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|Ten years on: When Doncaster Rovers lived the dream against Leeds United at Wembley
| wwwpic5678 There were other promotions, including another to the Championship on an incredible day at Brentford (in 2013). But winning at Wembley against a club like Leeds, well that was what dreams are made of. Not only were the two clubs set to meet in the League One play-off final but Rovers would triumph by a one-goal margin.
When Ryan’s bold prediction duly appeared in these pages the following morning, there was much scoffing in some quarters. Come May 25, 2008, however, he had been proved right in the most glorious of fashions. “Through my life, I have had moments of inspiration and predicting to The Yorkshire Post a Donny-Leeds final and us winning was one of those,” says the former Doncaster chief about an afternoon when James Hayter netted the only goal of what, at that time, was the only all-Yorkshire play-off final.
“The only thing I got wrong, from memory, was the score. I said ‘2-1’. It was just a feeling I had. We were both going for automatic promotion at the time. “We might have got it but for an inspired goalkeeper at Cheltenham (on the final day, as Rovers blew second place by losing 2-1). But, in a way, I am glad we didn’t as that would have meant missing out on what was, to me, the crowning glory of my years with Doncaster Rovers. wwwpic5678
“There were other promotions, including another to the Championship on an incredible day at Brentford (in 2013). But winning at Wembley against a club like Leeds to go back to a level we had last been at 50 years earlier, well that was what dreams are made of.” Ryan’s dreams may have come true but, for Leeds, defeat under the Arch was a nightmare end to what had been, up to that point, a remarkable campaign.
Having kicked off in August well adrift of their 23 peers courtesy of a 15-point deduction for failing to follow the Football League’s insolvency policy when exiting administration, United wiped out the deficit inside five games. By the final Saturday in October, Dennis Wise’s side were in the play-off places. Wise’s exit early in 2008, coming on the back of influential assistant Gus Poyet having earlier left for Tottenham Hotspur, disrupted Leeds but, still, the club claimed fifth place. wwwpic5678