by Rich Colby
The final game of the season before the players jet off on their summer holidays should be a cracker as Doncaster host Scunthorpe in the M180 derby.
Both sides will be battling it out to finish above the other with just two points separating the teams. Rovers should be the favourites at home, but as weíve discovered this season, games at the Keepmoat Stadium more often than not do not finish with the required result.
Rovers form is pretty appalling over the last ten games resulting in just two victories and eight points on the board. They remain without Paul Keegan but otherwise Paul Dickov should have a fully fit squad to choose from. Theo Robinson has returned from his successful loan spell with Scunthorpe and could feature.
The Iron will be boosted after their plans for a new 12,000 seater stadium were approved this week. Mark Robins side have lost just once in the last eight games and will be looking to take that victory to move above Doncaster in the final standings. Ex-Rovers loanee John Lundstram will be the one pulling the strings in midfield and will be the one to watch for them.
The sides last met back in October. Rory Fallon gave The Iron the lead mid-way through the first half, but Jamie Coppinger levelled the scores just five minutes later. Nathan Tysonís early second-half strike gave Paul Dickovís men all three points. The last meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium was in November 2012. Goals from Martin Woods, David Cotterill, Rob Jones and Billy Paynter saw Rovers win 4-0.
Doncaster have won the last six meetings between the two teams and are unbeaten in the last eight. You have to go back almost nine years to find the last Scunthorpe victory. Lets have some more of that this weekend.
See you next season! Come on you reds!
Overall record vs Scunthorpe: P 61/W 24/D 20/L 17
The club are offering Rovers supporters the chance to come and enjoy some fun on us when we face Scunthorpe United on May 3rd at the Keepmoat (12.15 KO).
There will be plenty of family fun with music, penalty shoot outs, crazy golf, bungee runs, human table football, a clown a magician and much more, and you can be part of it ALL for as little as £10.
The fun will start at 10.30am and will be based outside the Soccer Centre at Keepmoat Stadium. Adult tickets for this fixture are only £15 and entry to the fun is FREE when you buy a match ticket.
Full prices are as follows:
Young Persons £10
16 & Under £1
One adult and child can join in for just £16, which is great value for a day out as Rovers close the 2014/15 campaign.
Read more at http://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/news/article/to-say-thanks-2415863.aspx
The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club and Viking Supporters Co-operative joined together to celebrate James Coppinger's testimonial year last weekend. On the pitch at the legends game Rob Williams from the VSC and Len South from the Supporters Club presented him with a Special Trophy and Plaque, which will be on display for years to come in the Belle Vue Bar. Needless to say it's a small token of the fans appreciation for such a dedicated player, and we're sure you'd join us in saying Copps truly is a Rovers legend. We also clubbed together for a Coppinger "LEGEND" flag, which we can't wait to see in the South Stand from next season along with the flags and banners of the Black Bank movement.
by Rich Colby
Doncaster Rovers and Paul Dickov make their final road trip of the season as they travel to Nottinghamshire to face Notts County at Meadow Lane.
Defeat at MK Dons during the week pushed Rovers into the bottom half of the table into 13th place, where a win wouldíve seen them go 8th. Fine lines between achieving and underachieving. Victory at Notts County should push Paul Dickovís men back into the top half going into the last game of the season. Given Rovers overall good away form over the season, a win wouldnít surprise anybody.
Notts County are simply fighting for their League One lives. 22nd in the table, 2 points off safety, 2 games to play, home to Doncaster and away to Gillingham on the final day. Realistically nothing but at least 4 points from their final games will give them a chance of avoiding the drop. For a team that hasnít recorded a victory in the last 11 games, things donít look hopeful for them and they are running out of games. Experienced shot-stopper Roy Carroll will be the one trying to keep Rovers at bay.
Paul Keegan remains Rovers only injury doubt.
This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season. Last time out the sides played out a forgetful 0-0 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium. In fact the most entertaining moment of the evening was Notts Countys KwameThomas (already on a yellow card) receive a second booking for leaving the pitch too slowly whilst being substituted. The teams last played at Meadow Lane in October 2012. Goals from Paul Keegan (yes Paul Keegan) and Chris Brown gave Rovers a 2-0 win and 3 points on the road to the league title.
Come on you reds!
Overall record vs Notts County: P 53/W 23/D 8/L 22
Season ticket holders can claim a free ticket for the final match of the season v Scunthorpe United under a new offer announced by the club today.
Simply take in voucher J from your season ticket book and bring a friend for free to what proves to be a cracking local derby and bring the curtain down on the season.
Remember, the match is on Sunday 3rd May and is a 12.15pm kick off at the Keepmoat Stadium. All the final League One fixtures are scheduled to kick off at exactly the same time.
The day will also see bucket collections in aid of the Ray Dunning Scholarship Fund, so bring a friend to the game for free and dig deep to support this worthy cause.