25th March 2011 Peterborough United
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
Dave Penney left Rovers after presiding over just two wins out of 13 games when he had been brought in specifically to save Rovers from the drop and the board decided to give ‘Captain Campbell’.
Stuart Campbell is probably Rovers’ most popular player of the last decade thanks to his 100% commitment to the cause and, of course, his general demeanour. Like his erstwhile boss Paul Trollope, Stu is articulate, intelligent and seems to be keen on detail. One thing for sure is that his team selection, tactics and substitutions in his first three games have been absolutely spot on.
Huddersfield were lucky to escape with all three points after both referees seemed to decide that Rovers were not to be given any favours, and we had only another determined and committed performance by our lads to look back on. However, after five guite dire months on the road, his first two away trips have brought us maximum points and two clean sheets.
If you were one of just 123 Gasheads at Prenton Park you would have been amazed at the transformation and especially with the performance of the youngest centre back pairing we have fielded for many a long year. The now departed loanee Cian Bolger is going to be some player, and James Tunnicliffe was like another new signing. The pair were backed up by a tactically astute bolstering of the midfield that had Tranmere battling to keep the score down at the end, when you would normally expect a home team to be pushing hard for an egualiser.
There is no doubt that all the remaining players from the two previous managerial spells have responded to whatever Cams is doing on the training ground and in the dressing room. It could be asked why were they not performing likewise for Trolls and Penney but sometimes I guess the chemistry, tactics or understanding is just not quite right and perhaps no one person was to blame. I guess we supporters will never really know!
I would say that relegation is still a probability, but that there is a great possibility we could escape if everyone sticks together. The players have the ability and, as I said to Stuart himself, provided they all continue to show the commitment that he does then the fantastic support we have here will be right behind them in the battles ahead. No battle is likely to be more difficult than the one we face tonight with our visitors seemingly able to score goals at will almost without regard to whatever their opponents throw at them, as we found at on the opening day at London Road when Rovers were the better side for much of the game!
As at Tranmere and Nottingham, every player will have to be on the top of his game and the same goes for us supporters who must roar the Pirates on throughout the ninety minutes if we are to collect another three vital points. The way things are going, the board will have some interesting and important decisions to make come the summer but right now nothing matters other than gaining as many points as we possibly can.
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
At the Huddersfield game Adrian Withey collected the signed shirt which he won in the draw at the Colchester game.
At tonight’s game we are presenting Alison Gibson with the signed shirt she won at the Huddersfield game, and Michael Thomas with the signed shirt he won at the Dagenham game. 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), Simon Hartley (Oldham).
If you are one of the winners listed, and we have still not managed to contact you, will you please telephone Clare on 0117 9524001 or email [email protected] co.uk
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Today we welcome a party from Larkhall Athletic U-13’s who play at Bath in the Midsomer Norton League.
All remaining Saturday games are now booked.
Mark Silcocks of Nailsea won £983 in the 50/50 draw at the Huddersfield game with ticket number 72507 which was sold by Sue Dry at the Memorial Gates.
WALKING THE WALK
Good evening and welcome to this Friday evening fixture against Peterborough United.
I am writing these notes following a Monday night defeat for the East Anglian side away at Milton Keynes in a game where the Posh, unusually, failed to score.
We extend a warm welcome to Peterborough supporters who have travelled from the eastern side of the country and other parts to be with us for the game. Enjoy your time with us and a safe journey home into the night.
A massive thanks to all of our supporters who travelled to Meadow Lane last Saturday. It was a very important win for a battling Rovers side and I have no doubt that the 500 plus good and true saw the boys across the line to secure all three points.
On a personal note I am now within days of undertaking a big walking challenge. On Tuesday next I take to the road for Oakhill near Shepton Mallet for what is the first leg that will take me on to Yeovil then on to Exeter via Chard and Honiton before turning for home via Wellington, Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston super Mare and Backwell. I am looking at 180 miles in ten days.
I am looking to raise as much money as I can for the Adam Stansfield Trust for children. Adam played for Yeovil and Exeter for whom he was preparing for this season before his untimely death in August; he had been suffering from bowel cancer. The fact that we are playing Yeovil away next week and Exeter City the following week at home made walking the walk seem the right thing for me to do. My wife Gill underwent a major operation for bowel disease last October from which she has just about recovered; somehow it puts everything into perspective.
You will find my inventory on the Football Club’s and the Supporters Club web sites. Please walk part of the way with me if you can. I will be supported by transport for clothing, food and drink. The transport is being very kindly donated by Berkeley Coaches of Paulton and will provide for a walk and ride facility. For me of course it will be walk only starting next Tuesday from the training ground in West Town Lane, just a stone’s throw from where I lived as a child.
Weston super Mare branch will be holding a fund raising evening at the Windsor Castle on the Friday evening before the
Exeter game; let’s hope I make it there in time! There will be a signed matchball up for the winner and other prizes too. Please make it along if you live in the area. Thank you for supporting me. Your donation, however small, will be used to support children in the West Country and to raise awareness of bowel cancer.
I am not walking the walk without preparation. In addition to over 400 walking miles in training for the challenge, I am making sure that I am well kitted out with the appropriate shoes, clothing and medical back up. If you are looking to join with me for part of the way please make sure you are egually prepared and fit for purpose.
Back to the football, and tonight’s fixture here at the Mem. We are expecting a larger than average crowd and a great atmosphere under the lights. We are not to be taken lightly by teams near the top of this league as we showed two weeks ago, against Huddersfield.
Together we can do this; come on Rovers, come on you Blues.
Ken Masters BRSC director