Date:Friday August 22 2008
Doncaster will make the journey to big spending Queens Park Rangers this weekend for the first time in over forty years.
Queens Park Rangers are one of the bookies favourites for promotion this season after a very active summer in the transfer market. The club were bought by multi billionaire Flavio Briatore last season and he`s not been shy in offering cash to the Rangers manager in trying to get them back into the Premiership.
This also brings added pressure and there are reports that manager Ian Dowie has already had one fall out with the new owner.
After an opening day 2-1 victory at Loftus Road against Barnsley they were soundly beaten 3-0 at Sheffield United last Saturday.
Rovers on the other hand are starting life back in the Championship for the first time in fifty years, after an impressive opening day win at Derby they was only denied maximum points from their first two games when Cardiff equalised in the last few minutes last Saturday.
Rangers are hoping to have back striker Patrick Agyemang and midfielder Hogan Ephraim whilst last seasons player of the year Martin Rowlands should return after serving his three match suspension.
Rovers captain Brian Stock returned early from the Wales squad in midweek after the reoccurrence of a niggling back injury but are hoping he will be fit to play after intensive treatment. Jason Price and Darren Byfield returned to training this week but are probably not quite ready for a return to first team action.
Man to watch
Martin Rowland`s was their inspirational midfielder last season and chipped in with quite a few goals. He will be eager to play well after being suspended.
Lewis Guy has started the season in good fashion with goals in the opening two games and will be hoping he can carry it on.
History between the two clubs
The clubs have only ever met six times in the league the last one being in Rangers third division championship season of 1966/67, a season when they also became the first third division side to win the League cup.
When they met at Loftus Road that season Rangers ran out comprehensive 6-0 winners.
Doncaster won on their first ever visit in the 51/52 season winning 2-0 that day.
1951/52 Doncaster 4-0 QPR
1951/52 QPR 0-2 Doncaster
1958/59 Doncaster 2-0 QPR
1958/59 QPR 3-1 Doncaster
1966/67 Doncaster 1-1 QPR
1966/67 QPR 6-0 Doncaster
The clubs have also met once in cup competition when Doncaster claimed a famous FA Cup win in the 84/85 season winning 1-0 at Belle Vue.
Rangers will want to bounce back after last week`s heavy defeat, while Rovers are still riding high after last season`s play off success and have started this season well.
I expect Rovers to continue their decent start to the season and come away from Loftus Road with a point in a 1-1 draw
Join Vital Doncaster Rovers!
With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!
You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the polls.
Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.
So why not join Vital today?
It's easy to register here and enjoy getting involved
To visit the message board, click here.
This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Doncaster .
Date:Friday August 22 2008
Defender to miss Coventry clash through suspension (Sunday December 21 2014)
DRFC Jones waiting on scan results (Sunday December 21 2014)
DRFC Dickov - It was a fantastic performance (Sunday December 21 2014)
DRFC Dickov full of praise for Robinson (Sunday December 21 2014)
Rovers make Swindon pay the penalty (Saturday December 20 2014)
Stats: Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers (Saturday December 20 2014)
DRFC Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers History (Saturday December 20 2014)
DRFC Happy travellers to end Swindon run? (Saturday December 20 2014)
DRFC Will Rovers Rock The Robins? (Friday December 19 2014)
Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers - Match Officials (Friday December 19 2014)
|15. Port Vale||21||7||5||9||-3||26|
|Hill - Officials Hindered Us Against Notts County
» Rochdale : 22/12/2014 15:05:00
|Preston Tickets On Sale Tomorrow
» Walsall : 22/12/2014 14:58:00
|Logan Suffers Serious Injury
» Rochdale : 22/12/2014 14:57:00
|Derry Praises County Spirit
» Notts County : 22/12/2014 14:51:00
» Walsall : 22/12/2014 14:42:00