14th August 2010 Yeovil Town
January 1, 2000
compiled by Dennis Payter
• A local ‘derby’ opener is a rare event, but then the fixture list pits Rovers against two other teams from the region.
Next Saturday we are at Exeter and then we face promotion favourites Southampton, with ‘Saint Rickie’ in their formidable squad.
So, quite an exciting start to the season but that excitement is very much tempered this afternoon as we pay tribute with a minute’s applause to the Supporters Club Treasurer for many long years – Jane Browne, who passed away on the final afternoon of last season, just as Rovers briefly, but appropriately, held the lead in the cauldron that was Elland Road.
Jane was not only our Treasurer for over three decades but she was also the first female supporter to be elected to the Board of a Football League club, something I know that she was rightly proud of. Jane was a great personal friend of mine since we first worked together for the same shipping company in 1965, and a few months later as volunteers in Gordon Bennett’s Pirates youth organisation.
We were both elected onto the Pirates Committee, where we joined the man who was later to form the ’92 Club’, Gordon Pearce, another close friend and lifelong Rovers supporter who passed away just two weeks before Jane.
Jane and I were to progress, along with several other former ‘Pirates’, on to the Supporters Club Committee in the 1970’s and we have stayed there as colleagues ever since. It was a tragedy that both Jane and Gordon were to leave their loved ones, to whom both were devoted, before really being able to enjoy much in the way of retirement. There is to be a collection this afternoon on behalf of St .Peter’s Hospice McMillan Nurses in and around the stadium so I hope you will give generously. The Supporters Club will, of course, be making a donation.
RIP Jane and Gordon – you are both sorely missed by everyone who knew you at Rovers!
Whilst this afternoon’s match will have a very sad ring to it, a visit from Yeovil Town is also very fortuitous. Those of you who have attended the Supporters Club’s ‘Player of the Year’ presentation evening in the past will have enjoyed seeing, and voting, for the Rovers’ ‘Goal of the Season’ hitherto presented by Screen Soccer
Unfortunately due to the last minute’ reorganisation coupled with Jane’s sad passing on the eve of the ‘Player of the Year’ the winner, a certain Andy Williams, didn’t receive his trophy in recognition of his goal against Southampton, at St Mary’s, last season. It secured Rovers’ fourth away win in five matches and no such strike should have gone unrewarded.
Jane’s husband Wes, her brother Pete and daughter Lucy all attended the presentation evening, and declared that the family would like to fund a perpetual trophy in memory of Jane and we have put this request into action for the scorer of Rovers’ Goal of the Season. Wes, Pete and Lucy will all be here this afternoon, as guests of the Football Club, so we have the opportunity to put things right and they will present the Jane Browne Memorial Trophy to its inaugural winner, Andy Williams, before the game. Please be vigorous in your applause for a fine lady, a truly great servant of our football club and a much loved friend to all who knew her!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
We hope that today’s game has coincided with the launch of our new look Supporters Club website.
It is something we have been trying to achieve for some time and we hope you find it brighter and easier to get around. In the fullness of time we intend for it to be more informative with regards to all aspects of the Supporters Club.
We thank Julian Norman for all his work in the redesign and also Peter Gibson for his help in uploading items to the site.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Once again we are running organised junior matchday parties.
The scheme is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the South Stand or Family Enclosure. This will include some for parents to supervise them. Eagle Coaches have again agreed to provide a free bus within the Bristol area and will go further afield for a subsidised cost. As an example, Yate and other areas on the fringes of Bristol will cost £125, while places further afield such as Bath or Frame would cost £150 so still good value at £2.50/£3 a head.
Please submit your applications to email@example.com
or 07765 254110. There will only be one coach per game, so priority will be given on a first come first served basis, but we will also give higher consideration to parties who will fill the coach. We would also be pleased to hear from smaller parties who can make their own way to the ground.
Today we welcome a party from the After School Club, organised by Stephen Wrigley.
Good afternoon to all and a warm welcome to the new season.
Many thanks to our supporters who travelled far and wide to take in our pre season fixtures. Your support for games in Scotland, Wales, and more locally in the West Country was very much appreciated.
Thank you also to the branches for organising official transport from their patches to the first League game at Peterborough. Severn Vale was over subscribed and a second 15 seat mini bus had to be brought in cope with the demand. All branches have been meeting in the close season. It has been really pleasing to see Severn Vale and Gloster adding to the number. You will find the branch venues on the new website. Weston Gas meet at the Windsor Castle, Norton Radstock at The Crown Clapton, Severn Vale at the Railway Tavern Charfield, and Gloster at the Double Gloucester Longlevens; all great pubs that truly welcome Bristol Rovers Supporters.
Please look out in these notes and on the new Supporters Club website for branch news and dates and times of meetings and get togethers over the season. I will try to get to as many meetings as I can at all the branches so that I can meet with our members face to face.
The summer months have been very busy. Thanks to Paul at 199 for putting together the pre season newsletter. Paul has received one complaint and it concerned the article written by me where I referred to Peter Shilton as infamous. It was my intention to show Peter as fearless and uncompromising, one not to be messed with or taken for granted, I did not intend at all to use the word infamous in a derogatory way, guite the contrary. My apologies for any offence caused.
Thank you to the very many who attended the annual Fun Day in July. Many of you will have seen the demonstration of training ground eguipment that has been purchased from the 50/50 money to support our young players with their personal fitness levels. The fund has also been used to buy portable goals for the U-18’s and a camera gantry to aid the filming of U-18 games at the AXA ground. The Bristol Rovers Central set up has expanded for the new season to cover more age groups and include an U-18 sguad. We have been pleased to sponsor the kit for the boys up there, and we wish them all the best in the Midlands Premier Youth League this season.
Back to today, and it’s good to be joined by the many Yeovil fans for our first home fixture of the season.
Ken Masters, BRSC director
We have a few items left over from the Tombola from the Fun Day. These items are available for £1 from the Supporters Club portakabin. We are also planning next years events, so if anyone has any items to donate, please bring them along to ‘199’ or our matchday outlet.
If anyone has any time to assist organising any events, please contact Dave Hewett. Any assistance or suggestions for future events would be greatly appreciated.