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U18s manager Paul Stancliffe retires after 17 years at Rovers.

28 May 2021

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Paul Stancliffe has retired as Rovers U18s manager after 17 years at the club.

The 63-year-old has been coaching and managing the youth team since 2004 and has supported the progression of many players from Academy to first-team including most recently AJ Greaves, Branden Horton and Louis Jones.  

In the 2018/19 season, Stancliffe coached Rovers U18s to second place in North East Youth Alliance and in the 2019/20 season his side went one better winning the title for the first time in the Academy’s history.  

The Academy continued to go from strength to strength and under his guidance and recently the U18s caused an FA Youth Cup upset when they defeated Cat 2 Academy Hull City in the second round.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “Stan has been a fantastic servant to Doncaster Rovers over the past 17 years and will be missed by everyone at the training ground and at the club.  

“He has overseen a period of immense growth and improvement within the Academy which is proven by the increasing number of youth players who are making first-team appearances. I am personally aware of many former youth team players, who now have their own families, who still speak about their Academy days with great fondness due to Stan’s guidance on and off the pitch.  

“On behalf of everyone at Rovers, I want to thank Stan for his massive contribution not just to our club but to football in general. We hope to hold a formal celebration of Stan’s career at a match next season.”  

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