Match Preview | v Doncaster Rovers

The Mariners welcome Doncaster Rovers to Blundell Park tomorrow in League Two, kick off 3pm.

Paul Hurst’s side return for their third home game in seven days, after the recent victories against Plymouth Argyle in the Emirates FA Cup and Manchester City U21s in the Papa Johns Trophy.

Doncaster Rovers currently sit two places above Town in 11th in League Two but suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to King’s Lynn Town last weekend in the FA Cup. Their manager Danny Schofield will be looking for a reaction from his team tomorrow.

We have created this match preview to bring you all the key information you need to know, heading into tomorrow’s big match.

Team News

Paul Hurst will be without striker Ryan Taylor who picked up a hamstring injury last week in training and now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. On loan striker Bim Pepple is also still out.

Danilo Orsi and Jordan Maguire-Drew, who both missed the last two games, could come back into contention.

You can watch the pre-match interview with the Town boss on Mariners TV later.

Previous Meetings

Tomorrow’s game will be the 47th meeting between the two clubs, with the Mariners winning 20 of those encounters, Doncaster 16 and ten games ending in a draw.

Town last defeated Rovers in the league back in 1990 when Tony Rees and Dave Gilbert scored in a 2-1 win at Blundell Park on the way to claiming promotion from Division Four.

Last time out, the Mariners won 1-0 in the First Round of the EFL Cup in 2019 with Jordan Cook getting the goal.

Ticket News

There will be a crowd of over 8,000 in Blundell Park for tomorrow’s game, with Rovers selling out their 1,237-ticket allocation for the short trip down the M180.

Due to the number of tickets already sold, there is limit availability in all stands and supporters are advised to secure theirs early if they are yet to purchase.

We are also encouraging season ticket holders who are unable to attend to donate their tickets back to the Club for resale. To do this, simply follow the instructions below:

Log into
Click on ‘My Account’
Click on ‘My Current Tickets’
Click ‘Show More’
Scroll down to the Bradford City (H) fixture
Click “I cannot attend this event – Release my seat” and follow the steps

Tickets for the game are available online up until 2.30pm tomorrow and via the Ticket Office at Blundell Park until 4pm today, and from 10am on the morning of the game.

Please note that the creation of new online accounts is still suspended, but fans can call the Ticket Office on 01472 605050 for assistance.

Finally, supporters should be reminded that this fixture is ALL TICKET and fans won’t be able to pay on the turnstile.

Matchday Information

The Club will pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the build-up to tomorrow’s game.

Starting at 2.50pm, officials from both Grimsby Town and Doncaster Rovers will lay wreaths in the centre circle before the players join them to observe 2-minutes silence prior to the Last Post being played.

Due to the nature of the fixture, please note that those situated in the Main Stand or blocks A and B of the Osmond Stand will be asked to leave the stadium via the rear of the Pontoon Stand, exiting via the gates on Imperial Avenue as we look to minimise congestion and maintain segregation.

Match Coverage

Supporters who live oversees will be able to live stream the game on Mariners TV and match passes are available for purchase now by clicking here. All Mariners TV subscribers will be able to access BBC Radio’s commentary as usual from 2pm.

Highlights of the game will be available on YouTube on Sunday morning, while extended highlights will be on Mariners TV in the afternoon.

Kit Colours

We will of course be wearing our famous black and white stripes with red socks, while Rovers will be in their pink shirts and shorts with black socks.


The man in the middle tomorrow will be Lewis Smith who last took charge of the Mariners last season in the 2-1 win against Stockport County at Blundell Park. Assisting him will be Wayne Grunnill and Anthony Da Costa.

You can purchase your tickets for tomorrow’s clash online by clicking here. Thank you for your brilliant support – see you back at Blundell Park tomorrow!



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