Doncaster Rovers: Champs Rovers go on parade

Doncaster Rovers captain Rob Jones celebrateswith the fans after winning League One at   Brentford
Doncaster Rovers captain Rob Jones celebrateswith the fans after winning League One at Brentford
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Rovers will receive the League One trophy tonight - and parade through the town centre - as the promotion party shows no signs of slowing down.

Skipper Rob Jones will collect the trophy at a specially organised presentation at the Keepmoat Stadium, commencing at 6.30pm.

Players, management and staff will then parade through town on an open top bus, the culmination of a whirlwind few days in the history of Doncaster Rovers.

Doncaster seemed certain to be heading for the play-offs when referee Michael Oliver awarded Brentford a stoppage time penalty in Saturday’s promotion decider - and an opportunity to leapfrog Rovers in the table.

But the on-loan Fulham striker missed the spot-kick and within seconds James Coppinger scored at the other end to seal an incredible 1-0 win.

Combined with Bournemouth’s draw at Tranmere, the goal sent Rovers back to the Championship as League One champions - the first time in their history they have won the third tier.

It is Rovers’ fourth promotion since John Ryan became chairman in 1998.

The club also held their annual end-of-season dinner last night, fresh from Saturday’s night’s jubilant celebrations.

Chairman John Ryan said: “I stayed over in London on Saturday night with family and we drank quite a few bottles of champagne!

“It’s been a long, hard season for us. We’ll celebrate tonight - and then it’s back to business on Tuesday.”

Tonight’s presentation is open to the public and admission is free. Doors open at 5.30.