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With every football club playing professional football in England, Doncaster Rovers odds have become more popular amongst bettors in recent years. With League One being a division well renowned for its unpredictability, even the most seasoned bettors find it tough to judge results in this league. With sides fighting relegation one season and challenging for promotion the next, Doncaster Rovers relegation odds are as popular as odds on Doncaster Rovers to get promoted.

In big League One clashes, such as a playoff encounter, or a game against rivals in a cup competition, Doncaster Rovers odds can be subject to a variety of bookmaker promotions. As an example, odds on Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United odds can be offered as enhanced odds, with bookmakers such as Coral offering enhanced odds often during the football season.

Odds based on ‘on-the-pitch’ activities are of course common, and many bookmakers also offer odds on what happens behind the scenes as well. For example, Doncaster Rovers manager odds or Doncaster Rovers transfer odds can also be popular, offering more opportunities to make profit when betting on football.

History

Doncaster Rovers are a professional football club located in the town of Doncaster, in the county of South Yorkshire. Having spent much of their history playing in the lower leagues of the English football system, the club currently play in the third tier of English football, League One.

The history of Doncaster Rovers begins in 1879. Albert Jenkins, a worker at the Great Northern Railway, formed the club, inviting friends to play a friendly match for his new side. After this friendly game, the group decided to carry on as a football club and named themselves Doncaster Rovers.

After playing a series of friendly matches, the club turned professional in 1887. A year later, the club entered the FA Cup competition for the first time in Doncaster Rovers history, and two seasons later Doncaster Rovers became a founding member of the Midland Alliance League.

In the 1891/1892 season, the club won the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA Challenge Cup, and moved into the Midland League. The end of the century saw Doncaster Rovers won the Midland League title twice, firstly in the 1896/1897 season and then in 1898/1899.

In 1901, Doncaster Rovers joined the Football League, and entered the Second Division. However, after just two seasons, the club were relegated and failed to be successful in their bid to be re-elected. They did gain their place back in the Second Division a season later, but once again were relegated and voted out of the Football League.

Doncaster Rovers returned to the Midland League but the club suffered serious financial problems. In 1914, the club went into voluntary liquidation though reformed for the 1914/1915 season. The start of the First World War closed the new club down, but again reformed in 1919.

Doncaster Rovers returned to the Midland League in 1920, and a runners up spot ensured promotion back to the Football League in 1923. The club joined the Football League Third Division North.

A series of mid table finishes followed until the 1934/1935 season when Doncaster Rovers finished as champions of the Third Division North. Two years later, however, the club were relegated and remained a Third Division North side until after the Second World War.

In the four seasons following the end of World War Two, Doncaster Rovers were promoted as champions, relegated and promoted as champions of the Third Division North once more. 

The club remained in the Second Division until 1958. Unfortunately for Doncaster Rovers, two consecutive 22nd place finishes saw the club suffer two successive relegations, and the club found itself in the Fourth Division in the 1959/1960 campaign.

To begin with, Doncaster Rovers struggled in the fourth tier. Mid to low table finishes were achieved, until the 1965/1966 season when the club added another league title to their name with the Fourth Division championship.

The club’s habit of yo-yoing in and out of the divisions continued. Doncaster Rovers were immediately relegated back to the Fourth Division, and two years later they won the Fourth Division title again to seal their return to the third tier. However, their time in the Third Division was brief once again, and in the 1970/1971 season Doncaster Rovers were demoted once again. 

The club spent the entirety of the 1970’s in the Fourth Division. In the 1980/1981 season, a third place finish saw Doncaster Rovers promoted once more, but again the club’s reputation for yo-yoing between divisions showed no sign of abating, with a relegation two seasons later followed by an immediate promotion.

Doncaster Rovers ended the decade in the Fourth Division. The club finishes bottom of the Third Division in the 1987/1988 season, culminating in the club’s demotion back to the fourth tier of English football.

In 1992, the Premier League was introduced, replacing the First Division. This led to the Football League divisions being renamed - the Second Division became Division One, the Third Division became Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three. As such, Doncaster Rovers started their 1992/1993 campaign in Division Three.

Around this time, Ken Richardson became a majority shareholder of the club. After investing heavily, his plans for a new stadium were refused. It was then alleged that Richardson had Belle Vue, the home of Doncaster Rovers at that time, burnt down, an offence he was sent to prison for. This didn’t help Doncaster Rovers on the pitch either, and the club were relegated out of the Football League and into the Football Conference.

