended goalless.
Port Vale included former Rover Harry Middleton in their side, with the home side more experienced than their Rovers opponents.
As Rovers Development boss John Schofield commented afterwards: "They did have a lot of experience in their side but for our lads that is the level they have to be looking to get to. We're not going to start looking for excuses, we will learn a lot from the defeat and we have to improve and work together. Defeats can sometimes teach you more of a lesson than when you win, we will take the good things from the first half and learn from what we didn't do right after half time."
Rovers played quite well before the interval, but could not keep up when Vale stepped up a couple of gears in the second half.
Port Vale: Rob Lainton (Joe Slinn 80), Lawrie Wilson, Tyler Denton, Harry Middleton, Joe Davis (Billy Reeves 60), Graham Kelly, Dan Turner, Chris Regis, Trialist, Anton Forrester, Anthony De Freitas.
Substitutes not used: Harry Benns, Matty Ward, Josh Ryder
Doncaster Rovers: Louis Jones, Tyler Walker (Jordan Tucker 75), Cody Prior, Anthony Greaves, Reece Fielding, Danny Amos, Morgan James, Will Longbottom, Lewis Scattergood (Myron Gibbons 65), Rilwan Olaosun (Matty Overton 65), James Morris (Matty Overton 76)
Substitutes not used: Keegan Townrow, Matty Overton
December 21, 2017
Baxendale joins Alfreton
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Baxendale has joined Vanarama National League North club Alfreton Town - subject to receiving international clearance.
Baxendale only moved to the United States to play for Orange County after being released by Mansfield Town at the end of the 2016/17 season, and made 14 appearances in the US.
He joins on a contract until the end of the season, but his debut could be as early as Saturday, when Alfreton are at home to Boston United, but that is dependent on receiving the necessary confirmation.
James started as a youth team player at Leeds United before joining Doncaster Rovers in July 2011, making his Rovers debut against Tranmere Rovers in a League Cup game, making his league debut four days later against West Ham United.
He moved on to Walsall in August 2012 after finishing the previous season on loan at Hereford United, but injuries limited his appearances in the 2014/15 season, and he subsequently joined Mansfield on a one month loan in January 2016, with the move then made permanent the next month.
Alfreton boss John McDermott commented: "We are delighted to have James with us, he’s a very good player, excellent with either feet, intelligent, good movement and he creates. He does well to keep hold of it, he can interchange in and around the box. He can play the number 10 role and if we need him to he can switch onto either wing. He loves to roam and is a very fit player. Very hardworking, he always wants the ball and he will make us tick. We’ve beaten other clubs to his signature and it hasn’t been down to money, he’s a local lad and we’ve had lots of chats, it’s been a long process to get him. It’s stepping stones for the club at the moment, getting the right players in to suit the style and James is another who does that."
December 21, 2017
Cotterill released by Birmingham
Ex-Rovers winger David Cotterill has left Championship club Birmingham City after having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.
He would have been out of contract in the summer, with this news meaning that he can find a new club in the January transfer window. He joined Birmingham from Rovers in summer 2014 and was a regular in the early part of his stay at the club, but a change of manager meant that he ceased to be a first team regular, and he has made only 8 appearances, including three starts, so far this season.
After holding "showdown talks" with boss Steve Cotterill, the decision was made for him to leave the club after the boss made it clear that David did not feature in his plans for the rest of the season.
After leaving, the winger said: "Gutted to be leaving BCFC. I’ve loved my time here. I want to thank the fans, my team-mates, all of the coaching staff. Also my wife and family for always supporting me. I hope the club can turn things around and get back to where it deserves and that’s in the Premier League."
December 21, 2017
Rovers to wear charity kit on Boxing Day
Doncaster Rovers have revealed that they will be wearing a one-off light blue kit for the home game against Northampton Town on Boxing Day to raise awareness of the charity "Campaign Against Living Miserably" (CALM).
The kit worn on the day will be subsequently auctioned off to raise money for the charity; in addition a limited run of 150 shirts will be on sale in the club shop on Boxing Day.
Anyone buying a ticket for the Northampton game on-line will see £5 of their ticket price also donated to the charity.
December 19, 2017
Travel information to Peterborough United
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Bristol Rovers on Monday, 1st January.
They will leave Retford at 10.45am, Harworth 10.50am, Bawtry 11.00am, Rossington Styrrup 11.00am, Hare & Tortoise 11.10am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 11.15am, Waterdale 11.20am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 11.30am.
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.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game, but bearing in mind Bank Holidays, please book as early as possible.
December 19, 2017
McKay twins head to Cardiff
Paul and Jack McKay, who were on the books of Doncaster Rovers as youth team players, have gone to Cardiff City on trial after coming to an agreement with Leeds United to end their contracts a few months early.
The pair have been at Leeds for a a season and a half after moving on from Doncaster Rovers, and have been regulars in the Leeds Under 23 team, but the Yorkshire Post reports that they were likely to be released in the summer, so Cardiff's desire to build up their under-23 squad comes at the ideal time for them.
Present Cardiff boss Neil Warnock is keen to see an increase in the number of players progressing from their under-23 set-up after several years of very few getting through into the first team.
They were scheduled to take part in a Development XI fixture against Charlton Athletic yesterday afternoon, although with the team lists saying 'trialist', we can only presume that they both played.
December 19, 2017
Ferguson non-committal over Toffolo
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson is not telling what his plans are for cover at left back after on-loan Norwich player Harry Toffolo returned to East Anglia last week after breaking a bone in his foot. With an expected six weeks recovery time, it is uncertain that he will be fit when the transfer window closes at the end of January. That could mean that Ferguson has to look elsewhere, with only Tyler Garratt, who has not been a regular first team choice since joining the club last year, as a recognised left back.
Ferguson had previously indicated that he would like Toffolo to stay for the whole season, but his plans may now change.
He told the Doncaster Star: "Harry Toffolo has gone back. He’ll be out for six weeks with a broken foot. The problem we’ve got with H is that he probably wouldn’t be fit until the end of the month in January. We’ve only now have Tyler Garratt as a natural left back who is fit. We’ll look at it and do our work. But we feel that probably if it’s going to be that long then we may have to look at that."
December 19, 2017
Voting results v Oldham Athletic
Thank you to everyone who took part in the voting for the "Man of the Match" in Saturday's home game against Oldham Athletic.
Defender Andy Butler, scorer of the Rovers goal, was named as "Man of the Match" by the sponsors on Saturday, and he has also won the on-line vote, gaining just under half of all votes cast.
We received nominations for five different players, with two gaining significant amounts, which were:
1 Andy Butler (45.45%)
2 Alfie Beestin (27.27%)
The next poll will open following Saturday's away game at Bristol Rovers.
December 18, 2017
Injury update
No news on the longer term injured players, but on loan left back Harry Toffolo could well have played his last game for Doncaster Rovers after breaking a bone in his foot. He has returned to Norwich City for treatment, but the 22 year old is expected to be out of action for six weeks, so he could possibly just be fit for the end of the January transfer window. But Darren Ferguson is expected to explore alternatives when the transfer window opens in the New Year.
James Coppinger, who missed Saturday's game with a groin injury, could be fit for Saturday's away game at Bristol Rovers, while Matty Blair is not expected to be fit to play until the Boxing Day game against Northampton Town.
December 18, 2017
Blayney moves to Ballyclare
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Alan Blayney has joined Ballyclare Comrades on a transfer from Warrenpoint Town as Ballyclare push for promotion to the Danske Bank Premiership.
His signature is considered a 'coup' by boss Clifford Adams, who commented: "Everyone at the club is absolutely delighted to get Alan on board for the second half of the season. He will provide tough competition for Paddy Flood after we lost Geoff McKinty to a cruciate ligament injury. Since we discovered how serious Geoff's injury was we have been on the lookout for another quality goalkeeper, and when Alan showed an interest it really was a no-brainer."
"Alan had options for other clubs but once I spoke to him and explained what we were trying to do he quickly agreed to join. He has a wealth of experience at the top level of football both here and in England, and has won most things at Irish league level and captained Linfield during in his time there. I would personally like to thank Mathew Tipton at Warrenpoint with all his help in getting the signing sorted out, from the first time I rang him he was the consummate professional throughout the whole process."
December 18, 2017
A busy January for Ferguson?
There are eight players who will be out of contract at the end of the season, but Darren Ferguson will be concentrating on any incoming players and departures during the transfer window before discussing contract extensions with anyone.
He told the Doncaster Star last week: "There’s quite a few out of contract. Some of them will probably wait until February or after that. The most important thing is this season and how we deal with that."
It could well be that some fringe players, including some who will be out of contract in the summer, will be made available for loans. Andy williams, Ross Etheridge and Cedric Evina were three that Ferguson was hoping would leave in the summer, and their contract end in the summer, and are highly likely to leave.
But the likes of James Coppinger, Andy Butler and Joe Wright will hopefully be set for discussions over extensions to their stay at the club.
Mathieu Baudry and Craig Alcock are also understood to be out of contract at the end of the season.
Ferguson is understood to have discussed with the board potential new contracts and transfer targets for January, so it could be a busier than usual January for Rovers.
December 17, 2017
Rovers 1 Oldham Athletic 1
Another late goal denied Doncaster Rovers all three points again yesterday afternoon - although at least this time the equalising goal came within the regulation 90 minutes.
For much of the game there had been little between the two sides, and while both teams showed they were capable of playing a good passing game, too much time was taken up with the ball being up in the air and the players having insufficient time to really control the ball.
Yet both sides had their chances to break the deadlock in the first half, with Alfie May unlucky not to put Rovers in front but the Oldham goalkeeper pulled off a good save. Ian Lawlor had to come off his line promptly to snuff out another chance, and Andy Butler cleared the ball off the line when a goal bound shot by Nepomuceno seemed destined to find the back of the net.
There were periods when Rovers were forced back into their own half, with the visitors particularly looking dangerous down their left wing.
Rovers took the lead just short of the hour mark when Andy Butler's header cannoned down off the crossbar into the net following a well worked free kick taken by Tommy Rowe. And it looked promising after that - although Oldham continued to press forwards in search of the equaliser.
Rovers' frailty to conceding goals late in games eventually gave the Latics their point, with Doyle having the simple task of slotting the ball home from close range after a flick-on by Holloway.
December 17, 2017
Ferguson's frustration
Yet again Darren Ferguson had to give a match verdict after seeing his team concede a late goal which cost them dearly.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he commented: "It's a disappointing result, a really disappointing result. Again we've thrown away two points right at the death. At the moment we're just not getting the rub of the green, I don't care what anyone says watching our performances. We're not getting the rub of the green - it happens."
"What can you do when your centre half is going to head it away, he slips and Doyle scores. There's not a great deal I can do to prevent that incident but certainly in the last 15 minutes we didn't keep the ball well enough."
"Oldham threw about four or five players up front. We just needed to keep the ball and that is what I was disappointed with. When they're throwing everything up, just keep the ball and pass it around. It was a game I thought we should have won and I thought we were going to win it at the end with Tommy Rowe's shot taking a deflection. It's a disappointing result and the result is the most important thing."
December 17, 2017
Match highlights

Some match highlights of yesterday's home game against Oldham Athletic are available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

December 17, 2017
Ticket information v Scunthorpe
Tickets for the forthcoming away game at Scunthorpe United have been received by Doncaster Rovers, but you will have to be patient, as they will not be putting them on sale until the New Year!
Rovers have received 600 tickets as an initial allocation for the game on Tuesday 23rd January.
As usual, the numerous different 'membership' packages issued mean there are a number of different dates that supporters can buy tickets for the game.
On Monday, 1st January, tickets are on sale to Silver membership holders and half season ticket holders (although whether the ticket office will actually be open on 1st January is uncertain).
On Monday, 8th January, a whole raft of other membership holders can buy tickets - Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad & Donny Squad Membership Holders.
And for anyone who doesn't fit into any of those categories, tickets go on general sale on Monday, 15th January.
Ticket prices for the match are:
Adults £23 - Senior Citizens (65+) £16 - Young adults (18-21) £16 - Students (with NUS card) £16 - Juniors (12-17) £7 - Juniors (Under 12s) £7 (free if accompanied by an adult, max of 2 per adult)
Please note that this is an all-ticket fixture and tickets will not be on sale on at Glanford Park on the day of the game.
December 16, 2017
Rovers v Oldham Athletic
Darren Ferguson does not have any new injury concerns ahead of this afternoon's home game against Oldham Athletic.
It is possible that Matty Blair will return after missing last weekend's game at Oxford with a calf injury, while Alfie May will again be included after making his first appearance last week since recovering from a hernia problem. It is unlikely that he will play the whole 90 minutes after the midweek reserve team game was called off, so he may well have to settle for a place on the bench.
Still absent are Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Andy Williams and Alex Kiwomya.
Oldham are expected to field the same side that beat Northampton Town last week. Former Rovers midfielder Paul Green was an unused substitute last week as he made a come back after injury.
Ryan McLaughlin is close to a return after a two month absence, but Oldham's main concern is that they have had "an illness" in the squad, which is affecting four or five players. Boss Richie Wellens commented: "We have had an illness in the camp. There are four or five lads who are struggling. It’s not ideal but hopefully they may play,"
December 16, 2017
Strachan - expecting players to respond
Rovers' assistant manager Gavin Strachan is expecting the players to respond from the disappointment of a last gasp defeat last weekend by picking up all three points this afternoon.
