FROM THE CHAIR
A home tie against non league opposition is the best that we can hope for I suppose but I’m sure that this afternoon’s first ever contest with the Steelmen from Corby will be another testing game for our misfiring Pirates.
We had another good following at Accrington last Saturday but, Rovers conceded two poor goals and despite a concerted effort they could only pull one back. All the points had been given away again and Rovers have now managed to concede at least twice in every away game this season with the exception of our goalless draw at Macclesfield. The last thing we want then this afternoon is to be taken to a replay at Steel Park but, as I said above, it won’t be easy as today above all days is when the magic of the cup casts its spell.
Hopefully Rovers will not be one of the headline features on TV tonight so please get behind the boys in blue and let’s see if a cup run can finally give a proper kickstart to our season!
The last game here at the Mem was also a cup tie – the First round of the FA Youth Cup, and you will probably be aware by now that our so far unbeaten U-18’s continued their magnificent start with a comprehensive dismissal of Maidenhead United 4-1.
It was a pity there were not a few more here to witness it, as the lads now face a tricky away game at Wimbledon in the Second Round. Should we get through then perhaps there will be another opportunity to support the team in a Third Round tie here against one of the big names. We ran another 50/50 Draw against Maidenhead and raised just a few quid but you can do your bit for our young lads today, and at every home game, by supporting the BRSC 50/50 Draw at just a £l a time. We have some great young players coming up through the ranks, but we need your help to turn them into the finished article; home grown first team players for Bristol Rovers!
Get Up for the Cup this afternoon!
Jim Chappell, Chairman BRSC
ALL TO PLAY FOR
A warm welcome to Corby supporters, enjoy your football with us and a safe journey home to Northamptonshire and other parts after the game.
The Steelmen are enjoying a good season so far, currently lying fifth in the Blue Square Bet North table and having brushed aside former League club Kidderminster Harriers to reach this stage. Those of us who were at the equivalent U-18’s tie last Tuesday week will have been impressed with the performance of our boys against previously unbeaten Maidstone United Youth. Same again, but this time from the first team, will go down well with our supporters today.
It is often said that a good cup run can be transposed to an upturn in League fortune at this stage of the season. In addition, all lower League clubs look forward to a number in the hat for a Third Round fixture, possibly against one of the bigger Premier League clubs. All to play for then, and we must do our bit by getting right behind the players and so help to bring this about. Come on Rovers, let’s do this.
Ken Masters, Director BRSC
Following our recent request for donations of foreign coins to help the Share Scheme we have found that we can also earn some money if old British coins are collected. Therefore, if you have any unwanted currency, please can you pass them on to the Supporters Club. The Share Scheme collection tins can be found in the Supporters Club matchday hut, Pirate Leisure and 199, Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, as well as with the Programme sellers at the Memorial Gates.
The next Supporters Club General Knowledge Quiz is on Thursday, November 24th, in the Bristol Room. It starts at 7.45pm; entry is £l with a maximum of five per team with cash prizes. Profits go to the Share Scheme.
Peter Dibble of St George won £726 at the Dagenham & Redbridge game with ticket 45404 sold by Alan Williams and Mark Smith at the Civil Service Club.
Nick Rogers of Stoke Bishop won £30 at the FA Youth cup tie with ticket 45987.