Westferry Consortium then launched a successful takeover of the club, investing deeply. Five years of English Football Conference football followed and in the 2002/2003 season a playoff win against Dagenham & Redbridge saw Doncaster Rovers return to the Football League.

Success continued for the club. In their first season back in Division Three, they became champions, earning promotion to the third tier, now known as League One.

In 2007, the club won the Football League Trophy and followed up their cup success with a playoff win against Leeds United in the League One playoff final. This saw the club return to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1958.

The club spent four seasons in the newly named Championship, until a bottom place finish saw Doncaster Rovers relegated. They were immediately promoted as champions, but then suffered an immediate relegation back to League One. After two seasons in League One, the club were demoted once more, and Doncaster Rovers started the 2016/2017 season in League Two.

Their time in the fourth tier didn't last long, and a thrid place finish that season was enough for Rovers to enjoy promotion once again.

Crest

The first Doncaster Rovers crest saw the club use the coat of arms of doncaster. This image featured two lions with Yorkshire white roses and an image of Doncaster Castle.

In 1972, a new Doncaster Rovers football badge was introduced. This badge featured the image of a Viking, with shield incorporating the initials of the club and a Yorkshire white rose.

The Viking image has been the Doncaster Rovers football crest since, though it has undergone a number of minor changes. In the 1990’s, the Viking image was coloured gold. The Doncaster Rovers badge then featured a new style Yorkshire rose and a slightly altered Viking image.

The next Doncaster Rovers crest featured a Viking in gold with a red and white shield incorporating the club’s initials and a Yorkshire white rose.

In 2018, a new Doncaster Rovers badge was unveiled. This crest features the Doncaster gnome, a mascot taken to Doncaster games home and away, along with the slogan 'More Than A Football Club Since 1879'.

Colours

The Doncaster Rovers colours are famous for being red and white. Doncaster Rovers kit colours of red and white have been used since 1885, though in a variety of styles.

The first Doncaster Rovers kit featured a blue shirt worn with a gold cross, white shorts and blue socks. In 1883, the gold cross was removed and in 1884, the club kit changed to half blue half white shirts worn with white shorts and blue socks.

Red was introduced as a Doncaster Rovers kit colour in 1885. From 1885 to 1890, the Doncaster Rovers players wore red shirts, white shorts and red socks. The following seasons saw the team a combination of white shirts, half red half white shirts and all red shirts with black shorts and black socks, until 1902.

In 1902, the club introduced red and white stripes. Worn with black shorts and black socks, this kit was worn until 1909 when red shirts were brought back.

Red shirts, white shorts and red socks were worn until 1924. Red and white stripes were then reintroduced, changing to red and white hoops in 1930.

A white shirt with a red trim, black shorts and black socks were worn until 1953. A plain red shirt was then brought back, worn with white shorts and red socks. From 1965 to 1975, the Doncaster Rovers players wore white shirts with two red hoops, with shorts of red or white and white socks. Red shirts were then reintroduced in 1975, with white shirts coming back in 1979.

In 1982, red and white hooped shirts became part of the Doncaster Rovers kit once more. A variety of plain red shirts, red and white hooped shirts and white shirts have all been worn since this time.

Since 2007, the Doncaster Rovers players have worn red and white hooped shirts. Until 2014, the players wore this shirt with black shorts and either black, red or white socks. Since 2015, the Doncaster Rovers kit colours have featured red and white hooped shirts with white shorts and white socks.

Doncaster Rovers Stadium

The Doncaster Rovers stadium is the Keepmoat Stadium. The Keepmoat Stadium was built in 2006, with Doncaster Rovers moving into the ground in 2007. The ground is also shared with the Doncaster rugby league side.

The Doncaster Rovers stadium capacity currently stands at 15,231.

The Doncaster Rovers stadium layout features four main stands. These are the East Stand, which is sponsored by Bartercard UK; the West Stand, sponsored by Estate.com; the South Stand, also known as the Black Bank and sponsored by Polypipe; and the North Stand, which is sponsored by Corsan.

The Keepmoat Stadium is the fourth ground in Doncaster Rovers stadium history. The club’s previous grounds have been the Intake Ground, from 1885 to 1915, the Bennetthorpe Ground, between 1920 and 1922 and Low Pasture at Belle Vue, used until 2006.

