17th September 2011 Aldershot Town
January 1, 2000
Tuesday’s lucky 50/50 winner received his cheque from Director Chris Jelf and Supporters’ Club Chairman Jim Chappell
It was great to see another large band of travelling Pirates making the trip up to Valley Parade where, once again, our luck was out.
Rovers seemed to have all the points in the bag thanks to a couple of great goals from Matt Harrold and Eliot Richards only for the assistant ref to award the second of two very dubious penalty decisions as late as the 93rd minute. I’m sure those of you who didn’t travel will have seen the goals on TV by now and would agree that Rovers were very hard done by. The two penalties ruined an otherwise good away performance in which Rovers weathered the usual opening storm and took control in the second half. Hopefully luck was on our side on our return to the Mem midweek.
Aldershot is probably one of those small clubs we think that we should not have to play against but I am a great believer that the League tables never lie and we are where we are because of our own previous failings. Despite the less than hoped for results in those four consecutive away games there were signs, especially at Bradford, that the completely new squad is now starting to gel. There was fantastic support on the road and we need more of that today and for the rest of the season if Rovers are to be successful again so let’s hear it for the boys in blue this afternoon!
The Supporters Club AGM is scheduled for Thursday 6th October here in the Clubhouse. The main item on the agenda is, of course, the election of one of our representatives on the Board of the Football Club, with Ron Cocks and Brian Seymour-Smith challenging David Brain for his current post. All Club members should have received their voting slips by now and I would urge everyone to make sure that you return them to one of the ballot boxes that are situated in the BRSC shop at Kingswood, in Pirate Leisure and in our matchday cabin in the car park. Slips will be accepted in the two shops until 5.00pm on the 6th and, for last minute votes, in the Clubhouse up until the start of the ACM at 7.30pm. Football Club Chairman Nick Higgs, Manager Paul Buckle and the rest of the Board have all been invited to take part in what is bound to be a very interesting Q&A session and I hope that there is a large turnout on the evening.
Jim Chappell, BRSC Chairman
UWE FRESHER’S FAIR-STADIUM PRESENTATION
We are again having 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. This year we are taking a double stall to allow the football club to display plans and details of the new UWE stadium so we hope you will come and visit us.
The event starts at 11.00am and goes on to 4.00prn. One of our representatives on the board, David Brain, will be on hand to answer any question about the supporters dub or general supporters enquires and taking membership applications as well as selling mini season tickets. Other directors/ members of the stadium development team will be on hand to present the UWE stadium proposals.
The games covered by the mini season tickets are:-
Tues 25th October-Port Vale
Sat 19th November – Barnet
Sat 28th January – Bradford
Sat 18th February-Oxford
Sat 17th March-AFC Wimbledon
Sat 14th April-Burton Albion
Good afternoon and welcome to all at the Memorial Stadium for today’s encounter with Aldershot Town.
A warm welcome to Shots fans who are enjoying life back in the Football League, having reformed and spending a good number of years in non league football. Thank you for visiting us in BS7 and a safe journey home after the game.
I must say it has been good for all of our supporters to be back on our home patch this week having played no less than four matches on the spin away from Bristol. Thank you for turning out to follow the team on our travels. The support at Bradford City last week was amazing and especially following on from the very large contingent that suffered on our recent trip to CrawleyTown.
With automatic and play off promotion from the Conference a good number of clubs are now plying their trade at League level for the first time in their history. This is all well and good for football, but I do have one major concern. The fixture between Morecambe and Crawley last Saturday amounted to a top of the table clash albeit at this very early stage of the season. The attendance up in the North West for the game amounted to a mere 2,054.1 wonder if football at this level with such low gates is sustainable.
I take my hat off to clubs with those levels of support, doing well and even looking for promotion to League One. My thinking is that expectation levels are low by comparison with clubs such as ours and Bradford City. High expectation brings added pressure, I am sure, but such is the nature of the beast.
It was good to visit Valley Parade but I could not help thinking that it should have been a League One fixture at least, if not a Championship game.
We are where we are and the only way to improve the situation is to work hard all around the football club as well as on the field of play. The players would have felt the support last week and it would have helped them to what looked like a three point haul until so late in the game we were done by the second penalty kick awarded in Bradford’s favour.
Same again today; let’s get behind the team and make the progress to be where we want to be.
Ken Masters. BRSC Director
DEVON & CORNWALL BRANCH OF ROVERS SUPPORTERS CLUB?
If anyone is interested in getting involved and/or joining a Devon & Cornwall Branch of Rovers Supporters Club could they please contact David Brain on 07765 254110.
We are hoping to extend the good work started by Ken Masters, setting up branches which are going from strength to strength. The aim will be to arrange some social events and travel to home and away games as well as some fundraising for the Supporters Club.
The latest Share Scheme shirt winner for 2011/12 was Kevin Hurcombe who won at the Hereford game. Kevin will be presented with his shirt at half time of today’s game.
Membership of the Share Scheme options are:
Bronze Option – £10.83 per month
Silver Option – £21.67 per month
Gold Option – £43.34 per month
Platinum Option – £83.34 per month.
Corporate Option – £100.00 per month.
More information can be found here
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Today Yate United are bringing a party to the Memorial Stadium for the fifth year and members now look forward to the occasion each season.
The club runs boys and girls teams from Colts to U-18’s and this year celebrates 40 years of local football U-14’s manager Clive Milton again heads up ‘the day at the Gas’ and says he would like to wish Paul Buckle and the guys all the best for the season.
There is only one game yet to be booked before Christmas for organised matchday parties, so please submit an early application to avoid disappointment.
Teams can apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the Brunel Professional Risks Stand or Family Enclosure.
Please email your applications to [email protected] or phone on 07765 254110:Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches for their support.