21 May 2013 - Paul Dickov joins the Rovers revolution
Yesterday, the club unveiled Paul Dickov as the new manager, and the VSC were there to welcome Paul to the revolution.
Following Brian Flynn's decision to return to a youth development role, the club had embarked on a thorough process to identify the right man for the job. Paul's name was very quickly linked with the club, with bookmakers installing him as red-hot favourite for the job and a number of supporters telling of how they had seen Paul at the Keepmoat watching some of our matches in the run in to becoming League One Champions. Even John Ryan agreed on Sky Sports that Dickov was a name that interested him, further adding to the speculation that this was the man to take over the reins from Flynn. From a supporter's point of view, the VSC were delighted that the club was sounding out a number of options and interviewed a number of managers, before revealing that Dickov was the right man to take us forward.
At yesterday's press conference, Paul gave a very clear account of his attributes and his vision, stating very clearly that he doesn't accept that the club should aim for Championship survival as some sort of success, and believes that, with the right additions to the squad, a top half finish is not beyond the club.
Now Paul can start his work in earnest and a few new signings are expected sooner rather than later. As his squad develops we will no doubt get a better understanding of the way Paul works and all we ask, as a Supporter's Trust, is that the fans give Paul their full support and welcome him to our great club.
As the VSC and the club move forward with IRWT off the field, hopefully Paul will lead the way forward on the field
01 May 2013 - CHAMPIONS! Now there is no better time to join the VSC
What a way to end the season! Doncaster Rovers are promoted back to The Championship as Champions of League One!
The victory came in dramatic style with a last gasp 1-0 victory at Brentford, which undoubtedly will be discussed for years to come in the same excited tones as the victories at The Brittania Stadium, the Millennium Stadium and Wembley.
So, now that the season has ended and we can all look forward to a summer break (and for our heart rates to return to normal), why not consider joining the VSC?
This past year has seen a phenomenal amount of change at Doncaster Rovers FC, both on and off the pitch, and the VSC has been at the forefront of this with the fan engagement project "In Rovers We Trust". This has lead to many successes that put the supporters back at the heart of the club, including....
The Club and the supporters now have a fantastic platform to move forward together. Please become part of this exciting project by joining the VSC. It only costs £1 a month to join, and the more members who join gives the supporters a stronger say in how our club operates and the priorities it follows.
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21 Apr 2013 - End Of Season VSC Review
NathanDRFC posted in VSC News April 21, 2013, 10:13:00 AM 583 Views Rating: 0 (0 Rates) Print
Towards the backend of last season the Viking Supporters Co-operative started on a new approach and I feel that new direction is resulting in huge improvements. The decision was for the Trust to move away from just purchasing as many shares as possible as a means to influence, instead we embarked on perhaps the best fan engagement programme in football. Rovers took on board the idea and concept, and In Rovers We Trust was created. Rovers and the VSC found what unites all stakeholders of the club and communicate with each other for the good of the club. We are doing just that, and some of the rewards of that can be seen below.
The front cover of the May issue FC Business, the Football Trade magazine, has pictures of Rovers fans with the heading "What would Rovers Do? Rovers get to the Heart of fan engagement". Also in the same edition it was great to see the Rovers Supporter Liaison Officer job spec quoted as best practice by UEFA spokesman.
If we go back to the AGM it was so pleasing to see that the VSC board increased 2 fold and this has certainly helped the Trust grow stronger. During the season the Trusts, work can be split into 3 categories, In Rovers We Trust, Tomorrow's Rovers and general VSC work. Here are just some of the success we have had:
In Rovers We Trust
Without our members - none of this would be possible. So please pat yourself on the back and be proud of what we have achieved and thank you very much for your support.
28 Mar 2013 - Donate to Ian Duerden's Foundation
For those of you aware of Ian Duerden and his son Oliver's remarkable story, the VSC are hoping to raise funds for Ian and his family and will present him with a cheque at the Doncaster Rovers VS Swindon Town game on Monday 1st April. To raise funds we are planning to raffle and auction off Rovers memorabilia next week to help Ian and his wife Caroline raise enough to get Oliver the adapted wheelchair he needs.
For those of you who won't be able to make a donation on the day, or if you would like to donate something now you can do do via Paypal by clicking the donate button below. All the funds raised will be given directly to Ian and his family.
We understand times are hard for some of you, but this really is an inspirational story. Ian helped our club in our time of need and the VSC feels it is time we rally round and repay him the favor so please donate as much or as little as you can. It will gratefully received.
22 Mar 2013 - Ian Duerden returns to the Rovers!
The VSC are very pleased to announce that a Rovers legend, Ian Duerden, will be attending the Swindon game on Easter Monday with his wife Caroline and children Oliver and Nancy. Ian was an important part of the Rovers squad in our first few seasons in the Conference after relegation from the Football League. Amongst other things, he will be fondly remembered for a memorable hat-trick against rivals Rushden and Diamonds at Nene Park, and a fine winning goal against Farnborough in the Conference Cup Final at a packed Belle Vue, as well as the now infamous 'Get Duerden On!' chant which could often (and sometimes still is!) be heard in the stands. Ian will be attending a Supporter Q&A session in the Belle Vue Bar before the match, so make sure you're there!We are also using the match to raise funds and awareness for Ian's son, Oliver, who is in need of an adapted wheelchair. We are hoping to have a raffle and collection in the Belle Vue Bar during the Q&A session and prizes will be announced before the game. To hear more of Ian Story, please view the thread here: http://www.drfc-vsc.co.uk/index.php?topic=238275.new#new