Doncaster set for Sporting Club double

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Has anyone called Louis Tomlinson about doing a gig at the Keepmoat Stadium on Monday?

Because Doncaster’s pop sensation would be perfect filler material, sandwiched in between the town’s first ever football and rugby league double bill.

After all, Rovers and Doncaster RLFC appear to be two clubs heading in one direction.

Welcome to Sporting Club Doncaster.

Headlining is a vital promotion tussle, followed by a crucial Yorkshire derby.

It is the brainchild of Rovers’ innovative chief executive Gavin Baldwin, an idea backed this week by players from both sides who hope the event hits all the right notes.

“Stay back and have a look at our game,” urged Dons’ former Super League star Paul Cooke.

“Watch some part time players give their absolute all.

“I’ve been at the top level where players are mollycoddled and wrapped up in cotton wool. These boys are part time and they give up a hell of a lot for the cause.

“We don’t get the biggest crowds but you can see the passion and commitment from the lads every time they take to the field.

“We’re hoping to build on the success of last season, build a culture and build the club,” added Cooke.

“Three years ago this club was on the brink of extinction and losing in cups to amateur teams. We’ve come a hell of a long way.

“I would say to people come and enjoy the game.

“Enjoy the spectacle and enjoy players putting their heart and soul into a game they love.”

One for all and all for one. That’s the idea. And it gets the approval of Rovers skipper Rob Jones too.

“It’s good for Doncaster,” he said.

“The two games in such a short space of time showcases the town as a whole. It’s not just a football area but it’s a rugby area as well.

“It’s good for the fans to get involved in both sports and it’d be nice for the rugby fans to come and watch our game, and if our fans stay behind for the rugby.

“It all helps the atmosphere and the revenue running through the club.

“If you’ve not been to either sport before just give it a chance. You might like it.”

Monday double

12.15pm: Rovers v Swindon

3.30pm: Dons v Halifax

For a range of ticket deals, including junior day tickets for £5, ring 01302 762576.