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Doncaster Rovers Vs Colchester United: Match Preview

A dramatic late win ensured Rovers kept up the pace with the leaders last Saturday, but how will Rovers cope without their top scorer as Colchester come to town?

Andy Williams was the hero against Barnet, turning in Matty Blair’s superb cross to give Fergie’s boys a 3-2 win having squandered a two-goal lead minutes before. For Williams though, that effort looks set to be his last in the short term as he left the ground on crutches and is not expected to be fit to play this weekend.

Colchester United are the latest visitors to Lakeside, a team who came down to League Two with Rovers last season. You could say that they dragged us down with them, a 4-1 thumping in Essex on Good Friday still fresh in the memory for fans and, hopefully, the players as well.

However, both teams are very different propositions to the ones that lined up on that day, and it is Rovers who have made the better start to life back in the basement. The Barnet win was a seventh of the campaign and fourth in six outings, whilst the club are now clear by four goals as top scoring team in the division.

By contrast, Colchester are the epitome of average to date, sitting 13th in the standings with four wins, four losses and four draws. Their goal difference also demonstrates the flat rate by which John McGreal’s team are chugging along – 16 for, 16 against – and are without a win in five league matches, whilst their last away maximum came at the end of August.

Darren Ferguson will be able to call upon John Marquis up front, back from suspension, but owing to Williams’ injury will probably keep young forward Liam Mandeville in the line-up alongside him after a strong showing deputising against Barnet. Mathieu Baudry also performed well when brought on as part of a tactical switch in the second half last week, but if the manager sticks to the diamond from kick-off here, expect to see Baudry back on the bench.

One to Watch

Despite being relegated, Colchester possessed a wealth of strong attacking talents last season as proven by their 4-1 win last time the teams met. The likes of Moncur, Sordell, Harriott and Gilbey have all understandably moved on now, but Sammie Szmodics remains having signed a three-year contract in the summer. Szmodics is the main outlet through midfield for the U’s and has three goals this season, the last coming in their most recent victory over Blackpool.

Big Weekend

John Marquis is restored to the starting line-up for Rovers this weekend but will be asked to perform with more pressure on his shoulders in the absence of Williams. Usually the support striker for our top scorer, Marquis will have to step up and lead the line himself here with Mandeville providing the support instead.

DRSG STATEMENT: Bradford City Tickets

Joint Doncaster Rovers Supporter Organisations Statement on the Bradford City Ticketing situation from Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group, the Official Supporters Club and the Viking Supporters Co-operative.

Earlier in the season Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City made a commitment to a reciprocal pricing agreement to encourage both home and away fans to attend the fixtures when the two teams meet. Doncaster Rovers reduced the tickets for the Bradford City home game to £15 earlier in the season and this was very successful, with 8410 supporters attending, including over 2,000 Bantams fans.

We have now been informed that Bradford City will not be doing the same in the coming fixture at Valley Parade next week and will charge Doncaster Rovers fans full price.

Instead, Bradford City are looking at offering alternative incentives to encourage fans to attend on the day.

This is wholly unacceptable to ALL the recognised supporter groups of Doncaster Rovers; the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club, the Viking Supporters Co-operative and the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group.

Unanimously, we agree that any alternative will be nothing more than a token gesture to cover up the fact that Bradford City FC are refusing to treat our away supporters with the same dignity and respect that our club treated theirs.

Bradford City are a football club who received praise from many fans of other clubs for their radical approach to Season Ticket pricing and making football more accessible. On this occasion they are failing supporters.

Our away support has been nothing short of fantastic this season and it’s no secret that away fans often get the short end of the stick in terms of treatment from some clubs – we are proud to support a club that opposes the trend and it’s a shame that Bradford City don’t share the vision to treat us as equals.

We urge fans to join in with a peaceful protest on the day of the game. We believe that as a body of fans we should make our feelings known that this isn’t an acceptable way to treat supporters. Anyone who is interested in joining us are welcome to attend an open meeting on Wednesday at 7PM at the Staff Of Life pub, Waterdale, Doncaster, where we will discuss our plans for the game.

Doncaster Rovers Vs Chesterfield – Match Preview

By Rob Johnson

Rovers frustrating inconsistency continued during Saturdays disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Rochdale. The South Yorkshire side started off brightly enough but were overrun through the middle of the park in the second half and it was no surprise when Rochdale twice hit Rovers on the break. The fact that Keshi Anderson will be sent back to Palace with a suspected broken leg only compounds Rovers misery.

Rovers will be searching for at least a point from tomorrow night’s home game against Chesterfield before they travel to the league leaders Coventry on Saturday. The Reds will welcome one familiar face back to the Keepmoat in Sam Hird and one unfamiliar face in Dean Saunders who has been rendered unrecognizable since his recent cosmetic surgery.

Saunders has had a patchy start to life at the Proact Stadium as he finds himself 7 points adrift of the play offs but more importantly 6 points away from his beloved relegation zone as he chases his fourth relegation in five season. Mirroring Saunders time at Rovers, the Spireities have performed better away from home this season, with five of their seven wins coming on the road. This combined with the form of Slyvan Ebanks-Blake who has already hit seven goals this season makes for what should be a competitive and close game.

