News from the SC
October 27, 2008
OUR plan to form new branches around Bristol is already proving successful with one group now organising its own transport to an away game.
Before the Orient match we brought together the officials and organisers from established, newly formed and prospective branches of the Supporters Club from around the patch. We are working hard to pull in a circle of support from Weston-super-Mare round to Norton Radstock, West Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire, Mid Gloucestershire and South Wales. The activity has stemmed in part from our series of pre season meetings which were held in turn in Bristol, Paulton, Slimbridge, Weston and Melksham. A good number of people have come forward to support our efforts and we thank them very much indeed.
On the Thursday evening before the Orient game we held our second meeting and social gathering at the Norton Radstock branch. The evening followed on from the first event which took place in early September. Just as on that occasion the mine hosts at The Crown in Clapton were very welcoming indeed. To my surprise and delight the landlord had even erected a board in one bar area for the sole use of the branch to display notices and posters on a permanent basis. Fans from the area and branch members can keep up to date with what’s going on seven days a week.
Sally Ford, Louise Maidment and Carolyn Simmons, ably supported by Carolyn’s dad Derek are doing a great job in organising the newest of our branches. Much of the evening was taken up with signing up a healthy number entirely new members and drawing up a list of way support for the Leicester City game at the Walkers on 1st of November. The branch have been working with Berkeley Coaches of Paulton to transport local members from the NE Somerset area directly to the game with the last pick up point being Whitchurch village. As one member from Clapton said to me “This is great. I never went into Bristol to catch a Supporters Club coach but to be able to take one from so close to home makes it really worthwhile”
So far thirty six names have been taken to fill a smaller coach, but Berkeley Coaches have said they provide a larger one if the interest continues to grow. It looks to me if that is likely to happen so if you live close by and you wish to take in the Leicester game please don’t delay. Pirate Leisure will be pleased to pass on a contact number.
The Weston-super-Mare branch continues to flourish and membership is very strong indeed. I got my fingers rapped for suggesting around sixty at our get together. I am told it is many more than that. I bit of a way to go for Norton Radstock to catch up but they are making a very good effort to say the least. At the second meeting a further fifteen new members were sighed up and I understand the branch were so encouraged that they have invited the Weston branch to the Crown for a skittles evening in late November.
Now to today’s game, the spirit the players showed against Leyton Orient and Huddersfield Town was really excellent and this was matched by rousing support from the stands and terraces so I know you will get behind the boys today.
Finally I would like to say a warm welcome to the supporters of high flying Southend United. Enjoy the game and have a safe journey home.
From the chair
Once again this article is ‘behind the times’ as it was produced before last Tuesday night’s difficult home game here against Oldham Athletic. I hope that the team was able to continue its improved form following on from another good display last Saturday at Huddersfield. It was good to see so many ‘Gasheads’ in the visitors’ stand at the Galpharm Stadium where another dodgy start was the only blemish on an excellent display by the boys in green. Huddersfield’s current ticketing policy was one of a few that were considered I know by Clive Farquhar, Steve Burns and Toni Watoli when they met recently to look at what could be done to improve attendances here at the Memorial Stadium. The ‘Terriers’ are certainly filling the Galpharm stands although I’m not sure they are doing so economically and, it must be said that a large number of the near 13,500 home crowd certainly turned on the team when Rovers got well on top in the second half last Saturday. That surely did their players no good at all and it’s something we must be careful to avoid here as I’ve said before. Anyway I hope that’s not something we have to consider this afternoon and that everyone sticks behind the boys in what is bound to be a hard game, hopefully resulting in another three points for the ‘Pirates’ by five o’clock this evening!
<font color=”#444444″>Jim Chappell
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
This has again been a massive success and all Saturday matches have been booked. There is just one evening game left and the Boxing Day match for which schools and organised junior teams can apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the Becks Stand or Family Enclosure. This will include for some parents to supervise them. Unfortunately there is no free coach for these games.
Please get your applications to [email protected] or (07765) 254110.
Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches
Today we welcome St.Nicholas Development Squad. St Nicholas FC is based in Yate and Chipping Sodbury. There are over 20 teams of boys and girls aged from 3yrs – 18yrs The Development Squad was established in 2006 and there are currently 23, 3-6yr olds in the squad. The team has been very successful offering fun football based activities and mini matches for very young children. The team will be increasing to cater for over forty children in the next two months. This will be the first proper football match many of the children have attended and so they are all very excited to watch ‘The Gas’ play.
BRSC director and Share Scheme Chairman.