Doncaster Rovers confirm pre-season friendly with Sunderland

Sunderland players celebrate their recent 0-0 draw at Arsenal, which kept them in the Premier League.
Sunderland players celebrate their recent 0-0 draw at Arsenal, which kept them in the Premier League.
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Doncaster Rovers will host Premier League side Sunderland in pre-season, it has been confirmed.

The Black Cats will make their first ever trip to the Keepmoat Stadium on Wednesday, July 29 (7.45pm).

After a season of struggle, Sunderland rallied under Dick Advocaat to survive the drop and finish in 16th position.

Advocaat is poised to confirm whether he will stay on at the Stadium of Light, with chairman Ellis Short keen for the Dutchman to remain in charge.

Doncaster and Sunderland have met just three times in competitive fixtures.

The Wearsiders did the double over Rovers during their Third Division title winning season of 1987/88, while Doncaster won 2-0 at Roker Park in the FA Cup in 1954.

It is likely to be one of several friendlies on home soil for Doncaster, with boss Paul Dickov desperate to improve Rovers’ fortunes on their own patch.

Middlesbrough have been lined up for James Coppinger’s testimonial game, while it is understood two Championship clubs have also pencilled in pre-season dates at the Keepmoat but are still to confirm.

Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Bridlington Town have announced a match against a Doncaster Rovers XI, scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, on their website.

Rovers will again head to Portugal for a pre-season training camp in mid-July. The focus is likely to be predominantly on fitness, with no games planned for the trip.