23rd April 2011 Charlton Athletic
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
Back to back defeats, at the hands of Exeter City and Southampton, have left Rovers still in the relegation zone as we enter the vital Easter weekend.
The difference between those two defeats, though, was like chalk and cheese! Having just risen out of the bottom four for the first time this year, with victories over Notts County and Bournemouth, the game against the Grecians seemed like a match too far with Rovers producing their first, (and hopefully last), lacklustre performance under Stuart Campbell. By contrast the following week’s rest seemed to do the trick and a resurgent Rovers took second placed Saints all the way in a pulsating game at St. Mary’s last Saturday.
Whilst Southampton have fire power aplenty in their side, we were again missing leading scorer Will Hoskins and that probably made the tiny difference in the end as we fell to a late goal. It was a cruel blow, but at least the Pirates were back to their stubborn best in disproving Dave Penney’s theory that we just can’t defend! Now we have to do it all over again, but at least all the other sides in trouble lost as well. The problem is there is one game less to make the climb up but it can still be done.
The travelling Gas were brilliant once more in the cauldron that was St. Mary’s and we will need that sort of support again today if we are to survive another season in League One. Hopefully, Hoskins will be back this afternoon to boost our scoring chances but I should give a mention to the two youngsters who came on in the latter stages at Southampton and who both gave good accounts of themselves. Lamar Powell and Ellis Harrison are the latest products of Rovers’ Youth Scheme, sponsored by the Supporters Club’s 50/50 Draw, to be given a chance and I’m sure they will both have bigger parts to play in our future. Please keep buying the tickets and supporting the club.
It certainly looks like the six team relegation battle will not be finally decided until that last afternoon so there is much nail biting to be done between now and then. What we can do is to get right behind the boys in blue again this afternoon and repeat last season’s televised victory over the Addicks. We need every point, so let’s hear it for the Gas!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Our Share Scheme Chairman won the shirt drawn at the Bournemouth, his number being pulled out by Radio Bristol’s Steve Yabsley.
It was presented to David, at the Exeter game, by 94 year old former Welsh international Ivor Powell MBE.
Today’s we are presenting Dr Clive Retry with the signed shirt he won at the Exeter 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 still been unable to contact them:-
Richard Collins (Walsall), Alan Carter (Hartlepool), Ian Dennis (Brighton), Simon Hartley (Oldham).
If you are one of the winners above and we have still not managed to contact you will you please telephone Clare on 0117 9524001 or email to [email protected]
We are having a pub meal stop so one of the coaches will depart one hour earlier (cost £19.50).
It will leave the Memorial Stadium at 7.45am, Eastville 8.00am and Kingswood at 8.15am.
Phil Beams of Cam, won £984 at the Exeter game with ticket 26091, sold by Pete Collins in Filton Avenue.
The second prize, a Peter’s Pies hamper, was not claimed at the time of going to press. If you have ticket 25387, contact us at the BRSC shop.
MANY THANKS AND COME ON
After all of the winter training it was good to get started on my journey around the West Country to raise funds for the Adam Stansfield Foundation.
Adam was in pre season training with Exeter City when he was taken with bowel cancer aged only 31.
The first day was a test as I climbed up the Mendips from the Training Ground to Oakhill near Shepton Mallet. Day two and it was on to Marston Magna just short of Yeovil. Not so hilly, but the weather was dreadful and I took a good soaking. This was the first of four 20 mile hikes over the ten days before making it back to the outskirts of Bristol.
The third day was good, with a visit to Adam’s former club Yeovil Town for a cup of tea and a chat. Then it was on to Crewkerne and on again through Chard to Stockland. The Blackdown Hills are a real test for walkers, with some very steep climbs but I really felt that I was on my way at this stage. Whistledown Hill between Crewkerne and Chard certainly lived up to its name. Day off for the game and well inspired after the result to push on to the fringes of Exeter on the Sunday.
This was the second of the 20 milers and again the heavens opened and I took another soaking. It was hard to take that the weather should have been at its worst for the long walks and I admit to feeling a bit down and doubting myself for the first and only time.
The Monday was the best as I walked the three miles or so into Exeter’s St James Park to be greeted by Adam’s Dad Roger. I felt very humbled and knew there was no going back in what I was doing. I would make it to the Mem on the Saturday, no matter how much it was going to hurt and no matter what the weather did. I set off for Broad Clyst with an emotional feel but with a renewed determination. I had my first bit of company here, from an Exeter based Gashead. Thanks mate.
The climb out of Devon and back into Somerset stung a bit, but at least felt I was heading for home and soon to take in the levels albeit with two more 20 pluses still to come. I fell a bit short of Wellington because I wanted to get to the Bournemouth game on the Tuesday night. On with a real spring in the step the next day, with a 20 miler to Bridgwater Services and then the longest hike on the journey as I made it to Weston super Mare on the Thursday; many thanks for the company from Arian, Pete and Steve who really kept me going at this grinding stage of the walk.
Backwell crossroads next up, to leave me with a short 10 miler on matchday. I admit to getting emotional now as I knew I would do it and on time. I had my son Gareth with me for the final push and I was also joined by Leicester City fan Stuart, and Terry from Weston Gas. I was really tired walking up Gloucester Road and the emotion got to me as I entered the Stadium. Thank you for the great reception from both sets of fans. Only football could bring people together like that.
Special thanks to Will and Tim from Berkley Coaches for the support vehicle and to Will, Chris, Richard Wiltshire, Liz, Dave, Terry Dudley, Carol and Jim for overnight accommodation.
The appeal is open until the end of the season. Please keep your donations coming in to Kirsty Pugh by post at the Memorial Stadium or by hand to our shop at
199, Two Mile Hill, Kingswood, or Pirate Leisure at the stadium. Thank you to all who have donated so far. We are having problems with the VAT reg for the Just Giving site but I am assured it will be open soon.
Welcome to all at the Mem today and a special welcome to our visitors from Charlton. Enjoy the game and a safe journey home this evening. We are in a mini League of four, with four games to go.
Ken Masters BRSC Director