Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Vote for the standout player of the 2010s

31 March 2020

Sponsored by

Voting is now open for Rovers’ standout player of the 2010s. Fans have voted in big numbers as we’ve picked out the best player from each of our 14 decades to be added to the Hall of Fame.

Supporters can have their final say as they select one of these six players to be inducted alongside the other legends. With James Coppinger already inducted, which of these players will join him?

You can vote via the widget at the bottom of the page. Voting will close on Wednesday April 7 and the winner will be announced on April 13.

 

ANDY BUTLER

Doncaster-born Andy arrived at the Keepmoat Stadium in October 2014 with plenty of experience under his belt. He had already made over 350 League appearances for teams such as Scunthorpe United, Huddersfield Town, and Walsall. While with Rovers, the commanding centre-back made 222 senior appearances and scored 17 goals. He was appointed club captain at the start of the 2016-17 season and was a key part of the team that won promotion from League Two. In that same season he was named PFA Player in the Community for his work outside football. His final contribution was a goal in the 2018-19 Play-Off semi-final which briefly promised to send Rovers to Wembley. He now combines playing with Scunthorpe United with managing the Doncaster Rovers Belles.

 

JOHN MARQUIS

Rovers’ most prolific goalscorer since the 1970s, John joined Rovers at the start of the 2016-17 season. He contributed 26 League goals in his debut season, the best return since Laurie Sheffield in 1965-66 as Rovers secured promotion from League Two. A passionate and dynamic centre-forward, he contributed a further 21 League goals in 2018-19, helping the club to reach the League One play-offs. His three FA Cup goals were also an important part of a run which took Rovers to the Fifth Round for only the fifth time in their history. His record of 67 goals in all competitions puts him 7th on the all-time goalscorers list. He is now with Portsmouth.

 

ROB JONES

A natural leader, Rob joined Rovers at the start of the 2012-13 season and was appointed captain. He had previously played for several clubs including Grimsby Town, Hibernian and Sheffield Wednesday. He soon proved to be a defensive rock as well as a great organiser, with the ability to contribute goals from set plays. After the departure of manager Dean Saunders in January 2013 he assisted caretaker boss Brian Flynn and played a huge role in driving Rovers to the League One title, which they clinched in dramatic fashion with virtually the last kick of the season. In October 2013 he sustained a serious neck injury, and thereafter his on-field activity was restricted, but he remained an influential voice in the dressing room. In September 2015 he was appointed caretaker-manager after Paul Dickov’s departure, but he left soon after the appointment of Darren Ferguson, joining Hartlepool United. He is now a coach. His record of 78 appearances and 11 goals does not reflect the value of his efforts at Rovers. 

 

DAVID COTTERILL

A Welsh international who won one of his caps while with Rovers, winger David signed before the 2012-13 season. He marked his league debut for Rovers with a spectacular goal at Walsall, and this set the tone for his contribution to a remarkable season. He missed only two League games and scored 10 goals, many of them vital, and created many more for strikers Chris Brown, Iain Hume and Billy Paynter. David was named in the PFA’s Team of the Year for League One as well as earning himself a Champions’ medal. He was used less regularly in his second season, which saw Rovers back in the Championship, but his record of 14 goals in 92 matches remains a respectable tally for a winger. He left Rovers in 2014 to join Birmingham City and although now retired from full-time football he is currently playing for Barry Town United.

 

CHRIS BROWN

Son of former player Alan, Chris was born in Doncaster but began his career with Sunderland. In October 2003 he was loaned to Rovers and scored 10 goals in 22 League games, including a goal on debut, helping Rovers to the Third Division title and securing himself a Champions medal. After playing for Norwich City and Preston North End, he returned to Rovers on a permanent basis in July 2011. His first season was badly hampered by injury, but in 2012-13 his eight League goals played a key part in Rovers winning the League One Championship, earning Chris his second medal. During Rovers’ Championship campaign in 2013-14, he was leading scorer with nine goals and led the line superbly, although his efforts could not prevent relegation. Subsequently he signed for Blackburn Rovers, but was again dogged by injury and has now retired. His overall Rovers record stands at a respectable 23 goals in 97 appearances.

 

RICHIE WELLENS

By the time he joined Rovers in the summer of 2007, Richie had established himself as one of the outstanding midfielders in League One via spells at Blackpool and Oldham Athletic. Rovers gave him the platform to prove that he could perform at a higher level. Combative and yet highly talented, he missed only one League game in the 2007-08 season and despite struggling with an injury he starred in the League One Play-off campaign, culminating in success in the Wembley final. He was highly influential in keeping Rovers in the Championship during the 2008-09 season and moved on to Leicester City for over £1,000,000 in 2009. He returned to Rovers following their promotion back to the Championship in 2013 and produced some outstanding displays. In all he made 199 appearances for Rovers, scoring 15 times. He is now manager of Swindon Town.  

 

 

powered by Typeform

 

 


Advertisement block