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DRSG AGM – Round up

For those who couldn’t make it…

  • The DRSG AGM took place on Wednesday 1st June at The Staff of Life pub, commencing at 7pm.
  • Committee member Lewis Grimes gave the introductory speech in which he thanked people for coming and listed some of the achievements that the fans have been responsible for this year including the improvement of food and match day atmosphere. He went on to announce our link with the charity Eve’s Trust as well as thanking departing board member Wes Grimes for all his hard work during his time as a committee member and founder of the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group.
  • A raffle followed in which a hospitality package for 12 people for one game was kindly donated by the club as well as a signed shirt (donated by Wes Grimes) and some Black Bank materials. Over £60 was raised during the raffle, all of which was donated to Eve’s Trust.
  • Eve’s Trust founder Martin Lawrence exclusively announced that former Rovers player Colin Cramb is the latest player confirmed to play in this year’s charity legend game at 18th June, following on from the confirmation of Darren Anderton, John Beresford, Lee Hendrie, Chris Sutton and Paul Merson. Martin said he is keen to get more Rovers fans on board for the legends game and he thanked the DRSG for help provided in mobilising the fan base.
  • A Q & A with Doncaster Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin and centre back Andy Butler revealed that the club expect to sign 2 players week commencing 06/06/16. Further to that Baldwin stated that some loan signings are also being lined up but there will be no movement on this until those players involved have returned to training. The possibility of a ‘family season ticket’ that would incorporate discounts for people with children was also discussed and both Butler and Baldwin expressed they were pleased to have Tommy Rowe on board as well as the other players that have signed in the close season.
  • A rovers themed quiz was won by Neil Taylor, Wes Grimes and Lee Croft at which point the AGM concluded.

James Coppinger signs up for legends game

Local charity Eve’s Trust have already secured some big names for this year’s legends game. Former premier league footballers John Beresford and Paul Merson join returning England stars Darren Anderton and Lee Hendrie. Whilst this is a strong start, Rovers fans have perhaps been waiting for someone closer to home before they begin to get excited.

 With that in mind, the DRSG are pleased to announce that James Coppinger is confirmed to play this year. I played in the legends game last year and it was an incredible experience but the opportunity to play with bona fide Rovers legend James Coppinger ups the ante considerably.

Last year, I spent most of my 45 minutes on the pitch stealing admiring glances at Darren Anderton’s muscular thighs, I wouldn’t have been able to focus at all had Copps been on the pitch…

 Copps wanted to play last year but unfortunately was unavailable, so when the opportunity arose this year he made sure that he was involved. Coppinger completes a midfield that also features the aforementioned Merson, Anderton and Hendrie. Wow.

 This year’s legends event takes place on 18th June and everyone who buys a ticket will also receive a raffle ticket with the chance to win a signed Rovers shirt as well as the programme from James Coppinger’s record breaking game, signed by the man himself.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £3 for children and £10 for a family ticket. Contact the Doncaster Rovers Ticket Office on 01302 762576 for more details.

Doncaster Rovers Vs Rochdale – Match Preview

By Rob Johnson

Only two weeks ago we discussed the merits of the word ‘legend’ and how it is used too freely in football before concluding that James Coppinger is deserving of such a label. With the Black Bank’s legends banner due to be unveiled before the Rochdale game on Saturday we find ourselves having the same discussion.

In a year when Rovers fans have been proudly bringing the history of the club to the fore with various projects it is the Legends banner that perhaps is the crowning glory. None of the players featured would have earned much money from the game, especially whilst at Rovers, and none of them played at the Keepmoat but to Doncaster Rovers Albert Jenkins, Alick Jeffrey, Peter Kitchen, Colin Douglas, Colin Cramb (Cramb Cramb) and Franny Tierney are all legends.

Between them they have played over 1000 games for Rovers and have scored over 300 goals. How many thousands of people must have flocked to Belle Vue to be wowed by the players featured? How many times have we all jumped around crazily when  they have scored or sang their name?

While Alick Jeffrey has already been honoured with Alick Jeffrey Way, for some of the others this is the first time they will have received any recognition for all they have done for the club. For Colin Cramb this is his first ever return to Rovers as he never came up against us in his playing years. The fans should be proud that we have given them this opportunity as a way of thanking the legends.

