News from the SC
April 1, 2009
From the Chair
This evening’s encounter completes a trio of home games with the visit of Huddersfield. We had a very close and hard-fought game against the ‘Terriers’ at the Galpharm last October and I’m sure both sides will be doing everything they can tonight to go one better than the sharing of points back on that day. I am writing before two important meetings for the Supporters Club’s Executive – our quarterly get-together with the Board of Directors last Thursday and our latest Committee Meeting scheduled for yesterday. So, a busy time for us! Hopefully there will be some positive issues for us to report back on in our next ‘Pirate’ column, which will be published for the Good Friday match here against Northampton Town. The main points will also be available on our website as well, as per usual now. The website itself is an item under current discussion and improvements will be taking place, we hope, in the near future, certainly in time for the close season. We also want to make some rule changes in order to simplify the Club’s somewhat over-wieldy constitution. This needs to be done in good time for the next AGM which should be held in August or September, depending as usual upon when our auditors can deliver on the accounts.
There is I feel a very professional attitude existing currently amongst the various Business Committees tempered perhaps by a little frustration that time available hinders progress on some of the issues under discussion, such as the two I’ve already mentioned. Still, we are getting there, as the saying goes and there has been rapid progress on the setting-up of new branches instigated by Ken Masters. I’m sure that Ken will mention the latest position on these in his column. We are currently also in discussion with our shop employees at Kingswood following the transfer of Pirate Leisure back to the Football Club last December. It is amazing how many little problems have arisen and how much we have to reorganise since handing back the P/L shop as it previously worked hand-in-hand with Kingswood. I’m sure our members and customers have not noticed too much difficulty and that is how we wanted it to be. That is credit to the staff in both shops and I thank everyone for their patience and understanding whilst we look for some real improvements before the start of next season.
I mentioned the business committees and we are always on the look-out for more members to join in and help us out by serving on one or the other. The Supporters Club performs an incredible number of tasks, many of them being big money-savers for the Football Club. The work never goes away so, if you think you might be able to contribute then please get in touch with us c/o the Kingswood shop and I’m sure there will be a task waiting for you, whatever talents you may have!
Enjoy a great game tonight!
Good evening to all at the Memorial Stadium for this rearranged fixture with Huddersfield Town. Our visitors will have endured quite a hike to be with us and so a special and warm welcome to the supporters of the famous old East Yorkshire Club. Enjoy your time with us and a safe journey home after the game.
It certainly is an away day for Terrier’s fans but we have some very interesting away days ourselves coming up over the next few weeks. Branch organisers have been working hard to make sure that you can travel to games and follow our team from the comfort of your nearest Pub; well one of them anyway.
Newly formed Yate and Sodbury are planning to hire mini bus transport to Swindon Town and the MK Dons. Buses will leave from The Railway, Station Road Yate at around 10.30 for both of these attractive away fixtures. It will be good to see the new stadium at Milton Keynes. Something could well yet be decided at these fixtures with Swindon battling against relegation, MK looking for automatic promotion to the Championship and us working hard to finish as high in the top half as we can. Please contact Terry on Windebank on 078115310421.
Norton Radstock are planning a coach to the Swindon game and leaving from The Crown, Clapton near Mid Somer Norton. The nice thing about leaving from your local pub is that you get dropped off back there! The coach will also pick up at other spots in the area. The branch will be holding their now well established monthly gatherings at The Crown on Thursday evening April 9th at the usual time of 8 onwards. I will be there to take questions on all matters Rovers and answer them as best and as honestly as I can. See you there if you live in the NE Somerset area. Please contact Sally Ford on 07779294038.
We are still very keen to form a new Branch in Mid Glos centred around Wooton, Dursley, Cam Berkeley and up to Stroud. I met Tim Pocket at the Walsall game recently and he tells me that though he is still busy with new job responsibilities he is still keen to help out. Please come forward if you live that way and have the time and energy required to help us establish the branch. Tim lives in Frampton on Severn and you can contact him through me in the first instant. Please talk to me around the ground and I will put you in touch with Tim.
Back to tonight’s game and a chance to hopefully move up the league table a touch. There is still a lot to play for this season and a lot of real supporting to do.
Come on Rovers, we can do this, come on you Blues.
<font color=”#000000″>We now have new comprehensive cover for away fans travelling with the Supporters Club through the Football Supporters Federation’s Insurance Trust Match Day insurance policy.
We are covered if the match is cancelled, postponed or abandoned at the last minute. The policy is now extended to cover matches that have already kicked off or are postponed within 12 hours of kick-off. Cover is up to £10,000 per event, double what was previously offered.
We are covered for mechanical breakdown of the coach, or if it is involved in a road accident which prevents us from getting to the game. This is also new this year.
Another new feature of the policy is that if you had a ticket for the original game but cannot make a rearranged date you can claim back the price of the ticket providing you have retained the stub.
We also have personal accident cover for members travelling to matches, divisional meetings or events organised by the Supporters Club.
We are also covered for travel in Europe. Well, one day maybe.
We would like to remind 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
This has again been a massive success this year and all matches to the end of the season have now been booked up. I am delighted to announce that Eagle Coaches have again agreed to run free coaches from the Bristol area and subsidised coaches from outside Bristol next season.
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.