121 Years of Rovers history explored and here we are at the final 15 years and we are down to just 1 place left on our banner, with 16 players making the shortlist for the final vote. Who features? You decide!
This era represents arguably the most successful period in Doncaster Rovers’ history, the rise from the depths of the Conference back into the league, successfully winning Division Three at the first attempt, reaching the quarterfinals of the Carling Cup, winning the Johnstone Paint Trophy at Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium, promotion to the second tier for the first time in 50 years, a 4 year stay in Championship followed by winning the League One Title in 2013. With such an era, there will always be many, many players who have stood out in each of our memories. This shortlist, was by no means the hardest to compile and could have easily had over 25 candidates.
As the Black Bank Legends Banner is being provided by the club to represent our heritage and history, we have taken the decision to not include those players whose careers with DRFC are yet to come to an end. We know that for many the first legend on your lips would be James Coppinger, but we hope you find consolation in the fact that he already has his own giant flag, which is quite impressive and will be donning the walls of the Black Bank this coming season, this banner will hopefully complement it in adding more Rovers legends to our home.
This final vote will run until Tuesday 7th July at 8PM. This will then be followed by confirmation of the winner and a preview of all 6 Legends who have made the banner.
Legends Vote Five
We have broken the Rovers’s history down into 6 different eras and we’re asking you to vote for one legend from each. This is the Fifth poll with the dates ranging between 1990-2000.
This is an era many will remember but for the wrong reasons. This era saw the Rovers fall further than ever before in their history. These were the ‘dark days’, and it is in those dark times that certain players come to the fore to make it more bearable, to give us something to fight for. The question is, which Rovers Legend is the ‘beacon of hope’? Who is the warrior that kept on fighting? Who is the Legend that saw the Rovers out of the old millennia and into the new?
Voting will be available for just 4 days between now and Thursday before the poll closes. The last and final era of Rovers legends (2000-present day) will be available shortly after this.
VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED:
WINNER: Colin Cramb (160 Votes)
Legends Vote Two
We have broken the club’s history down into 6 different eras and ask for you to vote for 1 legend from each. This is the second poll with the dates ranging between 1948 and 1960, some big, big names from our history in this group.
Voting will be available for just 4 days between now and Tuesday before the poll closes. The next four eras will be available shortly after this.
This era certainly contains some huge characters from the Rovers colourful past, including Charlie Williams, Peter Doherty, Harry Gregg and Alick Jeffrey so we’re sure the vote will be hard fought!
Lee Croft, Committee member of the DRSG, who have played a vital role in the Black Bank movement, has written an article taking a closer look at the 10 legends below. You can read that over on the DRSG website.
But the question is, who ultimately defines this period and takes the title of our second ‘Legend’? You decide!
You may have seen from HERE that the club have offered to pay for a Legends Banner to don the walls of the home of the Black Bank (South Stand) next season.
We have broken the club’s history down into 6 different eras and ask for you to vote for 1 legend from each. This is the first poll with the first era for the club from our birth in 1879 through to 1948.
Voting will be available for just 4 days between now and Thursday before the poll slams shut. The other 5 eras will be available shortly after this. We’re taking it one at a time, each with a legend to name amongst many!
This may be the longest ‘era’ we have defined, but this is perhaps beyond most of our memory. When you also consider that this period includes many years when the club only played friendlies or in the Midland or War Leagues (during WW2) then our time as a ‘league’ football club was actually quite minimal throughout this period.
Lee Croft, Committee member of the DRSG who have played a vital role in the Black Bank movement, has written an article taking a closer look at the 10 legends below. You can read that over on the DRSG website.
But the question is, who ultimately defines this period and takes the title of our first ‘Legend’? You decide!
We were pleased to get a call from the club this week, thanking us for our work so far, requesting to know what we were up to and what our plans were for the start of the season. We updated them on our winning flag design and spoke at length about the idea of a Legends banner, featuring some of the players who have helped shape Doncaster Rovers throughout its history and give a nod to our heritage.
The Club let us know that they wanted to show their continued support of the Black Bank movement by funding the banner and making our idea a reality.
So we’re very proud tonight to announce the launch of the DRFC Legends Banner that will scope our existence and celebrate one player from every era.
However we now want to know who you, the fans, want to feature in the banner. Who do you want to be written into Black Bank history forever?
We’ll be featuring a poll through this site for each era over the coming weeks with each poll running for 4 days.
The categories will be as follows:
6. 2000-present day.