MAIN DONCASTER BRANCH
Main Doncaster BranchCommittee
President :Dr W. Erskine
Vice-President : J.D.Aldworth,Rsq.
Chairman : Mr. L. South
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Vice-Chairman : Mr. I.Perkin
Hon Secretary : Mrs.D.Skinn
Hon. Treasurer : Mr. R. Haley
Hon Auditors : S. Biltcliffe & P. Kelly
A.G.M. Minutes and Secretarys Report
Thanks to all that Attended
Minutes of the 94th Annual General Meeting of Doncaster Rovers Supporters Club,
held in The Belle Vue Bar
30 July 2013
1) Welcome Everyone
The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking them for their attendance.
Dr W Erskine
A minutes silence was held for all Rovers fans who passed away during the previous season.
3) Minutes of previous meeting
The minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting were read and agreed as a true record. The acceptance of the minutes was proposed by A Skinn and seconded by R Burns.
4) Matters arising
There were no matters arising.
5) Secretary’s Report
The Secretary read out a detailed report that was well received by the meeting.
Copies of accounts from all branches were received and accepted by the meeting.
Copies of the financial report were circulated and explained in detail by Richard Hailey. These were proposed by J Malloy and seconded by A Stirling.
Elections of Officials
A vote took place on block to re-elect all current Officials and Committee Members, this was proposed by J Blanchon and seconded by G Barton. This was unanimously agreed by the meeting.
It was proposed by the committee that membership subscriptions should stay at their present level: - Adults £5, OAP £3 and U16 - £2. This was unanimously agreed.
The Chairman asked supporters if anyone would be interested in the joining the committee.
Any other business
There was no other business.
Cheque to Community Sports and Education Foundation
A cheque for £500 was presented to Liam Scully on behalf of Community Sports and Education Foundation, which was gratefully received.
The Chairman welcomed Gavin Baldwin and Shaun Lockwood to the meeting and thanked them for coming. Questions were then taken from the floor.
The Chairman presented a cheque to Gavin Baldwin for £2500 on behalf of the Supporters Club, which was gratefully received.
The Chairman thanked the committee members for their work throughout the season and once again thanked guests and supporters for their attendance.
There was no further business and the meeting closed at 9:30pm.
Secretary’s Report 2013/2014
The season began with Paul Ince’s Blackpool visiting the Keepmoat. The visitors took the lead but Rovers drew level when Rob Jones headed the ball into the back of the net. The game looked destined to be a draw, until the 86th minute when Rovers conceded from a corner kick, and then Blackpool went on to score another in the last minute of the game.
Rovers made it through to the second round of the Capital One Cup against Rochdale, although it took an 89th minute goal to earn Rovers the victory. Doncaster gained their first points of the season with a home win over Blackburn. The first away game of the season saw Rovers gain a point against Wigan, although having being 2-0 up came close to gaining all 3 points.
On a wet afternoon in London, Rovers took control right from the beginning of the game against Charlton and found themselves 3 goals up within 23 minutes of play. The continuous rainfall saw the pitch surface become increasingly waterlogged and the referee took the players off with 18 minutes remaining of the first half in the hope that the conditions would improve. After half an hours delay the players came back out onto the pitch to complete the first half. The remaining 18 minutes saw Charlton pull a goal back and Paul Keegan was sent off for two bookable offences in just 8 minutes. Unfortunately despite taking 78 minutes to complete the first half, the referee decided that the conditions had become unplayable and decided to abandon the game, much to the annoyance of Paul Dickov and the Rovers players, not to mention the traveling Rovers fans.
Rovers bowed out of the Capital One Cup at the keepmoat with a 3-1 defeat to local rivals Leeds, after conceding 2 goals in the last 15 minutes of the game. Another defeat followed, this time in the league, with a 1-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth. Rovers picked up a valuable point at Huddersfield in a 0-0 draw.
A hotly debated late penalty for Watford sealed all 3 points in their favour against Rovers at Vicarage Road, with Rovers officials insisting that the foul that earned the spot kick was outside the penalty area.
I don’t normally mention the reserve team results, but I thought the 6-0 demolish of Scunthorpe was worthy of a mention.
The first team meanwhile secured another point with a 2-2 draw at home to Forest. Rovers staged the classic ‘smash and grab’ at Hillsborough when they came away with all 3 points despite the home side having the vast majority of possession and chances. A 2-0 defeat at home to Burnley was followed by Rovers third win of the season, when a determined defensive performance saw them keep a clean sheet at home to Leicester.
