Doncaster Rovers: FA Cup history and highlights

Doncaster Rovers players celebrate their famous FA Cup victory over QPR.
Doncaster Rovers players celebrate their famous FA Cup victory over QPR.

Ahead of Saturday’s big clash with Stoke City, we pick out Doncaster Rovers’ best moments in the FA Cup.

- The furthest Doncaster Rovers have gone in the FA Cup is the fifth round.

They reached the last 16 four times in the space of five seasons in the 1950s during the club’s heyday in Division Two.

- Arguably Rovers’ biggest ever giantkilling came in 1985 when, as a mid-table Division Three side, they beat Queens Park Rangers in a famous third round tie at Belle Vue.

David Harle etched his name into Rovers folklore with his 80th minute curler, enough to earn a 1-0 win against a QPR side that had finished fifth in Division One the previous season.

In his programme notes for the match, Rovers boss Billy Bremner wrote: “Ask anyone at a major club what it feels like after being knocked out by a “minnow” in the third round and they’ll tell you that it’s just as though the “roof’s fallen in!”

- Peter Kitchen and Brendan O’Callaghan scored first half goals in a memorable 2-2 draw at Liverpool in the third round in 1974.

Rovers lost the replay 2-0.

O’Callaghan later moved from Rovers to this weekend’s opponents Stoke City, making over 250 appearances for the Potters.

- More recently Rovers have held Premier League sides Aston Villa (2009) and Wolves (2011) to draws at the Keepmoat Stadium, before losing in replays.

- Rovers and Stoke City have met previously at the third round stage, in 1930, and Rovers emerged victorious.

Fred Emery got the only goal of the game to knock out the Division Two side.