Now, we don’t want to get the new season off to a whinge, and yes we understand that the folk who produce the fixtures have a vast amount of concerns to take into account, from police advice to cross-sport ground-shares, but come on, what does it take to start with a home game around here? The announcement that Rovers will begin the 2010/11 season away at Preston North End will be of no surprise to Doncaster fans, its the fifth season out of six that Rovers have begun away from home. The 2007 match with Millwall being the only anomaly in an annual bout of summer travels.
Its the same for finishing the season as well. Doncaster have to go to the season before to recall the last time they ended a season on home turf, drawing 2-2 with Northampton at the Keepmoat Stadium in May 2007, a match which ended with loanee Sam Hird playing up front. Like the Millwall game that is Rovers only taste of final day Doncastrian air in six seasons. Trips to Cheltenham, Wolverhampton and Swansea have followed, and that pattern will continue with a trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday 8th May. Such are the demands of television for ending the season with lunchtime Sunday kick-offs I can already mark that game down as unattendable.
I’ll pick out a few more fixtures for you whilst Football Data Co hover over us deciding just how many of these match announcements constitute a law-suit. Rovers first home league game is on Saturday 14th August as they host Bristol City, a match which will come just four days after the League Cup tie with Accrington Stanley which was announced yesterday. Depending on your thoughts about regional geography Rovers first Yorkshire derby will be at home to Hull City on 28th August, or at home to Leeds on 18th September.
A hectic Christmas schedule sees Rovers play four games in eight days starting with a trip to face Derby County at Pride Park on Boxing Day. Two days later Rovers host Ipswich Town at the Keepmoat, before a New Years Day derby game with Scunthorpe United at the Keepmoat and then a trip to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United two days later. We’ll leave it there before Football Data Co shut us down.
A full list of Rovers fixtures can be found on the Rovers’ official club website