In the News

January 1, 2000

In The News

The Football League web site is one of a few official web sites that I search fairly regularly.  The site is updated most days but Monday is good because there can be found a decent round up of the previous weekend’s events plus a “What’s on this week” posting where The League takes a closer look at what we can expect to find on the site as the new week unfolds.

With seventy two clubs in action and looking to make the headlines for good reasons not bad, it stands to reason that any individual club is not going to feature every week or three and so it was good to see Bristol Rovers in the news when the site was updated following our first home game for six long weeks.

Under the headline “Double Delight”  the league reported that goals were hard to come by in Coca-Cola League 1 on Saturday with Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town the only teams to score twice. The report was not very lengthy but went on to say that Rovers saw off Hartlepool United 2-0 after Chris Lines opened the scoring with his head just three minutes into the game and Darryl Duffy doubled the lead to make sure of the points midway through the second period. At least we got a bit of billing which does make a very pleasant change.

It was also good to see our club in the news under the headline “Football Supports Haiti.” I copy as follows:

Football has joined international governments, charities and aid agencies in the battle to help Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake that hit the island two weeks ago. 
The Football League has pledged its support to the recovery effort by placing the Disaster Emergency Committee’s (DEC) Haiti Earthquake Appeal donation form inside every one of the 72 programmes over three weekends for free. 
Programmes for matches in Coca-Cola League 1
and League 2 will carry the advertisement on January 30 and February 6 and it will also feature in all Coca-Cola Championship match day programmes on February 6 and 13 giving fans across England and Wales the opportunity to donate vital money to the people of Haiti. 
The full-page advertisement publicises the DEC donation line – 0370 60 60 900 – and includes means of donation by credit or debit card and cheque. 
Gavin Megaw, Director of External Affairs at The Football League said: “The Football League is pleased to be working with the DEC to raise awareness of this cause. We hope our small gesture helps the humanitarian effort at such a desperate time for the people of Haiti.” 
West Bromwich Albion and Bristol Rovers are just two clubs that have already responded to the urgent appeal for humanitarian assistance. 
The Baggies played with the DEC Haiti Appeal logo emblazoned across their chests during the 2-2 draw with Newcastle United on Monday night and auctioned the 18 shirts off after the match to raise vital funds. 
Rovers held a bucket collection for the appeal before their League 1 clash against Hartlepool United on Saturday.

So there you go, a bit of recognition for what we did at the Hartlepool game; many thanks to all at the game who that gave to the most deserving of appeals at this time.

The League has also been featuring a couple of events recently that requires supporter participation.  This season’s Carling Cup is the 50th year of the League Cup and since August, supporters have been nominating their favourite Cup memory.  From this The League has compiled the top fifty moments and are now giving you the chance to vote for the one you think should be named the all-time best.

All fifty moments can now be viewed and voted for at the dedicated website – In the process, you can give yourself the chance to win one of fifty pairs of tickets for the 2010 Carling Cup Final or one of two hundred special edition Carling Cup Final balls.

The vote runs until the end of January so you still have this weekend to log on to the site and to take part. All the very best and let’s hope for a few prizes for Bristol Rovers supporters. I went to the Carling Cup final last season with my family and it was a great day out. On that day we were in with the Spurs fans and to be fair to them I thought they were unlucky to loose the game late on.

The other main event that The League has been inviting supporters to take part in is the Goal of the Year for 2009. We featured this in a number of editions of “The Pirate” in the Autumn and also on the Club’s official web site.  A number of players were in with a shout but perhaps to no one’s surprise here at Bristol Rovers the vote when to Andy Williams for his effort that won the game for us down at St Mary’s in September.

It was a great game against the Saints and topped perfectly by Willows wonder goal in added time. My view is that Andy stands a great chance; well done Willow. Remember, the goals that we see from now until the end of the season will go into the 2010 vote.

Ken Masters


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