Following football can be a testing affair taking up both time and money and to be honest the majority of Rovers games down the years have been turgid affairs but it is players such as Jeffrey, Kitchen, Dougie, Cramby and Sir Francis Tierney that make the drudgery worthwhile as well as club founder Albert Jenkins for starting it all. Fans from all generations will have many a story to tell about the players featured and the making of this banner is something that the DRSG are very proud to be involved in and the fact that the club agreed to pay for it shows that they are genuinely working hard on fan engagement and providing a better atmosphere.

All the still living legends, bar Sir Francis, will be in attendance so it would be nice for a decent turn out against Rochdale, as this is truly a once in a lifetime occasion to see these living legends back at Rovers all together.

On the pitch Rovers will be looking to continue their good form after winning 3 successive games. Rovers haven’t won 4 back to back games since November 2012 but this should be a decent opportunity taking into account our home form and influx of recent signings. Ferguson will probably name an unchanged side from the one that beat Blackpool and it is a testament to Ferguson’s signings so far that Wellens, Forrester, Keegan and Keshi Anderson are all struggling to get in the side.

Match Prediction DRFC 2-0 Rochdale

Confidence seems to be sky high and Rovers have won the last three games 2-0. Four consecutive 2-0 wins… that would be lovely. Hopefully the boys will do the watching legends proud. Williams and Copps with the goals.

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Rovers Legends: Sharp VS Tierney by Lee Croft

2 Legends currently leading the Doncaster Rovers Legends Banner Vote (over on the Black Bank site), Lee Croft examines their legendary status a little further…

The biggest goal in our 136 Year history VS the best goal in our history, that it arguably the choice fans will make when deciding the sixth and final former Rover to appear on the upcoming Legends Banner next season: The goal that came from heaven or the goal that saved us from hell?

Despite playing for Scunthorpe United before and Leeds United afterwards, many Rovers fans still hold a special place in their hearts for ‘King’ Billy Sharp. The bare torso celebration at Glanford Park, the corner flag turned weight lifting taunt vs QPR at home, the ‘fat lad from Sheffield’ tee and even the tongue out, arms in the air at Bramall Lane; Sharp created many magical memories for Rovers supporters, his celebrations were just as enthusiastic as his goals. He was a natural entertainer and lead from the front during his 2 and a half year spell with us.

Of course, there is also the one that will never be forgotten, less than a week after losing his new born son (Luey Jacob Sharp) Billy asked not only to play in the home game against high flyers Middlesbrough, but also asked manager Dean Saunders if he couple wear the Captain’s armband. A back heel by Diouf chipped the ball over the Boro defence looked as if it was a stretch too far for Billy Sharp, but he chased after it and despite the oncoming Keeper from the Boro goal and the tight angle against him, Sharp hit it with his left foot on the volley which looped over the goalie and rocketed into the net. He ran off towards the West Stand, kicking the advertising hoardings whilst revealing a heartfelt message under his shirt. Dubbed ‘The Goal from Heaven’, this was perhaps the best way Sharp could cope with his grief, by doing what he knew best – scoring fantastic goals.

In my memory, Sharp is by far the most popular player with the fans. The most chanted, the most celebrated, the most talked about. If he wins the vote then I believe it is a fitting cause for such a player to represent the most recent era in Rovers times. You would think there is no reason why Sharp shouldn’t win. The fact he is currently second is probably nothing beyond his control, but just being unfortunate to be in the same category as ‘Sir’ Francis Tierney.

Francis Tierney is the only man in the entire country who can say he has scored the goal that instantly won his team promotion. Before 10th May 2003, no team in England had ever won promotion via a Golden Goal and no team has done so afterwards. Being the man who has that honour bestows you a place in history for years and years to come. That goal by Tierney was by no means spectacular, Blundell (donning a bandage on his head) found Barnes on the edge of the box who stabbed at the ball with his foot and it somehow trickled through the defence for Tierney to tap it in from 7 yards. It was messy yet efficient, but what it meant for the club can’t be put into words.

