Alicia’s Big Day Out

April 13, 2006

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To celebrate her 9th birthday on 4 April, Alicia Rose Ellery was treated to watch Rovers game against Rushden & Diamonds. Accompanying her were Mum and Dad and her two sisters Amelia aged 11 and Constance age 5.

Despite the result Alicia enjoyed her day and was delighted to see her name in the programme and having the chance to have her photo taken with Man of the Match Aaron Lescott. When asked about the game Alicia, who plays in defence for Downend Saints, said “Rovers played well at times but were let down by the referee as he had the eyes of a potato“.

Her nomination for Man of the Match was Junior Agogo and she also thought Aaron Lescott had a good game at the back. She did comment that the crowd were quite quiet and she felt they should have sang more. She also said that there should have been more sausage rolls on sale as she really likes them and the club should sell long sleeve shirts cos when it gets cold.

The family have also recently watched the Gas Girls . Alicia said that the Girls game was better because they won and scored a few goals.

Older sister Amelia felt Rovers were unlucky especially as Richard Walker was not offside when he scored and wasn’t sure why James Hunt’s goal was disallowed. Amelia agreed with her sister that Junior was Man of the Match but as she has a goldfish named Lewis Haldane, she was hoping that he would score. Her other goldfish is called Crystal Palace. She explained that she doesn’t support them, but the fish is more “crystally” than gold coloured. Amelia is also a keen footballer and is having trials with the Centre of Excellence and would like to play for the Gas Girls in the future.

Younger sister Constance is keen ballerina but is soon going to start to play football as well. She thought Aaron was the best player.

Mum commented that it was a pity the game wasn’t as good as when she watched the Rovers against Derby a few years ago!

Dad wished that Harold Jarman was playing! He said he thought the Rushen sub Tyronne Berry made the difference with his injection of pace and also thought Dave Savage played well on his return to the Mem, where co-incidentally, the girls Grandad Mike used to play rugby for Bristol.

Dad was impressed by the scheme that Rovers have started this season where two children under eleven can get into a game for free with one paying adult. He was pleased that his daughters looked like being long term Rovers fans and also that they enjoy playing football themselves. He also thanked everyone at the club for being so friendly and for Aaron to take the time to have his photo taken and having a few words with the girls

The family had met some of the players before at a charity event at the Bowlplex centre, which Aaron, Richard Walker and John Anderson attended. Dad again thought it was good for Rovers to show they are part of the community and are involved in important fundraising activities.

It was good to meet some of the next generation of Rovers fans and overall the Ellery family enjoyed their day out at the Mem and will definitely be back. – as long as we make sure that we bake some extra sausage rolls!

Don’t forget the next opportunity for under 11s to watch the Gas for free is against Boston on Saturday 2 April. Why not make a day of it and watch the Chelsea v Liverpool clash in the FA Cup semi-final in the bars straight after the game.

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