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Keepmoat Stadium

2007-present

The idea of Rovers moving away from Belle Vue and into a new, purpose-built stadium had been discussed as early in the mid-1980s. Following the 1985 Bradford Fire tragedy sports grounds were required by government to meet increasingly stringent safety requirements. Several clubs, including Scunthorpe United and Walsall, began the process of selling their current grounds to move into new stadia. Rovers’ problem was that they leased Belle Vue from Doncaster Council, and since the club did not have the money required to build the stadium on their own, they would need money from the sale of Belle Vue, which was not theirs to sell. The council was reluctant to approve the change of land use that would enable the Belle Vue site to be developed for non-sporting purposes and to spend ratepayers’ money on supporting a private club.

In 1993, when Dinard Trading Ltd. Took over control of the club, their representative, Ken Richardson, made moving out of Belle Vue a key priority. However, his aggressive tactics alienated the council and by 1996 relations between the club and the local authority had virtually broken down. It was only in 1998, after Westferry had bought the club from Dinard and Richardson, and John Ryan had been appointed Chairman, that talks about the possibility of a new stadium reopened. However, by November 2001 Ryan had become frustrated by the lack of progress and resigned as Chairman while also heavily criticizing the council. In 2002 the council responded by launching a feasibility study into a new stadium with a capacity of 10,000.

Rovers’ promotion to the Football League in 2003 and subsequent Division Three title win put the question of a new stadium firmly back on the agenda. In the summer of 2004, the council, led by elected Mayor Martin Winter, had approved plans for Rovers to move to a new community stadium in the Lakeside area, to be home for Rovers, Doncaster Rugby League Club (the Dons) and the Doncaster Belles. To reflect Rovers’ upwardly mobile status, the capacity would be 15,000.

In September 2005 the contract to build the stadium was awarded and work started a month later. The stadium was ready for use by January 2007, mid-way through the 2006-07 season. In November 2006, local building company Keepmoat plc secured the naming rights to the stadium. Although the Dons had the honour of staging the first match at the stadium, against Sheffield Eagles on 27th December 2006, Rovers’ opening game a few days later really captured the local public’s interest. A crowd of 14,470 saw Rovers beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 on 1st January 2007, with Mark McCammon scoring the stadium’s first goal after nine minutes.

The capacity of the stadium is officially 15,231 and the cost of the stadium itself was approximately £20 million. The cost of the overall stadium complex, including the athletics stadium and the football pitches, was approximately £32 million. The official opening took place on 3rd August 2007 when Rovers hosted a Manchester United XI, who won 2-0 in front of a crowd of 13,080.

The Keepmoat Stadium’s record attendance came a few months after the opening game when a crowd of 15,001 saw Rovers lose 0-1 to Leeds United on 1st April 2008. Rovers gained revenge the following month when they beat Leeds by the same score at Wembley in the play-off final to secure promotion to the Championship.

Originally the stadium was run by a Stadium Management Company which was responsible to the council as the owners of the stadium. However, some of the other events held at the stadium, including concerts, were not a financial success. As a result, in June 2012, it was confirmed that Rovers had secured a 99-year operating lease to lead the management of the stadium.

