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Football’s close season seems to be getting shorter and shorter these days. It feels like only yesterday that Doncaster Rovers were wrapping up their 2014-15 season with a 5-2 win over Scunthorpe United, yet today the club were discovering how their next season will take shape, with the release of the 2015-16 Football League fixtures.
Rovers will begin the new season on 8 August with a [daunting / mouth-watering / relatively straightforward] [trip to / home tie] against [insert opponent]. It’ll be the first time the two clubs have locked horns since [insert date], when [Rovers were beaten / Rovers triumphed / it was honours even at] [insert score-line] and Paul Dickov will no doubt be hoping to [see a similar scoreline / gain revenge / go one better] against the [opposition nickname] this time round.
Doncaster’s first [home / away] game comes just [insert number] days later as they [host / travel to face] [insert club] at the [stadium name / Keepmoat Stadium].
[With / Despite] a number of local sides in League One Rovers supporters [won’t have to wait long / will need to be patient] for the first of the season’s big South Yorkshire derby matches against [Barnsley / Sheffield United]. [Insert date] is the date which will be eagerly scribbled in supporters’ diaries as they gear up for the big game at [Oakwell / Bramall Lane / the Keepmoat Stadium]. As for the first M180 dery fixture with Scunthorpe, that comes a little [sooner / later], at [Glanford Park / the Keepoat Stadium] on [insert date].
[Unlike / just like] last year Rovers will end the season with a [home / away] fixture, with [insert opponents] the opponents. With [insert opponents’ nickname] looking set to [challenge for promotion / push for a play-off place / be among the sides battling to avoid the drop] this season, it could well prove a crucial fixture for both teams.
Paul Dickov’s young squad could well be tested by the hectic Christmas period when, as ever, they’ll face several games in quick succession including a tough fixture [at home / away] to [insert opponent – probably Bury, Peterborough or Coventry] on Boxing Day, followed by a [trip to / home fixture with] [insert opponent – probably Rochdale, Bradford or Walsall] on New Years’ Day, as well as a testing derby with [Barnsley / Chesterfield / Sheffield United / Scunthorpe] in between.
[September / October / November] looks set to offer a good bench mark of this Rover squad as they face [insert name of a side relegated from the Championship] at the Keepmoat Stadium, whilst also making difficult away trips to [insert name of club based down south] and Oldham.