Speaking ahead of the game, Gavin told DROS: "I think we’ve tried to emphasise the positives from last week and show them the good things from it, we had to pick the players up and quickly turn our attentions to this weekend’s game but the lads feel ready. Part of our job is to maintain the belief in the players and just ask them to produce on the pitch and the results will improve. We need to have a lot of energy and to be aggressive on and off the ball if we are to get a positive result, we want the players to have the belief that if they keep doing what we ask then our luck and results will change very soon."
December 16, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Oldham Athletic are:
Referee: Gavin Ward
Assistant referees: Steven Rushton and Christopher Husband
Fourth official: Glen Hart
December 16, 2017
Wellens returns to the Keepmoat
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Richie Wellens returns to the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon for the first time as a manager. He was appointed boss at Oldham Athletic earlier this season, and has seen a revival in the club's fortunes, although they are still not out of the relegation picture.
But will his history with Rovers be of help to him? Richie thinks it may, as he commented to the Manchester Evening News this week: "It definitely helps. When you watch videos of players all the time you still don't really know them, but I have my own personal view of them. I've seen three or four of the players inside out every day on the training ground, and I know what they can or can't do, so it's a massive advantage. It’s a club I know well and I really enjoyed my time there but it is important that we put on a performance to try and get us the three points. The main thing for me is can I come away at 5:30pm and say that we're nine points above the relegation zone, that's my only concern."
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December 15, 2017
Kiwomya in line for New Year comeback
Earlier in the season, it was feared that new signing Alex Kiwomya would miss the whole of the season due to a rare auto-immune condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome.
The condition left him unable to train, but things have moved on a great deal since then, and the former Chelsea man has been working with the fitness coaches, who anticipate that Alex could be back in action as early as January.
Darren Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Free Press last week: "He was out on the training ground on Thursday afternoon doing a session with the fitness coach. He looks good, really good. We would hope that he starts training at the beginning of the year."
"He’s doing a mini-preseason now. He’s been handed over from the physios to the fitness coaches and he’ll spend the whole of this month doing a pre-season. If he gets through that then, touch wood, he’ll then be back training with us. If he does that then you’d be looking at seeing him in mid-January."
With Rovers needing to boost their firepower this season, with last season's top scorer John Marquis not as prolific this time around, Kiwomya's return to fitness will be a big boost to the squad.
Ferguson continued: "He gives us something totally different which we’ve needed at times this season."
December 15, 2017
Reserve game rearranged
Doncaster Rovers have announced that a new date for the reserve team game at Walsall has been agreed.
The game was due to be played on Tuesday of this week, but was postponed due to the wintry conditions in the Midlands.
The new date for the game will be Tuesday, 13th March with a 2pm kick-off, with the game being played at Birmingham County Football Association headquarters.
December 15, 2017
Ticket info for both Rochdale games
Doncaster Rovers have confirmed ticketing arrangements for the two home games against Rochdale after Christmas. With two games against the same opposition - a league game on 29th December and an FA Cup game on 6th January - Rovers have reduced prices in the hope of boosting attendances for both games.
For the league game on Friday, 29th December, ticket prices will be:
Adults £10 - Concessions £5 - Juniors (17 & under) £1
For the FA Cup game, prices will be:
Adults £15 - Concessions £10 - Juniors (17 & under) £5
We note that the date for the league game has been moved forward from the Saturday afternoon to the Friday evening with a 7:45pm kick-off.
December 15, 2017
South Africa to review policy after Fortune row
The South African Football Association is to review their policy on the hiring of coaching staff for the national team following a backlash from the public over the appointment of former Rovers midfielder Quinton Fortune to the coaching staff earlier this year.
The South African FA are said to be stunned by the reaction from the public and media which has led to a proposed change. So far, the manager of the national team has been appointed by them, with the manager than appointing the other staff they wished to assist them.
SAFA president Danny Jordan has told the "Sowetan Live" web site: "I think perhaps there must be policy review on that question because we did and what we’ve consistently done is that we only appoint the senior coach and the senior coach appoints everybody else (in the technical team)‚. ‘And that has been what we have been doing over the years. But I think it is time to say ’no‚ you recommend and we take the final decision and not you take the final decision and inform us."
Fortune has a history of turning down international call-ups during his playing career, and it seems he has thus turned public opinion against him.
December 14, 2017
Ameobi released by Edmonton
Former Doncaster Rovers loan striker Tomi Ameobi has been released by FC Edmonton after being at the club for the last four seasons.
Ameobi is only one of three players to have played over 100 games for the club.
He is one of four players to be released by Edmonton at the end of their contracts.
There is expectation that he will find another club in the North American Soccer League, with New York Cosmos mentioned in their press as a possible destination.
The US league runs on the calendar year, so they are currently in their closed season.
Edmonton boss Colin Miller (another former Doncaster Rovers player) issued a statement on behalf of the club which said: "The commitment shown by these four individuals to FC Edmonton throughout the years is a testament to their ability and mindset as professionals. Their play on the pitch will be remembered by the club and its fans as some of the best talent the city of Edmonton has had the honour of experiencing, and it's been an absolute pleasure working alongside them throughout the years."
"FC Edmonton sends its best wishes to each player moving forward and thanks them for their contributions to the club."
December 14, 2017
Highfield is new chief at Frickley
Ex-Doncaster Rovers director Stuart Highfield has been named as the new chairman at Frickley Athletic.
Highfield was on the board at Rovers during John Ryan's time at the club and is keen to see Frickley rise to Conference level as soon as possible.
Frickley director Ryan McKnight welcomed him to the club by saying: "This is a huge achievement for Frickley to have someone of Stuart’s experience and nous contributing his expertise to the club. I think it’s a clear signal of the continued professionalisation of the football club and we’re very excited to welcome him to the board."
Highfield added in a comment to the Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express: "The playing side seems to be sorting itself out, but there’s a few off the field things we can improve. It’s just a little bit of structure, looking at how we can involve the local community and schools. Now the new changing rooms are available and there’s a small function room we’d like to get the community involved in that as well."
"We’ll see if we can improve attendances and just move things on so that we can eventually even get Conference status."
"I think my experience at Doncaster will help, without a shadow of a doubt. And I’ve got a football background. It seems to be a little bit of a forgotten area,between Doncaster and Wakefield. There’s huge potential here."
December 14, 2017
Paynter joins Warrington
Ex-Rovers player Paul Carden, now manager at Evo-Stik Premier League promotion challengers Warrington Town, has pulled off a "transfer coup" by signing experienced former Rovers striker Billy Paynter.
The 33 year old striker was at Hartlepool United last season and was part of their coaching team after the departure of former manager Dave Jones, but has a long list of former clubs, including Port Vale, Hull City, Southend United, Swindon Town, Doncaster Rovers and Carlisle United.
December 14, 2017
Ticket information v Peterborough
Doncaster Rovers have announced arrangements for the sale of tickets for the away game at Peterborough United, which is to be played on New Year's Day.
Rovers have received an allocation of 923 tickets for the fixture which, in the usual Rovers way, will go on sale to different categories of people at different times.
Tickets are already on sale to Silver, Bronze, Academy, DNA, Alliance, Red Squad and Donny Squad membership holders. Any tickets that remain unsold from this lengthy list will go on general sale from Monday, 18th December.
The prices for tickets bought in advance are:
Adults £26 - Senior Citizens (60+) £21 - Young adults (18-21) £17 - Juniors (12-17) £10 - Juniors (7-11) £8 - Juniors (Under 7) £1
Cash turnstiles will operate on the day, but the prices will rise to:
Adults £28 - Senior Citizens (60+) £23 - Young adults (18-21) £19 - Juniors (12-17) £11 - Juniors (7-11) £9 - Juniors (Under 7) £1
December 13, 2017
Oldham ticket offer
We only spotted it because of an email, but there is a special ticket offer available for tickets for Saturday's home game against Oldham Athletic.
There are 250 tickets for the South Stand available at £10 and at the time of receipt of the email, there were a "limited amount" of these tickets still available.
It seems there is a "Club Doncaster Advent Calendar", of which this was the offer on Day 1, so apologies if the discounted tickets have all been sold by now.
To take advantage of the offer, the instructions are to buy your ticket on line and enter voucher code "OLD17" at the point of payment.
December 13, 2017
Ferguson keen to keep Houghton
Darren Ferguson is keep to keep midfielder Jordan Houghton beyond the January transfer window, and has raised the possibility that this could either be as an extension of the existing loan, or as a permanent transfer.
The loan deal is up for review in the January transfer window, but Ferguson wants to keep the Chelsea player beyond that.
He told the Doncaster Free Press recently: "With Jordan, there is a conversation to be had with Chelsea whether it can be permanent or a continuation of the loan. There’s a conversation needed to be had in terms of what they want really. We need to speak with Chelsea and also in-house here about whether it can be done. We’ve had conversations with them already but no concrete answers."
"Jordan needs to know because he’s got a contract with Chelsea. I have to be careful with the conversations I have with the boy because it all depends on what Chelsea want to do and we’re not at that stage."
Ferguson has also confirmed that he would like to extend the loans of Ben Whiteman and Rodney Kongolo for the rest of the season, and hopes to have news of those before the end of the year.
December 13, 2017
New date for Scunthorpe match
A new date for the away game at Scunthorpe United has been agreed between the two club.
The original date of Saturday, 6th January, was impossible due to Rovers having a third round FA Cup game against Rochdale on that day.
The match will now be played on Tuesday, 23rd January with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Ticket details for the game will be confirmed nearer to the date of the match.
December 13, 2017
Crosby joins Adkins at Hull
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Andy Crosby has teamed up with Nigel Adkins again to become the new management team at Premier League club Hull City.
Hull announced last Thursday that Adkins would become their new manager as they look to improve the league position of the Tigers, who have had three previous managers in the last twelve months, with a regular turn-round of managers since Steve Bruce left.
Crosby has, like Adkins, signed an 18 month contract at the KC Stadium.
December 13, 2017
Pugh joins Tadcaster
Tadcaster Albion, who play in the Evo-Stik League North, have announced that they have signed former Doncaster Rovers striker Joe Pugh.
He signed in time to play in last week's away game at league leaders South Shields.
Pugh, now aged 20, joins Tadcaster from League North's bottom club, North Ferriby United, with the youngster hoping that the move can kick-start his career.
December 12, 2017
Travel information to Bristol Rovers
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Bristol Rovers on Saturday, 23rd December.
They will leave Retford at 8.30am, Harworth 8.35am, Bawtry 8.45am, Rossington Styrrup 8.45am, Hare & Tortoise 8.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9.00am, Waterdale 9.05am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.15am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £23 - Concessions £21
Non-members: Adults £25 - Concessions £23
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
December 12, 2017
Reserve game postponed
Doncaster Rovers' Central League Development away fixture against Walsall, which was scheduled to be played at Birmingham County FA, has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions in the Birmingham area.
A new date for this fixture will be confirmed in due course.
December 12, 2017
Oscar joins Yeovil
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Oscar Gobern has joined Yeovil Town on a short term contract until the end of the 2017/18 season.
The 26 year old has been training with the Glovers for the last few weeks, but was a free agent, so was able to sign outside the 'transfer window'.
Now aged 26, Gobern has been assigned squad number 20 at Yeovil.
A former Southampton trainee, Birmingham born Gobern then joined Huddersfield Town, where he stayed for four years, with a loan spell at MK Dons coming along the way. He then signed for Queens Park Rangers in 2015 before joining Doncaster Rovers on loan later that season. His season was prematurely ended with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Oscar then had short spells with Mansfield Town and Ross County last season.
December 12, 2017
Wakefield leaves Boston
Ex-Rovers defender Liam Wakefield has been released by Boston United after only a short time at the club.
He was one of three to be released by Boston earlier this month, along with coach Karl Hawley and goalkeeping coach Dave McCarthy, with another leaving on loan.
Liam was released at the end of his contract at Morecambe at the end of last season after a twelve month stay, and only joined Boston in September.
December 11, 2017
Oxford United 1 Rovers 0
It seems that "Fergie time" seems to be backfiring on Doncaster Rovers this season, for some strange reason.
This is not the first time that Rovers have conceded a goal well into time added on at the end of a game, and it must be a mystery to the team management as to why.
Oxford United scored the vital winning goal in the sixth minute of added time with virtually the last kick of the game, with a shot from Ruffells from outside the penalty area into the bottom corner of the net out of the reach of Ian Lawlor.
Rovers had dominated the second half as they looked to win the game against Oxford, who had lost their last three matches, and looked to have "got away with it" when Ian Lawlor saved a penalty awarded somewhat dubiously in the 79th minute.
Rovers gave starts to Jordan Houghton, who replaced the injured Matty Blair, Harry Toffolo, who replaced Tyler Garratt, and a first ever start to Alfie Beestin. Striker Alfie May had to settle for a place on the bench after being declared fit during the week after an absence due to a hernia problem.
Scoring chances for either side were scarce in the first half, although Marquis was denied with a powerful header which took the Oxford keeper two attempts to gather the ball. Oxford had an appeal for a penalty turned down when Wes Tomas went down in a challenge with Andy Butler, but the referee was unimpressed by the appeal.
Rovers started the second half well and took the game to their opponents with a couple of shots by Rowe, the first of which rattled the post and rolled along the face of the goal before going wide.
And then came the penalty award, but the offence seemed to be committed outside the penalty area, so perhaps justice was done when Lawlor chose to dive the right way and saved the resulting spot kick.
Three minutes were shown to be added to the end of the game, but with an injury to Toffolo, that time was extended - but by three minutes?
