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Doncaster Rovers v Barnet
Nationwide Conference
Saturday 17th August 3.00pm

  Ground Belle Vue Ground
Bawtry Road
South Yorks
  Telephone 01302 539441  
  Capacity 7,219  
  Record Attendance 37,149 v Hull City, Div. 3 North, 2/10/48  
  Formed 1879  
  Nickname The Rovers  
  Colours Red & White Hooped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks  
  Manager Dave Penney  
  Parking Large car park on site £3.00  
  Admission Price Adults £9.00/£11.00, OAP's £6.00/£7.00,
Concessions £3.00/£6.00
  Bar New bar open to away fans, £1.00 admission  
  Last Season    
  Underhill Barnet 2 Doncaster 0  
  Belle Vue Doncaster 2 Barnet 3  
  Average Attn 2,409 (3rd highest in league)  
  Highest Attn 4,027 v Boston Utd (4th highest Conference Attn. 2001/02)  
  Lowest Attn 1,489 v Northwich Victoria  
  Highest Home Win 5-1 v Forest Green Rovers  
  Highest Away Win 5-1 v Hayes  
  Highest Aggregate (Home) 7 5-2 v Hayes, 4-3 v Scarborough  
  Highest Aggregate (Away) 6 5-1 v Hayes  
  Highest Home Defeat 2-3 v Barnet  
  Highest Away Defeat 1-3 v Woking  
  Final Position(4th)
  Home Away  
P W D L F A W D L F A Pts
42 11 6 4 41 23 7 7 7 27 23 67
  The Season So Far

Well, here we go again. Who knows what the next few months have in store, but this opening match for the Bees looks pretty tough. Doncaster are one the favourites to win the League, but the Bees are up there as well, playing some neat passing football since Peter Shreeves and Martin Allen took over last season.

After some excellent defending against Arsenal in a pre-season friendly the lads seem more confidant at the back. Combine that with a good choice of srtrikers and a strong midfield there'll be a lot of competion for a place in the starting eleven.

Things are looking good!

Phil's prediction

Doncaster 2 Barnet 2


As this is an away game the BFCSA will be running a coach. It leaves at 10:00 and costs £18.00, but there are concessions. See the coach page for more information.

  Programme Sales

The following programmes of previous Barnet v Doncaster are available to buy. If you are interested, please contact WilliamCresswell1@activemail.co.uk. Or see our programmes pages.

Season Competition Price
1991/92 Fourth Division 40p
1992/93 Third Division 40p
1994/95 Third Division 40p
1995/96 Third Division 50p
1996/97 Third Division 60p
1997/98 Third Division 70p

Did You Know?

In April of the 1902/03 season, Doncaster were beaten 12-0 by Small Heath in their second division match. On 24 August in the 1976/77 season, Doncaster beat Lincoln in a penalty shoot out in the League Cup. This was the first time a penalty shoot-out had been used in a major English cup competition.

If you didn't know this then you obviously didn't read our preview last season. Or maybe you have forgotten this gem of information? If you want to be our official "Did You Know" person then click here for further information.


Doncaster Rovers were formed in 1879 playing friendly matches on local playing fields until 1885/6 when the obtained their first pitch. They played Loughborough in the newly formed Midland Football Alliance on September 20th 1890, going on to win their first trophy that season, The Sheffield and Hallamshire Cup, beating Sheffield United, and ending second in the league.

On September 5th 1891 they played their first game in the Midland League going on to win the title in 1898/99.

1901/02 saw them playing in the Football League, finishing seventh in Division 2, their highest ever placing.

After being back in the Midland League, they joined the Third Division North in 1923. They stayed there until winning the championship in 1935, but only lasted two seasons in Division two.

After the War they won the league with 72 points, but only lasted one season before relegation.

In the 1949/50 season they again won promotion to Division 2. This time they stayed up until 1957/58 attracting their largest average crowds ever. 1950/51 and 52/53 saw averages of 22,799 and 21,066 respectively.

1965/66 saw Rovers winning Division 4 but again only lasting one season in the higher league. They then 'yo-yoed' their way between the lower two divisions (mainly in the lower) until disaster struck in the 97/98 season they ended bottom of Division 3 and were relegated to the Conference. It was the normal story of lack of funds and having to sell the better players that sealed their fate.

Spending the last four seasons in the non-league has seen them finishing 16th,12th, 9th and 4th last season. This gradual improvement shows the Rovers want to get back into the Football League and they are one of the favourites this term.


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