Doncaster Rovers Youth Academy have received a £3000 donation from a lifelong fan.
In January 2014, Doncaster Rovers lost a loyal fan and member of the community in Barry Hopkinson, who sadly passed away aged 69.
A season ticket holder since the Belle Vue era, Barry was an avid follower of Doncaster Rovers over the years and the club held a special place in his heart.
Len South, Chairman of the Main Branch Supporters Club, said Barry was a “true supporter” who travelled regularly on the supporters coach to watch Rovers.
“Barry was a true supporter who came to every away game with us. He would very often discuss the players and what tactics the manager would have up his sleeve for the upcoming game.
“Football wasn’t his only passion. He was a huge cricket fan and travelled extensively with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”
Barry’s love for football and Doncaster Rovers did not stop at the first team. Keen to follow the development of the Club, and a regular face at Cantley Park, Barry was a Rovers Alliance member for years and frequently followed the Doncaster Rovers Youth Team.
Following his £3000 donation to the Club’s Youth Academy, Head of Youth Development Paul Wilson said: “It is a fantastic gesture from Barry who was obviously a dedicated Doncaster Rovers fan and wanted to show his support to future players of the Club.
“We would like to thank him for what is a very kind donation.”
As part of the donation made, new goalposts have been purchased, as well as iPads for the coaching team to help with their player and video analysis for the forthcoming season.
The donation Barry has made to Doncaster Rovers will continue to improve the development of the Club’s Youth Academy, providing them with essential funds to supply both staff and players with much needed equipment.
Everyone at Doncaster Rovers would like to thank Barry for this kind act.