Doncaster RLFC

Professional rugby league began in Doncaster in 1951 with the club, originally nicknamed 'The Dons', playing at the Doncaster Greyhound Stadium, York Road before moving to the new Bentley Road Stadium in August 1953.

This ground became the spiritual home of Doncaster Rugby League and was later renamed Tatters Field or Tattersfield as a mark of respect for the former chairman Len Tattersfield.

Doncaster played their first game on Saturday 18th August 1951, defeating Wakefield Trinity 10-3 at the Greyhound Stadium in front of a respectable crowd of 7,600.

The following 30 years were somewhat less successful for the Dons who struggled to avoid finishing bottom of the league year after year. This lack of success led to ITV producing a one-off documentary about the club in 1980 called ‘Another Bloody Sunday’. The programme followed the Dons as they tried to avoid defeat during a season and it saw the team struggle until a final day victory over Huyton.  

A period of improvement followed and in 1993-94 the Dons earned promotion to the top tier of rugby league for the first time after a thrilling victory in their final game of the season away at Batley.

Their debut season in the top tier began with wins over Widnes and St Helens which saw the Dons sit top of the rugby league ladder, but this achievement was short-lived. The club struggled with debts, were put into administration and suffered relegation. Tattersfield was sold at the end of the season and the club went into liquidation.

Following spells at Stainforth Greyhound Stadium and Belle Vue, the club have seen some dramatic changes over the last few years playing under names such as 'Dragons' and 'Lakers' but now are on a confident road to resurrection going back to their original colours and the original name of 'The Dons' and playing at the magnificent Keepmoat Stadium.

In 2013 the Dons became part of Club Doncaster following a successful takeover by Doncaster Rovers Football Club and are now on the hunt for promotion into the Championship.

Remaining 2017 Home Fixtures

5th March - Coventry Bears

26th March - Oxford RLFC

9th April - Toronto Wolfpack

7th May - London Skolars

21st May - Keighley Cougars

11th June - Barrow Raiders

18th June - Hunslet RLFC

2nd July - Newcastle Thunder

 

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