12th March 2011 Huddersfield Town
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
Today we seem to be facing another challenging match, with the visit of promotion chasing Huddersfield and yet, unbelievably, we have the only remaining chance to complete a most unlikely League double over the Terriers after Rovers’ last gasp win at the Galpharm Stadium last October.
In the weeks following that win we knocked Aldershot out of the JPT, lost unluckily at Swindon, defeated Rochdale here then grabbed another away point with a great two goal fight back in the dying minutes up at freezing Hartlepool. At that stage I just could not have imagined Rovers would be in the mess we are today.
I know from too much past experience that us true Gasheads will not just give up and will be behind Stuart Campbell and the team all the way provided they show us some fight and determination. With the fixtures we have left including Peterborough, Southampton away, Charlton and Sheffield Wednesday as well as today’s high flying visitors, the position looks grim especially given our last two home performances. Perhaps a win at Prenton Park last Tuesday and an even more unlikely victory over the ‘Terriers’ this afternoon will give us some hope!
There was some good news amongst the recent depression when this brilliant publication, ‘The Pirate’, picked up the Programme Monthly League One best programme award for the eighth consecutive season. As ‘The Pirate’ is sold entirely by the Supporters Club, and many of the small army of contributors are members, we have every reason to share in the pride that this publication brings, regardless it seems of the team’s status on the pitch! I think it is the large number of unpaid writers who contribute on so many varied subjects, not all of them particularly football related but usually with some sort of link, that makes ‘The Pirate’ such a great read. I have bought a programme at every one of the near thousand away games I have watched Rovers at over the fifty years of supporting them so I feel qualified to comment and there are certainly some good ones around at the moment. That includes Huddersfield’s ‘Give Us An H’ Match Magazine but it is heavy on advertising and has a stiff, book like spine, pages and cover that makes it an awkward beast to pocket, so it has to lay under the seat with the spilt Bovril, ketchup and crisps!
I know that our editor has long had designs on a gloss card cover but production costs still rule that out for us and, hopefully, ‘The Pirate’s content more than makes up for it. I know also that Ron Thorne, who wluntarily sorts and distributes all the programmes in return only for a free bag of chips, is more than grateful to retain the paper cover! Sincere congratulations to Keith, Ann Walter, Pensord, and all the photographers and writers, also our own Supporters Club sellers for ‘The Pirate’s continuing success!
You may read elsewhere in this publication that Yours Truly’s team finished last in the recent Supporters Club General Knowledge Quiz held here at the ‘Mem’. I put this embarrassing result down entirely to my ageing team mates who never go to the pictures, read papers or books, listen to music, watch soaps or know anything about the Eurovision Song Contest. To my shame I hold the wooden spoon on their behalf but intend to paint it in blue and white quarters with a smiling face in order to prove allegiance!
Allegiance is not something that is in doubt as far as the ‘Gas’ is concerned and I know that you will all get behind Stuart and the team again today. Rovers’ supporters do not deserve another spell in League Two, so let’s give everything together in the hope that we can still avoid the dreaded drop. It’s not quite over yet!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
Stuart Campbell in action
against Dagenham & Redbridge
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
At today’s game we are presenting Adrian Withey with the signed shirt he won at the Colchester game, and Michael Thomas with the signed shirt he won at the Dagenham game last Saturday.
We also hope to be presenting one or more of the following with the signed shirts they have won although at the time of writing we have been unable to contact them:-
Richard Collins (Walsall),
Alan Carter (Hartlepool),
Ian Dennis (Brighton)
and Simon Hartley (Oldham)
If you are one of the winners, and we have still not managed to contact you, will you please telephone Clare on 0117 952 001 or email: [email protected]
David Ward of Essex won £790 at the Dagenham & Redbridge game with ticket number 69381. It was sold by Sandra Jaques in the DAS Stand.
EVERY OUNCE OF SUPPORT
Good afternoon and welcome to this return fixture with Huddersfield Town.
Earlier in the season we recorded a very fine win in West Yorkshire and returned home with three points on the board. Will Hoskins scored a spectacular goal in the closing stages of the game, having cut in from the left and unleashing a shot on the run into the far corner of the net from distance. Will’s effort was submitted to The Football League for the Goal of the Year Award in League One for 2010.
A win today would certainly be very welcome indeed. We extend a warm welcome to Terriers fans who have travelled to support their team from the North and other parts. Thank you for being with us today and a safe journey home after the game.
There is still a good bit of football to be played before the first week of May and we know that in this game just about anything can happen. I am writing these notes ahead of the midweek game up at Tranmere, and at the end of a difficult day for many at the club.
Stuart Campbell has been a terrific and whole hearted player for the club and I don’t remember a single game where he has not given 110%. Stuart has kept fitness to a very high level and has seldom suffered much in the way of injuries even though to my mind in some games he has appeared to have been kicked to bits. He always gets up and gets on with it.
Stuart is a first class role model for younger players^and has done much to contribute to a high level of team spirit as captain. This was especially so in the promotion season when he maintained the belief to the end. He deserves every ounce of support that we can muster between now and the end of the season.
On a personal note, thank you for your support for me and for your very kind wishes as I build up to my big walk in a few weeks time. Next week is my big push training wise as I increase the walking distance to 18 miles. 14 miles has been relatively comfortable in the past week as a long walk but to increase that by four more miles, and to repeat that day after day for ten days, is going to be a massive challenge for me. Thank you to Berkely Coaches of Paulton, my main sponsor. Tim Row runs the company and he is providing an eight seat mini bus with drivers to accompany me for the entire walk. You are welcome to join me for part of the walk on a walk and ride basis.
I am still looking for overnight accommodation between Exeter and Bristol around the Tiverton and Taunton areas. The dates that I am looking at are Monday to Thursday, 4th to 7th April. Please help me if you can. I will be too tired to be of any trouble, I promise!
Back to today as we see Stuart in charge for his first game at the Mem. We still have time and enough games to lift ourselves out of trouble. It will take effort upon effort but together we can. Pride and passion.
Come on Rovers, come on the Gas.
Ken Masters BRSC director
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
All remaining Saturday games are now booked.
Today we welcome Yate Rangers, who have five age groups either playing in the Hanham Minor League or Avon Youth Leagues, ranging from U-11’s to ll-16’s. The club is very friendly, family orientated and coached by FA qualified coaches. The club is always on the lookout for new players in all age groups and would like to start new age groups for U-8’s – U-10’s next season. Please contact secretary, Steve Wood 01454 822672 or 07793 123910.