News from the SC
February 3, 2009
The Supporters Club Executive Committee has been very busy of late with a bout of business committee meetings on top of our first Executive meeting of the year. I’m pleased to say that all the BC’s seem to be on top of their various jobs and that much progress is being made on several fronts. The Commercial Committee has probably been busiest following the handover of Pirate Leisure back to the Football Club. We are now able to concentrate fully on the BRSC shop and headquarters at 199 Two Mile Hill, Kingswood, premises which are overdue for some maintenance work that we have now got underway.
Although we are still being assisted by Steve Burns, who remains at PL and is now re-employed with the Football Club, the Committee now has to reorganise our staffing arrangements directly and this is being addressed as I write. Hopefully our customers will notice no change except perhaps an improvement. This is also the case with our website which the Communications Committee has been wrestling with for some time. We are taking active steps now and I’m sure Dennis will be able to report on this in the near future. Likewise the Matchday Committee had its first meeting for some time, boosted by its enthusiastic new Chairman, Marc Radford, who has already instigated improvements in the Clubhouse and we are looking at facilities and sales points at the stadium. This is dependent on the ground development of course! The Share Scheme Committee is looking at ways to boost the scheme and as was reported in last Saturday’s programme has launched a drive with the aim of taking the money raised close to the £800,00 mark by the end of this season. Social events are becoming more entwined with the match day activities and these will be announced as through this column as they come along. Finally, Ken Masters has made great progress with the formation of branches of the Supporters Club and a South Gloucestershire one should have joined the swelling numbers with an inaugural meeting in Yate last night. Again you can glean more details from Ken’s column.
You can see from all this that the Committee is working very hard for the benefit of our members and Rovers supporters in general. If any of you out there think you might be able to lend a hand then just pop into our matchday cabin in the car park or the Kingswood shop during the week and let us know. A ‘website wizard’ might well be a useful addition but any willing hand will be gratefully accepted!
Good evening to all and a warm welcome to the supporters of Cheltenham Town. Many Robin’s fans will have driven the sort distance down the M5 to be with us this evening. To all of you who have used your cars to travel to the stadium, drive with due care, watch your speed and a safe journey home after the game.
Generally speaking, goal of the year nominations go to those scored at home. Our nomination for 2008 goes to an away goal; Joe Kuffour’s superb effort at Leicester City in November. It was a great strike and one deserving of a winning goal. Those of us at the game thought that to be the case only to be shell shocked by the very late Leicester flurry. There was a great following on the road that day with around 2,500 Gas there to celebrate with Joe and at least we had that consolation to take with us on our way back to Bristol or for exiles to other parts.
The away following has been magnificent all season. Over Christmas at Northampton Town, the Northampton officials were somewhat amazed by the strength of our following and could not fail to compare with the relative quiet of the home fans.
A similar story at Leyton Orient last time out where the home stewards had to extend the designated away area to accommodate our very strong following. Orient fans seemed a bit fed up with the recent performances of their side and demonstrated so in some parts of the Brisbane Road stadium. True to form The Gas were right behind our lads and contributed well to a three point return, showing once again that we can make a difference.
I know that our players appreciate the time and trouble that goes into supporting them at away games. One of the key functions of our newly formed branches is to organise away travel so that our fans can take coaches close to where they live, enjoy the companionship of friends and a drop off at the local pub or close to home. Next up for Norton Radstock and for the newly formed Yate and Sodbury Branch is the game coming up at Walsall. Please get along to your local branch gatherings or look out for further information on the Supporter’s Club we site.
On behalf of the Supporter’s Club and of the Football Club thank you very sincerely for your support home and away, thank you very much indeed.
Stars of the 60’s
After the success of the 1950’s celebration evening held in November, we
have arranged a similar night featuring some of the stars of the 60’s on Monday, February 23rd at the Memorial Stadium, from 7.30pm.
Throughout the remainder of the 125th anniversary year, the SC will be arranging similar nights for different periods of the clubs history and bringing back the stars of the era, together with a nostalgic look back at the sights and sounds of the period.
At the time of writing we are still anxious to trace any footage of Rovers during the 60’s. If any supporter has any Rovers footage from this time on DVD or video in their private collection, please can they contact Dave Hewett on 0117 956 0128. Former Rovers stars have been provisionally invited to attend the evening and we also hope to have an extra special piece of memorabilia in the shape of Geoff Bradford’s England cap and shirt (which have never been on public display before) plus other items from the careers of Geoff Bradford and Harry Bamford . More information regarding the 60’s night will be put on the SC website and future programmes in due course.
Our next Quiz Night is on Thursday, February 12, at 7.30 p.m. in the Clubhouse bar. Admission only £1 per person with a maximum of five in a team.
The price of Rovers home shirts, away shirts and third shirts for the second half of the season have been reduced.
Home shirts have been reduced by a third from £34 to £23.80 for adults, and from £27 to £18.90 for children’s sizes.
The Black Arab anniversary third kit has also been reduced by the same amount.The offers are available while stocks last, and some sizes are limited.
Fans who buy a home shirt and a third shirt can also claim a further discount, equal to getting one shirt for free at the regular prices.
Just choose one of each shirt in adult sizes, or one of each shirt in children’s sizes, and use the discount codes below at the BRFC Direct checkout to receive the further saving.
Away shirts are also available at a discounted rate, with all remaining sizes now slashed to £10.
Home Shirts – prices reduced by 33%
Away Shirts – reduced to £10
Third Shirts – prices reduced by 33%
Home & Third Shirt Deal – prices reduced by 50%
Enter discount code SHIRTA to receive a discount on two adult shirts (equal to two for £34) and discount code SHIRTC to receive a discount on two children’s search (equal to two for £27).
Please note: Only one discount code can be used per order, although there is no limit to the number of orders per person/household. Discounts will appear in your checkout after the code is entered, and will also be manually verified prior to your order being processed. Codes are only applicable to the items stated above, and will be removed if used with any other purchases.
For those of you who did not get a programme at last Saturday’s game we announced that we
are launching a promotion drive within the next few weeks to push the amount raised by the share scheme close to the £800,000 mark by the end of this season.
A recent meeting of the Supporters Club’s share scheme committee was told that the amount raised by the end of 2008 was more than £768,000.
Now we need everyone’s help to press on past that next target of £800,000 which would be a magnificent effort for the scheme which is the envy of many clubs up and down the country.
Several months ago the football club board agreed to extend the scheme for another two years with us buying shares at two for £5.50.
Now the committee is looking at a number of initiatives to promote the scheme including contacting former members to see if they are now in a position to rejoin.
All share scheme members will be eligible to win a Rovers shirt signed by all the players. The draw will be made on the pitch during half-time at each home game.
If you would like to join, or introduce someone else, please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on 0117 9524001 or [email protected]. For more details you can contact the scheme’s chairman David Brain on 07765 2541110 or [email protected].
Organised Junior Matchday Parties
Tonight we welcome players and officials from Bristol Rovers Supporters Junior Football Club. The under 9’s play in the Hanham Minor League while the club also has sides in the Avon Youth League.
It has around 200 children in different age groups and one official said “as the name says we support BRFC as all the players would like the opportunity one day to play for Bristol Rovers.”