16th October 2010 Rochdale
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
We have had an interesting trio of games since column in the Tranmere Rovers programme.
That was a disappointing evening, which brought us a first defeat in four games. Following that we have had two very difficult away games separated by what, on paper, looked like an easy home tie against League Two Aldershot Town, although that turned out to be a very hard nut to crack and we had to rely on another brilliant last minute strike by Will Hoskins to put us through to the next round.
Very occasionally I get an invite from our Supporters Club Director Ken Masters to accompany him as a guest in the boardroom at distant away games, and our trip to Huddersfield was one such occasion. Whilst I would much rather be in the away end with the Gas, as per usual, it does provide me with an interesting insight into the goings on at other clubs. Every one of my previous three visits to the Galpharm Stadium has resulted in a creditable draw and this one was definitely heading the same way until that great last gasp strike by Will grabbed all three points for Rovers. The home Directors and officials were gracious in defeat and admitted that they could see the winner coming as Rovers defended resolutely, rode their luck a little and counter attacked with increasing menace.
It was interesting to be told that Huddersfield also had great trouble with Tranmere who defended with 11 men, as against Rovers, and snatched a point off the completely dominant Terriers. A fourth win out of five against the Shots has provided us with another tricky tie in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, away to Gary Waddock’s Wycombe Wanderers. The Chairboys are just coming into some form with another old mate, in the shape of Andy Sandell, finding the net a couple of times recently and they are bound to be a big hurdle to jump on their own pitch. I’m sure we’ll have a big following, though, and it’s good not to have to face another team from our own division.
Last Monday’s televised match at the County Ground was something of a reverse to last season when this time Rovers dominated much of the first half but could not turn chances into goals, and we conceded just before the interval to go in a goal down. Although Swindon were much stronger in the second half, but Rovers still had enough chances to at least draw if not snatch another win. It was not to be, and we remain in the bottom half of the division with a tough home game to come today and the marathon trip to make up to Hartlepool next Saturday. We’ll do well to be in the top half tomorrow week, but that must be the aim!
News has reached us of the passing of yet another old friend in the shape of Gerald Bartlett, who was a 50/50 Draw seller stationed up by the Memorial Gates for many seasons after our move back to Bristol. Apart from matchdays, I knew little about Gerald as he was very hard of hearing and many of our conversations turned out to be one sided due to his aid always being short of charge! Nevertheless, he was a real Rovers character who loyally manned his post through all winds and weathers and was sadly missed when he gave up selling due to failing health a couple of seasons ago. Our condolences go to Gerald’s family and friends.
It is a few years now since we last faced today’s visitors, Rochdale, back in the basement division from which they finally escaped after a record stay that ended with a deserved promotion last May. Rochdale have made a great start to life in League One and are bound to provide stiff opposition this afternoon. Get behind the boys in blue and cheer them on to the winning trail again.
Gerald, who spent more than 30 years raising thousands of pounds for the club, has died.
Gerald began selling our instant lottery tickets in the late 1970’s and when we took a lottery booth to the Bristol Bus Station Gerald spent many a long hour selling from there. He stayed there for many years until the City Council decided to run their own lottery and we had to move out.
Gerald then sold from a booth at the entrance of Tesco at Eastville, just outside our old Eastville Stadium home, until the supermarket could no longer accommodate us.
He later sold 50/50 tickets near the Memorial Gates on matchdays, until ill health forced him to give up. He continued sell Gold Bond tickets on behalf of the club until very recently.
A few years ago he won the Steve Larkins Merit Shield, the Supporters Club’s Clubman of the Year Award.
Gerald’s funeral is on Thursday 21st October, at 10.00am St Lukes Church, Barton Hill.
Denis Tinline of Henleaze won £335 with ticket 51641 in the 50/50 draw at the Aldershot game. It was sold by Craig Collins in the Bristol Room.
Mitch Barnes of Swindon won £726 in the 50/50 draw at the Tranmere game with ticket no 51554 sold by Jackie Chapple on the Clubhouse Terrace.
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Today we will be presenting the winner of the signed shirt won in the draw at our previous league game here against Aldershot Town.
In the draw at the Tranmere Rovers game the shirt was won by Katherine Stoate.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
There are some home games still available for clubs to bring their youngsters to the Memorial Stadium.
Please submit your application to [email protected] or call 07765 254110.