Social Committee Report

September 21, 2009

Social Committee Report

Last year the Social Committee organised a number of social events. As well as the regular General Knowledge quizzes compiled by Phil Draper and scored by his “lovely assistant” Steve Sherborne, there are often one off quizzes on special themes such as music, or film and TV. 

During the last year to mark the football clubs 125th Anniversary, the committee have organised several nostalgic evenings featuring the stars of the 50’s, 60’s and the early 70’s. 

Some of the great players and real Rovers legends of the past that have spoken of their memories of Rovers include Josser Watling, Bill Roost, Ray Mabbutt, Joe Davis, Harold Jarman and Jim Eadie to name a few. Thanks go to all the former players who have taken the time to attend and for providing a fascinating insight into life at Rovers during their playing days.  

Club historian Mike Jay and Alan Lacock have provided the stastics and details of memorable games from each period together with a superb display rare photographs.  Fans have been able to see rare footage of Rovers in action from those eras on the Big Screen. Many thanks to Screen Soccer, Kim Stuckey and Keith Owen for providing these action clips and to the Board and Geoff Bradford’s family for allowing his actual England cap and shirt to be shown on display, together with other archive documents relating to his life with Rovers and England. 

The next Flashback for the Fans evening is planned to be held on Monday 12th October and will feature the stars of the late 70’s. More details will be provided in the matchday programme and the BRSC website in due course. Entry is free so we will be glad to see as many supporters there as possible. 

As we progress through time we hope more supporters will be attend. Early next year we will plan to feature the early 80’s as remember the fire at Eastville and listen to our guests memories of playing with the likes of Gary Mabbutt, Mickey Barrett and Channon & Ball. On the Big Screen we will re-live great goals from the likes of David Williams, Paul Randall and Archie Stephens. 

We are currently in talks with Screen Soccer regarding a “World Premier” of their next highlights DVD featuring some of the best goals scored since our return to Bristol. We hope to invite several of the great goalscorers who have appeared at the Mem and the fans can be amongst the very first people to watch and purchase the new DVD.  

Again more information on all these events will be provided on the SC website on,  in the matchday programme and on posters around the stadium nearer the date(s).  

We have asked for feedback from supporters regarding our advertising. Unfortunately, some fans do not have access to computers, buy programmes, read the local press, listen to the stadium tannoy announcements, or go to the bars, so it is very difficult for us to let these people know what is going on. Therefore, if you know of any supporters who would be interested in these type of events, please can you let them know. Hopefully, passing on a message by word of mouth can really help to boost numbers!. 

In addition to the main social actives, we also run the tombola at the annual Fun Day. This year we are planning to hold another tombola before the Swindon home game on Saturday 12th December. This will give fans the opportunity to win some bargain stocking fillers for just £2. Remember, everyone who takes part will win a prize! We are always grateful for donations of prizes, so if anyone has any football related DVDS, games, toys, or merchandise, please pass your donations to 199 Two Mile Hill Road. These will be much appreciated. 

The social committee also help promote the Stadium run events. Each month, Trish from the Stadium organises a night of entertainment costing just £7, including a basket meal. Details of these advents can be found in the programme and on leaflets in the entrance to the Bristol Room. 

During the forthcoming year, the Social committee are looking to build on hard work done last year but we are always on the look out for help. If anyone has the time to help organise, or promote any events, please get in touch. 

David Hewett  
Social Committee Chair


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