11th September 2010 Brentford
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
After a very disappointing performance against Southampton here, a fortnight ago, it was something of a relief to come back from Boundary Park last Saturday with a point.
On the run of play a draw was a fair result although we could have taken all three points had we not been caught out by another set piece. If you were not there, then you missed an exciting game with both sides going flat out for the win and of course we had two players making their League debuts for Rovers. Mike Green has come up through the ranks, following Chris Lines as one of only a couple of Bristolians to break into Rovers’ first team during the new millennium. This is a sad reflection on what has gone on in the last decade and I’m really pleased that we now have a manager who fully appreciates the value of a properly run youth system.
The Supporters Club is committed to helping finance the revamped youth system and I’m sure we’ll have some more announcements to make on funding for youth related projects in the coming months.
Back to the present, and ‘Greener’ had an excellent game at Oldham, so deserves to keep his place in the side today. However, an equally youthful Mikkel Andersen returns from international duty with Denmark so we’ll have to see who will be ‘warming the bench’ this afternoon!
The other debutant last Saturday was, of course, our latest long term loan signing from the ‘dark side’ of the River Avon, John Akinde. I’m sure all ‘Pirates’ will join me in welcoming John on board our ship. If his substitute appearance at Boundary Park is anything to go by, then John is just what we need up front.
Coming up the week after next is the Supporters Club’s Annual General Meeting. We hear lots of criticism and complaints on Radio Bristol and in the Evening Post, so why don’t you come along and put your points over in person. I know that if you are a true supporter you will receive a straight answer. Please make sure that you bring your current membership card with you to permit entry to the AGM. Whilst Rovers have a fantastic record at Griffin Park in recent years, we have not been so prolific against Brentford here at the Memorial Stadium, so get behind the boys in blue this afternoon and let’s get another three points on the board by 5.00pm.
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
PROUD OF THE QUARTERS
Good afternoon and welcome to the Memorial Stadium for today’s fixture with Brentford.
A special warm welcome to the supporters of our West London visitors who have made the trip along the M4, travelled on Brunel’s railway, or who have come from other parts to be us today. Enjoy your time with us and a safe journey home after the game.
Thank you very much indeed to the 219 supporters who made the long trip to the North West for last Saturday’s away game up at Oldham. Thank you, also, to our Bristol Rovers exiles who would have travelled to the game from the Midlands, North of England, North Wales and Scotland to give much needed support to players and staff. I can assure you that we did not suffer any of the same kind of disarray following our game here two weeks ago as our opponents on that day seem to have done.
On the contrary, our management staff and players worked incredibly hard in the week prior to the Oldham game and went up there very determined and in excellent spirits. They wanted to show us that they can play and that they are as proud of the guarters as we are. They did that and we came back with a well deserved away point. If you were there, or if you have seen footage of the game, you would have seen a special bit of quality from Will Hoskins. It was a fine goal, it gave us the confidence we needed in our team early in the game and has given us a taste of what we believe is to come over this season and into the future.
We were all absolutely delighted for Mike Green, who made his League debut between the sticks at Boundary Park. Mike is a smashing young local boy with great attitude who has worked very hard at his game and waited very patiently for his moment at League level. It was a special day for him, and we were all very pleased that it worked out so well. Credit, also, to goalkeeping coach Len Bond who had prepared Mike for the game so well both in training and on the day itself.
We are a relatively young squad and we are working to bring more of our young and youth players through to make their League debuts in a Rovers shirt as Mike did last week. As a Supporters Club we believe it is quite right to support and sponsor our Centre of Excellence and U-18 sides both in Bristol and at our Central set up in the Midlands. It is not a quick fix approach; we need to be patient, take a good deal of pleasure in what we are trying to do and to be mindful that it is the way forward for a club such as ours. Thank you very much to all of our fans who buy 50/50 tickets week in week out, who contribute throughthe Share Scheme, Gold Bond, Christmas Draw and other fund raising schemes that we have in place. Thank you, also, to the Branches for the excellent work they are doing at a more local level and to the ticket sellers and volunteers who give us so much commitment. Like I say, we are all proud of the quarters, they are special to us and they are ours, past, present and into future.
It’s time to rally round Gas, to get right behind our boys as we strive to build on last week, make good progress and to climb the League One table. Together we can do this.
Ken Masters, BRSC director
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Supporters Club Annual General Meeting is on Thursday, September 23, at 7.30pm in The Bristol Room at the Memorial Room at the Memorial Stadium. After the official business a Forum will follow at which representatives of the football club and playing staff will answer questions from members.
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Today we will be presenting Andrew Harvey with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Southampton game, and David Wookey with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Yeovil game.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Applications to [email protected] 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.
Director and Share Scheme Chairman
SUPPORTERS CLUB BAR
Entry to the bar is free for members, on production of this seasons Supporters Club membership.
A day pass costs just 50p, and if you purchase a full membership later that same month you will get a full refund on the day Bar Pas. So, if you want to see the live games on the Big Screen, listen to free entertainment, and see the Man of the Match Awards after the game why not make the bar your pre and post match watering hole?
Ron Cox of Filton won £856 in the 50/50 draw at the Southampton game with ticket 43296 that was sold by Sandra Jaques in the DAS Stand.
SUPPORTERS CLUB QUIZ
The next General Knowledge Quiz will be held on Thursday 30th September.
Entry is £1 per person and there will be a raffle to help boost the Share Scheme coffers. Cash prizes will be paid to the best teams.