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WIN 2 VIP Charity Legends Game Tickets

This Saturday, the 3rd annual “Charity Legends Game” will take place at the Keepmoat Stadium, with a Legends team starring already announced Dave Beasant, Lee Hendrie, Des Walker and Darius Vassell will take on a team of local Charity Heroes. The Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group have a pair of VIP Match Tickets to give away to one lucky fan. 

The VIP Match Experience will include:

  • Access to an Open Bar
  • Pre-Game Entertainment
  • Post Game Meal
  • A Chance to meet the Legends and Charity Heroes
  • Auction to a Match Worn Shirt
  • Entry into a  VIP Raffle
  • Central Seating for the game

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is by entering our “Caption Competiton” on our Forum HERE and submit your caption before Wednesday 20th May 2015 at 19:30.

The winner will be selected by representatives of both the DRSG Committee and the Eve Merton Dreams Trust.


Eves Dreams Trust was set up in 2011 by Martin Lawrence & Clynton Johnson. It is a non profit organisation that donates the money it raises to help create a dream for a terminally or seriously ill cancer patient in the Doncaster area which is why so many local people are very passionate about this charity which has enabled brilliant events like the legends games, the dragon boat race, poker nights and an evening with Paul Merson.

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May with a team of Football Legends going up against a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools. Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for Children. Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available for just £10 and if that wasn’t all; DRFC fans can save 50% off with their DRFC Season Ticket.

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Andy Butler to referee the Charity Legends Game

After a slew of former England internationals and premier league stars including Darius Vassell, Dave Beasant, Des Walker, Frank Sinclair and Lee Hendrie, we are pleased to announce that the special guest referee for the Legends game will be a bit closer to home – none other than Rovers centre half and local lad Andy Butler.

Butler is obviously unable to play due to complicated insurance reasons and also because he is probably knackered from carrying the rest of the Rovers defence since January! As a qualified referee Butler has kindly offered to take up the mantle vacated by Uriah Rennie at last year’s legends game.

Butler will have to look out for some tough challenges on Darren Anderton, as any glimmer of contact will no doubt result in serious injury, as well as tongue in cheek chants of ‘the referee’s a wanker‘ from the Rovers faithful…

The announcement of Butler is further strengthening the link between the Eve Mertons Dream Trust and Doncaster Rovers and hopefully will convince the Rovers contingent to come down and support a brilliant local charity with tickets priced at £5 for adults and £3 for children with a 50% discount for season ticket holders.

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May with a team of Football Legends going up against a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools. Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for Children. Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available for just £10 and if that wasn’t all; DRFC fans can save 50% off with their DRFC Season Ticket.

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Darius Vassell announced for the Legends Game

Ex Aston Villa, Man City, Leicester, England and more importantly Ankaragücü legend has been announced as the newest addition to the Eve Merton Dreams Trust Legend match at the Keepmoat on the 23rd May! (This saturday)

Not many  England players have had such a contrasting time in the uncomplimentary glow of international limelight as Darius Vassell – probably, and rather unfairly remebered for missing THAT penalty in 2004. However, his glorious overhead kick 2 years earlier in a Man Of The Match performance against Netherlands should surely have earnt him his position in legend folklore.

Vassells 6 goals in 22 international caps must have made an impact on the ‘seductive-swede’ Sven Goran Eriksson as he decided to sign him for his Leicester squad years later.

To run with the Dave Beasant salad cream mishap Vassell also had a famously bizarre injury – he decided upon noticing a blood blister under his big toenail to take a Black and Decker to it and drill a hole through. Grim! This resulted in a blood infection and no doubt countless ‘no more nails’ related DIY jokes at his expense. (You’d hope).

So, the people of Doncaster are being spoilt rotten now with the lineup leaks coming through nicely – its a genuinely impressive collection of proper footballing world legends and a few of our own Viking Legends too, so get yoursen down with tickets on sale for just £5 an Adult and £3 per child!! Theres no excuse!!

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May with a team of Football Legends going up against a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools. Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for Children. Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available for just £10 and if that wasn’t all; DRFC fans can save 50% off with their DRFC Season Ticket.

