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Rovers' journey to the Championship: May 2008

On Sunday 27th May 2008, Doncaster Rovers beat Leeds United 1-0 at Wembley to become promoted to a Championship team. This is the story of their journey to the Championship playoffs...

From the Conference to the Championship

May 2008 saw Doncaster Rovers' return to the second tier of English football for the first time in 50 years.

"O'Driscoll's done a fantastic job. He's understated and doesn't like the limelight, but I call him the Arsene Wenger of League One."

Rovers Chairman John Ryan

See pictures of the action and hear interviews with fans, players and management by clicking on the links further down the page.

Only five years ago [2003], the team were in non-league football while local rivals Leeds United were playing in the Premier League. But in the past few seasons, Sean O'Driscoll's team have made an unprecedented ascent which culminated in their 1-0 victory over Leeds United at Wembley on 27th May, 2008.

Listen to Rovers' journey

More than 70,000 fans travelled from Yorkshire and watched as James Hayter headed home Brian Stock's corner in the 47th minute.

BBC Radio Sheffield's Doncaster reporter James Vincent followed Rovers fans on the bus to Wembley and put together this special piece about the Championship playoff against Leeds United, 27th May 2008.

Listen to post-match interviews with the Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll, player Adam Lockwood - and comment from the Owls manager Brian Laws on Doncaster's ascent to the Championship where they'll be facing Wednesday and United.

Doncaster Rovers display in a bridal shop

Rovers display in a Donny bridal shop

In Pictures

See photos of Doncaster's Championship journey:

  • Action from the 5-1 Southend game
  • The town's growing excitement before Wembley...
  • Fans' photos from the day at Wembley
  • Action from Rovers 1-0 Leeds
  • Rovers' celebration parade through the streets of Doncaster

John Ennis: our Rovers diarist

Our dedicated Football Heaven diarist John Ennis took the trip to Wembley on 27th May 2008. Read his experiences of the day here:

2007/08 audio archives

Listen to audio from throughout Doncaster Rovers' 2007-2008 season...

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