JOHN Ryan this week paid tribute to his “men in the shadows” and insisted that Doncaster Rovers’ dark days are a thing of the past.
Rovers’ chairman turned the spotlight onto co-owners Dick Watson and Terry Bramall at this week’s Forum for the Future event in recognition of their contribution to the club.
The mega-rich pair will continue to support Rovers financially as the club enters League One and prepares to take over the running of the Keepmoat Stadium on July 1 - a period Ryan has described as “a new start” for the club.
Ryan said: “Despite the fact they both resigned from the board in January, both Dick and Terry have been very supportive to the club as shareholders.
“It’s important people are aware of that.
“It’s always John Ryan, John Ryan, John Ryan but I’m just the front man that tells the tale.
“For every pound I’ve put in, Dick’s put a pound in and Terry’s put a pound in.
“Without these boys we would never have got to the Championship.
“They might be men in the shadows but they’ve done an awful lot for Doncaster.
“With these guys helping us and with Gavin Baldwin as chief executive, we feel we have a tremendously solid foundation.
“The stadium gives us a real solidity,” he added.
“You think back to when we were relegated to the Conference, when the stadium was in a shocking state and we had four players.
“For anyone grumbling about being relegated from the Championship, I would remind them about 1998.
“We feel like a proper football club now.”