Gavin Baldwin column: We still believe in IRWT

Gavin Baldwin
Gavin Baldwin

August and the latter part of July have been incredibly busy for Club Doncaster.

We had eight fixtures for Rovers, four fixtures for the Dons, a Meet The Owners event, a charity football game, a car show, a RFL disciplinary hearing and a subsequent appeal - which we thankfully won!

Dons Chief Executive Carl Hall gives the thumbs up after his sides victory over Featherstone , Picture: Howard Roe

Dons Chief Executive Carl Hall gives the thumbs up after his sides victory over Featherstone , Picture: Howard Roe

Although it seems longer, it was just three weeks ago that we held our Meet The Owners event. In my opinion this was another successful night and went down really well with those supporters who attended.

I know some fans believe we have lost the emphasis of In Rovers We Trust (IRWT), our fan engagement programme, but the Meet the Owners events are the true sign that we continue to believe in IRWT. This event was our fifth during the past two years and our board continue to be available for questioning by the fans at these events. I genuinely don’t know of many other clubs who provide this opportunity.

The recent announcement of Dick Watson as president and David Blunt as chairman added further stability to Doncaster Rovers, which can only be a positive. This was the board showing their intent that they are making long term decisions for the club. Neither individual would have taken up the role if it was thought on any level that the club may be under new ownership in the near future.

I want to remind all fans that for our home fixture with Crawley Town on Tuesday 16 September we are operating a Floodlight Fixture, with tickets available for adults at £15 in our Category C areas. These tickets are limited in availability and will be sold on a first come first served basis. Visit the ticket office or phone on 01302 762576 to secure your seat.

Let me be the first to congratulate Carl Hall and Paul Cooke for the excellent season Doncaster RLFC have had.

The Dons had a specific target of #makethe8 this year which would enable them to have the chance to compete for Super League next season. The Dons are currently lying in third which is a fantastic achievement. This Sunday is the Dons’ final league game of the season. If you haven’t had the chance to take in a Dons match, try to get along as they attempt to finish in second place.

Next season is the start of a new era in rugby league and the Dons will have a chance of making the Super League for the first ever time. It could be a massive season. We all believe big things can happen.

Dons have now launched 2015 season tickets, available from £130 for an adult and child combined. Visit for more information.