Green Un 20th March 2006

March 21, 2006

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This week has seen the first of the Supporters Club’s advertised ‘On the road’ evenings. Yate Town Football Club welcomed us on Tuesday night and there was a good showing from local Gasheads. Sadly for them, Yate Town had a fixture outstanding with Mangotsfield on the same evening, which meant quite a few of their fans that had planned to come along missed out.

The evening was hosted jointly by Fans Director Kim Stuckey and Supporters Club Chairman John Malyckyj, with special guests for the evening, Director of Football Lennie Lawrence, goalkeeping coach and 11th hour ‘keeper last Saturday Steve Book and John Anderson. With the fixture at Oxford scheduled for Wednesday night, it was decided to do the question and answer session with the players first, so they could get away and be ready for the next day. Lennie was happy to stay and answer further questions from the floor. These ranged from questions about how long it would take to get out of the division we are in to questions about the structure of the football club and just how much daily input he really has. Lennie was great value and answered everybody’s questions comprehensively.

Before the players left we drew the raffle where lucky winners won memorabilia signed by Rovers greats of yesteryear. Signed t-shirts and a signed photo of a young Alfie Biggs proved to be popular prizes, as did the replica 1956 FA Cup Man Utd programmes. Finally, the evening was rounded off with a re run of the Pathe footage of Rovers in the 50’s, previously shown at the 1956 anniversary evening back in January. With at least one more of these evenings scheduled before the end of the season, demand is going to be high once people start to hear just how good they are. We are still trying to book another venue for early April and news will follow when we have one confirmed.

The Supporters Club were delighted to learn of Paul Trollope’s contract being signed this week too. Paul has proved to be very focussed and appears to be getting a very positive response from the players and is communicating with them in a way our last manager was not able to. We feel for the football club to get him signed up on a new deal so soon shows ambition and recognises he is an individual the football club want as part of the future here at Rovers.

The social committee continue to work organising events for Gasheads on non-match days. Two of the ever-popular quizzes have been booked for next month, with the film and TV quiz on Monday 3rd April and the music quiz taking place on Thursday 2oth April. Both start at 7.30 in the Bristol room.

Finally, we have another 50/50 half time draw result for you from the Notts County match last Saturday. The winning ticket number was 46169, which won £996.
More news next week.

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