Cheltenham programme notes

February 6, 2008

[image1]Below are the SC programme notes which, given the postponement of the match, were written two months ago and as such certain articles will be out of date.

Also, to give it the prominance it deserves, an article included in the Cheltenham programme notes reviewing a decade of the 50:50 lottery has been published separately on this website.

A Special Welcome

Good evening to you all and a really warm and special Memorial Stadium welcome to everyone connected with Cheltenham Town Football Club. In my Supporters Club column I normally welcome only our opponent’s fans because I do take the opportunity on match days to personally greet the Directors and Officials of our visitors before the game.

On this occasion I find it entirely appropriate to publicly welcome everybody associated with our Gloucestershire neighbours. I visited Whaddon Road several times over the summer, to view the ground and to discuss arrangements for our supporters pending the time we play our football there.

Along with Jim Chappell and Steve Burns I was particularly interested in like for like spectator and social arrangements for our fans, as far as practically possible, and the special and necessary facilities for disabled supporters. The issues of a match day shop, match day ticket office and the special arrangements required for our 50/50 draw were also raised. Separately and together we have met with the Chief Executive, Administrative Manager, Heath and Safety Officer and other members of the admin staff.

We could not have wished to have met with such welcoming, hospitable, friendly and helpful people in football or in any other walk of life. I cannot speak highly enough of the reception that I and my colleagues found at Cheltenham Town Football Club. They have done so well to establish themselves in the Football League and they are a credit to West Country football.

Older members of my family have told me that my Dad’s grandmother on his maternal side had a sister who once, many moons ago, kept a Pub in the Town. I thought I would look it up only to find that it had disappeared into history along with my bit of Cheltenham heritage that I did not know existed anyway. Not to waste the trip, I popped into a few to have a few and to gauge the reaction of Town fans and local residents to Bristol Rovers. I was so pleasantly surprised. I have to be honest and say that found little animosity.

One story before I close on the subject. A really decent bloke in one pub I went into, I think it was the Swan in the High Street or was it the Railway, got talking and asked me if I followed cricket as well. I said yes I did and that I followed Gloucestershire pretty much ball by ball during the summer and went to the 20/20 any as many other games as I could. I said that loads of Bristol Rovers supporters were the same as me. He shook my hand until I thought my arm was going to drop off and said, “So what’s the problem then?” I felt I was among my own and it just seemed to sum it up some how.

Please join with me today to extend and demonstrate a warm and sincere Bristol Rovers welcome to the fans from Cheltenham and North Gloucestershire and to wish them a safe journey home just a little way up the M5 after the game.

Apart from the good feeling between our two clubs there is a football match to win this evening day. After the unreal events of last Saturday week, we are a bit depleted but still very strong. I am writing these notes ahead of the Rushton game, but it was good, albeit under strength somewhat, to have got past a very decent table topping Orient side having been drawn away at their place. One team, one Bristol Rovers; come on Rovers come on you Blues.

Ken Masters

Share Scheme Update on Supporters Club website

Commercial chairman, Clive Farquhar, is now providing monthly share scheme updates on the Supporters club website. Clive’s first regular monthly update is now published and can be viewed at This summary gives the position of the Share Scheme as at the end of October 2007. This summary has been delayed somewhat due to the forthcoming AGM and in future I will report here soon after each month end as possible. Periodically of I will publish a more comprehensive review.

Contributors pay into the Share Scheme throughout the course of a month and are then periodically paid over to the Supporters Club. This transfer is made after making allowance for administrative and promotional expenses at a notional 5% of contributions received (with any such allowance not utilised by the end of the scheme being used to acquire final shares).

With some members’ contributions due on the last day of the month, banking deadlines mean that the monthly figures inevitably fluctuate a little as a result. The statistics for the month of October are as follows:

  • Contributions received totalling £5,282 from 373 members
  • 900 shares at £5 acquired by the Supporters club
  • 900 shares at 50p acquired by the Supporters Club
  • Cumulative Share Scheme contributions paid over by the Supporters Club to BRFC (1883) Ltd to 31st October totalled £631,075
  • Supporters Club holding at 31st October totalled 302,300
  • Total number of issued ordinary shares in BRFC (1883) Ltd was 3,211,104
  • Percentage holding by Supporters Club was 9.41%

If you would like to join, introduce someone else or just want some further information on the Share Scheme, please contact David Brain; or Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001

For individuals weekly membership of the scheme begins at less than the price of a pint of beer. There are four different ordinary levels and the corporate scheme, these options are:

Bronze Option
£2.50 per week by standing order (£10.83 per month).
Silver Option
£5 per week by standing order (£21.67 per month).
Gold Option
£10 per week by standing order (£43.34 per month).

Platinum Option
£1,000 per year donation or by standing order (£83.34 per month) for 36 months.

Name on plaque listing everyone who supported the appeal.

Name listed on club website and in matchday programme.

Corporate Option
£1,200 per year donation or by standing order (£100.00 per month).

Organised Juniors Matchday Parties

Today we would like to welcome Longwell Green Juniors.

For those unaware, this scheme is for schools and organised junior teams to apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the Family Enclosure or subject to availability the Becks Stand or Guinness Stand. This will include for some parents to supervise them. Eagle Coaches has again agreed to provide a free bus within the Bristol area and will go further a field for a subsidised cost. As an example we have parties from Nailsea, Wells, Bath and from Frome and this will cost £100 so good value at £2 a head.

We still have the 29th December (top of the table Carlisle); Port Vale on the 2nd February 2008, Oldham on the 12th February, Northampton on the 4th March and the last four games angst Huddersfield, Hartlepool, Gillingham and Brighton. The available games will be filled quickly so you will need to hurry to avoid disappointment.

Please get your applications to or (07765)254110. There will only be one coach per game so priority will be given on a first come first serve basis but we will also give higher consideration to parties who will fill the coach. We would also be please to hear from smaller parties who can make their own way to the ground.

Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches


David Brain, Director and Share Scheme Chairman,




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