When asked about how he felt when the ball came towards him, Tierney told BBC Radio Sheffield that his “legs turned to jelly”, his celebration a standard turning around and running towards the fans with his finger in the air, a scene which soon transformed into pandemonium when it sunk in to the fans and players that the game was over, Doncaster Rovers were promoted back into the Football League. ‘Franny’ was knighted by the Rovers faithful instantly, and on his next appearance in the Red and White hoops, Tierney was met by the Pop Stand at Belle Vue bowing in worship and chanting “Sir Francis Tierney”. Even now Tierney is humble about it, recalling it on Facebook as “Just a tap in.”

For many fans that goal is regarded bigger than the Lee header at Cardiff, the Hayter winner at Wembley or even Copps’ tap in at Brentford. It provided a moment in time that will be shared for generations as the goal that brought salvation to Doncaster. But will it also provide Tierney the votes he needs to keep ahead of Sharp and win his place on our banner? That much is still up to you.

King Billy and Sir Francis are without doubt two Legends who will be remembered for different reasons, two that are rightly leading the vote. Who should you vote for? It’s probably not up to me to tell you, it’s one you need to figure out on your own. Me? I voted for Chris Brown. Obviously…

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE LATEST LEGEND BANNER POLL OVER ON THE BLACK BANK

 

 

 

COLIN CRAMB: A ROVERS LEGEND

Amidst the Black Bank Rovers Legends Banner Vote, DRSG Committee Member Rob Johnson puts forward the case for Colin Cramb, the man in the shadows…

Legend is a word that is thrown around a lot these days, particularly in football. Having a shit in the urinals at Nando’s makes you a legend in some people’s eyes.

What constitutes a footballing legend is obviously subjective. Some would say Mickey Norbury is a legend for his hat trick at Glanford Park despite playing only 27 games for Rovers. Others would say that Lee Warren definitely isn’t a legend despite clocking up nearly 200 games in the red and white hoops.

This brings us neatly on to the subject of the latest vote taking place on the Black Bank website to decide who should feature on the legends banner that is being produced for the Keepmoat next season. Warren himself is featured on the list as well some others from that era including Ian Duerdan, Graeme Jones, Darren Moore, Gary Brabin and others. With voting a few days in though, it appears that former Rovers manager Dave Penney is the likeliest winner. If it were up to me I would go for none of the above. The only choice for what was a mostly disappointing time for Rovers for me has to be Colin Cramb.

Every football fan has a player who captured their imagination. Their first love. The player who stirred excitement and passion that would eventually become obsession. Football fans the world over will tell you about Bergkamp, Zidane, Messi et al but for a chubby kid from Town Moor it was Colin Cramb who first caught my attention.

The 96/97 season was the first year my dad took me to Rovers when I looked beyond just the scoreline and Cramby was one of the main reasons for my interest. Every time Cramb got the ball it felt like something could happen. It felt like he scored in every game I attended that season and Cramb was a scorer of great goals as well as being prolific. It wasn’t just the goals that drew me to Cramb either. He was a real character. In the space of four games that season Cramby was sent off at Swansea, went in net during a 6-0 defeat against Chester City (and saved a penalty!), scored against our bitter rivals Scunthorpe and scored in a glorious 2-0 victory over top of the league Wigan Athletic. Whether scoring a hat trick at Hartlepool or having one of the worst disciplinary records of any Rovers player in a single season Cramby was a player who you couldn’t take your eyes off.

Dave Penney was a good player and a captain but he is surely receiving the majority of his votes for his time as Rovers manager rather than anything he did on the pitch. By that logic you would have to include SOD on any legends flag as well. No, this is a flag for the players who fans remember. The players that make you smile with recognition whenever their name is mentioned. The players who we will still be talking about in the pub in thirty years’ time. Colin Cramb played just 62 games for Rovers but for people of a certain generation he is the reason they became a Rovers fan. If that isn’t the definition of a legend then I don’t know what is.

