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New To League Two: Doncaster Rovers

9 June 2022

Club News

New To League Two: Doncaster Rovers

9 June 2022

The next instalment of our summer feature taking a closer look at the clubs joining us in League Two for 2022/23 takes us on a journey to South Yorkshire.

How did they get here?
Doncaster Rovers were officially relegated from League One on the final day when a draw with Oxford United was not enough to prevent them from slipping back into the fourth tier.

In truth, the demotion was all but confirmed before kick-off, with Gary McSheffrey’s men sitting three points from safety but with a substantially worse goal difference than their rivals.

A tricky start to 2021/22 saw Rovers collect just one point from their first six outings in the league and they didn’t taste victory until mid-September when Morecambe were beaten in South Yorkshire.

However, consistent form was still an issue and boss Richie Wellens paid the price for just three wins in 19 league games when he was sacked in December with the club sitting 23rd in the table.

They produced a shock 1-0 win at Sunderland at the start of February but just two victories in their next 11 saw them slide down into the danger zone and they never recovered.

Who’s in charge?
After a four-game stint in temporary charge following Richie Wellens’ departure, Gary McSheffrey was handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis at the end of December.

McSheffrey had been with Rovers since 2018 since first joining the club as part of their Academy coaching staff to look after the Under-18 side.

As a player, the talented Coventry-born star came through the ranks with his hometown club before going on to make almost 150 appearances to earn a big-money moved to Birmingham City in 2006.

He returned to the Sky Blues in 2010 and added a further 100 appearances before also playing for the likes of Chesterfield, Scunthorpe United and Doncaster.

A tricky and skilful player who could operate on the wing or as an out-and-out forward, McSheffrey played over 500 senior games before turning his attentions to coaching.

Where do they play?
Doncaster Rovers moved to The Eco-Power Stadium (formerly known as The Keepmoat Stadium) in 2006 after it was constructed at an approximate cost of £20million.

The stadium is home not only to Rovers but also their female team, Doncaster Belles, as well as Doncaster Rugby League Club.

It has an all-seated capacity of just over 15,200 and away fans can expect to be seated in the North Stand when visiting.

When did we last meet?
Our most recent encounter with Doncaster Rovers came when both clubs were in the Conference back in the 1998/99 campaign.

We met in the first month of the season at Holker Street when a late Marc Coates strike rescued a point in a 2-2 draw in a game in which The Bluebirds had led through an early own goal.

Rovers took the points in the return fixture at Belle Vue in November when Coates was again on target but with what proved to be mere consolation during a 2-1 defeat.

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