1D star makes Doncaster debut

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson made his professional football debut for Doncaster last night, delighting 5,000 fans with his cameo.

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One Direction star Louis to make his Rovers debut

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson will make his Doncaster Rovers debut in the South Yorkshire derby against Rotherham United tonight.

Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Rovers' squad member will play in the Final Third Development League fixture at the Keepmoat Stadium at 7pm.

Louis, born in Bessacarr will be a member of the Rovers' playing squad for the reserve team clash and is set make an appearance at some stage during the match.

Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers, said: "We are pleased to now have a date for Louis' debut and are looking forward to seeing him against our South Yorkshire neighbours.

"We are expecting huge interest in this game with fans from all over the world set to visit the Keepmoat Stadium for this unique occasion.

"I'm sure Louis will be delighted to step on to the hallowed turf and officially become a Doncaster Rovers player for the first time."

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Hero's welcome for Sharp's Rovers return

Billy Sharp made a hero's return as Doncaster beat Charlton 3-0 to boost their hopes of beating the drop, but Rovers manager Paul Dickov hailed Mark Duffy's contribution as he scored and collected the man-of-the-match accolade.

Sharp (left) made his third debut for Rovers against Charlton Credit: Press Association

Duffy sealed the win after goals from Abdoulaye Meite and Chris Brown (penalty) handed Rovers a 2-0 half-time lead, with Charlton reduced to 10 men following the sending-off of Lawrie Wilson who was shown a straight red for upending Sharp in the box.

"I thought he was top class," said Dickov. "He got his goal and that is what he is capable of.

"We need more of an product, I suppose, but if he plays like that then he's got a chance to score a few more."

Dickov's side are now 19th in the Championship Credit: Press Association

Meite opened the scoring after 25 minutes following a goalmouth scramble that saw fellow defender Bongani Khumalo seconds earlier denied by a post and some frantic defending. Brown then converted a penalty 10 minutes later, sending Ben Alnwick the wrong way.

Rovers finally put the Addicks put of their misery after 67 minutes, when man-of-the-match Duffy curled home a shot from just inside the box.

Sharp-shooter makes a Rovers return

Billy Sharp
Billy Sharp Credit: Press Association

Striker Billy Sharp has returned to Doncaster Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

Fans favourite Sharp, who has scored more than 70 goals at Championship level, left the Keepmoat Stadium in January 2012 for Southampton in a £1.8m move, but has spent much of the last two seasons on loan at Championship rivals Nottingham Forest and Reading.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov told the Rovers website: “I’m delighted to bring back Billy to the Doncaster Rovers. I’ve been looking to bring in an experienced Championship striker who is capable of winning matches for the club and Billly is that type of player.

“The fact that Billy knows the club so well and has such a fantastic relationship with the fans will hopefully mean he can hit the ground running straight away.”

Sharp's first game back at the Keepmoat Stadium will be against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday 28th January

Keegan eyes Rovers return

Paul Keegan could be back in the reckoning for Doncaster having been out with a hamstring injury since the start of November. He has been given a 50-50 chance of being involved by manager Paul Dickov.

Paul Keegan could make his return from injury this weekend Credit: Press Association

Paul Quinn is still struggling with the knee injury that ruled him out at Blackburn but fellow defenders Jamie McCombe (back) and Rob Jones (neck) are making progress in their recoveries.

New signing Gabriel Tamas is available should his international clearance come through.

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Dickov's men fail to repeat class from abandoned washout

Dickov's Rovers went down 2-0 to Charlton Credit: Press Association

Paul Dickov's Doncaster Rovers were beaten in Charlton's second home win of the season.

Goals from Dale Stephens and Simon Church secured a 2-0 win over Rovers.

Stephens hit a spectacular first-half volley and Church wrapped up the victory after the break as the Addicks won the rearranged Championship clash and climbed above their fellow strugglers into 17th.

Doncaster could not claim they deserved much better on the night - they did not force a single save out of Charlton keeper Ben Alnwick.

However, the fact Rovers were 3-1 up when this fixture was originally played in August, only for torrential rain to come to Charlton's rescue, will leave boss Paul Dickov feeling distinctly under the weather

Dickov looks for Charlton revenge

Dickov is looking to avenge Rovers' last meeting with Charlton Credit: Press Association

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov believes his side can take a huge step towards Sky Bet Championship safety with victory over Charlton at The Valley tonight.

Rovers led the original fixture in August 3-1 at half-time before it was controversially abandoned due to heavy rain.

Dickov insists his disappointment over that outcome has eased and he is looking only at the chance to move further clear of the bottom three.

Doncaster will be without Dean Furman, who was sent off against Yeovil on Friday night, while captain Rob Jones, fellow defenders James Husband and Yun Suk-Young, and forward Harry Forrester are all still out.

Doncaster Rovers FC in Doncaster Dons takeover

Doncaster Rovers FC has formally announced that the club has completed the legal takeover of the Doncaster Dons Rugby League Club. DRFC have purchased the Dons from Carl Hall and Steve Scholes for an undisclosed fee.

Hall will remain General Manager at the rugby league club, which play their home games at the Keepmoat Stadium. Both Doncaster Rovers FC and the Doncaster Dons will continue to have their own identities however the clubs hope to create a strategic alliance between both groups of supporters.

This is an exciting day for both clubs and a key milestone for sport in Doncaster. The Dons are a well run club and are ready for growth and I am confident that we can help them achieve their potential. Bringing the two clubs together is a fantastic opportunity to build on Rovers strong links with Doncaster residents and create a thriving sporting community. Our Club Doncaster brand and strategy promotes one town and one community working together for the benefit of people across the Borough and now both clubs are very much at the heart of the Town.

– Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers FC
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