VOTE FOR CRAMB (or your favourite legend) over on the Black Bank Site

BLACK BANK: Doncaster Rovers Legends Vote 1879-1948

10 Legends have been short-listed by the Black Bank over a period spanning 69 years, only one can feature on the Legends Banner (more HERE). DRSG Committee member Lee Croft takes a closer look at each candidate and what they achieved whilst at Doncaster Rovers:

Albert Jenkins (1879-1886)

Probably the most famous name connected with Doncaster Rovers in the 19th Century. Albert Jenkins has the honour of being claimed as the founder of Doncaster Rovers. After getting together a makeshift team from the Railway works to play against the Deaf and Dumb school, Jenkins XI found themselves 4-0 down at half time. Somehow they managed to pull it level to 4-4 in the second half, and the story goes that after the game the group of rail workers made their way back to town and stopped at the Hall Cross on South Parade for a breather. It was that moment where Jenkins and his co-workers decided to keep playing football, and chose the name Doncaster Rovers. For that feat alone (never mind being secretary for the club) he has earned his place forever in Rovers folklore.

Walter Langton (1887-1905)

Ahh, good old Walter. The biggest Rovers related mystery of our history (only just beating the signing of Lee Fowler). Despite 18 seasons with the club, Langton is only credited with less than 50 league appearances for the club, the main reason for this is that most of his Rovers career was spent when the club wasn’t part of the Football League and spent its early years playing friendlies before joining the Midland League. Unfortunately none of the appearance or player data was recorded (or at least archived) for these seasons, meaning 16 of Langton’s 18 seasons remain unknown on how many times he played. It is estimated that in total he played around 500 games for the rovers. One thing that isn’t up for debate however is his title of being the longest serving player in Doncaster Rovers history.

Alonzo Drake (1902-03)

Drake joined the Rovers in 1902 in the latter half of our inaugural season as a member of the Football League. He played in the last 13 games of the season scoring 6 goals which saw him go into the next season as a regular. Sadly though the club couldn’t build on the success of the previous season and we’re voted out of the league in favour of Bradford City. Drake was subsequently transferred to Sheffield United. However his legendary status isn’t from being arguably our best player during our first stint in the Football League, as Drake would soon rise in county cricket and 6 years later broke into the Yorkshire first team. His 5 year stint in the Yorkshire side would see him prove to be as good as cricket as he was a footballer, scoring 4800 runs and taking 480 wickets, which included taking 5 wickets and conceding no runs in 1914. Drake is perhaps the only one on the list whose ‘legendary’ status was probably earned after he left DRFC. But for many years following, any discussion around DRFC would often include the young Alonzo Drake.

Tom Keetley (1923-29)

180 goals in 231 matches says it all really. Not only our record goalscorer but also one of the highest goal-to-game ratio ever recorded. 9th in English and Scotland Football with an average of 0.75. Prolific doesn’t do justice to Tom Keetley, a natural finisher? Not quite right. A Goal Machine? Probably doesn’t fit the bill perfectly, but it’s the closest I can find. Keetley also held the record for scoring 6 goals in one match against Ashington. Three of his brothers also played for the club, but only Tom is ever remembered. He was sold to Notts County in 1929 for £750. Just over £4 per goal the club made from him. The transfer record of English football at that time was £10,890, taking in mind Rovers were plying their trade in the Third Division, that wasn’t a bad return at all.

Fred Emery 1924-36

Another strong contender with stats on his side. Emery was and remains (for now) the all time record league appearance holder for Doncaster. Notching up 417 games in his 12 years with the club. After joining the club in 1924 and making a handful of appearances in the 1924/25 season, the 1925/26 season would see him become a regular playing in 38 of the 42 league matches. A few seasons later in 1928-29 he started and played every single game in the season, a feat he would repeat in the 1933/34 season. Considering this was achieved at the age of 34, he was a fans favourite and after hanging up his boots in 1936 he took on the role as manager, with only the second world war forcing him to leave.

George Gladwin 1930-37

Gladwin joined the club in 1930 when the club released most of its players (due to being unable to fund their summer wages) and was originally intended to be a ‘cheaper’ option. Despite this however Gladwin nailed a place in the side and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club. He was part of the DRFC squad that won promotion from the Third Division as Champions in 1934-35. The first title Doncaster Rovers would win after nearly 60 in existent. Gladwin left the club in 1937 for Manchester United, where he stayed for 6 years. Despite this, the only honour he achieved in his career was the league win with the Rovers.

