Countdown to Next Match
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.
Today at 04:12 PM - You're supposed to be at home....
What's the furthest a fan travels to come to a Rovers game?
Last Saturday, Ruth Milano, VSC member and more commonly known to regular Viking Chat users as "Sandy Lane", and her sister Amy visited the Keepmoat for the Rovers v Fleetwood Town match. What's surprising about this? The ladies live in upstate New York.
Back in January, Ruth contacted VSC Chair Rob Clark about their forthcoming trip to the UK and their plans to take in a match whilst they were over here, and so a covert operation to give the girls a day to remember swung into action. Rob takes up the story.
"I contacted Ryan Murrant to see what the club could do to make the day special, and between us laid on a series of activities. The girls were chauffeured from Doncaster Railway Station to the ground in an S-class Mercedes, given the full tour of the ground, met Paul Dickov and James Coppinger, sat in the dugouts, had time for a pint of 1879 in the Belle Vue Bar (and met one or two other fellow Viking Chatters) , managed to stock up on Rovers kits in the club shop sale, then took in the game from the back of the South Stand."
Ruth said "We had a wonderful day. Ryan and Rob made the day extra special for us, and Amy and I would like to thank them for their hospitality and kindness. We really enjoyed the stadium tour and learned so much about football and the inner workings of the club. The Keepmoat Stadium is really very impressive and the tour highlighted how much we have to offer players and fans there. Of course we also loved the car service from the train station and our gifts of the Rovers scarves! All in all it was a lovely day and one we won't forget any time soon."
by Rich Colby
Paul Dickovís 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
For those who couldn't make it yesterday, or who haven't got a programme from yesterday, here's our piece in the programme. We hope you enjoy reading it.
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.
(click the link below to read the full article)
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 Dickovís men got back to winning ways during the week with yet another away win, this time at Leyton Orient. Iím sure I wasnít 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