DONCASTER ROVERS: Blades derby a boost for Rovers

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DONCASTER Rovers know now who they will be facing on their return to League One football following Crewe’s 2-0 win over Cheltenham in the League One play-off final yesterday.

Just 10 of the clubs Rovers will face next season were in League One in the 2007-08 campaign when they won promotion to the Championships via the play-offs.

Rovers will face Crawley - now managed by Sean O’Driscoll the man who steered them into the second tier of English football for the first time in over 50 years - for the first time in their history.

They will also break new ground when visiting MK Dons, Shrewsbury Town and Colchester, who have all moved to new stadiums since they last entertained Rovers.

Sheffield United’s defeat in Saturday’s League One final means that Rovers will not be without a South Yorkshire derby next season and the visit of the Blades will help compensate for the loss of the Barnsley game.

Rovers can also expect an above average crowd for their home game against Scunthorpe United.

Traditionally one of Rovers’ fiercest rivals, the Iron struggled to make an impact in League One after being relegated the previous season.

Rovers will cross swords again with Notts County, who knocked them out of the FA Cup last season at the Keepmoat Stadium, and who also dumped them out of the Carling Cup at Meadow Lane four years ago.

Tranmere will also be familiar with the surroundings at the Keepmoat Stadium having been knocked out of the Carling Cup by Rovers in a first round tie there last season.

Rovers will meet up again - though the first time at Football League level - with former Conference rivals Stevenage.

Borough were the surprise package in League One last season, reaching the play-off semi finals.

Rovers will also renew acquaintances with Yeovil Town, another of their Conference rivals.

The Glovers were promoted as 2002-03 Conference champions the season Rovers beat Dagenham and Redbridge at Stoke in the inaugural Conference Promotion Play-Off final.