January 1, 2000
Share Scheme passes £870.000
Our share scheme recently passed the £870,000 mark, a remarkable achievement which fans of any Division One club would be proud of.
The Supporters Club held 383,720 shares in the Football Club by the end of September, giving us a 7.8 per cent holding in Bristol Rovers.
Contributions are still running at more than £4,000 a month from nearly 300 members.
This income is paid over monthly to the Supporters Club to fund its share acquisitions in accordance with the Share Agreement. that was launched in November 2003, giving the Supporters Club the opportunity to acquire shares in the holding company Bristol Rovers (1883) Limited (who own The Memorial Stadium).
Part of the agreement has seen our representatives work with the Football Club to ensure all monies from the scheme are spent wisely in reducing debt, stadium redevelopment and building a team we can be proud of.
We have tried to ensure that the money is well spent in the correct way, and the Football Club moves forward, attracting more fans to family friendly facilities and progressing up the league.
It has given us the unique opportunity of having two Supporters’ Club members on the Football Club board of directors. These positions are currently filled by David Brain, our share scheme chairman, and Ken Masters.
Over the years the money has enabled players like Junior Agogo, Andy Rammel, whose goals saved us from going out of the Football League, and others to play in the blue-and-white quarters.
We introduced a number of incentives for members including match day meals with gold members able to take up to four placings. Two matches are still available to take up the offer, Colchester (Dec 18) and Hartlepool (Jan 8).
Every home game we hold a half-time draw on the pitch when one of our members wins a signed Rovers home shirt.
The name of every member of the share scheme will feature permanently on a “roll of honour” board that will be put up in the redeveloped Memorial Stadium and we get priority for all-ticket matches.
Other benefits have included 10% discount on season tickets and on goods purchased from Pirate Leisure or our shop at 199, Two Mile Hill in Kingswood, free membership of the Supporters Club and a complimentary match ticket after being in the scheme six months.
The scheme currently runs until the end of this year and no decision has yet been taken over when it will be succeeded by a new project specifically targeting the re-development of the Memorial Stadium.
The cost per month is still the same as when the scheme started six years ago. The options are: Bronze £10.83 per month: Silver £21.67; Gold £43.34; Platinum £83.34.
Your company may be interested in joining our Corporate Scheme which costs £1,200 per year, although tax advantages mean that it effectively costs less than a Platinum subscription.
If you would like to join, introduce someone else or book your match day complimentary meal, please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on 0117 9524001 or [email protected].
For more details you can contact the scheme’s chairman David Brain on 07765 2541110 or [email protected].