£1/2 Million – Raised By You!

March 29, 2006

[image1] The last home game saw the Supporters Club Share Scheme pass a major landmark, when Associate Director and Share Scheme Chairman David Brain handed over a “symbolic” cheque to the Football Club which meant that those who have subscribed to the scheme have raised £500,000 over the last three years. Today we look back at the first three years of the Share Scheme and pinpoint its major landmarks and achievements.

October/November 2002 The Supporters Club then Associate Director Steve Burns, discusses the scheme with his boardroom colleagues for the first time and plans are developed with the Supporters Club committee towards a launch date in December.

 December 2002 The scheme is launched at a home match with Oxford amid a blaze of publicity, as the Supporters Club announce the ambitious targets of gaining a 28% shareholding in the Football Club in order to have a “blocking” vote on all major decisions and raising £3.5 million pounds in the process.

January/February 2003 A Share Scheme Committee is formed and new volunteers come forward to help market the scheme. Roger Cooper becomes the Share Scheme Chairman. The slogan for the scheme “54321” (the number of people required at bronze level to subscribe to reach the target) is conceived and launched by marketing man Steve Martell.
April 2003 With Rovers facing relegation to the Conference the Share Scheme funds Striker Andy Rammell’s signing from Wycombe Wanderers. Steve Burns says “The money pledged by the fans have allowed us (the board) to make a signing when otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to .“

19,21 and 26 April 2003 Rammell scores twice against Cambridge and once against Oxford and Darlington to help Rovers to three consecutive wins to stave off what had been the real possibility of relegation.

July 2003 Junior Agogo signs from Barnet, once again the Share Scheme funds the transfer.

November 2003 The formal subscription agreement negotiated between the Supporters Club and Football Club, which establishes the formal process of the Share Scheme is signed by both parties. The Supporters Club presents a cheque to the Football Club for £105,000 and to mark this milestone (provided for in the agreement) Steve Burns becomes a full director and the Supporters Club is invited to nominate a further associate director.

December 2003 The first anniversary of the scheme is celebrated with a party hosted by the directors and manager Ray Graydon.

February 2004 Geoff Dunford donates 1000 shares to the Share Scheme.

March 2004 Steve Burns resigns as both director and vice chairman of the Supporters Club and an extraordinary general meeting is announced to elect both his successor and the new associate director.

April 2004 Junior Agogo finds his scoring touch late in the season as Rovers once again narrowly avoid the drop into the conference.

May 2004 Jane Browne is elected to the board as a full director and Kim Stuckey becomes an associate director.

July 2004 Robbie Ryan joins rovers from Millwall again funded by the Share Scheme.

September 2004 Supporters Club share holding reaches 50,000 shares.

December 2004 Total paid into the Football Club passes £300,000.

February 2005 Roger Cooper resigns as Share Scheme Chairman. Report into Football Club finances produced by supporters entitled “Where’s The Money Gone?” commissioned by the Share Scheme Committee is published.

March 2005 David Brain becomes Share Scheme Chairman.

July 2005 £400,000 mark is reached.

November 2005 Jane Browne steps down from the board.

December 2005 Supporters Club AGM agrees to new, dedicated Share Scheme committee. Kim Stuckey ratified as new full director. David Brain wins election to become associate director.

February 2006 Money paid into scheme tops £500,000.

March 2006 Presentation on pitch to mark “£1/2 million” mark, total share holding is now 136,550 shares giving a percentage of 7.91%.

Here’s to the next three years!

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