Worth the admission to back a great pro like Dons’ Colton

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wednesday: Doncaster Rovers were rocked by the resignation of two of their three major shareholders, Terry Bramall and Dick Watson.

Both multi-millionaires, the two men had effectively bankrolled the club along with chairman John Ryan for several years.

I never saw much of Terry, who will probably be the first to admit that he didn’t share the passion for Rovers that the other two did, but I got to know Dick quite well over the years.

I always found him very approachable and he would always find time to discuss the match whenever our paths crossed behind the scenes either at the Keepmoat or at an away ground.

Their decision to step down, for different reasons, means that Rovers are once again reliant on chairman John Ryan’s benevolence.

FRIDAY: I was up before 6am to do some work in the hope that I would be able to watch some of Andy Murray’s Australian Open semi-final against world No 1 Novak Djokovic, which I did although I missed the final set after a Rovers’ back page piece I had written disappeared off my computer screen and I had to redo it.

Even though he fell away badly in the decider of what was an epic encounter it was arguably Murray’s finest hour.

SATURDAY: With no Rovers’ game to report on I covered Doncaster Knights’ Championship game against Esher at Castle Park where Brett Davey’s side clinched their place in the forthcoming promotion play-offs with a six-try victory.

It was a good game to watch with both sides keen to move the ball,

The Welshman has put together a decent and entertaining squad in his first year in charge, on a shoestring budget compared to some of his counterparts.

The club have some of the best facilities in the Championship, and offer a warm welcome. I would advise anyone with a spare Saturday afternoon to give Knights a try.

SUNDAY: One of the advantages of being a sports journalist is that we don’t have to pay to watch sports events, though we are there to work and don’t get the same enjoyment as the paying public do.

But I happily put my hand in my pocket when covering the Dons-Doncaster Amateur Select at Wheatley Hills RUFC’s ground in view of the fact that all the proceeds were going to Dons’ winger Dean Colton’s testimonial.

I bought a programme which contained a complimentary article on Colton by rugby league legend Ellery Hanley, who coached the club for a year.

I have known Dean, a modest and unassuming character, for many years and he is a perfect role model, as is the case with Craig Lawton - also still giving the club excellent service - and Peter Green, now at Sheffield.

All three signed for the Dons around the same time after coming through the ranks at Toll Bar, and can feel proud of their contribution to the game over the last decade.

There was a decent crowd at the game, during which Colton produced his usual 100 per cent performance, and hopefully the other events he has lined up in the next three months will be as well supported.

I watched the game from the North East One club’s new stand, built by club members, and very comfortable it was too.

MONDAY: The news that all Doncaster Rovers’ fans had been hoping not to hear - star striker Billy Sharp was on his way to Southampton on the penultimate day of January transfer window.

It had looked as though Sharp might stay, until at least the end of the season, when he rejected a move to Leicester City and Rovers offered him a club record contract.

I’m unsure whether the departure of Messrs Bramall and Watson had any bearing on his decision but it can’t have been a positive influence.

TUESDAY: Rovers parted company with 32 year-old midfielder Mark Wilson by ‘mutual consent.’

The former Manchester United and Middlesbrough star had not featured in the Rovers starting line-up since Dean Saunders took over in September and only made the bench on the odd occasion.

Wilson always gave 100 per cent and was regarded by both Sean O’Driscoll and his No 2 Richard O’Kelly as a model professional.

I got to know Wilson, who was both intelligent and articulate, very well and he helped both myself and other journalists out of a hole on a number of occasions when an interview with another player had fallen through.

He will always be remembered at the club for spearheading the NSPCC appeal last year which saw Rovers raise £50,000 for the charity.

The last result that I expected in Rovers’ visit to the KC Stadium was a draw as Hull had not drawn at home all season and Dean Saunders’ side hadn’t drawn away.

Saunders always sends his players out to win but I’m sure he’d have settled for a point before the game as Rovers hadn’t won at Hull in over 60 years and they had lost their last six away games.

Hopefully the result will help bring about an improvement in terms of points in forthcoming away games.