25th October 2011 Port Vale

January 1, 2000







by Dennis Payter


It was great to get back to winning ways in our last home game, and the boys certainly did it in style with a comprehensive win over Rotherham United who were early season pacesetters and are likely to be back up amongst the front runners by the end of the campaign.

 Hopefully another big following of Rovers supporters had something to cheer about last Saturday as well, these notes having been written before the trip to Burton on Trent. The large number of new grounds for us to visit this season has helped us to counter the negative effects of relegation and the current recession, certainly in terms of numbers travelling, and the team has had fantastic support on the road so far.

We had a sellout at Wimbledon on the opening day, and truly major numbers in the visitors’ areas at Crawley and Oxford, the latter support being greater than some League Two clubs get for home matches!

 From the Supporters Club’s viewpoint we are anxious to provide the best possible transport for those who are not travelling by car and Ken Masters is working hard with the Branches to make sure those Pirates from outlying districts are similarly provided. We have been trying to tweak departure points and times with our Bristol provider, Eagle Coaches, to make sure we can get as many fans as possible to matches in comfort and as cheaply as possible.

This has involved a few minor changes, and we have heard a few complaints as a result. Obviously we have not made changes without a reason so, if you have any comments to make, please get in touch so that we can iron out any problems. You can call in, or write, to the Club Shop at 199, Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, BS15 1AZ or drop us an email to [email protected] btconnect.corn We welcome your views!

It’s a warm welcome back to Sean Rigg tonight, unfortunately without his team mate Lewis Haldane who has a broken leg, so best wishes to him on his recovery. Another tough game is promised with Vale doing so well this season so get behind our boys in blue again.

Enjoy the match!

Jim Chappell, Chairman BRSC



We extend a warm welcome to Vale supporters who have travelled to Bristol this evening. Enjoy your football with us and a safe journey home to The Potteries and other parts afterwards.</span>

A good deal of work has been going on at branch level over the past weeks. Severn Vale, in the name of RATS, continue to organise away transport from Gloucestershire to all away matches. Weston 5 Mare, London and Norton Radstock ran official trips to Oxford United and so helped to swell our superb away following on the day. At Bristol Rovers we are capable of away support numbers to the equal of what come clubs in this League count as a home attendance. Contact details of our branches are to be found on the official Supporters Club website. You are welcome on board.

 There are a number of diary dates as far as the branches are concerned. Gloster Gas is meeting up at the Double Gloucester pub, Cheltenham Road, Longlevens tomorrow evening 26th October from 7.00 pm. We are more than keen to give Gloster all the back up that we can. This is a relatively new branch, with very committed organisers in Dave and Ralph. Please come along to enjoy a talk Rovers evening, and a drink in good Gas company. The Double Gloucester is easy to find, handy for Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Forest and surrounding areas. It will be good to see you there.

Severn Vale members are meeting the following evening, on Thursday 27th October. The branch is meeting at a new venue in South Gloucestershire. Once again, check our website for details.

Weston s Mare have pencilled in a date for their AGM to be held at the Windsor Castle Pub in the Town. Please note Thursday 17th November, which is just a couple of day; before our home game with Barnet on the Saturday.

The Supporters Club continue to be the main sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth.

Please note Tuesday 1st November for the FA Youth Cup fixture at home to Maidstone United to be played at the Mem, kick off 7.30pm. We have a very good U-18 side this season, and they well deserve our support on the night.

This is our second successive home league fixture under the Memorial Stadium lights. The result against Rotherham was pleasing to all associated with Bristol Rovers. On the night we played our part in a big way.

Same again Gas, come on Rovers, come on you Blues.

Ken Masters, BRSC director



    Tony Gilbourson won £613 in the 50/50 draw at the Rotherham game, and is seen here collecting his winnings from Jim Chappell. The winning ticket, number 42981, was sold by Ray Exon in the main car park





  Christopher Sealey, the latest Share Scheme member to win a signed shirt, is presented with his prize by David Brain 



The latest Share Scheme shirt winners for 2011/12 are Colin Clark, won at the Rotherham game, and Richard Smith, won at the Cheltenham game. We hope to present Colin and Richard with their shirts at half time tonight.

Membership at the end of September 2011 stood at 259, and monthly contributions received totalled £3,681. There are 199 bronze members, 51 silver, 6 gold, 2 platinum and 1 corporate member. Total contributions received from the start of the Scheme totalled £918,173. The Supporters Club total holding at the end of September was 399,560 shares, which does not yet reflect shares to be allocated for August and September receipts. The Supporters Club percentage shareholding was 8.03%.

It’s not too late to join the Share Scheme and have your name on the ‘Roll of Honour’ which is to be displayed in the Supporters Club bar of the new UWE Stadium. Get you name added to those who have helped our club at the time it was needed most. You will also be entered into our matchday draw fora signed shirt. Some fans have asked if we still need to have a Share Scheme, and the answer is an emphatic yes. In 2011 we will continue to strive towards the primary objectives of the Share Scheme, which are to maximise its shareholding on behalf of the Supporters Club and income into the football club.

If you would like to join, or introduce someone else, please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on 0117 9524001 or [email protected] If you would simply like to know more about the scheme, then please contact David Brain; on 07765 254110 or [email protected] talktalk.net


There are four different ordinary levels and a corporate level to the Share Scheme. These 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 1 Corporate Option – £100.00 per month.

More information can be found here

Whether you are currently a Share Scheme member or not, we are always interested in your views so please do not hesitate to contact either Clare McDonagh or David Brain



We only have a small party coming to the Barnet game on Saturday 19th November, which does not require a coach, so we could fit another party in if you are interested. Otherwise we are booked up until Christmas, so please submit your applications early to avoid disappointment as matches to the end of the season are running out.

Please email your application to [email protected] or phone on 07765 254110.

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