Doncaster Rovers to pay tribute to club's former media man Steve Uttley during today's game

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Rovers players are set to wear black arm bands and join fans in a minutes applause before kick off today to honour the life of Steve Uttley, who died suddenly from a heart attack earlier this month.

Mr Uttley has also been honoured in today's match programme, which includes a tribute from Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin who describes the late club photographer as a ''brilliant guy' who did some 'great things for this club and for the footballing world'.

Commenting on the tribute due to take place during today's home game against Peterborough, Doncaster Rovers' communication manager Ryan Murrant said on Twitter: "Today we remember Steve Uttley.Players will wear black arm bands and there will be a minutes applause before KO."

Mr Uttley was a familiar face to thousands of Rovers supporters during 14 years at the club as official club photographer and media manager.

The 58-year-old, who also ran his own photography business, charted the rise of the club from the Conference to the Championship and captured some of the most remarkable moments in the club's history on camera including the League One play-off final victory over Leeds at Wembley in 2008 and the club's dramatic last gasp win over Brentford which earned the club the League One Championship.

He also took photographs of the club's Johnstone Paints Trophy win over Bristol Rovers at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2007 as well as the club's run to the Carling Cup quarter finals in 2005.

Steve was also part of the Doncaster Rovers team which conquered the Inca Trail in South America, joining players James Coppinger, James O'Connor and Mark Wilson for the gruelling expedition which raised thousands of pounds for charity.

He left the club after a shake-up a few years ago and had been working for League Two club Mansfield Town in a similar capacity.

The Rovers stalwart died of a heart attack on March 6.

His funeral is due to be held at 11.30am on March 24 at Barnsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Ardsley, Barnsley.

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