SPECIAL OFFER FROM DRSG – Footgolf!!

footgolf

Footgolf comes to Doncaster this weekend.  One of the fastest growing hybrid sports has launched its centre of excellence in High Melton and the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group has secured a fantastic deal for you to try it out!

Ever fancied yourself as a dead ball specialist?  Do you pull out of tackles faster than David Cotterill? Well nows your chance to prove your worth in the non-contact sport thats taking the nation by storm!

For just £1 (the price of a child to watch Rovers Vs. Leek in the Conference) you can try out the new facilities. Simply ring 0800 6899552 and quote ‘Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group’ when making your booking to get a trial of the course at this amazing price this weekend only.

High Melton
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN5 7SZ

Opens: 9AM
Last Tee Off: 19:30

No football boots or blades to be worn on the course.

See what its all about here: http://youtu.be/451j2UhCI6Q

“It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards of FootGolf”
T. Offe

Doncaster Rovers / Leicester City Alliance

Football, that all encompassing, unavoidable sport loved by idiots and intellectuals alike, a cross continental marvel, media cash-cow, a platform of athletic prowess where some protein shake fuelled metro-sexuals prance about chasing down that bag o’ wind for an hour and half whilst we sup our ales down the Nags’ or freeze our knackers off in the stands. A sport loved by all, but to quote spouses and partners nationwide, apologetically trying to lift you out of the latest slump “Its just a game“.
There are moments in football that prove it is so much more than just a game though; sobering moments. None more sobering than what happened on 3rd May, the final day of the season at the King Power Stadium, Leicester – and i’m not talking about Doncaster Rovers relegation.
As thousands of Rovers’ fans were willing the Vikings to get back into the game, anxiously keeping their eyes on the Birmingham score, one fan Ray Dunning, was receiving CPR at the ground following a suspected aneurysm. Unfortunately Ray didn’t make it home from that game, a tragic loss at only 42.
Naturally the players, staff and fellow supporters paid their condolences through social media and the response from both the Leicester fans, the wider footballing community and our own Vikings was phenomenal – his wife paid testament to the overwhelming response online.
But what happened after this started something remarkable, something rarely seen amongst football supporters these days – an alliance, all united in sharing their love of football, united in the shared tragedies and a sort of community spirit (as a similar and equally as harrowing incident happened at the stadium to Foxes fan Roger Evans a month before; he suffered a heart attack and passed away before a home match against Brighton).
What felt, at first, like a brief exchange of niceties and a shared condolence escalated into something far beyond that, friendships began being formed – an alliance page appeared on facebook and gained members fast!! Together they produced wrist-bands for sale – all proceeds going to charity, scarves and flowers were laid at the Keepmoat from both sets of fans, and now – long after the dust has settled, they are still making waves to bring supporters together in aid of the memory of our fallen supporters.
Show your support and respect to Ray Dunning and Roger Evans by following the alliance and their activities. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/657117787695958/)
They have formed alliance Sunday League teams and are in the process of arranging a charity match against each other, as well as various other fundraising events. More than anything it instills a faith in humanity, an idea that beyond just the football and the shouting and the results and the resentment… we’re all fans, all humans, and if we could all work together for once we might achieve something special.
There is a Ray Dunning Scholarship Charity Night on Friday 4th July at the Central Club in Stainforth, starting at 7:30pm, tickets are £7.50 and it includes tribute bands, a disco, meet the stig, raffle and all them other funny japes that come with social club drinking!!
Keep up the good work Doncaster Rovers / Leicester City Alliance, you have our full support!

Questions for the Chairman

We have the opportunity to put some questions from the DRSG to John Ryan so we’re opening the floor to all our members and the wider Doncaster Rovers fanbase.

If you have any burning issues that you’d like us to put to JR please post ’em up on our forum and we’ll select some to put to him. Time is of the essence as we need them in by last thing Saturday (21/06/14)

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MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

WE ARE 201 STRONG AND COUNTING.

 

We now have over 200 members after less than 24 hours, PLEASE keep spreading the word, only be growing our membership will we be able to bring our influence onto the club and make DRFC a better club for ALL.

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Statement from Louis Tomlinson & John Ryan

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We’re delighted to be able to pass on a message from John and Louis to all DRFC supporters:

Firstly We’d like to thank Terry Bramall and Dick Watson, for their time at Doncaster Rovers. It’s a new dawn of the Tomlinson/Ryan era, which will take us in the right direction.

With the support of the fans, the club will once again enjoy the true spirit of Doncaster Rovers. Just for the record, we’re no longer a pub team having a laugh, but a team going places.

 

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Louis and John team up with Crowdfunder

John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson are launching a crowdfunding campaign to assist with funding for DRFC.

