News from the SC
November 10, 2009
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter
Good evening and welcome to everyone for tonight’s plum FA Cup tie with Southampton. The game will certainly bring back memories of our run as far as the quarter-final a couple of seasons ago when we overcome the likes of Fulham and The Saints before bowing out to West Bromwich Albion.
We extend a warm welcome to Southampton supporters who have made the relatively short trip to be with us this evening. It is almost a reciprocal of the arrangements we made a few weeks ago for the League encounter between our two clubs at St Mary’s. For those working a normal afternoon shift it is a bit of a dash to make the kick off. The efforts of many fans in that situation to attend the football match and to support their respective teams is very much appreciated.
A good few of our fans arrived late down there and had some difficulty in finding a seat once they were in the stadium. One of our number, who I know well and is well respected within our membership, was ejected for not sitting down when he in fact was searching for a seat to actually sit on; unfortunate to say the very least. Thank you to our visitors for making the effort to be with us this evening. Enjoy the cup tie with us and a safe journey home after the game.
Welcome too to former Rovers favourite Rickie Lambert. Lams was greeted well by our travelling support at St Mary’s as we all expected him to be. I am sure Rickie will be well received by the home crowd here at the Mem tonight. The big man has been in touch in recent games with another two goals recorded at Leyton Orient last Saturday. We return to the Mem following a greatly improved performance at MK Dons.
The support that we gave was massive with 750 of us making the trip. Thank you very much indeed for your undying support. We were luckless by all media reports and those of us that were at the game will say that we deserved to take something from the game. This League knows we are a decent side and expect us to be well up there come April/May. We can expect a keenly fought cup tie this evening to be sure. Come on Rovers, we can do this.
Good Luck Paulton
The first round of the FA Cup can throw up some quite unexpected and intriguing encounters and this season will be well remembered for it. Who would have thought Paulton Rovers v Norwich City live on ITV Sport. The North East Somerset club has done really well to overcome Tiverton, Newport and Chippenham in the qualifying rounds and we congratulate them on their success. They are coming off the back of a good 2-0 win against Taunton Town last Saturday and so all the very best of luck to manager Andy Jones and his team tomorrow.
We have very good relationships with Paulton and were please take a young side down to their place for a pre season friendly in August. Two of our young players will feature in the game. Neikell Plummer and James Tyrrell are enjoying loan spells there and have played their part in Paulton’s great run; all the very best to them for the game. They will surely benefit from the experience and remember the game for a long time to come.
Well done to Darren Patterson and the Under 18’s for calking up six wins on the bounce during late September and October. The youngsters scored 18 goals in the process and conceded only 5. The run has seen really good wins against more than useful opposition. The 2-0 win in the away game at Swansea City and the comprehensive 5-1 home win over Plymouth Argyle particularly stand out
I try to take in the first half at least when youth and first team home fixtures coincide. I recommend the young guns to our supporters. Take in games when you can. Tomorrow the boys are at home to Yeovil Town at the AXA ground Cribbs Causway KO 10.30. Next week we are home again with Swansea visiting, 10.30 at the AXA.
The Supporters Club are pleased to be making significant financial contributions to our youth set up this season and are delighted with the progress being made. Many thanks also to John Trollope for the support that he gives to Darren and the boys. It is very much appreciated.
Share Scheme benefits
With the next couple of matches being designated for share scheme meals can I remind members those entitled to matchday meals (and any of the other benefits) that these need to be booked through Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure during office hours on (0117) 909 6648 or e-mail to [email protected]
The following matches have been designated for meals for those entitled:-
Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw
Tonight we will be presenting the latest winner, Robert Hammett, with his signed shirt he won in the draw at the Leeds game on Tuesday, October 27.
[image2]Against Leeds we presented Nicola Baker with the shirt her father Andrew Baker won in the draw at the game against Yeovil on the 24th Ocember.
At the Yeovil game we presented Beverley Dewey, with her signed shirt she won in the draw at the Oldham game on Saturday, September 12, and Dave Hewett with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the game against Brighton on September 26.[image3]
Share Scheme News
The current membership at the end of September 2009 stands at:-
The total monthly income is £4,876. The SC currently has a 7.48% shareholding.
The Share Scheme runs now runs through to December 2010 and joining information can be found here
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
There is only one game not booked until the end of the season so if you are interested please hurry to avoid disappointment. The remaining game is Brentford on Saturday, April 17.
Please get your applications to [email protected] or (07765) 254110.
BRSC Director and Share Scheme Chairman.