 

And it all goes to a great cause, read more here:

http://www.evestrust.co.uk/

 

 

 

Sinclair Joins the Legends

Ex-Chelsea and Leicester defender Frank Sinclair has been announced to feature in the Charity Legends Game 2015 which will take place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May, in aid of the Eve Merton Dreams Trust.

Sinclair is a legend in his own right, although he probably won’t be too happy at being most remembered for his own goals during his time with Leicester where he managed to fumble to ball past his own keeper on no less than 3 separate occasions.

But his record stands for itself, FA Cup Winners with Chelsea in 1997 and then League Cup winners in 1998, 2 years later he got his hands on the League Cup again with Leicester City. The veteran defender has also played for Huddersfield, Lincoln, Wycombe, Wrexham, Hendon, Cowlyn Bay (where he was also manager) and currently plays for Brackley Town in the Conference North.
With Des Walker, Darren Anderton, Lee Hendrie and Dave Beasant already announced, this is shaping up to be a fantastic Legends line up, and with tickets on sale for just £5 an Adult and £3 per child this looks to be a fantastic occasion for football fans young and old.


The Eves Merton Dreams Trust was set up in 2011 by Martin Lawrence & Clynton Johnson. It is a non profit organisation that donates the money it raises to help create a dream for a terminally or seriously ill cancer patient in the Doncaster area which is why so many local people are very passionate about this charity which has enabled brilliant events like the legends games, the dragon boat race, poker nights and an evening with Paul Merson.

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May with a team of Football Legends going up against a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools. Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for Children. Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available for just £10 and if that wasn’t all; DRFC fans can save 50% off with their DRFC Season Ticket.

http://www.evestrust.co.uk/

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Greatest DRFC Manager: Peter Doherty

Is Doherty the greatest? DRSG Committee Member Lee Croft tries to put forward the case for the Northern Ireland star:

Usually discussions amongst Rovers fans for the best ever manager feature the usual suspects, Dave Penney, Sean O’Driscol, Billy Bremner and even Lawrie McMenemy. More often than not however, a fan of a certain age will throw their selection into the ring for consideration: Peter Doherty.

Doherty signed for the Rovers originally as a player-manager in April 1949 for a fee of £8000 from Huddersfield. Even club historian Tony Bluff describes the moment as a “momentous announcement”.

He was often a man who would lead from the front and made it clear when he fired Rovers into the lead in their first game under his stewardship against Bradford City at Valley Parade. That would be a sign of things to come as he finished the season with 27 goals in 35 games and guided the Rovers to the Third Divsion North Championship; earning the Rovers promotion to the Second Division where they would stay for 8 years.

During his time as manager for the club, Doherty’s style was not something that we can’t relate to. For a striker his teams were usually defensively sound but often struggled in front of goal. Even when he got the team scoring however, goals would start leaking through the defence (95 goals conceded in the 54/55 season, one less than the record set by Liverpool). His management techniques and training regimes were considered revolutionary at the time as the club made strides off the field as well as on it.

He set up surgeries throughout the region and also in the North East, to keep a constant supply of young talent to rise amongst the ranks. This has some remarkable success with the likes of Alick Jeffrey of Harry Greg being recruited under the strategy. Much ahead of his time, Doherty also stumbled upon something we take for granted in the English game today, he would often let younger players leave the club and join a Midland League team on the condition that this was merely to gain experience and they would be free to return to the Rovers. This is often considered (although not official) some of the early foundations of the Loan Transfer system in the modern day.

Being of Irish heritage, Doherty would often go over to his home country and return with a player or two. His first visit saw him return with a Full Back from Brantwood FC – Len Graham who would go on to become the Rovers most capped international. He would later bring the likes of Lawlor and Giles back in later years. This, coupled with the impressive strides he was making made him the obvious choice for the manager of the Northern Ireland national side, something he did whilst continuing to manage the Rovers.

Throughout his tenure, the Rovers came toe-to-toe with Leeds United, Everton, Arsenal, Newcastle, Liverpool and even Doherty’s former club Manchester City. Doherty guided the club to 1st Place in the Second Division in the 1953/54 season; the one and only time we have ever graced that high. Although he couldn’t sustain and a poor end to the season saw us slip to 8th. It came as no surprise that following Doherty’s resignation the club were relegated back to the Third Division. The Rovers would never return to those heights for the rest of the century.

