John Ryan: I’m sending out an SOS - please help Save Our Season

John Ryan
John Ryan

SINCE I returned from holiday my feet have not touched the ground, it has been an incredible ten days in Doncaster Rovers’ history.

The bad news came in the form of four directors resigning, which included my fellow major shareholders Dick Watson and Terry Bramall.

This came as a terrible blow.

Now, more than ever, we need the townsfolk to rally round us as the back stops are no longer there.

We have also seen Billy Sharp move to Southampton.

It was always on the cards and he goes with my best wishes, and I am sure yours.

Billy has been a great servant in the two and a half seasons he has been with us.

His goals have been a joy to behold and I hope he gets his dream of playing in the Premier League should Southampton go up automatically or via the play-offs.

It couldn’t happen to a better person.

Obviously he will leave a gap in our attack but I am sure someone will step up to the plate in his place.

There was a much better away performance at Hull and the first point gained in six away games ensured we moved up a place in the table.

Our guns are now firmly aimed at Millwall who are five points above us but they have to come to the Keepmoat and that one will be a definite must win game.

At Hull every man gave his all and, while David Button was magnificent in our goal, it was their keeper Vito Mannone who saved their bacon in the dying minutes of the game when he denied El-Hadji Diouf.

For most of the game you would not have known who was fifth from top and who was second from bottom.

We have a very big game this Saturday with Reading the visitors to the Keepmoat.

But they will have noted that our home form of late has been very good and to be honest we fear no one.

In preparation for the forecasted freeze, we have had the covers down and also made provisions to get some down from the racecourse as an extra blanket, such is the importance of getting this game on.

I must take the opportunity to thank all the companies shown on this page for sponsoring Doncaster and District junior football teams to come to the Reading match.

We lost a generation of supporters when Rovers were on the slide and out of the Football League but we’re trying to reunite families around Rovers from grandparents down to grandchildren.

On a Sunday morning the local touchlines are full of proud parents and grandparents and we want them to come along in numbers and support their home town club in the Championship.

I want them to savour the atmosphere at the Keepmoat, make some noise themselves and then return to cheer us home to safety - hopefully forming a bond that will see them as supporters for years to come.

I would like to thank Gavin Baldwin, Shaun Lockwood and the commercial team for working on this project.

It was great to hear that the company chiefs were all in unanimous agreement that this was a major step forward in encouraging the support of three generations back to Rovers.

I won’t beat about the bush, it’s going to be tough out there on the field of play and equally hard off it.

The club is fortunate in having some loyal directors who have been with me for some time, people on the management side, and equally loyal supporters.

Right now I am calling on you all to put your shoulders to the wheel.

Please come along on Saturday, let’s fill the ground and let Reading wonder what has hit them when they hear a wall of sound.

Doncaster Rovers’ Junior Football Roll of Honour:

Close Building Services, Doncaster Rovers Community Foundation, The Wheatsheaf Pub, Cirencester, Trax FM, Anderson Hydraulics, Doncaster Dome, 4L’s Products Ltd, MVNO Partners, Adrian Welch Glass & Glazing, Andy Westmoreland, Hyde Park Club, Alan Auld, United Carpets, O Publishing, The Fruit Tree, Frankie & Benny’s, Hallam FM, AK Glass & Glazing Ltd, Eclipse Solar, Wlifreda Beehive, Jean Stewart, One Call Insurance, Visions in Plastics, Fleet Direct, Thieme & Co, VSC.