Green Un 29th October

October 30, 2005


Last Saturday’s late late show at the Mem saw Gasheads going home with a smile on their faces. After the disappointment of the Peterborough LDV match and the poor second half performance at Boston, albeit aided by a poor penalty decision, Rovers fans needed a home win to restore their faith. Despite going behind against the run of play, Trollope’s side once again showed the required character to pull through and some may argue nick the points.
On a lighter note, Gasheads were delighted to see some Rovers greats from yesteryear last Saturday, both signing books before the match and appearing on the pitch at half time. Some great names some of our younger supporters may have only ever read about were present including Alfie Biggs and Joe Davis, appropriately joined by ex Gas from more recent years, Phil Purnell from the 89/90 3rd Division winning side along with Carl Saunders from the same side, and Stuart Taylor, holder of the record for most appearances in a Rovers shirt and member of the 73/74 promotion winning side. Additionally we had the good fortune to see Harold Jarman who I had the privilege of persuading to co commentate with me for the second half for BHBS, the hospital radio broadcasting service. (Even if you’re sick there’s no escaping me!) 

With a trip to bottom of the table Macclesfield today, our objective had to be to make certain they stay there and we brought back all three points. If we were able to do that it gives us back-to-back wins and something to build on. With it being such a tight division, two wins on the bounce can really motor us up the table, and nearer to where we need to be.

Having drawn Grimsby away in the FA cup, much to the disappointment of those watching the TV’s in the bar after the game Saturday, the Supporters Club have announced ticket and travel details on our web site, , for this fixture. Travel details for all our other away matches for the season can also be found there. Once again, we would advise those wishing to use the coaches to book early to avoid disappointment.
On the subject of travel, with effect from the 5th November, all coaches departing from Horfield for away matches will now leave from the Memorial stadium instead of by the Gloucester Arms as previously was the case and that will now be the case for future matches. This will make the stadium car park available to those wishing to travel.

Following on from Jane Browne’s decision to step down as fans director this week, it is fitting to use this column for her colleagues to pay tribute to her. As an ever-present committee member of some forty years standing, she has played no small part in helping Kim Stuckey, both to find his feet in his role as associate director and also with his committee duties. Despite stepping down as director, she will continue to manage the retail operation and her role as treasurer for the Supporters club and remains a valued committee member.

The Social committee has been busy this week laying plans for an event to take place in early January to mark the 50th anniversary of Rovers beating Manchester United’s ‘Busby Babes’ 4-1 in the FA cup back in 1956.
Plans are afoot to invite players from the match and if possible show some highlights of Rovers in the 50’s, offering younger Gasheads a chance to see Rovers in their heyday and more seasoned fans a chance to stroll down memory lane. Special limited edition merchandise will also be available and more details will follow during the next few weeks. It’s bound to be a memorable night and interest is going to be very high, so as usual our advice is to follow the announcements and book your tickets early.

In addition to this event being planned for January, don’t forget that on Monday night we have our film and TV quiz in the Bristol Room. It starts at 7.30 and admission is £1 per person with a maximum of five people per team.
Finally, last week’s 50/50 winning ticket was number 24177, which won £806 and was claimed at half time.

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