Southampton programme notes

February 17, 2008


[image1]Get Your Name Up In The New Stadium

It is not too late to have your name added to a Roll of Honour that will be seen in the new stadium!

The honours board will contain the names of everyone who has been a member of the Share Scheme since it started. The scheme ends in November but as long as you are a member for at least the last three months then your name will be added. So it is not too late to join the scheme now to be included on the list for everyone to see for years to come.

The list of names will go on a wall in one of the rooms, probably the Supporters Club area, naming everyone who has been a member of the fund raising scheme over its five year period.

By joining you will help the Supporters Club to buy more shares in the football club. We hope to have raised more than £700,000 by the time the scheme ends. It has put us in the unique position of having two Supporters Club members sitting on the football club board.

When the scheme was launched the club was sitting at the bottom of the Football League but our money helped to buy striker Andy  “Rambo” Rammell who helped to turn our fortunes around dramatically. Share Scheme money also helped secure the signings of several other players including Danny Coles, Rickie Lambert and Junior Agogo. As we close in on our dream of a new home you support is still required. Funding the stadium until it is built is a massive commitments but ‘together we make a difference’.

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).
  • Free Supporters Club membership.
  • 5% discount on purchases made at Pirate Leisure.
  • Additional 5% discount on advertised season ticket price.
  • One complimentary terrace match ticket per season (selected games only)

Silver Option

  • £5 per week by standing order (£21.67 per month).
  • Free Supporters Club membership.
  • 7.5% discount on purchases made at Pirate Leisure.
  • Additional 7.5% discount on advertised season ticket price.
  • Free meal for two at a home match including picture with player (one per season).
  • Two complimentary terrace match tickets per season (selected games only)

Gold Option

  • £10 per week by standing order (£43.34 per month).
  • Free Supporters Club membership.
  • 10% discount on purchases made at Pirate Leisure.
  • Additional 10% discount on advertised season ticket price.
  • Free meal for four at a home match including a signed official Bristol Rovers football (one per season).
  • Four complimentary terrace match tickets per season (selected games only).

Platinum Option

  • £1,000 per year donation or by standing order (£83.34 per month) for 36 months.
  • The Supporters Club buy 364 shares in the club (allocated after 12/24/36 months).
  • Free Supporters Club membership.
  • 10% discount on purchases made at Pirate Leisure.
  • Additional 12.5% discount on advertised season ticket price.
  • Match ball sponsorship and corporate hospitality package for up to four people at a home match (one per season).
  • Signed picture taken with squad.
  • Eight complimentary seated match tickets per season (selected games only).

Corporate Option

  • £1,200 per year donation or by standing order (£100.00 per month).
  • 50% discount on the hire of rooms for meetings at the Memorial Stadium.
  • Up to 10 Becks Stand Season tickets at 12.5% discount.
  • 1 corporate hospitality package per year including a signed football.
  • 10% discount off ground and programme advertising
  • Signed picture taken at pre season photo call with a player or players for up to 5 employees.
  • Eight complimentary seated match tickets per season (selected games only).
  • Company name on plaque listing everyone who supported the appeal.
  • Company name listed on club website and in matchday programme.
  • Framed signed shirt

Please check the Supporters Club website to see that we have your name on our list if you have been a member for more than three months.

If you would like to join or introduce someone else please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 [email protected] If you would simply like to now more about the scheme then please contact me:- [email protected]

From The Chair

Welcome to everyone here today for yet another very big match in the history of Bristol Rovers. It is fifty years since we last reached the quarter finals of the F.A. Cup and thirty years since we triumphed over today’s illustrious opponents in quite similar circumstances – a far from decent pitch, national TV coverage and another ‘full house’ at a stadium soon to be vacated.

It will be great to see some old faces from that great day at Eastville – Peter Aitken still works for the Club of course, Manager Bobby Campbell is a regular at home games and I understand that the goalscoring hero that day, Paul Randall, will be a guest of honour today. I’ll settle for the same result this afternoon!

There is a report on the next page on  the latest meeting between the Supporters Club Executive and the Board of Directors. Since then we held an EC meeting last week to discuss items raised and we are currently formulating plans to meet the forthcoming challenge of two seasons ‘in exile’ before a return to the new stadium in 2010.

With the club’s 125th anniversary falling whilst we are scheduled to be playing in Cheltenham there is much to be done. More on all this in future ‘Pirates’. Meantime, the boys in blue need your support like never before this afternoon. This place can be a cauldron of noise when the ‘Mem faithful’ get behind the team as you have during the exciting last twelve months or so. Let’s send those Saints marching out today! Up the Pirates!

