List of Doncaster Rovers F.C. players

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This is a list of notable footballers who have played for Doncaster Rovers. The aim is for this list to include all players that have played 100 or more senior matches for the club. Other players who are deemed to have played an important role for the club can be included, but the reason for their notability should be included in the 'Notes' column.

For a list of all Doncaster Rovers players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:Doncaster Rovers F.C. players, and for the current squad see Doncaster Rovers F.C.#Current squad.

Explanation of List[edit]

Players should be listed in chronological order according to the year in which they first played for the club, and then by alphabetical order of their surname. Appearances and goals should include substitute appearances, but exclude wartime matches. Further information on competitions/seasons which are regarded as eligible for appearance stats are provided below, and if any data is not available for any of these competitions an appropriate note should be added to the table.

League appearances[edit]

League appearances and goals should include data for the following league spells, but should not include play-off matches:

Total appearances[edit]

The figures for total appearances and goals should include the League figures together with the following competitions:

NOT included:

List of players[edit]

Statistics are up to date as of 18:32 17 February 2019 (UTC).

Name Position Club career League
apps
League
goals
Total
apps
Total
goals
Notes
Walter Langton LB / CF 1887−1905 45 28 48 48 Doncaster's longest serving player

Appearance stats not including seasons 1887−1901 nor 1903−04, during which he was theoretically available for a further 324 league and 88 cup games giving a maximum possible of 460. Added to this there were a further 77 friendly games during his first three seasons when Rovers were not in a league.

Jack Eggett GK 1894–1903 67 0 70 0 Stats only for 1901–03. He'd been a regular in the side for several seasons before this
Billy Linward OL 1895−1901 53 65
Ellis Wright LH 1895−1905 80 2 83 2 Appearance stats not including 1895−1901, 1903−04
Billy Longden OR RH 1896−1902 31 2 33 2 Stats only for 1901−02 season, he scored 17 League and 5 other goals in total
Len Goodson OL / IL 1900–02 1905−06 1909 38 6 40 2 Stats not including 1899–1901, 1905−06 and 1908−09 seasons where he scored 33 league and 14 other goals
Billy Langham OR 1901–03 1906−07 62 16 65 16 Playing stats for first period only, scored 9 League goals in his second period
Arthur Wigglesworth DF 1920–1925 181 0 202 0
Billy Boardman FW 1922–1927 182 57 196 61
Harold Jacklin GK 1922–1926 105 0 117 0
Bob McLean DF 1922–1929 176 4 191 4 [1]
Tom Keetley FW 1923–1929 231 180 241 186 Record Doncaster goalscorer
Joe Bowman DF 1924–1932 189 1 201 3
Jack Buckley FB 1924–1932 257 0 275 0
Fred Emery WH 1924–1936 417 30 439 32 Record pre war Doncaster League appearances

Manager of Doncaster 1936-1940

Paddy McConnell IF 1925–1930 137 20 143 21 Ireland international whilst at Doncaster[2]
Frank Keetley FW 1926–1929 110 28 113 28 [3]
Jock Morgan HB 1926–1930 150 4 158 4
Ben Underwood LH 1926–1929 101 1 105 1
Wilf Bott MF 1927–1931 111 32 120 33
Tommy Atkin WI 1928–1932 99 6 105 6
George Flowers WH 1928–1936 149 7 161 8
Bobby Smith IF 1929–1937 264 35 277 39
Ike Tate GK 1929–1935 127 0 135 0
George Gladwin DF 1930–1937 226 22 237 24
Wilf Shaw DF 1930–1944 180 0 190 0 One of two current Rovers players to be killed in WWII
Stan "Dizzie" Burton WI 1932–1938 196 50 204 54
Arthur Rodgers DF 1933–1937 176 1 183 1
Albert Turner WI 1933–1937 119 51 122 53 Scored in 6 consecutive games and 5 times in one game in 1934-35 season
Jim Imrie GK 1933–1939 126 0 140 0
Syd Bycroft DF 1936–1951 333 2 355 2 Including Wartime League matches, he played 501 games for Doncaster giving him the overall all-time second highest number of appearances behind James Coppinger.

