With less than three days remaining to the start of the season its time for the return of the Prediction League, ran by Dave Randerson. The Prediction League has been running on the Facebook page since the 2013/2014 season and last season saw 98 people take part, with Liam Bowser (263 points) taking the crown by a clear 20 points with Hayley Buck (243 points) and Yvonne Cook (240 points) in second and third.
This year it returns with 7 different teams in the mix but the rules remaining exactly the same:
You score 3 points for predicting the exact score (e.g. Doncaster 2-1 Leeds United) and 1 point if you predict the correct outcome but not the score (e.g. home win).
It’s as simple as that.
New to the League this year will be the additional table being hosted on the DRSG site so you can instantly review your position. All predictions will still need to be made via the thread on the Facebook Page.
The DRSG would like to thank Dave Randerson for his dedication to delivering this to Rovers fans every week. His work is one of the important forces that keeps the Doncaster Rovers Facebook page the Number 1 Rovers forum on the internet.
The opening fixtures are:
Burton Albion v Scunthorpe United
Chesterfield v Barnsley
Colchester United v Blackpool
Coventry City v Wigan Athletic
Crewe Alexandra v Port Vale
Doncaster Rovers v Bury
Fleetwood Town v Southend United
Gillingham v Sheffield United
Rochdale v Peterborough United
Shrewsbury Town v Millwall
Swindon Town v Bradford City
Walsall v Oldham Athletic
Entries close on the 8th of August 2015 at Midday
It is easy to be dismissive about Rovers famous invincibles preseason side of 2015/16, so easy in fact that I have just done it, but do you know what? Beating a full strength Sunderland side 2-0 is a fucking great result and one that the players should be proud of.
Sunderland arrived at the Keepmoat with nearly 3000 screaming Mackems at their back and left with their tails between their chunky legs as goals from Cedric Evina and Harold (I’m trying to rebrand him as a new, more mature footballer this season) Forrester put the Black Cats down like a stray bullet from an American dentist.
Following the news that another experienced and established lower league player has signed in the shape of Danny N’Guessan there are a lot of reasons to be confident going into the new season, something which has been blatantly missing from the last two disappointing campaigns.
Forrester’s goal against Sunderland was a timely reminder that he has the potential to be one of the best players in league 1 next season and if Cedric Evina can convincingly volley home a flowing move than literally anything is possible.
It is with this positivity in mind that Rovers welcomed Wolves to the Keepmoat for their final pre season game of the Summer. Wolves have had a quiet summer transfer wise so far with only three players coming in with the aim seemingly to move some of the high profile big earners off the pay role with Kevin Doyle, Tomasz Kuszczak and Sam Ricketts all departing. Still at the club however is former Rover Carl Ikeme who started in Wolves recent 2-2 stalemate with Aston Villa.
Rovers played some nice stuff against Wolves but conceding three goals from corners is massively worrying with imposing figures like Butler, Jones and Stuckmann at the back. On a more positive note Forrester and Wellens looked lively and Stuckmann impressed. Elsewhere this game should be evidence enough that Andy Williams should not be playing up front on his own and we still desperately need a first choice right back. Mitchell Lund has done very well under difficult circumstances but he is not ready to be the only right back at league one club with genuine promotion aspirations.
Further cause for optimism is the continued success of the Black Bank project that has captured the imagination of many in the South Stand. Those of us that are old enough to remember, often speak of how much we miss the unforgettable atmosphere that was present at Belle Vue and while it is perhaps unrealistic to hope of a return to that, it is very encouraging to see something being done to improve the lack of noise at the Keepmoat.
So a few decent signings, a more vocal crowd and coming off the back of a fantastic win against premier league opposition. Start of the season optimism ay? Nothing quite like it!
Today has seen the Football League announce the fixtures for the 2015/16 season.
The Rovers have been given a home tie for first game and will welcome promoted Bury to the Keepmoat.
The traditional Boxing Day fixture has also been kind to the Rovers fans with a tasty home Derby against neighbours Scunthorpe.
The season will draw to a close with another home game against Burton Albion.
Full fixture list to follow shortly…
Join the discussion at http://doncasterroverssupportersgroup.org/forum/general-doncaster-rovers-chat/fixtures-201516/
Thats right, its official, Paul Dickov and his DRFC team have found the pen, blown off the cobwebs and made their first signing of the pre-season!!
Bringing in the towering monster of a keeper Thorsten Stuckmann from Preston North End we’re aiming to be more assured between the sticks next season. With a growing reputation as a penalty maestro and measuring a dizzying 6ft 6 regardless of ability he’s sure to be a HUGE addition to the squad.
Just don’t take any photos of him stood next to short-man-syndrome Paul Dickov eh?
The Committee of the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group (DRSG) recently met following the inaugural AGM and decided the following:
The DRSG Committee voted in favour of the fellow members being appointed officers of the Society:
- Lee Croft has been appointed Chair
- Wesley Grimes has been appointed Secretary
- Neil Taylor has been appointed IT Officer
- Lewis Grimes has been appointed Vice-Chair
- Rob Johnson has been appointed Officer for PR and Communications
- Members without portfolio: Levi Werrett and John Fleming
As the DRSG currently has minimal incoming and outgoing cash-flow, the committee voted in favour of not appointing a treasurer until such a time dictates.
The DRSG plan to host a football tournament soon, with the aim of raising enough cash to sponsor a player for the 2015/16 season. The DRSG will be entering a side of their own, anyone who is interested in registering their interest to play for the DRSG can email info@Doncasterroverssupportersgroup.org
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.