A central figure at the club for a spell in the early 80’s was striker / centre half Alan Warboys. Warboys, who grew up in Goldthorpe, Barnsley was an apprentice at the Rovers before signing professional forms in 1967, making his debut during the same month and scoring his first league goal a couple of weeks later against Scunthorpe. Warboys was perhaps never the most gifted of footballers, but what he lacked in ability he more than compensated for with endeavour, making him a crowd favourite at Belle Vue and at Sheffield Wednesday whom he joined in June 1968.
Warboys enjoyed a prolific spells at Cardiff and Bristol Rovers with a brief stay at Sheffield United in between. In February 1977 he joined Fulham where he played with some quality players who included Rodney Marsh, Bobby Moore and George Best before finding his way back to Doncaster via Hull in 1979 and promptly won the player of the season accolade back at Belle Vue. Warboys was a hard working true professional who made 149 appearances in two spells for the club, scoring 36 goals before struggling with a back which ultimately ended his career in 1982.