Doncaster Rovers Preview

Last updated : 25 September 2004 By Bournemouth Co-Ordinator
Back in 1986/87, AFC Bournemouth, under Harry Redknapp, were heading to the (old old) Third Division Championship with a record number of points. Along the way, a comprehensive double was chalked up over Doncaster Rovers.

Since then, both clubs almost went bankrupt. Bournemouth suffering the hangover of relegation from the old Division Two, where as Doncaster Rovers slipped down to the Fourth Division, and eventually slipped out of the Football League to lick their wounds in the Conference.

Much has changed, and was evident when Doncaster Rovers visited Dean Court a couple of seasons ago in the FA Cup, loosing 2-1 depsite a valiant display. That season they claimed promotion from the Conference and claimed back-to-back promotions last season as they claimed the (old) Third Division Championship in the process.

Although undefeated at Belle Vue (including a mid week Carling Cup victory over Ipswich Town), they have not travelled too well on the road, their only away win coming at the expense of Franchise FC (1-0).

Their leading goal scorer is ex-Yeovil man Michael McIndoe (4 goals), but there are a host of other players in their ranks capable of finding the net (7 others so far this season), including Leo Fortune-West.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, fresh from their midweek win at Blackburn, could well be unchanged to face the Yorkshire side. The only doubt appears to be Marcus Browning (calf injury). Neil Young sits out the last match of his 4-game suspension. Other than that, I'd expect Bournemouth to be largely unchanged.
Doubtful to face Donny Rovers

Here is the recent head-to-head record against Doncaster Rovers: