Doncaster Rovers: Early start in League Cup

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DONCASTER Rovers’ 2012-13 campaign will start earlier than scheduled following the club’s decision to bring forward their Capital One Cup first round tie against York City to Saturday, August 11.

The game against the Minstermen had originally been pencilled in for the following Tuesday.

The switch will give Rovers’ boss Dean Saunders more time to prepare for the club’s opening League One game at Walsall the following Saturday.

Supporters’ Club chairman Len South, whilst not happy that Rovers will again start their league campaign away from home, says he is looking forward to the new season with a ‘good deal of optimism’ following this week’s public meeting.

“The club will shortly be taking over the running of the stadium from the Stadium Management Company and it will feel more like our own ground,” he told The Star. “The club have spent money on the pitch and it’s looking really well.”

Mr South said that he was ‘delighted’ that multi-millionaires Dick Watson and Terry Bramall had confirmed their intention to continue to match chairman John Ryan’s investment pound for pound. He also welcomed proposed closer links between the club and its fans,

“It was obvious from what was said at the meeting that the club have taken on board what we have been saying and are going to work more closely with us next season,” he said. “I was particularly impressed by what new chief executive Gavin Baldwin had to say and we look forward to working closely with him.”