2008–09 Doncaster Rovers F.C. season

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Doncaster Rovers F.C.
2008–09 season
Manager Republic of Ireland Sean O'Driscoll
Stadium Keepmoat Stadium
Championship 14th
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup First round
Top goalscorer League:
Paul Heffernan (10)
All:
Paul Heffernan (10)[1]
Highest home attendance 14,823 (vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 14 February 2009)
Lowest home attendance 9,534 (vs. Swansea City, 1 November 2008)
Average home league attendance 11,964[2]

During the 2008–09 English football season, Doncaster Rovers F.C. competed in the Football League Championship.

Season summary[edit]

Doncaster endured a tough start to life in the second tier of English football and stood bottom of the league after 24 games with only 4 league wins. However, Doncaster went on an eight-match unbeaten run that lifted them to mid-table, and finished the season in a secure 14th place, above more fancied sides like Crystal Palace and Derby County.[3]

Kit[edit]

[4]

Squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Scotland GK Neil Sullivan[6]
2 England DF James O'Connor
3 Wales DF Gareth Roberts
4 Netherlands DF Jos van Nieuwstadt
5 England DF Matthew Mills
6 England DF James Chambers
7 England FW Lewis Guy
8 Wales MF Brian Stock[7]
9 Jamaica FW Darren Byfield[8]
10 Wales FW Gareth Taylor[9]
11 England DF Adam Lockwood
12 England FW James Hayter
13 England GK Ben Smith
14 Republic of Ireland FW Paul Heffernan
15 England MF Mark Wilson
16 Northern Ireland FW Dean Shiels
17 Scotland MF Martin Woods
No. Position Player
18 Scotland DF Sean McDaid[10]
19 England MF Richie Wellens
20 England MF John Spicer
21 England DF Sam Hird
22 Wales GK Kyle Letheren (on loan from Barnsley)
23 Wales FW Jason Price
24 Scotland DF Gordon Greer
25 Northern Ireland MF Stuart Elliott
26 England FW James Coppinger
27 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Kazenga LuaLua (on loan from Newcastle United)
29 England FW Waide Fairhurst
31 England FW Tomi Ameobi
32 England FW Stephen Brooker
33 England GK Gary Woods
34 England MF Robbie Clark
35 England DF Charles Fisher

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 England DF Andrew Boyce (released)
27 England MF Craig Nelthorpe (to Oxford United)
No. Position Player
30 Netherlands Antilles DF Shelton Martis (on loan from West Bromwich Albion)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/page/Goalscorers/0,,10329~200810329,00.html
  2. ^ http://www.doncasterroversfc.co.uk/page/Attendance/0,,10329~200810329,00.html
  3. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/doncaster-rovers/2008-2009
  4. ^ http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/English_Football_League/season/2008-2009/championship.html Kits for 2008–09 Championship clubs
  5. ^ http://www.footballsquads.co.uk/eng/2008-2009/flcham/doncast.htm Doncaster Rovers squad for 2008–09 season
  6. ^ Sullivan was born in Sutton, England, but qualifies to represent Scotland internationally, and made his international debut for Scotland in 1997.
  7. ^ Stock was born in Winchester, England, but qualifies to represent Wales internationally, and made his international debut for Wales in September 2009.
  8. ^ Byfield was born in Birmingham, England, but qualifies to represent Jamaica internationally, and made his international debut for Jamaica in 2003.
  9. ^ Taylor was born in Weston-super-Mare, England, but qualifies to represent Wales internationally through his father, and made his international debut for Wales in 1995.
  10. ^ Sullivan was born in Harrogate, England, but qualifies to represent Scotland internationally, and has represented Scotland at every youth level up to U-20.