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MATCH PREVIEW: HATTERS V DONCASTER ROVERS

24 September 2016

All the facts and figures ahead of our match against Doncaster Rovers

The Hatters host second-placed Doncaster Rovers at Kenilworth Road this afternoon as Nathan Jones’ side look to return to winning form.

In his Talk of the Town programme notes, the Town boss pleads for more great backing from the home faithful, writing: “Today is a massive fixture against a team who, like ourselves, have aspirations of promotion to League One, so we know it’s going to be a difficult game.

“But it’s a game we are looking forward to. It’s a game we have prepared well for, and it’s a game in which we are going to need our fantastic support.”

The Hatters have been beaten in their last two games by Grimsby and Crawley. Doncaster on the other hand are in a rich vein of form, winning six of their last seven games.

Fortunately, the Hatters have a decent history against Donny, having won ten of the 22 games the sides have contested.

The first of which was played in December 1947, as 15,556 fans watched on as winger Bobby Brennan netted his first goal for the Hatters in a 2-1 win at Kenilworth Road.

That match actually helped kick start Brennan’s Town career, having arrived in October 1947 for £2,000 from Northern Irish club Lisburn Distillery FC. He went on to score a further six goals in six games, as well as earning five international appearances for his country over the course of his career.

Brennan is tied with John O'Rourke and Gordon Turner as the Hatters’ top scorer in the fixture with three each. Turner, who netted 276 goals in his Town career and is the club’s top goal scorer by a very, very long way (114 more than second placed Andy Rennie) was actually born in Doncaster.

Our most recent clash with Rovers didn’t end so well unfortunately, a 2-0 loss at the back end of the 2007/08 season when the Hatters were relegated from League One.

Tickets are still available for today’s game, which kicks off at 3pm. You can buy tickets online by clicking here, or by calling the Ticket Office on 01582 416976.
 
Anyone travelling to the game at Kenilworth Road, please be aware that the M1 motorway will be closed from 8pm tonight from Junction 9-12 northbound, and J12-11 southbound, reopening at 2pm tomorrow.
 
If you can’t be at Kenilworth Road, you can follow our live updates on Twitter or if you are a subscriber to Hatters Player, you can listen to Simon Pitts’ top drawer commentary.
 

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