11th January 2011 Walsall
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes
In order for Keith to edit The Pirate in good time because of Christmas deadlines, this is the first opportunity for me to comment on the dismissal of Paul Trollope.
I must say that I was personally disappointed that he was not given a couple more games after coming off the back of consecutive away trips to the top three teams in the division, where we deservedly drew at the top two then got thrashed at Sheffield Wednesday. That game at Hillsborough was undoubtedly the catalyst for the sacking, as it was the second time we have conceded six goals and I cannot remember two such drubbings in one season before.
It has to be said, though, that it was a cracking game and one that Rovers actually took the lead in. A continuing trend of sloppy defending was why we lost, as we looked good going forward despite the scoreline. Will Hoskins could have been Man of the Match in other circumstances and he has definitely been one of ‘Trolls’ best signings. Unfortunately, too many others have simply not come up to the mark, and whatever the reason, it didn’t bode well for Paul! The failure to defeat Exeter City in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was obviously the final straw for the Board. Although he generally played well, the unfortunate Byron Anthony had a disastrous night against the Grecians and you could have laid a bet that his penalty would be the one to be saved in the shootout. That’s the sort of thing that happens when you are down, I guess!
Having said all that, the Board could not have allowed the situation to continue for much longer following the two scheduled home games over the holiday period and so the decision was made. Paul Trollope can leave the club with his head held high as he became, despite his total inexperience at the start, one of the four most successful managers in Rovers’ history.
I know that many supporters turned against him recently due to our lack of success over the last year, but ‘Trolls’ leaves the club in a much healthier position than when he took over the playing control with Lennie Lawrence five years ago. Despite a great start last season it became the first campaign not to have improved on the one before during Paul’s reign. A great many fans think that was not given sufficient money, but I know that he was happy with his budget and don’t forget that we had a major upgrading of the coaching squad pre season.
Paul was not the sort to complain and was always his own man who never suffered fools gladly. He leaves Rovers wiser for his experience here, and I’m sure he’ll have no trouble in finding another job. I enjoyed all the contact I had with him and would like to place on record my thanks for his absolute integrity, courtesy, and everything that he achieved for Bristol Rovers.
‘The King is dead, long live the King’ – that’s the saying in these circumstances I believe and now we welcome Darren Patterson into the hot seat, at least on a temporary basis. Who knows what the future holds or what would have happened had the Exeter game been postponed for a third time, or if Byron’s sliced clearance had gone over the bar instead of under it!
And look at the solitary bizarre result from last Saturday’s frozen League 1 fixture list – Grecians 5, Owls 1 – crazy. It’s what makes football the great game it is I suppose!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
Sue Allen of Wick won £339 at the Exeter match with ticket number 54146 which was sold by Sandra Jaques in the DAS Stand.
| <p class=”western”>GOOD WISHES PAUL
Welcome to all at the Mem today, and to the Walsall supporters who have travelled from the West Midlands
and other parts to be with us this afternoon; Season’s Greetings and a very Happy New Year to all.
I enjoyed a close relationship with Paul Trollope. Over the past four to five years Paul and I have become good friends. I also enjoyed the company of Paul’s dad, John, who I have the greatest of respect for. John’s support for Paul, and for our younger players in particular, is unsung.
Paul is a fine young man with a great future ahead of him in football management. Whatever you may think of our form of late, Paul, with the superb support of Lennie Lawrence, led our football club out of the depths of despair in the fourth tier of English football. His record speaks for itself. Cardiff, Wembley, promotion, quarter finals of the FA Cup, progress year on year in League 1, putting in place a youth set up that is already feeding the first team squad and settling us in at our new training ground almost at a stroke, slipping into a relegation slot just once and that after three successive games on the road against what is currently the top three teams in the League.
The list is almost endless and he is still well short of forty. Paul’s high level coaching and man management skills are well documented and well known of throughout football. ‘Trolls’ worked long, hard and tirelessly in the cause of Bristol Rovers. He learnt a lot during his time with us. On his own admission he is still learning and will continue to learn throughout what I know will be a long and successful career in football coaching and management.
Paul is man enough to admit his mistakes and to hold his hands up. What person who has done anything useful has never made a mistake? Paul was very loyal during his time at the club and took the blue and white quarters to his heart. I truly believe there will always be a part of Bristol Rovers in Paul and a part of Paul in Bristol Rovers. It is not just his hands but his head that he can hold up too; well high. Thank you Paul for all of your very good work at Bristol Rovers and all good wishes with all that you do from now on. You leave Rovers in a much stronger position than you found us; top man.
We are Bristol Rovers supporters and today we will support Darren and the team as we strive to climb back up the League table to where we should be and to where we want to be.
Ken Masters BRSC director
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Today we will be presenting John Watkins with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Leyton Orient game in November.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
There are only a few games left to book so please get submit your applications to davidbrainl8830talktalk.net or 07765 254110.
There will only be one coach per game so priority will be given on a first come first served basis but we will also give higher consideration to parties who will fill the coach. Coaches are not available for evening games.
Today we welcome a group from Bradley Stoke Youth Football Club which was formed in June 1998 and has grown each year providing football for children of ages U-6 to U-18, with over 330 players registered with the club.
The club was awarded the FA Charter Standard Community Club status last August. It continues to provide affordable access to football to encourage children of all ages to take up the sport and to follow the ethos of the club which is to allow all children the opportunity to play and develop in a safe and friendly environment.
All of the club’s coaches are FA Level 1 or Level 2 qualified and all are FA CRB checked. The club is heavily involved in community work, including providing football enrichment sessions at Bradley Stoke Community School, and providing a school club link program every year to 12 Primary Schools. The club is also working closely with the GFA in the development of female football
in the area and currently has girl teams at U-9, U-10 and U-12 age groups.
Bradley Stoke is always looking for new players of any age and any ability who all are welcome to go and give football a try. It has teams in the Hanham Minor League, the Avon Youth League and the Bristol Girls League.
It you are interested in joining the club please visit its website at www.bsyfc.co.uk or contact Gunnar Moran on </span>07754951425.
Bradley Stoke Youth would like to thank Bristol Rovers FC for inviting them to attend this game and wish Rovers all the best for the season.
Stuart Campbell and Will Hoskins
celebrate the striker’s goal