Unreliable History

To be written.

 

Famous Players : – 

Famous Fans : –  Louis Tomlinson (Singer- One Direction).

 

Club Records


Formed 1879

Turned Professional 1885

Became a Limited Company 1905 and 1920

Previous names

Previous grounds Intake Ground =  1885-1915
Bennetthorpe Ground = 1920-1922
Belle Vue =  1922-2007

Nickname “ROVERS” or “DONNY” or “THE REDS”

Motto “CHALLENGE, INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE”

Club Colours
[Images courtesy of the wonderful Colours of Football website]
HOME :

AWAY :

THIRD :


Record Football League Win 10-0  v  Darlington  (Division 4)   25.01.1964

Record Football League Defeat 0-12  v  Small Heath  (Division 2)    11.04.1903

Record Cup Win 7-0  v  Blyth Spartans  (FA Cup First Round)  27.11.1937

Record Fee Paid £1.15 million from Sheffield United for Billy SHARP (July 2010)

Record Fee Received £2 million to Reading for Matt MILLS (July 2009)

Record Appearances 688  –  James COPPINGER  (2004-2021)

Record League Appearances 607  –  James COPPINGER  (2004-2021)

Record League goal-scorer 180  –  Tom KEETLEY  (1923-1929)

Record all-time goal-scorer 186  –  Tom KEETLEY  (1923-1929)

Record goal-scorer in a League season 42  –  Clarrie JORDAN  (Division 3 North)   1946-1947

Most goals scored in a League match 6  –  Tom KEETLEY v  Ashington  (Division 3 North)   16.02.1929

Record Home Attendance (Belle Vue) 37,149  v  Hull City  (Division 3 North)    02.10.1948

Record Home Attendance (Keepmoat Stadium) 15,001  v  Leeds United   (League One)     01.04.2008

Record total of goals in a League season 123  –  Division 3 North  (1946-1947)

Record League points total 2 points for a win  :  72  –    (Division 3 North)  1946-1947   (42 games)
3 points for a win  :  92  –    (Division 3)  2003-2004   (42 games)

Most Capped Player while at club 14  –  Len GRAHAM  (Northern Ireland)

Youngest Player Alick JEFFREY –  15 years and 229 days  v  Fulham   (Division 2)  15.09.1954

Oldest Player John RYAN  –  52 years and 334 days  v  Hereford United   (Conference)  (Away)    26.04.2003

 

Stadium details 

Address :   Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN4 5JW

Telephone :   01302 764664
Ticket Office :   01302 762576

Capacity :   15,231
Away Allocation :   3,000
Pitch size :  100m x 70m  (109 yards x 77 yards)
Official website :  www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk


Directions

There are good directions to the Keepmoat Stadium on the Doncaster Rovers website and more information on the Away Days website.


Honours


Division Three North Champions  (Third Tier) 1934-1935, 1946-1947, 1949-1950

Division Three North Runners-up  (Third Tier) 1937-1938, 1938-1939

Division Four Champions  (Fourth Tier) 1965-1966, 1968-1969

Division Four Runners-up  (Fourth Tier) 1983-1984

League One Champions  (Third Tier) 2012-2013

League Two Champions  (Fourth Tier) 2003-2004

Football League Trophy Winners 2006-2007

 

