Green Un 10th December
December 11, 2005
On a wet Friday night in Burslem, we finally saw the promise we have been looking for from our team in the FA Cup match against League 1’s Port Vale.
Vale were sitting 8th in League 1 while we have struggled again near the bottom of League 2 this season, but on the night who would have thought it? 526 proud Gasheads left Vale Park felling elated but at the same time disappointed that we leaked the late goal, but their deflected goal was all they offered on the night and we have to remain positive that we can get the result in the replay next Tuesday.
Following that showing, we travelled to Stockport Tuesday and saw quite a different performance from our favourite team.
Stockport were at us from the off, leaving Trollope with no alternative but to sit deeper than he would have liked and hope to gain advantage on the counter attack. Initially, it made us look like we were clinging on and when we got a penalty just before half time right against the run of play, who would blame Hatters fans feeling aggrieved to be behind at the break? Rovers kept the home side out for the rest of the match and we came away with not only 3 points, but also back to back league wins at last. A big performance all over the park from the team, though it may not have looked like it to the uninitiated.
Since the Supporters Club’s AGM last Thursday, we are building up to Christmas fast. We have taken delivery of many new lines, including some of the new pink range of leisure wear and with the upturn in our performances on the pitch, our shops are much busier and sales are brisk. Our advice to Christmas shoppers looking for Rovers goodies to give as presents is, don’t leave it too late. In addition to our normal shop opening hours, we will be opening late this coming Thursday evening, to coincide with the Young Pirates Christmas party being held in the MCE suite. With players on hand to autograph items for fans, it’s an ideal opportunity to get that gift made extra special with a personal message from your favourite player.
Another opportunity to meet the stars of yesteryear comes next Saturday before the match against Torquay. Special guests at the match include Harold Jarman, Alfie Biggs and Frankie Prince who will be signing copies of the latest Rovers book, ‘Bristol Rovers Greats’. They can be found in the bar behind the Bass End starting at approximately 1pm.
With a big week that could shape the rest of our season coming up we need to be in good voice on Tuesday and again next Saturday when we entertain Torquay.
More news next week.