27th August 2011 Hereford United
January 1, 2000
Good afternoon to all at the Memorial Stadium for today’s encounter with our near neighbours Hereford United.
Not exactly a derby game, but one with a neighbour in football terms. Welcome to Bulls fans who have made the trip down to Bristol and from other parts to be with us in BS7. Thank you for joining us and a safe journey home after the game.
The Northampton game was good, not just because of the result against Gary Johnson’s side, but also in terms of the presentations that took place during the half time interval. The Supporters Club were very pleased to continue our sponsorship of Bristol Rovers Youth Development with yet another donation from the 50/50 fund.
The U-18’s opening day win against Swindon Town was followed up by another impressive display against the young guns of today’s visitors, Hereford United. I follow the boys whenever first team fixtures allow and I am pleased to say that we have the best crop of youth players on our books at present than for quite some time. They need, and deserve, our support.
Ken Oram is doing a fine job with all age groups up to youth level and we are pleased to welcome Jamie Fullerton on board tocoach and manage the first and second year
scholars. Next up at the AXA is Exeter City on 3rd September, with a 1030 kick off.
I was equally please to be the recipient of £20,000 from the New Football Pools through the good offices of The Football League Trust. We have been bidding for, and chasing, this fund for over three years. The money is given to us to work with the disabled under the project heading of Every Player Counts; a very worthy project indeed.
It is my job on the Board to oversee our Education and Community work as Chairman of the Bristol Rovers Community Trust. In a couple of weeks I will be at a meeting at Watford Football Club chasing yet more funds. Money is very tight at present and Government support has completely dried up as far as funding for our Study Centre is concerned. I pledge to intensify efforts to maintain our presence in the community, do good work and in so doing draw a new supporting generation to our football club to match the aspirations of the new playing generation.
Support the team today. Come on Rovers, come on you Blues.
Ken Masters, BRSC Director
Entry to the Supporters Club Members Bar will only be allowed for members with the relevant up to date membership. Day passes can be obtained from Ralph in the clubhouse for just 50p. If you have just forgotten your pass, or if you renew your SC membership after purchasing a day pass, bring the day pass back to Ralph at a later date and he will arrange for a full refund. Don’t forget that entry to the bar will enable you to view the early afternoon, or early evening, live games on the large TV on a matchday. From time to time there will be special offers available in the bar. We are also liaising with Paul Buckle regarding restarting the SC Man of the Match presentation after games.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
We are, once again, running organised Junior Matchday parties.
It is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for up to 50 free matchday 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 Frome would cost £150 so 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 serve basis but we will 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.
Jason Bale of Felton won £660.50 at the Northampton game with ticket 31168 sold by Sandra Jaques in the J & G Group Stand.
Anyone who thought that a Rovers return to League One was just a case of bringing in a complete new squad of players would have something to consider if they were amongst the hundreds of Gasheads who made their way up north to Macclesfield last Saturday.
More than one of Paul Buckle’s experienced League Two signings warned us beforehand of an aerial bombardment and that is what we got as the giant Silkmen pumped high balls and long throws repeatedly into Rovers’ box. Mace were certainly not without a little skill and they also had a fair turn of pace down the flanks, so the Pirates did well to keep a clean sheet for the first time this season.
Rovers missed a couple of good chances in the opening half and I suppose a first draw of the campaign was a fair result after a very hard fought game. The team is still settling in and getting to know each other’s play and a steady improvement in understanding will, I’m sure, lead to better things as the weeks go by. Today we welcome back to the Memorial Stadium returning friends from Hereford, including of course Ryan Green, a member of Rovers’ promotion winning team from 2007. I for one will never forget his inch perfect cross on the run in the cauldron that was Victoria Park, Hartlepool, in the final minutes of the 2006/07 season for ‘Lambo’ to power in the winner that took Rovers into the play offs and at the same time denied ‘Pools’ the Championship. We certainly don’t want Ryan to repeat that today!
During the interval here in the game against Northampton not only did we carry out the usual 50/50 Draw but Ken Masters and I also handed over a cheque for £10,000, the remainder of last season’s 50/50 proceeds, to Rovers’ Head of Youth Ken Oram.
This money is the latest in what has become a regular donation from the 50/50 tcheque for £10,000, the remainder of last season’s 50/50 proceeds, to Rovers’ Head of Youth Ken Oram. This money is the latest in what has become a regular donation from the 50/50 towards our ever expanding Youth Scheme. If you have not yet found your way up to the AXA ground at Cribbs Causeway on a Saturday morning, (fixture list on page 19), then you should do so because there is some really exciting talent making their way towards Rovers’ first team.
A couple of weeks ago the U-18’s thrashed League Champions Swindon on their own patch. These lads are being funded by the 50/50, so please keep buying the tickets and hopefully I’ll be handing you a nice fat envelope on the pitch during the interval today!
Enjoy the game.
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
owards our ever expanding Youth Scheme. If you have not yet found your way up to the AXA ground at Cribbs Causeway on a SC QUIZ
The next General Knowledge quiz will be held on Thursday 15th September in the clubhouse bars.
The usual rules apply with a maximum of five in a team and just £1 per person per entry. As always there will be a raffle. All profits go to the Share Scheme as we close in on the £1m mark. morning,
SHARE SCHEME SHIRT DRAW
The first Share Scheme shirt winner for 2011/12 is Simon Partridge whose membership number was drawn by Frankie Prince at the Torquay game.
The lucky winner at the Northampton game was Steven Tovey.
Peter Scull of Stoke Bishop won £938 at the Torquay game with ticket 33075 sold by Alan Williams in the Civil Service Club.