v Doncaster Rovers
|Ground||Belle Vue Ground
|Record Attendance||37,149 v Hull City, Div. 3 North, 2/10/48|
|Colours||Red & White Hooped Shirts, Red Shorts, Red Socks|
|Highest Attn||3,648 v Nuneaton Borough,1-1 (1st game of season)|
|Lowest Attn||1,532 v Leigh RMI, won 4-0,|
|FA Cup||4th Qualifying Round v Southport||Home Drew 2-2 att.1886
Replay Away Lost 0-1 att. 1354
|FA Trophy||3rd Round v Chester City Away, Lost 0-2 attn. 1479|
|LDV Vans||2nd Round (north) v Hartlepool United Away, lost 1-3, 2466|
|Variety CT||2nd Round v Southport, Away, Lost 0-1 attn. 443|
|Sheffield SC||Winners v Emley (at Sheffield Wednesday) 2-1 attn. 1930|
|Goalscorer||Neil Campbell, League 7, Cups 7|
|Highest Attn||4,027 v Boston United, lost 0-1, 12/3/02
6222, FA Cup 1st Round v Scunthorpe, lost 2-3
|Highset Win||5-1 v Hayes
5-1 v Forest Geen Rovers home, 5/10/01
|Highest Defeat||1-3 v Woking, away, 16/3/02, attn. 2,133|
|FA Cup||1st Round v Scunthorpe United home, lost 2-3, attn. 6222|
Season So Far
After the Bees went up to Belle Vue and won 3-2 back in October Doncaster went for another seven games before a win. Only one was lost though, a 0-1 defeat at home to Stalybridge. The other six were drawn either 0-0 or 1-1. They turned this round and the next nine games saw them finish as victors except another 0-1 loss, this time away to Scarborough.
Currently third in the League they could have won the title if they had won a few of those draws mid-season.
Good news for Barnet is that Rovers have lost their last three away games, 0-1 v Dagenham & Redbridge, 0-1 v Stalybridge and 1-3 at Woking, although they beat Southport 1-0 at home on Saturday. Their away defence is pretty good though, only 19 goals conceded, only letting in more than one on four occasions.
Bad news is Barnet will be without the magnificent Wayne Purser after being stretchered off with a broken ankle during the 4 -1 drubbing of Margate on Saturday. But with Ben Strevens back in the line up and Neil Midgely silencing his critics the best way possible, the attacking line-up should still be pretty formidable.
As this is our last home game of the season I urge everyone to get down to Underhill, cheer the Lads on and hopefully they'll give us a game to remember!
Doncaster's Last Six League Games
Peter Shreeves' Record
Below is Barnet and Doncaster Rovers league details based on their Home and Away performances.
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.
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 three seasons in the non-league has seen them finishing 16th,12th and 9th.
They're having a good season so far and have just been given permission to build a new £8 million stadium with a 10,000 capacity in the towns Lakeside area.