Doncaster Rovers reassure fans over Ray Dunning memorial ‘thefts’

Tributes to Ray Dunning at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Tributes to Ray Dunning at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Doncaster Rovers have moved to reassure supporters after fears that items have been stolen from the memorial to tragic supporter Ray Dunning.

Fans of Rovers and other clubs have been placing shirts, scarves and flowers outside the Keepmoat Stadium following Mr Dunning’s sudden death at the club’s final game of the season at Leicester City on Saturday.

Among the items placed on the Memorial Garden gates was a yellow goalkeeping shirt signed by Rovers’ keeper Ross Turnbull.

However, after the shirt disappeared from the shrine, angry fans took to Facebook blasting ‘sick thieves.’

Michelle Magee posted: “Gutted, how low” while Lynne Dudfield wrote: “How absolutely sick and disgusting I hope they find who did it and punish him appropriately. Terrible”

But the club has calmed fears that the shirt had been stolen and has been removed for safe keeping for the family.

The club’s offical Twitter account tweeted: “The Ross Turnbull shirt on the memorial gates has NOT been stolen, #DRFC are keeping it safe for the Dunning family, at their request.”

Items have continued to pile up outside the stadium with fans from Leicester, Arsenal and Sheffield United among those also paying tribute.

* See tomorrow’s Free Press for further tributes to Mr Dunning