Former midfielder backs Rovers against Bantams in battle of old clubs.Former Rovers midfielder Ricky Ravenhill has said that he wants South Yorkshire to defeat West when Doncaster meet another one of his old clubs, Bradford City, at Valley Parade on Saturday.
The 35 year old, who spent four successful years at Belle Vue where he won back to back promotions and came within seconds of the League Cup semi-final, realises the seriousness of Rovers’ current situation.
“Bradford are flying as they're looking to go up while Donny are desperate to stay up so I want Donny to nick it this time,” he said.
“It’s a tough place to go, a place I’ve got a lot of fond memories of – it was one of my favourite times as a player.
“The fans really get behind them at their stadium but if Rovers play the football that they know they're capable of – and they produced not so long back, earlier in the season – then hopefully they can get something in a derby game, a tough environment and kick start their campaign.”
Ravenhill won three promotions with three clubs from the fourth tier and the Doncaster born midfielder will get down to Keepmoat Stadium when possible…or will sometimes rely upon favours from old friends!
“I’ll go if Copps (James Coppinger) can get me tickets!” he joked.
“My son plays in the academy and is doing well and likes to watch so if we ever get a spare weekend then I’ll come down and watch.
“With Copps though, I can believe it (his new one year contract). He’s always been a fit lad who’s looked after himself and his ability is second to none.
“Put them all together and he feels that he can still do it then there should be no doubt in the manager’s mind either – particularly if he wants him around as well.
“To have someone with that character and experience in the dressing room is a massive boost for everybody.”
Ricky was speaking to Red and White magazine; the full interview will be in next week’s edition on sale at the Peterborough United game for just £3.