John Ryan got his hands on the League One championship trophy and declared: ‘We’re not a pub team having a laugh anymore!”
Rovers celebrated their title triumph in front of thousands of fans at the Keepmoat Stadium before they circled the town centre in an open top bus.
The evening was the culmination of a weekend of partying following Saturday’s stunning 1-0 win at Brentford, which secured Rovers’ first league title since they won League Two in 2004.
Since Ryan took over Rovers have won four promotions, two league titles and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy - making him the club’s most successful chairman.
Ryan said: “I have these wonderful dreams about Doncaster Rovers that sometimes come true - this was another one.”
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Ryan added: “We’re not little Donny Rovers anymore and we’re not a pub team having a laugh anymore.
“We’re the champions!
“I said this time last year that we’d bounce back - and boy have we bounced back.
“But never did I expect 18 seconds to encapsulate my 15 years as chairman.
“Four promotions, two titles, one Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and one relegation. I tell you what, it’s been a real rollercoaster.
“It’s as much success as Doncaster Rovers have had over the last 60 years.
“This is the first time we’ve won the third tier championship since 1950 and funnily enough that was the year I was born,” added Ryan.
“It’s nice to achieve it again - and what a way to do it!
“My heart sank when the penalty was given at Brentford and I just sat back and said to my wife, ‘the football gods are against us’.
“Little did I know what was about to follow!”
Ryan paid tribute to the club’s co-owners, management, players and staff at the club’s end-of-season dinner on Sunday night.
“I’ve got to thank Dick Watson, who has got this club at heart, and also Terry Bramall for his support,” said Ryan. “I must pay tribute to Dean Saunders.
“He put this team together and made some great signings like Rob Jones and David Cotterill.
“It was difficult circumstances in the summer but he left us in a great position.
“I must also pay tribute to Brian Flynn who took it on and finished the job, and Rob Jones who has been a magnificent addition to the squad.
“The whole squad can be proud of what they’ve achieved.
“I’ve never known a group of players battle so much to the bitter end.
“We were indestructible, such a powerful team, and no one could really live with us.”