Director’s Annual Report

January 1, 2000

From the Boardroom


The 2009/10 season was one of stabilisation. Whilst many fans will be disappointed particularly with a poor run at the end we have to be realistic. At a time when many clubs have been in administration Rovers continue to build a strong base upon which we can move forward albeit not as quickly as many of us would like. However our strength is in our fans and I have been very encouraged by some fans who have been working hard to improve the atmosphere and get behind the team. The Blackthorn End now has a giant surfer flag which came about as an initiative from a group of fans who started a collection albeit Club Chairman, Nick Higgs, stepped in and purchased the flag for us the fans. A group called ‘No Quarter Given’ has set up a web site and is working hard to orchestrate songs and chanting to ‘pump up the volume’ in the Blackthorn end with much success. Another initiative saw a world record attempt for the most pirates assembled in one place for the Norwich game. Whilst we fell short of the record it was a good day and an event we hope will be repeated later in the season. These are all very positive initiatives that have been started and undertaken by individual groups of supporters and the Supporters Club has been pleased to add some assistance and will continue to do so when asked.


The main news that fans want however is positive news of the Memorial Stadium Redevelopment Scheme which is essential to create income streams to build that stable base upon which we can move forward. This news, which we anticipated during the summer, has not yet materialised but rest assured there is still a lot of hard work going on in very difficult economic times. Hopefully there will be good news before too long. The team is now well settled in to the new training facilities at the Imperial Ground which has been very positive. Over the summer there has been a change within the management team and I would like to thank the now departed Lennie Lawrence for his part in our achievements over the last few seasons which we had a trip to the Millennium Stadium in the Johnstones Paint Trophy final and a trip to Wembley which resulted in our promotion to League 1. Lennie is a real character and thanks again to him. I would also like to welcome Lee Southernwood, Len Bond, Jerry Gill and Ken Oram to our club as well as congratulating Darren Paterson on his promotion to assistant manager. The Supporters Club continues to support the football club and during this year funded more fitness equipment that was demonstrated at the open day by new full time fitness coach Lee Southernwood.


Organised Juniors Matchday Parties


We are again this season running organised junior’s matchday parties. Last season every available match was booked and hopefully some new gasheads amongst them. For those unaware, this scheme is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for circa 50 free matchday tickets in the Becks Stand or Family Enclosure. This will include for some 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. Places further afield such as Bath or Chippenham would cost £150 so still good value at £2.50/ £3 a head. We are expecting this to be popular again so please apply early


Please get your 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 serve 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. Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches



This year we will again be attending the Fresher’s Fair at UWE on the 24th September. We will again be offering students a special priced six match season ticket. A good number took advantage last year and hopefully some have been converted to Gasheads.




Share Scheme News




Since helping Rovers to bring Rhys Evans to the club last year the share scheme has been considering how best it can support team strengthening. We are working with the club and hope to be able support the club in the near future.




Through to December 2010 we will continue to strive towards the primary objectives of the Share Scheme, which are to maximise its shareholding on behalf of the Supporters Club and the income into the football club. We would also like prospective new members to join so if you or a friend want to know more please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 [email protected] or myself on 07765 254110 [email protected]

If you are a share scheme member and want to get involved with the sub committee or have ideas for us then again please contact me.


For individuals weekly membership of the scheme begins at less than the price of a pint of beer. There are four different ordinary levels and the corporate scheme, these options are:


Bronze Option – £10.83 per month

Silver Option – £21.67 per month

Gold Option – £43.34 per month

Platinum Option – £83.34 per month.

Corporate Option – £100.00 per month.


We are currently considering how the share scheme will evolve after December 2010. Ideally we would like to introduce a new scheme albeit this would preferably be linked to the facilities in the redeveloped stadium. We would be pleased to hear from anyone with ideas or anyone who would like to get involved.


Members Benefits


For those entitled to Matchday meals (and any of the other benefits) can I remind you that these need to be booked through Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure during office hours on (0117) 909 6648 or e-mail to [email protected] Any members unsure of their entitlement can contact Clare for further advice. To help Ian Holtby accommodate the demand certain matches have been earmarked as matches at which share scheme members can have their meals. The following matches have been designated for meals for those entitled:-


Saturday 25th

September 2010

– Notts County

Tuesday 28th

September 2010

– Tranmere

Saturday 30th

October 2010

– Rochdale

Saturday 30th

October 2010

– Carlisle

Saturday 13th

November 2010

– Leyton Orient

Saturday 18th

December 2010

– Colchester

Saturday 8th

January 2011

– Hartlepool


Finally I would like to thank all share scheme members for your continued support.



David Brain, Director and Share Scheme Chairman.

07765 254110

[email protected]


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