DMBC: Cabinet Agrees to Hand Over Stadium Keys

A statement released by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council confirms that Doncaster Rovers will take over running of the Keepmoat Stadium “subject to appropriate agreements being confirmed”. The announcement goes on to explain that this new arrangement “will see Doncaster Rovers pay the council an inflation linked £100,000 per year and take over responsibility for the existing loss making operation from the current council owned Stadium Management Company.”

The agreement ensures that both the Doncaster Rugby League side and the Doncaster Rovers Belles will remain at the stadium, subject to their continued payment for usage; their payments now going to the Rovers rather than the Council.

Saunders Confirms Retained List

Surprises aplenty as Rovers announce which of the squad will be retained and which released following relegation from the Championship. With funds tight, Rovers are in a position where they need to sell players currently contracted in order to be able to offer new deals to those whose contracts have come to their conclusion.

Arguably the most eye-opening name on the retained list is that of Habib Beye, the Senegal international who spent much of each week last season training with Marseilles rather than Rovers.

Huge disappointments on the released list too with crowd and fanzine favourite Mustapha Dumbuya on his way out, as well as home town hero Sam ‘der Kaiser’ Hird. Simon Gillett, who played more than any Rovers player last season also departs, as too does the long-serving James Hayter. Also shown the door are Saunders’ ‘future prospects’ Fabien Robert and Damien Plessis, whoever he may be.

The Art of Tripping El Hadji Diouf

Current/ex/one-time [delete depending on where you choose to get your info from] Doncaster Rovers player El Hadji Diouf features in a display at the Museum of Moving Image in Queens, New York. “The “We Tripped El Hadji Diouf” installation shows the incredible evolution of a simple fall during a soccer game, to a work of art,” says Paul Miller of technology-focused news site The Verge.

The installation came bout after footage of Diouf taking a tumble whilst playing for Rangers was rehashed into many improbable cause-and-effect interpretations by folk with considerably much greater computer skills than us. Rumours that Willie McKay has been in touch with the Museum of Moving Images to suggest similar installations featuring Pascal Chimbonda, Herita Ilunga and Habib Beye remain unfounded.

The Verge’s report on the installation can be viewed here, whilst the video which inspired the installation is featured below. Thanks to reader Mike Coffee for pointing this out to us.

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