Director’s Report

September 15, 2009

From the Boardroom


After a couple of exciting years 2008/9 was tame in comparison with no Millennium, Wembley promotion or exciting FA Cup run to the quarter finals. However we continued our steady improvement in league position and very importantly consolidated our status in League 1. Whilst these exciting games are good at the time it is league that is all important and I am hoping for another improved league position this year and hopefully the playoffs.  There have been some notable departures of regular first teamers and in particular Ricky Lambert has moved on. I know many of you will be disappointed but I hope you will remember all he has done for us when we play Southampton this year.


Off the pitch positive news of the Memorial Stadium Redevelopment Scheme facilities have not yet materialised but rest assured there is a lot of hard work going on. Hopefully there will be good news before too long. There has at least been some good news in respect of the new training facilities at the Imperial Ground.


The Supporters Club continues to support the football club and have so far this year funded a fitness coach and heart monitors as well as the team mini coach for the under 18’s managed by Darren Patterson who I would like to welcome to Rovers.



 Organised Juniors Matchday Parties


We are again this season running organised junior’s matchday parties. Last season every available match was booked and hopefully some new gasheads amongst them. For those unaware, this scheme  is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for circa 50 free matchday tickets in the Becks Stand or Family Enclosure. This will include for some parents to supervise them. Eagle Coaches have again agreed to provide a free bus within the Bristol area and will go further afield for a subsidised cost. As an example Yate and other areas on the fringes of Bristol will cost £125. Places further afield such as Bath or Frome would cost £150 so still good value at £2.50/ £3 a head. We are expecting this to be popular again so please apply early


Please get your applications to or (07765) 254110. There will only be one coach per game so priority will be given on a first come first serve basis but we will also give higher consideration to parties who will fill the coach. We would also be pleased to hear from smaller parties who can make their own way to the ground.  Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches



University of the West of England


After several years break we attended the Fresher’s Fair at UWE last year. We were warmly welcomed by the new students and a good number took advantage of a special six match season ticket. Hopefully some have been converted to Gasheads. We will be attending again this year on the 24th September 2009 on the day for this year’s AGM. Once again we will be offering a special six match season ticket as well as some other promotions.


Share Scheme News




The latest player to be brought to Rovers with the help of the share scheme is Rhys Evans. The Supporters Club was delighted to be able to support Paul and Lennie in funding Richards’s wages. Rhys made his debut in the game against Aldershot and has now signed for a year. Last season saw the return of the legendary Andy ‘Rambo’ Rammell who you will remember was also brought to Rovers with the help of the share scheme. Andy was back for the game against Stockport on the 28th March 2009 where he present the shirt he wore in the 2003/4 season. The lucky winner was share scheme member Shirley Hughes. Andy’s career at Rovers was very brief but vitally important having scored the goals that kept us out of the Conference that year. Andy’s goals included that wonderful strike away at Oxford whilst wearing the Black Arab replica shirt which he presented. How very fitting for the clubs 125th anniversary. Andy’s complete record that season was:-







FA Cup

League cup


Bristol R




8 (4)


1 (0)


0 (0)


0 (1)




Unfortunately 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.




Through 2009 &10 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. We would also like prospective new members to join so if you or a friend want to know more please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 or myself on (01225)743928 If you are a share scheme member and want to get involved with the sub committee or have ideas for us then again please contact me.


For individuals weekly membership of the scheme begins at less than the price of a pint of beer. There are four different ordinary levels and the corporate scheme, these options are:


Bronze Option – £10.83 per month

Silver Option – £21.67 per month

Gold Option – £43.34 per month

Platinum Option – £83.34 per month.

Corporate Option – £100.00 per month.


Members Benefits


For those entitled to Matchday meals (and any of the other benefits) can I remind you that these need to be booked through Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure during office hours on (0117) 909 6648 or e-mail to  Any members unsure of their entitlement can contact Clare for further advice. To help Ian Holtby accommodate the demand certain matches have been earmarked as matches at which share scheme members can have their meals. The following matches have been designated for meals for those entitled:-


Saturday 14th

November 2009

– Carlisle

Saturday 21st

November 2009

– Gillingham

Saturday 9th

January 2010

– Stockport

Saturday 23rd

January 2010

– Hartlepool

Saturday 13th

March 2010

– Tranmere



Finally I would like to thank all share scheme members for your continued support.




David Brain,   Director and Share Scheme Chairman.



Many Thanks,


David Brain

01225 743928

07765 254110

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