29th October 2011 Dagenham & Redbridge
January 1, 2000
Many of us will remember the Daggers’ last visit here, towards the end of last season, when they went away with a 2-0 victory.
Rovers were reduced to 10 men and Hoskins and Howe both had efforts ruled out for offside so, yes, it was one of those days at the office!
Today gives me the opportunity to thank all those who voted for me to be one of your two representatives on the Football Club Board of Directors. On your behalf, may I thank David Brain for all the brilliant work he did over the past six years, particularly with the Share Scheme and wish him well.
I’m sure David will continue to serve the club in whatever way he can in the future. I also relish the opportunity of working with Ken Masters who I know has done so much to support the community side of the club, on top of his many other Supporters Club duties, and I will do all I can to support him in his efforts.
If endorsed by the Board in November my main ambition, if invited, will be to help support the club with its communication, with supporters and with the media. Despite living in the Midlands I am still able to follow local TV and I was stunned the other week to see mentions for City and Cheltenham but no mention of Rovers’ game at Burton. As I mentioned to supporters I met at Burton who highlighted many other concerns, including a lack of support on local radio, these are issues I would like to take head on and I will keep you informed about the progress we make.
To me football is not just about what goes on the pitch but it’s about the whole matchday experience. Already a number of supporters have contacted me about issues ranging from bar prices, disability access, free admission for minibus drivers at away games and so on. I know Ken has already been raising these issues on your behalf at Board level and hopefully, with Board support, we can bring these issues to a satisfactory conclusion for you.
Brian Seymour-Smith, BRSC Director
Colin Clark picked up the signed shirt he won in the
Share Scheme draw, from David Brain at the Port Vale game
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Today we welcome youngsters from Trowbridge Town Football Club.
The boys largely represent the U-8 age groups and are back here at The Memorial Stadium after a successful trip from Wiltshire last season, when Rovers ran out 1-0 winners against Oldham.
This is the first season that the boys have started competitive fixtures, entering team, in both the Wiltshire and Midsomer Norton leagues. Special thanks go to the U-8 coaches, Mark, Martyn, Tony and Jon for the time and effort they put into running this section of the Trowbridge Town youth. Happily, after last season’s visit, the number of blue and white quartered shirts gradually increased in appearance on the training ground and we hope today’s appearance has the same effect!
We only have a small party here against Barnet on Saturday 19th November, who do 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 in early to avoid disappointment as matches to the end of the season are running out.
Please email your applications in to [email protected] net or phone on 07765 254110.
MANY THANKS from David Brain
I would like to congratulate Brian Seymour Smith and commiserate with Ron Cocks over the Director election.
Ron is a good guy, who has undertaken volunteer work for the club for many years and supported me on the Share Scheme committee but never sought publicity or reward other than seeking the opportunity to serve the fans as a Director.
With regard to Brian, I am absolutely sure he will bring a new and important dynamic to the position with his media skills. I am equally sure that it was time for a change and new impetus. I would like to thank all of those who have taken the time to thank me privately and those who have thanked me through the forums. I should also thank my wife and family who have been very supportive despite using on average 10 days of my annual leave on Football Club/Supporters Club duties, so I may now have to get the paint pot out again (perhaps I should have canvassed!). For those who were concerned that I would be upset please be assured that I am not disappointed and genuinely believed it was time for a new broom. If fans had wanted me to stay on I would have done but I have honestly not canvassed a single vote for reasons already stated. I will continue to help the Football and Supporters club in any way I can, although I will take a bit of a back seat over the next few months as I need to concentrate on career issues.
I have started dialogue with Brian and will hand over to him, but continue to support him as much as he wants. As you will appreciate, Brian’s appointment will need to be ratified at the next board meeting so for up to 4/5 weeks I will continue to represent you as Fans Director and during this time I will continue to answer questions on the forum. Brian has agreed to take the chair of the Share Scheme, which I have always believed to be necessarily linked to the Director role. I will, however, continue to help on the Share Scheme committee.
Whilst I have become used to the luxury of the Boardroom, I will offer to go back to selling programmes and 50/50 tickets if the Supporters Club is ever short of sellers albeit this is a thankless task in all weathers and I have the utmost respect for those fans who give up their time. I will continue with the match party initiative to encourage new support until such time as Brian or Ken wants to take on the role, but at least for this season. Nick Higgs has also spoken to me about helping the club in respect of some stadium initiatives in the future.
I have monitored your questions and taken on board views expressed, so again I hope Brian and/or Ken will continue with this. Similarly I have spent time with other support groups and hope their views will continue to be represented. I had started making enquiries about a Devon & Cornwall<span style=”font-weight: normal;”> branch of the Supporters Club and will help this to be set up if there is support, so fans can still contact me or they can contact Ken. For the past five years I have organised a stall at the UWE Fresher’s Fair and hope this will be continued and, perhaps, even expanded to include other Universities such as Bristol or Bath.
Richard Jennings won the
50/50 draw at the Port Vale
game with ticket number
41089. His ticket was purchased
from Sandra Jaques in the J & G
Stand, and he is pictured here receiving
his winnings of £593 from