Doncaster Rovers F.C. (aka. DRFC, Don.)
Formed: 1879 (reformed after WWI in 1919)
Nickname: Rovers

Rivalries: Rotherham United, Leeds, Barnsley, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday

Historical Record Against: 18-26-25

Last 5 Seasons

SeasonLeaguePos.MPWTLGFGAGDPts
2022-23League 218th46167234665-1955
2021–22League 122nd46108283782–4538
2020–21League 114th46197206367–464
2019–20League 19th341611951331854
2018–19League 16th4620131376581873

City
Doncaster, South Yorkshire England
(aka. Donny, Sunny Donny)
Population: 113,566 (2021)

Stadium
Eco-Power Stadium (formerly and colloquially: Keepmoat Stadium)

Capacity: 15,231
Construction: 2006

Drive Time (From the Racecourse)
109 Miles via the M56 (Estimated 2.5 hours)

Doncaster football team stadium

KIT

Sponsor: LNER (London North Eastern Railway)
Home – Red and White Horizontal Stripes
Away – Blue with White Sleeves, Trim

Owner
Name: Doncaster Rovers Ltd.
Shareholders: Terry Bramall, David Blunt, and Gavin Baldwin

David Blunt, current chairman, was with Keepmoat Construction as accountant and director.

Terry Brammal was formerly CEO of Keepmoat Construction group which was sold, when his family owned a 72% share for £783 million pounds in 2007. He has a history of philanthropic work including charity and social housing development. He is a recipient of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Most Recent Championship

2012-2013 as winners of the League One

Consecutive Seasons in League 2: 1 (2022-2023) Consecutive Seasons in the EFL: 20 years

Highwater Mark in the Pyramid:
1902 – 7th in Tier 2
Lowwater Mark in the Pyramid:
1998-1999 – 16th in Tier 5

Last match between Wrexham and Doncaster: August 23, 2005 a 1-0 Doncaster Win in the League Cup.

Last time in the same Division:
2005 – League One.  Doncaster finished 10th, Wrexham relegated in 22nd after 10 point deduction for entering administration.

Glory Moments
2012/2013 – Final moment heroics to win League One (See Video on Left)
Odd Claims to Fame

March 30, 1946: Participated in the longest competitive football match ever running 3 hours and 25 minutes against Stockport Country FC (also in League 2). The game was called due to darkness and replayed in Doncaster with Doncaster losing 4-0.

May 10, 2003: Doncaster become the first, and still only, team to earn promotion via a “Golden Goal” (aka “Sudden-Death Goal) against Dagenham & Redbridge in the fifth tier (now, National League) play-offs.

2003-2004:  Successfully completed the double promotion after advancing from the National League through the play-offs and as champions the following league with 92 points, 4 points more than Hull City.

Black Marks

June 28 1995: Alan Kristiansen is hired by owner Ken Richardson to destroy the former stadium by fire.  In years prior, the club was in financial turmoil at least partly contributed to by decreasing stadium capacity due to geological issues below the stadium.  In 1987, capacity was reduced to 4,859 after the movement of coal, following mining, had occurred below the structure.  Kristiansen would get one year in jail; Richardson would get four.

June 1997: Rovers placed into Administration following a winding-up order as a consequence of some £3.9 million in debt.

December 2, 1997:  864 people, the lowest in Doncaster’s history, attend to watch Doncaster win their first match after 20 

April 11, 1998: Doncaster was  relegated from the Football League for the first time, after 65 years in the football league.

League Pyramid History

(More History: https://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/club/club-history/140-years-of-history/)

Highest level obtained was in the 2nd tier.  Doncaster were second tier in the 1940s and regained success in the early 2000s but recently have had a tough run.  Doncaster had five seasons in the Conference League, now referred to as the National League).  

1997-1998 saw Doncaster suffer on and off the pitch.  A wind-up order, a 20 match winless stretch, resulted in the club entering Administration and relegation after a miserable 6 win season.  The team would remain in the National League for 5 years.

In 2002-2003, they earned promotion against Dagenham & Redbridge by way of a 3-2 Golden Goal, being the only team to have ever gained promotion from a golden goal.

The following year, 2003-2004, they earned promotion to the third tier as Champions, their last championship season.  

Doncaster remained in the third division until the 2007-2008 when, after missing automatic promotion to Nottingham Forest by 2 points, they defeated Southend United and Leeds United on May 27, 2008 United in the Play-off Final at Wembley, to earn their spot in the Championship (second tier).

Doncaster held onto their spot in the Championship through to a 2011-2012 relegation to League One, 2012-2013 promotion to the Championship, and a subsequent 2013-2014 relegation back to League One, despite a non-contract signing of One Direction singer and local Doncaster lad, Louis Tomlinson of One Direction.

The team has been up and down really since 2014 with a relegation to League Two in 2015-2016, promotion to League One in 2016-2017 where they would stay until the 2021-2022 season where they were demoted to League 2.


Wrexham Connections

In September 2011, Dean Saunders left Wrexham to join Doncater Rovers.  At the time, Doncaster was attempting to avoid relegation from the Championship whilst Wrexham were mired in the Conference (now National League) having just lost out the season prior in the playoff semi-final (5-1 in aggregate) to Luton Town in the semi-final.

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