Saturday February 25th saw one of our biggest days days so far when we returned to the Keepmoat Stadium to welcome no less than five Doncaster Rovers’ mascots! George and Megan, Dylan, Jamie and Oliver were all nominated to us by Bluebell Wood hospice to receive this very special day out and all five were given VIP treatment by the club.
We met the three families at the stadium and soon realised that they all knew each other due to their association with Bluebell Wood. Lynne Barnett from the hospice met us there too and we were all escorted to the hospitality lounge where dinner was served prior to starting the tour of the ground. First stop was the Rovers dressing room where the children were able to get autographs and photos of the players, then the press room amongst all the sports journalists who were reporting on the game…including none other than BBC legend Harry Gration!
Next it was out to pitchside where all the mascots’ names were lit up on the scoreboard, another great photo opportunity! Then as the stadium started to fill up the five youngsters were introduced to crowd and given a huge cheer and round of applause by the fans. More photos followed, this time in the home dugout, then all of a sudden the children were joined by Rovers’ forward, Edl Hadji Diouf, who happily sat and posed for pictures on the bench with them!
Just before 3pm the mascots lined up in the tunnel with the players and then proudly walked out onto the pitch with them for the fair play handshake and even more photos. Then it was time to head back to the balcony in the executive suite where all three families watched Doncaster Rovers lead 1-0 for most of the match…until a superb header in the 93rd minute from Posh debutante, Tyrone Barnett, meant the teams went home with a point apiece. After the game we all met back up in the hospitality suite where the children got to meet the Man of the Match, Simon Gillet during his presentation.
All three families had a fantastic day and the club couldn’t do enough to make sure their day went smoothly. We would like to thank all at Doncaster Rovers, especially Danny Ireland, and Lynne from Bluebell Wood. We look forward to working with both organisations again in the future.
Report by Sam Downing