Doncaster went down to a heavy 4-1 defeat at the Madjeski Stadium and things went from bad to worse when Rob Jones left the field with a suspected broken arm. Another heavy defeat was to follow, with Rovers conceding 4 again, this time against Middlesbrough live on Sky. Rovers third successive defeat followed when they lost 3-1 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion.
As the team were preparing for their game against Barnsley, John Ryan announced he was resigning as Chairman of Doncaster Rovers after 15 years at the club, explaining the reason for his decision had arisen following a disagreement of the major shareholders over a potential take-over offer of the club.
A depleted Rovers side came away from Oakwell with a point. Rovers got off to an ideal start in the televised game at home to Yeovil with a goal in the 11th minute. Yeovil drew level, but a superb free kick 30 yards out by Mark Duffy gave all 3 points to Rovers, another victory was to follow with a late winner from Paul Quinn against QPR.
Rovers then suffered 3 successive defeats, at the hands, Charlton, Derby and Ipswich. The last game of 2013 saw Rovers draw 0-0 against Millwall, leaving them precariously positioned just above the bottom three. The New Year began with a 2-1 defeat against QPR, where Rovers were hit by a late winning goal, they were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Stevenage. Dickov made seven changes to the team that played Stevenage, but sadly the outcome still ended in defeat when they took on Blackburn.
But a 3-0 victory at home to Wigan, followed by a draw against Blackpool and another 3-0 win, this time over Charlton saw Rovers gain 7 points out of a possible 9. Rovers continued their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw against Middlesbrough, but it came to an end when they lost 1-0 to Brighton and were then denied all 3 points when Barnsley snatched an equalising goal just a minute before the end of a dramatic game that saw Rovers come from behind to lead 2-1.
Rovers awful away record failed to improve when defeat to bottom club Yeovil meant Rovers were again closely involved in the battle against relegation. A 5-0 thrashing at Bournemouth meant Rovers had only gained 8 points away from home from 17 games, but relief came as Rovers bounced back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at home to Huddersfield and with them then registering back to back wins with victory over Watford giving them a 7 point gap from the bottom three.
Rovers picked up another valuable point in their efforts to pull away from relegation with a hard earned draw at Forest and the run continued with victory over Sheffield Wednesday. Unfortunately defeat was to follow at Turfmoor. Although Rovers did manage to ease the prospects of relegation with a valuable 2-1 win at Elland Road, registering only their second away win of the campaign thanks to goals by David Cotterill and Billy Sharp.
With two home games in 4 days, Rovers had the ideal chance to put some real distance between themselves and the relegation places. But with defeats being experienced in both games, 3-1 at home to Birmingham and 2-1 against Bolton, it left them in a dangerous position. A tense end to the season was looking inevitable as Rovers went down to yet another away defeat, this time at Portman Road. Results from teams below Rovers meant that there was just a 3 point gap between Rovers and the bottom three.
Defeat at home to Derby set up a difficult game against Millwall. A win for Rovers would virtually have been enough to ensure survival but defeat would drag them right down into the mire. A controversial sending off spurred on a determined ten men Rovers side to earn a valuable point at the New Den, as both sides tried to pull away from the threat of relegation.
A 3-1 defeat at home to Reading meant Rovers had to go to Leicester for the last game of the season knowing that only a win would guarantee Championship football the following season. The last day of the season saw Rovers involved in another dramatic last gasp end to the season, last year was the extasy and jubilation, this season was the agony and devastation. With Birmingham 2-0 down and Rovers drawing things were going okay, but when Rovers conceded a second half penalty and Birmingham pulled one back against Bolton things became extremely tense.
Then came the agonising news that Birmingham had equalised in the 93rd minute condemning us to League One and relegating us on goal difference. It’s a fantastic feeling to be benefitting from the cruel fortune football can sometimes offer but it’s a bitter pill to swallow to be on the receiving end.
The Main Branch Player of the season was won by … ……….. Coaches were run to all away games in conjunction with the Retford Branch and to all home games via Rossington and Harworth. The North Doncaster Branch also organised coaches to the majority of away games.
I would like to thank everyone who helped run these coaches and as always a special thanks to Len South and Paul Mayfield who never fail to deliver with the thankless job that they do each and every season. The amount of time and effort that they put into organising the coaches can sometimes go unnoticed.
I would also like to thank fellow committee members for their hard work during the season and more importantly I would like to thank you, the fans, whose loyalty in attending the games both home and away has helped immensely in the success of the supporters club and the football club itself.