Doncaster and Barnsley cut derby ticket costs

TWO Yorkshire rivals have banded together to give supporters a welcome cash boost after agreeing to reduce ticket prices for this season’s derby clashes.

Lee Frecklington says it is a privilege to be named Rotherham Uniteds new captain.
Lee Frecklington says it is a privilege to be named Rotherham Uniteds new captain.

Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers are due to meet at the Keepmoat Stadium on October 3 with the Oakwell return scheduled for February 20, 2016.

Normally, adult ticket prices for Category A fixtures at Doncaster would be £24 but, following the ground-breaking agreement, fans will now pay £4 less for next month’s visit by the Reds. Concession prices are also reduced.

For the Oakwell clash, an identical price of £20 adults will be charged – down from the advanced purchase rates of between £23 and £25, depending on the area of the stadium.

Rovers’ marketing manager, Ryan Murrant said: “We sat down with our counterparts at Barnsley and discussed how we can make these big games bigger.

“We have had some real fixture congestion already this season and this is a great way to get more people backing both sides.

“The two clubs value their home and away support, and want a better atmosphere at games, so we have agreed prices and we now look forward to these more affordable games attracting bigger crowds.

“I don’t know of many other local derbies where the prices would actually come down so fair play to both clubs for making this great decision. The reciprocal deal means that our adult fans will save up to £5 on their match tickets.”

Rotherham United midfielder Lee Frecklington says it is a privilege to have been awarded the armband following his appointment as club captain.

And he is pledging to lead by example as the Millers seek to pull away from the relegation zone after a worrying start to the season.

On his accolade, the Millers’ longest-serving player said: “It’s obviously a huge privilege and a nice achievement to cap off the three years that I’ve had here.

“When Craig (Morgan) was here and he was injured I had the armband and I did enjoy it so it’s nice to get it on a permanent basis.

“I think I’m a lead-by-example type captain. I’m not a shouter and a screamer and hopefully people can look at my attitude and how I train every day and it can rub off on everybody.”