6th April 2012 Gillingham

January 1, 2000







Dennis Payter



On behalf of the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club, may I wish you all a very Happy Easter and may I welcome the players, supporters and management of Gillingham FC to the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.

I cannot congratulate the team, manager and coaching staff enough for the excellent performances Rovers have put in since Mark and Shaun joined forces. The result at top of the table Swindon last week was testament to the tremendous recovery we have made as a team after a difficult first half of the season. I’m sure you share my ambition in wanting to see a reverse 4-1 scoreline after the drubbing we suffered at the Priestfield Stadium just before Christmas. What a great start to the Easter programme that would be!

Finally, talking about deadlines, don’t forget to get your season ticket before the end of April so you can enjoy watching all the excitement of next season at the same price as this.

As well as this financial incentive, the club has also introduced a long term benefit, allowing those supporters who buy season tickets over the next two seasons to have first choice when picking their seats in the proposed new UWE Stadium. That’s an offer not to be missed!

This really is an exciting time for the club. On behalf of Bristol Rovers FC, the Supporters Club and everyone associated with the club may I thank you for your kind continued support!

Enjoy the match and have a wonderful Easter. UTG!

Yours in friendship

Brian Seymour-Smith, BRSC Director



I’m sure you will have seen on the forums, or leaflets handed out at our last home game against Southend, about how you can support Bristol Rovers FC’s official planning application to South Gloucestershire Council, for the building of a new 21,700 all seater stadium at UWE, Frenchay.

This is something we have all dreamed of for years and represents possibly the most exciting period in the history of our football club. But we need your support now to help ensure this application is successful.

If you have not responded to South Gloucestershire Council, then please do so ASAP as time is running out. You do not have to live in South Gloucestershire to support this application.


  1. Please write a letter of support to South Gloucestershire Council.

  2. Each letter of support must be written and sent by you as an individual and written as a letter, addressed to Helen Ainsley, Major Sites Team, South Gloucestershire Council, Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate BS37 5AF or respond on the South Gloucestershire Council website

  3. If you are writing as a family or couple a joint letter will only count as one. Therefore, if there are more than one of you who supports this scheme then please send a letter from EACH of you (even though you may be at the same address) and the wording on each letter MUST be different – otherwise again, it will only be counted as one letter.

The Letter should contain the following information about WHY YOU THINK the new stadium will be beneficial to you and the community who lives around you.

Here are just a few ideas and I am sure you will have your own ideas:

It will be great for you and your local community because:

It offers great educational opportunities because of its tie up with the UWE There will be unrivalled transport links – rail, bus

This facility will help the wider community of South Gloucestershire, the wider Bristol area and the whole the South West with a 21st century state of the art facility

We need a new sports facility in South Gloucestershire – something we don’t have at the moment

It will create new jobs

It’s making great use of an existing site by offering new recreational facilities There will be events held there which all my family can attend and enjoy.


From the BRSC Chairman: JIM CHAPPELL

Three games in the eight day period that finished at Swindon last Saturday produced the full trio of results with a narrow home win over promotion, chasing Southend, a rather unlucky defeat at Aldershot, and an extremely satisfying draw with the league leaders.

Not that the’Robins’ looked any better than Rovers and we seemed to finish the stronger team with Mark McGhee’s substitutions seemingly proving better than those of his controversial counterpart!

You have to wonder about Mr. Di Canio and his completely over the top reactions to just about every minor thing that happens during a game. Despite having been spoken to already by the referee, Paulo could not stop himself racing into Rovers’ technical area to retrieve a ball and then to finish the afternoon off by leaving his players in the dressing room whist he returned onto the pitch in order to taunt us Gasheads as we peacefully left the ground. Bizarre indeed!

There is no doubt that the Italian is great entertainment but I thought that was actually the job of the players on the pitch and I wonder what effect his antics might have on his charges when things are not going well for them, as may well be the case before the end of the season!

As for Rovers, all three opponents were on great runs when we played them and the whole trio could only muster one very fortunate goal between them. They say that great teams are built on a good defence and there is no doubt that McGhee is building a good one here ready for next season. Here we are in April and I’m looking forward to August already! When I wrote about the new stadium a few weeks ago I said that Rovers fans would need to act in support on the planning application when the time came – and that time is here now! We need every supporter to write an individual letter to the South Gloucestershire Council. Just copying in a standard letter is not good enough; we need proper letters of support to ensure that the stadium plans get passed.

Don’t leave anything to chance, and don’t leave it to someone else. We have waited too long for this to happen. You don’t have to live in South Gloucestershire, as we need backing from all around the region.

It’s another tough test on the pitch for our lads today but, with your great support, the boys in blue can gain revenge for a very poor day at the Priestfield last December.

Cheer the lads again and, MOST IMPORTANT, write those letters when you get back home with three more points in the bag.


Up the Pirates!


Today we welcome Andy Bradley and the children of Almondsbury Youth Football Club (AYFC) who are grateful to Bristol Rovers for inviting them to today’s game.

For some of the children today this will be their first league match. AYFC have 20+ children here today from their U-8 and U-11 teams. They have a good mix of both boys and girls representing their football club here today. Recently the U-8’s won their first game of the season 8-1, closely followed by a 3-3 draw.

With football teams from U-6 to U-18 Colts and more recently the club have started a girl’s specific team for U-7’s. AYFC welcome newcomers to their teams, so if you’re a boy/gid and would like to have some fun whilst learning the many skills involved with football then please contact www.ayfc.org 

AYFC is an FA Chartered Standard club with close relationships with Almondsbury UWE FC to ensure all youth players will have a natural progression into various levels of senior football.

Organised Junior Matchday Parties have again operated successfully this year and we are now fully booked up to the end of this season. We are now keeping a reserve list and taking expressions of interest for 2012113. Please email your applications to [email protected] or phone on 07765 254110.

50/50 DRAW

The winning ticket sold at the Southend game, by Sandra Jacques in the J & G Stand, was 62021 and the prize was £758.



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