Doncaster Rovers - DRFC - Doncaster v Robins preview
UK time is: 00:03:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

DRFC - Doncaster v Robins preview

Doncaster Rovers entertain Cheltenham Town in an FA Cup third round replay with a money spinning home tie against Aston Villa on Saturday waiting for the winners.

Rovers are hoping to reach the fourth round for the first time since 1985 when they lost 2-0 at eventual finalists Everton.


Rovers won their third successive championship game on Saturday beating Southampton away 2-1. The last time they played at home was over Christmas when they beat Burnley 2-1.

Recent home form (last game first) WLWDWD

Cheltenham lost on Saturday 3-1 at Colchester United after taking a 1-0 lead.

Recent away form (last game first) LDWWLW

Team News:

Richie Wellens and James Coppinger are the only doubts from the side that beat Southampton on Saturday, both picked up knocks and missed training on Monday.
Paul Heffernan missed that game with a virus and may not be risked for this game.
Only long term absentees Sean McDaid and James Hayter are definitely out.

Cheltenham made five changes from the side that played Doncaster in the game at Colchester.
Paul Connor looks set to miss out after he injured his hamstring on Saturday, John Finnegan will definitely miss out after being sent off in the same game.
Nicolas Bignall will also miss out after playing in an earlier round for Northampton Town.

Match Facts & Stats

The two clubs have met nine times since their path`s first crossed in the conference in 1998.
The most important game between the sides was on the last day of last season when Cheltenham needed a victory to avoid relegation and Rovers needed a victory for automatic promotion, the home side eventually won 2-1 with the Cheltenham keeper Shane Higgs having the game of his life keeping out the Rovers attack.
The two clubs met last Tuesday in their rearranged FA Cup tie, Paul Heffernan came closest for Doncaster when missing with a free header in the first half and then seeing a shot hit the post and run across the line. Cheltenham could have won the game late on when a shot was firstly blocked by Sam Hird before Lloyd Owusu missed an open goal.

Full history (football league unless stated)

1998/99 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers Conference
1998/99 Doncaster Rovers 2-2 Cheltenham Town Conference
2003/04 Cheltenham Town 1-3 Doncaster Rovers
2003/04 Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Cheltenham Town
2006/07 Cheltenham Town 0-2 Doncaster Rovers
2006/07 Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Cheltenham Town
2007/08 Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Cheltenham Town
2007/08 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers
2008/09 Cheltenham Town 0-0 Doncaster Rovers FA Cup

The winners will be at home to Aston Villa in the fourth round on Saturday.

Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: DonnyEd Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday January 19 2009

Time: 4:03PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Rumour as it that Rovers need to win this game to generate some cash from the Villa tie to bring in new players! So a lot depends on our season on Tuesday night!
Report Abuse
19/01/2009 16:09:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Doncaster Rovers Articles

DRFC Doncaster Rovers Loan Watch (Sunday October 11 2015)

DRFC McKay joins twin at Ilkeston (Thursday October 8 2015)

Doncaster Fans Paid £14.08 per game? (Thursday October 8 2015)

Rovers bow out of JPT (Tuesday October 6 2015)

Archived Doncaster Rovers Articles

List All Vital Donny Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DonnyEd 17
2. 1879Rovers 9
3. Dblido 5
4. fancysolis29 3

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Millwall 11 4 2 5 -4 14
18. Bradford 11 3 4 4 -4 13
19. Swindon 12 3 3 6 -3 12
20. Doncaster 11 2 5 4 -5 11
21. Oldham 12 1 8 3 -6 11
22. Blackpool 11 3 2 6 -8 11
23. Fleetwood 12 2 3 7 -6 9

Doncaster Rovers Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Barnsley : 13/10/2015 21:45:01
Bradford : 13/10/2015 21:44:01
DRFC Former Owls and Blades boss favourite to take over
Doncaster : 13/10/2015 21:36:00
Allardyce: 'I Have A Few Irons In The Fire'
Blackpool : 13/10/2015 21:06:01
Frank Ford's Focus - League 1 Round Up
Wigan : 13/10/2015 15:05:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Would you like Sean O`Driscoll to come back?
Suggested By:  Dblido
Yes 74%
No 13%
Maybe 13%