Doncaster Rovers legend found guilty of assault

David Harle
David Harle

A former Doncaster Rovers ace who scored one of the most memorable goals in the club’s history has been found guilty of assault.

David Harle, who starred for the club during the 1980s, was convicted at Scunthorpe Magistrates Court earlier this week after he was found guilty following an incident in a supermarket car park with another man.

Harle, 50, of Chambers Avenue, Conisbrough, was given a two-month community order, with a curfew imposed between 8pm and 7am each day.

He was also ordered to pay £500 court costs, £200 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.

Harle was a first team regular during three spells at the club, making his first team debut in 1980.

He joined Exeter City in 1982 but returned to Doncaster a year later and in 1985 scored the goal for which he is most remembered at the club.

Rovers, playing in the old Division Three, were drawn against First Division giants Queen’s Park Rangers in the FA Cup third round with Doncaster pulling off one of the greatest cup shocks in the club’s history when Harle netted a 79th minute winner to secure a 1-0 win.

The victory, witnessed by more than 10,000 fans at Belle Vue, set Rovers up with a trip to then English champions Everton at Goodison Park which ended in a 2-0 defeat but cemented Harle’s place in the history books.

After his second spell with the club under Billy Bremner, Harle joined Leeds United and then moved onto Bristol City, Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United before returning to Doncaster for his third and final spell in 1989.

He eventually hung up his boots in 1992, having made a total of 167 appearances for the club and 344 appearances in total in a career spanning 13 years.