How Are They Doing

In season 22/23 Doncaster finished 18th with 55 points.

Currently they are in 24th place, i.e. bottom, with 2 points.

Recent results –

Wrexham 2 Doncaster 1

Doncaster 0 Swindon 0

Doncaster 1 Everton 2 (EFL Cup)

MK Dons 2 Doncaster 1

Doncaster 1 Notts County 3

Doncaster are currently subject if a winding up petition by HMRC. Doncaster say they sent the money to the wrong place by mistake. So if you have received a significant amount of money in your bank account you now know why.

On 5 September 1998 in FGR’s first season in the Nationwide Conference, as it was then called, Doncaster were the first ex-EFL club which FGR played. The match was at Doncaster and FGR won 1-0.

One to Watch

George Miller scoring against Salford last season.

George Miller was last season’s top scorer for Doncaster with 11 goals and 5 assists.

He is the nephew of referee Mark Halsey.

This season’s top scorers are Miller and Joe Ironside on 2 goals each.

No current FGR players have played for Doncaster and no current Doncaster players for FGR.


Grant McCann is in his second spell managing Doncaster (previously 2018-19) having also managed Peterborough on 4 occasions.

McCann is no stranger to Gloucestershire; originally from Belfast he started his playing career at West Ham and after a couple of loan spells there joined Cheltenham Town permanently. He subsequently played for Barnsley, Scunthorpe, and Peterborough. He was capped 39 times by Northern Ireland.

McCann first managed Peterborough in 2015 before managing Doncaster and Hull then replacing Darren Ferguson back at Peterborough in February 2022. Unfortunately, he was unable to save them from relegation from the Championship and left to be replaced by Ferguson, but he is now back at Doncaster, re-joining in May 2023.

Grant McGann playing for Cheltenham.

Club History

The club was founded in 1879 and turned professional six years later.  They entered the Midland League in 1891 and were elected to the Football league in 1901. The club lost re-election votes in 1903 and 1905 and so returned to the Midland League. They were admitted into the Football League for a third and final time in 1923 and went on to win the 3rd Division North in 1934–35. The club won two further Third Division North titles in 1946–47 and 1949–50, having been relegated from the 2nd Division in 1937 and 1948. Doncaster found themselves in the 4th Division after suffering successive relegations in 1958 and 1959, though would win the Fourth Division title in 1965–66 and 1968–69. The club continued to move between the third and fourth tiers, winning promotions in 1980–81 and 1983–84 and relegations in 1983 and 1988, before suffering relegation into non-League football in 1998.

Doncaster regained their Football League status after winning the 2003 Conference play-offs and then went on to win the Third Division title in 2003–04. They won the Football League Trophy in 2007 and the next year won the League One Play Offs to secure a place in the second tier for the first time since 1958. They spent four of the next five seasons in the Championship winning the League One title in 2012–13, though were relegated out of the Championship in 2012 and 2014. Relegated into L2 in 2016, they won an immediate promotion in 2016–17 and remained in League One until relegation in 2022.

Doncaster’s home strip is red and white hooped shirts with black shorts.


Doncaster Rovers mascot is Donny the Dog. Why not call him Rover?

Famous Doncaster Fans

Louis Tomlinson, the One Direction singer, agreed to play in a charity game at the Keepmoat Stadium in his hometown of Doncaster to raise money for the Bluebell Wood Charity and subsequently was offered a deal by Doncaster Rovers to join the club on non-contract terms after impressing in the game. The deal was brokered for Tomlinson to be a development player and to participate in reserve games, working around his music commitments with One Direction. He was given the squad number 28 for the 2013-14 season.

it was announced that Tomlinson would make his debut for Doncaster’s Reserve team in their Central League fixture against the Scunthorpe reserve team on 18 September 2013. Doncaster announced that despite the fixture being a reserve game they would be setting up a special ticket line for the match. On 8 September, Tomlinson played for Celtic in another charity match. During the game Tomlinson was injured following a tackle by Aston Villa and England striker Gabriel Agbonlahor   and was substituted straight away. As a result of his injury sustained in the match, Tomlinson was then forced to pull out of the Scunthorpe match, relegating himself to the bench.

His rescheduled debut for Doncaster’s reserve side in the Central League came as a 65th-minute substitute in a 0–0 game against Rotherham United on 26 February 2014, attended by a crowd in excess of 4,000.

On 19 June 2014, Tomlinson and former chairman John Ryan confirmed they had taken over as joint owners of Doncaster Rovers. It was later announced the takeover had fallen through, though Tomlinson continues to be involved with the club.

One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson filmed a 2017 music video at Doncaster’s ground and other locations in the area.

Doncaster born Jeremy Clarkson is, apparently, a Doncaster Rovers supporter.

His parents, more by accident than design, ended up owning the worldwide rights to produce Paddington Bear soft toys.

Clarkson is not fond of the Stroud area.

What Are They Thinking

Doncaster Facts

Doncaster is part of Scotland.

Don’t be surprised if some Doncaster supporters are wearing kilts.

In January 1136, King David I of Scotland marched in England and annexed Carlisle, Newcastle and a bunch of other Northumbrian and Cumbrian settlements. King Stephen of England marched to Durham to stop the Scottish advance. The Kings negotiated and it was agreed that Stephen could have Newcastle and the Northumbrian settlements back if David could keep much of Cumberland. David was also given Lancashire and bizarrely, Doncaster to seal the 1136 Treaty of Durham. Scotland has never given Doncaster back to England.

In 2022 Doncaster City football club applied to play in the Scottish Cup with an “ambitious” bid based on the ancient treaty of Durham. Doncaster City FC, formed earlier in 2022, submitted an application to the Scottish Football Association under the agreement dating back to 1136. The 13th division club, who are not currently permitted to take part in the English FA Cup, claim Doncaster is Scottish-owned, meaning they should be allowed to play against other teams north of the border in the Scottish Cup.

Doncaster Rovers Belles are one of the most historic women’s football teams in England. Established in 1969 – originally under the name Belle Vue Belles – they went on to dominate the game for decades representing not just Doncaster but the entire North of England with all their main rivals based in London.

In 2019, the club’s 50th anniversary year, the Belles join the Doncaster Rovers family, The Belles reverted to their historic colours of red and white which they wore when they formed, whilst keeping yellow and blue colours for their away kit.