Looking back at the hoops in previous years.
As we count down to the launch of the 2016/17 Doncaster Rovers official home kit, doncasterroversfc.co.uk is taking a look at kits that will go down in history as having significance upon the club.
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One of the favourites to gain promotion by the newly introduced play-off system, Rovers lived up to their early billing and dropped just 2 points in the opening seven games of the season, culminating in a 5-1 thrashing of Dagenham and Redbridge live on Sky Sports.
That was as consistent as Dave Penney’s side got. Despite the arrival of some big name signings and the goalscoring feats of Paul Barnes, the South Yorkshire side failed to chalk up more than three successive wins again.
Nonetheless, Rovers still notched some impressive results; most notably a 5-2 hammering of Scarborough at the McCain Stadium on Boxing Day and would go on to be included in the end of season play offs though the seventeen point gap to runaway leaders Yeovil Town was underlined when they ran riot at Belle Vue in a televised 4-0 win.
Having been paired with dark horses Chester City in the play-off semi-finals, two nervy – yet spicy - affairs were played out over the May bank holiday weekend. Penney’s men edged the overall tie 4-3 on penalties after 2-2 aggregate score over 210 minutes of football!
The final against old foes Dagenham would prove no less entertaining than the league meetings in the season and despite Rovers taking command at Stoke City's Britannia Stadium, through Paul Green (pictured) and Dave Morley headers, Rovers were pegged back.
Extra time was played and Francis Tierney rubberstamped not only Rovers’ five year wait to return to the football league, but his name in to Rovers folklore too.
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