Green Un 24th September

September 26, 2005

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I would like to use this column to take the opportunity to respond to Stuart MacAllister’s letter published in last Saturday’s Green Un.

As the elected “Fans” representative on the Board of Bristol Rovers’ I was naturally concerned that following an article in the Evening Post, that Mr McAllister felt that the Board were attacking our loyal supporters. I can honestly assure you that we are all very aware of the outstanding support given to this club by a huge section of our regular fans. Considering what we have all had to suffer over the past few years, their loyal support never ceases to amaze us.

I think the point that was trying to be put across was more for the fans who perhaps don’t support the club on a regular basis. We more than appreciate how hard it might be to stick with the club at the current time, but if people walk away, it just makes our job that much harder.

A lot of work is being put in at the moment to secure the club’s future, both on and off the field, not just until the end of the season, but for the next few years. This is a tough task and we hope that you will all be with us, when this is achieved.

It has been a difficult few weeks for everyone connected with the Football Club and the decision made earlier this week around Ian Atkins position was one that was not taken lightly. Kim Stuckey (our associate director) and I have been part of regular director’s meetings as the season has developed as well as the formal board meetings. We have conveyed the feelings of the fans during these discussions whilst keeping in mind the financial impact that any subsequent decision might have on the Football Club.

Next Thursday, 29th September 2005 sees the Supporters Club holding an open evening for Share Scheme Members and Supporters Club members at the new Bristol Rovers Centre of Excellence and Training Centre at the Filton College WISE Building. Admission is free but by ticket only and these can be obtained from our sales points today or either Pirate Leisure or Two Mill Hill during the week. A map is also available via our website,bristolrovers.co.uk.

The programme for the evening is as follows:

6.45pm – 7.30 pm Arrive, take a look around the outside of the building and relax in the new bar and cafe facilities
7.30pm – 7.50pm Presentation on the WISE Campus, Bristol Rovers Centre of Excellence and Rovers Scholarship Schemes
7.50pm – 8.30pm Guided Tours and Break in the Bar
8.30pm – 9.30pm Question and Answer Session with the Board of Directors and Management Team

A reminder to all Young Pirates out there – Don’t forget to visit your new club-room which is now situated opposite the turnstiles for the DAS side of the ground. New members are always welcome and there is always a “treasure” of goodies on sale.
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