Ex Dons coach Tony Miller tackles charity challenge

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

This time last year former Doncaster Rugby League Club coach Tony Miller was concentrating all his efforts on trying to secure his promoted side a place in the Championship play-offs.

Twelve months on it is Saturday’s gruelling Tough Mudder - a 13-mile assault course with 26 obstacles - which has been occupying his thoughts.

“It’s going to be tough and although I have trained for it I probably haven’t done as much as I should have,” he said.

Tony, who has previously done a 25-mile charity walk, is hoping to raise a four-figure sum for his next-door neighbour Ben Tillotson.

Ben, who has a wife and young family, is suffering from the incurable motor neurone disease and Miller and several colleagues from the Bentley-based firm X-Blades will donate all proceeds directly to him.

“Ben’s in a bad way and obviously he can’t work but he’s still got bills to pay,” he said

With Ben being a former supporter, Miller is hoping that Dons’ fans will support his efforts to help ease his financial problems.

Miller would also be happy to take any post-event donations at Sunday’s home derby against Sheffield Eagles, which he will be attending as he has done every home game.

Despite the Dons heading for a top-four place at least, Miller says he has no regrets at stepping down at the end of last season due to work commitments.

“There aren’t many people in the job who are able to leave on their own terms as I did,” said the Championship coach of the year.

“When you are playing or coaching you don’t realise at the time how much of a commitment it is because you’ve always done it.

“I am enjoying just watching games now – especially the one against Leigh; it had everything.

“There is that much to do after a match when you are in charge that you can’t always relax and enjoy the moment.

“Immediately after the match you are analysing the performance with the media and looking ahead to the next game.”

Having suggested Paul Cooke as his replacement, Miller says he is delighted with how well he’s done.

“Paul’s come in and tweaked things, as I would have done had I stayed on, and added his own ideas,” he said.

“But I knew from the start that he’d make a good coach and we involved him in the discussions in the second half of last season before I decided to step down.

“He’s very smart, he’s a good organiser and he’s proving to be a good man-manager.

“I think he’ll possibly go on to coach at the top level, hopefully with Doncaster.”

To sponsor Tony ring him on 07506 647570 or make a pledge at www.zequs.com/campaign/tough-mudder-for-ben.