Syd Bycroft 1936-51

I don’t think anyone needs me to explain how Syd’s career went. Probably the most known pre-war Rovers player and definitely legend. A 15 year career that saw him play over 500 times for the club. Sadly he didn’t pass Emery’s record due to the Football League being suspended during World War 2 (at which Bycroft remained at the club playing in the wartime league). The most famous moment of Bycroft’s career was going up against Tommy Lawton of Notts County, with Lawton later recalling to Michael Parkinson that in between kicking lumps out of each other, Bycroft had sold him a set of car tyres. If that wasn’t enough to earn him legendary status, Bycroft was also described by Parkinson of having a tackle like “a beartrap”.

Clarrie Jordan 1940-48

Another one whose stats speak for themselves. Over 60 goals in a hundred games for the Rovers in the wartime league would see Clarrie Jordan earn himself a place in the 1946/47 Third Division North season. With the rest of the country recovering from the war, Clarrie and the Rovers hit the ground running to have arguably our most successful season ever. Jordan’s 42 goals that season helped the Rovers achieve the highest ever points total in a 2 points system with 22 games, as well as earn Jordan a place in Rovers’ history as the most goals scored in one season.

Bert Tindill 1944-58

As with Jordan, Tindill was also credited of playing and helping to fire Rovers to the 1946/47 Third Division Title. He featured in the opening 9 games, and scoring 7 from the right wing made him look a hot prospect. However he was dropped as Jack Kirkaldie was picked over him for the Right Wing position for the rest of the season. 2 years later however, and under manager Peter Doherty, Tindill would become a familiar face in the squad as Doherty’s Rovers won promotion back to the Second Division in 1949 and stayed there for the next 8 seasons. Tindill left the club in 1958 having played alongside legends Doherty, Bycroft, Alick Jeffrey, Clarrie Jordan and with 402 appearances to his name, 366 of them coming under Doherty’s reign makes it hard not to include him in any list of Rovers legends.

Ken Hardwick 1945-57

Like the two before him, Hardwick joined the Rovers at the close of the war and made his debut in the wartime leagues. He was part of the squad during that record breaking season but didn’t become a full regular until the 1948-49 season, once again under Doherty. During what is often referred to as the golden age, Ken Hardwick was the ever reliant man between the sticks. It was a golden age for keepers at DRFC in those days, as his understudy and back up keeper was none other than Harry Gregg who would eventually replace Hardwick as Rovers number 1 before becoming the most expensive keeper at the time. Hardwick left however with 308 appearances and 2 promotions whilst a DRFC player.

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CHARITY LEGENDS MATCH REPORT

DRSG Committee Member and Charity Hero Rob Johnson gives us a Match Review of his experience in the Charity Legends Game:

On 23rd May I was given the glorious opportunity to fulfil a lifelong ambition to play on the Keepmoat pitch – what follows is my account of a surreal but brilliant experience.

After a classic athletes night of preparation (7 pints and a pizza) the night before, I woke up early on the morning of the game to butterflies in my stomach and dreams of scoring in my mind. I was cautiously optimistic despite my head still being a bit fuzzy from the night before and I set off to meet my fellow players at the Earl of Doncaster. On the way I received a text: ‘Right wing. Second half’ I shuddered at the prospect of having to play midfield on such a massive pitch as I glimpsed my beer gut in the reflection of a car window but I was pleased to be playing in the second half rather than having to come off at half time.

I arrived at the Earl and was relieved to see my anxiety and nervousness mirrored on the faces of my teammates as we waited for the coach to take us to the Keepmoat. News filtered through that Darius Vassell had dropped out to be replaced by Mark Draper which made all of us breathe a sigh of relief – particularly the defenders.

When we arrived at the ground we were filmed coming off the coach and friends and family were on hand to give us a cheer as we emerged from the coach, all of us were trying to play it cool but I spectacularly failed at not grinning like a lunatic at the ludicrousness of the situation.

Entering the home dressing room for the first time to see my kit hung up with ‘Johnson 17’ on the back was a huge thrill obviously despite my slight annoyance at been given number 17… I imagined some of the arses that have sat on the bench I was sitting on and all the great players who had strolled victorious into that same room as well as the countless shit players who had trudged in after a defeat and the nerves really started to kick in.

