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Newcastle United match preview

3 September 2018

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Rovers make their 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy bow when they host Newcastle United under-21s on Tuesday night.

The two sides meet in Group G of the competition, where they have been drawn against Sky Bet League Two sides Grimsby Town and Notts County in the Northern section of the tournament.

Rovers reached the first knockout round last season, where they were knocked out on penalties away at Rochdale, losing out 5-4 in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.

The young Magpies on the other hand went out in the group stages of their first ever entry into the Checkatrade Trophy, missing out on qualification from a group that included Port Vale, Oldham Athletic and Crewe Alexandra.

Brief history of Newcastle United

Whilst the Newcastle United first team play at the 52,387-capacity St. James’ Park stadium, the reserves and academy sides, including the under-21s, play at the smaller Whitley Park ground, though they do occasionally play at St. James’ throughout the season.

They are nicknamed the Magpies which is based on the black and white home strip in which they play in.

Ben Dawson is the man in charge of the Magpies’ under-21 side, having taken charge in 2014 following the departure of Willie Donachie.

Ones to watch

Liam Gibson

The young defender spent a short period of time on loan at Gateshead in 2015 and has recently returned from a lengthy time away from the game after illness. He has featured in various academy sides over the years for the Magpies and has also featured in various first-team matchday squads over the last couple of seasons.

Matthew Longstaff

The 18-year-old midfielder signed his first professional contract with the Magpies over the summer, following in the footsteps of his older brother Sean. He recently starred in the under-23s 5-0 win over local rivals Sunderland.

Adam Wilson

The striker signed his first ever professional contract alongside Longstaff back in June, securing a three-year deal on Tyneside. He made his England under-18 debut in March this year, playing in a 4-0 victory over Qatar at St. Georges’ Park.

Last time out

Rovers last played a Newcastle side in 2016 in preparation for the League Two season during pre-season. Two goals from Andy Williams put Rovers in front, before goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez drew the then-Championship Magpies back level at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Tuesday night's game with Newcastle United under-21s kicks off at 7pm, with all fans to be situated in the Donasonic East Stand. Tickets can be purchased via the Club Doncaster Box Office right up to kick-off - please be aware that there are no cash gates on the night.

Purchase your ticket now by either visiting in store, calling on 01302 762576, or online at

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