Countdown to Next Match
by Rich Colby
Paul Dickovís men travel to bottom of the table Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, with the aim of winning back to back league games for the first time since March. Confidence should be back amongst the Rovers side after solid victories recently over Weston Super Mare and Rochdale, and also three wins in the last four games.
Last Saturdays late winning goals by Theo Robinson and Curtis main pushed Rovers up to 16th in the table and they will be looking to move up to mid table with victory at Gresty Road.
The hosts from Cheshire are battling hard with a very young side on a limited budget. Crewe are currently three points from safety and will be striving for victory just as much as Rovers. The Railwaymen are without a victory in their last six games but Rovers will still have to keep a close eye on loanee striker Nicky Ajose. The Leeds striker knows where the goal is after scoring 17 goals last season for Swindon and Peterborough in League One.
Rovers only injury worry is left back Cedric Evina who remains sidelined. Midfielder Jamie Coppinger should be ok to play despite being taken off last week at Rochdale. Rob Jones could also feature in the squad.
Heres hoping for another successful away day and 3 points to move Rovers further up the table.
Come on you reds!
Overall record v Crewe: P 94 / W 39 / D 24 / L 31
by Rich Colby
Rovers travel to Lancashire this weekend to face Rochdale at Spotland for the first time in over a decade.
Paul Dickovís men will want to build on the positive performance at Weston Super Mare on Tuesday night, but it will be no easy task. Keith Hillís Rochdale currently lie in 8th position in League One and will be looking for maximum points which could see them sneak into the play-off positions. The man to watch for them is winger and joint top scorer with 8 goals Matty Done.
Rovers centre backs Andy Butler and Luke McCullough returned to the side during the week and should keep their place for the visit to Spotland. Rob Jones is training again but isnít expected to be risked this weekend. Jamie McCombe and Cedric Evina are definite absentees at the back, but Nathan Tyson should return after being rested mid week. Dean Furman is also back from international duty and available for selection.
Rovers last visited Spotland back in March 2004 during the division 3 title winning season. A late late Mark Albrighton goal gave the visitors a valuable point on the road to the league championship in a game where there were probably more away fans than home fans.
Paul Dickov will be desperate for maximum points this weekend to try an push Rovers into a much safer mid-table position. They remain unbeaten when Andy Butler is in the side, so heres hoping for a solid performance and three points on Saturday.
Come on you reds!
Overall record Vs Rochdale: P 103/W 52/D 17/L 34
15 Nov 2014 - VSC AGM 2014
Saturday 15th November 2014 saw the VSC AGM 2014 take place in the Belle Vue Bar at the Keepmoat Stadium.
The meeting outcomes were as follows :
The following members were elected to serve on the board of the Trust for the next two years :
Board members who had stood down since the last AGM were thanked for their service to the Trust. These were :
Jenny Lee (Co-opted)
The Trust would like to place on record it's thanks to Alan Bloor from the Barnsley FC Supporters Trust and FSF who acted as an impartial Elections Officer.
There were two issues that members were balloted upon:
Would the membership accept that the Trust abstained from having audited accounts, as it has done in previous years, based on the high costs involved.
This is in our rules, but requires us to ask the membership annually for permission. The accounts are still independently verified and submitted to the FCA for scrutiny. The ballot resulted in favour of the request.
Due to the change in reclassification of IPS's under the Cooperative and Community Benefit Society Act 2014, the Trust is asking its members for the opportunity to explore the principal of a change of name from the Viking Supporter's Co-operative.
The ballot resulted in favour of the request and the Trust will now explore this opportunity with input from members.
The AGM meeting presentation and Chairman's address notes are now available to download. The minutes of the meeting will follow.
by Rich Colby
Rovers are back at the Keepmoat this weekend for a South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United. After being without a game since the win at Bradford two weeks ago, the last minute cancellation at Weston Super Mare last week was a bit of a blow to Paul Dickovís men. After a couple of much better performances against MK Dons and Bradford, Rovers will have wanted to keep the momentum going but sadly it wasnít to be.
Rovers are looking for just their second win at the Keepmoat Stadium this season. A shambolic stat in comparison to the record on the road.
The Blades go into the game knowing that victory could push them into a play-off spot in the table. Their away form is mixed having won four games on the road this season and recording maximum points in the last two at Bradford and Crewe. The man to watch for them will be former Everton midfielder Jose Baxter, a man Paul Dickov should know all about after he managed him at Oldham.
Rovers will be without Andy Butler who unfortunately isnít allowed to play against his parent club. Cedric Evina will also miss out. Luke McCullough could miraculously play despite being in the Northern Ireland squad to face Romania tonight. Should he make it he will replace Butler at Centre back and Evina will be replaced by Enda Stevens.
Doncaster are undefeated against The Blades in the last seven games. The two sides couldnít be separated in the last three games though equaling three draws. Heres hoping Paul Dickovís men can extend that unbeaten run to eight come Saturday evening.
Come on you reds!
Overall record Vs Sheffield United: P 31/W 7/D 12/L 12
popular STAND has been included on the shortlist for Fanzine of the Year at the FSF Awards 2014, and the VSC would love to see the Rovers Fanzine, edited by Glen Wilson, to win the award!
To vote simply visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fsf-awards-2014 and tick the 3rd option for #4, "Popular Stand (Doncaster Rovers)". Best of luck Glen!