Don Rogers (footballer)

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Don Rogers
Personal information
Full name Donald Edward Rogers
Date of birth (1945-10-25) 25 October 1945 (age 72)
Place of birth Paulton, Somerset, England
Playing position Left winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1972 Swindon Town 400 (147)
1972–1974 Crystal Palace 70 (28)
1974–1976 Queens Park Rangers 18 (5)
1976–1977 Swindon Town 12 (2)
1976–1977Yeovil Town (loan) ? (?)
Teams managed
Lambourn Sports
1996–1998 Swindon Supermarine
1998–1999 Hungerford Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Donald Rogers (born 25 October 1945) is an English former footballer who is best known for his time with Swindon Town. He played as an outside left and served the club in two spells.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Paulton, Somerset, Rogers signed a youth contract with Swindon in January 1961 at the age of fifteen; having turned professional in October 1962, he made his first-team début on 17 November in a Third Division match against Southend United. Rogers scored the two extra-time goals which won the 1969 Football League Cup Final for Swindon, 3–1 against Arsenal.

He signed for Crystal Palace in 1972 for a fee of £147,000 and became a club legend. Highlights included scoring two goals in the famous 5–0 victory over Manchester United at Selhurst Park in 1972 and scoring the goal of the season in 1973. He then joined Queens Park Rangers in September 1974 in an exchange deal involving Terry Venables and Ian Evans. Rogers played 18 league games for QPR, scoring five goals, before returning to Swindon in March 1976 in exchange for Peter Eastoe.

In November 1976 Rogers moved on loan to the Southern League team Yeovil Town, where he joined his old Swindon teammate Stan Harland. He returned to Swindon two months later and, after suffering a hip injury, retired at the end of the 1976/77 season and now runs a sports shop in Swindon bearing his name.

Managerial career[edit]

In the 1990 Rogers was manager of Lambourn Sports, who were at the time in the Hellenic Football League. During his reign he managed to win promotion to the Premier Division, and get to the final of the Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy winning it once in the 1994-95 season.[1] He then went on to become joint manager of Swindon Supermarine with John Fisher, in July 1996 and won the Hellenic Football League Premier Division in the 1997-98 season.[2] He and Fisher left at the start of the 1998–99 campaign due to the club's lack of ambition.[3] Rogers was subsequently appointed manager of Hungerford Town but left at the start of the 1999–2000 season.[4]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring, he went into the shop business owning a shop in Swindon called Don Rogers Sports.[5]

The Don Rogers Stand[edit]

On 22 March 2008 Swindon Town announced that the South Stand would be renamed The Don Rogers Stand from the start of the 2008–09 season.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reading Town's glory years Get Reading
  2. ^ "Players". Swindonsupermarinefc.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  3. ^ "Latest News". Swindonsupermarinefc.com. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  4. ^ History 1 Hungerford Town F.C.
  5. ^ "Don Rogers sports". www.donrogerssports.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Making a stand". www.swindontownfc.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2012.[permanent dead link]

External links[edit]

  • Don Rogers - The Authorised Biography by Peter Matthews
  • Don Rogers at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  • Don Rogers Sports Shop