Joint manager of Doncaster January−June 1958

Albert Malam FW 1936–1945 95 26 106 28
Eddie Perry CF 1936–1940 98 44 102 44 Welsh international whilst at Doncaster
Bobby McFarlane WH 1937–1948 131 6 145 6
Clarrie Jordan FW 1940–1948 60 48 67 50 Most Doncaster league goals in one season (42 in 1946/47)

He also scored 63 goals in 102 games during the war years

Bert Tindill IF 1946–1958 402 122 429 131
Paul Todd IF 1946–1950 160 49 170 56
Alf Calverley WI 1947–1953 142 11 153 13
Ken Hardwick GK 1947–1956 308 0 331 0
Jack Hodgson DF 1947–1951 95 2 100 2
Dave Miller IF 1947–1953 140 3 147 4
Charlie Williams DF 1948–1959 158 1 174 1 Famous comedian
Peter Doherty IF 1949–1953 103 55 109 58 Ireland international player and manager of Northern Ireland whilst at Doncaster
Manager of Doncaster 1949-1958 (PM until 1953)
Len Graham MF 1949–1958 312 3 332 3 Northern Ireland international whilst at Doncaster
Ray Harrison CF 1950–1954 126 47 134 50
Bobby Herbert WH 1950–1956 108 15 117 15
Kit Lawlor IF 1950–1954 127 47 143 49 Republic of Ireland international whilst at Doncaster
Bill Paterson DF 1950–1955 113 0 120 0
Brian Makepeace DF 1951–1961 353 0 378 0
Jack Teasdale WH 1949–1956 113 0 120 0
Harry Gregg GK 1952–1957 94 0 99 0 Northern Ireland international whilst at Doncaster.
Hero of the Munich air disaster
Ron Walker LW 1952–1961 240 46 258 49
Paddy Gavin DF 1953–1960 147 5 156 5
Eddie McMorran IF 1953–1957 126 32 139 38
Johnny Mooney RW 1953–1959 168 32 182 36
Alick Jeffrey FW 1954–1959, 1963–1968 262 129 293 140 Youngest Doncaster player (15 years 229 days v Fulham, 15 September 1954).
Jimmy Kilkenny WH 1952–1961 132 1 147 2
Tommy Cavanagh IF 1956–1959 119 16 124 18
Willie Nimmo GK 1958–1962 182 0 197 0
Albert Broadbent LW 1959–1961 1963-1966 206 39 231 42
Phil Robinson WI 1961–1966 157 19 179 22
Colin Booth IF 1962–1964 88 57 101 62
Alfie Hale IF 1962–1965 119 42 135 44 Republic of Ireland international whilst at Doncaster
Fred Potter GK 1962–1966 123 0 140 0
Keith Ripley WH 1962–1966 128 7 152 7
Graham Ricketts WH 1964–1968 150 16 174 18
Jim Watton DF 1964–1968 124 0 143 2
John Wylie MF 1964–1968 124 2 144 2
Bobby Gilfillan FW 1965–1971 186 33 207 36
Brian Kelly DF 1965–1968 131 3 149 2
David Raine DF 1965–1968 107 2 126 2
John Flowers MF 1966–1971 164 4 186 4
Stuart Robertson DF 1966–1972 227 8 252 11
Alan Warboys FW 1966–1968, 1979-1983 129 33 150 38
Graham Watson MF 1966–1968, 1968–1973 157 33 174 38 "Willie" Watson
Colin Clish DF 1968–1972 100 4 111 4
John Haselden DF 1968–1974 172 20 187 20
Rod Johnson MF 1968–1971 107 23 121 24
Chris Rabjohn MF 1968–1973 153 8 169 9
John Regan FW 1968–1971 95 25 104 27
Brian Usher WN 1968–1973 170 6 183 6
Ian Branfoot DF 1969–1973 156 5 166 0
Steve Briggs FW 1969–1973 120 34 127 36
Archie Irvine MF 1969–1975 228 16 247 19
Glenn Johnson GK 1970–1973 95 0 102 0
Peter Kitchen FW 1970–1977 228 89 256 105
Stan Brookes DF 1971–1977 236 7 263 7
Mike Elwiss FW 1971–1974 97 30 108 34
Steve Uzelac DF 1971–1977 185 9 211 12
Steve Reed DF 1972–1979 140 2 162 3
Steve Wignall DF 1972–1977 130 1 142 1 Manager of Doncaster 2000-2001
Alan Murray MF 1973–1977 146 21 165 23
Brendan O'Callaghan FW 1973–1978 187 65 212 78
Ray Ternent DF 1973–1977 84 3 102 4
Ian Miller RW 1975–1978 124 14 139 15
Dennis Peacock GK 1975–1980, 1982–1986 329 0 373 0
Fred Robinson DF 1975–1979 119 3 134 3
Brian Taylor DF 1975–1978 119 12 131 13
Joe Laidlaw MF 1976–1979 128 27 137 27
Glynn Snodin MF 1976–1985 309 59 345 62
Daral Pugh WN 1977–1981 154 15 175 17
Pat Lally MF 1978–1982 122 0 132 1
Steve Lister MF 1978–1985 238 30 268 31
Billy Bremner MF 1979–1982 5 0 5 0 Manager of Doncaster 1979-1985, 1989–1991
Hugh Dowd DF 1979–1983 94 3 111 7
David Harle MF 1979–1982, 1983–1986, 1989–1992 189 23 217 27
Billy Russell DF 1979–1985 244 15 285 16
Willie Boyd GK 1980–1984 104 0 115 0
Glenn Humphries DF 1980–1988 180 8 200 9
Ian Snodin MF 1980–1985, 1998–2000 190 25 216 27 Player-manager of Doncaster 1998-2000
Colin Douglas FW 1981–1986, 1988–1993 404 53 444 62