December 11, 2017
Ferguson's view
Darren Ferguson was clearly unhappy at the amount of time added on at the end of Saturday's game at Oxford United, which saw Rovers concede the only goal of the game.
He complained after the match: "The fourth official puts up three minutes of stoppage time and we play six and a half minute. I just don’t get it. Six and a half minutes!"
"He gave them a penalty which was never a penalty. He gave them that because he didn’t give them one in the first half and that was never a penalty. The ball was out of play, clearly out of play, in the build-up to the goal. The game should be finished by the time the ball is put in the net. It’s painful, a really painful dressing room. It’s about winning football game and we can go on about performances as much as we want. We’ve lost today and we shouldn’t have lost. I’m going into the officials because I can’t accept that. These people have got to do their job and they haven’t done their job today. I can’t understand six and a half minutes. It’s bizarre."
However, of the team's performance, Ferguson was pleased with the way they played, saying: "We pressed them really well and we knew we’d get opportunities to do that with the way Oxford play. I thought our pressing was excellent and they couldn’t handle that. We kept winning the ball high up the pitch. We’re a fit team and we want to play with that intensity. We’re playing well at the moment and we’ve been unfortunate."
"The Wigan game, you can take out of the last ten, because we were well-beaten by a very good team. But apart from that the level of performance has been much better. I saw some good stuff. We didn’t score but we had good chances and we created chances. If we get performances like that, I’d imagine we’d win games."
December 11, 2017
Match highlights

Match highlights of Saturday's game at Oxford United are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left

December 11, 2017
McIndoe cleared of fraud
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Michael McIndoe has been cleared in a fraud investigation after being accused of financial wrong-doing which saw a number of footballers lose considerable amounts of money.
Previous press reports had suggested that this outcome was unlikely - but the Scot was jubilant after receiving confirmation that no further action would be taken.
The first allegations were made in 2015, but after a lengthy investigation, Scotland Yard have issued a statement which read: "In February 2015, an allegation of fraud was made to Westminster CID. Following an initial investigation, the matter was deemed a civil matter and the victim informed. Further allegations were subsequently reported to police via Action Fraud. These were assessed and an investigation was launched by officers from Falcon. 37-year-old man was interviewed under caution in connection with the investigation on Tuesday, 10 January. No further action will be taken. The investigation is closed."
McIndoe spoke to the Bristol Post after hearing the news, and said: "I have to say that I'm really happy that finally my name has been completely and officially cleared of these false allegations that were made several years ago. As far as I'm concerned I've always known and maintained thoroughly that there was no wrong doing on my part but until I got official proof, which is what happened today."
"Scotland Yard emailed my solicitor who passed it onto myself, and as you know the police and the CPS have to make a decision, and they've decided that no further action will be taken and my name is obviously completely cleared."
McIndoe then levelled his fire at the tabloid press, adding: "I think it's important because there's been that much rubbish and untrue stuff written about me in the last five years but it's important now that I have the proof to set the record straight that there was no wrongdoing on my part in any way."
McIndoe has recently had his autobiography released titled "Wilding", which is reported to put his side of the story.
December 9, 2017
Oxford United v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers will have Jordan Houghton and Alfie May back in the squad for this afternoon's trip to Oxford United, hoping to extend their run of just one defeat in the last five league games, which was away at leaders Wigan Athletic.
Houghton missed last week's FA Cup tie after returning to Chelsea for treatment on a knee injury, but has returned to full training this week. May has missed several matches since having a hernia problem in October, but has been back in training this week, although Darren Ferguson is yet to decide on whether he will start the game or not, as he is unlikely to be given a full 90 minutes.
Matty Blair will miss the game owing to a calf injury suffered in the Scunthorpe, and he joins the other longer term injury casualties who will be absent - Alex Kiwomya, Andy Williams, Luke McCullough, Danny Andrew and Ross Etheridge.
Oxford have an injury doubt over midfielder James Henry, who was substituted during the midweek game against Gillingham owing to a knee problem. James has played all 20 league games so far this season, and boss Pep Clotet expects him to be fit to play today.
Oxford will have Josep Fernandez Codina back after being suspended last week, while long term injury casualties Joe Rothwell, Curtis Nelson and Robbie Hall will miss the game. Joe Rothwell could feature after returning to training this week after recovering from a hamstring injury.
December 9, 2017
Ferguson to be careful with Alfie's return
Darren Ferguson welcomes striker Alfie May back into the Doncaster Rovers squad for this afternoon's away game at Oxford United, but is not wanting to rush his progress.
He explained to the Yorkshire Post: "Alfie will be back in the squad and we probably need to get another game into him before he’s ready to start, but if needed we’ve got him to call upon."
He added: "It’s the decision we have to make on whether we would bring him off the bench or play him for an hour to start with, but that’s a good headache to have. We have to look after him with the injury he had, the medical team have told us that he’s ready, so we trust their judgement.”
December 9, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away League One game at Oxford United are:
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
Assistant referees: Kevin Morris and Steven Plane
Fourth Official: Sian Massey-Ellis
December 9, 2017
Hume is new assistant at Scarborough
Former Doncaster Rovers defender Mark Hume has been appointed as the new assistant manager at Scarborough Athletic following the departure of Chris Bolder to North Ferriby United at the beginning of December.
Hume has previous managerial experience at Matlock Town and Sheffield FC, but left Sheffield in September due to outside commitment.
Boro' boss Steve Kittrick commented: "I've known Mark a long time and he has a vast amount of experience to bring to the club. He's been part of teams like Barrow and Alfreton at National League level and recently managed Sheffield FC in the Evo-Stik South. I've tried to sign Mark a few times as a player and I think he'll be a major asset for us moving forward."
December 9, 2017
Voting results v Scunthorpe
There was only one player in the running for the "Man of the Match" voting for last weekend's FA Cup game against Scunthorpe United. While we received nominations for five different players, all the rest were left well behind Tommy Rowe, who picked up two out of every three votes placed. No doubt much of the recognition was for his second successive two goal haul which played a big part in Rovers reaching Round 3 of the FA Cup.
December 7, 2017
McSheffrey leaves Eastleigh
Former Doncaster Rovers player Gary McSheffrey has left Eastleigh after only a short time of the club, with the issue of having the rest of his family based "up north" mentioned to be the reason.
McSheffrey joined the Spitfires in September on a short term contract until January, but it was mutually agreed that he would end his time on the south coast earlier than planned.
McSheffrey told the Daily Echo: "I’d like to thank everybody involved with Eastleigh FC for my short spell there. After a discussion with the manager, we agreed to bring my contract to an early end as it was proving difficult logistically with a young family. I wish them all the best and hope they can achieve their ambitions of being a Football League club in the future."
He scored two goals in the 11 games he played for Eastleigh.
December 7, 2017
Nelthorpe joins North Ferriby
Former Doncaster Rovers winger Craig Nelthorpe has joined Vanarama National League North club North Ferriby United.
Since leaving Doncaster Rovers, 30 year old Craig has played for several clubs - Gateshead, Gainsborough Trinity, Winterton Rangers, Matlock, Eastwood Town, Brigg Town, Frickley Athletic, Oxford United and Harrogate Town before moving to Australia to play for Mornington in early 2015. Since then he has played for Matlock and Scarborough.
December 7, 2017
Rankine set for loan move
Former Doncaster Rovers youth teamer Michael Rankine is set to move out on loan from York City as he strives to regain full match fitness following a lengthy absence.
He has not played or trained since mid-September when a high blood pressure problem was diagnosed, but he has now been given permission to resume training by club doctors. Boss Martin Gray is keen to see him go out on loan to another club so he can return to York ready to challenge for a first team place in early 2018.
Gray told the York Press: "It’s good to have him back because he’s a lively, larger-than-life character. Now, in the next week or two hopefully, he can go out on loan and get some games and, rather than reserve fixtures, it would be better if he can play for another team at this level. Then, come Christmas time or the New Year, he will come back and have a chance here."
December 7, 2017
QPR explain Kazenga absence
Ex-Rovers loan player Kazenga LuaLua has not played for Queens Park Rangers since the end of September, prompting speculation as to his future at the club.
However, it turns out he is struggling to get over a family bereavement in recent months, with boss Ian Holloway explaining: "I think his loss of confidence and the loss of his father has really hit him. I have to make some decisions on that but at the minute he hasn't changed my mind. If he wants to, that's great. He still trains with us and works with us."
December 6, 2017
Rovers 3 Scunthorpe United 0
Doncaster Rovers went through to the third round of this year's FA Cup with a convincing victory over local rivals Scunthorpe United, duly gaining revenge for their home loss to the Iron back in September.
In the end it was relatively easy against one of the form teams in League One, with Rovers taking the game to Scunthorpe from the start. Rovers could have had an early lead when the Scunthorpe goalkeeper dropped a corner, but John Marquis only managed to poke the ball wide.
It was another goalkeeping error that led to Rovers' first goal. A long ball reached Gilks, the Scunthorpe keeper, but his clearance was charged down by the on-coming Tommy Rowe, who chipped the ball over the stranded keeper into the net. Niall Mason then had to clear a shot off the line, but it took until the hour mark for the visitors to draw the first real save out of Ian Lawlor. Rovers responded by doubling their lead, with Rowe working his way past three Scunthorpe defenders before firing into the bottom corner.
Liam Mandeville bagged Rovers' third in time added on at the end of the match to confirm Rovers' superiority in the game.
Somewhat later than it ought to be, but the "Man of the Match" voting is now open, and will remain open until early Friday morning.
December 6, 2017
What the managers said
A 'delighted' Darren Ferguson spoke to the press after Sunday's FA Cup victory over Scunthorpe, which Rovers won emphatically to reach the third round.
Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: "I’m absolutely delighted with the players. We were brave on the ball and we played the way I wanted them to. That’s what pleased me the most, the way we try to play, today we were very good at it. When we are, we’re a good team."
"It was a comfortable win. We started on the front foot, winning second balls, pressing them, but some of the football was outstanding. We started off really well and pressed them into making mistakes, I think that's the best all round performance we've produced this season. Going up against the form team in the country it was always going to be tough and we had to be smart in the way we played. Scunthorpe will be right up there at the end of the season but we didn't give them a minute, we kept to our game plan and that paid off for us. We did a lot of things very well today and it was a complete performance from the team."
The Scunthorpe manager, Graham Alexander, reckoned that his side were below par during the game, commenting to the Scunthorpe Telegraph: "In all aspects of our game we were out of character. We know the standards we set ourselves as a group and we were below them today. It was a down day for everybody. We have had them before and we will have them again but it is important we hit the heights we know we can."
"Apart from half time to their second goal, when we were the team in the ascendancy, we didn’t really play how we play. Sometimes we weren’t allowed to play as there were some really strange decisions especially with the first two bookings. It meant we couldn’t compete at the highest level, which compounded the performance. It was a disappointing day in the fact that we lost and the manner of the goals was really disappointing as well because it is not like us."
December 6, 2017
And in the third round, Rovers are drawn against.....
With all League One and two clubs in the third round dreaming of a draw against a "big" Premier League or Championship club, it was a bit deflating to find that Rovers are drawn against League One rivals Rochdale. Admittedly the draw is at home, which should give Rovers a decent chance of reaching the fourth round, but it's hardly the dream tie that many would have wanted.
In fact, by the time the FA Cup tie is played, it will be the fourth game between the two clubs this season, with a home league game against Rochdale only the previous weekend.
Rochdale won the league game at Spotland in September, and won the Checkatrade encounter recently on penalties, so it will be payback time for Rovers, with a bit of luck.
The games will be played in the first weekend of January 2018, but a date for the fixture has yet to be confirmed, although it will be unlikely that the Sky Sports cameras will select it for live coverage to take it away from the traditional Saturday afternoon!
December 6, 2017
Callum leaves Pickering
Former Rovers youth team player Callum Terrell has left NCEL club Pickering Town after only a short time with the club. He is expected to join NCEL Premier League strugglers Barton Town shortly.
Since leaving Rovers, Callum has also played for Wrexham, Bradford Park Avenue and Scarborough.
December 6, 2017
Matthews returns to Canaries
Former Rovers loan goalkeeper Remi Matthews has returned to Norwich City from his loan at Plymouth Argyle after becoming yet another victim of the jinxed goalkeeper's jersey at Home Park.
The 23 year old was the fifth goalkeeper Plymouth had used so far this season, which led to the signing of a sixth, Will Mannion, from Hull City. Matthews picked up a shin injury in Plymouth's defeat against Portsmouth after impressing in his previous performances for the club.
While first choice keeper Luke McCormick has now regained fitness and played at the weekend, Plymouth are still relying on youth team keepers for cover on the bench. There are strong hints that Plymouth boss Derek Adams will try to sign Matthews on loan for the rest of the season when the January transfer window opens.
December 3, 2017
Rovers v Scunthorpe United
Doncaster Rovers will be trying to reach the third round of the FA Cup this afternoon as they face Scunthorpe United at the Keepmoat Stadium.
If you disregard the numerous changes made for the Checkatrade Trophy game on Tuesday, Darren Ferguson is unlikely to make many changes to his starting line-up, although Alfie Beestin should be hoping for more time on the pitch after transforming last Saturday's league game in the second half. Also in with a chance of a recall will be Ben Whiteman, Niall Mason and Liam Mandeville.
Rovers will be without a number of injured players - Andy Williams, Luke McCullough, Alfie May, Alex Kiwomya, Danny Andrew and Ross Etheridge. May is close to a return to action after resuming training, but today's game is a little too early for him.
