DONCASTER ROVERS: Fans ready for kick-off

Keepmoat return: Sean O'Driscoll will be back with his new club Crawley.                    Picture: david davies/pa
Keepmoat return: Sean O'Driscoll will be back with his new club Crawley. Picture: david davies/pa

DONCASTER Rovers’ fans have got over the club’s relegation from the Championship and are looking forward to the challenges posed by League One next season, claims Supporters’ Club chairman Len South.

“Obviously we were all disappointed to go down but now that people have accepted that we are down there seems to be a lot of optimism around,” he told The Star.

“The fans are looking forward to the fixture lists coming out later this month and I’m sure a lot of them will be looking at the two games against Crawley.

“We’ve never played them before so it will be the first time that we will ever have been down there.

“And the home game will mean a return to the Keepmoat Stadium for former Rovers’ manager Sean O’Driscoll, who recently took over as manager of Crawley.

“We’ll also be visiting several other new grounds such as MK Dons, Shrewsbury and Colchester and that is something a lot of the supporters look forward to.

“With Sheffield United having been beaten by Huddersfield Town in the League One Promotion Play-off final, we’ll still have a South Yorkshire derby next season and Rovers fans will be looking forward to both travelling down to Bramall Lane and welcoming them to the Keepmoat.

“I was quite pleased that Huddersfield went up because I thought that they’d be a bigger threat to us next season than Sheffield United.

“We’ll also be renewing acquaintances with Scunthorpe United. It is always a big game for us and it always gets the fans going.

“We’ll also be visiting other clubs we haven’t played for a while and where, hopefully, we’ve made good friends in the past.”

“The season can’t start quickly enough for me and I’m certain it will be the same for a lot of other people.

“The big frustration at the moment is that neither manager Dean Saunders, nor the supporters, know who will be on the playing staff next season.

“Whoever is here it is important that we get the season off to a good start if we are to attract back those supporters who have drifted away in the last couple of years when we have had dodgy back-to-back seasons.

“We all know that the Doncaster sporting public is very fickle, but if Rovers can start the season winning games and playing entertaining football, then I’m sure we’ll get back a good few of the supporters who have fallen by the wayside.

“Now that Rovers will be in charge of the Keepmoat it will feel more like our own ground and hopefully they can turn it into a fortress.”