Forward in his first spell, fullback in his second

Jim Dobbin MF 1984–1986, 1997–1998 95 13 107 14
Dave Cusack DF 1985–1987, 1990 101 4 114 4 Manager of Doncaster 1985–1987
Andy Rhodes GK 1985–1988 106 0 118[4] 0
Micky Stead DF 1985–1988 85 0 102 2
Mark Rankine MF 1987–1992 164 20 195 25
Lee Turnbull FW 1987–1991, 1994 134 22 146[4] 24
Jack Ashurst DF 1988–1992 139 2 145 2
Rufus Brevett DF 1988–1991 109 3 118 3
Mark Samways GK 1988–1992 121 0 128 0
Kevin Noteman LW 1989–1992, 1995 110 21 120 24
John Stiles MF 1989–1992 89 2 105 3
Eddie Gormley MF 1990–1993 118 16 134 17
Graeme Jones FW 1993–1996 92 26 105 30
John Schofield MF 1994–1997 110 12 111 12
Lee Warren DF 1994–2000 191 4 199 4
Tim Ryan DF 1996–1997, 2000–2006 211 6 220 6
Dave Penney MF 1998–2002 93[5] 13[5] 102[6] 17[6] Manager of Doncaster 2001-2006
Simon Marples DF 1999–2006 151 0 170 0
Andy Warrington GK 1999–2007 196 0 207 0
Paul Green MF 2001–2008 235 30 277[7] 33[7]
Steve Foster DF 2002–2006 116 3 134 3
Ricky Ravenhill MF 2002–2006 137 9 152 10
Chris Brown FW 2003–2004, 2011–2014 109 29 119 33
Leo Fortune-West FW 2003–2006 90 19 104 23
Michael McIndoe MF 2003–2006 122 28 142 35
James Coppinger MF 2004– 539 58 609 67
Mark Wilson MF 2004, 2006–2011, 2013 143 3 161 3
Lewis Guy FW 2005–2010 148 18 187 24
Paul Heffernan FW 2005–2010 128 35 150 43
James O'Connor DF 2006–2012 215 4 242 5
Adam Lockwood DF 2006–2012 152 8 179 8
Jason Price FW 2006–2009 93 17 114 23
Gareth Roberts DF 2006–2010 141 8 165 8
Brian Stock MF 2006–2012 193 18 216 23 Welsh international whilst at Doncaster
Neil Sullivan GK 2006–2013 200 0 220 0
James Hayter FW 2007–2012 165 34 178 39
Sam Hird DF 2007–2012 148 1 164 2
Richie Wellens MF 2007–2009, 2013–2016 172 12 199 15
Martin Woods MF 2007–2013, 2013–2014 117 7 135 10
Billy Sharp FW 2009–2012, 2014 98 44 102 45 Record transfer fee paid (£1.15 m)
Kyle Bennett MF 2011–2015 116 15 131 16
Paul Keegan MF 2011–2017 124 2 145 2
Luke McCullough DF/MF 2013– 99 0 112 1 Northern Ireland international whilst at Doncaster
Andy Butler DF 2015– 180 15 207 16
Tommy Rowe MF 2015– 114 23 129 28
Andy Williams FW 2015–2018 92 23 106 29
Matty Blair MF 2016– 113 8 131 9
John Marquis FW 2016– 121 58 138 63
Niall Mason DF 2016– 98 3 120 3

Football League 100 Legends[edit]

The following Doncaster players have been included in the Football League 100 Legends.

PFA Team of the Year[edit]

The following have been included in the PFA Team of the Year whilst playing for Doncaster.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Doncaster Rovers' 30-Year struggle with poverty". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Northern Ireland's Footballing Greats". Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  3. ^ "1929/30 season". doncasterrovers.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2013.
  4. ^ a b Does not include any appearances he may have made in the Football League Trophy
  5. ^ a b Penney's League stats are derived from the Soccerbase seasonal breakdown for 99/00 to 01/02 and from A to Z players for 98/99 as league data for this season is not included at Soccerbase. Note there are minor differences between the two sources for both 99/00 and 00/01
  6. ^ a b Penney's other stats are taken from Soccerbase but may not include any FA Trophy matches, or consistently include Conference League Cup data
  7. ^ a b Data does not include any matches he may have played in the FA Trophy, or in the FA Cup whilst Doncaster were in the Conference

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