Matchday treat for lifelong Doncaster Rovers fan Eddy

Eddy Gater
Eddy Gater

Lifelong Doncaster Rovers fan Eddy Gater netted a special day out – when he was treated to a surprise tour of the club’s stadium.

Blaxton-based Eddy, aged 81, who is disabled, was accompanying his carer Claire Hooley to her blood donor appointment at a session held within the stadium’s restaurant suite.

And when Eddy got chatting to staff revealing his support, he was treated to a tour of the stadium, as well as tickets for the friendly game against Motherwell.

He said: “I used to go to the club’s old ground Belle Vue all the time, but I had never been to the Keepmoat and I was sat there telling the staff how impressive it was.

“The next thing I knew, they were giving me a tour of the ground – I was overjoyed.

“It was a real unexpected treat and it really made my day - in fact it made my year.”

Eddy, who uses a mobility scooter and had only attended with Claire to keep her company, saidd: “I got chatting to the people from Rovers, telling them how I used to go and watch Alick Jeffrey play and the happy memories I had of going to see the club.

“Then before I knew it, I was at the side of the pitch having my photograph taken and seeing the players’ tunnel and everything. But the icing on the cake was getting the tickets.

“I want to say a big thank you to the club because they didn’t have to do anything like that at all.”

Eddy and Claire were treated to VIP seats in an executive box for Saturday’s game between Rovers and the Scottish Premier League runners-up, which finished 0-0.

Claire, who has been caring for Eddy for two months, said: “He was absolutely over the moon and had such a big smile on his face for the rest of the day.

“He had only gone along with me as company for my appointment and was just having a cup of coffee when they offered to show him round.

“I think it was a really nice gesture from the club.”