January 1, 2000
It came as a great shock to be telephoned by Keith Brookman during an Executive Committee meeting at Kingswood last Friday and to be informed of the passing of Alan Lacock.
Last year we lost both Gordon Pearce and Jane Browne and Alan was a friend and committee colleague of both during the 1970’s having come up like them through the ‘Pirates’ youth organisation under Gordon Bennett and onto the Supporters Club Committee. Alan was one of those great football fans who always supported his team through thick and thin, relegation and promotion and he had a vast knowledge of Rovers and our players throughout the post war period. Attending every home game for more than half a century and many more on the road during the 70’s and 80’s helped Alan gain that knowledge and there was little he couldn’t remember about Rovers’ games and players. My lasting memory of Alan will always be one of him flicking through his latest edition of ‘Rothmans’ just to check a point or to show some poor ‘disbeliever’ that what he had just declared was actually a fact that only he could possibly remember! That made him first on the list as a contributor to the best programme in the Football League and he will be greatly missed by the rest of us on the ‘Pirate’ team.
Alan’s health had deteriorated greatly over the last few years to the extent that he finally lost his incredible home attendance record only this season and perhaps that was somehow fitting considering the team’s sad decline over the last year or so. However, I’m sure we will rise again soon and Alan can look down on his beloved Rovers in a new home proud to have played a part in our great club.
Alan was another great character who will be greatly missed by all the many Rovers fans who knew him and the Supporters Club sends its sincere condolences to his brother Steve and all the rest of his family at this very sad time.
Details of Alan’s funeral have yet to be announced but details will be put on both the Football and Supporters Clubs’ websites in due course.