30th October 2010 Carlisle United
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
l didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after last Saturday’s dramatic draw at Victoria Park, but it was a relief to gain a point from a game that had looked completely beyond Rovers with just ten minutes remaining!
‘Pools’ must be sick of Rovers as they have failed to beat us in any of our last four visits to Victoria Park and in two of those games we have come from behind to gain a win, including the dramatic last day victory in 2007 that earned us a play off spot.
We were dominant for the second period that day but we certainly weren’t last Saturday, not until the last five minutes anyway! It felt like a defeat to our hosts and, for the 170 or so Gasheads, it seemed very much like a win and at the very least something to warm us up on the long trip back home!
Credit, anyway, to the players who pulled a cat out of the bag just when it mattered most and of course to so many supporters who made our longest trip of the season and out shouted the home fans for most of the afternoon. Unfortunately there was ap oor reward the following day when the draw for the First Round of the FA Cup paired us away, incredibly, to Hartlepool’s nearest neighbours Darlington.
So, we make the longest trip of the round to the biggest non league venue in the country where we can rattle around in the 25,000 all seater McCains oven chips stadium or whatever it being called these days!
The Supporters Club is struggling to make a profit in these recession hit days on away travel as we are making mostly repeat visits to grounds we have visited so many times in the recent past and Darlo is not a new venue to many of us. The or positive way to view it, in my eyes, is that we are now playing non league opposition and have a good opportunity to progress. It’s another long day out, and neither club will make much money out of it, so you do wonder what happened to the old regionalisation that used to take place in the early rounds. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Mindful of where the Supporters Club is spending its money Ken Masters and I have been keeping close tabs on Rovers’ Youth department this season and a fortnight ago we took advantage of the opportunity to view the U-18 team playing at home on the morning before our game against Rochdale. It turned out to b a good day, with both sides winning and Lamar Powell striking as econd half hat trick as the Youth team comfortably overcame Yeovil Town at the AXA ground at Cribbs Causeway.
Lamar has, of course, joined Eliot Richards, Charlie Reece and Ben Swallow, who was probably the star of our comeback at Hartlepool, in making the step up from the youth to the first team squad this season. Along with the out on loan Charlie Clough they represent the strides being made now that the U-18’s are back under the club’s full control. There was news of another youngster making the step up last week, when Darren Jefferies signed his first professional contract and it may not be too long before once again, and at long last, Rovers can field a squad made up of largely homegrown talent.
After this morning’s cup tie against Leyton Orient, our U-18’s next home match is against Exeter City on 13th November and Swindon Town the following week. Why not get along and see our Supporters Club sponsored stars of the future in action. I’m sure you’ll be impressed!
Carlisle United know all about long trips, and they have made a great start to this season. Rovers will need to be at the top of their form to take all the points this afternoon and your support is vital so get behind those boys in blue!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
Angela Morgan of Winterbourne won £778 with ticket 54252 in the 50/50 draw at the Rochdale game. It was sold by Marc Radford.
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Today we will be presenting Pete Messenger with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Rochdale game.
At that game, David Ring collected the signed shirt which he won in the draw at the Notts County game, and John Watts and his son Ben collected the signed shirt which he won in the draw at the Aldershot game.
John and Ben Watts with their signed shirt
David Ring collecting his signed shirt
COACHES FOR AWAY GAMES
Please note the changes to the following advertised coach departure times for the following away games.
v PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (Tues Nov 2nd)
Depart Kingswood 3.15pm,
Eastville 3.30pm, Horfield 3.45pm.
Coach fare £14.00
v WYCOMBE WANDERERS (Tues Nov 9th)
Depart Horfield 4.00pm,
Eastville 4.15pm, Kingswood 4.30pm.
Coach fare £11.50.
v BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION (Sat Nov 20th)
Depart Horfield 9.30am,
Eastville 9,45am, Kingswood 10.00am.
Coach fare £17.
v CHARLTON ATHLETIC (Tues Nov 23rd)
Depart Horfield 2.15pm,
Eastville 2.30pm, Kingswood 2.45pm.
Coach fare £18.50.
SAME AGAIN FOR DARLO
Good afternoon and welcome to the Memorial Stadium as we move into the second quarter of the season.
The league tables are beginning to settle, generally speaking, with not so much of the ‘yo yo’ effect as in the very early games. Even four very unlikely points from two home games in a week can keep you rooted to the bottom of the pile for some clubs, and in some league tables.
League One is looking guite the exception. Just nine points separate second from top to third from bottom after 13 games and, remarkably, there are only four points separating the 14 clubs filling the spots from fifth to eighteenth. One more win, even at this stage, can make guite a difference.
We extend a warm welcome to the supporters of Carlisle United. It certainly is a very long trip from Cumbria although we understand that, like us, the Cumbrians have fans all over and that their away support is made up of a good few exiles; welcome all and a safe journey home after the game. With Newcastle back in the Premier League it leaves Carlisle as the most Northerly club in The Football League, with very long trips south over the course of the season. By my reckoning only eight northern teams make up League One this season, and that sgueezes in midlands club Notts County.
Thank you to the Gas for making it up to the North East last Saturday for what turned out to be a not too wasted effort in the end. Our away following has been terrific this season, as in the past. I am sure that the extra player made a real positive contribution to those late goals at Victoria Park. As I’ve said before, we are in this together and together we can.
Well done to Severn Vale Gas for filling a mini bus up to Pools last Saturday; same again for Darlo? Ivan has pledged a bus to all away games this season from the Gloucestershire branch and he is well on his way to achieving that. All of our branches are looking to arrange local transport to Sheffield Wednesday on December 11th. A pre Christmas trip to Hillsborough sounds a must to me. Contact details can be found on the new Supporter’s Club official website or even better join up with them on the branch evenings in your area for face to face Rovers chat and a drink. Thinking of branch evenings, don’t forget the Weston-super-Mare AGM on Thursday November 11th.
First Team action today; one more win. Come Rovers, we can do this.
Ken Masters, BRSC director
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Please submit your applications to [email protected] or 07765 254110.
Today we welcome a party ‘ from Cadbury Heath Youth Football Club. It is a successful club that prides its self on being a friendly, local club that is open to everyone with a goal of making football accessible and available to every child. It always welcomes players of any ability and age and regular training sessions and matches.
There are also teams in the Hanham League & Avon Youth League. If you are interested in joining the club, please visit the club website for further details.