Doncaster Rovers can confirm that Andrew Watson and Sarah Flower are to leave their positions on the board of the club.
The move brings to an end the official involvement of the Watson family in the ownership of Doncaster Rovers, although Andrew and Sarah will continue to have ambassadorial duties moving forward.
Through Andrew, Sarah and the late Dick Watson before them, the Watson family have been synonymous with the success of Doncaster Rovers over the past decade investing over £14m into their hometown club.
Andrew Watson said: “As a family, we are proud to have been part of Doncaster Rovers for more than fifteen years. We have loved every minute of our time as Directors as I know Dad (Dick Watson) did too, we have some truly wonderful memories and moments such as Cardiff, Wembley and Brentford which will be cherished by our family forever.
“However, from a personal perspective, since the passing of dad, the pressure of being an owner and the enjoyment of being a fan have been hard to combine. This is something we have discussed openly with Terry, David and Gavin over the past two years and our resignation has been a discussed move during that time.
“We are incredibly proud of what the club has achieved both on and off the pitch during the past two decades, including multiple promotions, cup runs and of course the significant impact the club has made in the community through the Foundation and Sports College. We wish to thank all Doncaster Rovers fans and staff for their continued support and of course Terry, David and Gavin and their families.”
David Blunt, chairman of Doncaster Rovers said: “Terry Bramall, Gavin Baldwin and I wish to thank everyone in the Watson family for helping to create some wonderful moments for Doncaster Rovers fans. Our partnership at Doncaster Rovers was founded at Keepmoat beforehand and has stood the test of time. Andrew, Sarah and their families leave with our best wishes.
“Despite having intentions to leave their positions, the Watson family have continued to put significant monies into the club over the past two years with their known departure on the horizon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has meant additional unforeseen funding over the past few months, which the Watson family have continued to provide.”
Terry Bramall added: “I am obviously sad that Andrew and his family have decided to leave the board, but we respect their decision. There are tough times ahead for the club, due to the current pandemic, but I, as are David and Gavin, am confident that if we can get through this difficult period that once again Doncaster Rovers will have a bright future. I remain committed to ensuring Doncaster Rovers has a long-term future and one that our community can be proud of.”