13th August 2011 Torquay United
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes
Welcome back to the Memorial Stadium for what is probably the most anticipated home game since the FA Cup Quarter Final here three seasons ago.
An official Supporters Club welcome, as well, to all the new faces wearing the quarters this afternoon.
It is ironic that our opponents today are the same as when Rovers first descended into the basement division in 2001. On that sunny August afternoon over 10,000 fans turned out for what was generally expected to be the first win of a promotion campaign, and a prompt return back up from where we had fallen at the end of Ian Holloway’s reign.
The return of the ‘Messiah’, one Gerry Francis, seemed to be all that was needed to seal the deal and, iike today no doubt, expectations were high – far too high as it turned out! Despite a scrappy single goal victory over the Gulls that was about as good as it got. By Christmas Gerry was on his way back into punditry and Rovers struggled to save their League status with only the relegated Halifax Town sparing our blushes in what turned out to be a desperately chastening season. to be a desperately chastening seas
So, after an exciting opening day win at newly promoted Wimbledon last Saturday we face our old friends from the English Riviera once again with a great sense of optimism. It is a given fact that football always seems to throw up ironic situations and for our new management team, and most likely at least a couple of our many new signings, to be facing their former employees at almost the very first opportunity was probably to be expected. Whatever, Paul Buckle and company versus Torquay provides even more spice to what is already going to be another exciting afternoon.
It is amazing that only one of last season’s first team, Byron Anthony, was in the starting lineup last Saturday, although it was good to see Chris Lines and Jo Kuffour appear as second half substitutes. Such is the revolutionary change brought about by Paul Buckle, and I hope that United’s supporters can forgive Rovers for ‘raiding their locker’. It is the way of things in the game today and we have suffered similarly in the past, although not to the extent that Torquay must be feeling this afternoon.
Whatever, Paul and the boys have got off to a great start and it was nice to see, and hear, a packed away section in full voice in Kingston on Thames – a place I never thought I wouid ever watch Rovers play a league game! The aggressive, attacking style of play that we witnessed last Saturday, and in every one of the pre season friendly matches, adds to the sense of optimism but it is just one win so far when many more will be needed to achieve promotion and it will not be easy as we soon found out last time round.
Get behind the boys in blue and I’m sure a great nine months lie ahead!
y the relegated Halifax Town sparing our blushes in what turned out to be a desperately chastening season.
There are three candidates standing for the privilege to represent the Supporter’s Club as a director on the football club board.
We have two directors, Ken Masters and David Brain. Under our rules it is Mr Brain’s turn to seek re election this year. He is standing alongside the other nominations, Ron Cocks and Brian Seymour-Smith.
Full details of the three candidates can be found here.
Voting slips must be returned by members to our shop in Kingswood or Pirate Leisure by 4.00 p.m. on the day of our Annual General Meeting, or handed in before the start at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6th at the Memorial Stadium.
Two 50/50 draws took place at the Memorial Stadium during the TV coverage of the Wimbledon game. Uplands Suite; Julie Hall, from Bradley Stoke, won £21 with ticket 29431. Clubhouse Bars; Anna England, of Southmead, won £29.50 with ticket 30704.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
We are again this season running organised Junior Matchday parties.
For those unaware this scheme, which has operated successfully for several years, is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for up to 50 free rnatchday tickets in the Becks Stand or Family Enclosure. This will include for some parents to supervise them.
Eagle Coaches has again agreed to provide a free bus within the Bristol area and will go further afield for a subsidised cost. As an example Yate and other areas on the fringes of Bristol will cost £125, places further afield such as Bath or Frorne would cost £150 so it’s still good value at £2.50/£3 a head.
We are expecting this to be popular again so please apply early.
Please submit your applications to [email protected] or phone on 07765 254110. There will only be one coach per game, so priority will be given on a first come first served basis, but we wil also give higher consideration to parties who will fill the coach.
We would also be pleased to hear from smaller parties who can make their own way to the ground. Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches At the time of writing these notes we have not received bookings for the Northampton or Hereford, probably due to the school holidays. I would particularly like to hear from anyone interested in taking theses early games. From September onwards we have already taken a good number of bookings so please submit your requests early to avoid disappointment.