Keepmoat Stadium Stats

Date Competition Opponent Score
20-Nov-2018 FA Cup CHORLEY 7-0
01-Jan-2019 League One ROCHDALE 5-0
04-Sep-2007 EFL Trophy BRADFORD CITY 5-1
16-May-2008 League One Play Off SOUTHEND UNITED  5-1
03-May-2015 League One SCUNTHORPE UNITED  5-2
24-Nov-2012 League One SCUNTHORPE UNITED 4-0
14-Aug-2007 League Cup LINCOLN CITY 4-1
27-Aug-2016 League Two YEOVIL TOWN 4-1
07-Oct-2017 League One SOUTHEND UNITED  4-1
26-Mar-2019 League One BRISTOL ROVERS 4-1
28-Oct-2007 League One LEYTON ORIENT  4-2
Date Competition Opponent Score
15-Feb-2011 Championship IPSWICH TOWN 0-6
26-Aug-2009 League Cup TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1-5
06-Jan-2007 FA Cup BOLTON WANDERERS 0-4
25-Jan-2008 League One SWANSEA CITY  0-4
06-Oct-2018 League One FLEETWOOD TOWN  0-4
26-Jan-2010 Championship MIDDLESBROUGH  1-4
15-Dec-2012 League One COVENTRY CITY 1-4
25-Aug-2015 League Cup IPSWICH TOWN 1-4
Date Competition Opponents Score Attendance
01-Apr-2008 League One LEEDS UNITED  0-1 15,001
23-Mar-2010 Championship NEWCASTLE UNITED   0-1 14,850
14-Feb-2009 Championship SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY  1-0 14,823
27-Feb-2009 Championship DERBY COUNTY 2-1 14,435
22-Apr-2011 Championship CRYSTAL PALACE 0-0 14,312
30-Sep-2008 Championship SHEFFIELD UNITED 0-2 14,242
06-Jan-2007 FA Cup BOLTON WANDERERS 0-4 14,129
28-Dec-2008 Championship BURNLEY 2-1 14,020
17-Feb-2019 FA Cup CRYSTAL PALACE 0-2 14,010
01-Jan-2007 League One HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3-0 13,988
20-Dec-2008 Championship WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 0-1 13,669
20-Nov-2010 Championship SWANSEA CITY 1-1 13,614
24-Jan-2009 FA Cup ASTON VILLA 0-0 13,517
09-Jan-2016 FA Cup STOKE CITY 1-2 13,299
17-Sep-2010 Championship LEEDS UNITED 0-0 13,293
28-Oct-2008 Championship BARNSLEY 0-1 13,251
16-May-2008 League One Play Off SOUTHEND UNITED  5-1 13,081
20-Mar-2010 Championship SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-1 13,026
14-Oct-2011 Championship LEEDS UNITED  0-3 12,962
26-Aug-2009 League Cup TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1-5 12,923
Date Competition Opponents Score Scorer Name
20-Nov-2018 FA Cup CHORLEY 7-0 Alfie May 4
16-May-2008 League One Play Off SOUTHEND UNITED  5-1 James Coppinger 3
14-Sep-2010 Championship NORWICH CITY 3-1 James Coppinger 3
03-May-2015 League One SCUNTHORPE UNITED  5-2 Nathan Tyson 3
27-Aug-2016 League Two YEOVIL TOWN 4-1 Andy Williams 3
07-Oct-2017 League One SOUTHEND UNITED 
4-1
Ben Whiteman 3
27-Jan-2007 League One ROTHERHAM UNITED  3-2 Paul Heffernan 2
12-Feb-2007 EFL Trophy CREWE ALEXANDRA 3-2 Paul Heffernan 2
04-Sep-2007 EFL Trophy BRADFORD CITY 5-1 Mark McCammon 2
28-Oct-2007 League One LEYTON ORIENT  4-2 Richie Wellens 2
20-Jan-2009 FA Cup CHELTENHAM TOWN 3-0 Brian Stock 3
31-Oct-2009 Championship BLACKPOOL 3-3 Billy Sharp 2
19-Oct-2010 Championship DERBY COUNTY 2-3 Dean Shiels 2
17-Dec-2011 Championship LEICESTER CITY 2-1 Billy Sharp 2
28-Aug-2012 League Cup HULL CITY 3-2 David Syers 2
21-Sep-2013 Championship NOTTINGHAM FOREST 2-2 Federico Macheda 2
18-Jan-2014 Championship WIGAN ATHLETIC 3-0 Chris Brown 2
15-Feb-2014 Championship BARNSLEY 2-2 James Coppinger 2
07-Nov-2015 FA Cup STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 2-0 Andy Williams 2
16-Apr-2016 League One WIGAN ATHLETIC 3-1 Andy Butler 2
26-Nov-2016 League Two LEYTON ORIENT  3-1 Liam Mandeville 2
05-Jan-2017 League Two PORTSMOUTH 3-1 John Marquis 2
03-Dec-2017 FA Cup SCUNTHORPE UNITED  3-0 Tommy Rowe 2
17-Feb-2018 League One FLEETWOOD TOWN 3-0 Tom Anderson 2
19-Mar-2018 League One BRADFORD CITY 2-0 John Marquis 2
22-Sep-2018 League One BRADFORD CITY 2-1 John Marquis 2
09-Oct-2018 EFL Trophy GRIMSBY TOWN 2-0 Alfie May 2
01-Jan-2019 League One ROCHDALE 5-0 John Marquis 2
19-Jan-2019 League One BURTON ALBION 2-2 Tyler Smith 2
26-Jan-2019 FA Cup OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2-0 Ben Whiteman 2
26-Mar-2019 League One BRISTOL ROVERS 4-1 James Coppinger 2
28- Jan-2020 League One SOUTHEND UNITED 3-1 Kieran Sadlier 2

Top Goalscorers:

James Coppinger 37

John Marquis 31

Billy Sharp 21

James Hayter 19

Paul Heffernan 18

Andy Williams 18

Chris Brown 15

Alfie May 15

Tommy Rowe 14

Liam Mandeville 10

Kieran Sadlier 10

Brian Stock 10

Ben Whiteman 10

 

Top Appearance Makers:

James Coppinger 279

Andy Butler 110

James O’Connor 108

Neil Sullivan 103

Richie Wellens 99

Brian Stock 98

James Hayter 95

Matty Blair 83

Sam Hird 83

Adam Lockwood 78

John Marquis 76

Tommy Rowe 72

Martin Woods 71

Paul Keegan 70

Ben Whiteman 70

Mark Wilson 70

All stats correct as of 03/07/2019.

All stats compiled by Rovers supporter John Coyle. 2020.

Twitter: @JohnLeslieCoyl1