News from the SC
March 29, 2010
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter
From the Chair
The most consistent thing about the Rovers this season, apart that is from being in 9th place in the League table for months on end, is the team’s inconsistency! After that stunning performance away to Swindon, the Division’s most in-form team, and our first goals on the road in eight matches it was back to earth with the usual bump as we failed to turn over lowly Tranmere and then fell to an equally lowly Exeter City four days later. It’s ironic and perhaps indicative of this season’s form that both Bristol clubs travelled down the M5 on consecutive evenings, probably feeling confident of turning over Devon opponents who were in the relegation zone of their respective divisions, only to fall to very late goals and return home empty handed! We really should have got something out of the Grecians but Rovers have consistently struggled against lower opponents and our lack of fire power, especially away from Horfield, has been our Achilles heel throughout long periods in an otherwise reasonably satisfactory season.. As I said in my notes for the Tranmere game, no match is easy in this League and Southend will be as desperate for points or even a point as Tranmere and Exeter were, so beware! Having said that Rovers just wouldn’t be Rovers without a definite upside and we certainly had that at Huish Park last Saturday when the Rovers who demolished Swindon, rather than the Rovers who failed against Tranmere and Exeter, blasted Yeovil aside in as competent display as any Gashead could have asked for. Will it be chalk or ‘cheese’ this afternoon I wonder!
Ken Masters mentioned in his column in the last ‘Pirate’ the formation of another new branch of the Supporters Club in the Severn Vale and it was good to meet up with the lads at their inaugural meeting at The Railway in Charfield. My thanks also go to the Football Club’s Financial Director Toni Watola for taking the trouble to turn out and answer questions from the floor. Such PR is always welcomed I’m sure by supporters who live outside the immediate Bristol area and who don’t necessarily pick up news about the club from their local media. I hope that Severn Vale can be half as successful as the Weston-Super-Mare Branch who started the regional ball rolling a few years ago. Ken will keep you advised on progress with all the branches in future articles I’m sure.
Marc Radford reports in this column on the latest nostalgia evening held a couple of weeks back here in the Clubhouse when the period covered was the early 1980’s. This was probably the best attended night of the whole series to date and we were indebted to Paul Randall and Steve White, two of Rovers finest post-war strikers, who took the time and trouble to contribute by taking part in a very interesting question and answer session. Club historian Mike Jay and Jamie Howarth with his programme collection from the period once again provided a valuable contribution to another very interesting and entertaining evening organised by Marc and Dave Hewitt. My thanks to everyone for their efforts and I for one look forward to the next period evening, grim as it was during the late 80’s!
Could Rovers possibly repeat the amazing run we made to the play-offs three years ago? To do so in a far stronger division this time round will take a great effort by everyone, supporters included. So get behind the boys this afternoon and let’s get another three points in the bag come 5pm. Up the Pirates!
Good afternoon and welcome to the Memorial Stadium for today’s League One encounter with Southend United. We extend a warm welcome to Shrimpers supporters. Enjoy your football with us and a safe journey home after the game.
Like us the Shrimpers are looking forward to the building of their planned new stadium but unlike us they are having to fight for survival in the third tier of English football. No games are easy at any time but at this stage of the season games against teams fighting relegation can be frustrating affairs and they are far from foregone conclusions. With nine games still to go anything can happen so we need to keep our patience and get right behind our team to the very end.
We certainly enjoyed our short trip into Somerset last Saturday and our 17th win of the campaign equalled last season’s tally with seven weeks of this season still to go. Over the coming weeks we look forward to picking up a few more and so pushing on to achieve our best season at this level for over a decade. We will see where are in May but going into today’s game we have a very good chance of making continual season on season progress since the demise of Ian Atkins and under the football management of Paul Trollope and Lennie Lawrence.
As it stands after last weekend’s round of fixtures, only Norwich, Millwall and Colchester have won more games at home in this League than we have so far this season. It takes two teams to make a game of football and sometimes we have to grind out a result as we did in the recent home fixture with Stockport. There are good games and poor, highs and lows in all seasons.
Going into today’s game we are second in the current form table with five wins out of eight. In this recent spell the home wins against high flyers Charlton and Colchester were hard fought and well deserved. Away wins at West rivals Swindon and Yeovil were special with 0-3 scorelines at half time on both occasions.
There are very good reasons for us to stay positive. Together we can. Come on Gas. Come on Rovers. Come on you Blues.
Share Scheme News
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]
Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw
Today we will be presenting Brian Mitchell with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Tranmere game on Saturday, March 13.
At the Tranmere game Les Barnes, the latest winner, was presented with the shirt she won in the draw at the Stockport game on Tuesday, March 25
Organised Juniors Matchday Parties
Today we welcome St Nicholas Youth Football Club U10’s B team who play in Division C of the Hanham Minor League. The club was founded in 1974 to provide football to the Yate and Chipping Sodbury areas. St Nicholas YFC is a FA Charter Standard Community Club. The club now has over 26 boys and girls teams and most recently a ladies team representing the Club. The age group for boys range from U7’s to U18’s.
Director and Share Scheme Chairman.
Flashback to the 80’s
We recently hosted an Early Eighties “Flashback for the Fans”. Phil Kite was unfortunately unable to attend so Steve White stepped up to the plate. Many thanks to him at the late hour!
The evening attracted 70 guests which was very positive. Mike Jay and Alan Lacock produced an “overview” of the era which was very informative and thorough. Then footage of the era, thanks to Alan Curtis, bringing laughter at the throwbacks to the 1980’s, and applause for some of Paul Randall’s deadly finishing.
Steve and Paul took questions from the audience. They have been documented along with all the other meeting’s Q and A sessions for prosperity. Paul’s sense of humour and Steve’s excellent knowledge of the present game in comparison to the past were complimentary to each other. The questioning session went on for a good 45 minutes, testament to the calibre of our guests of honour. Geoff Pike’s footage of the era helped bring the soirée to a fitting close.
Many thanks to you who took the time to thank me for organising this evening, Dave Hewett the Social Chairman and I work very much as a team.
Please look out in the Match Day Programme, in the bars and toilets on posters and on the club website for our next evening.
Marc R Radford
BCSC Match Day Chairman
David Arberry of Stoke Gifford won £881 at the Tranmere game with ticket number 30359, sold by Berni Clothier in the car park.