Doncaster Rovers: Rob Jones can predict the future #RobJonesFacts

Doncaster Rovers James Husband and Rob Jones celebrate the presentation of the nPower League One Trophy. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster Rovers James Husband and Rob Jones celebrate the presentation of the nPower League One Trophy. Picture: Andrew Roe

On a huge billboard overlooking the Keepmoat Stadium hangs a giant image of Rob Jones. Alongside him it simply reads ‘BELIEVE’.

Jones was similarly motionless at Griffin Park, now the scene of one of the most incredible climaxes to a season of all time.

Frozen by the horror of referee Michael Oliver’s late penalty award, Rovers’ talismanic skipper stood shocked, stunned, lifeless - like the rest of Doncaster - as Marcello Trotta prepared for the biggest miss of his life.

But unlike his cardboard cut-out, Doncaster’s Captain Fantastic did more than just believe. He knew.

“I knew he would miss, I knew he would miss,” screamed Jones shortly after the final whistle. He expanded upon his premonition at Monday’s trophy parade.

“I just had a thought process that he was going to miss it,” Jones told the Free Press.

“He took an awful long time to take it, and he was fighting with two of his teammates over who should take it.

“I don’t know how, or where it came from. I thought Neil Sullivan was going to save it - so I didn’t get it all right!

“But I just had a feeling he was going to miss. Thankfully he did.

“I don’t think I’ll experience anything like that again,” he added.

“It’s one of those days you’ll tell your mates about in 15 year’s time and they’ll think you’re lying.

“You couldn’t have written it any better.”

Jones’ apparent ability to predict the future will not surprise Rovers fans who took to him straight away, his no-nonsense style even earning him his own twitter hashtag.

‘Superman wears Rob Jones pyjamas’ is the skipper’s favourite. He just loves feeling appreciated.

“When you come to a new club you just want people to like you and respect you,” he said.

“At this club there’s a mutual respect between the players and the fans.

“We know what they’re going through and they know we are working as hard as possible to give them what they want.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved,” he added.

“The lads here are a great bunch - full of talent, full of work rate and full of desire. Above anything else they’re good people.

“They’ve earned a lot of respect from an awful lot of people inside of football, and outside of football, this year.”