Scunthorpe United could see striker Simon Church return to the side after resuming training this week, but are set to be without Lee Novak, who missed last week's game at Charlton Athletic due to injury. Defender Jordan Clarke will also miss the game after struggling with a hamstring injury recently. The longer term injured players Sam Mantom, Luke Williams and Jonathan Margetts will also be absent today.
December 3, 2017
Ferguson eyes the third round
Boss Darren Ferguson has pledged to name the strongest side possible as he has one eye on the third round draw.
He commented: "I will pick what I feel is the strongest team on the day. It is a game we want to win and we want to get through. I think I have shown all along that I want to play my strongest team and Sunday is no different.
He added: "I will reflect back to the Arsenal game in the Carabao Cup as we got a big side in the third round of that competition and it was a great day out for the fans. There are a lot of things that add up for us, in a cup match you go out to win and that’s what we will try and do because I do not want a replay."
"It’s important you progress as far as you can and it’s especially important for the club, it’s a local derby that everyone wants to win then the third round the big teams start to come in and we all love a cup run."
December 3, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials who have been appointed for this afternoon's second round FA Cup tie against Scunthorpe United are:
Referee: Mark Heywood
Assistant referees: Ian Dudley and Nick Hopton
Fourth official: Graham Salisbury
December 3, 2017
Travel information to Oxford United
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Oxford United on Saturday, 9th December.
They will leave Retford at 9.00am, Harworth 9.05am, Bawtry 9.15am, Rossington Styrrup 9.15am, Hare & Tortoise 9.20am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 9.30am, Waterdale 9.35am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 9.45am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £20 - Concessions £18
Non-members: Adults £22 - Concessions £20
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
November 29, 2017
Rochdale 1 Rovers 1 (pens 5-4)
The number of people that turned out to watch Tuesday evening's Checkatrade Trophy encounter against Rochdale perhaps signifies how high up the list of priorities the competition is for many, but Darren Ferguson still had hopes of progression through a few more rounds, with the lure of an appearance at Wembley to push them on. Just 786 were in attendance, of which 103 were from Doncaster.
However, an agonising exit on penalties was Rovers' fate after the match itself ended in a 1-1 draw.
Amazingly, the first nine penalties of the 'shoot-out' were successful - and then Tommy Rowe saw his spot kick saved as the keeper went the right way.
As promised, Darren Ferguson had selected a stronger side for the fixture than in earlier rounds, while still giving some fringe members of the squad some time on the pitch.
Rovers had gone behind just after the half hour after Harry Toffolo conceded a penalty, which was duly dispatched by Matthew Gillam, which was slightly against the run of play at that stage. Having conceded, Rovers looked more likely to go further behind than equalise.
The second half saw minimal chances for Rovers to level matters, and the home side spurned a good opportunity when Kitching headed over. That miss proved costly, as Alfie Beestin wriggled his way through the home defence, with a great pass to Mandeville, who finished in style to make it 1-1.
And then the penalty shoot-out, with the home side netting all five of their spot kicks, and Niall Mason, Mandeville, Issam Ben Khemis and Craig Alcock successful for Rovers, until Rowe's final penalty was saved to send Rovers out.
November 29, 2017
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson may have been disappointed to have seen Doncaster Rovers knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening, but did not criticise the effort shown by his players during the game.
Speaking after the match, he said: "I’m really disappointed to go out. It’s the same as last season losing on penalties at this stage and I’m disappointed. But I can’t fault the players’ application and the effort they put into the performance. We made a great start and could have scored after 30 seconds and got another cleared off the line. On a horrible pitch we did a lot of good things. It was a real battle at times but I can’t fault the lads for the effort they put into the game."
"It’s a soft penalty but that referee never gave us anything. It was a poor decision. But we regrouped and we just had to find a way of making more chances. We changed the formation and Liam Mandeville and Alfie Beestin linked up brilliantly and it was a really good goal. It’s a bit of a lottery then. Rowey has taken one with probably his first touch. I thought someone else maybe should have stepped up but I let the players get on with it."
Rochdale boss Keith Hill found himself under fire from his own supporters after their game on Saturday, but was pleased that the club had made it through to Round 3.
He commented: "It was a good penalty by Gilly in the first half [to give us the lead], and we’ve converted six penalties [in total] tonight, which has got us through. I don’t think it was a great game or a great performance. For me, we’ve got to treat it more like a league game, but I’m happy that we’re through to the next round. Looking at performances, I don’t understand the difference between Saturday’s performance and tonight’s performance with respect to application. It’s an important trophy and I feel as though there should be a little bit more commitment towards it, because it’s a serious competition where we can be successful."
November 29, 2017
McSporran steps down at Kidlington
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Jermaine McSporran has had to step down as joint assistant manager at Evo-Stik League South West club Kidlington due to work commitments.
McSporran had stepped up from running the reserves two years ago. During his playing career, he was on the books at Wycombe Wanderers, Walsall, Chester City, Boston United and Doncaster Rovers, but injuries curtailed his career and he moved into coaching.
Kidlington's press officer, Simon Dickens, said: "We are sad to hear that Jockey has had to do this but of course we understand that work must always come first. Jockey has been with us on and off for several seasons both as a player and on the management staff. We thank him for all his loyal service to Kidlington FC and hope to see him whenever possible back here at Yarnton Road cheering the lads on."
November 29, 2017
Voting results v MK Dons
Thank you to everyone who took part in the voting for the "Man of the Match" of Saturday's home game against Milton Keynes Dons.
We received nominations for five different players, with two dominating proceedings, which were:
1 Alfie Beestin (57.14%)
2 Ian Lawlor (32.14%)
The voting for the away game at Rochdale on Tuesday evening is now open.
November 29, 2017
McCarthy returns to Vale Park
Ex-Doncaster Rovers striker Jon McCarthy has joined Port Vale for a third time - this time as part of manager Neil Aspin's backroom team.
His official title at the club is a "fitness coach", but will also assist Aspin in coaching and scouting where required.
McCarthy, whose most recent job was as manager at Chester, holds a sports science degree, so is ideally qualified for his new role.
Aspin said of the appointment: "If you are a supporter of Port Vale you know Jon McCarthy, but it is not a case of jobs for the boys. It is because Jon is well qualified for the job that I want him to do, to deal with the fitness of the players and also to be another coach as well because of the numbers of players that we have."
"It is good to bring in somebody who has a lot of experience football wise, but he has a degree in sports science so he can combine the two roles."
Aspin added: “He will be in charge of the players’ fitness which is always an important part of any football club, but he will be involved in more aspects in terms of players who are maybe not in the first-team squad. When he was at Chester he did a lot of work in the community so it is open ended really. He has a lot of roles that he can do, but the main thing is that – like he was as a player – he is honest, hard-working and a good addition to the staff."
November 28, 2017
Rochdale v Rovers
As is usually the case with games in the Checkatrade Trophy, Darren Ferguson will be making a number of changes to his side for this evening's tie at Spotland. However, he has hinted that it will be a stronger starting eleven than has been the case in previous matches in this competition.
Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "The cup competitions are important to us, the aim in the Checkatrade Trophy was always to get through the group and we managed to do that. We want a good team performance but I’m also looking for individuals to step up as well and show me that they merit a place in the team. We’re going up against a team who have a lot of energy, they can play a number of different systems and have an experienced manager in charge."
Those on the bench for Saturday's league match are expected to start the game, with a number of those starting that game left out - as has been the case in previous rounds.
That will mean that Marko Marosi, Craig Alcock, Matty Blair, Mathieu Baudry, Liam Mandeville and Issam Ben Khemis may well start, alongside Alfie Beestin, who helped turn the game around in the second half.
The long-term injured players - Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Alfie May, Alex Kiwomya and Andy Williams - continue to be unavailable.
Jordan Houghton is also unavailable after being troubled by a knee problem in recent weeks while he has treatment.
It is expected that Rochdale manager Keith Hill will also make a number of changes for the game. His 'injured list' comprises Niall Canavan, Keith Keane, Joe Thompson and Jordan Williams.
November 28, 2017
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed for this evening's Checkatrade Trophy game at Rochdale are:
Referee: Darren Handley
Assistant referees: Mark Cunliffe and Ian Smedley
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury
November 28, 2017
Houghton has treatment at Chelsea
On-loan midfielder Jordan Houghton has returned to Chelsea to have some rehabilitation work after being substituted in Saturday's match.
Jordan has featured regularly since returning from a long absence due to a cruciate ligament injury, and that seems to be the root of the problem.
Darren Ferguson explained to the Doncaster Star: "Houghton was feeling his knee a little bit on Saturday. We’ve got to be careful with him and he won’t be involved (against Rochdale). He’s absolutely fine but he’s had a lot of games lately."
November 28, 2017
Keegan signs on for more
Ex-Rovers midfielder Paul Keegan is one of a number of players to re-sign for Waterford FC for the coming 2018 season after having a successful first season at the club in 2017.
He contributed what the Irish press describe as "a string of strong performances to the Blues" as the club lifted the First Division title this year.
He commented to the Munster Express: "I really enjoyed coming into the club in July. With the side already sitting top of the table, I just wanted to help continue the good season that the club was already having. he support was brilliant all the way through and I look forward to seeing the big crowds again next season."
November 27, 2017
Rovers 2 MK Dons 1
Doncaster Rovers came back from being a goal behind in the third minute to score twice in the second half to take a valuable three points, which puts a little more distance between them and the relegation places.
For the first 15 to 20 minutes, Rover were awful. Darren Ferguson had made a number of changes to the side after being highly critical of the performance at Wigan on Tuesday, and it could be that the personnel changes had disrupted things. Interceptions were not made, and passes went astray as MK Dons started at a high tempo, with the ball pinging around without either side really controlling the ball. However, the ball always seemed to find an MK Dons player and Rovers were well and truly on the back foot.
The goal came from a squared ball in from the right - which ought to have been intercepted much earlier - with Kongolo failing to clear on the penalty spot, giving Chuks Aneke the chance to fire home. It could have been much worse but for some off-target shooting and Rovers pulling off last ditch tackles and blocks, with many thanks going to Ian Lawlor for keeping the ball out of the net
And after that first 20 minutes, Rovers did at least improve to become mediocre and the rest of the first half passed off without too much further incident.
However, Darren Ferguson's decisions at half time transformed the game. A combination of the introduction of Alfie Beestin combined with a change in approach and shape of the team did the trick, with Rovers looking purposeful and determined to take the game to their opponents. Beestin was at the centre of Rovers' positive play - admittedly to have a second striker up alongside John Marquis helped greatly, and it was last season's top scorer who bundled the ball home to put Rovers level after Beestin had flicked a corner on into the goalmouth. And it was Beestin that set up Matty Blair to score Rovers' winner in the 71st minute. Even so, it still took a stunning save from Lawlor towards the end of the game to keep all the points with Rovers, and thankfully the crowd went home happy.
November 27, 2017
What the managers said
Darren Ferguson praised the way that Doncaster Rovers came back from behind to take all three points in Saturday's encounter against MK Dons at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers had put in a below-par performance in the first half, but turned it around after the break with a transformed performance.
Speaking after the game, Ferguson told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We had to show a lot of determination and character about our performance. The early goal from Milton Keynes affected us too much and we were probably fortunate to be only one goal behind at half time. You get games like that. The goal affected us and we couldn't get any control of the game. They were dominant in the middle of the pitch which I was surprised about because we had four strong lads in there."
"At half time we just had a chat, I told them one or two things and Alfie Beestin came on and did very well. In the main it was about the character of the players. In the second half we showed the character you have to show at times, especially in this league. Credit to the players for that, they deserve a lot of credit for coming back and winning that game."
Ferguson also heaped praise on young Alfie Beestin for being a key component of that transformation, adding: "Alfie made a difference when he came on. He was excellent. He’s shown what a good player he is."
On the performance as a whole he added: "Lawsy made a couple of good saves and we made some blocks. The most important thing was making sure that we were only 1-0 dow. It was a poor performance in the first half."
"The team that I picked was young - we had seven players starting who are 22 and under. We just couldn’t get a foothold in the game, but in the second half we did that and we were a lot more aggressive in the middle of the park."
MK Dons boss Robbie Neilson was angry with the second half performance of his side after praising the way they had performed in the first 45 minutes.
He told their club web site: "In the first half, I thought we did everything we had spoken about doing. We were direct when we needed to be direct, we passed it when we needed to pass it, we were up on the game, we kept high lines and we made it very difficult for Doncaster to get into the game at all. We scored a goal, we had one chalked off, hit the post, we've missed chances and I think a second goal would have been a big turning point in the game."
"But the second half wasn't acceptable - Doncaster changed their shape a wee bit and became very direct, very aggressive, got in our face and we didn't stand up to the game."
"The first-half performance, for me, was one of a top-two team, I don't think there's any doubt about it, so it is there. The second-half performance was a mid to bottom-of-the-table team, so we have to get the consistency in our performance."
November 27, 2017
Match highlights

Brief match highlights of Saturday's home game against MK Dons are presently available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left.

November 27, 2017
Yates handed the reins at Moors
Vanarama National League club Solihull Moors have announced that former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Mark Yates has been appointed as joint manager alongside former Blackburn Rovers and England goalkeeper Tim Flowers.
Yates has extensive managerial experience, and the pair have 27 years of management and coaching between them in both League and non-league football.
