News from the SC
April 6, 2010
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter
From the Chair
A happy Easter to everyone here today for what could be a vital match for Rovers on the back of our longest trip of the season on Good Friday. At the time of writing there must have been some doubt as to whether or not that game would go ahead as there was heavy snow forecast for the border area and I for one was cancelling an intended Easter holiday break in Cumbria last week on the basis of that news! Mind you, I can remember driving out of Cleethorpes with my two sons in a blizzard on Easter Monday, 1998, and being pelted with snowballs after Barry Hayles had struck twice to defeat Grimsby and edge Rovers towards our last League 1, (then called Division 2!!!), play-off appearance. What a lot has happened since both to us and our hosts on that day. As for today’s visitors, well MK Dons didn’t exist then of course and now they have one of the finest stadiums in the Division. Quite why the League has to schedule such journeys the length and breadth of the country on Bank Holidays and add to the already congested traffic when all the local leagues arrange ‘derby’ games on these dates is beyond me. Anyway, let’s hope that the Carlisle match took place and that we have another point or three in the bag before tackling this difficult fixture this afternoon!
Our last game here of course was last Saturday when Rovers again showed both sides of their character in a pretty bizarre match that rather luckily yielded another three vital points in our renewed quest for the last play-off spot. An added-time own goal winner was probably more than we deserved after a terrible start against struggling Southend, whose defenders looked devastated when Captain Campbell’s excellent ‘last ditch’ cross could not be diverted anywhere except into the ‘Shrimper’s net for the luckiest goal of the seven. Our other three strikes though were excellent but we were certainly thankful for a string of goal-line clearances and blocks that eventually got Rovers the win. We did not play well but dug out a victory so we should be grateful for that I suppose. Our members voted Jeff Hughes as the Supporters Club’s Man-of-the Match in the Clubhouse after the game and he is rapidly becoming another of Lennie & Trolls most successful signings with another couple of goals added to his name!
As one of the Supporters Club’s nominee shareholders I attended the Football Club’s AGM a couple of weeks ago when, apart from the usual voting back on of Directors, (including one of our club representatives, David Brain), there was very little actual business to discuss. As with our own BRSC AGM the most interesting part of the evening is always the question and answer session that takes place when the business part is concluded. The Management team were given their own slot at the end of the evening and it was good to hear the usual practical confidence exuded by both Paul and Lennie. What a change it is from the bad old days of the previous management era that the club now has a proper youth policy again, and a successful one at that! The Supporters Club is giving full backing to the search for and development of our own local talent, a policy that has done the club so proud in the past. Our funding of the youth scheme via the 50/50 Draw and direct sponsorship of Rovers’ Midlands team by our Weston-Super-Mare Branch is ongoing and we hope to be able to give more details of where your contributions are helping in the near future. In the meantime please keep supporting the half-time draw as you have so magnificently in the past as there are some exciting young local lads coming up through the ranks.Get behind the lads today in this difficult and important holiday fixture. Thanks for your continuing support!
Played Our Part
Good afternoon and welcome to this Easter Monday holiday fixture with close rivals MK Dons. A warm welcome to those MK fans who have made the trip from Buckinghamshire and other parts to be with us this afternoon and a safe journey home after the game.
The Easter holiday games can be a defining moment for a lot of clubs fighting against relegation or looking upwards to play off places and promotion. I am writing these notes ahead of the Carlisle game on Good Friday but after the Southend game you might just expect that anything and something could still happen. Three years ago when we went all the way at the tail end of the League 2 season so to did Blackpool in this League. They were a club in a much the same position to ourselves with similar resources so the example is there to follow.
The one thing that we can do is to support our management team and players right to the wire. The very last thing you want when you are trying very hard to motivate the team from 2-0 down at home to recover to 3-2 up and then to go on to win the game 4-3 is abuse during the process. Thankfully the vast majority of Gas in the stadium for the Southend game we magnificent and we played our full part in the eventual outcome. For that, thank you very much indeed.
It is good to report that our Branch organisation is marching on a making very good progress. Severn Vale met for the second time at the Railway Tavern in Charfield on Thursday March 25th. The newly formed Branch is organising local transport for the game at Brighton on April on April 24th. There will be a raffle for a signed ball on the way. The branch organisers are also linking up with Weston –super-Mare for pick up for the Leeds United game on May 8th. Seeing that this is the last game on the fixture list, branch members are stopping off at Severn Vale HQ for joint end of season drinks.
Three members from Edinburgh travelled down to the Mem for the Southend game. It was good to meet up with Gary and friends again and I am sure that many of our exiled supporters from East and West Scotland will have been there to join us at the Carlisle game; top people.
The West Midlands Branch met for the first time at the Wild Moor Oak up in Bromsgrove on Monday March 29th. A good turnout of around fifteen made it from a wide area including Telford, Shrewsbury, Birmingham, Stoke, Worcester, Redditch and Droitwich. Molsey was there with a signed shirt and a quiz book and so was Brian Seymour Smith from Sky Sports. West Mids up and running.
Plans for a new branch up Gloucester and Cheltenham are coming along very nicely so watch this space for further news on that one. There are active Bristol Rovers Supporters just about everywhere it seems and didn’t we always know so. Thank you to all for coming forward to help set up these new groups.
Back to today; exiles will be joining us from all over to take in this holiday fixture; welcome home and believe me I know the feeling. Together we can, come on Rovers , come you Blues.
In at 199
Ever felt a Mug? Well I have on more than one occasion. The last time was in the Club House after the Southend game; much needed and very nice too.
The next time could be in the Supporters Club shop at 199. Two New Mugs that have just arrived in to join the already extensive stock of all things imaginable Rovers wise. The Top one is called the Three Badge Mug and the Bottom one is called Blue White BRFC Mug. Feels good at only £5.99 each.
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]
Organised Junior Matchday Parties
Today we welcome Mangotsfield Youth Football Club which has an extensive training programme from youngsters aged under 6 to adults and has a reputation as a very friendly club which encourages the development of younger players.
Its under-13’s play in the Avon Youth League and the club is particularly looking for players who would like to join its U-14’s for next season. Contact the secretary Pete Brown on 0791 633998.
William Murphy of Southend won £880 in the 50/50 draw at the Southend game. His winning ticket 28667 was sold by Sandra Jaques in the DAS Stand/director’s box.