News from the SC
March 15, 2010
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter
From the chair
Every regular Rovers’ away supporter was asking the same question last Saturday evening – ‘where did that come from?’ I’m referring of course to the fantastic victory at Swindon, which followed a long miserable spell on the road for the Gas with no win since last September, only two points from a possible 33 and not even a single goal for seven matches! If, like me, you have witnessed every game of the season to date you will have travelled much more in hope than anticipation. My personal philosophy has been that every run, both good and bad, must come to an end and that when it does it is usually a spectacular end! So it proved with Rovers turning in probably their best performance of the season just when we needed it most. Every player had a good game but there were outstanding performances by Jo Kuffour, captain Stuart Campbell, Steve Elliott and Dan Jones. It was one of those games that will last long in the memory such as the victories at Derby County, Stoke City and Reading that all produced lots of fine ‘Gas goals’ and came literally out of the blue.
The stunning victory had me thinking about all the abuse being heaped on our management team by a few ‘fans’ in past months and I also wondered what the Swindon supporters must have thought of it all. The Robins had lost only twice in 20 matches, both times to the Rovers and they had conceded a total of seven goals to us whilst Town’s much heralded strike force was unable to find the net on either occasion. They had started the afternoon confident of gaining revenge for Swindon’s last League defeat here back in December but within an hour the Robins were filing out of the ground in search of a much-needed pick-me-up in the local hostelries. I suspect that both sets of the more fickle fans never give any respect to the opposing team and the thought that both sides in every game will be setting out with the same object. That brings me nicely to today when struggling Tranmere visit with the same intention as our own Rovers – to win three vital points. I was one of many very disappointed Gasheads at Gillingham a couple of weeks ago when, on a pretty poor pitch, Rovers lost to a solitary goal deep into added time. Lo and behold, last Saturday when we were thrashing Swindon, another of the genuine promotion chasers, the affluent Huddersfield Town, also fell to the ‘Gills’ and by twice the margin that we did. On the same day Tranmere put paid to the even richer and fast-rising ‘Saints’, ‘Lambo’ and all! Prenton Park’s surface is worse than that at the Priestfield so perhaps that is the answer and certainly the County Ground pitch was in excellent condition last week. The truth is that there is very little difference between most of the teams in the division despite some of the big names we are blessed with this season and any side can beat any other given the right circumstances on the day.
The Supporters Club’s Executive Committee has been a little depleted of late with Clive Farquhar’s resignation from his commercial post for business reasons coinciding with Treasurer Jane Browne’s long term serious illness. To help fill the gap we have regained the services of Sandra Jaques who was of course a past Committee member and who is fully qualified to assist us with the club’s financial business. Whilst giving a hearty ‘welcome back’ to Sandra I would like to thank Clive for continuing to assist us during a very difficult time. I cannot finish without a few words for Jane who, despite being so badly ill, has continued to work from home and still does all that she possibly can for the club. We are so grateful Jane and everyone is thinking of you and Wes at this very trying time.
All Aboard for Brighton
Good afternoon and welcome to all at the Memorial Stadium for this League 1 encounter with the Rovers from Tranmere. There are only four of us in League Football in England with a further two up in Scotland.
Games against another “Rovers” are not so common. In immediate past seasons we have seldom come up against Blackburn and Doncaster although the Trophy final in Cardiff does ring bells to say the least. The occasion was a great day out and a springboard for our promotion success.
Memories of that game also takes us back to the 1990 Trophy final at the old Wembley, a first for us, where the Northern finalists from Birkenhead made it another all Rovers final; two Trophy finals and both against the Rovers. Many of our supporters will also recall the chase to the Third Tier Championship in the very same 89-90season.
Tranmere and another football club from not very far away were very much involved in the tussle along with us of course. Happily we came out on top with a massive 93 point haul. Tranmere on the other hand took the trophy spoils to deny us the double. We share those memories with our visitors today and extend an especially warm welcome to them. Enjoy your time with us and a safe journey home after the game.
At the time, many of our supporters will have wondered why Jeff Hughes was substituted, ran straight off down the tunnel and then made man of the match at our last home game. Afterwards it was revealed that Jeff and his partner were just about to become parents for the first time. Later in the evening Esmee was born. Congratulations Jeff and all good wishes from Bristol Rovers Supporters Club.
Severn Vale Gas has come together at the Railway Tavern in Charfield for their first meeting of many. A good number of us turned out on Thursday 25th Feb from Thornbury, Wooton-under-Edge and around the Shire as far north as Cheltenham. A good night talking Rovers was had and the organisers would wish to thank Toni Watola, Director of Finance at Bristol Rovers for taking questions on Football Club finance and other current issues. All of those attending appreciated the face to face communication. Very well done and many thanks to Ivan and Pete for starting the branch off in such a positive way.
If you live in the area please come along and join us on the Thursday before the Southend game, that’s March 25th at the Railway. You don’t have to be there spot on, anytime from eight onwards. Non Supporters Club member are also welcome. The railway is a smashing pub with a Rovers supporting landlord. The beer is first class and so is the company.
The branch is organising an away trip to the Brighton game at the Withdean on Saturday April 4th. As with our other branches the transport will start and return locally. Come along to book your place. The branch organisers will arrange for match day tickets so that all will enjoy the game in close proximity; all aboard for Brighton.
Do you have any items of memorabilia from Eastville Stadium such as signs, turnstiles, seats, photographs etc?
We are helping the city council set up the new exhibition hall currently being built on the Harbourside. There is going to be a sporting history section and they are particularly interested in anything to do with Eastville Stadium. We want our section to be better than any other team in Bristol so get looking in your lofts to see what you can dig out.
Share Scheme News
The membership statistics for the month of February are as follows:
Contributions received totaled £4,026 from 281 members
Cumulative members’ contributions received from commencement of the Scheme totalled £831,946
Cumulative Share Scheme contributions paid over by the Supporters Club to BRFC (1883) Ltd totalled £833,228
Supporters Club total holding at 28th February 2010 was 375,820
Total no. of issued ordinary shares in BRFC (1883) Ltd at 28th February 2010 was 4,913,267
Percentage holding by the Supporters Club was 7.65%
The Share Scheme runs through to December 2010 and joining information can be found here:-
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 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.
·</font> Corporate Option – £100.00 per month.
Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw
Today we will be presenting Leslie Barnes with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Stockport game on Tuesday 25nd March 2010.
At the Stockport game Donna Smith, the latest winner, was presented with the shirt she won in the draw at the Colchester game on Saturday 27th February 2010.
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
Today we welcome Frome Collegians AFC which is an FA Charter status club running teams from Under 7’s through to adults. The youth teams are based at Selwood School and Frome Community College. The 1st team plays in Somerset Senior Division 2 East and halfway through the season are unbeaten and top of the table. Today’s party is the under 11 and under 12 teams Managed by Lee Stone and Rob Hayward respectively. The 1st Team coach/manager Adrian Marchment. Collegians website for details www.fromecollegians.co.uk
Director and Share Scheme Chairman.
Bob Seymour of Fishponds won £824 at the Colchester match with ticket number 28161, sold by Dave Hewitt at the Memorial Gates.
Rodger Allen of Bracknell picked up £666 at the Stockport game with winning ticket 30165, sold by Sue Dry at the Memorial Gates.