With Solihull being in a precarious position in the National League, that experience is certainly needed, with Moors director Simon Hawker saying: "Together they provide the depth of experience and enthusiasm necessary to give Solihull Moors the best chance of climbing the league".
Yates appeared in almost 600 games in a playing career spanning sixteen years. Birmingham born, he started with his home-town club before moving onto Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Kidderminster Harriers.
He then moved into coaching at Burnley before becoming manager at Kidderminster, where he won the FA Trophy. A move to Cheltenham Town followed in 2009, and the Crawley Town in 2015.
November 27, 2017
Reserves game moved
Port Vale have announced that their Development XI game at home to Doncaster Rovers has been rescheduled owing to Rovers having an FA Youth Cup game against Blackpool on the original date of the fixture.
It will now be played on Tuesday, 19th December at Vale Park with a 1pm kick-off.
November 25, 2017
Rovers v MK Dons
Doncaster Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon keen to put the experience of Tuesday's poor performance behind them.
They will have to play without striker Andy Williams, who is out for at least three months after being injured on Tuesday, leaving Darren Ferguson with just John Marquis, Liam Mandeville and Alfie Beestin as his attacking options.
Still absent are Alfie May (groin), Alex Kiwomya (illness), Luke McCullough (knee), Danny Andrew (ankle) and Ross Etheridge (broken leg).
Even so, it will not be surprising if Darren Ferguson does not choose to shuffle the pack a little in an attempt to improve their fortunes.
Craig Alcock and Liam Mandeville should be restored to the squad after being left out on Tuesday.
Ferguson is aware that Rovers have only scored once in their last three league games, which is uncharacteristic of a Fergie team, and he will be hoping that they find the net this afternoon.
In contrast, MK Dons will welcome back three players - Ethan Ebanks-Landell, George Williams and Ed Upson, all of who missed their midweek match due to one match suspensions. They will be without midfielder Ousseynou Cisse and striker Osman Sow due to injury as the Dons look to win only their second win in their last nine league games.
November 25, 2017
Ferguson wants positive reaction from players
Darren Ferguson is hoping that his players will respond in the right manner after he admitted that he was not pleased with a number of aspects of the team's performance on Tuesday.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Ferguson said: "I didn’t know people were just outside the door but you could hear how angry I was. That’s the most angry I’ve been for a while. We’ve lost games this season but I’m never happy when we don’t implement the plan we set out or at least try to do it. If we do that and we’re not good enough then we have to hold our hands up."
"We didn’t do the things we’d worked on where I thought we could hurt them and we didn’t try to do them which annoyed me. I don’t mind them making mistakes as long as we’re successful. And what we have been doing has worked for us. I believe we’ll get a reaction and it’s a game I feel we can win. I want to see certain things in the performance – being aggressive, being on the front foot. But the players know that already and I expect that sort of performance."
November 25, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home League One game against Milton Keynes Dons are:
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Assistant referees: Helen Byrne and Lee Freeman
Fourth official: Ryan Johnson
November 25, 2017
Williams out for three months
Rovers striker Andy Williams will miss the majority of the rest of the season after being on the receiving end of a 'horrendous tackle' only a few minutes after coming on as a second half substitute on Tuesday evening at Wigan.
At this stage, it is uncertain whether an operation will be necessary, but it will still be at least tree months before he can hope to return to action.
Darren Ferguson explained on Thursday: "Unfortunately Andy is going to be out for quite a while - three or four months. I said it at the time - it was a horrendous tackle. Where he was caught, his foot was planted so there was no support to help him.!
"He's going to see the specialist. Whether we actually operate or whether we can rehab it, the timescale won't be a difference on that.It's certainly going to be three months. You're talking around about March time and that's a massive blow to the lad. The last three games he's played he's got injured. It's a massive blow for him and for us."
"We'll have to get on with it. I'll speak to him this afternoon but there's not a lot I can say because the boy clearly will be down. There will be a lot going on in his mind because he hasn't played a lot of football. When he came on on Tuesday he was his usual self, really enthusiastic. He's out of contract at the end of the season so that will be going through his mind. We'll do our best to pick him up."
November 24, 2017
Wigan Athletic 3 Rovers 0
Doncaster Rovers went down to their first defeat in six games on Tuesday night when an impressive Wigan side showed why they are highly tipped for success this season.
But it could have been so different if John Marquis had made a good contact when he took his eye off the ball at a critical time and missed his golden opportunity to put Rovers back on level terms. The Wigan strikers were not so kind and Rovers paid the penalty for that miss.
Rovers had done well for most of the first half, even if having to cope with Wigan attacks, as the home side forced Rovers deep into their own half. But Rovers were coping, even if having to resort to some last ditch defending at times.
The Wigan pressure eventually told four minutes before half time, with Colclough going through the Rovers defence with ease to fire past Lawlor.
Darren Ferguson, who had maintained faith with the same starting line-up, brought on Andy Williams for the second half, and went to a 4-4-2 diamond formation and the signs were that the switch from 3-4-3 was working - and then Wigan added their third goal, which effectively killed the game off for Rovers.
More worrying for Rovers was that Williams was forced off the field due to another injury when he was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge, with Alfie Beestin having his chance for the last half hour.
We apologise for the late opening of the "Man of the Match" voting due to a technical issue involving a Windows Update, which we continue to investigate. The voting will be open until Saturday evening, with the voting for Saturday's game opening on Sunday.
November 24, 2017
Ferguson rues missed chances
The continuing tendency of the Rovers attack to spurn goal scoring chances was on Darren Ferguson's mind after Tuesday evening's defeat at Wigan Athletic.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, he said: "The areas that we’re getting in to, the quality has let us down. There’s a step up (from League Two), but it’s not a gigantic step. I think League One is stronger than it’s been for a long time but it’s not a factor when you have chances four and five yards out."
"I think we’ve got to start taking them. We’ve got to find a way of getting more goals. You can go on about formations and the rest of it but we’ve got to have a bit more quality in the final third. Clearly it’s the area we need to improve on."
"Tonight the goals we gave away were poor but we’ve defended well recently. We came up against a side with a lot of quality."
And the Rovers' injury list has just got longer, with Andy Williams looking at a lengthy absence. As Ferguson explained: "It’s a terrible blow because it looks like a bad one. We just have to look at it. It was a bad tackle on the boy. It looks like it was his ankle that he’s damaged. He was in a lot of pain. Andy, being Andy, he wanted to carry on but he couldn’t. Actually he did all right when he came on and he would have given me an option for Saturday because clearly we’re not scoring enough goals."
November 24, 2017
May ahead of schedule
Rovers striker Alfie May is getting close to a return to playing after he avoided the need for surgery on his groin injury, which has speeded his recovery.
Darren Ferguson revealed earlier this month: "Alfie May is out on the grass. They actually didn’t need to do an operation on him, just some manipulation stuff and injections. It probably would bring him forward. The procedure would be straight-line running this week, next week twisting and turning and then he’d do a week’s training with us. So you’re looking at three weeks (around the end of this month) which is a lot earlier than we thought.
Striker Alex Kiwomya is also making good progress after recovering from Guillem-Barry syndrome, with Ferguson adding: "Kiwomya is running next week (which was actually last week) on the grass. He’s come on quite considerably, I’d have to say. He’s doing a lot of strength work in the gym and he’ll be out on the grass next week. We have to be patient, there’s no way we’re going to rush this. But again you’d be quite hopeful that it’s going to be before we thought he’d be back."
November 24, 2017
Morgan joins Colwyn Bay
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Alan Morgan may have been aggrieved to have lost his job at Llandudno earlier this month, but he was not out of work long, as Colwyn Bay moved quickly to appoint him as their new manager within a week of leaving Llandudno.
Morgan's assistant, Craig Hogg, also makes the switch along the North Wales coast.
Bay's chairman, Dave Tichiner, commented: "Alan has been successful in Welsh football and is very keen to go up the ladder in the English pyramid. He wants the team to play good football and the players here have shown that they are capable of that."
"It’s nice for a Welsh club to have a Welsh manager with an assistant manager who lives in the town. Hopefully we can be successful together. It shows the standing of the club that we had 24 applications for the manager’s job, including some strong candidates, and I would like to thank them for their interest in applying."
November 21, 2017
Wigan Athletic v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers have no new injury concerns ahead of this evening's away game at Wigan Athletic. They could be boosted by the return of Craig Alcock and Alfie Beestin, who both missed out on inclusion in the squad for Saturday's game at Fleetwood.
While continuing to improve, Alex Kiwomya, Alfie May, Luke McCullough, Danny Andrew and Ross Etheridge are still sidelined due to injury.
Wigan have a doubt over striker Nick Powell, who has been coping with a hamstring injury in recent games, and which forced his substitution in their game against Bradford City on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Christian Walton is nearing full fitness, but today's game is a little too soon for his return. Also missing this evening will be Craig Morgan (hip) and Shaun MacDonald (broken leg).
November 21, 2017
Ferguson out to win, but praises Wigan
Darren Ferguson is sending his Doncaster Rovers side to Wigan Athletic to win the game, even though he concedes that they probably have the best squad in League One.
But Rovers are on the back of a five match unbeaten run, and confidence is improving in the squad, which gives the Scot hope that they can do well this evening.
Speaking ahead of the game, he told DROS: "We’ve got a bit more belief and confidence within the side now and that’s linked in with the good run we’re on, we’ve always been able to play a number of formations. For me Wigan have got the best squad in the league, that doesn’t always mean you’ll be successful but they’ve got a very experienced manager who has done well in the game. They have a big squad and a lot of options to pick from, whatever team they play we will have to make sure we have a good performance."
In an interview with the Doncaster Star, he added: "It’s important we don’t go there and defend for 90 minutes. That’s not what we want to do. It’s important that when we have the ball, that we look after it well. Concentration is going to be key for the full game. We can’t switch off for a minute because they’ve got players who can hurt you, players that could easily play higher up. They’ve got a good squad that play in a specific way."
"For me, they’ve got the best squad in the division. That doesn’t mean they’re going to be successful but they’ve got an experienced manager (Paul Cook) who plays a certain way and won’t change. I’ve come up against him many times. They’ve got some very good players for this level. It’s going to be tough but I like to think that we’ve got some very good players as well and we go there to give them a game."
November 21, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials for this evening's away game at Wigan Athletic appointed by the Football League are:
Referee: Carl Boyeson
Assistant referees: Mark Griffiths and Gareth Mellor
Fourth official: Simon Mather
November 21, 2017
Paterson goes Down Under
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Jamie Paterson has joined Australian club Peninsula Strikers, who are based in Melbourne. It is the first 'sighting' we have had of Paterson for around five years, but it appears that he has been in Australia for a while, having been at Dandenong Thunder and Mornington.
He has joined the club's coaching staff, with boss Andy O'Dell signing several new players ahead of their new season. O'Dell has joined the club from Altona City, where they won the league and State Cup.
November 21, 2017
Middleton moves to Halifax on loan
Former Rovers midfielder Harry Middleton has joined Vanarama National League club FC Halifax Town on a month's loan from League Two club Port Vale.
Middleton only joined Port Vale in the summer after being released at the end of his contract at Rovers, but has only started four games and been substitute in another two.
He made his Shay debut in their goalless draw against Woking on 11th November.
November 20, 2017
Fleetwood Town 0 Rovers 0
Doncaster Rovers became the first team so far this season to prevent Fleetwood Town from scoring in a home game, and there were only occasional opportunities for either side to break the deadlock in the game.
Rovers were perhaps marginally ahead in the chances created, but a draw was a fair result overall.
Darren Ferguson opted to start with the same team that drew with Rotherham United last weekend after praising the performance of his players in that televised game, and even though Rovers are still perilously close to the bottom four in the League One table, it did extend their unbeaten run to five matches, so there is every encouragement for the next few matches, especially since there are some challenging opponents in the next few weeks.
November 20, 2017
What the managers said
Ever the optimist, Darren Ferguson thought that Rovers could have won the game at Fleetwood on Saturday, but was not unhappy about the final result.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield after the game, he said: "It was a very tight game but we feel we had the better opportunities in the match, especially as the game got towards the end. Their keeper has made three very good saves. On another day one of those goes in and it's a very good three points."
"I feel we're a little bit unlucky not to get the three points. I always go to win games and this was no different. I'm not over the moon in terms of not winning the game but with the opposition, what they did last season and what they're doing this, it's not a bad result."
Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler had no complaints about the result, commenting to the Blackpool Gazette: "There are some basic things that we need to better, especially when we have a corner; we still need to work on details. First half we were on top, second half they were; overall a fair result."
Injuries to key players, particularly in attack, seemed to be significant to Rosler, with Wes Burns praised by his manager for leading the line. Rosler added: "Wes looked comfortable, especially going forward. The most important thing is that our centre-forward is not playing right wing-back. That is why we got Wes Burns into our squad to be a centre forward not right wing-back. As long as we have to do that then it will be difficult because we need senior players who know the league to come on and change the game. We need to get players back from the treatment table. “That is the key. We are missing a few players but we have managed before and we will manage again. I have trust in the players. I think tomorrow the pressure is not on us, Walsall lost again at home (against Gillingham), the pressure is on them."
November 20, 2017
Match highlights

There are brief match highlights of Saturday's goalless draw at Fleetwood on the Sky Sports web site.
If you would like to view them, please click on their logo to the left.

November 20, 2017
Hayter moves out on loan
Former Doncaster Rovers striker James Hayter has moved to Evo-Stik Premier League club Weymouth on a month's loan from Vanarama National League South side Havant & Waterlooville.
