Doncaster Rovers reveal museum plan

Keepmoat Stadium
Keepmoat Stadium

Doncaster Rovers have revealed plans for a ‘walk-in’ museum at the Keepmoat Stadium.

And the club are inviting supporters to be a part of history in the making - by taking part in a series of interviews or donating memorabilia.

The project, which will transform the stadium’s concourse areas into an interactive timeline, will be overseen by Rovers’ Community Foundation and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

It aims to decorate the club’s storied history, from 1879 to the present day, in a series of displays and videos which will also incorporate important events in local and national history.

The project is another clear indication of the current ownership’s plan to cement the club’s community standing - and comes just weeks after the takeover of Doncaster RLFC and the official launch of ‘Club Doncaster’.

Tony Bluff, Rovers’ club historian, said: “When I was approached by the Foundation about this project, I was excited to see what was going to happen and how we were going to achieve it.

“I have long said that we need a museum showcasing DRFC history and I am happy to be part of the project that will see this turned into a reality.”

Fiona Spiers, head of Heritage Lottery Fund Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “This project will stir memories and emotions for fans, former players and families who have been involved with the Rovers over the years.

“It will record a history that shows the impact of the club on the community that has lived with and supported it.”

Rovers say the project is currently at a stage of information gathering. After Christmas they plan to interview players, staff and supporters.

Anyone interested in being interviewed, or donating memorabilia, should call 01302 764663 or email nicola.moran@doncasterroversfoundation.co.uk.