Date:Thursday October 23 2008
Doncaster Rovers have just come out on top in a survey of all Premiership and League clubs since the Premiership started in 1992.
Statisticians working for the New Football Pools analysed the records of all 92 clubs currently in the League.
A number of factors were taken into account including,
League position in 1992
How they have performed in League and Cup games also in the same period
Transfers in and out
Impact in changes in club ownership and financial difficulties
Then they worked out what they were expected to achieve and what they did achieve each season.
Average attendances in 1992 and what it is now.
Even though we have achieved so much in the last five years, the five years prior to this saw the Rovers drop out of the League in embarrassing circumstances and five years in the wilderness of the conference.
When the survey started in 1992 Rovers had finished the season in 21st position in Division Four with average attendances of less than 2,000.
Also we then had a club chairman who tried to burn the main stand down for insurance purposes and ended up being sent to jail.
The main reason for Rovers success is down to club chairman John Ryan who is a life long Doncaster Rovers supporter. Since taking over the club in 1998 he`s ploughed millions of pounds of his own money into the club and this year he achieved his ambition with the club of reaching The Championship, something he promised the fans when he took over the club.
The last five years have seen continuous success,
2002/2003 Doncaster Rovers became the first team to win the conference play off Final.
2003/2004 Rovers won The Third Division Championship (League Two) with 92 points
2004/2005 Rovers finished tenth in League One, their highest placed finish for fifty years
2005/2006 The club achieved plaudits from all across the country with a League Cup run that eventually saw them lose at the quarter Final stage. Having already beaten Premiership Manchester City and Aston Villa, Rovers lost to Arsenal on penalties after the Gunners scrambled a last minute equaliser in extra time.
2006/07 The club won their first ever domestic Trophy at the Millennium stadium beating Bristol Rovers 3-2 in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy Final.
2007/08 John Ryan`s promise of Rovers making the second tier of English football was achieved when they beat Yorkshire rivals Leeds United 1-0 in the League One Play off final at Wembley.
Although currently languishing in the bottom three this season the performances suggest that Rovers still have a good chance of pulling away from the relegation zone.
The top five achievers in the survey were,
1. Doncaster Rovers
4. Hull City
5. Wigan Athletic
Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday come bottom of the pile; also in the bottom five are the richest club in the World Manchester City!
88. Manchester City
89. Coventry City
90. Nottingham Forest
91. Wolverhampton Wanderers
92. Sheffield Wednesday
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