Hayter has been struggling to get regular games with the Hawks this season, starting six games and having 11 substitute appearances, and made his debut for Weymouth in their tough away game at Slough Town on Saturday, which they lost 3-0.
Hayter will, of course, go down in Rovers history as having scored the vital Wembley goal that earned Rovers promotion to the Championship in the League One play-off final against Leeds United. To others, his claim to fame is to be the holder of the fastest hat-trick in the Football League when playing for Bournemouth.
November 20, 2017
Rovers check out McEleney
Doncaster Rovers are one of a number of clubs to be interested in 25 year old Dundalk midfielder Patrick McEleney, according to reports from Northern Ireland.
The Derry Journal is reporting that McEleney is to hold talks with Blackburn Rovers, Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic, with a mention of a potential move to Wigan Athletic also made.
However, it is also reported that he is holding talks with Derry boss Kenny Shiels, his home town, with a move to Brandywell possible if a move to England falls through.
His current club, Dundalk, are also reported to have offered him a new deal, so he has plenty of options ahead of him.
November 18, 2017
Fleetwood Town v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers are likely to rely on more or less the same squad that played against Rotherham United last weekend for this afternoon's challenging trip to Fleetwood Town.
They will add Niall Mason to the squad after he missed out against the Millers, and Issam Ben Khemis will also travel with the squad.
Apart from that, the same list of injured players continue to be unavailable - Alfie May, Luke McCullough, Alex Kiwomya, Danny Andrew and Ross Etheridge.
Fleetwood Town will be without defender Lewis Coyle, who is midway through a three match suspension after being sent off at Chorley in the FA Cup. Midfielder Bobby Grant remain absent due to a knee injury, and striker Conor McAleny looks very doubtful after missing the last four matches with an ankle injury.
November 18, 2017
Match officials v Fleetwood Town
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Fleetwood Town are:
Referee: John Busby
Assistant referees: Neil Sharp and Dean Treleaven
Fourth official: Paul Marsden
November 18, 2017
Ferguson confident ahead of 'tough games'
Boss Darren Ferguson is confident that his Doncaster Rovers side can continue their recent improvement in form, even though they face some tough games, including three away games against top ten clubs over the next three weeks, starting this afternoon at Fleetwood.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post ahead of the weekend, Ferguson said: "We’re coming into a run of tough games. We’ve got three away from home against three teams you’d expect to be up there. I think these next four games are going to be a right challenge for us. But we look confident, our performances have been good and we’ve shown a grit to us, so we’ve just got to focus on what we do. We aim to keep on improving – which I think we have done lately – and hope that’s good enough."
He added: "We’ve done well in games and our performances have been better than the results we’ve had, but we’re in a good place right now and have a lot of belief in what we’re doing. We knew it would be a step up from what we faced last season, but we have a great group of lads here and we have a lot of togetherness, which always gives us a chance. We need to have consistency in what we’re doing; if we continue to do what we’ve been doing in the past few weeks then we’ll climb the league."
November 18, 2017
Ticket information for Rochdale Trophy game
Doncaster Rovers have announced details for the Checkatrade Trophy game at Rochdale on Tuesday, 28th November.
There will be no tickets available in advance, with all payment being taken at the turnstiles, with the stand Rovers supporters have been allocated being unreserved seating.
Admission prices are as follows: Adult £10.00 - Senior (65+) £10.00 - 16 & Under £5.00
November 18, 2017
Scunthorpe ticket prices confirmed
Doncaster Rovers have now confirmed the ticket prices for their FA Cup Second Round tie at home to Scunthorpe United, which is to be played on Sunday, 3rd December with a 2pm kick-off.
As Rovers like to do, they go on restricted sale to anyone with any form of "membership" with the club from Monday, and then go on general sale from Monday 27th November.
Silver membership holders will have their seats reserved until tickets go on general sale.
Ticket prices for the game are: Adult £15.00 - Senior (60+) & Young Adult (18-21) £10.00 - Juniors 17 & Under £5.00
November 16, 2017
Cup tie details confirmed
Doncaster Rovers' second round game in the FA Cup against Scunthorpe will be played on Sunday, 3rd December with a 2pm kick-off.
The game is scheduled to be played as part of BBC's Final Score programme, hence the game being moved from the usual Saturday afternoon.
DROS has not yet mentioned ticketing details, but Scunthorpe have issued prices for their supporters, so we presume that it will be a good indication of what Rovers fans can expect.
Those prices are: Adults £15 - Senior Citizens (60+) £10 - Under 21s £10 - Juniors (17 & under) £5
As we stress, this information is issued by Scunthorpe and there may be variations for different parts of the Keepmoat Stadium for Rovers fans.
Tickets are not yet on sale.
November 16, 2017
Cup clash forces change of league game
The away game at Scunthorpe United on Saturday, 6th January will have to be rearranged after Rovers and Scunthorpe were paired against each other in the second round of the FA Cup. The date of the Glanford Park encounter is the date of the third round - and with either Rovers or Scunthorpe being in the third round, a new date must be found.
We will let you know when the two clubs have agreed a new date for this fixture.
November 16, 2017
Bayo to switch the lights on
Former Doncaster Rovers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has been named to switch on the Christmas lights in High Wycombe town centre this evening.
Akinfenwa, who now plays for Wycombe Wanderers, will press the button at 6.45pm. Festivities will begin at 4pm, with a parade through the town starting at 6.15pm.
Purely by coincidence, of course, but Akinfenwa has a book out, and will be taking part in a special book-signing session in the local Waterstones from 5pm.
November 16, 2017
Coppinger - Rovers need consistency
James Coppinger is in a unique position to compare the current Rovers squad to that of the sides that won promotion in 2008 and 2013 - and thinks that more experience is necessary to gain the consistency needed for further success.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, he said: "I’ve been promoted twice out of this division with two different teams and two different managers. Both teams had an abundance of experience. The team that won the league [in 2013], we didn’t really perform well but we knew how to win games, based on the experience we had in the team. Sometimes we came off thinking ‘how have we won that game?’ We weren’t performing well, but it was down to know-how, concentration and understanding how to win games."
"The other one was obviously performance-based with Sean O’Driscoll. It was all about the performance, and we were that good at doing what we did that we ended up getting promoted."
"At the minute I think we’re in between. We haven’t got that experience to get out there and win games when we’re not doing well, and we’re not currently performing to our maximum every single game. We’ve shown it against Blackburn, Portsmouth and Southend. We’re a third into the season and we are where we are. We’ve been doing well performance-wise but we need to start picking up points and understanding what it takes to win games."
The tendency to concede goals at critical times in the game can, Copps thinks, be explained by this.
He added: "You go home and you analyse performances and results, and for me I put a lot down to naivety and experience. That’s something that makes a difference when you do lose by one or concede in the last minute. I think those things are down to experience. Concentration is massive, we talk about it all the time. The higher you go, the longer you have to concentrate for. It’s all learning. We’ve got a really young squad, I think. Two senior pros started the game against Walsall - Butts and Rowey. Everyone else is under 25. John Marquis is 25 and the rest of the squad is under 23 and a lot of them are probably playing their first season in League One. It’s a big ask, the expectation levels are big at this club and we want to do well and we’re all disappointed we’re not higher in the table. But sometimes you have to have a reality check and realise this is where we are."
November 16, 2017
Notts ordered to pay Sheridan over sacking
Notts County have been ordered to pay their former manager, John Sheridan, £125,000 for his sacking, with the recent arbitration hearing held in Nottingham.
Sheridan, with the backing of the League Managers' Association, appealed against his sacking. The club said it was for 'gross misconduct' - but as it also coincided with County having lost nine games in a row, Sheridan claimed that misconduct was not the sole reason.
The FA made public comments made by Sheridan to the match officials during a match against Wycombe last December, and having seen the transcripts, there are nearly as many asterisked words as there aren't!
The arbitration panel have ruled in Sheridan's favour, with the LMA highlighting that the sacking took place 23 days and five games after the incident at Wycombe.
The former Rovers midfielder has since managed Oldham Athletic before leaving them earlier this season following a poor start to their League One campaign.
All three parties have declined to comment, although Notts County's chairman, Alan Hardy, has issued a statement that reads: "As you may have read this week, a national newspaper printed details of our case with John Sheridan, who appealed for wrongful dismissal following his departure from Meadow Lane in January. I cannot begin to communicate my immense frustration and dissatisfaction given the judge at the Arbitration Court in Nottingham gave a strict instruction that all details should remain confidential. Legal restrictions placed upon us means there are many things I would like to say, but I must respect the directions of the judge and the arbitration hearing. As with all legal cases, there is much more substance to what was printed by the Daily Mail and I’m of the opinion all facts should be presented because it is in the public’s best interests. Suffice to say, I am not sure there is a single winner in this whole sorry episode."
November 16, 2017
Voting results v Rotherham United
Thank you for the votes received for last Saturday's home game against Rotherham United. We received nominations for eight different players, with midfielder Jordan Houghton being recognised by most as having played the best.
Those players receiving the most votes were:
1 Jordan Houghton (29.41%)
2 Ian Lawlor (17.65%)
3 James Coppinger (16.67%)
We hope that the missing voting results for other recent games will be published over the weekend, and thank you for your patience.
November 15, 2017
Youth Team 0 Blackpool 2
The youth team went out of the FA Youth Cup at the hands of visitors Blackpool last night after conceding two first half goals which coincided with a lacklustre display by the Rovers players.
While the performance improved after the break, but there was no way back for Paul Stancliffe's side, and they could not match the remarkable comeback of the first round against Walsall when they came back from 3-1 down to win 4-3.
Blackpool are drawn away to West Ham United in the third round.
Doncaster Rovers: Leverton, Townrow, Amos, Horton, Tucker (Foulkes 46), James, Fletcher, Prior, Overton (Olaosun 46), Scattergood (Gibbons 66), Morris
Subs not used: Greaves, Bingley
Blackpool (3-5-2): Thordarson, Williams, Avon, Jacobson, Sinclair-Smith (O’Brien 79), Sumner (Wainwright 90), Roache, Shaw, Roache, Bange (Dunn 62), Watkinson
Subs not used: Simson, Flynn.
November 15, 2017
Youth Team 2 Rotherham United 2
Paul Stancliffe was pleased with the performance of his players following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Rotherham United.
Rovers scored through Jack Watson and Keegan Townrow - but hampered by Rovers player Omar Sanyang being sent off, did well to hold on for a draw.
Paul Stancliffe told DROS after the game: "I thought there was positives, we went to Notts County with a similar aged team featuring our under-16s. We worked hard, and after going down to 10 men we’ve had to work even harder. We could’ve won the game in the dying seconds there when Myron’s got away one-on-one with the keeper and, overall, I thought we had the better chances."
"I’m happy with all of the players’ development, some take longer than others but they’re all attentive in training: they all listen, they all try and do as they’ve been asked. They’re a good bunch of players and sometimes that might be their downfall because sometimes you can be a little bit too nice."
November 15, 2017
Rovers to host Scunny in FA Cup
Following last night's FA Cup replay between Scunthorpe United and Northampton, Rovers now know their opponents for their second round tie, with Scunthorpe winning the game 1-0 in front of only 1,880 spectators.
The second round game is due to be played over the first weekend of December, but boss Darren Ferguson is just pleased for a home draw.
He told the Doncaster Star after the draw was made (and ahead of last night's game): "It's a home draw. It's all I wanted. You'd like to think any game in this round is winnable, which it is. It could be a derby, it could be on the box. If it is Scunthorpe I would say it's one of the ties of the round really. Both teams we've played this season and unfortunately we've lost 1-0 to them both."
"It's a home tie and that's all you can really ask. We'll put it to bed because we've obviously got some important league games before then. Certainly if it's a derby in the FA Cup you'd think it'll be a good atmosphere and a game to look forward to."
November 15, 2017
Danny is handed his first pro contract
Doncaster Rovers have announced that they have given teenager Danny Amos his first professional contract after impressing so far this season, which has seen his rewards by being included in the first team squad in a few matches so far.
Darren Ferguson has prioritised the development of young players who he hopes will progress into the first team picture. As he explained: "From day one, when I joined the club, I needed to bring players through. That’s why I made the necessary changes at that level. It’s desperately important for myself, and the club, that we get these young players through. There has to be improvement, everyone knows that, but we are seeing signs."
"You have to be careful how early you give players contracts. With Danny he is a very level-headed boy, and it won’t change him one iota. He will continue working hard, trying to improve his game. He can play in different positions, has shown a real maturity, and I think he has been excellent. He fully deserves this, now he has to kick on."
Danny has been capped by Northern Ireland at Under-19 level, and has signed a contract that will keep him at Rovers until the summer of 2019.
November 15, 2017
Travel info to Wigan
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Wigan Athletic, which is on Tuesday, 21st November.
They will leave Retford at 3.15pm, Harworth 3.20pm, Bawtry 3.30pm, Rossington Styrrup 3.30pm, Hare & Tortoise 3.35pm, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 3.45pm, Waterdale 3.50pm and the Keepmoat Stadium at 4.00pm.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £16 - Concessions £15
Non-members: Adults £18 - Concessions £17
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
November 15, 2017
Ticket details v Wigan Athletic
Doncaster Rovers have received an initial allocation of 564 tickets for next Tuesday's away game at Wigan Athletic.
They are now on general sale after the various restriction periods for sale have passed.
Ticket prices, which are for unreserved seating, are as follows:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Juniors (11-17) £10 - Juniors (5-10) £5 - Juniors (under 5) £2.
