Dons chief backs Doncaster Rovers Sporting Club

Dons director of rugby, and co-owner of the club Carl Hall. Picture: Liz Mockler D1047LM
Dons director of rugby, and co-owner of the club Carl Hall. Picture: Liz Mockler D1047LM

CARL Hall has hailed Sporting Club Doncaster Rovers as a “fantastic concept” and says the Dons are fully behind the proposal.

Co-owner Hall this week responded to the adverse reaction from a section of Dons supporters towards plans for Doncaster’s leading sports clubs to join forces.

He spoke to the Free Press in length in an interview you can hear in full from Thursday as part of our latest Sport Matters podcast.

Hall told us that he does NOT expect the club to have to change its name to Doncaster Rovers RLC as part of the plans to create a single brand for the town’s sports clubs.

The suggestion that the Dons will wear a red and white hooped away kit from next season - which also angered a minority of fans - was also addressed by Hall.

Hall said: “I think the Sporting Club Doncaster is a fantastic concept.

“Doncaster Rugby League Club has treaded water and treaded water and then got out of administration.

“If we can do well, if Knights do well, Belles do well, Rovers do well, it’s good for the town.

“I’m a Kiwi but I’m also a Doncaster lad.

“I want our teams to do well and there’s a better chance of that happening if we’re all in it together supporting each other.

“If there’s anything we can do as a club to help the others win their leagues, we’ll do it.

“The Knights might play up at Armthorpe but we fully support them too.

“I speak with Gavin [Baldwin] on a regular basis and I’m comfortable with the situation we’re in,” he added.

“There’s no undercurrents or suggestion it’s a case of the Rovers trying to get the Dons out.

“The bigger picture is that the Rovers are taking over the stadium.

“It’s in Rovers’ interest to help us get into the highest league possible for the good of the town and the stadium.

“We got on well. There’s no problems whatsoever with the Rovers.”

On the subject of next season’s new red and white away kit, Hall said: “A lot of people are making a big issue about us playing in a red and white kit but not once have we said we’ll be playing in hoops.

“We need to design a kit first. We’re adopting the colours. We’ve not said anything about playing in a Doncaster Rovers kit.

“We’ve been in black and white, pink and grey, and black and red over the last few years.

“I want to stress to people - what is the problem when there is a mention of Doncaster Rovers around us?

“The colour of a shirt should make no difference.

“The adverse reaction to all of this is a surprise,” he added.

“At the end of the day we’ve run this club correctly.

“A lot of people didn’t give us a chance of lasting 12 months after I took over - but we’re still here.”

When I asked Hall if there was a possibility of the name of the club changing, he replied: “I don’t know why we’d be Doncaster Rovers Rugby League - we’re Doncaster Dons.

“We brought that name back and we brought the blue and gold colours back.

“I don’t see any reason why that will change.

“I’ve certainly not been told that that will be the case.”

n The full Carl Hall interview will be available to listen to at from next week.