Rovers On The Road
May 1, 2006
[image1] John Malyckyj opened Bristol Rovers Supporters Club’s second ‘On The Road’ meeting at the Windsor Castle pub in Weston-super-Mare on Thursday 27th April.
Around 50 W-s-M Gas members packed into the Windsor’s function room and were joined by guests including Directors Kevin Spencer and Kim Stuckey, and Director of Football, Lenny Lawrence; supporters’ club officials Jane Brown, Ian Pugh and Robin Schols also attended.
After a brief poll of the number of games fans present had attended during this season, Belinda Hoddinott was presented with two tickets for the final home league game of the season, and Steve and Neil Belsten were presented with a Rovers fact book, signed by Lenny Lawrence.
A ‘question and answer’ session followed with Kevin Spencer updating the meeting with the plans for redeveloping the stadium. Lennie Lawrence then answered a wide range of questions from the floor in his usual informative and light hearted manner. Topics included the release of Jamie Forrester and Ryan Williams from the Club, Sammy Igoe’s loan spell, the football clubs budget for players contracts, the goal keeping situation, the link with China and Filton College, and the development of young players through the youth system, and even whether or not he was disappointed to be overlooked for the England Manager’s job!
[image2] After a short break during which the Windsor Castle provided a tasty selection of sandwiches, Kim Stuckey re-opened the meeting by showing those present the new home shirt, and also explained the reasoning behind the ‘retro’ design. There then followed a highlights show of Rovers in the 50’s, including footage of the team training on Weston’s beach, a friendly with Cardiff City held at Badminton, and ‘The Battle Of Bristol’ that Rovers won 4-3.
A highly entertaining, informative and enjoyable evening was rounded off with a raffle for prizes including a signed Rovers shirt. Lenny Lawrence’s ticket numbers were drawn on three occasions but missed out as he had unfortunately already left to prepare for the trip to Rochdale. Let’s hope that Lenny has better luck on and off the pitch next season!
A big ‘Thank You’ to all those who attended