28th August 2010 Southampton
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
After two defeats on the road it was quite a relief to get our season underway with a last gasp win here against Yeovil.
But whatever the result it was always going to be a very emotional afternoon with the planned minutes applause in memory of our much loved treasurer Jane Browne, and that was linked to the summer passing of Rovers Centre of Excellence youngster, 15 year old Jordan Thorne.
Then of course, just the day before, the news was announced of the death of Exeter City’s Adam Stansfield who became famous with Yeovil, and his name was added to the tribute. Both Exeter and this afternoon’s visitors postponed their respective games, Saints because of the passing of their chairman and it’s a very sad coincidence that we face all three clubs in consecutive matches.
It was great to have all of Jane’s close family here as guests for the afternoon and I know that they were all very pleased with the hospitality given them in the boardroom. Jane’s husband Wes, daughter Lucy and brother Pete presented Andy Williams, returning first time out with his new club, with the Jane Browne Memorial Trophy for scoring Rovers’ Goal of the Season before the match and a photo of that presentation appears on this page. ‘Willo’s’ goal was, of course, the last minute ‘screamer’ that won Rovers all three points at St Mary’s nearly a year ago and I’m sure all the Saints fans here this afternoon will remember it, albeit with less fond memories than us ‘Pirates’!
The visit to St James’ Park last Saturday was just as emotional, with City obviously paying homage to Stansfield and I was pleased that the massed ranks of ‘Gas’ gave the same respect for him as did the Yeovil fans on their visit to the Mem the previous week. Well done to all. As for the game itself, well it was definitely a case of two points dropped in my opinion as Rovers continued their seemingly habitual inability to contend with only facing ten men. With the hosts reduced in numbers, and Rovers a goal to the good, we still could not preserve our lead. But it is early days yet, and there were some good signs that the strike pairing is starting to gel.
For the second consecutive away trip, members travelling on the Supporters Club’s coaches each received a free pie or sausaqe roll courtesy of Peter’s Pies who are now contracted here at the Memorial Stadium. That’s another good reason, then, to book on our travel service and you can get details of our forthcoming trip to Oldham here
If ever we needed some strong defending, then that will surely be this afternoon as our old hero ‘Lambo’ returns with his promotion favourites Southampton. Whilst we stole all the points at St. Mary’s nearly a year ago the Saints gained revenge with victories here both in the FA Cup and League and Rickie is sure to be looking for more goals against his old club this afternoon. So, get behind those boys in quarters and perhaps we can get back up into the top half of the table by close of play. Enjoy the game!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
Good afternoon and a warm welcome to you all for today’s fixture with Southampton.
Welcome to Saints fans from the South Coast and other parts, who have travelled to be with us for what promises to be a really high profile game.
We must record a massive thank you to all Rovers supporters who were at last Saturday’s game at St James’ Park. As Stuart Campbell said, it really does put everything into perspective. The response of our fans to the tributes to<span style=”color: #263b9a;”> Adam Stansfield was exemplary in every way. You are a credit to football and to this football club.
Today we feature a column from the branches for the first time. Severn Vale is first up and we plan to feature the other local branches as the season progresses. Thanks to Ivan for all his hard work up in the Shire, and for his notes today.
I have now received a number of calls from the regions to set up groups around the country. The group in Edinburgh has been meeting for some time and travel together to games in the North of England as well as trips back home. Brian is keen to start up in the West Midlands, and has already had a get together near Bromsgrove. Pete is keen to start up in the South East and Alan, home town W-s-M, is very keen in the East Midlands. Look out for notices on the new website, or contact me direct if you live in those regions or would be keen to form a group elsewhere.
Ken Masters, BRSC director
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