9th April 2011 Exeter City
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
This afternoon we face the latest of our ‘must win’ games as they virtually all are now! Setting targets, though, is really a waste of time until there is a definite points level to aim at.
These notes are written on the back of a third consecutive win away from home, all by the same 1-0 scoreline, before we faced Bournemouth last Tuesday.
There is no doubt that Stuart Campbell has injected some of his own personal determination and never say die attitude into his charges since taking control of team affairs, and maximum points on the road since then has been down to those attributes.
The Glovers should really have gone in with a good lead at half time last Saturday but they paid for those missed chances as Rovers came out in a much more determined frame of mind in the second half. As was expected, we nearly doubled Yeovil’s last home attendance and with the Gas right behind them Rovers took all the points thanks a Gavin Williams strike at the end of a flowing move. Let’s hope that brilliant recent away form can be replicated here at the Memorial Stadium this week and for the rest of the season!
While those missed chances by the Glovers caused more than a little concern for us at Huish Park, so too did an incident in front of the stand when our long time coach steward and former committee man, Ralph Shaw, collapsed just as the game was getting started. However, I’m pleased to report for those of you who may not yet be aware that Ralph’s collapse was apparently caused by nothing more than a lack of fluid. Surprising, really, considering that Ralph is usually first into the bar at away games! Seriously though we are all pleased that it turned out to be nothing major and that Ralph was collected and home from hospital, after tests, by his son on Saturday evening. Thanks go to the medics who attended to Ralph and to the Gasheads who spotted the problem and looked after him until they arrived.
This afternoon I hope everyone, including you Grecians fans, give Ken Masters a great reception when he appears after his walk from Exeter and, better still, make a contribution to his fund raising efforts.
It is the Committee’s intention to hold our Supporters Club Player of the Year award evening on the Sunday following Rovers’ last match at Colchester, Sunday, May 8th. Hopefully Screen Soccer will be able to put our Goal of the Season presentation on the big screen so that we can make a second award in memory of Jane Browne.We cannot finalise details just yet due to the fact that Bristol Rugby Club are still in with a mathematical chance of remaining in the Championship play offs, although that looks highly improbable given the ‘egg chasers’ current position!
Exeter City have proved a real handful to most League One clubs since their promotion two years ago and I’m sure that will prove the case again today. In the Grecians sguad they are likely to have at least one, and probably two, of the most prolific goalscorers to have played for us and we should give a warm welcome back to Jamie Cureton and Marcus Stewart. At the same time we’ll be looking to keep them both off the scoresheet and maintain our recent good run of form. The team needs your vocal support like never before, as every point is vital.
Get behind the boys in blue and let’s secure another three today!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
While visiting fans have come by car or coach today, our Supporters Club director and vice chairman Ken Masters will have walked all the way from Exeter.
Ken has come via Yeovil and helped raise thousands of pounds for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. He started off from the Memorial Stadium last week on his 180 mile journey to visit the homes of two of the clubs that Adam played for. He walked to Yeovil before taking the day off to watch last Saturday’s game. On Sunday he finished his walk to Exeter and was seen off from St James Park on Monday by Andy Cole, chairman of the Exeter Trust, and Roger Stansfield, Adam’s dad.
Ken was due to be in Wellington on Tuesday before taking time out to watch our game against Bournemouth. He was then hoping to be in Weston super Mare by Thursday and Backwell on Friday, leaving just a stroll from just south of Bristol, to get to the ground today.
Along the way he has spent a few nights in a caravan owned by Supporters Club Chairman Jim Chappell.
Ken said; “I am grateful to Rovers’ physio Phil Kite for providing me with a ‘second skin’ on my feet. It’s like a silicon material and feels greasy to touch but it has been great, and I’ve not had any blisters at all.
“Walking is easier to pace out than running and I have been managing between 16 and 20 miles a day.”
The Adam Stansfield Football Foundation has been set-up to support and encourage participation in youth football across the South West region.
The Foundation has been formed in memory of Adam, who died in August last year at the age of just 31, from bowel cancer.
Ken, 66, whose wife has recently recovered from a major bowel operation, has wanted to do something to raise money for the Foundation for some time.
Anyone who would like to offer donations should contact Kirsty Pugh at the Memorial Stadium on 0117 9524003 or email kirstypugh® bristolrovers.co.uk
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
At today’s game we are presenting Keith Williams with the signed shirt he won at the Peterborough game and Michael Thomas with the signed shirt he won at the Dagenham match.
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 game) Alan Carter (Hartlepool game), Ian Dennis (Brighton game) Simon Hartley (Oldham game). If you are one of the winners, and we have still not managed to contact you, will you please contact Clare McDonagh.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
All remaining Saturday games are now booked.
We hope to run the scheme again next season, so please get your name on the list as soon as possible. Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches.
Above:Tuesday’s 50/50 draw winner Tasha Riddell collects her winnings of £808 from Jim Chappell. The winning number, 76859, was sold by Jackie Chapple.
Below: David Brain handed over another signed Share Scheme shirt on Tuesday.