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Ahead of the Blackburn Rovers match, Doncaster Rovers' captain and fan favourite Rob Jones was presented on the pitch with the VSC's Player of the Year trophy for 2012/13. As we all know, Rob led the team to the League One title and turned in a series of commanding performances throughout the season, and this was reflected in his scores in the Man of the Match voting for each game.  At the end of the season the votes were all tallied up and Rob had won with a couple of matches to spare!

Rob was presented the trophy by VSC members Dave Wright (left) and Matthew Lamb (right), who were randomly selected from those present at the recent AGM. The VSC would like to thank everyone who voted in the 2012/13 Man of the Match polls. 

Please remember to vote for your Man of the Match after every match in the Man of The Match section and help decide who should win the Player of the Year 2013/14

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At the Viking Supporters Co-operative's AGM meeting on Saturday 3rd August, John Ryan proudly showed off one of the youth team shirts that the co-operative's members and users of the Viking Chat forum helped support.  Sponsorship of the two youth teams was possible through fans donations via the Tomorrow's Rovers project.

Tomorrow's Rovers aims to help the club fund youth development with the aim of giving the local young players coming through more opportunities, and has been well supported by the fans. 

With the club successfully bouncing back to the SkyBet Championship, the vast majority of available funding this year has been directed towards the first team squad, meaning Tomorrows Rovers takes on a new importance for our next generation of home-grown Rovers players. 

Please support the project if you can by making a donation, and help our local youngsters realise their potential and become Tomorrow's Rovers.

Simply click the donate button below to donate by Paypal.

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This week, the VSC asked regular forum poster OggyCompton (aka Paul) to kick off a series of interviews to show the human face of the people at the club.  Shaun Lockwood, the club's Head of Marketing, was the subject of the first interview and he took some time-out from the build up to the club's Open Evening to speak with Paul.

Click HERE to read the full interview.

Many thanks go to both Paul and Shaun for finding the time to do this.

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The Viking Supporter's Co-operative is pleased to announce that this year's Annual General Meeting will be held on the 3rd August 2013 at 11:00AM ahead of our first match back in the Championship against Blackpool.

The venue will once again be the Belle Vue Bar at the Keepmoat Stadium, and all current VSC members are eligible to attend.  Non-members may join the VSC on the day and attend the meeting.  Once VSC business is concluded at the meeting, Gavin Baldwin will be in attendance for a question and answer session.

The VSC Board would like to thank both Kevin Twell and Nathan Batchelor, who have left the board, for their work in moving the VSC forward, and would like to appeal for nominations from VSC members to join the board.  If you have a few hours of spare time you can dedicate to working on the behalf of Doncaster Rovers' supporters and representing them in projects with the club and community, then please email with your name and contact details and the name and details of a seconder.  The closing date for nominations is 12 noon on Thursday 1st August 2013.

Election to the VSC board is for a 2 year term, and both Rob Clark and Rob Williams are seeking re-election this year.  Alan Roberts, who was recently co-opted onto the board, will also be seeking his position ratifying.

We hope to see you there.
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The Viking Supporters Co-operative are auctioning off a 2012/13 signed Doncaster Rovers shirt, with the proceeds going to Prostate Cancer UK. 

On Friday 11th January Doncaster Rovers welcomed Scott McLachlan, a member of the Pompey Supporters Trust who is attempting to walk to every one of the 92 football clubs during the 12/13 season as he bids to raise money for Prostate Cancer. When he came to the Keepmoat Stadium, which marked his 52nd club in total he was greatly received by the club who kindly donated a signed DRFC shirt.

If that wasn't enough the Club will give the highest bidder of this signed shirt a FREE 2013/14 Season Ticket! The eventual winner of this auction will be invited down to the Keepmoat Stadium to collect the shirt and their FREE 2013/14 Season Ticket when Doncaster Rovers return to the Championship.

Since Scott was still walking round the country the VSC offered to auction off the shirt on his behalf so now is your chance to buy a piece of Rovers memorabilia, with the proceeds going to Prostate Cancer.

VSC Membership Secretary Lee Croft, who accompanied Scott on his walk from Thorne to the Keepmoat Stadium said "I really enjoyed making the 10 mile journey, hopefully it was good for Scott to have someone walking alongside him. I was exhausted when we got to the Keepmoat, so I can't imagine what Scott felt like knowing he had hundreds of miles still to go! It truly is admirable that he is really pushing his body to the limits, giving almost a year of his life to such a great cause.".

This shirt is currently listed on Ebay and will be available for only 7 days so please do bid for this fantastic prize where all funds raised will be given directly to Prostate Cancer UK on behalf of Scott and his incredible Walt the 92. You can find the item on ebay here:

If you would like to learn more about Scott's incredible journey, or give to his cause please visit:
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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

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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....

  • Cash Turnstile Trialed in 2012/13 and introduced for 2013/14 season
  • Renaming of Lakeside Bar to Belle Vue Bar
  • Rovers fans invited to donate memorabilia (alongside VSC) to decorate the Belle Vue Bar
  • Improvements to the after-match bus service
  • At your seat food service trialed at home games in the family stand
  • Smoking bubble introduced at home games
  • Singing section trialed at home games
  • Rob Jones day
  • Ran a poll for fans to vote on fans designs for next seasons shirts which were submitted to the club
  • Help raising funds for charities The Lewis Jeynes Fund and Oliver's Tree (former Rover Ian Duerden's son's charity)

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.


Join the VSC. Click here to join now.

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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.

Thank you

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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:
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Back in November it was announced Doncaster Rovers were joining an ever-growing list which includes Aston Villa, Brentford, Bristol City, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Derby County, Hull City, Peterborough United, Watford, AFC Wimbledon and the Scottish Premier League by announcing it's support for the FSF's Safe Standing Campaign.

Gavin Baldwin, chief executive of Doncaster Rovers, said: "During the 2006/07 season Doncaster Rovers moved into an all-seater stadium and since that time the club have implemented a no standing policy at home games. After continued dialogue with supporters through our fan engagement programme, In Rovers We Trust, it has become clear that a selection of supporters do wish to stand at matches.

"The club believe that the creation of a safe standing area at the ground would allow these supporters to stand in a safe, controlled environment and allow them to have a match day experience that suits their needs. The club believe the creation of a safe standing area would also be of benefit to other fans at the ground who do not wish to stand, but sometimes are compelled at games due to having their view restricted due to people in front of them who attempt to.

"We lend our support to the Football Supporters' Federation in their request for trials for safe standing systems."

The Safe Standing Roadshow visited the recent Fans Forum at the Keepmoat, and owners John Ryan, Dick Watson and Terry Brammall, along with Chief Exec Gavin Baldwin, were impressed with the rail system on show. Both DRFC and the VSC can't wait for systems such as these to be put on trial in the UK, hopefully in the not too distant future.

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