Ryan On The Record: This is the dawn of a new era for Doncaster Rovers

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HERE we go again for another testing season.

The squad is quite small at the moment but we fully expect it to be supplemented before the opening day of the League One campaign at Walsall.

This will add to the quality of the players that have remained on our books from the Championship, those that have signed during the close season, and those that have graduated from the academy.

What we need from the off are some vital home victories.

We have struggled over the past 18 months to achieve that feat.

While the change of footballing style under Dean Saunders will be different to the period under Sean O’Driscoll, I am sure we are in for some exciting play and some goals.

As long as we score one more than the opposition then everyone will be happy.

It’s a momentous week ahead as we prepare to officially take over the lease of the Keepmoat Stadium.

You will see in the Free Press, the club’s website and from leaflets handed out, that Saturday’s visit of York City will be a real party atmosphere and a time for celebration.

So, please come along in numbers and be part of a great day and not just 90 minutes of footballing action.

It is a reduced admission day with tickets £10 for adults and £5 for children.

The game itself is a first round Capital One League Cup tie, and we couldn’t have asked for a better opening game.

Over the decades we have had some great battles with York.

I am personally delighted they are back in the Football League after their eight-year exile in the Conference, a fate which we know all about ourselves.

It’s a league that takes some getting out of but thankfully they have done it and they will come here and give us a stern test.

We go into the season with a lot of optimism and I want the hardcore of fans to get right behind us once more and encourage others to do likewise.

We have enjoyed ten wonderful years, with successes at Wembley and the Millennium Stadium, and held our own in the Championship.

For a club of our size, and the support we get, that was a remarkable achievement.

But we can get back there with your support.

It will be a proud day for me on Saturday when I open the new Belle Vue Bar. I hope the supporters will make it their home all year round.

It will, like the stadium, feel like home and you can relax and enjoy a drink there knowing it is helping sustain your club.

Like everyone, I am delighted with the success of Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics and let’s hope that success rubs off on us and throughout the season.

Dean and his boys will being going all out to achieve success and let us hope they deliver the goods to progress to the next round.

Rovers Till I Die

John Ryan