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Chief executive congratulates MBE pair

31 December 2020

Club Doncaster chief executive Gavin Baldwin has paid tribute to Gill Coultard and Ron Flowers, after the two Doncaster footballers were awarded MBEs in the New Year's honours list

Thorne-born Gill was recognised for her achievements in football, which saw her earn more than 100 England caps over a 24-year playing career with the Belles after joining the club when she was just 13.

Gavin said: "Both Gill and Ron deserve this recognition, and on behalf of everyone at Club Doncaster I'd like to congratulate them both.

"Gill joined the Belles when she was still at school and was representing England before she turned 18 - an incredible achievement in itself.

"To go on and win 119 caps and captaining both club and country is incredible, all while an amateur player. She helped the Belles to two titles and six FA Women's Cups, and everyone at the Belles now is well aware they're following in the footsteps of greats like Gill who broke down barriers for them."

Ron, who was born in Edlignton, was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad and played more than 400 times for Wolverhampton Wanderers after starting his career as a youngster at Rovers.

Gavin added: "Although Ron did not play for the first-team, his brother John and uncle George both did and we consider all of them part of the Rovers family.

"These two MBEs are great success stories for Doncaster, both have gone to locally-born people who represented their country in World Cups and hopefully serve as inspiration for others in the area to dream big too."

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