Supporters

The majority of Doncaster Rovers supporters come from the town of Doncaster and other parts of South Yorkshire. There are a variety of Doncaster Rovers supporters clubs up and down the country, including the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group.

Doncaster Rovers supporters enjoy rivalries with a number of other clubs, mainly from the Yorkshire area. Scunthorpe United, Barnsley and Rotherham United are the club’s closest rivals, with Leeds United, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday also classed as rivals by Doncaster Rovers supporters.

Doncaster Rovers supporters have also featured on numerous television documentaries, including ‘Trading Places’ and ‘They Think It’s All Rovers’.

Ownership

The Doncaster Rovers ownership lies with the owner company Patienceform Limited. The Doncaster Rovers chairman is David Blunt

In 2014, there was a joint takeover bid from John Ryan and pop star Louis Tomlinson. This takeover bid fell through, but One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson still has close ties to Doncaster Rovers.

Stats

The list of Doncaster Rovers stats start with the club’s all time record league appearance makers. That honour belongs to James Coppinger, who has so far played in 439 matches for Doncaster Rovers, and still plays for the club.

Including wartime football, the club’s all time record appearance maker is Syd Bycroft. Bycroft made 501 appearances for Doncaster Rovers between 1936 and 1951.

The Doncaster Rovers’ all time leading goalscorer is Tom Keetley. Keetley netted 186 goals for the club in all competitions from 1923 to 1929.

The club’s all time record transfer signing is Billy Sharp. Sharp cost the club £1.15 million from Sheffield United. The highest transfer fee the club has ever received for a player is £2 million, a fee paid by Reading for Matthew Mills in 2009.

Doncaster Rovers’ record victory is 10-0. The club beat Darlington by this scoreline in the Fourth Division in 1964. The club’s heaviest defeat is 12-0, a scoreline inflicted on Doncaster Rovers by Small Heath in the Second Division in 1903.

The highest home attendance a Doncaster Rovers side has played in front of in 37,149. This number of spectators watched the club play Hull City in the Third Division North in 1948. The highest attendance ever seen at the Keepmoat Stadium is 15,001, a crowd number achieved in 2008 when Doncaster Rovers played Leeds United.

Doncaster Rovers also hold the world record for the longest ever football match. The club played Stockport County in 1946 in a match that lasted for three hours and 23 minutes.

Doncaster Rovers Players

The current Doncaster Rovers players list consists of 32 members of the first time squad, supported by the Doncaster Rovers FC Academy and Development Squad.

Notable ex Doncaster Rovers players include Peter Doherty and Billy Bremner, who were both voted into the Football League 100 Legends list. 

Ian Miller, Peter Kitchen, Brendan O’Callaghan, Alan Little, Ian Snodin, Brendan Ormsby, Rufus Brevett, Russ Wilcox, Michael McIndoe, Richie Wellens, Rob Jones and David Cotterill have also been named in PFA Team of the Year lists whilst playing for Doncaster Rovers.

Other famous Doncaster Rovers players include Stephen Foster, Graeme Lee, Alick Jeffery, James Coppinger, Billy Sharp, Harry Gregg, Charlie Williams. Jeffery still holds the record for the youngest ever player to make a first team appearance for Doncaster Rovers, aged 15 years and 229 days.

Doncaster Rovers Manager

The current Doncaster Rovers manager is Grant McCann. McCann became boss in June 2018, replacing Darren Ferguson.

When he was appointed, McCann became the 42nd Doncaster Rovers full time manager.

Dave Penney is classed as one of Doncaster Rovers’ best ever managers. Penney returned the club to the Football League after playing in the Football Conference for five years.

Other managers held in high regard by Doncaster Rovers supporters are Sean O’Driscoll, who led the club back to the second tier for the first time in over 50 years; Peter Doherty, who managed the club during the 1950’s; Billy Bremner, had had two spells in charge of the club, firstly from 1978 to 1985 and then from 1989 to 1991; and Jackie Bestal, who led the club to break a number of records in the 1946/1947 campaign, including the most amount of points, most wins, most away wins and least defeats records.

Honours

The Doncaster Rovers honours list includes one third tier title (2012/2013); three fourth tier titles (1965/1966, 1968/1969, 2003/2004); three Third Division North titles (1934/1935, 1946/1947, 1949/1950); two Midland League titles (1896/1897, 1898/1899); and one Football League Trophy (2007).

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