Derek Daniels, chairperson
Name: Derek Daniels
Where were you born and raised?
Where do you live?
In Lincolnshire with my wife Lois
What supporters’ groups are you affiliated to?
The Retford Branch of the Doncaster Rovers Supporters’ Club, and the Viking Supporters Cooperative
Tell us about your background
After leaving school I worked for nine years as a miner at the local pit. In 1987, I moved to Lincolnshire with my family - including three children - to become a police officer and managed my days off to ensure I could watch Rovers home and away. I retired a few years ago and now support autistic adults in the community.
How long have you supported Rovers?
I’ve been a fan since 1968 and can still remember the smell of pipe tobacco in the main stand at Belle Vue. I was hooked after a 2-1 win over York City under the floodlights - thanks dad. The three hour round trip for home matches is made easier by travelling with my son Steve and eldest grandson Jake. We’ve now got my youngster granddaughter Harper a season ticket alongside us - much to the annoyance of her Lincoln-supporting dad.
Who is your all-time favourite Rovers player?
James Coppinger, of course.
Where do you sit at the Eco-Power Stadium?
In the James Coppinger West Stand, near the press box, where we’ve been since the stadium opened.
How long have you been part of the Supporters/Shadow Board?
I joined the Supporters’ Board around 2014 after encouragement from Paul Mayfield
Why are you part of the Shadow Board?
I’m genuinely proud to be the chair of the Shadow Board as we transition towards a model where many other clubs can only hope to follow in our footsteps. It is not just about going to meetings - it is about holding the club to account on all levels, whether that’s food, finance, fan engagement, tickets, safety or any other topics. It isn’t about tactics, formations or signings - even if we all have our own strong opinions.
We don’t always agree with each other but we come to a consensus and work very closely with the club. I do believe we are the envy of other local teams because of how the club works with us on the Shadow Board.
We have a way to go to get Rovers back to where we believe we belong but as the Shadow Board, we challenge the club to improve on a daily basis and ensure the voices of supporters are heard.