MATCH PREVIEW: Stevenage (H)

Doncaster Rovers play at the Keepmoat for the first time in almost a month, the last home game having been the League Cup tie against Hull City.

Stevenage have had a fantastic start to the League One season, winning 4 of their opening 7 league games. This is only Stevenage’s third season in the Football League, having won two consecutive promotions from the Conference and League respectively.

Stevenage were founded in 1976 following the bankruptcy of Stevenage Athletic. Formed as Stevenage Borough, the side gone from strength to strength and find themselves flying in the Football League.

The North London side are managed by former Colchester and Wycombe midfielder Gary Smith.


Stevenage sit in 2nd spot in the League One table and have won 4 out of their opening 7 games. Last season saw the ‘Boro make the League One play-offs but failed to make the final through defeat to Sheffield United.

Rovers are currently tenth in the league. Their start has consisted of 3 wins and one draw. The postponement of the Oldham match two weeks ago leaves Rovers with a game in hand over every side above them.

Team News

Billy Paynter returned to training today, having overcome a calf problem. The former Leeds man may feature on Saturday. The only injury concern for Rovers is Neil Sullivan, and Rovers have been forced to recall Jon Maxted from Goole.

Darius Charles will face a late fitness test before Staurday’s meeting having missed Stevenage’s game against Walsall on Tuesday night.

The Man with the Whistle

Philip Gibbs takes charge of Saturday’s meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium. His last game involving Rovers was in their FA Cup to defeat to Notts County in January. During this game he showed 3 yellow cards and awarded one penalty.

Gibbs last refereed a Stevenage game in April when they fell to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. During this game he issued one yellow card.

Ticket Information

Tickets are currently on sale at the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office. They are priced as follows;

  • Adults – £22 (Cat A)/£20 (Cat B)
  • Concession (60+) and Ambulant/wheelchair disabled – £17 (A)/£15 (B)
  • Young Person – £12 (A)/£11 (B)
  • Junior (12-16) – £8
  • 11 and under – £5

Prices will vary on the day of the fixture.


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