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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 secretary@drfc-vsc.co.uk 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: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=271220878514

If you would like to learn more about Scott's incredible journey, or give to his cause please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Walkthe92
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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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