They Played For Both – Doncaster Rovers

Kevin Sandwith

Credit Graham Burrell

Sandwith appeared for Doncaster before his stint at Lincoln, playing in the 2001/02 season after starting his career with Carlisle and appearing for Telford. Curiously, he played 12 games for Doncaster, with three different keepers – Lee Butler, Andy Warrington and Barry Richardson! After Donny, he signed for Halifax, where a goal against us for the non-league side knocked us out of the LDV Vans Trophy. A series of impressive displays over the next few months convinced Keith Alexander he could be a key addition to the squad, and we forked out £10,000 for him.

For a season, he was excellent for City. Sandwith looked assured and competent at full-back and made the step up to the Football League with relative ease. He didn’t drop straight into the side, playing just three times after his move, with loan player Kevin Ellison being preferred. Once Ellison left the club, Sandwith made the shirt his own. He made 42 appearances the season including both legs of the play-off semi-final and the final itself. He didn’t always offer the same level of attacking option as perhaps Ellison had, and he wasn’t quite as combative as Stuart Bimson but he was a good solid full-back who seemed to improve as the season wore on.

He scored twice for City, once as we went down 3-2 to Wycombe at Sincil Bank (a game almost certainly forever known as the Matt Bloomer game) and once in a 3-0 win over Kidderminster. Surprisingly, at the end of the season, he opted to join Macclesfield Town instead of remaining with the Imps, a move which ensured he would be roundly booed whenever he returned to Sincil Bank.

He went on to play for Chester City, Weymouth, Mansfield Town and Oxford United. He was a part of the Oxford squad that battled through the Blue Square Premier League play-offs in 2009/10, but he didn’t appear in the semi-finals, nor the final