News from the SC
May 6, 2009
From the Chair
Well, here we are at the end of another long season, yet again facing opponents needing the points much more than we do! A lot different to the situation just 24 months ago when over a thousand Gasheads made the long journey in the reverse direction to that taken by our visitors today. I guess the ‘Pool’s fans also wish the state of play was as it was back in 2007 as they then needed the points to capture the League 2 title but a fantastic second half fight back by Rovers denied them the honour and dear old Jim Gannon the last promotion play-off spot. It was a great day too here at the Mem with the match beamed back live on a big screen and another couple of thousand Rovers fans celebrating remotely! The rest is now history and, although we have not perhaps hit quite the heights we wanted to after that subsequent glorious day out at the new Wembley, this afternoon’s fixture shows we are making steady progress. Rovers are likely to finish this season’s campaign higher than the other three clubs promoted ahead of us back in 2007 and both Swindon and United have flirted with relegation this time round. The ‘Pool’s Manager that day two years ago did though get some personal revenge when his current team inflicted another disappointing defeat on Rovers following a poor second half last Saturday!. Peterborough and MK Dons after their 2007 play-off semi-final defeat have both swept past us perhaps but the franchised outfit seem to have a lot of backing not available to us mere mortals! So, my personal verdict on the last nine months is that we could possibly have done better but there has been a further improvement on last term. The noisy few who still find it necessary to hurl foul-mouthed abuse from both stands and terraces when things don’t go our way seem never to realise that there are two teams on the pitch and that the opposition are just as keen to win as we are. There will doubtless be many and varied reasons why they may look better and perhaps be hungrier for victory than Rovers, (today could be a great point in mind),but conversely I’m sure the supporters of Scunthorpe, Oldham, Hereford and Walsall must be wondering why WE are so much better than their favourite side.
The Supporters Club Executive had a table at the 125th Anniversary Dinner last Friday, (and no, it didn’t come out of club funds, we all paid our way!), and a great evening it was too. The spirit of Rovers was in evidence throughout the evening and it was a pleasure to meet up with friends both old and new in one of the best venues in the city. The club did itself proud and congratulations are due to everyone in Ian Holtby’s team who worked so hard to make the evening such a great success. Another function follows here tomorrow evening when we hold our annual Player of the Year Presentations in the Clubhouse Bar.
We badly need a win this afternoon to finish a mixed bag of a season on a high note so, please get behind the boys in blue for one last time. I hope you all enjoy the summer break and that you all come back in August buoyed up with the news that our new stadium is on its way at last. Up the Pirates!
The Executive Committee would like to say a big thank you to all the matchday volunteers who have done such sterling work throughout the season in all winds and weathers.
These include all helpers, sellers of 50/50 draw tickets, programmes and those who have helped in our stadium cabin.
Thanks also go to the Pirate Leisure staff who worked on our behalf at the stadium before their transfer to the football club back in December.
“What do you do on a matchday?” is a question I’m frequently asked.
Well. I arrive some three hours before kick off, lend a hand in the Supporters Club Portacabin and install the trailer van which lives near the ticket offices. Then my selling depends on what spots we have not been able to cover with one of our team. Our treasurer is good at telling me where to fill in! I have made contacts in the SC bars, Uplands Suite and Wellington pub. These supporters now recognise me and I try to answer as many of their queries as possible.
I feel I have been able to help many people this season but always to improve this service. Contact me on [email protected] if you feel that this is more appropriate, if you can’t find me in the SC bars or know who I am. Don’t forget to type your name on the email too.
We all hope and pray for the stadium development to start which will see huge temporary upheaval but will be for a better future.
I would say that the best thing I have achieved this season is a general one, to have made my face known as and where possible and to have helped answer as many questions as I can. I also look back on the small things too with a smile. The girl whose face lit up because I helped her find the teddy bear she was missing from her collection; the Peterborough fan who just had to pay by debit card or he could not get in; ensuring poor Albion fans who turned up for the game that was cancelled that I had a record of their 50-50 ticket numbers in case they won at the next home game.
[image2]My Match Day duties involve compiling the Supporter’s Club Man of the Match and presenting it to him for the official photo you see every home match. But before that I have to wait at the top of the wind-swept tunnel, compile the winner form 80 or so text votes coming through and ensure he doesn’t walk out past me and away from the ground without my knowledge. Sometimes they come into the SC Bar for a post-match presentation too.
So beware, I will be armed with this article, the one you asked for, on my clip board next season!
Match Day chairman
As we come to the end of another season I would once again like to thank members for your fantastic support. I would also like to remind you that you are entitled to discounts on season tickets. If you are not sure of your entitlement then please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 [email protected] Over the summer break we will start to designate some match days for free meals for those members who are entitled so please book early at the start of next season to avoid disappointment.
The current membership at the end of March 2009 stands at: bronze 254, silver 80, gold 7, platinum 4. The total monthly income is £5,111. Our current shareholding is 7.22%.
Share scheme signed shirt Draw
Today we will be presenting the latest winner, Tony Parsons, with his signed shirt he won in the draw at the Brighton game on Tuesday 21st April. Tony is our Matchday Buccaneer so even if you didn’t know the name I am sure you have seen him coming around the pitch before games.
[image3]At the Brighton game we presented Donna Jefferies with the shirt she won at the game against Northampton on the Friday 10th April.
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. If you or your friends want to join the scheme please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 [email protected] or myself on (01225)743928 [email protected]
Director and Share Scheme Chairman, [email protected]
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
This has again been a massive success this year and we will be running the scheme again next year. 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.
Today’s organised junior team is Frome Collegians and we would like to welcome organiser Fabio Baldan, under-11 manager/coach Roger Griffiths and their party to the Memorial Stadium.
To pre register your club for the 2009/10 season please get your applications to [email protected] or (07765) 254110.
Mervyn Harris of Olveston won £780 at the Brighton game with ticket number 64093 which was sold by Phil Draper in the portacabin.