Green Un 10th January

January 10, 2006


We’re Back!

Every Monday’s Evening Post will now carry the Green Un as a pull out section and you can find this column every week within it’s pages. We will post it in it’s un-edited form here every Tuesday for those that miss it.

After a Christmas break that saw husbands and sons making excuses to rush off up and down Britain’s motorways following the Gas for 4 games in 8 days, we now have a lull in proceedings as our favourite team took a rest this weekend while the FA Cup 3rd round was played.

Seven points from twelve was not a bad haul over the festive period and puts us right into the play off mix. With League 2 being so very tight at the moment, Rovers finally have some say in their own destiny, a situation we have not experienced for some time as we have looked over our shoulders.

As you would imagine, Supporters Club business has been busy in the shops, with sales very brisk indeed, no doubt helped by Christmas and resurgence in form on the pitch. Other than this, there has been little else on the agenda so far this month, though there is a committee meeting due over the next week.

Thursday evening saw the Rovers v Manchester United 50th anniversary night. The evening was attended by Alfie Biggs and George Petherbridge accompanied by Tom Roost and Bobby Campbell, the first two of course played in that magical game at Eastville in 1956 when the Busby babes got a 4-0 spanking in the FA Cup 3rd round.

The evening was well attended and provided Gasheads with a chance to see Rovers footage from the 50’s, old Pathe news reels footage showing how football used to be when there was far less choice of things to do in one’s leisure time, and certainly no shopping malls!

At the start of the evening everybody took a moment to remember Ray Kendall and the massive contribution he made to our club for over 50 years. As his funeral had been arranged for that day, consideration had been given to postponing the event, but after much deliberation, it was decided to continue. As the evening drew to a close, it was felt we had taken the right decision and it seemed a fitting end to what was an emotional day.

A commemorative programme was produced especially for the evening. It contains much of the old programme’s contents complimented by modern writing from current programme writers. This will become a collector’s item and is now available to buy at both our shops and via the online shop now priced £2.50.

Back to the football and don’t forget this Saturday’s match at Cheltenham is all ticket with no chance of away fans being able to pay on the day, so if you don’t have a ticket the advice is not to travel.

Finally, we gave away over £2000 in 50/50 prize money over the holiday period. Both prizes were claimed but here are the numbers just for the record;

Boxing Day. Ticket number 31646 won £1023

New Year’s Eve. Ticket number 32002 won £989.

We are pleased to be writing for the new look Green Un and wish you all a Happy New Year. More next week

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