News from the SC
October 26, 2009
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club compiled by Dennis Payter
In the chair
Welcome back to the Memorial Stadium for our first home in four weeks – it seems like a lifetime and much has happened both on and off the pitch. With more than a month having elapsed since the Supporters Club’s Annual General Meeting we need to concentrate on publishing an account of it here today and will revert to the more usual ‘newsy’ stuff in the postponed Leeds match programme on Tuesday night. The main outcome of the AGM was the passing of the rule changes made to make the club’s constitution more simplified and this should now be available on our website or in hard copy form from 199 Two Mile Hill Road. AGM night also saw the re-election of Ken Masters in his role as one of the two supporters’ Directors on the Board of the Football Club. Congratulations then to Ken and commiserations to his challenger, Clive Farquhar. Both men remain on the SC Executive Committee I’m pleased to say and will continue to contribute to this column and to the business of the club. Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to attend the AGM and to those who voted by postal ballot.
After two disappointing away performances we desperately need a return to our September ‘Manager of the Month’ form, (the famous ‘curse’ having struck again!), but it won’t be easy against our local rivals this afternoon. Please get behind the boys in blue and let’s get a much-needed three points on the board by five o’clock today.
Trolls at our annual meeting
[image2]Paul Trollope told members at our annual general meeting that if Rovers are still in strong contention for promotion in January they may well strengthen the squad.
The manager told a fan’s forum that “if we keep making steady progress we will have to look at things. We have already added more of a competitive edge this season.
“We scored 79 goals last season and missed an opportunity to challenge for promotion. When we came up before we kept 14 clean sheets. Now we need the main players in the squad to keep fit and I would like to keep loan players Chris Dickson and Mikkel Andersen longer.
“I have also been pleased with Charlie Reece and Ben Swallow who continue to make progress. Ben still has a lot to learn, there are still some aspects that are not ready on a regular basis.
“There is an edge about the team that was not there before. We can pass it better and there is still more to come. Teams are going to come to the Memorial Stadium and give us a lot of respect.”
Football club chairman Nick Higgs answered criticism about delays in redeveloping the stadium. He said: “I am committed to getting this stadium off the ground, not if but when. But I am not going to put this club at any financial risk.
“We thought at one time we were 24 hours away from getting things signed. But there have been some legal agreement problems. I have seen some movement in the last week and hope it will soon be resolved.”
Mr Higgs told the audience that Rovers had signed a five-year lease for the training ground in Knowle, and had only started paying for it once they moved in after the drainage problems had been sorted out.
Director of Football Lenny Lawrence said he disbanding of the reserve team was justified “because of the nature of the opposition, sometimes too strong and sometimes too weak.
“Some the venues were also a problem. We now choose when to play friendlies, sometimes on bigger clubs’ training grounds where the surface is excellent.”
The fan’s forum followed the formal part of the annual general meeting when members approved the alterations to some rules, approved the accounts and annual reports by all members of the executive committee.
[image3]Ken Masters was re-elected as a Supporters Club representative on the football club board when he polled 613 votes against Clive Farquhar who received 221 votes. It was a record number of votes for the ballot thanks to the Freepost service being used.
The second Supporters Club director on the board, David Brain, did not have to seek re-election this year.
After the success of the Tombola at the Fun Day held in the Summer, the Social Committee is planning to hold another one in time for Christmas. Entry is only £2 and everyone who enters will win a prize. To save costs for the club we are asking fans for any donations such as football related DVDs, CDs of games.
SC Bar Offers
From time to time special offers will be available in the SC bar. Wherever possible we will try to advise members before hand on the SC website.
UWE Freshers Fair
Today is the first of a special six match season tickets offered to UWE students at the Fresher’s Fair. I would like to offer a special welcome to those students who I met on the day and I hope you enjoy your match experience. Any students who have questions about our club can contact me on (07765) 254110 or [email protected]
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
There are now only a limited number of dates left for the organised junior’s match day parties. It is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the Becks Stand or Family Enclosure. This will include for some parents to supervise them. Eagle Coaches has again agreed to provide a free bus within the Bristol area and will go further a field 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
Today we welcome a party from Colerne Primary School.
Director and Share Scheme Chairman.