19th February 2011 Oldham Athletic
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
Unfortunately Rovers catch up programme has hitherto been a complete failure, with none of the rearranged games producing a single victory and we went into Tuesday night on the back of five successive defeats.
If, like me, you had witnessed all those games you would be wondering just how we failed to pick up a single point as there were hard fought performances every time – we simply just could not defend for the full 90 minutes in any of them!
The team has shown more than enough going forward to suggest that, if the goals being conceded were to be stopped, then we would be able still to get out of trouble. I have to give credit to all our supporters who have stuck manfully with the team throughout what has been the worst spell of results for at least a decade.
The new management team has brought in a whole host of new signings but a settled defence has eluded us, in my opinion a major reason for the number of goals conceded. Injuries and suspensions have been the big problem for the back four who seem to change, for one reason or another, every game. Thinking back to all four of Rovers’ promotion sides of the past, they all had settled teams especially in defence with like for like replacements when necessary. This seems to be a luxury that is beyond us at the present time, but we must keep believing that all will come right again soon.
There is no lack of effort behind the scenes and the week before last the Supporters Club Committee met up for our regular guarterly get together with the Board and we were told that no effort is being spared in providing funds for Dave Penney’s team rebuilding. The Committee decided that the Supporters Club should share the burden, and we have promised a £10,000 donation on top of the regular funding that we provide through the Share Scheme and the 50/50 Draw. We were not asked for the money but, as the Club’s third largest shareholder, we felt it right that now was the time to go that step further. It is no good us holding on to funds that could keep the club up in League One. It would be a disaster for the Rovers if relegation were to be our fate and we want to do all that we can to ensure it does happen come May. I’m sure most members will agree with that!
The support for the team has been magnificent, despite all the drubbings we have suffered this season. There are a few individuals who have been picking on a couple of players and giving them stick which, I suppose, is not to be unexpected but such criticism never does any good. It can only make the player concerned feel more under pressure just when he and the team need a lift. I know only too well the cost of supporting the team away from home, especially in these current stringent times and with long trips to Hartlepool, Carlisle, Darlington and the like, and I know it feels like a big let down when we lose again and again.
Rovers are a great club and we all have to stick together and hopefully see this season through to an ultimately successful conclusion. Please get behind the lads like never before.
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
At today’s game we hope to be presenting the following with the signed shirt they have won.
Richard Collins (Walsall game), Alan Carter (Hartlepool game), David Bunker (MK Dons game), Ian Dennis (Brighton game).
If you are one of the winners and we have still not managed to contact you, will you please telephone Clare on 0117 9524001 or email [email protected]
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Only the Colchester game is still available to any group that can make its own way to the ground. We would also be pleased to hear from smaller parties, so please don’t hold back because there will not be 50 in your party. Please submit your applications to [email protected] or (07765) 254110.
Today we welcome the U-8’s of Trowbridge Town FC. Their younger generation of players and supporters have travelled the 30 miles or so from West Wiltshire. Trowbridge Town FC has a healthy number of players at this level and regularly field teams who have just started competitive matches this season. The U-8’s are split into four teams and the ‘Adders’, the ‘Cobras’, the ‘Vipers’, and the ‘Stingrays’ are all under strict instructions to make as much noise as they can for the boys in blue and white this afternoon!
50/50 DRAW V BRIGHTON
Andy Essex of Horfield (pictured above) won £771 in the 50/50 draw at the Brighton game with ticket number 67622, sold by Ian Brain.
Paul Farmer of Backwell took the second prize, a Peter’s Pies hamper.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Memorial Stadium for this crucial game against Oldham Athletic.
The Latics are always very welcoming when we go to their place, so it is a pleasure to return that hospitality today. Thank you to Oldham fans for travelling down from the North West and other parts to be with us and a safe journey home after the game.
I also thank our members, and all other supporters, who followed the team to recent away games at Rochdale and Leyton Orient. A cold Tuesday night in February at The Dale, when you are in a bad run like this, is a big ask but those who were there gave us tremendous support and backing. I really felt that we had done enough take something from the game, but two goals in added time made the evening hard to take. On another night the referee would have blown for offside, for sure.
Great support on the road again and so too at Orient where we conceded early and went on to dominate the possession. At 2-1 our support in the second half was exemplary. Once again we had to face a brace of late goals and come away with nothing for the efforts of the team and of our fans. We must continue to believe as we strive to get out of this and to rebuild our confidence.
Nobody around the football club in the stands or on the terraces want this, management, players, staff, supporters and directors; nobody. We stand together or divided we may fall to face the unthinkable and unwanted.
Together we can, and together is the only choice between now and the end of the season. Support is what we need, support is what we are in the business of doing by definition and deed, support is what we do best.
On the brighter side of life Rovers, the Youth set up comprising the scholars and the Centre of Excellence, is making good progress and so too is the Bristol Rovers Central JFC operation based in Henley in Arden. On Wednesday next the Bristol based U-16’s take on the highly successful Central U-16’s at Pershore Football Club. Brian Seymour Smith, of Sky Sports fame, organised a West Midlands Supporters Club event to take in the game and meet afterwards in the clubhouse. Many thanks to Darren Patterson, Ken Oram and Paul Molesworth for joining in and speaking with our supporters up there. Thank you again to Weston super Mare members for sponsoring Central Youth.
A fan from Lincolnshire who told me that following the defeats at The Dale and Orient he felt he had to travel the 330 mile round trip to the Mem on Tuesday to give the team all the support he could. Thank you to him and thank you to all at the stadium today for your loyal support at this difficult time.
Together we can, together we must.
Come Rovers, we can do this.
Ken Masters, BRSC director
50/50 DRAW V MK DONS
Paul Lewis of Henleaze won £574 in the 50/50 draw at the MK Dons game with ticket number 65067 sold by Sam Parsons.
Wayne Bryant of Bradley Stoke won the second prize, a Peter’s Pies hamper.