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Looking At: Doncaster Rovers

23 June 2014

Next up on our look at League One opponents is newly relegated Doncaster Rovers, and PNE will travel to the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday 19th August for their second away trip of the new season.

Founded: 1879

Nickname: Rovers

Stadium: Keepmoat Stadium

Manager: Paul Dickov

Last Season: 22nd in the Championship

Following the visit to Scunthorpe on the Saturday, the Lilywhites will travel to Doncaster Rovers, where they will be hoping to repeat their last trip there back in 2012. 

That day the two sides battled it out in League One, as they will be this year, and North End came out 3-1 winners. Jack King put North End ahead on 35 minutes, before Doncaster equalised through David Cotterill, but goals from Scott Laird and Stuart Beavon secured the win for the Lilywhites. 

Doncaster were promoted in 2013, after finishing as champions of League One, but have made a return after just one season in the Championship.  

Under the management of Brian Flynn for the second half of the season, Doncaster secured the title on a dramatic final day of the season. Flynn, who was appointed in January until the end of the season left the Club in May and was replaced by Paul Dickov.
 
In Dickov’s first season with the Club, he had the challenge of keeping the side in the Championship, but with seven defeats in their last nine games, they ended the season in 22nd place. 

Dickov will be hoping to make a swift return to the Championship this campaign, having been given time by the Club, remaining in charge for the new season. 

The headline of the summer so far is the takeover of the Club, with One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson teaming up with former chairman John Ryan to take charge at the Club. Doncaster-born Tomlinson played in a reserve game for the side last season and is a lifelong Rovers fan. 

With new owners and fresh ambitions of a return to the second tier or English football, the Club will be hoping to get a good run going from the start, but North End will be hoping to get all three points on this occasion. 

The return fixture at Deepdale will be played on the 3rd of March, which will be another night match under the lights. 

If you fancy Doncaster to replicate their achievements of 2013, they are 12/1 to win League One this year.  

Sky Bet Odds
League One Winner – 12/1
Promotion – 7/2
Relegation – 18/1

Place your bets via PNEBetting.Com, and this will benefit Preston North End when you place your bet. 

Below you can see just how long it takes to get to the Keepmoat Stadium from Deepdale with the interactive map. 


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