Green Un 1st October

October 2, 2005


Last Saturday saw an exciting start for Paul Trollope’s team after the departure of Ian Atkins on Thursday. Although the game was decided by just a single goal, Rovers deserved the points despite fading towards the end. Fans were pleased to see a 4-4-2 formation, which also seemed to suit the players better. The Supporters club members made Robbie Ryan their man of the match after a terrific performance from him and his best so far in a Rovers shirt.
Unfortunately a wet Tuesday night at Bury did not yield any further points with Rovers going down by the odd goal to the home side. It was a shame as it would have been good momentum to carry to Carlisle this week if we’d come back with at least a point.
The Supporters Club held the Share Scheme open evening on Thursday night, which was attended by over 120 Gasheads.
The evening was split into two speaking parts with Kevin Hamblin, the principle at Filton, speaking about the relationship between Rovers and the academy. He explained Filton’s role in attracting and retaining ‘elite’ players, ultimately preparing them for professional football. He continued and talked about how all students at Filton are full time, though the curriculum has sufficient flexibility to accommodate both playing and learning. He also spoke about Filton’s values and what the set up offers Rovers. It was very interesting and a full report can be found on our website,
In the interval visitors were given a guided tour of the facilities on offer to the football club, and very impressive they were too. Boasting state of the art training surfaces, cutting-edge gymnasium equipment and offering excellent physiotherapy facilities, it is going to have a major effect on the way Rovers teams will be able to train and prepare in future. The facilities are far and away the best outside the premiership and we look forward to seeing the results in years to come. The Supporters Club would like to thank Kevin and all at Filton who helped to make the evening possible.

On the evening the majority of the board of the football club were there to answer questions from those present, ranging from financial questions to redevelopment of the Mem, scouting and Ryan William’s loan, to the predictable questions regarding management and timescale for a replacement for Ian Atkins. From the playing staff, Paul Trollope, James Hunt and Scott Shearer were also present, along with a welcome surprise visit from Ryan Clarke. The feedback on the night was very good and it left a very positive effect on most that attended.
This week due to renewed demand, the Supporters club have ordered more Rovers wristbands. As the blue and white ones sold out some time ago we have ordered a final batch of 200 which should be here in about a fortnight. It’ll be Gashead’s last chance to get one as there won’t be any more once they are gone.
This Sunday it’s the Bristol half marathon again, and regular readers will recall Rovers have some 15 runners taking part. They are running to raise money for a crèche facility at the Mem and also to raise money to buy sports equipment for local schools. If you’re going, look out for them in their Rovers t-shirts and give them some encouragement.
Finally, Paul Kyle was young pirates mascot last week and with his favourite player being Lewis Haldane, imagine his joy at him being recalled back from his loan at Forest Green in time for his big day!
The 50/50 winning number for the Darlington game was 20904 and the prize was £828.

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