Jim Chappell.

£700,000 Cup Cash Bonanza

Bristol Rovers have grossed £700,000 from the FA Cup including media rights for today’s game.

The figure was revealed in the latest quarterly meeting between the football club board and the Supporters Club executive committee last week. And the directors also revealed that they are confident their modified plans for the new stadium will be approved by the city council in around 12 weeks.

Toni Watola, company secretary of the football club told the meeting that Rovers were getting £250,000 for the live TV coverage of the Southampton game, £18,000 from BBC Radio Five, £9,000 from Talk Sport and £31,000 from advertising. Mr Watola said: “We are going to clear £700,000 in gross receipts to date from the FA Cup run. It is a fantastic figure and some of it is being used to pay the stadium consultants fees which so far have been coming out of club funds.”

Chairman Ron Craig added: “Three months is a long time in football and the television fee is a godsend. It all goes towards balancing the books which has included win bonuses and we have paid between £50,000 and £60,000 on protecting the pitch. With the games we have already lost to the weather we cannot afford any more postponements.”

“We have been anxious that we have not signed any new forwards although we did sign Danny Coles in the transfer window and he has already shown us what he is capable of.”

“The board was disappointed that Jermaine Easter and  Jeff  Hughes both slipped through the net but we have talked to Paul Trollope and Lennie Lawrence bout bringing in three loans signings which we would prefer to be long term rather than short term.” Mr Craig revealed that Tony Pulis’ son Anthony had been signed on loan as back up for the midfield.

Nick Higgs told the meeting that a revised planning application had been submitted to the city council. He said: “We have come up with a hugely improved design with a slight rationalisation in some areas. There will be less student rooms although some will now be double instead of single rooms.

“Plans for a basement at the south end have now been abandoned and those areas incorporated into the revised plans. It will mean up to 15,000 less vehicle movements to take waste away. There will now be a bigger gymnasium, sports injury clinic, more office space for the football club and 8,000 square feet for the Supporters Club on match days.”

“We are spending the same on the stadium, it will still have 18,000 seats and there is no reason why the revised application will not go through.”

Edward Ware said they were all working very hard and that there was still a huge amount of revenue in contracts to get signed up although the general mood was a positive one towards the project.

Barry Bradshaw praised everyone who had worked at Pirate Leisure and our shop in Two Mile Hill. He said: “Everyone has done fantastically well over the last year and they get a great vote of thanks from the board. They have done a tremendous job in coping with the ticket sales and all  the phone calls they have had to handle.”

Supporters Club chairman Jim Chappell asked questions regarding the club’s move to Cheltenham next season.

The football club revealed it was looking at three or four potential premises in the Gloucester Road area to lease for use as a shop, offices and storage area. Travel arrangements will be announced once the move has been finalised. Mr Bradshaw said that plans were also being finalised over the celebration of the clubs’ 125 anniversary later this year.

Dennis Payter

A Rare Encounter

Good day to all at the Memorial Stadium for this FA Cup Fifth Round tie. One of the unique features of the competition is that each season, teams from lower down the pyramid work themselves into the latter rounds, either into the last sixteen, last eight or even final four. This year it falls upon ourselves along with Huddersfield Town to fly the flag for the third tier.

A warm welcome to the supporters of Southampton Football Club who have travelled from the South Coast to share the drama and undoubted emotion resulting in one of our respective football clubs joining just seven others in the sixth round.

Saints are a football club that we have not met too many times in the past. Founded in 1885 as Southampton St Mary’s, hence the famous nickname, our visitors became founder members of the newly formed Third Division along with ourselves in 1920.  Promoted to Division Two in 1922 Saints remained there until 1953. In that very same season we were promoted and so our paths did not cross.

Saints were back in the Second Division following promotion in 1960. We met for just two seasons before our relegation in 1962. Southampton were promoted to the First Division in 1966 and relegated in 1974. We were promoted in that season and so our rare encounters resumed for only four seasons before The Saints joined the top flight again.

Today’s fixture is a rare encounter indeed and one we have been looking forward to since the draw was made. Our support for The Pirates has been superb in the competition thus far and has contributed significantly to our progress. There is a confidence about us that we can push on and take our place in the quarter finals for the third time in our history. We can do this; come on Rovers, come on you Blues.

Ken Masters

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