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  By Phil Snow

Doncaster Rovers were formed in 1879 playing friendly matches on local playing fields until 1885/6 when they 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 storey of lack of funds and having to sell the better players that sealed their fate.

Spending the last three seasons in the non-league has seen them finishing 16th, 12th and 9th. They have got off to good start so far this term and are currently lying 5th after Friday nights 5-1 demolition of Forest Green. Lets hope this runs out by Tuesday!!

They have won three times at home, but Leigh (2-0), Dover (2-1) and Forest Green (5-1) haven't been the toughest of tests. Like us they have lost to Yeovil at home (2-1) and have drawn with Woking (1-1), Nuneaton (2-2) and Morecambe (3-3).

Away they have beaten Farnborough (1-0), Hayes (5-1) and Northwich (3-2), drawing with Stevenage (0-0), Boston (2-2) and Telford (1-1). They have only lost once away, that was to Southport by the only goal of the game.
Tuesday looks like another tough test for the Bees, but if we can keep our heads and remain organised like John Still says we are, we should come away with at least a point.

League Snippet

Below are the Home and Away League details of both teams.

    Pl W D L GF GA GD Pnts

Doncaster (Home)









10 Barnet (Away) 7 2 2 3 7 8 -1 8

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