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As part of the Testimonial Celebrations for James Coppinger the VSC have teamed up with Copps, the Testimonial Celebrations Team (including Louis Tomlinson and his representatives) and many schools in and around Doncaster to bring a great competition to the younger fans of DRFC for the upcoming LEGENDS GAME. We would also like to extend this out to all the younger DRFC fans on the Viking Chat Forum, facebook and twitter.

The competition is an Easter Holiday Art Competition where the idea is to create an original piece of art, in any material on one side of A4 paper of either COPPS #26 or LOUIS #28.

There are three age groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3 and Working Towards GCSE/A' Level and two sub-categories per age group: COPPS 26 and LOUIS 28.

The winning designs in each age range and category will be reproduced, signed by both Copps and Louis, framed and presented back to the artists on the pitch at some point before/at half time in the Legends game.

Winning art and runners-up in either category and all age-ranges will be bound together and presented in a book to Copps and Louis too.

The original artwork is to be handed in to Main Reception at the Keepmoat by 5:00pm on Tuesday April 7th. For full rules and regs and all details plus an entrance form click here.

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Season Ticket holders are reminded that they have until Tuesday 31st March to secure their 2015/16 Season Ticket at the "early bird" prices, and at the same time can snap up an additional Season Ticket for the Doncaster Rovers Belles new season for just a fiver!

The Keepmoat Stadium Ticket Office will be open until 7 PM every day from Thursday 26th March to allow supporters every opportunity to renew quickly and conveniently.  The full Ticket Office opening times are as follows:

Date Opening Times
25/3/15 Wednesday     
26/3/15 Thursday 9.00-7.00
27/3/15 Friday 9.00-7.00
28/3/15 Saturday 10.00-7.00
29/3/15 Sunday 12.00-7.00
30/3/15 Monday 9.00-7.00
31/3/15 Tuesday

Should you wish to have your season ticket renewed in the simplest way, call on 01302 762576  and select option 1.  The Ticket Office staff will be delighted to assist with any queries, such as moving seats, checking availability or finding a group of seats together for you and your friends, and will be able to process this over the telephone for you.

The early bird pricing offers generous savings over the full price, so grab your new Season Ticket from just £299 for adults and £30 for junior supporters and take advantage of this offer before it runs out.

Any supporter renewing their season ticket during the early bird period can also pick up a Belles Season Ticket for the bargain price of £5.  The Belles kicked of their FA Women's Super League 2 season in fine style last week with an excellent 3-0 home victory over Durham, and a £5 Belles Season Ticket will get you a seat at all of the girls' remaining 11 home matches!


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by Rich Colby

Paul Dickovís Doncaster will be looking to end a bad week on a high note by picking up three points at Coventry City this weekend.

Rovers have plummeted from sixth to twelfth over the last seven days and were desperately unlucky to lose to a last minute goal against Swindon on Tuesday night.  On a positive note they have saved their best form for on the road this season, being beaten just once in the last twelve away games.  They do need to start to turn the abundance of away draws into wins though if there is still the faint hope of winning the race to the final play-off places.

New Coventry manager Tony Mowbray has re-ignighted the Sky Blues over the last few games.  They have won their last two to move three points clear of the relegation zone after impressive wins at Chesterfield and Fleetwood in the space of four days.  Rovers will have to keep an eye on on-loan striker Dominic Samuel in order to keep a clean sheet and be in with a chance of maximum points.

Rovers midfielder and legend James Coppinger has trained this week and could feature in the squad, while Paul Dickov remains without long term absentees Paul Keegan and Rob Jones.

Victory for Doncaster would help to keep the season alive and keep them in touch with the play-off places.  Sitting just four points from sixth position we all know that a lot can change in a week, and Rovers need a good week with another away day at MK Dons the following Saturday.  Victory for Coventry would push them further away from the relegation zone and just four points behind Doncaster in what is a crazy league this season.

Last time the two teams faced each other on Boxing day at the Keepmoat Stadium, Rovers took the spoils.  First half goals from Andy Butler and Harry Forrester gave Paul Dickovís men all three points in a 2-0 victory.  Rovers last visited the Ricoh Arena almost two years ago to the day in March 2013.  It wasnít a happy trip though as they lost 1-0 to a first half strike from Cyrus Christie.

Come on you reds!

Overall record vs Coventry City:  P 21/W 7/D 6/L 8
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Doncaster Rovers has been nominated for the prestigious Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year Award as part of the 2015 Football League Awards Shortlist.

This award recognises the Football League club community scheme that has best demonstrated success at engaging with their local community over the last year.† The shortlist is comprised of five regional winners, which includes Rovers (YORKSHIRE & NORTH EAST), Blackburn Rovers (NORTH WEST), Derby County (MIDLANDS),† Norwich City (EAST) and Brighton & Hove Albion (SOUTH).†

The Club were nominated for the same award last year but were narrowly pipped by Brentford.

To be nominated for a successive year demonstrates the off-field strides that the club is making, according to Chief Executive Gavin Baldwin: "This is great news for the Football Club, for the Foundation and for Club Doncaster. The work the Foundation do is outstanding and something we are very proud of. Liam and his team continue to deliver across the board and this nomination proves that they are not only meeting but also exceeding all expectations."†

Liam Scully, CEO of Club Doncaster Foundation, highlighted: "It's great for Doncaster Rovers/Club Doncaster Foundation to be recognised against our well respected peers within the Football League Trust network who all do great work within their local community"

"Over the past 12 months we have delivered a ranges of projects which have gone on to develop stronger communities, promoted civic pride, improved the health and wellbeing of individuals, and the community generally.†"We are proud of our achievements which have been delivered in partnership with a range of strategic partners, and for this we must thank them as well as our dedicated team members who year on year deliver outstanding results."†

The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at The Brewery, London on Sunday 19th April 2015.

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by Rich Colby

The floodlights will be on at the Keepmoat stadium again tonight as Rovers welcome third placed Swindon Town.

Paul Dickovís men will be looking to bounce back on their own turf after the defeat to Peterborough at the weekend.  James Coppinger could be in line for a return after he trained with the squad yesterday, but long term absentees Rob Jones and Paul Keegan will both miss out.  Paul Dickov does expect Dean Furman, Andy Butler, Nathan Tyson and Harry Forrester all to be fit after they picked up knocks on Saturday.

Swindon know that a victory will keep up the pressure on second placed Preston for the automatic promotion places.  A win for Swindon and defeat for Preston at home to Peterborough would see the places reversed so there is much incentive for the Robins.  20-goal striker Andy Williams will be the one to watch for them.

Rovers dropped all the way to 10th in the league after Saturdays defeat.  But a win tonight would really keep the pressure on the half dozen teams vying for that 5th and 6th position in the table.

Recent encounters against Swindon have worked in favour of Rovers.  A Theo Robinson penalty gave Paul Dickovís men all three points back in December when they squared off at the County Ground.  Last time out at the Keepmoat stadium in a game that was live on Sky Sports, Jamie McCombeís 80th minute header gave Rovers another 1-0 victory back in April 2013.

Lets hope for more of the same tonight.  Come on you reds!

Overall record Vs Swindon Town:  P 21/W 9/D 9/L 3
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