News from the BRSC

February 12, 2010

Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes by Dennis Payter

 From the Chairman

It was great to be back in home action here last Saturday, especially with a full return of three more points against Hartlepool over whom we gained our first ‘double’ of the season. It may have been a little fortuitous given the way that the ‘Pools’ performed but I don’t really go along with that as it is goals that count and we scored a couple of good ones last Saturday, just as we did at Victoria Park back last August when United again had more of the play. Just a fortnight after that long summer evening trip north nearly eight hundred ‘Gasheads’ made the much shorter journey to High Wycombe in the middle of an impressive run of away victories only to present the ‘Chairboys’ with their solitary home win to date! So, today presents the opportunity for revenge and, bearing in mind Wycombe’s precarious position down in the relegation zone, a great chance to register a sixth home win on the trot. It certainly won’t be easy with Wanderers just as desperate for points as we are and I’m sure our popular Twerton Park ‘old boy’, Gary Waddock, will have his men fired up for this very important game today!

Talking of away trips, we made a pretty fruitless one to Leyton two weeks ago only to have our afternoon’s entertainment wiped out by a late cloudburst. The uncertainty over the fixture in the days leading up to the match meant that many regular travellers left it too late to make a booking and we took the decision with Eagle Travel to reduce the usual Saturday minimum of two coaches to just one larger one from combined pick-ups at Kingswood, Eastville and the Memorial Stadium. All the London trips and especially those to Orient are very popular with ‘independent’ supporters making their way to the capital by the frequent trains and National Express services but of course they are not covered by our insurance which means that travellers on Supporters Club transport always get their money back when games are cancelled. There are two lessons to be learned then – please make your bookings with either BRSC at Two Mile Hill or via Pirate Leisure here in the stadium by the preceding Thursday at the latest to guarantee a seat and, make sure that you travel with the Supporters Club if you want your money back when games are postponed! Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of that terrible weather when we try again to reach ‘the Orient’ next Tuesday!

A couple of weeks back I was surprised and very disappointed to receive the resignation of Clive Farquhar from the Executive Committee for personal business reasons. Clive has only been on the EC for about three years or so but he made a great impact in the time that he was with us by revamping and computerising all our accounts and sales systems and by instigating our e-newsletter to members on e-mail that compliments the magazine version posted out bi-annually. In addition Clive was the driving force behind this season’s rail trip to Norwich – the first train we have run for many a year. I would like to place on record my thanks to Clive for all that he has done for the Supporters Club during his time on the Executive and to wish him all the very best for his business. The EC is currently looking at ways to replace Clive and to continue all the work and systems that he has put into effect. No doubt I shall have more to report on this in the near future.

A hard-fought for point at Huddersfield followed by another home win last Saturday has kept alive the chance of attaining a play-off spot come the end of the season and today provides a great opportunity to press on to that goal but, as I said above, it will not be easy. Get behind the boys in blue today!

 Jim Chappell

Chairman BRSC

Good Week

Good afternoon and welcome to all at the Stadium for our return fixture with Wycombe Wanderers. We extend a warm welcome especially to supporters from Berkshire who have travelled the M4 corridor and other parts to be with us today.  A very safe journey home after the game.

It feels a bit like buses down Gloucester Road with no game at the Mem for weeks and then two come along at once. It was good to see us win at home last Saturday to make it five on the bounce. In fact it was a good week for the club after taking four points in all with a well deserved return from the away trip at Huddersfield Town.

The mid- winter enforced break seems to have done us no harm at all. We are still up there among the pay off hopefuls and a bit of a gap has opened up below us in the table. I would think that at the beginning of season we would have been pleased to be in the position of “All to play for.” Apart from Swindon and then Leeds on the final day we have played all the teams above us away from home. It all bodes well for a second half to the season and a potentially exiting run in. Together we can.

In At 199

Couple of bargain offers for you in our shop at 199, Two Mile Hill, Kingswood.

Can you imagine or even remember the real smell of gas and the unique atmosphere at Eastville? It was so special and yet can still be felt as it is captured in print to such great effect. Viewed from the Muller Road end of the ground the picture takes in the Tote at the Stapleton Road End, the old wooden South Stand with the famous press box on top, what a view that must have been, the newer part finished North Stand with the shed top right and of course the flower beds. Where else flower beds behind the goal at a professional League club? In old language it measures 35.5 x 25.5 inches and yours for just £5.

Also for the wall, how about the distinctive wall paper borders.  A must for that total Rovers bedroom or playroom and available at a price reduced from £7 to £3.50. Happy spring decorating!

 Back to today.

Come on the Rovers Boys; Come on you Blues, we can do this.

Ken Masters


Share Scheme News


Below is the summary of the current share scheme position to December 2009:-

·             Contributions received totaled £4,429 from 308 members

·             Cumulative members’ contributions received from commencement   of the Scheme totaled £823,745

·             Supporters Club total holding at 30th November 2009 was 372,440

·             Total no. of issued ordinary shares in BRFC (1883) Ltd  at 31st  December 2009 was 4,909,887

·             Percentage holding by the Supporters Club was 7.59%

Share Scheme – It’s not too late

The Share Scheme runs now runs through to December 2010 and joining information can be found our website:

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]


For individuals weekly membership of the Share Scheme begins at less than the price of a pint of beer. There are four different ordinary levels and a corporate level. These options are:


·        Bronze Option – £10.83 per month

·        Silver Option – £21.67 per month

·        Gold Option – £43.34 per month

·        Platinum Option – £83.34 per month.

·        Corporate Option – £100.00 per month.


The other way you can help is by introducing a friend to join the main scheme or even a small business to join our ‘Corporate Scheme’. The Corporate Scheme is £1,200 per year but with tax advantages this will effectively make the cost less than a Platinum subscription.  You could get your company on the ‘role of honor’ which would be good publicity.


 Share Scheme Benefits

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.
There are two remaining matches that have been designated for meals for those entitled:-

Tuesday 2nd

March 2010

– Stockport

Saturday 13th

March 2010

– Tranmere


Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw

Today we will be presenting Ian Lock with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Swindon game on Saturday 23st January 2010.


At the Hartlepool game on Saturday 23st January 2010 Paul Robinson, the latest winner, was presented with the shirt Paul won in the draw at the Swindon game on Saturday 12st December. Former player Mark Foran presented Paul with his shirt.


Organised Juniors Matchday Parties


Today we welcome Oldland Abbotonians Under 13’s who play in Division 1 of the Avon Youth League.  Based at Aitchison Playing Fields, Oldland Common, Oldland Abbotonians is an FA Charter Standard Community Club, running youth, ladies and adult teams from Under 8’s through to the senior team who play in Division 1 of the Toolstation Western League. If anyone is interested in joining Oldland Abbotonians they can contact Sue Harris on 07833 047432.
Match parties for 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 [email protected] or (07765) 254110.

David Brain,

Director and Share Scheme Chairman.

[email protected]net

50/50 draw

Our 50/50 draw at the Hartlepool match was won by Mike Filer who picked up £884 with ticket number 22686. It was sold in the Clubhouse bar.


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