18 Apr 2014 - Doncaster Rovers v Derby County Preview
by Paul Williams
We’ve come out second-best in our three matches against the Rams but had won five of the previous seven meetings, so maybe all isn’t lost just yet.
Steve McClaren’s side are, of course, still mathematically in the hunt for automatic promotion and have players who can score goals. But, you could argue, so did Leicester, QPR and Wigan when they arrived at the Keepmoat earlier in the season and we do still need a few points ourselves to stave off the chasing pack of fellow strugglers.
If there had been any justice, we’d have got something out of our last two games against Bolton and Ipswich but it appears we have to suffer at least a broken limb to get a free-kick out of some officials at present – perhaps Mr Hooper will be more sympathetic to our cause this week with the Sky cameras to play to?
11 Apr 2014 - Save up to £40 on your season ticket
Save up to £40 on your season ticket! Doncaster Rovers have teamed up with the
Viking Supporters Co-operative to provide our members the opportunity to secure money back on their 2014/15 season ticket.
Following the close of the early bird deadline last week, Doncaster Rovers season ticket sales were just short of 500 higher than at the close of the early bird deadline in 2013.
While season tickets have now reverted to full price, members of VSC can use their membership to claim the full price difference (between the full price and early bird price) back.
09 Apr 2014 - Ipswich Town v Doncaster Rovers Preview
by Paul Williams
This survival malarkey is getting a bit tiresome – why don’t the bottom three just accept their fate and chuck in the towel?
We’re only TLO Donny Rovers so you just know we’re going to do this the hard way and it can’t be easy lining up with a different back four every week. Lucas Neill limped out of Tuesday’s game against Bolton, preceded by Richie Wellens - we may not see either at Ipswich. Let’s hope the defenders’ curse isn’t infectious and has been passed on to the midfield. Our centre-back partnerships have seen more changes in personnel than the Sugababes this season.
Portman Road is our next port of call for a re-match with the Tractor Boys, who gave us a right drubbing at the Keepmoat on Boxing Day. We’ve strengthened and improved since then but Ipswich, under the guidance of Ireland’s most famous Yorkshireman Mick McCarthy, still have designs on the top six so won’t make it easy, though we’ve won on two of our last four visits to the Suffolk back waters and it’s a ground where Billy has had plenty of luck in recent years; another couple of goals wouldn’t come amiss this Saturday.
07 Apr 2014 - DRFC Accounts to June 13
Doncaster Rovers - Financial performance
As many fans will know companies and football clubs must prepare published statutory accounts on an annual basis. Doncaster Rovers are no different in doing so and have recently published the accounts for the year ended 30th June 2013. Accounts for a limited company have to be filed with Companies House 9 months following the year end date however the Football League stipulate that accounts should be filed within 7 months of the year end date, both of which the football club has complied with.
As key stakeholders and holders of a number of shares in the football club, the Viking Supporters Co-operative was given pre-release access to the financial statements. These were analysed by directors with a finance background and following this trust secretary Martin O'Hara met the Finance Director of the football club to discuss items included in the financial statements.
07 Apr 2014 - Doncaster Rovers v Bolton Wanderers Preview
by Paul Williams
Considering the players at their disposal, Bolton really shouldn’t be languishing in the bottom half of the table – but you could say that about quite a few teams in the Championship.
Dougie Freedman’s side have improved to pull away from the relegation zone in recent weeks and are unbeaten in four, having only conceded one goal in their last three games. They boast some names familiar to Rovers fans including former loanee David Wheater, who has been a rock at the centre of their defence. Jermaine Beckford spent our play-off final victory peeking out of Matt Mills’ pocket but looks to have been let out now they are team-mates at the Reebok. Matt was a great favourite at the Keepmoat but has only just returned from injury – I wonder if he still aims that long pass from right to left looking for Mark McCammon’s head?
I hate the non-word ‘bouncabackability’ but that’s what Rovers need to show after Saturday’s second-half collapse against the bruising Brummies. Keep an eye on those scores from elsewhere, however, just in case.