News from the SC

August 27, 2008

From the Chair

The season did not get off to the best of starts, with two defeats in the first four days of the new campaign and with it an exit from the Carling Cup.

It was, perhaps, typical of Rovers that we looked good in attack against Carlisle whilst the defence faltered in front of a decent opening day crowd here, then roles were reversed at Vicarage Road as we failed to create any real chances but the boys at the back generally dealt well with the threat from Championship play off semi finalists Watford. Fortunately, a good second half at the Withdean last Saturday produced a welcome first point against the third strong opponents we have faced in the opening week. Certainly Carlisle are off to a ‘flyer’ and our performance against the Cumbrians has to be judged in that context! Let’s hope we can get a first win today against newly promoted Hereford, whose supporters we welcome back to Bristol after their promotion from Division Two.

The deadline for our column in the Carlisle opener fell the day before it was announced that Chairman Ron Craig was standing down to be replaced by Nick Higgs. This is, therefore, my first chance to publicly congratulate Nick on his elevation to the leadership and to thank Ron for his efforts and achievements over the past 18 months or so.

I say achievements because, of course, Ron chaired Rovers to a play off final at Wembley, and subsequent promotion, followed by an appearance in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, all within that short period of time. That surely makes Ron the most successful Chairman Rovers have ever had! Nick then, undoubtedly, has a hard act to follow but knowing him, as I have begun to do since he joined the board a couple of years ago, I’m sure that he too will be presiding over more success for the club as he is now able to concentrate fully on the new stadium project since selling his business. Ron remains on the board and I very much look forward to continuing to work with him, Nick and the rest of the Directors in the future.

It has been quite a busy period for the Supporters Club’s Executive Committee. In addition to the season getting underway, we have also held an Executive Committee meeting, our quarterly ‘get-together’ with the directors, and a meeting of the Share Scheme Committee.

As you can imagine, much has been discussed including the stadium redevelopment and proposals drawn up by our Commercial Chairman, Clive Farquhar, for possible future ticket deals to boost attendances here at the Mem. Negotiations are ongoing with the Directors with regard to these items, and we’ll give you news via the usual outlets as and when we can.

All this is in addition to planning for our Annual General Meeting, which is now scheduled to take place here on Thursday 25thSeptember. Nominations for the Executive Committee have now closed and we have received applications from two of our regular matchday sellers, Pete Collins and Marc Radford, who will stand for three available positions along with retiring Committee members, Jane Browne, Taff Alexander and Clive Farquhar. The Club’s accounts are currently with the auditors and AGM notices will be published as soon as these are finalised.

Get behind those boys in quarters this afternoon and hopefully we’ll be ‘off the mark’ with a first victory to lighten the trip home this evening!

Up the Pirates!

Jim Chappell.

 

 

 

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