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Match guide: Man City U21s (Papa John's Trophy)

21 September 2021

Club News

Match guide: Man City U21s (Papa John's Trophy)

21 September 2021

Rovers are back in action at the Keepmoat Stadium when they take on Manchester City U21s in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night.

Here is what you should expect on matchday:


Although facemasks will not be mandatory within the stadium, the club supports any individuals wishing to wear them. 

You may also see some of our staff around the ground wearing face coverings please don’t be offended by an individual's choice on this matter.

Social distancing

While social distancing measures have been removed by the Government, we understand that some of our supporters may feel apprehensive being at a sporting event with so many people in attendance. 

Please be courteous and respectful in trying, where possible, to maintain a safe distance when queuing. NHS track and trace will also be available inside the stadium and we encourage supporters to use it as they enter the ground.

Socially distanced seating

The club are keen to ensure everyone feels comfortable and have allocated parts of the ground which provide a socially distanced seating experience.  This can be arranged in advance through the box office.  

If there is a point during the game when you start to feel uncomfortable due to the proximity of others, or people around you not wearing facemasks, please speak to a steward and we will aim to find alternative seating for you to ensure you can continue to enjoy your experience.

East Stand only

The SMTXtraUSA East Stand will house Rovers supporters for Tuesday night’s game, with Manchester City supporters housed in the North East corner.

No cash gates and ticket collection point

Supporters are advised to purchase tickets early for the game, as there will be no cash gates on the day.

The Club Doncaster Box Office will be open up until kick-off, and pre-ordered tickets can be collected from the Club Doncaster Enterprise Zone reception (based in the Polypipe South Stand). 

Please aim to arrive as early as you can to avoid queuing and congestion around the stadium.

Away ticket collections will be available from the Club Doncaster Academy reception.


Rovers supporters should enter the stadium through turnstiles 6-10 in the Family Stand area.

Barcode access

You will find a barcode on your match ticket. Please scan using the equipment provided - there will be turnstile operators on hand to assist if needed.

Mech FS West Stand players’ area 

This is still classified as a red zone to try and limit interaction with players and reduce the spread of COVID-19 as well as losing players to self-isolation for 10 days at a key stage of the season.

We are speaking to the EFL regularly to ensure we are proactive in our approach.

There will be a red zone close to the players in the West Stand due to dugouts being removed, we ask that fans could respect this and keep at a safe distance.

We have now received approval that supporters in the West Stand will be able to leave the ground via the middle stairwell at the end of the game.

Car parking

Hospitality are advised to park in car park one, with Silver Plus members can park in two or three depending on their allocated pass, and supporters who have pre-paid should park in car park two. There will be no pay on the day car parking in car park two for this match.

Members of the media and supporters paying for parking on the day will be in car park three. 

Programmes & Half time draw

Matchday programmes will only be available online for Tuesday night’s game.

Inside the programme is an exclusive interview with Ben Blythe who talks about making his first-team debut and the Papa John’s Trophy.

View here.

There will be no half-time draw at this game.

Club Doncaster Store

The Club Doncaster Store will be open from 4pm on matchday up until kick-off.


Donny Dog’s Kennel will be closed for family activities but will be available as a designated quiet area for any fans with sensory needs and anyone wanting to breastfeed. 


Sodexo continue to be our onsite catering partners, and there will be a catering van outside the stadium near the Box Office as well the kiosks being open on the concourses. Feel free to use these before entering.

Kiosks three and four in the East Stand will be open, as well as Kiosk 14 in the North Stand for away supporters.

There have been some price changes to specific items and meal deals, and unfortunately 1879 is no longer available due to the brewery reducing their product lines during COVID-19, but Sodexo are seeking to rectify this.

More contactless machines are onsite for you to use when purchasing at the kiosk, and please be assured we will be accepting cash and card payments throughout the stadium.

Smoking bubbles will still be in operation.

Belle Vue Bar and Rovers Square

The bar will be open with home and away fans welcome.

Soccer Sight

Unfortunately, due to technical issues, Soccer Sight commentary will not be available for this game. If you use this service and require an alternative, please email 

How to listen/watch the game if you can’t attend the stadium

Stay close to all the action at the Keepmoat Stadium from the comfort of your living room with an iFollow Rovers match pass. You can watch  Rovers take on Manchester City U21s with analysis from Peter Catt alongside Robbie Andrews.

We want you all to enjoy every second of your experience and thank you all for your patience. 

Please respect everyone’s views. We are all part of the same family.

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