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Doncaster Rovers were formed in 1879 by apprentices from the local railway works. Following a one-off match, the lads agreed to form a club whilst walking home, as they had enjoyed the experience. They even decided there and then on the name Doncaster Rovers. Rovers played in the Midland Alliance and Midland League successfully before joining the Football League in 1901. It was a roller-coaster ride until World War I, however, with regular relegation and re-election to and from the Midland League during this time. In 1914 the club went into voluntary liquidation and was reformed a month later. Shortly afterwards the team had to suspend operations as they failed to raise a team and their ground was in use by the army. After resuming operations, the club were elected to the Football League again in 1923. They have spent all their history since in the third or fourth tier of the Football League, apart from a brief spell from 1998 to 2003 when they were relegated to the Conference. They won the Conference League Cup twice during this time in successive years. Doncaster hold both the record for the highest number of wins in a Football League season (33) and the highest number of losses (34).


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