30th April 2011 Sheffield Wednesday
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes compiled by Dennis Payter
This afternoon everyone involved with Rovers finds themselves staring into the abyss that is the basement division of the Football League following a bitterly disappointing Easter Bank Holiday.
Another lacklustre home display here in the unseasonal heat against Charlton Athletic was only made better for us when the ‘Addicks’ imploded late on by getting two players sent off for crazy challenges that left Rovers without another influential player for the rest of the season, on top of the two who had already departed the scene maybe also to the end of this miserable campaign. The loss of Tunnicliffe and Hughes, two of our most improved players under Stuart Campbell, as well as the experienced Danny Coles, may yet prove to be our final undoing.
A visit to Dean Court has not been a happy pilgrimage for the travelling ‘Gas’ in recent seasons but the makeshift Rovers team on duty last Monday at least gave it everything. A much overdue, and welcome, return to the team for Wayne Brown brought him a goal in each of the two holiday fixtures and his fine strike at Bournemouth looked to be enough for three vital points until the referee became seemingly the only man in the stadium to think a deflection warranted a late corner.
Rovers deserved a win, but got nothing, as the evergreen local hero Steve Fletcher ‘did us’ yet again in the dying seconds. How we could do with a target man like him in the side! And so to this afternoon’s final, home game of the season, with the odds stacked against us. The defence will have to be cobbled together with whoever is available and hopefully leading scorer Will Hoskins, who got two fine goals at in the heavy away defeat against today’s opponents Sheffield Wednesday, will be over the injury which restricted him so much at Bournemouth. The Owls, who have enjoyed life at the top of the English game in recent years, have hit form just as the wrong time for us as we have to face them today with a weakened sguad.
All I can say is that the ‘Gas’ have been fantastic since ‘Cams’ took control of the side and there was another brilliant turnout and tremendous support at Bournemouth. We need a repeat of that noise for the ‘Pirates’ on duty today. It’s possible we could be relegated today and that two wins might still not be enough for us. However, just two draws could keep us up if other results go our way. Anything is possible, so get behind those boys in quarters for these last two vital games like never before.
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
Karen Smith of Filton, seen here collecting her winnings from Jim Chappell, won £906 at the Charlton game with ticket 27876, sold by Pete Collins in Filton Avenue.
SHARE SCHEME SIGNED SHIRT DRAW
Today we are giving Timothy Priest the signed shirt he won at the Charlton game.
We also hope to be presenting one or more of the following with the shirts they have won although at the time of writing we have still been unable to contact them:-Richard Collins (Walsall game), Alan Carter (Hartlepool), Ian Dennis (Brighton), Simon Hartley (Oldham)
If you are one of the winners above please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on 0117 9524001 [email protected]
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
You can cast your vote at today’s game for the Supporters Club Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
Voting slips can be obtained from programme and 50/50 sellers around the ground and also in the Clubhouse Bar, Pirate Leisure at the stadium and our shop at Two Mile Hill, Kingswood. They must be returned to the sellers or ballot boxes in the shops by Monday 2nd May.
Our Player of the Year awards night is being staged in the Memorial Room at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday 8th May.
It should be an entertaining evening, and kicks off at 8.00pm with Screen Soccer’s excellent coverage of all our best goals of the last nine months. You can vote for the Goal of the Season, and the winning goalscorer picks up the Jane Browne Award. We hope to have a cabaret followed by a free buffet with the climax being the Awards Ceremony which will be attended by Stuart Campbell and all the playing sguad. Tickets £5 (to include the buffet), you can pay at the door.
The Supporters Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place in September, (date to be confirmed), and nominations for the Committee must reach us before 30th June.
Up for re-election is the position of Chairman (currently Jim Chappell); one position of Supporters Club director to serve on the football club board (currently David Brain); Share Scheme Chairman (currently David Brain). Four committee members are up for re-election; Dennis Payter, David Hewett, Phil Draper and Janet Wooster.
Nominations to the Secretary, Sue Williams, c/o 199 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol.
A warm welcome to all Wednesday supporters who have travelled to Bristol to be with us today.
Enjoy your football, and have a safe journey home after the game.We have seen a season that will be a noteworthy one for many different reasons and for a number of years to come. Inconsistency will surely ring loud, and for a good number of reasons, both on and off the pitch. One aspect that has been consistent is the great following that we have given the team especially on the road.
The Bristol based travel organisation has been active throughout and so too have the branches around the region. Severn Vale was formed just over one year ago and has done remarkably well to arrange transport to all away games this season. Very well done and thank you to them.
Weston-super-Mare has continued to sponsor the Youth Development along with the parent club. With their valuable support, Bristol Rovers Central JFC has gone from strength to strength and will grow next season to field sides in all age groups. There are some very talented young players in our Central teams, particularly at U-12 and U-16. Some very exciting schoolboys have featured at U-18 level in recent weeks. Last week’s home game with Hereford United was extremely encouraging. I am sure we will see the benefits at first team level in the not too distant future from all the very good work that we are doing at Youth level.
A big thank you to our staff at 199, the staff at the stadium and all of our volunteers and sellers for the hard work that they have put in throughout the season. The commitment they show to Rovers means that, in most cases, a good part of the first half at least is missed as they complete their work behind the scenes.
Thank you to all who helped me at the time of my Big Walk from Bristol to Yeovil, on to Exeter and back to Bristol to raise funds for the Adam Stansfield Foundation. The appeal is still very much open and I ask all of those who wish to give to see me around the ground today or to hand in your donations to Pirate Leisure or at 199 Two Mile Hill. We are still hoping to set up a Just Giving website but are experiencing a hold up. I am still a bit short of £3,000, but we should be able to reach that target. Please support if you can.There has never been a more important time this season to get behind the team and to make as much vocal support as we can. We saw how the players responded against Charlton and how this was continued into the Bournemouth game at Dean Court. If we are still in with a shout, I’m sure the support at Colchester next week will be second to none.