Countdown to Next Match
by Rich Colby
Paul Dickov’s men face their penultimate away game of the season as they make the journey south to face MK Dons at Stadium MK.
Mathematically Rovers play-off hopes are officially over after they could only manage a goal-less draw at the weekend against Fleetwood Town. Paul Dickov will still be demanding his side finish as high as possible though, and victory tonight could push them into 7th place. Unbeaten in the last three games, Rovers will be looking to continue that run tonight.
Confirmation of at least a play-off place is confirmed for MK Dons, but all eyes for them will be on that 2nd and final automatic promotion place. Just one point behind Preston, the Dons will be looking for victory tonight which could push them into 2nd place providing Preston fail to win at Notts County tonight. MK have won six out of their last seven games including a 6-1 thrashing over Leyton Orient at the weekend. Rovers really are coming into town at the wrong time and will have to stop striker Dele Alli adding to his already impressive total of goals this season.
Paul Keegan is Rovers only absentee for tonight. Rob Jones is expected to play his third game in a week after shoring up the defence since his return. Mitchell Lund should also keep his place after a solid performance at right-back on his first team debut.
The sides last squared off in October at the Keepmoat Stadium and fought out a 0-0 draw on what was Andy Butlers debut for Rovers. The last meeting at Stadium MK was in March 2013 on Rovers promotion season from League One. On the night though they looked anything but promotion hopefuls as they went down 3-0 to goals from Izale McLeod, Daniel Powell and Stephen Gleeson. Paul Dickov will definitely be looking for a better result tonight.
Come on you reds!
Overall record vs MK Dons: P 8/W 3/D 4/L 1
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Football club legends aren't made over night. They have to grow with the club; they have to rise and fall with the club; they have to live through everything the fans live through; they have to endure every pain and bask in every success and they have to create memorable moments that fans remember forever. There is only one player at Doncaster Rovers who currently fits that bill. Step forward Jamie Coppinger.
Copps has made over 440 appearances for Doncaster Rovers, a record only bettered by Colin "Duggie" Douglas. In the modern this is a record few will come even close to matching. During the last 11 years Jamie has also helped the club achieve more than it ever has done before.
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by Rich Colby
The end of the season is in sight, with just four games to go Rovers host Fleetwood Town for the first time ever at the Keepmoat Stadium.
While both sides can mathematically still reach the play-offs it is very unlikely that they will. Rovers sit ten points off sixth place with four games to play while Fleetwood sit eight points off sixth with three to play. One thing is for sure, whatever the result of this game, someones play-off hopes will be mathematically over and it will be back to the drawing board for next season.
Fleetwood have had a good season overall. Promoted from League Two last season they were many peoples favourites for a relegation fight, however they sit in a solid 8th position. Their home form has been good and overall they will be happy with their away performances, picking up 26 points on the road. Midfielder Steven Schumacher will be the one to watch for them.
Paul Dickov’s men got back to winning ways during the week with yet another away win, this time at Leyton Orient. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was ecstatic for Rob Jones scoring the only goal after being ruled out through injury for so long. Another win against the Cod Army would move Rovers above them onto 60 points for the season so far.
Paul Keegan remains out of the squad through injury despite taking part in light training while the fitness of Luke McCullough and Nathan Tyson will be reviewed.
The sides last faced each other for the only time in their history back in October where Fleetwood ran out 3-1 winners. Stephen Dobbie opened the scoring but Rovers striker Nathan Tyson leveled the scores within six minutes. In what was an overall poor display by Paul Dickovs men, a rarity on the road, Liam McAlinden and David Ball sealed the game and the points for the Cod Army.
Paul Dickov will be hoping to try and finish Rovers final two home games on a high after a poor showing to the Doncaster faithful overall this season.
Come on you reds!
Overall record Vs Fleetwood Town: P 1/W 0/D 0/L 1
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The Labour Party launched its party manifesto yesterday (Monday 13th April 2015) and promised to "give football fans a voice in club boardrooms":
"Football clubs are an important part of many people's identity and sense of belonging. They are more than just businesses. But despite their importance in the lives of their members and supporters, too often there are no effective means for fans to have a say in how their clubs are run.
"Labour will provide the means for supporters to be a genuine part of their clubs. We will introduce legislation to enable accredited supporters trusts to appoint and remove at least two of the directors of a football club and to purchase shares when the club changes hands.
The Viking Supporters Co-operative welcomes any proposals from political parties that aim to strengthen the voice of football fans.