This period under Doherty is often referred to as the golden age of Doncaster Rovers. When John Ryan brought back the Red and White hoops in the turn of the century he said the reason was because when he first started watching Rovers they were in hoops and in the second division and that is where he was aiming for!

His techniques revolutionised the club and he is often regarded as a manager well before his time. Considering the club would not grace the Second Division for another 50 years, they may have a point. Those who say he was the greatest might even be right!

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Walker and Hendrie join Legends Game

The Eve Merton Dreams Trust have today announced that Des Walker and Lee Hendrie will return to play in the Charity Legends Game on Saturday 23rd May 2015 at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Des Walker brings with him a wealth of experience with over 600 career appearances and representing England with 59 Caps. He is fondly remembered stealing the show in Italia 90’, although he may tell you the highlight of his career was his one and only ever professional goal in 1992 against Luton Town in a 1-1 draw.
Robbie Williams look alike Lee Hendrie has the honour of winning the prestigious Man of the Match award in his 2 previous appearances in this fixture, he has also represented the national team on one occasion and despite being with Aston Villa for 12 years he went on to play for 16 other professional clubs in the remaining 6 years of his career.


The Eves Merton Dreams Trust was set up in 2011 by Martin Lawrence & Clynton Johnson. It is a non profit organisation that donates the money it raises to help create a dream for a terminally or seriously ill cancer patient in the Doncaster area which is why so many local people are very passionate about this charity which has enabled brilliant events like the legends games, the dragon boat race, poker nights and an evening with Paul Merson.

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 23rd May with a team of Football Legends going up against a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools. Tickets are priced at £5 for Adults and £3 for Children. Family Tickets (2 adults and 2 children) are available for just £10 and if that wasn’t all; DRFC fans can save 50% off with their DRFC Season Ticket.

http://www.evestrust.co.uk/

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DRFC Greatest Ever Manager: Sean O’Driscoll

In our quest to find the Greatest Ever Manager in the club’s history, DRSG committee member Rob Johnson puts forward the case for Sean ‘Noisy’ O’Driscoll:

I could talk about win percentages. I could bore you with statistics about transfers in and out. I could point to landmarks and records while you reach for the paint pot in anticipation for a long night watching paint dry but I’m not going to do that.

Football is not about statistics no matter what the geeks on whoscored.com would have you believe. Football is about moments and Sean O’Driscoll gave us so many of those during his time at rovers but more than that he built an ethos and a philosophy that was the envy of the entire football league.

After winning the JPT trophy at the Millennium Stadium, albeit mostly with Dave Penney’s team, confidence was high for O’ Driscoll’s first full season in charge. However defeat in four of the first eight games coupled with some lacklustre performances and a perceived lack of back bone from new signing and SOD favourite Brian Stock had left many fans disappointed and frustrated. With a terrible run of form when SOD first took charge the season before still fresh in the mind, many fans, including myself, were unsure whether O’ Driscoll was the right man to take us forward. Things went from bad to worse for Rovers in game 9 when a terrible showing at home to Walsall saw us 3-2 down. We won a penalty and as Copps stepped up I remember thinking ‘If he does miss and SOD goes, I would probably be happy with that’. Coppinger’s awful penalty trickled apologetically wide and that should have been that.

Former chairman and savoir John Ryan had other ideas though and kept faith in O’Driscoll and Rovers never looked back that season. The historic victory at Elland Road, the famous 3-0 demolition of Millwall and Coppinger’s incredible hat trick all culminating in the glorious 1-0 victory over Leeds at Wembley. A moment that as well as creating at least a thousand new Rovers fans is also the benchmark to judge all future achievements against. As much as the Brentford game was an amazing piece of drama, it will never make me smile like the sentence ‘we beat Leeds at Wembley’ does.

In the Championship we went from no hopers to play off contenders in the space of a couple of wonderful seasons and the team we had that featured Billy Sharp, Jason Shackell, JET, Stock etc etc is far and away the best Rovers side I have had the pleasure to watch. At one point in that season we beat former European cup winners Nottingham Forest, former European cup semi finalists Derby County and ‘Massive club’ Sheffield Wednesday in the space of ten days. It is something I will never ever forget and something we probably won’t see the likes of again at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Of course things went sour for O’Driscoll in the end and whether or not you think he should have been replaced by relegation specialist Dean Saunders is another argument for another day but one thing is for certain, in terms of those special moments that make all the Tuesday night defeats to Walsall worthwhile, Sean O’Driscoll is our best ever manager.


