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From The Chairman

15 March 2013

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Chairman John Ryan's thoughts ahead of the visit of Portsmouth on Saturday.

Having driven for four and a half hours to Bournemouth, I must say I really enjoyed the game.


What a wonderful advert for League 1 football. It’s good that this season it is us scoring the last minute goals whereas last term it was us who suffered.


Captain Fantastic Rob Jones played despite having picked up an ankle injury at Mk Dons only four days earlier and he was at the heart of everything galvanising the great win.


It was a great team effort but I would just like to mention two players in particular; Neil Sullivan who came in for the injured Gary Woods. He put in a great display that he would have been proud of as a 25-year-old. He made some great saves and rolled back the years reminiscent to when he was in his international days with Scotland.


One particular save when we were leading 1-0 was breathtaking; it was surely the save that kept us heading towards a very valuable three points.


The second player is young James Husband who has undoubted talent. After their 86th minute equaliser he dispossessed the Cherries defender using his pace to come away with the ball. His pace and skill took the ball into their box where, after firstly being denied, he scored the winner with a fine tight angled shot.


My brother Phillip captured the goal which featured this week’s edition of the Free Press. I might well be biased but I have to say it’s one of the best shots of football action I have ever seen.

The three points consolidated our position at the top of the league table and with others slipping up- Sheffield United couldn’t beat MK Dons at home and Brentford losing at Carlisle.

Both United and ourselves found our Tuesday evening games frozen out and again the results of the games that were played you could say went for us. Swindon ended up losing to Brentford, Tranmere lost and Yeovil after being two up went on to draw.

Our destiny is now very much in our own hands; a rest this past Tuesday may not have been a bad thing after all we have been on a Tuesday-Saturday run of fixtures for a few weeks and it does take its toll.

In the past 72 hours we have been working on adding to our midfield strength with long term injuries to Paul Keegan and Martin Woods and David Syers recovering from his ankle injury.


We have taken Oldham Athletic captain and South African International Dean Furman on loan for the rest of the season, a player we have been after for some time.


I have vivid memories of Pompey’s visit here last season when Dave Kitson scored a hat-trick in their 4-3 win and all four of their goals should never have counted. I went on record as saying as much and it cost me an FA fine but I was only telling the truth.

All I can say is that Portsmouth have one of the best supporters groups in the country and the way they follow their team all over from their south coast base is fantastic in these austere times.


Their football club is in a right old mess after being run in a shocking way for several seasons now.


Good to know that Doncaster Rovers is always run in a businesslike way and we will not go beyond our means and a lot of credit there must go to our CEO Gavin Baldwin and my fellow major shareholders.


Many people in the game tell me our fans are lucky to have their club run so well and my colleagues and I take a great deal of satisfaction from this.

Right now we have a team to be proud of and let us make the rest of League 1 and the Football League sit up and take notice of us as we head back to the Championship with your help.

Please come out on Saturday in your numbers and back us with plenty of noise to gain a valuable victory.

Rovers Till I die

John Ryan     


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