Green Un 8th May 2006

May 9, 2006


So that’s it for another season then. We were teased with play-offs possibilities right up to our trip to Rochdale last week. It was a hard working performance from the lads, made all the more difficult by a referee who made a crucial decision from 20 yards away from an incident to reduce us to ten men and effectively end our campaign there and then.
It still seems amazing that we managed to receive so many last chances to scrape into the play off zone after the teams around us, like us, just couldn’t do what they needed to put them out of our reach. Considering some of the games we lost or drew this season, often as a result of a simple mistake, it leaves one feeling we probably have only ourselves to blame rather than the departure of Jamie Forrester or other factors we have turned to for comfort in the moment of disappointment.
The successful Supporters Club Share Scheme has received a new boost this week with the signing up of the first company to take up its corporate package. Only last month it was revealed that the scheme had broken through the £500,000 barrier in the amount handed over to the football club. There are a number of attractive packages available under the scheme and we are delighted to welcome the Alarm Service Group of Ashton Vale, who has taken up the corporate deal at £1,200 for a season. Full details of the corporate membership scheme can be found on our web site, located within the share scheme section. Alternatively, both 199 and Pirate Leisure have details available to callers, as do the share scheme advisors on a match day.

The Player Of The Season awards were presented Sunday evening at the Supporters Club end of season party at the Stadium. With tickets at £5 per head, demand was high as predicted and presentations were made to player of the season and young player of the season. As this is being written prior to the evening, I cannot say for definite who the winners were, but at the moment, Steve Elliott and Richard Walker were leading the way with Chris Carruthers not far behind for player of the season. As for young player of the season, Lewis Haldane seems to be getting lots of votes, but that’s hardly surprising!
Supporters Club Membership Fees – Important Changes
At the annual general meeting held in November, it was agreed to increase the annual membership fee from £5 to £7 for members aged under 65 for the 2006-07 season. This is the first increase for over five years and has been necessary due to rising costs.
The Executive Committee also proposed that our over 65’s should pay a proportion of the full membership fee to cover administration costs. After some debate a proposal was made from the floor that this should be fixed at half the full membership. This will come into effect for the 2006-07 season with the membership fee being set at £3.50. We are sure our members will appreciate our reluctance to raise these fees.
Finally, it seems fitting to end this column on an optimistic note. We have made some real progress on the pitch under our new management duo and we have every reason to feel it is just the beginning of a new era for the club, with more entertaining and productive football on the pitch which will hopefully bring Gasheads back and re-kindle their interest next season. During the close season, there will be regular weekly updates on the BRSC website to keep our members informed. Have a great summer and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Mem ready for the start of next season.

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