18th January 2011 Hartlepool United
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
I hope you have all been able to keep up with the delayed articles that are now starting to run out of order.
It is always difficult around the Christmas and New Year holiday period, but when we suffer as many postponements as Rovers have, with only one home League game in seven weeks, it becomes doubly difficult. I’m afraid that complete reprints are just too expensive, even when most of the contributors to this prize winning programme are unpaid volunteers.
Anyway, this one is almost up to date apart from being written before last Saturday’s long trip to Carlisle and at least we were able to say goodbye to ‘Trolls’ before welcoming his replacement to the Memorial Stadium!
At the time of writing I have had only the briefest introduction, by way of a handshake, with Dave Penney after the press conference called at the training ground to announce his appointment. Like the rest of our supporters I guess I have had to rely on Dave’s written and spoken words in the local media and I think he comes across as just the sort of man we need to get the club out of the mess we currently find ourselves in. Whilst I suppose a big name former Premiership/Championship player/manager could have been given the job, I reckon it’s better we have a man who has seen it and done it in the lower leagues.
The Chairman told me that Dave gave by far the best interview and, combined with his record at Doncaster in particular, that is good enough for me.
Whatever any of us think about the appointment Dave will, of course, stand or fall by his results as do all managers and coaches in this fast moving and highly pressurised game that we all love.
We are promised some new signings, hopefully at least one will be in place by the time you read this and might possibly have played up at Brunton Park last Saturday. Whatever, and whoever, we supporters have to get right behind the team tonight and for the rest of what has quite suddenly become a very difficult season. The roar from the ground when Rovers came from behind to lead last Tuesday against Walsall was fantastic but once our old favourite Aaron Lescott had equalised the stadium went quiet. As Mr. Penney says, the fans have to be the twelfth man and help inspire the team. We know what noise you can produce here, so let that be the case tonight – we need the points!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
50/50 v PLYMOUTH
Kate Morgan of Bradley Stoke won £605 at the Plymouth Argyle game with ticket number 59219 which was sold by Sam Parsons.
Ryan Clarke and Jim Chappell handed over the winnings.
50/50 v WALSALL
Judy Adams of Downend, seen here with Jim Chappell and Mikkel Andersen, won £568 at the Walsall game with ticket number 62117 sold by Sandra Jaques in the DAS West Stand.
Second prize, a food hamper donated by Peter’s Pies, was won by Kirsty Cox of St George with ticket number 62900 sold by Pete Collins in Filton Avenue.
We are hoping to stage a table football competition here in the Memorial Stadium next March or April and would be grateful if people could lend us the appropriate tables. For more details, contact David Hewett on 0117 9560128.
SHOULDER TO SHOULDER
Good evening and welcome to the Memorial Stadium for this rearranged fixture with Hartlepool United.
With a good number of postponements over the past weeks, the rearranged games are coming thick and fast. Tonight’s game presents us with another opportunity to take a vital three points as we endeavour to climb the League 1 table with half the season still to go.
With matchday programmes pre written for postponed games, there has been little or no chance to thank our supporters for the magnificent away support especially at Sheffield Wednesday and Milton Keynes. The support from locally organised branch travel was particularly impressive. Organisers at Weston, Norton Radstock, Severn Vale and Gloster have worked very hard and deserve a special vote of thanks.
Support at games, home and away, will be totally necessary between now and the end of April. Please be in no doubt about that. None of us want to go back down there and we have all got a part to play as we go in search of the fifty odd plus points that we need for safety. It can be more than that. A good finish to this season will give the new manager a chance to re build from a solid platform in the summer in readiness for next season.
A few months down the road will also give more time for our younger players to develop and grow. We have seen already, at first team level, that we have a good group coming through. There are also some exciting prospects in our U-18 squad. Training alongside the first team at West Town Lane is a very positive move. An almost instant, then prolonged, period of very heavy rain led the postponement of last week’s FA Youth Cup clash with Aston Villa. Hopefully the game will go ahead tomorrow evening. Please come along and give your support to the boys. Winners are away to Peterborough United in the next round.
Dave Penney is a good appointment. He has a very sound record at this level; his win over loss ratios speak for themselves. However, Dave cannot be expected to do it all by himself. He needs the unequivocal backing from all of us; directors, staff, players and supporters. Side by side, shoulder to shoulder and we will do this.
This is Bristol, come on Rovers, come on you Blues.
Ken Masters, BRSC director
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
There are only a few games left to book so please submit your applications to [email protected] or 07765
254110. 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.
Coaches are not available for evening games and the Colchester, Bournemouth and Milton Keynes Dons games are still available if you can make your own way to the ground.
Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches.
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Tonight we will be presenting Richard Nasey with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Plymouth game, and Richard Collins with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Walsall game.