DONCASTER ROVERS: Ticket sales lift Rovers

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doncaster Rovers expect to have news to reveal of a good level of season ticket sales when they stage their fans open meeting next week.

Rovers say they exceeded their target figure of season ticket sales for last month which was an encouraging sign, particularly after the disappointment of relegation.

Inevitably there is expected to be a fall-off as normally happens for clubs suffering relegation.

However, Rovers will hope the fan loyalty built up over the successful era the club has just enjoyed will be reflected further in the sales figures.

Chairman John Ryan, with an important season coming up, was bouyed by the figures.

He will head up next Monday’s meeting at the Keepmoat Stadium (6.15 start) and will be armed with the latest figures.

“The fans have backed us every season and I’m pleased that they are sticking with us in such numbers,” he said.

“Every ticket sold is important and a boost for the club and a boost for Dean Saunders as he works towards putting together his plans for next season.”

The meeting next Monday in the East Stand - featuring Ryan and major shareholders - is free for supporters but they must obtain a ticket from the stadium ticket office.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones says players such as striker Ryan Lowe deserve their chance in the Championship after the club’s promotion.

Lowe is one of a number of Owls players who haven’t played above League One but will be given an opportunity to show they can cut it a higher level by Jones.

Having been signed by Jones’s predecessor Gary Megson last August from Bury, Lowe, aged 33, scored nine goals in 14 starts for Wednesday.

He was used primarily off the bench when Jones took over, Lowe remains very much part of the manager’s plans.

Jones has already added former England international goalkeeper Chris Kirklandand full backs Joe Mattock from West Brom and Kieran Lee from Oldham Athletic. A move for Crystal Palace centre half Anthony Gardner may be completed this week.