13th November 2010 Leyton Orient
January 1, 2000
Stuart Campbell was the
Supporters’ Club choice
as Man of the Match
BRSC programme notes
compiled by Dennis Payter
These notes were written before the end of an eight day spell which incorporated three trips on the road in League, FA Cup and JPT competitions, all against teams that were on paper inferior opposition!
The Wycombe game became more vital as a result of our defeats at Plymouth and Darlington where, on both occasions, Rovers showed plenty of effort and attacking endeavour only to fall short where it mattered in both penalty areas.
A visit to the relegated Argyle, at Home Park, was always going to be a hard game but the loss at Darlington was a bitter disappointment for the large number of Gasheads who made the long journey to the north east. The lack of atmosphere provided by such a small crowd in the enormous Darlington Arena was made worse by a serious injury to the only Rovers player who seemed able to provide any real threat to either the Pilgrims or Quakers defences and we wish Will Hoskins a speedy recovery. Based on both of those two performances, he is going to be sorely missed in the coming weeks.
Darlo had never before won an FA Cup tie in their new home, their last victory in the competition being at Feethams six years ago! Rovers’ recent abysmal record in the Cup has cost us dearly and today’s fixture now provides our only home game this month with five games to be played away during November and no Second Round tie to look forward in a fortnight’s time!
A victory this afternoon has become vital if our season is not to fade away already, so get behind the lads and cheer them on to another three points.
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Today we will be presenting Julian Bailey with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Carlisle game.
At that game Pete Messenger collected the signed shirt which he won in the draw at the Rochdale game.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Please submit your applications to David Brain (07765 254110 or
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.
Director and Share Scheme Chairman
The next general knowledge quiz night is on Thursday, November 18th in the Clubhouse Bar, starting at 7.45 pm.
Entry is only £1 per person, with a maximum of five in a team. Cash prizes will be given to the top teams. All profits from the guiz and the raffle will go to the Share Scheme.
AMENDED COACH TIMES
Please note the following departure time changes for Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday December 11th.
We are having a pub meal stop near Rotherham and one of the coaches will depart one hour earlier. To facilitate this we have also changed the departure pick up times for the regular coach which leaves Kingswood 9.00am, Eastville 9.15am Memorial Stadium 9.30am.
The Pub Meal Stop coach will leave Kingswood 8.00am, Eastville 8.15am Memorial Stadium 8.30am. Other amended coach times:
Rochdale-December 28th: Leave Kingswood 8.45am, Eastville 9.00am, Horfield 9.15am.
Leyton Orient – February 12th: Leave Horfield 9.30am, Eastville 9.45am, Kingswood 10.00am.
Carlisle United-Jan 15th: Coach fare has changed, it is now £30.50.
SUPPORTING YOUTH, RAISING EYEBROWS
Bristol Rovers Central Junior Football Club was formed in 2009 and started working with two age groups at U-14 and U-15 level.
The groups trained and played on a small local recreation ground in the West Midlands, between Birmingham and Coventry. The development at Bristol Rovers Central, the intensity and quality of the work and the rapid progress that has been made has certainly raised a few eyebrows at the big Midlands Premier League Clubs. Bristol Rovers is now well established in the Midlands Premier Youth Leagues.
This year has seen a massive transformation for this self funded set up. With the help and financial support of Bristol Rovers Supporters Club 50/50 Draw Youth Fund and Weston super Mare branch donations, the club has been able to develop and grow. Local Midland businesses have also chipped in with sponsorship to enable Central to move to a multi purpose training facility and venue based in Henley in Arden, Warwickshire.
This season has seen the introduction of two more age groups taking the set up to four, comprising U-12’s, U-15’s, U-16’s and U-18’s. Bristol Rovers Chief Scout Paul Molesworth is co ordinating the work at the Development Centre, as Director of Football. Working alongside Head of Youth Ken Oram at the Centre of Excellence based in Bristol, Central is determined to find and produce talented youth players from the Midlands for the parent club in Bristol.
Bristol Rovers Central teams play in the Midland Junior Premier League which is Saturday based and includes clubs from a wide area in the Midlands and beyond. Teams as far away as Newport County on the Welsh border, Clevedon Town, Bath City, Gloucester City and Cheltenham Town in the West Country and all the way up through the Midlands to Burton Albion in Staffordshire take part. The Central teams also enjoy midweek friendly fixtures against local Academy sides, including West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City.
The newly formed U-12’s are off to a great start. Coaches at this level will always tell you that it is about learning and performance not necessarily results. However the very young guns have recorded wins in all seven league and cup games to date. In five league games they have scored 15 goals and only conceded three. The boys sit proudly on top of the league table.
The U-15’s got off to a shaky start to their League campaign after finishing runners up in the league last season at U-14 level. They failed to register any points in their first four games, but have since won three on the bounce to move to a mid table position. The team has lost several players to the U-16’s, who also had an indifferent start to the season losing two of their first three games. The team has now recovered well and won seven games in a row, including demolishing a good Gloucester City side 7-0 in the First Round of the MJPL Cup. Like the U-12’s the U-16’s also top the league table at this stage.
The U-18’s, who play in a very competitive age group, did not start the season till late have gone unbeaten in all four of their League games drawing three and winning one, but unfortunately were knocked out in the first round of the MJPL Cup going down 3-2 to a late winner. The main purpose at youth level, however, remains performance with the players enjoying the game and developing skills and knowledge.
The coaches and players at the Centre have enjoyed the help, support and commitment of Bristol Rovers directors, coaching staff, support staff and the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club who are the official kit sponsors of the U-18’s.
Central wish to extend just a special thanks to a few, namely Ken Masters, Darren Patterson, Jerry Gill, Ken Oram, all the staff in the Club shop, Wilf & Crew from WsM Gas and many others at Bristol Rovers. Weston Gas are the official kit sponsors of the U-15’s and are looking to further support the U-12’s over the course of the season.
With the Supporters Club’s continued support, the aim for Central in 2011 is to fill all the age groups from U-12’s to U-18’s by adding U-13’s and U-14’s to the fold next season. General Manager Chris Keight is keen to extend Central’s coaching tally, too, and they are looking to add FA Level 2 coaches and above to their ranks.
If you live in the area and are suitably qualified, please get in touch with Chris. All the Centre’s contacts, news, information and results can be found on their website www.bristolroverscentral.co.uk
Chris Keight, in collaboration with Ken Masters
Gordon Henson of Stoke Gifford won £813 in the 50/50 draw at the Carlisle game with ticket number 56450 sold by Ray Exon in the car park.