News from the SC
November 2, 2009
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter
From the chair
The Supporters Club made a loss on the train and the Committee will have to give careful consideration before we organise another ‘special’. Having said that, we are more concerned with getting as many fans to support the team as we possibly can and as long as we can sustain any loss it may be worthwhile repeating. Thanks to everyone who took advantage of our initiative and let’s hope that the team’s future performances make another trip worth considering!
Now that the AGM is behind us our thoughts have to turn, whether some of us like it or not, towards Christmas or at least the run up to it and we have a few social events coming along viz; a ’70’s Night’ on the 12th November, another of Phil Draper’s popular General Knowledge Quiz’s on the 26th and a Christmas Cabaret on Friday 11th December – the night before our home clash with local play-off rivals Swindon Town. In addition our Weston-Super-Mare Branch will be holding their AGM night on Thursday 19th November. So, a busy time ahead and it’s good that our social calendar is picking up just as the nights turn longer. More details on each function will be given elsewhere in this column both today and in future programmes and I hope that our members, (non-members always welcome of course!), will give them all good support. There is nothing worse for a hard-working organiser than to have a poor turnout. Apart from the W-S-M AGM all the functions are being held here in the Clubhouse so there is no parking problem and also an excellent bus service up and down the Gloucester Road if you want to have a few drinks!
I’m pleased to report that the train that the Supporters Club ran for the match at Norwich City recently was a success. Whilst we ended up very slightly below break even, no doubt partly due to the way the fixtures fell, this was our first train for a long time and gives us the confidence to consider this again later in the season. When I next look at this I will also consider the merits of including a family carriage and pricing these seats accordingly.
For the Norwich trip, around 300 fans travelled on the non-stop express which also carried the directors and their guests. Thanks go to Nick Higgs and Geoff Dunford who took time to walk the length of the train talking to fans and answering their questions – especially Geoff who did it on the return leg after such a heavy defeat!
Operationally the trip was also smooth-running arriving at Norwich and back in Bristol both slightly ahead of schedule and we were also complimented by the local British Transport Police who were pleased with the conduct of our supporters.
We are always looking to improve on the away travel service we provide and as usual all comments and suggestions are welcome.
After a visit to Southend in which we created so many chances, I would like to say BRILLIANT to the fans who made the trip. I am unsure at present how many were there, but “bread and butter” fans we certainly were. What is remarkable is the SINGING, how much noise we make and how we can be heard all around the ground. This was in fact reminded to me by a Southend supporter in the ground on the day, whilst I waiting for the train back to Liverpool Street. 80 to 90% of that “noise” is always positive, sometimes humorous and the players hear every word. What IS a shame is that some of this chanting is quite pathetic.
A jibe at where people come from is bordering on the humorous, but swearing and insulting others just is not big or clever, and I suppose I will have to put up with it! Our fans are great, but we have become a “tribe” that does not quite stand out of the norm quite so positively anymore. This threw me back to before the game. On buying the 177th shirt to be put into my collection, a Southend fan asked me “you bringing many today?” Judging by the recent trips away I replied “oh I hope for around 500”. To which his answer was “oh we won’t hear you in the ground then”.
Just how wrong he was, but the 10 to 20% of singing that is not on, would have spoiled the otherwise brilliant impression our support has made down in Essex.
BRSC Match Day Chairman
Organised Juniors Match day Parties
There are now only a limited number of dates left for these parties. It is for schools and organised junior teams who can apply for up to 50 free match day 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 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.
Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
BRSC Director and Share Scheme Chairman