Fans get their big day on the Keepmoat Stadium turf

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DOZENS of Rovers-mad Doncaster football fans lived their dream - by playing on the same pitch as their heroes.

Two squads of 18 paid £100 a head to play in the first ever Doncaster Business Cup, to raise money for the NSPCC children’s charity. There were 311 spectators.

It was part of the fundraising effort around the Doncaster Rovers Inca Trek, which involves first team players taking part in a charity hike through the Andes.

In the game, a David Plant XI beat solicitor Andrew Isaac’s XI 7-1 to lift the trophy.

Rovers midfielder Mark Wilson, who is organising the Inca Trek, and former Doncaster midfielder John Buckley, also supported the event, acting as first team coaches to the two sides.

Early indications show that the afternoon itself raised over £5,000, in an event which is set to become an annual event at Keepmoat Stadium following its fantastic success, said a club spokesman.

The Inca Trek is an 11-day mission on which Rovers players Mark Wilson, James Coppinger and James O’Connor, plus non-playing staff and three supporters face a gruelling hike.