News from the SC
November 23, 2008
We are always negotiating with the football club offers to boost attendances at The Memorial Stadium with the 3 for 2 deal being the latest that was ran last month. There have also been many people who have asked that we look at offers to attract families and especially children.
Family season tickets offer extremely good value for money and with this in mind we believed there was the room to put a deal together for those families that were unable to benefit from season ticket prices – either from a commitment or monetary point of view. As a result I’m delighted to confirm that, through a Supporters Club initiative, there will be a special family offer on for the forthcoming match against Tranmere Rovers (13th December).
The offer, which covers the South Stand, is based on giving discount on juveniles starting at 50% for the first up to 60% for the third making it progressively cheaper the more juveniles you bring! Juveniles must be accompanied by paying adult(s) and tickets must be purchased no later than 5pm on the day before the match (subject to availability).
The rates based on early bird prices (tickets bought on the day will cost a further £2 each) are:
1 Adult / 1 juvenile £22.25
1 Adult / 2 juvenile £26.05
1 Adult / 3 juvenile £28.90
2 Adult / 1 juvenile £39.75
2 Adult / 2 juvenile £43.55
2 Adult / 3 juvenile £46.40
Today will see Bristol Rovers sporting the famous Black Arab shirts as part of the 125 year anniversary and it is pleasing to note that by the end of October sales were already over the 550 mark providing much needed revenue for the club. Please take the opportunity to pop into Pirate Leisure after today’s game to have a look at them for yourselves. Alternatively you can view and order online at http://www.brfcdirect.co.uk where you will see all the latest lines, special offers, sale items and even ideas for Christmas – well worth a visit!
Respect All Around
The name of our stadium and the founding of the ground were brought to mind as we gathered at the Memorial Gates to remember those young men and women who gave there lives in war. I was pleased to see so many of the players, staff and officials of Bristol Rovers join with our Bristol rugby colleagues. Club Chaplain the Reverend David Jeal was with us and helped to lead the service and two minute period of silence.
I wrote earlier in the season in my Around Rovers column about the Respect initiative launched by the Football Association during the summer. It is an initiative seldom off the agenda as the season progresses. To my mind it is respect for the organisation and the laws of the game which cannot be followed in any organised way without an official and it follows that officials in all sports must be respected but so to must all others involved in our game and that includes supporters.
Without supporters there would not be a professional game and that fact alone is deserving of respect. I have the greatest of respect for those who are working so hard and giving up of there own time to cement the foundations of newly formed branches of the Supporter’s Club. The Norton Radstock branch in North East Somerset is gaining strength by the day. They did a brilliant job to fill a coach for the trip to Leicester City for our away fixture there. Such a great shame that they and several other official Supporters club coaches, were pulled off the motorway on the outskirts of Leicester only to be held up for a period of up to two hours.
There are elements of so called supporters at all clubs who may from time to time be intent on causing public disturbance. We do not want them in our midst; we do not want to be tarnished by them. The families and older people on our official coaches were held up unfairly and their day out was spoilt to a large degree by their experience at Leicester Forest East motorway services and by the way that they were ultimately escorted to the Walkers Stadium and away from it.
For our friends at Norton Radstock Gas taking their first trip together as a newly formed branch it was a very regrettable situation. I would like to see respect all around football. I am so pleased that such is their resolve that they will be organising further trips this season to support our team around the country. Well done to them.
We are working hard to establish a new branch in Yate and I am planning a mid season forum in January much the same as those around the district over the pre season in July and August. Please watch this space for details over the coming weeks.
Today we are pleased to extend a warm greeting to the supporters of Swindon Town. Like us they support their local football club when others from the North Wiltshire take the train eastwards to support London Clubs in the Premier League or the Championship. Not so very long ago they were greatly concerned for the future of their club. I am pleased for them that they survived and that they are able to be with us today. They campaigned so hard to save The Town and for that they deserve our absolute respect.
Our next quiz night is on Thursday, November 27, at 7,.30pm in the Bristol Room at the Memorial Stadium.
Come along and join in, £1 per person maximum of 5 per team.
The last event was a great success, pit your wits against the best!
Steven Smith of Hanham won £800 on our 50/50 draw at the Scunthorpe game. The winning ticket number 47615 was sold by Marc Radford.