Qualifying disabled supporters pay the relevant price.
November 12, 2017
Rovers 1 Rotherham United 1
Perhaps a draw was a fair result if you try to look at Saturday's game objectively, but when you concede a 96th minute goal for your opponents to snatch a draw, it certainly feels like a defeat.
Rovers made just one change to the starting line-up compared with last week's FA Cup game at Ebbsfleet, with Joe Wright returning at the expense of Craig Alcock - and notably, James Coppinger notched his 550th appearance for the club.
Rovers had the edge in the first part of an edgy first half, but the only big talking point of the half came when Rotherham nearly scored with their first attack of the game. A cross into the box was headed by Semi Ajayi, with the bass saved by Ian Lawlor. After a scramble, Richard Wood headed onto the underside of the bar, with Lawlor gratefully snatching the ball after it came down. Rotherham fans behind the goal insisted that the ball had crossed the line, but the referee deemed it hadn't, and the score remained goalless.
After the break, both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock, but it was Rovers that drew first blood in the 62nd minute. Rodney Kongolo got away down the right, with his dangerous ball into the centre destined to reach John Marquis - but Millers skipper Richard Wood, in an attempt to intercept the ball, put the ball into his own net.
Rovers could have gone two up just minutes later as Baudry's shot went just wide. Marquis and Baudry had further chances, as did the visitors, when it took a superb block from Houghton to deny them.
Rovers looked to have weathered the storm, and were seemingly successful in seeing time out as the board went up for five added minutes.
Due to a further stoppage in play, the game stretched to at least six added minutes instead of five - and that proved crucial, as former Rovers loanee Jonson Clarke-Harris hit the post, with the prolific Kieffer Moore firing home at the second attempt in a mad goalmouth scramble.
November 12, 2017
What the managers said
There were somewhat contrasting opinions of the South Yorkshire derby played in front of the television cameras on Saturday at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Rovers boss Darren Ferguson was full of praise for the way his players performed, but was deeply disappointed not to have taken all three points from the game.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle, he said: "It feels like a defeat and it’s very raw at the moment. It’s very difficult for me to say anything to the players to lift them after that. In saying that I thought we were excellent. They left everything out there. We deserved to win the game. It was frantic but any of the football that was played was played by us."
However, Rotherham boss Paul Warne saw things differently - but when you've scored a 96th minute equaliser, perhaps it's not surprising.
He said: "I thought it was a typical derby game. Both teams were quite nervous. We were not as good in possession as I would have liked. I thought we were the better team in the first-half and created the better chances. They had a good 15 minute spell in the second half where they controlled the game. However, we changed our system and went three up top. I threw the kitchen sink at them so to score so late on feels like a win so I’m pretty pleased. You sometimes get what you deserve in football and sometimes you don’t, I think today we got what we deserved. We more than merited a point with our performance."
A video of Darren Ferguson's interview on Sky Sports can be viewed by clicking on his picture to the left.
November 12, 2017
Match highlights

Some highlights of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Rotherham at the Keepmoat Stadium are now available on the Sky Sports web site.
To view them, please click on their logo to the left.

November 12, 2017
Falkirk duo on 'excessive misconduct' charge after Shiels abuse
Falkirk players Kevin O'Hara and Joe McKee have been charged with "excessive misconduct" by the Scottish FA after allegedly abusing former Rovers midfielder Dean Shiels about his missing eye in their recent game against Dunfermline.
The confrontation with Shiels clearly angered the Northern Ireland international, who was ultimately sent off late in the game for a challenge on McKee, but it is the Falkirk duo that are in trouble.
The hearing against Kevin O'Hara has already been completed, with the striker handed an eight match ban - the hearing against McKee is due later this week.
Dean's father, Kenny commented: "I commend the SFA for the decision they’ve taking the stance they have. There are people who have different disadvantages and handicaps in sport and life in general and it’s not good practice. I have no doubt the boy regrets it. I can’t compromise judgments as there’s another one coming up next Thursday but this has been difficult for Dean and it’s hurt him. He’s had this throughout his career but previously it’s come from the stands."
"To get it from fellow professionals is what hurts him more than anything. A line has been crossed in terms of integrity and decency. There is a line you don’t cross, not just in football but in sport and this is one of them. Racism is one example of that but people are dealing with it now, action is being taken which wasn’t the case years ago. If you went to work years ago in England, you were called Paddy or Jock and I didn’t take any umbrage to that back then and I wouldn’t today. But some people are hypersensitive now. The rules have changed when it comes to humour and the banter as people have to watch what they say. You could joke about anything back in the day and it was regarded as a bit of fun, a bit of craic. But there is a new generation which is sensitive to banter and take offence. The situation with Dean is entirely different to anything which can be deemed as banter. There is banter and there is what was said to him."
November 12, 2017
McCullough recovery slower than hoped
The return to fitness of Luke McCullough is not as quick as the Rovers medical staff were hoping - but he is still working in the gym to build up his fitness.
It was hoped that he would be back in full training last week, but was unable to do so - but hopefully that will change this week.
Darren Ferguson reported to the Doncaster Star: "Luke is still doing his rehab. He’s still in the gym. He’s not been out on the grass yet. He’s taking a bit longer. I was hoping he’d be out on the grass this week but that’s not the case."
November 11, 2017
Rovers v Rotherham United
Doncaster Rovers will have Ben Whiteman and Joe Wright back in the squad for today's home game against Rotherham United after both missed out on last weekend's FA Cup game at Ebbsfleet United.
Both have trained all week and are available for selection. On-loan midfielder Rodney Kongolo is also in the squad - it had been feared that he would miss out after being named in the Holland Under-21 squad for their game this weekend, but was left out of the final squad this week.
Striker Andy Williams is fit after recovering from a rib injury.
Rovers will continue to be without Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Alex Kiwomya, Alfie May and Will Longbottom, all of who are continuing to recover from injury.
Rotherham United will be without goalkeeper Marek Rodak, who is on international duty with the Slovakian Under-21 squad, with boss Paul Warne to choose between Richard O'Donnell and Lewis Price to replace him today. Also missing will be Joe Mattock, who is suspended for today's game, and skipper Lee Frecklington is unlikely to be risked today. He has resumed training after recovering from a back injury, but is not ready for selection. Also missing will be Ben Purrington, who has a hamstring injury.
And remember, today's game kicks off at 12.30pm due to it being selected for live television coverage.
November 11, 2017
Ferguson looks forward to derby
Darren Ferguson is looking forward to the prospect of today's South Yorkshire derby against Rotherham United. The two clubs have not played each other since January 2007, and even though Rovers are currently ten places below Rotherham in the League One table, Ferguson says Rovers are full of confidence after a good set of recent results.
In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, he said: "We have had a good week. Won at Bury, which was a good result, and the performances after that have been good. We go into Saturday’s game in confident mood."
"I know it’s been about 10 years since we have met. It will be what a derby is all about, a good crowd, atmosphere, a lot of passion. Within that passion, I want my players to have composure, and play the way we want to. I am really looking forward to it, and as a player you need to be looking forward to these games."
November 11, 2017
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's home game against Rotherham United are:
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistant referees: Richard West and Michael McDonough
Fourth Official: David Webb
November 11, 2017
Rovers get away Trophy draw
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn away at Rochdale in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy.
Rovers were always going to have an away draw this time around after finishing as runners-up to Scunthorpe United in the first round mini-league, while Rochdale earned home advantage by winning their group.
The match will take place at Spotland (now known as the Crown Oil Arena, no less) in the week beginning December 4th.
Rovers' youngsters will have home advantage in the third round of the FA Youth Cup - provided that they win their second round tie against Blackpool.
The winners of that game will be at home to West Ham United in the third round. A date for the game will not be known until the winners of the second round game are known.
November 11, 2017
Jones goes on loan to Sheffield
Highly rated young goalkeeper Louis Jones has gone out on loan again to gain further match experience.
He has joined Evo-Stik League Division One (South) club Sheffield FC on loan for an initial month, and goes straight into their squad for this afternoon's game against Newcastle Town.
The move follows loans at Gainsborough Trinity and Tadcaster Albion earlier this season.
November 9, 2017
Rotherham game 'all-ticket'
Doncaster Rovers have announced that Saturday's home game against Rotherham United is to be "all-ticket" - but you will still be able to buy a ticket on the day.
All it really means is that there will be no cash turnstiles in operation for the South Stand, so everyone will have to go to the ticket office to buy a ticket.
Rotherham United have been given an extra allocation of tickets after the initial batch sold out, and they now have less than 300 tickets remaining for sale. The game is all-ticket for their supporters, and no tickets will be on sale to them on the day of the game.
November 9, 2017
Youth Cup date confirmed
Doncaster Rovers have been drawn at home to Blackpool in the second round of the FA Youth Cup.
The match will be played at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday, 14th November with a 7pm kick-off. The tie will be decided on the night, with extra time and penalties if necessary.
Admission prices will be £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and £1 for season ticket holders.
The club have confirmed that they will only be opening the West Stand for this match.
November 9, 2017
Ticket information v Fleetwood Town
Tickets for the forthcoming away game at Fleetwood Town on Saturday, 18th November, are now on sale from the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office.
Rovers have received an allocation of 610 tickets for the game, with all "membership" holders currently able to buy tickets. Any remaining unsold will go on general sale from Monday, 13th November.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Terracing: Adults £22 - Senior Citizens (65+) £17 - Students (with valid ID) £10 - Under 18s £10 - Juniors (5-15) £5 - Under 5s free
Seating: Adults £24 - Senior Citizens (65+) £19 - Students (with valid ID) £12 - Under 18s £12 - Juniors (5-15) £7 - Under 5s free
November 9, 2017
Fabien extends Shots loan
Aldershot Town have confirmed that they have managed to extend the loan of former Rovers player Fabien Robert from Forest Green Rovers until Saturday, 9th December.
His initial loan deal joined on an initial one month deal, extending it by a month in October. The loan move arose after Forest Green told him in the summer that he did not fit in with their plans for this season, and did not give him a squad number. Along with striker Rhys Murphy, he was training with Forest Green's academy until the loan move to Aldershot went through in early September.
November 8, 2017
Ebbsfleet United 2 Rovers 6
A potential cup upset looked quite possible at one stage in the first half as Ebbsfleet scored twice within a couple of minutes to put the home side two goals up by the 37th minute. However, Rovers responded by scoring twice in time added on at the end of the first half to level matters by the break. And Ebbsfleet never really recovered from that disappointment as Rovers turned on the style in the second half to put the tie beyond doubt.
Rovers made just one change from the previous league game, with Matty Blair returning in place of Joe Wright, who had a hamstring injury. Rovers had some decent chances early on in the first half, with Marquis and Baudry off-target with their attempts, and the home side responded by a shot going narrowly wide just after the half hour. However, it was only a couple of minutes before Ebbsfleet took the lead from the penalty spot, with Ian Lawlor bringing down Chris Bush just inside the penalty area to earn him a yellow card. The penalty was duly dispatched, and it got worse for Rovers as Ebbsfleet scored on a breakaway - and it looked like the half time break couldn't come soon enough so that Rovers could regroup.
However, injury time changed all that, as Rovers hit back with two goals. Tommy Rowe cracked the ball home from inside the penalty area, and then two minutes later, the goalkeeper could not keep hold of Kongolo's shot, with Marquis netting the loose ball to make it 2-2.
No doubt, those events completely re-wrote both managers' half time team talks. Rovers went in front after 52 minutes as Coppinger's deflected shot from the edge of the penalty area leaving the keeper wrong-footed. Rowe then hit the post, but Rovers' fourth had to wait until the 78th minute as Blair got away down the right, squaring the ball for Houghton to score.
Ebbsfleet's task became harder in the 80th minute when Chris Bush was sent off for a second yellow card offence, and Rovers took full advantage. Marquis was fouled in the penalty area, with Coppinger's audacious penalty making it five for Rovers. Tommy Rowe scored Rovers' final goal of the game to register an impressive victory and send Rovers into the second round draw.
November 8, 2017
What the managers said
A happy Darren Ferguson passed his verdict on Saturday's FA Cup win after he had watched his players respond from going two goals down by hitting six goals to record an impressive victory.
Speaking after the game, he said: "There were lots of positives to take from the game, we had to show a lot of character to come from two goals down and get ourselves back in it. I was impressed that we didn’t change the way we wanted to play, we kept going and added more quality to our play and that’s where the goals came from. Ebbsfleet caused us some problems with their wide players but we always knew our quality would come through, six goals away from home is always good against any opposition."
He added: "I was delighted with the way we played as we did a lot of what we’d worked on throughout the week in training. It’s been a good week for us, we’ve won six games out eight now so we go into the Rotherham game full of confidence."
Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon was very disappointed after the game, and even though Rovers scored four goals in the second half, he identified the two goals scored just before half time as to where they lost the game.
Speaking to BBC Radio Kent after the game, he said: "When we scored the second one, I called one of the players over and said make sure we get a zero at half-time. That was the critical bit of the game, I felt we lost the game then. Even though we were level at half-time, I thought the disappointment of being two up and then 2-2 changes my team talk, it changes Darren’s team talk. The game’s become difficult then for us."
"We showed for 45 minutes we’ve got players that have the technical quality of players at League One level but what we didn’t have was the professionalism for that last few minutes, seeing that through and it’s a lesson that we have to learn going forward in our league campaign as well. We have to be a bit more professional, a bit more ruthless maybe, a little bit more clinical to make sure that in them two minutes you don’t score. Kick the ball 10 times out of the ground if you have to to get to half-time at 2-0."
