News from the SC
September 19, 2008
From the Chair
The first of three difficult away games in eight days at Leeds produced a good display and a very worthy point in front of over 20,000 souls, a large and vocal contingent of them being ‘Gasheads’ of course. Hopes were therefore high of gaining revenge at Dean Court in mid-week for the hat-trick of defeats inflicted on us by Bournemouth last season. Oh dear! What a disappointment that turned out to be as a good number of our supporters were treated to a very indifferent display. The Pirates were outclassed in every department by a home side who clearly relished the opportunity to show their newly appointed management team just what they could do.
Perhaps Bournemouth would not be in the mess they currently endure had they played every other opponent as they do against Rovers but there is no disguising a very lack-lustre exit for us from the second cup competition at the first hurdle. Whilst the early rounds of the JPT and Carling Cup do not draw many more than the die-hard fans the competitons both provide opportunity for much-needed revenue in later stages. This revenue is now denied us at least until the F.A. Cup comes round again but a repeat of last season’s magical run into the quarter finals is bound to be difficult to say the least. The work of the Supporters Club therefore continues to be of great importance and we have again been recently involved in helping with the Football Club’s day-to-day funding.
Clive Farquhar’s proposals for cheap ticket sales have also been adopted as recently announced and Ken Masters has now completed negotiations for the formation of further branches of the Supporters Club in outlying districts. More details of these SC initiatives appear on our website and in their respective articles in this edition of The Pirate. In short the Executive Committee continues to enjoy excellent relations with the Board of Directors and we intend to keep pushing ahead with ideas to better the lot of our members and all Rovers’ supporters in general. Consist of the Executive is therefore of vital importance and five candidates are standing for three available positions at our AGM here on Thursday 25th. As I previously reported in the Hereford programme notes two of our regular match-day sellers, Pete Collins and Marc Radford, are standing for election along with retiring Committee members, Jane Browne, Taff Alexander and Clive Farquhar. Members should be receiving their AGM Notices and voting slips shortly and I hope there will be a large turnout on the evening to ensure a full representation of the Club. All the Directors and team management have been invited to attend as usual and a Rovers Forum will take place after the AGM so an interesting evening is guaranteed!
Hopefully our recent displays at Bournemouth and Peterborough were “blips” and we can get back on the winning trail today. This afternoon’s match against Walsall will be at least as difficult so get behind those boys in blue. Up the Pirates!
August was not a particularly good month from a commercial point of view with turnover at both retail outlets down on the corresponding period last season, which is hardly surprising given the current economic climate. Steve Burns is constantly reviewing pricing levels and sales items are flagged up on the website from time to time so please find the time to pop into either Pirate Leisure or Kingswood shops to see what they have to offer.
You will have read elsewhere in this section that the date of our AGM has now been set and I’m pleased to note that we have managed to achieve our target of bringing it forward by a couple of months from last year – much more logical as the AGM relates to last season. This has only been possible though by the more timely preparation of our accounts and I’d like to place on record my thanks to Treasurer Jane Browne for the way in which she has taken on board the various improved processes over the last year or so. The accounts should now be available to members for downloading from our website and hard copies will be available from either Pirate Leisure or Kingswood as well as on the night of the AGM itself.
I understand that the 3 for 2 deal for matches in October is proving popular and there is still plenty of time to take up the offer – further details can be obtained from our outlets or by following this web link:
http://www.bristolrovers.premiumtv.co.uk/page/TicketNews/0,,10328~1370064,00.html. We are conscious of the financial commitment made by fans in following our club and so we are also working closely with the FC board on further deals and offers and more news will follow in due course.
Enjoy the game!
Annual General Meeting
This year’s AGM will be held on Thursday 25th September and the meeting will commence at 7.30pm in the Bristol Room at the Memorial Stadium. Entry will be by production of membership cards for the 2007-08 season.
Nominations have been received in respect of election or re-election to the Executive Committee from the following:
Election addresses and voting papers will be mailed out to members in the next few days.
At around 9pm a football forum will take place and, as in previous years, representatives from the football club management team will be present to field questions and discuss footballing matters.
Today we welcome Stoke Lane AFC under 10s and under 11s, both of whom play in Bristol’s Hanham Minor League. Stoke Lane has recently achieved FA Charter Standard Community Club status and has over 400 players representing under 7 to under 16 boys and under 10 to under 14 girls. The Club also has a Ladies team and, from the 2007-08 season, established a Men’s team.