News from the SC
November 26, 2009
[image2]Bristol Rovers Supporters Club notes compiled by Dennis Payter
From the chair
<font size=”2″>Welcome back for what is the third consecutive weekend at the Memorial Stadium for our loyal supporters today. At least we can all look forward to today’s game against the ‘Gills’ with a degree of optimism following last Saturday’s thrilling injury time win against Carlisle. I think we just about deserved the victory in the end although you couldn’t help but feel sorry for the ‘Cumbrians’ supporters who got a good soaking and then saw all the points snatched from their grasp ‘at the death’ as Rovers came from behind to claim victory for the first time in no less than seven attempts. It can’t have been a very pleasant 300-mile trip back home for our visitors! Two things stood out for me following the win – firstly that the team, whatever you might think of them or their capabilities, has a great fighting spirit and a will to win. If only we could see an end to the poor defending from corners, something I know that Paul Trollope will agree with!
The second thing that stood out was the condition of the pitch, which was absolutely fantastic compared to what we have had to put up with in the past. Two years ago the game would have been called off for sure but there was not a puddle to be seen last Saturday despite the deluge to which it was subjected in the previous 24 hours or so and during the game itself. Well done to Pete Prior and everyone concerned but I dread to think what the ‘egg-chasers’ did to his precious surface the following day. Hopefully any damage done will be repaired by the time the teams run out this afternoon! It’s been a while since we had the type of downpour that used to be so common during our early seasons back in Bristol, (and when at Twerton for that matter), so we had a return to soggy 50/50 tickets and match programmes for our stoic band of volunteers and my thanks go to them for what they have to put up with in and around our exposed stadium. It was a timely reminder that we need some new waterproof clothing for them and this is in hand as I speak. The Supporters Club could do with a new sponsor for this clothing so, if any of you out there would like to put in a few quid to have your company name carried by our sellers every matchday then please get in touch with me care of 199 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood.
The weather at least stayed kind for Armistice Day when I was proud to represent the Supporters Club for the annual wreath-laying ceremony held at the Memorial Gates. This is a very old tradition, one that is currently maintained by the Bristol Rugby Club’s Former Players Society. It is something that the Rovers inherited when we took over ownership of the Stadium and I’m pleased that we have continued one of Bristol’s traditions. In case you don’t know the history, the land we play on today was given to the Rugby Club by the City Council as a memorial, (hence the name of course), to all those rugby players from the city who lost their lives in the First World War. There is an inscription on the gates to this effect. Anyway it is another of those nice, perhaps quirky, Bristol traditions that deserves to be preserved and I understand the gates themselves will be incorporated into the new stadium when it is rebuilt so it should continue for time in memorium! I laid a wreath on behalf of the Supporters Club for the first time this year as a mark of respect for the fallen and it was good to do so in the company of players, staff and directors alike.
Despite all the gloom of October following the ‘Manager of the Month’ award we are still in the play-off battle and today’s tricky match against Gillingham provides a great opportunity for that position to be ratified ahead of Tuesday’s difficult trip to Charlton. Get behind the boys in blue again today and let’s keep the dream alive!
Good afternoon and welcome to all. For those who have travelled from Kent and other parts to follow the Gills today, enjoy your football and a safe journey home after the game.
On the branch front real progress has been made .A group is being set up to cover Wooton, Charfield, Dursley, Cam, Berkeley and around. We will be announcing the date and place for the first get together very soon. Expect this side of Christmas.
Last Saturday the stadium erupted at the final whistle. Same again Gas; two on the bounce and another three points. Together we can.
Share Scheme Benefits
[image4]Today is the second of the 5 matches that have been 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] Any members unsure of their entitlement can contact Clare for further advice.
The remaining matches have been designated for meals for those entitled:-
Share Scheme News
The current membership at the end of October 2009 stands at:-
The total monthly income is £4,656.
The Supporters Club have now handed over a total of £ 8 14,890 in return for 368,840 shares which represents a shareholding of 7.52%.
The Share Scheme runs now runs through to December 2010 and joining information can be found our website: http://www.bristolroverssc.co.uk/Share-Scheme/4/Share-Scheme-Membership-Forms.html
If you would like to join or introduce someone else please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 [email protected] If you would simply like to now more about the scheme then please contact David Brain; on (07765) 254110 or [email protected]
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 the 17th April 2010.
Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches
Please get your applications to [email protected] 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.
Today we welcome Yate Rangers U14’s who play in Division B of the Avon Youth League. Yate Rangers is a FA Charter Standard Community Club & has 7 age groups with over 110 players representing the Club. The age group for boys range from U10’s to U18’s.
Director and Share Scheme Chairman.