News from the SC
February 22, 2010
From the Chairman
We ‘Gasheads’ travelled to the Banks’ Stadium more than a little shell-shocked after the previous Tuesday night’s debacle at Leyton Orient, which in turn followed on from another very poor display here losing to a struggling Wycombe side that duly completed a very unwelcome ‘double’ over the ‘Pirates’. The release of Darryl Duffy, one of our only three senior strikers, added to the general feeling of gloom as Rovers’ play-off challenge started to fade from reality. The furore on Radio Bristol surrounding that coupled with the grim performance at Orient was, I suppose, to be expected but it appears that the lack of communication between club, radio station and supporters was NOT because directors and staff were ‘unavailable for comment’. I know from personal experience that the local media in general is nothing like as knowledgeable about things as perhaps it used to be or should be today. There are notable exceptions of course but there are a lot of general journalists and programme producers and presenters ‘around the fringes’ who do not know who to contact and which questions to ask about whatever subject appears to be making the news on a particular day. Anyway, the end result was that BRFC ‘got a slating’ that perhaps only the team itself deserved! Deserved or not, a somewhat weakened team turned in a much improved performance on a terrible Banks’ pitch last Saturday with a battling display which probably merited all three points. The back four who were ‘all at sea in the Orient’, were transformed with a couple of changes, especially the return of the ‘(*) brilliant’ Steve Elliot. It was good to see Dominic Blizzard play in his proper position at last and there was another fine display by the on-loan Wayne Browne – one of only a couple of decent performers at Leyton.
Every fan has a particular opposing club for whom there is a special memory or two and the ‘Addicks’ always stick in my mind. I am, unfortunately, old enough to remember witnessing Rovers getting virtually relegated at The Valley on Easter Monday 1962 by losing 2-1 in front of sixteen thousand or so in a vast stadium, which then had a capacity of over 70,000!
What a lot has happened to those two clubs since! On a happier note, both my sons appeared as Rovers’ mascots at Twerton Park in 1990 in a complete reverse as our first home game back up in the same division and with the same score but in favour of the Gas. I’ll settle for that same result for the ‘Sky watchers’ to witness tonight but it certainly won’t be easy. Enjoy the game!
Chance for Exposure
A good number of us were at the Valley in late November to witness a game that we could have taken something from a certainly a game that did not reflect the eventual score line.
I understand the feelings that some supporters have about games switched from a Saturday to a mid-week televised game. Some are season ticket holders who cannot make it, some are exiled fans who travel considerable distances to be here on Saturdays and some are families who need to get the little ones to bed early. Then there are others like those who work away during the week.
To be fair to the club, we do get the opportunity for a televised game all that often and this one is in the school half term holidays. When we buy our season tickets in the summer, for most of us, the fixtures are yet to be published.
Television is a good chance for exposure, to show the football world what we can do. If some arm chair fans within reasonable travelling distance tune in and enjoy the game tonight they might just be tempted to join us at the stadium for games coming up. They would be very welcome and then there is the notion that if we turned The Football League and the television people down, would get the chance in future? Somehow I don’t think so.
We extend a warm welcome to the Charlton fans who have made the trip to be with us this evening. Thank you for being with us, enjoy the game and be safe on the journey home and into the night.
Great Boxing Day night at the Windsor, Weston super Mare for sure. Weston Gas raised £370 from a Race Night and donated £250 to the Children’s Hospice South West. Well done to Wilf and all for another great effort.
Support for our Youth Development continues to grow down on the North Somerset coast. Having sponsored the Bristol Rovers Central Junior Football clubs under 15’s home shirts for the season to the tune of £430 the branch has dug deep yet again. This time they have stumped up a further donation of £650 for training kit at the Studely based Central Rovers outfit. Paul Molesworth is Director of Football up the Midlands and he is working really hard with the coaching staff to expand the operation for next season. There is more from our members at Weston. A massive £1300 to provide training sweat tops for the youth players in the Centre of Excellence aged 8 to 16. That is a very tidy sum just short of £2000 all told.
The Branch is running away transport to Exeter, Yeovil, Swindon and Leeds so jump aboard if you live in the area. Look out as well for a skittles night on April 17th at the Balmoral Hotel. They like the Royal connection down Weston it seems.
Norton Radstock Gas meet up at the Crown, Clapton, every first Thursday of the month at 8pm. They are a great bunch of people, very warm and very friendly. The Pub is spot on and well worth a visit in itself. Mike and Sara Baber are very welcoming pub hosts. The branch is running transport to the Swindon Town game on March 6th so book early not to be disappointed. Coach parties to selected away games organised by the branch are very popular and really good company. Contact Sally Ford for more details.
Severn Vale Gas has found a great venue to meet up at and have arranged a first evening and time. We will be at the Railway Tavern in Charfield on Thursday February 25th at 8pm. In relation to fixtures the date is between the game down at Exeter on the Tuesday and the Saturday home fixture with Colchester United. Please support this new branch if you live up in the Shire or thereabouts; come along on the night just to enjoy a pint together and talk Rovers. Transport from the area to the away game at Leeds United would sound very good to me. Let’s see what we can organise.
Thanks to the 12th man
For the Walsall away game I travelled on the team coach which I had booked prior to the Wycombe and Orient games. This is a special privilege I take advantage of once or twice a season. However on this occasion I was somewhat apprehensive. Following the heavy defeat at Orient I was unsure that the players would want a Director on the coach let alone a fans representative. Paul Trollope and the players made me most welcome and it was clear that they were very focused. When we got to the ground it was evident a good number of fans had traveled and were in good spirits intent only on getting behind the team. When the players returned from the pre match warm up they were buzzing from the reception you gave them. Jeff Hughes said “let’s do it for those fans”. From the half way line all I could hear were gasheads. Whilst we didn’t get the win our display deserved the players were in good spirits on the journey home. Trolls has asked me to publically thank you for your magnificent support. You are our 12thman. Up the Gas.
Share Scheme News
The current membership at the end of January 2010 stands at:- Bronze 223; Silver 62; Gold 6; platinum 2; Total 293. Total monthly income is £4,175.
The Supporters Club have now handed over a total of £ 8 27,920 in return for 374,240 shares which represents a shareholding of 7.62%.
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]
There are two remaining matches that have been designated for meals for those Share Scheme members entitled:- Tuesday March 2 v Stockport and Saturday March 13 v Tranmere.
Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw
Today we will be presenting Robert Cooper with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Wycombe game on Saturday 30th January 2010.
50/50 draw v Wycombe
Graham Lynch of St George won £986 in the draw at the Wycombe game. His winning ticket 22293 was sold by Dave Hewett outside the clubhouse.
50-50 draw v Walsall
Richard Stone of Warmley won £635 at the Walsall game. His ticket number 26104 was sold by Marc Radford in the bars area.