"“We’d been so good for the 45 as well, defensively, our shape, breaking out of our shape really well,” McMahon continued. "They’re a League One side, we’re a Conference team, evolving hopefully and trying to get into higher levels but we have to learn as well that you have to do your job for 47, 49, 50 minutes, whatever it is."
November 8, 2017
Match highlights

There are some match highlights of Saturday's FA Cup tie at Ebbsfleet available on the BBC's web site.
To view them, please click on the logo to the left.

November 8, 2017
Rovers get home draw
Doncaster Rovers have been given a home draw in the second round of the FA Cup. In the draw made on Monday evening, they were paired against the winners of the first round replay between Northampton Town or Scunthorpe United, who drew 0-0 on Saturday.
The date of the match is yet to be confirmed, but ties are to be played over the first weekend of December.
November 8, 2017
Development XI 4 Hartlepool United 0
Doncaster Rovers followed on from a successful weekend by registering a 4-0 victory over Hartlepool United in the Central League, with the goals coming from Andy Williams (2), Alfie Beestin and Liam Mandeville.
Youngsters Danny Amos and Morgan James were particularly impressive, with Rovers adopting the now favoured 3-4-3 formation of the first team, with the players now becoming comfortable with the system and now reaping the rewards.
Development boss John Schofield told DROS: "The senior players were excellent, and it was great to see them scoring goals. If you score goals your confidence goes through the roof, so it has been a really good exercise. I thought it was a really good performance, 90 minutes under the belt for some of the more senior players who need it and some really good football at times. This is not only a stepping stone for the younger players, but for the senior players to get game time.”
Doncaster Rovers: Louis Jones; Billy Roast, Danny Amos, Branden Horton; Alfie Beestin, Morgan James, Jacob Fletcher (Anthony Greaves 80), Cody Prior; Liam Mandeville, Andy Williams, Issam Ben Khemis (Jordan Tucker 85)
Substitutes not used: Keegan Townrow, Matthew Overton, Lewis Scattergood
Hartlepool United: Pools: Catterick, Nembhard, Owen, Miller, Newton (Bayne 65), Hawkins, Blackford, Munns (Orrell 65), Cooper, Simpson (Travers 65), Hawkes
Substitute not used: Bayne
November 8, 2017
Youth team 2 Rochdale 1
Doncaster Rovers progressed through to the second round of the EFL Youth Cup with a 2-1 win over Rochdale on Saturday.
After the first half ended goalless, Rovers went in front as James Morris converted from a free kick by Matthew Overton. However, Rochdale equalised in the 84th minute, but Keegan Townrow won the tie for Rovers with a late header.
Youth team boss Paul Stancliffe told DROS after the game: "I’m happy with the win and I’m happy for the team, we worked ever so hard. We started off well in the first half, but got a bit bogged down. Rochdale are a good team, but we did well to keep going until the end. I think it would’ve been a shame if we didn’t get the win in the end because overall I thought we deserved it."
November 4, 2017
Ebbsfleet United v Rovers
This is a match that Doncaster Rovers should win - in theory. But well all know the potential of the cup upset, and Darren Ferguson is well aware of the 'banana skin' risks of this game.
Ebbsfleet ply their trade in the Vanarama National League, two leagues below Rovers, and are capable of causing a cup upset unless Rovers apply themselves properly and play well.
Ferguson commented: "As soon as the draw was made we knew it wouldn’t be an easy game, it will be tough for us but we have to play our own game. The opening round of the FA Cup is always big for any club and we don’t want to be one of the sides on the wrong end of an upset. It will be a typical cup tie, they will be right up for it and I’ll remind the players before the game that there will be shocks across the weekend, we have to make sure we aren’t one of them."
He continued: "We’ve had them watched a couple of times and they’ve got some big lads in their team, they’ll be a threat from set pieces and things like that. We’ll be well prepared, as we are for any other game, but obviously we’ve got to go there and start the game well and make sure our quality shines through. We know it’s going to be a difficult game. These games always are. We’ll make sure we apply ourselves properly for it."
"It won’t be easy because they’ve got some good, experienced players at Ebbsfleet. Aaron McLean’s a top bloke, I had a great time with him at Peterborough. Kedwell up front is a handful. They’ve got Myles Weston, Febian Brandy, they’ve got a lot of good experienced, striking options.”
As far as team selection is concerned, it looks likely that Fergie will go back to almost the same side that played in the league last weekend at Bury, although Joe Wright is reported to be struggling with a hamstring problem.
Striker Andy Williams was substituted during the Checkatrade game against Sunderland on Tuesday due to a rib injury, but Darren Ferguson thinks he will be fit to play this afternoon. Apart from that, the injury list looks very similar to that of recent weeks, with Ross Etheridge, Luke McCullough, Danny Andrew, Alfie May and Alex Kiwomya all unavailable.
Former Manchester United youth team player Febian Brandy could be included in the Ebbsfleet side after receiving international clearance, as he has recently played in Thailand for Ubon UMT United. The only injury problem we are aware of in the Ebbsfleet squad is striker Darren McQueen, who has a knee injury.
November 4, 2017
Kiwomya makes good progress
Rovers striker Alex Kiwomya is making good progress as he recovers from Guillain-Baree syndrome, and is due to start "light training" next week. While that does not mean that he will be ready to play in matches any time soon, it is good news and from what Darren Ferguson is now saying, he should be fit enough to return to action this season.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press this week, Ferguson revealed: "Kiwomya’s coming on, he’ll be on the grass next week. So that’s great news."
"When I say ‘back on the grass’ I mean doing work with the fitness coaches as opposed to joining in with the rest of the lads. He’s come on massively in the last month, there’s been a huge improvement. He’s watching the tactical sessions so he understands the position he’ll play in. It’s still going to be a while [before he plays]. A month ago we thought it would be the whole season, we certainly don’t think that will be the case now. I feel he’ll fit into what we’re trying to do very well. He’s got that pace and technically he’s a good player too."
November 4, 2017
Snodin leaves as Grayson is sacked
Ex-Rovers player and assistant manager Glynn Snodin has left his job as assistant manager at Championship strugglers Sunderland as a consequence of the sacking of manager Simon Grayson this week.
Grayson was sacked 17 minutes after their draw against bottom club Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, with the rest of Grayson's coaching staff also leaving the club.
November 4, 2017
Ravenhill reaches milestone
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Ricky Ravenhill has reached another milestone during what is turning into a long career, as he played his 100th game for Buxton in their game against Warrington last week. He has now also played over 450 professional games, counting Rovers, Notts County and Bradford City among his former clubs.
His boss, Martin McIntosh paid tribute to the tenacious midfielder, saying: "He was fantastic again last nighT. He’s a joy to work with because you always know what you’re going to get from him. You’re going to get 100 per cent every week, whether it’s training or it’s matches, he’s just that type of character and we’re lucky to have him. He’s a great leader, although Greg’s our captain, Rav’s our other captain we’ve got on the field."
"You only have to look at Ricky’s career - he’s played at Wembley three or four times, won promotion - this is all in the Football League. Some people never achieve that in a 25-year career. For us to have him at Buxton is fantastic. He’s a special player for us on and off the pitch."
November 3, 2017
Travel information to Fleetwood
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club are running coaches to the away game at Fleetwood Town, which is on Saturday, 18th November.
They will leave Retford at 9.30am, Harworth 9.355am, Bawtry 9.45am, Rossington Styrrup 9.45am, Hare & Tortoise 9.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 10.00am, Waterdale 10.05am and the Keepmoat Stadium at 10.15am.
Fares for the trip will be:
Members: Adults £16 - Concessions £15
Non-members: Adults £18 - Concessions £17
To book a place on the coach, please phone Paul Mayfield 07961 727769 (after 6pm), Len South 01302 817347 (after 6pm), or Steve Warnes (North Branch) 07780 316923.
Bookings need to be made by the Wednesday before the game.
November 3, 2017
Millers get more tickets for Keepmoat clash

Rotherham United have been given an extra thousand tickets after having sold out their initial 2,600 allocation over a week ago.
The match, which is to be televised live on TV, has an earlier than usual kick-off as a consequence, and begins at 12.30pm on Saturday, 11th November.

November 3, 2017
Strachan impressed with Alfie's progress
Assistant manager Gavin Strachan has spoken of how pleased he is with the way that Alfie Beeston has progressed, both physically and mentally.
The 20 year old is now on the fringes of the Rovers first team, although a couple of minor injuries this season have disrupted his progress.
Speaking to the Doncaster Free Press, Strachan said: "But we’ve got a lot of belief in him and his teammates have got a lot of belief in him. He’s really worked hard at the physical side of his game, he’s done a lot of work with Ben Rome [fitness coach]. When he came he was such a scrawny lad and he’d never been in this sort of environment. So credit to him and how he’s looking after his body. He’s progressing well. He did well when he came on against Portsmouth and that can only bode well for him."
November 3, 2017
Woods makes return
Former Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods, now playing for Hamilton Academical, has made a return to action after a freak injury forced him to miss several weeks with a lacerated kidney.
He was back for last Tuesday's goalless draw against Partick Thistle, with Hamilton boss Martin Canning hoping that the club's injury woes continue to improve, with David Templeton, Ali Crawford, Grant Gillespie and Georgios Sarris all due to return in the next couple of weeks after lengthy injury lay-offs.
November 1, 2017
Rovers 1 Scunthorpe United 1 (3-2 on penalties)
Darren Ferguson made numerous changes to the Rovers side for last night's Football League Trophy match against Scunthorpe United.
The match was relatively meaningless, with both sides having qualified for the second stage of the competition, with all at stake being who would finish top of the group and hence have a home tie in the next round. Rovers had to win the game within the 90 minutes to finish top - anything else and Scunthorpe would finish ahead.
The Rovers side comprised some players who have not featured regularly so far this season, along with numerous young players from the development squad, and they did well against a more experienced Scunthorpe side. A fairly even opening to the game followed, with a Scunthorpe free kick from 30 yards being the first chance, but that went over the cross bar. Rovers started to gain the upper hand, with Andy Williams having a shot blocked, and Issam Ben Khemis saw his shot go over the bar.
The deadlock was broken in the 37th minute when Rovers broke down the left , with Garatt squaring the ball for Liam Mandeville to fire home.
Scunthorpe started the second half intent on gaining the equaliser, but it still took ten minutes for them to do so, with van Veen passing for Clayton Lewis slotting the ball past Marosi.
Both sides had chances to win the game within the 90 minutes - perhaps the visitors had the better opportunities, but the game finished level and went to penalties - which were actually a waste of time, as Scunthorpe would finish top of the group regardless of how the shoot-out turned out.
With the new "ABBA" order of taking penalties, Scunthorpe scored their first penalty, with Mason levelling matters. Beestin then missed the target, but Scunthorpe then fired over with their next two penalties.
Jacob Fletcher then had his penalty saved before Liam Mandeville scored to put Rovers 2-1 up. Scunthorpe then had their next penalty saved, but Goode scored to make it 2-2. Issam Ben Khemis then converted the final Rovers penalty of the initial five to win the game for Rovers.
November 1, 2017
Morgan sacked by Llandudno
Ex-Rovers midfielder Alan Morgan has been sacked by Llandudno FC despite the club ending a run of four consecutive defeats be drawing against title contenders Connah's Quay. Morgan has been with Llandudno for five years and is one of the most successful managers in the club's history, getting them promoted from the Cymru Alliance into the Welsh Premier League, and they achieving European qualification in their first season in the top flight.
He has been replaced by Alex Gibson, who has taken the role on a caretaker basis while the position is advertised.
The club statement reads: "After 5 years working with Alan Morgan on what has been a fantastic journey it is with a heavy heart that Llandudno FC has now parted company with his services.
"Alan will go down as one of the most successful managers in the club's history after his four year tenure, who came in when the club was fighting relegation from the Huws Gray Alliance, turned them into a title winning Cymru Alliance side winning promotion to the Welsh Premier League by doing so for the first time in the clubs history, then achieved European qualification in our first season in the WPL, an extremely monumental feat in the clubs history.
"Under Alan’s tutelage the club have enjoyed some real highs, the elation of Joyce’s winner at Penycae to clinch the Cymru Alliance, Lewis Buckley’s last gasp winner against Newtown at home, some impressive away performances in our first season at the likes of Aberystwyth and Newtown, and of course going toe to toe with European giants IFK Goteborg in the Europa League.
"The club wishes to place on record the appreciation and gratitude of all at the club for what Alan has achieved and the legacy he leaves us with. We would also like to extend this gratitude and appreciation to his family who have supported him and the club and who have contributed so much themselves to this great club.
"We all wish Alan and his family every success and happiness in the future and will always be welcome here."
November 1, 2017
Dino is the new boss at Nuneaton
Former Rovers striker Dino Maamria has been named as the new manager at Nuneaton Town. He had joined the club ahead of last weekend's game as a last minute call-up to 'help out', but has now signed a contract and replaces Tommy Wright, who has left to become the new manager at Darlington.
Maamria commented to the Coventry Telegraph: "I was keen to sign and wanted to get involved as soon as I could. It is full-time, working for a chairman who loves the game, I was delighted to sign. I can see the potential here, I've seen the players, I think the hours we do, plus the squad we have got should see us go far. I have had the chance to get back into football since I left the caretaker role at Newport County, but this is the job that got me interested.
“I cannot wait to get started."