Doncaster Dons: Club chiefs back Doncaster Rovers’ takeover

Dons chairman John Scarrow and general manager Carl Hall.
Dons chairman John Scarrow and general manager Carl Hall.

Dons chairman John Scarrow believes the club will move forward after being taken over by Doncaster Rovers.

Major shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson took the decision to buy the Dons last month as they look to make real their ‘Doncaster sporting club’ vision.

The deal has raised concerns from fans of Rovers and the Dons alike but both Scarrow and general manager Carl Hall attempted to allay the fears of supporters of the rugby league outfit at a special forum earlier this week.

Both men – who retained their roles following the takeover – insisted the deal was best for the future of the Dons after several supporters speculated the club could be tossed aside if it does not prove to financially benefit the Rovers owners.

“We can’t fix everything overnight but I’d like to think at the end of the season, we will have moved forward both on and off the field under the Rovers umbrella,” Scarrow said.

“This takeover should be seen as a positive.

“(Rovers major shareholder) Terry Bramall is a man of his word.

“I’d hate to see the Dons go to the wall but I’m sure someone else would be given the chance to take the reigns if it ever came close to that.”

Hall admitted he initially shared concerns over how Rovers would handle the club.

But he said he was convinced of the benefits of Rovers’ involvement during takeover talks, something which re-ignited his enthusiasm for the job at hand.

He said: “I can see the bigger picture.

“The deal have given me a bit of a spark again because it was becoming a chore at the end of last season.”

Rovers’ head of communications Shaun Lockwood was also present at the Keepmoat Stadium event.

He said: “Terry Bramall has made a lot of money from Doncaster and he wants to put something back into the community, as he has done with Rovers.”

Tickets for the Dons’ pre-season friendly with Hull FC on January 12 are now on sale.

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