Dons go back to the future

DONCASTER Dons are going back to the future with the launch of their 2010 kit, writes Paul Goodwin.

The club this week revealed their new look for next year's Cooperative Championship One campaign - and the present day strip has been inspired by the past.

The Dons have reverted to a more traditional royal blue and gold as first choice.

While Kiwi co-owner Carl Hall helped unveil a striking black and white change kit - not too dissimilar in design to that worn by his native New Zealand.

Hall, whose October takeover saved the Dons from going out of business, said: "The traditional design is just part of our plan to take the club back to its more successful past.

"I've always associated Doncaster with the 'V' on the chest and the stripes on the arm and that's the way we've decided to go.

"It fits in well with the heritage project we're doing and in a sense we're trying to get everything back to basics.

"We don't need any of the fancy stuff. We're just concentrating on being a hard-working mining town type of club."

The former New Zealand international added: "The kits look beautiful.

"We wanted to go for two completely different shirts and we've had a great response to them so far.

"No doubt I'll get a bit of flak about the away kit looking like a Kiwi top.

"But hopefully the lads who wear it will play a bit like New Zealand too!"

The Dons have signed a one-year deal with Australian kit manufacturer X Blades.

Fans can now pre-order the new shirts by calling in at the Dons office at the Keepmoat Stadium or contacting the club on (01302) 765888.

Adult and large child sizes are priced 39.99 and small child sizes are 29.99.

The shirts will be ready for collection at the club's annual Race Night on Thursday, December 10, at the Conservative Club in the town centre (7pm).

Entry is 2 on the door.