Managers


Billy CALDER (Honorary Manager) June 1920 – May 1921

Harry TUFNELL (Secretary Manager) May 1921 – March 1922

Arthur PORTER (Secretary Manager) May 1922 – March 1923

Dick RAY (Secretary Manager) June 1923 – May 1927

David MENZIES (Secretary Manager) June 1927 – February 1936

Fred EMERY March 1936 – July 1940

Billy MARSDEN (Part-time Manager) April 1944 – February 1946

Jackie BESTALL February 1946 – May 1949

Peter DOHERTY May 1949 – January 1958

Syd BYCROFT/Jack HODGSON (Joint Managers) January 1958 – June 1958

Jack CRAYSTON June 1958 – April 1959

Jackie BESTALL April 1959 – August 1960

Norman CURTIS  (Player-Manager) August 1960 – July 1961

Danny MALLOY August 1961 – March 1962

Frank MARSHALL (Caretaker) March 1962 – April 1962

Oscar HOLD April 1962 – April 1964

Bill LEIVERS  (Player-Manager) August 1964 – February 1966

Frank MARSHALL/Jackie BESTALL (Caretaker) February 1966 – May 1966

Tom GARNETT/Jackie BESTALL (Caretaker) May 1966 – December 1966

Keith KETTLEBOROUGH  (Player-Manager) December 1966 – May 1967

George RAYNOR June 1967 – November 1968

Jackie BESTALL (Caretaker) November 1968

Lawrie McMENEMY November 1968 – May 1971

Maurice SETTERS June 1971 – November 1974

Johnny QUIGLEY (Caretaker) November 1974 – February 1975

Stan ANDERSON February 1975 – November 1979

Cyril KNOWLES (Caretaker) November 1979

Billy BREMNER November 1979 – October 1985

Dave CUSACK  (Player-Manager) October 1985 – December 1987

Dave MACKAY December 1987 – March 1989

Joe KINNEAR March 1989 – June 1989

Billy BREMNER June 1989 – November 1991

Steve BEAGLEHOLE November 1991 – December 1993

Tony CUNNINGHAM (Player-Caretaker Manager) December 1993 – January 1994

Ian ATKINS January 1994 – June 1994

Sammy CHUNG July 1994 – August 1996

Kerry DIXON (Player-Manager) August 1996 – August 1997

Colin RICHARDSON September 1997

Dave COWLING October 1997

Danny BERGERA November 1997

Mark WEAVER/Danny BERGERA December 1997 – May 1998

Ian SNODIN  (Player-Manager) August 1998 – April 2000

Dave PENNEY/Mark ATKINS  (Caretaker) April 2000 – May 2000

Steve WIGNALL May 2000 – January 2002

Dave PENNEY January 2002 – August 2006

Mickey WALKER (Caretaker) September 2006

Sean O’DRISCOLL September 2006 – September 2011

Dean SAUNDERS September 2011 – January 2013

Brian FLYNN January 2013 – May 2013

Paul DICKOV May 2013 – September 2015

Rob JONES (Caretaker) September 2015 – October 2015

Darren FERGUSON October 2015 – June 2018

Grant McCANN June 2018 – June 2019

Darren MOORE July 2019 – March 2021

Andy BUTLER (Caretaker) March 2021 – May 2021

Richie WELLENS May 2021 – 

 

League Record

The Football League structure has historically been as follows …

1888-1892 1892-1920 1920-1921 1921-1958 1958-1992 1992-2004 2004 to date
First tier Football League Division One Division One Division One Division One Premiership Premier League
Second tier Division Two Division Two Division Two Division Two Division One Championship
Third tier Division Three Division Three
(North) and (South)
Division Three Division Two  League One
Fourth tier Division Four Division Three League Two

Elected to Division Two  (Second Tier) 1901

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1901-1903

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1904-1905

Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1923-1935

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1935-1937

Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1937-1947

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1947-1948

Division Three North  (Third Tier) 1948-1950

Division Two  (Second Tier) 1950-1958

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1958-1959

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1959-1966

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1966-1967

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1967-1969

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1969-1971

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1971-1981

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1981-1983

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1983-1984

Division Three  (Third Tier) 1984-1988

Division Four  (Fourth Tier) 1988-1992

Division Three  (Fourth Tier) 1992-1998

Conference  (Fifth Tier) 1998-2003

League One  (Third Tier) 2003-2008

Championship  (Second Tier) 2008-2012

League One  (Third Tier) 2012-2013

Championship  (Second Tier) 2013-2014

League One  (Third Tier) 2014-2016

League Two  (Fourth Tier) 2016-2017

League One  (Third Tier) 2017-