News from the SC
November 17, 2009
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club compiled by Dennis Payter
From the chair
Today’s second of three consecutive home games sees the Rovers very much at a ‘crossroads’ in our season. After a much better start than any one of us could have expected the train has very much ‘hit the buffers’. It has been a difficult time for everyone involved in running the club and, speaking personally as a dedicated volunteer, it has been quite painful since the ‘Gas Army’ made the long trip to Norwich on the back of the last victory at Southampton. I have long been used to being stopped in the street, at work or in the supermarket, even being phoned up at home just to be questioned on why the manager did this or that and why we haven’t built the ground yet or spent all the ‘Lambo money’ etc. It comes with the job as they say! Most people are reasonable and are merely expressing their frustration so usually agree that what has been done by the club/management once they have talked it through. What is difficult to get over is that management, club staff, directors and volunteers alike all share those frustrations when things are going wrong and I’m sure that the players don’t like losing either – would you? Generally speaking our supporters have been fantastic and have accepted the present situation without giving the lads too much ‘stick’. Unfortunately the few foulmouthed bigots, certainly those I’ve experienced in the Uplands Stand of late, now feel free to hurl their abuse at players and management alike and they have a rather impassive and equally depressed audience around them to absorb their banal utterings! These morons are able to trot off home or more likely back to the pub after abusing the team off and never have to account for their words and actions. Meanwhile the players have to train and prepare for the next game, the shops have to open, tickets have to be sold and bills have to be paid. It is a never-ending process for a club such as ours – rain or shine and win or lose!
Because we helped out Paulton Rovers with the organisation of their cup tie against Norwich City, our Somerset neighbours with whom we have close ties and two young players on loan, extended an invitation to us to attend the game. Paul Trollope was off scouting so I was asked to ‘fill-in’ and very much enjoyed the occasion. The impression I always get at Winterfield Road is what a great club they are and so very reminiscent of us when we had to play in exile at Twerton Park. Everyone pulls together despite a very restricted income and the very best is eeked out of every situation. Hard work and dedication has to be the answer and the same applies to Bristol Rovers today. Whilst six defeats ‘on the trot’ looks bad on paper it is worth remembering we have played four of the top five teams in the division during that run and all four of those clubs have vastly greater resources than those currently available to Paul and his staff. Everyone here must pull together, players, management, directors, staff and supporters alike. So, get behind the boys in those famous quarters today – don’t hurl abuse but shout encouragement instead. Two home wins would make everything look a lot different come 5-o-clock next Saturday!
By the time you read these notes, over 1,200 of our members would have received our second E-Newsletter. The November edition brings direct to your desktop all the latest news and offers from the Supporters Club as well as handy links such as to the to the Football Club ticketing portal. Talking of ticketing, there is also a link to this year’s half-season ticket offer which has just been unveiled by the football club (full details on their website).
We intend to send these communications monthly and if you are a member but don’t currently receive one, please let me have your e-mail address and membership number and I’ll add you to the list. As usual, any suggestions as to form and content are welcomed.
Share Scheme Benefits
With the next couple of matches being designated for share scheme meals can I remind members entitled to 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:-
Sat. Nov 21 v Gillingham
Sat. Jan 9 v Stockport
Sat. Jan 23 v Hartlepool
Sat March 13 v Tranmere
Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw
Today we will be presenting Robert Hammett and Steve Fortt, the latest winner, with their signed shirts he won in the draws at the Leeds game on Tuesday 27th October and the Southampton game on Friday 6th November respectively.
Share Scheme News
The current membership at the end of October 2009 stands at 305. The total monthly income is £4,656. 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. It is Brentford on Saturday the 17th April 2010. Applications to me.
Today we welcome Bradley Stoke Youth FC under 12s, 13s and 15s all of whom play in the Avon Youth League. Formed in July 1998 Bradley Stoke has over 200 players signed on across 13 teams representing ages from under 7 to under 17 with a girls team now also established. The club was awarded the FA Charter Standard Regional winner in 2009.
BRSC director and Share Scheme Chairman.
John Hasell of Shirehampton won £703 in our 50/50 draw at the Southampton game with ticket no 12654. It was sold by Craig Collins in the Clubhouse.
Together We Can
Good afternoon and welcome to everyone, particularly those who have travelled from Cumbria. There will be exiled Carlisle fans here too. Enjoy your football with us and a safe journey home after the game.
I will around the ground today with tickets for our Christmas Cabaret which will take place on the Friday evening before the Swindon Town game. Please see the advert for further details.[image2] Sell ten get one free.
We need this win today Gas, we all want it; fans, players, staff and those upstairs. Together we can. Come on Rovers, come on you Blues.