Still not convinced? If you think you can put forward the case for another DRFC manager to take the crown as the greatest DRFC manager then please email info@doncasterroverssupportersgroup.org 

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Charity Legends Game 2015 is Here…….

After the success of last year’s event, raising in excess of £33,000.00, The Legends are BACK!!

On Saturday May 23rd the legends event hits the Keepmoat Stadium for a 3rd time.

It will see a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools, take on the might of the ex. Professional Footballers.

Not only that, there will be family fun and games outside the ground before kick-off……… There’s something for EVERYONE!

Eves Dreams Trust was set up in 2011 by Martin Lawrence & Clynton Johnson. It is a non profit organisation that donates the money it raises to help create a dream for a terminally or seriously ill cancer patient in the Doncaster area which is why so many local people are very passionate about this charity which has enabled brilliant events like the legends games, the dragon boat race, poker nights and an evening with Paul Merson.


DRSG Committee member Rob Johnson tells us about his experience previously and why its important to get involved this year!

I personally have become more involved this year as I ran the Yorkshire half marathon and raised £372 and I can’t think of a more deserving cause. This is the 3rd Legends game and in the past the Keepmoat has played host to Premier League players Phil Babb, Lee Hendrie, Des Walker, David May, Clayton Blackmore, Carlton Palmer, Peter Beagrie and European cup winner Alan Kennedy as well as ex rovers players such as Andy Warrington, Tim Ryan, Colin Douglas, Glynn Snodin, Rufus Brevett and Bruce Dyer. I’m sure we all grew up watching those names on Match of the Day or in the Pop Stand at Belle Vue so this is a great opportunity to relive those memories. I’m sure Tim Ryan will be smashing some of his trademark 30 yarders at goal and that is worth the admission price alone.

I decided to go for a VIP ticket last year and it was a great decision as me and my fiancé were treated to access to the VIP area, open bar, pre-game entertainment, a chance to meet the legends, a post game meal, auction of match worn shirts, entry into the VIP raffle and central seating. I started off by respectfully and politely asking Alan Kennedy for a picture but as the lagers started going down a bit too well I told Des Walker that ‘You’ll never beat Des Walker’, he smiled uncomfortably, I told Carlton Palmer that I was glad to see him not emerging from a bathtub, he laughed uncomfortably and about six pints in I finally had the opportunity to meet my all time hero Brian Stock. He accepted my continued declarations of love with effortless grace and humility. I kept expecting Mark Wilson to show up and pass the ball backwards or sideways to Stocky but he never did.

VIP tickets are £30 full price but we are willing to drop this to £20 for season ticket holders and these are available by contacting info@evestrust.co.uk (limited seating)

This year they really want the rovers fans to get involved so they are offering a massive 50% discount for all season ticket holders. Full price tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for children or a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) for £10. So with the 50% discount you could bring the whole family for just £5 and you would have the added bonus of being able to see some old faces without teenage girls screaming ‘Louis’ every five minutes…

Speaking of which as we all know it is James Coppinger’s testimonial season this year and if possible they hope he can play some kind of role on the day so watch this space.

Already confirmed to play for the legends this year are Des Walker again and new additions Darren Anderton and Dave Beasant and there are many many more still to be confirmed. Hopefully I will manage to refrain from bringing up Anderton’s famous ‘Tampon’ nickname (in for one week, out for three).

The other team will be made up mainly of local teachers but I am lucky enough to be playing against the legends whilst also representing the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group in what we all hope will be the start of a strong link between the DRSG and Eve’s Dream Trust. I supported the charity by running the half marathon and in return they have given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at the Keepmoat so this shows what can be achieved by both parties if we work together, I’m really nervous but I probably can’t be any worse than James Harper and I’m not as fat as Lee Fowler so I reckon I’ll be fine.

This is a brilliant opportunity for us to show what a difference football and the DRSG can make in the local community. Let’s show everyone the kind of fans that we are by supporting this brilliant event.

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