DONCASTER Rovers’ impressive away record should see them book a place in Sunday’s FA Cup third round draw, be it with a victory over League One rivals Oldham at Boundary Park or a share of the spoils. But their record over the last 20 years hardly inspires confidence in any sort of a cup run.
Rovers have made the fourth round on the odd occasion during the last two decades but only during their recent four-year spell in the Championship when they entered the competition at the third round stage.
In the other seasons Rovers have reached the third round just twice - the latest being in only their second ever game at the Keepmoat Stadium back in the 2006-07 season, crashing to a 4-0 defeat at home to Premier League Bolton Wanderers.
Rovers failed to clear the first round hurdle the following season. Drawn away to Oldham, Rovers looked to have one foot in the second round after a brace of goals by James Hayter earned them a 2-2 draw at Boundary Park. But the Latics dashed their hopes with a 2-1 win in the replay.
Rovers made the third round back in the 2005-6 season when they had to settle for a Paul Heffernan consolation goal in a 2-1 defeat at Port Vale. Dave Penney’s side lost 2-1 at Exeter in the second round the previous season despite flying to the match.
Rovers fared even worse in their first season back in the Football League in 2003-04, suffering a 1-0 first round defeat at Conference club Scarborough. They had also fallen at the first round hurdle the previous two seasons.
They had fared even worse in the 2000-01 season, failing to make the first round for the first time in their history after going down 1-0 at home to Conference rivals Southport at Haigh Avenue in the final qualifying round replay
Rovers had done slightly better the previous season, losing 2-0 at home to Halifax in round one.
They had recorded a shock win at Third Division Southend the previous season, Penney scoring the only goal of the game. They bowed out in the next round.