Sam Hird should get a decent reception after he made over 150+ appearances for his hometown club and also played in the famous play off final victory over Leeds. I am also happy to confirm after drunkenly confronting him in various Doncaster hot spots about how handsome he is that he is a really nice chap as well.

Chesterfield have lost 3 of their last 4 games in the league and with Rovers looking for a response after Saturdays poor performance, the fans should expect at least a draw. In terms of the starting line up I think Middleton is due a rest but with Wellens, Keegan and Chaplow all missing on Saturday through illness or injury this may be unlikely and it would be no surprise to see Darren Ferguson name an unchanged team.

Match Prediction DRFC 1-1 Chesterfield

In a game where both teams would begrudgingly take a draw that appears to be the most likely outcome.  Rovers are yet to share the spoils with anyone under Ferguson having won 4 and lost 3 since he took charge but two similar teams could cancel each other out at the Keepmoat on Tuesday. Butler with the Rovers goal.

Doncaster Rovers Vs Shrewsbury- Match Preview

By Rob Johnson


Rovers lurch from one shit sandwich to the next sees them travel  to the formerly Gay Meadow looking for their first away win of the season. Like Rovers, Shrewsbury have managed only two wins at home all season and are struggling in the league, finding themselves five places and three points above the reds albeit having played a game more.

Tuesday night’s game  marks the first time that new manager Darren Ferguson will pick the team. The big questions appear to be who will play right back? Who starts in centre midfield? Does Coppinger retain his place (and his captaincy)? Does Forrester start? Who starts upfront? and most importantly will we draft in Lewis Guy on an emergency loan? Pressing questions indeed for the former Peterborough man. One would hope that Ferguson goes for a win against the Shrews as going forward we do have players who can hurt teams and their goals against tally of 19 is promising.

Spectacularly named Shrewsbury manager Mickey Mellon will perhaps be satisfied with his teams average start as they came up from league 2 last season. Football league journeymen such as Jean Louis Akpa-Akpro and Liam Lawrence supplement a young and hungry squad and the Shrews will have earmarked this as a winnable game as Rovers now find themselves only kept off the bottom of the table by Crewe.

Rovers have already played 4 of the top 6 this season so perhaps find themselves in a false position. We will have a better idea after Tuesday night. If Rovers find themselves 13 games into the season and still in the bottom 4 than there would be real cause for concern.

Match Prediction Shrewsbury 1-2 DRFC

A new manager and a new era for Rovers. It would churlish to be anything other than optimistic. Williams to score from open play. Tyson to score the winner deep into Fergie time.

Food Feedback Required

Following on from our work with Centreplate and Doncaster Rovers through the summer which has already seen the arrival of a Pie, Peas and Gravy deal available in every stand, an increased selection of condiments and a full review of range and quality across the whole Stadium we’ve now turned our focus to sustainability.

To ensure the standard and quality we should expect as supporters are upheld throughout the season, the DRSG are delighted to announce that in partnership with Centreplate, we will be running a Mystery Shopper for the entirety of the 2015/2016 season, including any Cup games.

The scheme will be reviewed monthly with a representative of the DRSG, Centreplate and the club present to discuss any feedback received and to collate any other feedback submitted to us about the refreshment kiosks at the Keepmoat.

To ensure the process is transparent, a representative of the DRSG will approach someone in the queue either pre game or at half time and talk to them about what is required. This will be a different concourse and a different kiosk game by game. They will be required to purchase one hot food item and one beverage. On completion of the survey (documented in the brief we provide) we will provide you with a voucher to redeem your hot food item and beverage (age restriction applies to alcoholic drinks).

Should you wish to assist us in making the match experience a better place, please send an email stating your name and the Stand you usually sit in to wgrimes63@googlemail.com

Match Preview: Frickley Athletic


Pre-season is finally here and with it Rob Johnson brings us his first match day preview of the season:FAFC_Badge



Rovers begin their pre season with a short trip to Westfield Lane to take on Frickley Athletic. Mouthwatering stuff.

Frickley are perhaps best known to Rovers fans for being the subject of a short programme made by Jeremy Clarkson in which Rovers were humiliated 2-0 at Belle Vue by Frickley in the FA Trophy. Thankfully this was before the days of social media so the short film never made its way onto the hotbed of satire and intelligent debate that is the league 1 banter Facebook page (OI! OI!).

Frickley and Rovers also share a number of former players with Neil Redfearn, Mark Samways and Russ Wilcox all having pulled on both the red and white hoops and the blue and white stripes.

Normally pre season games are a turgid affair but Rovers fans will no doubt be looking forward to possibly catching a glimpse of new signings Thorsten Stuckmann, Richard Chaplow, Andy Williams and Gary MacKenzie which brings a welcome level of interest to the tie.

Rovers fans are still polarised on Paul Dickov but it is difficult to argue with the signings he has made so far and they represent a potential new spine for a side who were desperately lacking in a few areas last season.

Rovers have actually got some interesting sides lined up in pre season for once with Sunderland, Middlesboro and Forest all visiting the Keepmoat Stadium, but for a taste of grass roots football, Frickley is perhaps the best choice for the discerning Rovers fan about town.

Match Prediction: Rovers will win and everyone will have forgotten the score by the time they get home. Also expect at least one Rovers player to sustain a serious injury. Let’s say 2-0 and Nathan Tyson.