Rovers midfielder Tommy Rowe says the FA Cup holds a special place in his heart after he made his professional debut in the competition for Stockport County against Watford in 2007.
Rowe was on the losing side that day as the then Premier League outfit Watford beat County, then of League Two, by four goals to one, despite the scoreline Rowe said making his debut in the cup was an amazing day.
“The FA Cup is a great competition and I actually made my debut in the cup against Watford when I was 18 or 19, so it means a lot to me and it means a lot to the lads in the dressing room as well,” he said.
“Playing at Watford away was an amazing experience for me, I remember coming on around the same time that Ashley Young did and I believe he got a big money move somewhere, and it was just an amazing day.
“There is a lot of excitement as you could draw a big team in the next round but we will go into the game focused and we have had some good training and concentration has been good.”
Darren Ferguson’s side face Graham Alexander’s Scunthorpe United at the Keepmoat Stadium in the second round of the FA Cup, and Rowe says if Rovers stick to the game plan that the team could hurt the Iron on Sunday.
“They are a very good side and they have added some very good players to the team over the last year and a half since I was there, and they are one of the top sides in League One,” said Rowe.
“We need to stick to the game plan and make sure that we go out there and try and hurt them, it is a great opportunity to go and show what we can do and the FA Cup is a great competition to do it in.
“There is a lot to come from this team and we can see how far we have come but we can also see how much work we still have to do to make sure we end up where we want to be.”
Tickets for Sunday’s clash with the Iron are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office now on 01302 762576 or by going to tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk.