News from the SC
March 30, 2009
From the Chair
After three excellent performances on the road it was disappointing to return home last Saturday for a ‘mirror-image’ run of matches at the Memorial Stadium only to lose the first one! Peterborough joined Leicester and MK Dons in taking home all the points. Posh seemed to have tightened-up their defence considerably since last September’s nine-goal thriller at London Road but still posed a threat every time they broke forward. It goes to show that Rovers still have a gap to make up on the top teams in this division if we are going to challenge for promotion. Not that we have been standing still ourselves in recent weeks, just that most improvement has come on our travels where the majority of Gasheads do not enjoy witnessing the undoubted pleasure of seeing players like Hughes, Duffy and Kuffour now starting to torment the opposition on a regular basis! We still have twice as many games left here at home than we have to play away so let’s hope you can all enjoy the better things we regular travellers have started to become accustomed to recently, beginning today hopefully!
One away ground where Rovers can be sure of healthy support is of course at the Bank’s, (Bescot), Stadium which is such an easy run up the M5. Our fifth 1,000-plus away following of the season was guaranteed on such a lovely day and on the back of a superb performance at Hereford. Walsall never seem to be quite ‘geared-up’ for us though despite hosting thousands of Gasheads regularly over recent seasons. Indeed just four available turnstiles, (all marked ‘tickets only’), faced a line of coaches and a packed car park when I arrived at 1.15, and they remained firmly locked for some time until the stewards sorted themselves out. It was disappointing that not one of the turnstiles was kept for advance ticket-holders only, (despite the signs over the doors), and the operators took both cash and tickets which slowed the process considerably. Having said all that we got in without a massive delay and there were plenty of empty seats. I was informed by our Matchday Chairman Marc Radford that some people had been refused entry despite holding advance tickets. Marc followed up the complaint with Walsall F.C. and they promptly advised that the only people refused entry had in fact been drinking heavily and our unofficial investigations back this up. This being the case it is a situation we will be monitoring in future as will complaints about a few fans being drunk on our coaches as neither can be tolerated by any responsible supporters club. Not everything is what it seems, even on live radio, and our thanks go to Walsall FC for pointing this out!
Welcome back Rambo
Goal-scoring hero Andy “Rambo” Rammell is making today’s Share Scheme draw for a signed shirt.
Andy has returned to present the shirt he wore in the 2003/4 season. The lucky winner drawn at the Peterborough game was Share Scheme member Shirley Hughes who is on holiday in the Dominican Republic. Shirley’s son Neil, one of the clubs long standing stewards, will collect the shirt on her behalf this afternoon. Andy’s career at Rovers was very brief but vitally important having scored the goals that kept us out of the Conference that year. His goals included that wonderful strike away at Oxford whilst wearing the Black Arab replica shirt which we are presenting today. How very fitting for the club’s 125th anniversary.
Injury curtailed Andy’s career with the Gas but we will always be grateful to him and to the Share Scheme that financed his brief but very important stay at the Memorial Stadium.
Today Andy will have a quick early drink in the bars before a meal in the 1883 Club in the Uplands Suite. He will then meet guests in the Corporate Boxes and is a guest in the Board Room. After the game Andy will come to the Supporters Club bar to say his farewells so please come and meet him.
Through 2009 we will continue to strive towards the primary objectives of the Share Scheme, which are to maximise its shareholding on behalf of the Supporters Club and the income into the football club.
<font size=”3″>David Brain
Director and Share Scheme Chairman
The brand new website for the Gold Bond Lottery is proving a bit hit and I’m pleased to confirm that the weekly results bulletin is now being published on our website too. Please click here to join the Gold Bond weekly draw or for more information.
At this stage of the season it is worth reminding our loyal members that, as one of the benefits of membership, they are entitled to free Supporters Club travel to the last away game of the season if they have travelled with us previously on at least 18 occasions. Members will need to present ticket stubs on application at either Pirate Leisure or Kingswood. This season, our last away game is at Swindon of course and please bear in mind the match is all-ticket.
Members who have 16 or 17 trips under their belt so far can achieve this entitlement by travelling with us to either Tranmere and/or Mk Dons and details for these trips can be found elsewhere in today’s edition.
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
Today we are joined by Rachel Moores and the St Matthias and Dr. Bell’s Primary School, Fishponds. There are a few Gasheads amongst them, but for many of them, this is their first visit to watch Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. Let’s hope it’s the first of many.
Should you want to put your club on a reserve list for this year or pre register for the 2009/10 season please get your applications to [email protected] or (07765) 254110.
50/50 Draw v Peterborough
Sharon Hotchkins of Winterbourne picked up £930 with her winning ticket 65474 at the Peterborough game It was sold by Pete Collins on Filton Avenue.