Date: 23rd September 2010 at 7:42am
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Vital QPR takes a look at this weekend’s opponents Doncaster Rovers

Facts & Figures

Founded: 1879

Nickname: Rovers/Donny

Ground: The Keepmoat Stadium (15,231)

Manager : Sean O`Driscoll

Selected Honours

Football League Third Division North – Champions: 1935, 1947, 1950.
Football League Fourth Division – Champions: 1966, 1969.
Football League One Playoffs – Winners: 2008.
Football Conference Playoffs – Winners: 2003.

Football League Trophy – Winners: 2007.
Football Conference Cup – Winners: 1999, 2000.

Club Records

Record Attendance: 37,149 v Hull City (Third Division North, 1948)

Record victory: 10-0 v Darlington (Fourth Division, 1964)

Record defeat: 0-12 v Small Heath (Second Division, 1903)

Record Buy: Billy Sharp – £1,150,000 from Sheffield United

Record Sale: Matthew Mills – £2,000,000 to Reading

Record Appearances: Fred Emery 504

Record Goals: Tom Keetley 180


1. Neil Sullivan
33. Gary Woods

2. James O`Connor
3. George Friend
4. Shelton Martis
5. Wayne Thomas
6. James Chambers
11. Adam Lockwood
21. Sam Hird
23. Byron Webster

7. Martin Woods
8. Brian Stock
14. Josh Payne
(On Loan to Oxford)
15. Mark Wilson
16. John Oster
17. Ryan Mason
18. Simon Gillett
24. Mustapha Dumbuya
26. James Coppinger
34. Robbie Clarke

9. Steve Brooker
10. Billy Sharp
12. James Hayter
22. Dean Shiels
29. Waide Fairhurst

Key Players:

Billy Sharp: Club record signing Billy Sharp signed for Donny this summer for £1,150,000 from Sheffield United. Sharp spent last season on loan at the Keepmoat scoring 15 goals in 33 apearances. His fine form was enough to persuade manager Sean O`Driscoll to sign him for what is a substantial fee for a club like Doncaster. Prior to Doncaster Billy Sharp had spells at Sheffield United and Scunthorpe. At Scunthorpe he scored an impressive 53 goals in 82 appearances breaking previous goal records at Glanford Park.

James Coppinger: A creative midfielder that has an eye for a goal Coppinger is the driving force behind a lot of Doncaster`s forward play. Coppinger is currently Doncaster`s longest serving player having joined in 2004 and has been a mainstay in the side playing a major part in Doncaster`s rise through the football league. He started his career at Newcastle Untied and had loan spells at Hartlepool before joining Exeter City in 2002.

Last Five Fixtures

Draw: 0-0 v Leeds United (h)
Win: 3-1 v Norwich City (h)
Draw: 2-2 v Watford (a)
Win: 3-1 v Hull City (h)
Loss: 0-4 v Cardiff City (a)

Last Five Fixtures v QPR

QPR 2-1 Doncaster Rovers on 20 Feb 10
Doncaster Rovers 2-0 QPR on 21 Nov 09
Doncaster Rovers 2-0 QPR on 10 Mar 09
QPR 2-0 Doncaster Rovers on 23 Aug 08
Doncaster Rovers 1-0 QPR on 5 Jan 85

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