DONCASTER ROVERS: Tommy Spurr ready to face Owls

Tommy Spurr: 'Owls fans will; be there in numbers.            Picture: Steve uttley
Tommy Spurr: 'Owls fans will; be there in numbers. Picture: Steve uttley

THE last time Doncaster Rovers crossed swords with Sheffield Wednesday, defender Tommy Spurr was in the Owls’ camp.

Rovers helped sentence their South Yorkshire rivals to League One football by taking six points off them in the 2009-10 Championship campaign.

Spurr stayed on at Wednesday following their relegation, but played fewer games under new boss Gary Megson than he had done previously.

Rovers paid a reported £200,000 for his services last summer after the Hillsborough outfit had failed to return to the Championship at the first attempt.

“I’m looking forward to the game,” said the Leeds-based defender.

“There aren’t too many Wednesday players still at the club from my time there, though my best mate Mark Beevers is still there.”

The two men travelled over to America during the close season to check out.former Owls midfielder Luke Boden, who is playing over there.

“We’ve swopped divisions since last season and whereas we’ll be playing in League One they’ll be in the Championship,” said Spurr, who is enjoying his football at Doncaster.

“They did well last season to win automatic promotion after going on a great run at the end of the campaign. It will obviously be interesting to see how they do in the Championship.

“It’s a massive club with a big fan base and the supporters give the team great support. They’ll have a good following at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow although it is only a friendly.

“It will be our toughest game to date in pre-season, even though we are at home for the first time.

“Obviously players are still getting fit and that is the main point of pre-season games. But we also want to try and do the right things and get into the style of football we want to play when the season starts.

“It’s certainly a game in which I want to do well.”

Rovers go into the game having lost their unbeaten record in midweek at Rotherham’s new New York Stadium.

“It was nice to play inRotherham’s new stadium because I like playing at different grounds,” said the 24 year-old.

Spurr has played centre-back in Rovers’ inexperienced back four in the last two games, and also played there on occasions during his time at Hillsborough, has played centre-back in Rovers’ inexperienced back four in the last two games.

Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders is wanting to play Spurr in his favoured left-back role, but he has been impressed how he has performed since switching inside after George Friend was pulled out of the squad while he decides upon his future plans.

Spurr has captained the side in the last two games and, depending on who comes in between now and the start of the season, he could hang on to the role.

The Supporters’ Club will be running a coach from Retford to tomorrow’s game and both sets of fans living en-route can board either at Retford (1pm) or at Harworth pit gates (1.20), Rossington Styrrup/Labour Club (1.30).