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Match Preview: Doncaster vs Swindon Town

A trip to South Yorkshire awaits for the latest league challenge

1 September 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview: Doncaster vs Swindon Town

A trip to South Yorkshire awaits for the latest league challenge

1 September 2023

Town will be looking to build on last weekend's stunning 6-0- victory at home against Crawley, as they look to make it another positive performance away to Doncaster on Saturday.

Rovers have had a difficult return to League Two football, currently sitting on one point at the bottom of the fourth tier table, and will be hoping that this weekend can kickstart their 2023/24 season, following a close encounter with Premier League side Everton in midweek in the Carabao Cup, narrowly losing 2-1 through a late Arnaut Danjuma strike.

A lowdown on the hosts

Doncaster Rovers, formed in 1879, turned professional six years later before entering the Midland League in 1891 and was elected into the Football League in 1901. Rovers were re-admitted to the Football League for a third and final time in 1923, before a mixed spell in the 1950s and 1960s.

The club continued to move between the third and fourth tiers, winning promotions in 1980–81 and 1983–84 and relegations in 1983 and 1988, before suffering relegation into non-League football in 1998.

In the early 2000s, Doncaster regained their Football League status after winning the 2003 Conference play-offs and then went on to win the Third Division title in 2003–04. Cup success followed for Donny, winning the Football League Trophy in 2007 and the next year winning the League One play-off to secure a place in the second tier for the first time since 1958.

They spent four of the next five seasons in the Championship, winning the League One title in 2012–13, though were relegated out of the Championship in 2012 and 2014. Relegated into League Two in 2016, they won an immediate promotion in 2016–17 and remained in League One until relegation in 2022 to League Two, where they currently compete for the 2023/24 season.


Last time out

Saturday’s fixture will not be the first time the two sides have met in 2023, with Doncaster coming out on top last season in a 2-0 victory at the County Ground back in February.

A second-half brace from Luke Molyneux gave the away side the victory that day, in what was previous manager Jody Morris' first home game in charge of Town.



15/16: Swindon Town 2-0 Doncaster

20/21: Doncaster 2-1 Swindon Town

20/21: Swindon Town 1-2 Doncaster

21/22: Doncaster 0-1 Swindon Town

22/23: Swindon Town 0-2 Doncaster


The manager: Grant McCann

Grant McCann, a former player, spent the majority of his career at Cheltenham Town, Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United, where he racked up more than 400 appearances across all three clubs.

At the end of his playing career, Parkinson took his first steps into management at Posh, initially taking over as Caretaker Manager in 2015, before a successful temporary reign seeing the Northern Irishman staying with the club on a full-time deal between 2016 and 2018.

The 43-year-old would go on to manage current side Doncaster (2018-19), Hull City (2019-2022), before returning to Peterborough across the 2022/23 season prior to his appointment at Doncaster in May of this year.


One to watch: Luke Molyneux

A player that Town fans and players alike will remember from last season's brace at The County Ground, the 25-year-old will be hoping to replicate previous performances back at the Eco-Power Stadium.

The midfielder, who joined the Yorkshire side back in June 2022 has been a key player for his side since his arrival and will be looking to lift his side up the table with his performances that have seen him pick up previous club Hartlepool United's Players and Fans Player of the Year awards in their promotion season of 2021-22.

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