News from the SC

December 14, 2009

Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter


From the chair


[image1]Welcome to the Memorial Stadium for what promises to be quite a sombre occasion for those of us connected with Bristol Rovers. Today we’ll be holding a minute’s silence in respect of long-serving Director and former Chairman Ron Craig. This was held over from our last home match against Exeter so that Ron’s wife Ann and other members of his family could be in attendance. Ron epitomised what our football club is all about and it goes with saying that the thoughts of every true Rovers’ supporter are with Ann and the family at this very sad time. Last Saturday I was very pleasantly surprised when our hosts Colchester United also took the trouble to hold a minute’s silence in respect of Ron and some very nice words were said about him over the public address system. The silence was impeccably observed by both the travelling ‘Gas’ and home supporters alike so credit is due to everyone at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, most of whom would never have heard of Ron let alone have known him. For those of us who knew him personally it was a really good sporting gesture and says everything about football people at the ‘grass roots’ level of the game. Thanks then to the ‘U’s!

A sporting minute’s silence was unfortunately one of few highlights for those of us who made the long trip east last Saturday as Rovers managed only a couple of shots at goal and could well have been despatched by a much greater margin had the ‘U’s taken all their chances. Our defence generally held up well but the ball just kept coming back at them as the lack of a target man up front made it difficult to ease the pressure. Things were better in the second half but it was generally not a good day with today’s opponents ‘leap-frogging’ Rovers into the final play-off position. We have now been defeated by all four out of the five teams previously above us that we had played so far this season which underlines what I said in my last column against Exeter. Although three of those games, plus MK Dons of course, were away from home all were quite comprehensive and it is certain that Swindon are going to provide further stern opposition today. Having said that most ‘Gasheads’ would have settled for our current position having been defeated in the opening game at home and then losing Rickie Lambert to Southampton the following week. I’m sure ‘Lennie & Trolls’ don’t need me to tell them where the side needs ‘tweeking’ to keep the pressure up on the top six. With Swindon here this afternoon it’s fascinating to note all the four teams that were promoted together two seasons ago, (today’s pairing plus Walsall and Hartlepool United), are currently locked in a battle for what could be the final play-off place should things stay more or less the same come next May. It must have been something in the 2007 vintage champagne!

 The Supporters Club Newsletter has unfortunately been delayed at the printers but should by now be on its way out to members. This publication includes our Christmas Draw tickets so it is doubly unfortunate that it is delayed so near to the big day. The draw is another one of our important fund-raisers so I hope that you will all buy and sell as many tickets as you can and get the stubs back to us care of the SC shop in Kingswood, Pirate Leisure or the SC cabin here in the stadium. The draw will be held on Boxing Day against Walsall.

Thanks again for your great support and a very Happy Christmas to every Rovers fan and especially to our army of volunteers and match-day sellers. See you here on Boxing Day. Up the Pirates!

 Jim Chappell.

BRSC Chairman.

I would firstly like to thank Ron Craig who was very supportive when I first entered the Board Room. You will be missed Ron, rest in peace.

David Brain

Share Scheme Benefits

Members entitled to matchday meals (and any of the other benefits) need to book through Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure during office hours on (0117) 909 6648 or e-mail to  Any members unsure of their entitlement can contact Clare for further advice.
The remaining matches have been designated for meals for those entitled:-

Saturday 9th

January 2010

– Stockport

Saturday 23rd

January 2010

– Hartlepool

Saturday 13th

March 2010

– Tranmere

Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw

 [image3]Today we will be presenting Michael Froggart with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Exeter game on Tuesday 1st December.

Share Scheme News

The current membership at the end of October 2009 stands at:-














The total monthly income is £4,876.

The Supporters Club have now handed over a total of £819,316 in return for 370,640 shares which represents a shareholding of 7.55%.

Please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 for joining details or if you would simply like to now more about the scheme then please contact David Brain; on (07765) 254110 or

David Brain

BRSC Director and Share Scheme Chairman


 50/50 Draw[image2]


Organised Juniors Matchday Parties

All games have now been booked until the end of the season. If you would like to be added to the reserve list please get your applications to or (07765) 254110. [image4]





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