Tomlinson commented: “For me, this is all about the football, the community and restoring the excitement and desire to making Doncaster Rovers the most exciting club to play for in Yorkshire. I want to see the Doncaster Rovers supporters get the club the success it deserves. I grew up in Doncaster and have felt the love for football run through the town, it’s for that reason that I have a real personal passion to make Doncaster Rovers a success story. This is a big step which I believe will open up opportunities to provide a very, very exciting future for the club and its supporters,’ 

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/trust

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Press interviews and the media circus

I’ve just given our first ever interview to the press and I have even more respect for John and Louis now, goodness knows how they keep their cool when being questioned as I was terrified!

 

Keep an ear out for me on Capital and Heart Yorkshire today!

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Membership update:
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Over 100 members (including one Mr Ryan) within 3 hours!

 

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Louis Tomlinson – Doncaster Rovers takeover complete

 

After a number of false dawns we can now confirm that the consortium headed by John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson has concluded their deal to buy Doncaster Rovers Football club.

 

Louis Tomlinson Doncaster Rovers Takeover

 

The deal will be made public on Thursday (19th June) at a press conference in London but an announcement by DRFC is expected tonight.

On behalf of our membership we wish to extend a warm welcome to both John and Louis and look forward to a productive relationship between the DRSG and the new board at DRFC. We’d also like to thank both Terry Bramall and Dick Watson for all their hard work and investment since joining the club in 2006.

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The Ryan King – John Ryan DRFC – Louis Tomlinson

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The Ryan King

By Wesley Grimes

I was too young to properly remember 97-98. I have vague memories of being stood in the Main Stand with my Dad while he vollied vitriol at the directors box. The whole season was a blur. However one thing sticks in my mind. As we left the ground after the Colchester game my Dad informed me that would be the last time I ever saw a game at Belle Vue. I didn’t understand and wanted to stop whatever it was that made my Dad look so despondent.

The next few years saw something amazing happen at Rovers. A voice for the club came forward when the F.A., the Council and the people of Doncaster had turned their back on this embarrassment of a club. A larger than life character who banged the Rovers drum harder than anyone, who could talk for hours about the club just as passionately as any fan and who had an insatiable appetite for success, determined to put Doncaster Rovers back in the limelight. I’m talking about John Ryan of course. Someone I have idolised my whole life as the saviour of my club. I will never forget those words my Dad said as we trudged back home. I’ve no doubt in my mind that if it wasn’t for John Ryan they’d have rang true.

Unfortunately my Dad never got to see Rovers back in the league, diagnosed with a Brain Tumour a few years later he missed the opportunity to see the ‘Ziggers’ as he called them return to the football league. I’m not ashamed to say I wept at Stoke when the crowd blasted out ‘Are you watching Richardson?’. It caught me again at our return at Leyton Orient as we left Brisbane Road singing ‘Rovers are back’. Its romantic, and a little silly to some, but football can give you a sense of identity and local pride (when lets face it, Doncaster didn’t have much else to be proud of). All this may not have been achieved if it wasn’t for one man’s determination to make it happen.

His launch of a ‘quid a kid’ at Belle Vue heralded a new age for the club and the start or rebuilding a new generation. Almost all of my friends who attended those games in the Conference still attend now, even if we can’t get there as much as we’d like.

I, like many, have had the occasional ‘head in hands’ moment with John Ryan; I cringed at the ‘Going4it’ campaign and took some heavy flack from my friends when he launched his ‘tides have turned’ rant about the Sheffield clubs. Johns passion, sometimes naïve ambition and often absurdity makes him a loveable character – a man who might not have completely funded our success out of his pocket, but his voice and football guided decision making certainly crafted it. Not many chairmen in English football actually genuinely love their club as much as JR did, and his love and passion seems to nourish the sense of ‘belief’ amongst the fans and the players (who all speak very highly of him) in a way no other could. He stood out from most other chairmen always wanting to go one step further by whatever means he could. The ‘Experiment’ as an example, where he perhaps felt forced into improvising with our limited resources and brought in names from levels of football we could never have dreamed of! Granted it backfired tremendously but was a risk that could have meant the club not just maintaining its Championship status but also pushing for Premiership glory, in my opinion one worth taking.

I am honoured to say we had a club being run by a supporter first, chairman second approach, a man who you would see shouting and gesturing just like I would at a poor refereeing decision. I’ve no doubt in my mind John Ryans mood would be heavily influenced by the Rovers result, just the same as my Dads would all those years ago.

There’s no denying that Rovers have become a much more professional operation since Terry Brammall and Dick Watson have come on board and I’m sure its something John Ryan will acknowledge and strive to maintain and I wouldn’t hope to take away anything from the contributions of any of our board members.

However I for one cannot wait for those outrageous expectations back, those angry rants to the press when a decision hasn’t gone our way, those long walks round the pitch while the fans sing his name and most of all, the flash of those big white teeth as he starts again at the forefront of the merry go round that is Doncaster Rovers.

Welcome back Sir John Ryan!

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