We’re in this together: Football Association support Rovers and Belles double

Belles' team celebrate Vicky Exley goal against Chelsea Picture: Andrew Roe
Belles' team celebrate Vicky Exley goal against Chelsea Picture: Andrew Roe

FOOTBALL fans in Doncaster will be seeing double on Saturday!

Rovers’ League One clash with Crawley Town will kick off an historic day at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Because little more than an hour after the final whistle blows, Doncaster Rovers Belles face reigning FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) champions Arsenal.

The double-header is the first of its kind at club level in this country since the formation of the FAWSL.

And this week it received a big thumbs up from the Football Association.

Scott Field, The FA’s head of media relations, said: “The Football Association wholeheartedly supports this idea.

“We are trying really hard to boost the women’s game in England and any tie up of this kind can only be beneficial for the clubs involved and the FAWSL.

“It’s a great idea and we hope the public of Doncaster will show their support for both teams.”

Saturday’s double-header is the latest brainchild of Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin, who is keen to work closely with the Keepmoat Stadium’s other tenants.

Belles chief executive Alan Smart said “This will be a fantastic family event and we’re hopeful it will lead to an improved support of the ladies team.”

Rovers season ticket holders will be granted free admission into the Belles game.