Well, it turns out that after all these years the FA actually has a sense of romance after all… who knew? Thirteen years after Doncaster travelled to Brighton for the final curtain at the Goldstone Ground they will return again to help begin Albion’s new era at the Amex Community Stadium. Who would have thought as the Seagulls fans were tearing the Goldstone apart for souvenirs that the two clubs, both in turmoil at the hands of owners most favourably described as ‘erratic’, would be in the second tier when they reconvened to christen Brighton’s new home?
Rovers match at the new stadium in Falmer gets the season underway on Saturday 6th August, and after the midweek League Cup tie with Tranmere they are scheduled to play West Ham at the Keepmoat the following weekend in their first home league game of the season. I haven’t checked but I suspect “the likes of Doncaster” is currently in keen usage on Hammers’ forums. For the first time since 2007 Rovers will end the season on home turf, hosting Ipswich Town on 28th April.
The first of Rovers’ two South Yorkshire derbies is scheduled for Saturday 19th November when Doncaster travel to Oakwell, the return fixture should bring a decent Bank Holiday crowd to the Keepmoat on Monday 2nd January. That’s the only positive for the festive period though as Rovers are again away on Boxing Day for the fourth season running, playing at Burnley, and have then been given a nice short jaunt to Watford on New Years’ Eve. That’s about as much as I can tell you before Football Data Co sue my ass (again) so do note that the Championship fixtures in full can be found on the BBC website. Alternatively visit the official club website for a breakdown of all Rovers’ scheduled matches.