13th September 2011 Shrewsbury Town
January 1, 2000
BRSC programme notes
FEATURING LONDON GAS
Good evening to all for tonight’s mid week League fixture with Shrewsbury Town.
It seems that games are piled on games at this time but it is refreshing at least to be back in BS7 following no less than four consecutive trips on the road. We extend a warm welcome to Shrews supporters and wish them a safe journey home after the game.
Fans commit themselves to a good deal of travelling over the course of the season and whilst some people take the rail option where is convenient to do so, most take to the road in either organised coach or mini bus trips or in private cars. This does not only apply to away games, because there are a good many Gas who travel considerable distances to games here at the Mem. With the cost of fuel at a an all time high give or take a few pence or two, I understand that our supporters welcome the opportunity to link up with like minds and from their respective local patches whenever possible.
Norton Radstock Gas met at the Crown in Clapton near Midsomer Norton on Thursday Sept 1st to look at possible travel dates over the course of the season and to chat about all things Rovers. We had a good attendance on the night and members have targeted the away game at Oxford United on Saturday October 8th for a local coach to run from North East Somerset. The Branch is also looking to organise a fund raising social evening at some time in the Autumn.
London Gas has been meeting on a regular basis in the capital for some time. Croydon based Rovers fan Paul Davis has taken over the reins of the group and we welcome Paul and all at London Gas into the fold of BRSC Branches.
There has been an influx of new members and the London Gas membership currently stands at 60 plus. Besides London Gas drinks, the members organise train and cars sharing trips to home and away games. If you live in the area and wish to join up with our members, you will be made very welcome indeed.
The September London Gas Drinks will take place this Thursday (15th) at The Prince Albert, 76 Colombo Street, SE 8DP from 6.30 onwards. Contact details are [email protected], also Twitter @IheLondonGas and on Facebook – London Gas Facebook page as LondonGas.
You will find the contact details for Norton Radstock, WsM, Severn Vale and Gloster Gas branches here
Ken Masters, BRSC Director
The next General Knowledge quiz will be held on Thursday (15th) in the Clubhouse Bars.
The usual rules apply, with a maximum of five in a team and just £1 per person entry. As always, there will be a raffle. All profits go to the Share Scheme as we close in on the £1m mark.
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
We are again this season running organised Junior Matchday Parties for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the Brunei Professional Risks Stand or Family Enclosure.
This will include some for parents to supervise them. Eagle Coaches have 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 and places further afield, such as Bath or Frame, 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 e-mail your applications in 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.
50/50 DRAW V WATFORD
Brian Rice of Watford won £491 in the draw at the Watford game with ticket 31128 sold by Sandra Jaques in the J & G Stand.
For the travelling Gashead it seems like an eternity since Rovers last played at home but it is, of course, only a couple of weeks; it’s just that we have journeyed away on no less than four consecutive trips during that short time.
The drubbing at Crawley was hard to take for nearly a thousand travellers as the Red Devils were clearly the better side and fully deserved all the points. These are early days of course and I think the majority of followers, who formed such a large percentage of the crowds both at Brisbane Road and Adams Park, would agree with me that the Rovers generally played some good football but just could not defend when it really mattered. We can’t lose sight of the fact that this is a completely new squad which is still settling in and which has been plagued by a succession of injuries.
Things will not be any easier this evening when the Pirates face up to the Shrews for the first time since that great day at Wembley 52 months ago.
Town have remained a top League Two club for several years now without ever being able to take that final step back up the League but, with a fine new ground for us to visit later in the season and another failed play off bid last term, Shrewsbury will prove another tough test for us tonight. Hopefully things went better for us at Valley Parade and that Rovers can continue to improve with three valuable points come the final whistle.
I mentioned Rovers forming a large proportion of the two very poor attendances for the Carling Cup match at Orient, (1,881) and the JPT tie at Wycombe which generated just 771 paying customers in total! I believe that the latter is now the record lowest crowd to watch Rovers in a post war competitive match and I have to say that the atmosphere resembled that for a reserve team friendly. I suppose it is no surprise when England were playing a European Championship qualifier just 30 miles away and the game was being screened live on terrestrial TV but, who came to make the decision to play what is a poorly supported tie anyway on the same night? I know we had a long trip to Yorkshire on the Saturday but does anybody think about the fans? Perhaps if we were called customers the penny might drop, but I doubt it!
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
The latest new member of the Share Scheme is John Brain, who has taken up the corporate option through his company ‘Water Matters’.
‘Water Matters’ specialise in water leak detection, water leak repairs and the installation of new water mains and supply pipes. ‘Water Matters’ also undertake chlorination, tank cleaning, risk assessments etc.
The Corporate Scheme is £1,200 per year, but with tax advantages this will effectively make the cost less than a Platinum subscription and will get your company on the role of honour which would be good publicity, and is specifically for small businesses.
The latest Share Scheme shirt winner was Steven Tovey at the Northampton game. The winner at the Hereford game was Kevin Hurcombe and we hope to present him with his signed shirt tonight.
UWE FRESHER’S FAIR
We are again planning to have a stall at the UWE Fresher’s Fair on Thursday 22nd September.
We will be offering a six game mini season ticket to UWE students for £36 and be giving away some match tickets as prizes so please come to our stall which will again be a joint venture between the Football Club and the Supporters Club. There will be further details in the Aldershot programme.
50/50 DRAW V HEREFORD
Phillip Ralph of Horfield, seen here with Jim Chappell and Cian Bolger, won £815 in the draw at the Hereford game with ticket 37425 sold by Pete Collins on Filton Avenue.