We walked around the pitch in our suits for a bit evoking memories of Liverpool’s ridiculous white suits from the 1995 FA cup final before changing into our training tops for a warm up. Before I knew it we were walking out in our kits and shaking hands with the legends as kick off hurtled ever closer. I literally couldn’t believe how bloody massive Dave Beasant was, my penis shrank inside my body as we shook hands and I was also struck by how much Darren Anderton looked exactly the same as in his Euro 96 heyday.

Charity Heroes Team Photo

The game kicked off and despite our co manager Danny Schofield (ex Huddersfield Town) telling us to take our time and enjoy it, the charity side looked nervous in the first few minutes. Former Arsenal striker Perry Groves must have offended our left back Andy Mankin at some point as he felled him in the box three times in the first half, with referee Andy Butler awarding a penalty for one of them which Rob Pick duly dispatched for 1-0. Darren Anderton smashed home a second from 25 yards which led to my first Anderton inspired semi on of the day and before long the Legends were 3-0 up. The upside of this for me was that the pressure was lessened for those of us playing in the second half as the game seemed to be lost already.

Legends take a storming leaad

From nowhere though a Ryan Becks inspired come back began, starting with a pretty hilarious mix up between Beasant and his defence (don’t tell him I said that) and ending with Adam Myers levelling the game at 3-3 just before half time with a composed finish from Tom Ambler sandwiched in between. The second half team looked at each other with grim faces as the realization kicked in… it matters a lot more now. Shit.

Charity Heroes Hit Back

The second half begun with the charity team swapping all 11 players which meant that I started on the right wing. Everyone had said it was important that your first touch be a positive one and my first pass went without a hitch, it was to someone stood 3 yards away but still a strong start. My second touch was to someone clearly stood offside. My third touch was a shanked cross as was my fourth – a cross so mis-hit it actually looked like a shot. I came worryingly close to curling up in a ball and violently weeping at this point but Danny Schofield took me aside and basically just told me to calm down and I regained focus.

From there the match was a blur of goals, sideways passes (shout out to Mark Wilson) and one glorious crossfield ball from me that led to one of Karl Harrison’s two goals which I spoke about at great length to anyone who would listen for the rest of the night.

Charity Heroes score again

My first abiding memory is of feeling sick with the effort of trying to track Lee Hendrie, looking up at the score board with horror at the realization that only four minutes of the second half had passed. The Legends regained the lead of course, but the charity team fought valiantly and we pegged them back a couple of times before fitness and the outrageous ability of Darren Anderton, Julio Arca and Lee Hendrie started to show. At one point I had a ten yard head start for the ball against a 43 year old Darren Anderton and he just glided past me and stole it away. He looked so handsome as he did it as well. What a guy.

So the game wrapped up with a Dolly Parton approved score line of 9-5 to the Legends team but I will always have THAT 30 yard pass, the knowledge that I merked Phil Babb and hearing my mates chanting ‘you fat bastard’ from the stands.

LEGENDS UPDATE: DYER AND GROVES ANNOUNCED

Hot on the heels of last night’s announcement that Doncaster Rovers centre back Andy Butler is to referee comes news of more former Premier League stars in the shape of former Arsenal striker Perry Groves and ex rover Bruce Dyer.

Despite scoring a paltry 21 goals in 155 games for Arsenal, Groves became something of a cult hero at Arsenal for his work rate and enthusiasm and now has his own fan site and apparently Gunners fans still chant his name. More importantly Groves cult status inspired an ultimately successful campaign from Arsenal fans to push sales of Groves autobiography ahead of Ashley Coles – which is something I am sure we can all get behind.

Groves also played for Southampton and Colchester but it is an Arsenal where he will always be most remembered. He is now currently working as a football pundit on numerous shows but primarily alongside Colin Murray on talkSPORT which I imagine is a terrible experience for Perry.

Speaking of terrible experiences we are also happy to announce the return of Bruce Dyer to the legends game. Dyer played 15 games for Rovers in the 06-07 season scoring one solitary goal in a spell that is perhaps best remembered for his penalty misses in the same game albeit in pre season friendly with Middlesbrough. Much more successful was the time spent at Crystal Palace and Barnsley which saw Dyer hit over 100 league goals in 9 years.

The Charity Legends Game will be taking place at the KeepmoatStadium 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.

Charity Legends Game Poster

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.

Charity Legends Game Poster