Current players/staff who have represented both clubs...CURRENT WALSALL SQUAD/STAFF MEMBERS
First-team coach, Richard O’Kelly, spent five years with Doncaster as assistant-manager to Sean O’Driscoll. The 58-year-old, who also worked with O’Driscoll at Bournemouth and Bristol City, helped Rovers win promotion from League One via the play-offs in 2007/08. The management duo guided Doncaster to 14th, 12th and 21st place finishes in the Championship. They parted company with the Club in September 2011.
Academy manager, Neil Woods, started his playing career with Doncaster in 1983, scoring 16 goals in 65 league appearances. A striker by trade, the 49-year-old left Rovers for Rangers in December 1986 for £120,000.
Central defender, James O’Connor, spent six seasons in South Yorkshire between 2006 and 2012, winning promotion to the Championship in 2007/08. The 30-year-old netted five goals in 242 competitive matches for Rovers, and was named their Player of the Year in 2009/10. O’Connor also won the Football League Trophy in 2007.
Saddlers winger, James Baxendale, joined Walsall from Doncaster in August 2012. The 22-year-old made only three appearances for Rovers – all as a substitute – after arriving from his first club, Leeds, in July 2011.
Slovakia attacker, Milan Lalkovic, played six times for Doncaster, on loan from Chelsea, in 2011. It was the 22-year-old’s first of four loan spells away from Stamford Bridge, and he made his professional debut in Rovers’ 3-0 defeat at Derby in August 2011.
CURRENT DONCASTER SQUAD MEMBER
Former Walsall captain, Andy Butler, collected our ‘Player of the Season’ and ‘Players’ Player of the Season’ awards during the 2010/11 campaign. The 31-year-old defender spent four years at the Banks’s before leaving for Sheffield United on a free transfer in June 2014. He returned to Walsall on loan for seven matches last season, prior to joining Doncaster.