News from the SC
September 17, 2009
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter
‘FROM THE CHAIR’
The ‘blip’ at Adams Park and two early cup exits, all on the road within just seven days, were put aside in no uncertain terms by the team’s performance here last Saturday against a dogged Millwall outfit. Rovers have not been ‘front-runners’ for several years now and it will be interesting to see how the lads deal with the pressure that is sure to come in the months ahead. Whatever, it makes a nice change to be up there with the leaders rather than taking on our usual task of playing ‘catch-up’!
Another nice change back to how things used to be is the return today, all going well, of the Supporters Club’s ‘Man-of-the-Match’ presentation in the bar this evening rather than on the pitch as has been the case for the last year or so. We have had to concede to Paul Trollope that things could be ‘chaotic’, for want of a better word, in the bar when players entered previously and therefore certain changes have had to be made to enable a proper presentation in front of our members. However, we can make all the changes we want but if people don’t behave responsibly then those changes will be rendered useless and we’ll lose the privilege again. Therefore we are asking for everyone’s co-operation in making the return of the ‘MOTM’ presentation the success and pleasure that it has always been in the past, something sadly lacking in the last year or so!
Hopefully by now most Supporters Club members will have received their official notification of our Annual General Meeting. The Executive Committee has been working for several months on ‘tidying-up’ the club’s constitution and making it less complicated and, hopefully, easier to understand! The proposed changes will be voted on and, if anyone needs a copy, then the changes can be viewed on our website or by application to HQ at 199, Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood. Members will also be able to vote on the Supporters Club’s nomination for full membership on the Board of the Football Club. The present incumbent, Ken Masters, is being challenged by Clive Farquhar, both of whom are currently of course serving on the EC. I hope to see as many of you there at the annual meeting. Time permitting we hope to have another of our popular ‘football forums’ following on from the AGM and members of the Football Club Board and team management are being invited to attend and to answers questions from the floor. It promises to be an interesting evening!
GREAT GOAL CHRIS
We extend a warm welcome to the supporters of the North West club who have travelled far and from all parts to be with us today. Enjoy your football with us and a safe journey home after the game.
In my Around Rovers column in the Pirate last week I talked about The Football League’s 2009 award for goal of the year. How about adding Chris Lines fine effort last Saturday? It was a great goal from Chris and well worthy to be considered as the Bristol Rovers nomination. Not to take anything away from those scored thus far and those still to come up until the December deadline. Remember it is a supporter’s choice.
Weston-super-Mare branch has put together a string of events for the coming season so please watch out for these in the coming days. Wilf and his committee and members are never ending in raising funds to donate to the youth side of the football club. We have started up a junior club up in the West Midlands to feed our Centre of Excellence in Bristol. Very many thanks to Weston for sponsoring the shirts of Bristol Rovers Midland JFC. WsM GAS will feature on the front of the blue and white quartered kit.
Come on Rovers, come on you Blues.
Annual General Meeting
The Supporters Club a.g.m will be in the Bristol Room at the Memorial Stadium on Thursday, September 24, at 7.30pm.
Election of 2 Tellers
2. Matters arising from Minutes of the preceding AGM (unless covered elsewhere)
Adoption of minutes of preceding AGM
4 Chairman’s Report
5 Questions and adoption of Chairman’s Report
6 Financial Report and Accounts
7 Questions and adoption of Financial Report and Accounts
8 Business Committee Reports
9 Questions and adoption of BC Reports
10 BRSC’s elected BRFC Directors Reports
11 Questions and adoption of Directors’ Reports
12 Consideration of proposals (see appendix 2)
13 Result of elections.
14 Any other Business
The election for BRFC director takes place at the a.g.m. Nominations were received for Mr K. Masters and Mr C. Farquhar.
Members can vote by post or in person by either returning their completed voting cards to Pirate Leisure or the Kingswood shop no later than 4pm on the day of the election, or between 5pm and 7.30pm in The Bristol Room prior to the meeting.
Why am I standing for election? I believe the time is right for change. Under our constitution our Directors represent the membership for a three year term at the end of which they seek re-election. We are now at this point and to make a challenge for this position is healthy for the Supporters Club and in its best interests.
What am I currently doing to assist the club and the supporters? Members will have received my election address so I won’t repeat the content here. Since writing those notes I have been liaising with Steve Burns concerning potential ticket offers following the well supported 3 for 2 deals of last season and have also recently organised the running of the first “Football Special” for many years – to Norwich.
Why should you vote for me? If elected, I pledge to be available to receive members’ views at all times and I will make full use of the Football Club Forum Q & A section. I live and work locally, have a 100% attendance record at meetings and will communicate with fans face to face on all match days; I can be found in our members’ bar and can be contacted at:
It is not long since I was elected by members to serve as a director. Much has been achieved and much progress has been made.
We were a bottom half League Two club. We are now a top half League One club. Our education and community work is strong. There is investment in youth.
Over 500 children will pass through our study centre this year. I have visited many schools with the idea of linking a first team player with each school. Eight secondary schools are on board and eight players have come forward.
Much hard work has gone in to our Community Department. We have ensured the future with Bronze Award status. We are working hard to achieve Silver; £86,000 has been brought in this year alone for community projects.
My place is with supporters, face to face. I listen; understand problems and work hard to solve them. I have set up meetings in Glos, Wilts and Somerset between fans, management and directors. I work with the branches. Norton Radstock is flourishing in the mould of Weston super Mare. I pledge to set up more.
I am committed. I want to continue to make a difference. Thank you for your support.
We have chartered a special train exclusively for Supporters Club members and friends for the long journey to Carrow Road on Saturday, October 3.
It is limited to 370 passengers with a buffet service although no alcohol will be allowed.
The fare has been set at £45 (£48 non members) which we believe is exceptionally good value compared to standard fares, particularly as fans will travel in comfortable first class seating all the way with no changing of trains required.
Pick up points will be at Weston-super-Mare, Bristol Temple Meads, Stapleton Road and Parkway.
Departure times are to be confirmed but it is hoped the train will arrive at Norwich’s main station _ only half-a-mile from the ground _ by 1.30pm at the latest.
Tickets from Pirate Leisure (0117 909 6648) or the Supporters Club shop in Kingswood (0117 961 1772).
Share Scheme Shirt Draw
Today we will be presenting the latest winner, Derek Marks, with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Millwall game on Saturday 5th September. At the Millwall game we presented Chris Sealey with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the game against Huddersfield on the 21st August.
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
This has again been a massive success and all matches to the end of the season have now been booked up. Should you want to put your club on a reserve list please get your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or (07765) 254110.
Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches
Today we welcome Stoke Lane AFC under 11s and 12s, who play in the Hanham Minor League and Avon Youth League respectively. Stoke Lane, established in 1979, is a FA Charter Standard Community Club and has over 400 players representing under 8 to under 18 boys and under 11 to under 15 girls. The Club also has a Ladies team and Men’s team.
Director and Share Scheme Chairman.
George Field of Stonehouse picked up £864 with ticket 02598 at the Millwall game. It was sold by Dave Bean in the car park.