19th November 2011 Barnet
January 1, 2000
It’s back to the ‘bread & butter’ business of trying to improve our League position this afternoon, following last Saturday’s victory over Corby Town in the FA Cup. That was always going to be a tricky tie, with the chance of Rovers suffering a giant killing as quite a few other League sides did last week. Fortunately our lads were able to raise their game after Corby came out strong in the second half and equalised. ‘Muzzy’s great goal seemed to break the ‘Steelmen’ though and I think 3-1 was a fairer reflection in the end after Rovers had completely dominated the first 45 minutes.
That win has set us up with non league opposition again, and I think it will be even tougher in a fortnight’s time when we go to fast rising AFC Totton – a side that was competing against Mangotsfield United and Yate Town a year ago! I’m sure that we will have a capacity following at Totton, as well as some interest from the TV companies with the prospect of a giant killing again. These notes are written before any ticket or travel details are to hand, but I know that the ‘Gas’ will be out in force in support of the lads.
Last Saturday morning I was able to take in most of the U-18’s hastily rearranged South West League match against Torquay United at the South Bristol Training Ground, With six of the regular members of the starting lineup missing, we had to put out a weakened team with several under age lads playing but nevertheless dominated our visitors in the first half to lead by 2-0. The ‘Gulls’ improved to force a draw in the second ’45’ but Rovers maintained their unbeaten record in readiness for last Tuesday’s Second Round FA Youth Cup tie at Wimbledon. An attractive home game against Coventry City awaits the winners of that, so I hope by now we are preparing accordingly for the Sky Blues. Whatever, we certainly have a very talented group of players coming up through the youth ranks, just as we had hoped forwhen the scheme was taken fully under Rovers’ wing and with it funding from the 50/50 just a couple of years ago. Please keep buying your 50/50 tickets and perhaps I’ll be handing you some money at half time as well!
Our visitors today are another of the sides that the likes of Plymouth, Swindon and Rovers think that we should not be having to face up to in the League but, we are all here ‘on merit’ and the men from Underhill are not going to make it easy as they are desperate for points. Please get behind our lads this afternoon as we have some very difficult games coming-up and need the points just as much if we are going to make any real impact this season. Booing and jeering won’t help if things are not going our way so let’s hear it for the boys in blue!
Jim Chappell BRSC Chairman
ORGANISED JUNIOR MATCHDAY PARTIES
Today we welcome a group of boys, girls and coaches from the Knowle community so it’s good to see our support developing ‘south of the river!’
Broadwalk U-8’s, are a new team of boys and 1 girl, coached by Paul Summers and Josef Kuchanny. Broadwalk has been together for just over a year now and have played in a number of friendlies and are getting ready for next seasons’ league. This will be the first time, not just at the Memorial Stadium, but at any ground for most of the Broadwalk squad. Two of the squad, Cole Summers and Ryan Kuchanny, are already Young Pirates.
Hopefully, with a good result today, there could soon be some more ‘Young Pirates’.
This scheme, which has operated successfully for several years, is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the Brunel Professional Risks Stand or Family Enclosure. This will include for some parents to supervise them. Eagle Coaches have again agreed to provide a free bus within the Bristol area and will go further a field for a subsidised cost. As an example Yate and other areas on the fringes of Bristol will cost £125 places further a field such as Bath or Frome would cost £1 50 so still good value at £2.50/ £3 a head.
We are now booked up until, and including, the home game against Crawley Town on Saturday 14th January 2012. Of the remaining nine games only Morecambe is booked although four clubs have said they definitely want to come and are currently selecting matches. That only leaves four games and I have a lot of further interest, so please submit 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] 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.
Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches for their support.
£10,000 BOOST FOR YOUTH
The highly successful Youth Development Programme at Bristol Rovers has been given a further boost thanks to a substantial E10,000 donation by Bristol Rovers Supporters Club.
At half time during today’s game our chairman, Jim Chappell, will hand over the cheque for E10,000 to football club chairman Nick Higgs.
The money has been raised from Supporters Club 50-50 matchday draws which have provided a staggering £60,000 in donations to the football club’s Youth Development Programme over the past three years, including the purchase of a 16 seater state of the art minibus.
On behalf of the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club, I am delighted to welcome the players, supporters and management of Barnet FC to the Memorial Stadium this afternoon. It is sometimes strange the way the fixture list comes up. Not only do we meet Barnet today, but we will soon be returning to Barnet for the return fixture for our very first game of the New Year.
Although Barnet have won only once on the road this season, do not underestimate them. The Bees will on a high after two wins, and a draw including a cup win at Southport last week, the JPT quarter final win at Cheltenham and a draw at AFC Wimbledon in the league two weeks ago.
Nevertheless, with Mustapha Carayol in such fine form, I know it will be Rovers who provide the ‘sting in the tail’ today.
It is always extremely sad to hear of the death of any fellow Bristol Rovers supporter, particularly when it happens in tragic circumstances.
Therefore, on behalf of everyone at Bristol Rovers, I would like to pay tribute to 45 year old Jerry Price from Weston super Mare who died on 28th October.
As you may have read, Jerry, who was a staunch Gashead and described by his family as a ‘fun-loving and bubbly man’, was clearing out his garage at his Locking Castle home when it is believed he slipped and banged his head on the floor. He tried to raise the alarm and his 11 year old son Josh discovered his father outside their back door.
An ambulance took Jerry to Frenchay Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, but regrettably, his family were told a few hours later that he did not survive. What is even more tragic is that Jerry had been married for just 25 days when he died, just three days after returning from his honeymoon, having married his partner Hayley, for 19 years.
Our sincere condolences go out to Hayley and all of Jerry and Hayley’s family at this very tragic time.
Yours in friendship
Brian Seymour-Smith, BRSC Director
Sonia Crew of Yate won £565 at the Corby game with ticket 46725 sold by Alan Williams and Mark Smith in the Civil Service Club.
Don’t forget our next Supporters Club General Knowledge Quiz is next Thursday (24th) in the Bristol Room at the stadium.
It starts at 7.45 p.m., entry is £l with a maximum of five per team with cash prizes. Profits go to the Share Scheme.