17th April 2010 Brentford

April 19, 2010

17th April 2010 Brentford

Bristol Rovers Supporters Club Notes compiled by Dennis Payter

 

From the chair

Rovers’ Achilles heel this season has undoubtedly been the ability to suffer defeat, particularly on the road, to teams struggling for survival at the bottom end of the table. By my reckoning we have been beaten at least once by every team in the bottom half of the table except for Hartlepool, the now-relegated Stockport County and Brighton who of course we visit, not without some trepidation I would say, next Saturday!

But we have an excellent record in recent years against the ‘Bees’ and over 1,400 travelling fans saw Rovers at their brilliant best in the opening 45 minutes at Griffin Park back in September when three great goals without reply set up the third of four wins in the opening five away games. The only defeat in those five of course was at second from bottom Wycombe who then completed the ‘double’ over us at the end of January. That really has been the pattern for the season but I am a great believer in the adage that the league tables never lie.

Before the return of ‘Lambo’ last Tuesday Rovers were still in 8th place despite all the ‘daft’ defeats and the stated aim at the start of the season was a top ten finish which really should be achieved provided there is no dramatic collapse in the final three weeks of the campaign. I know that this is not good enough for a small minority of the club’s followers but five years ago, before the appointment of ‘Lennie & Trolls’, we would certainly have settled for it. When we were fighting desperately just to stay in the Football League, the thought of Rovers competing regularly again against the likes of Leeds United, Norwich City, Charlton Athletic and Southampton, all then Premiership clubs, would have seemed fanciful. That we are now in direct competition with these clubs, and beating two of them with a further couple of opportunities still to come, is real progress. It must also be said that these four clubs, along with other ‘heavyweights’ in financial terms like Huddersfield, Millwall and MK Dons, have made this almost certainly the strongest third level of all time and to finish the season up there fighting out the top six places with them is very much to Rovers’ credit. There has been steady if unspectacular progress in the last four years whilst the survival of the club has not been put in jeopardy. The youth scheme is back under the club’s direct control and Bristol boys are once again starting to filter into the first team squad. The stadium redevelopment plans are passed and we are assured by the chairman that work can begin as soon as the funding is in place – a new ground that the club will still own at next to no cost don’t forget! So whilst it is infuriating that we can play so poorly and lose at places like Wycombe, Southend and Tranmere, similar further improvement next season such as we have seen in the last four years, will get Rovers even closer to a return to Championship level in twelve months time. Keep the faith!

Jim Chappell,

BRSC Chairman.

 

 

Membership Open for 10-11

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to all at the Memorial Stadium for today’s fixture with Brentford Football Club. We especially welcome supporters from the other end of the M4 and other parts who have travelled to be with us in Bristol for this upper table encounter.

Very many of us enjoyed a day out in West London in September when the weather was kind and so too was the hospitality in the many pubs around the Griffin Park ground and in the stadium itself. There was no hassle and supporters mixed in a very good atmosphere; just as it should be and just as we want it to be.

I am writing these notes ahead of the Southampton game and following the disappointment of conceding another very late away goal in the match up at Oldham last Saturday. Notwithstanding that the result there is still a lot left to our season culminating with a high profile game up in Yorkshire with Leeds United. The away the table looks with five games to go, there could be a lot on that game and we can expect a Premier League like attendance and occasion to enjoy.

Supporters Club membership for the season 2010-11is now being taken by the variety of outlets available. You should have received through the post a membership application form together with a season ticket application for next season sent out by the Football Club. Branches will shortly be allocated an adequate and sufficient number of cards so that you can join in your local area should you wish to do it that way.

 Regarding the final two away games at Brighton and Leeds respectively, non members for this season can join us by signing up in advance for next season. Please don’t forget also the local transport to Brighton from Severn Vale with a raffle for a signed away shirt on route and the Weston-super-Mare and Severn Vale travelling link up for the Leeds game with a drink back in Charfield on return. We saw a number of our Scottish based members at the recent home fixture with Southend United. It will be good to see them again at the Leeds game.

Just going off at a tangent, I’m sure many of us will have been following the fortunes of Bristol Rugby throughout the season and especially at the promotion play off stage which they are currently engaged in. Premier Rugby  is so important to the club and their supporters; it is where they belong. I am sure you will join with me in extending our very best wishes to Bristol for a successful outcome to their campaign. Come on Bris!

Back to today and the three points up for grabs to push us on to our strongest position at this level for over a decade of football. There is always something to play for and it feels a lot better to be up at the top end rather than down amongst those worried about fourth tier football, never again Gas, or even about surviving to play football at all which is the position some clubs find themselves in at this time.

Our home record here at the Memorial Stadium this season has been decent and we want to carry that on right up to the end. Together we can; come on Rovers, come on you Blues.

Ken Masters

Director BRSC

 

Player of the Year

We have agreed a date of Sunday, 9th May, for the Supporters Club Player of the Year presentation evening. However this date is in doubt and remains so at the time of writing because a semi-final play-off affecting Bristol Rugby Club could be staged on that day and it could be switched subject to TV coverage! Watch our website, the media and shop for final details.

However voting slips will be available from the programme sellers around the ground before today’s game. Ballot boxes will be situated in the Clubhouse bars, the SC matchday sales hut and Pirate Leisure.

 

Pub lunch stop for Leeds

The Supporters Club is running a coach that will stop for a pub lunch on the way to Leeds United.

We are arranging to have a meal stop at a country pub near Wakefield so supporters can enjoy a bite to eat and a relaxing pint before going on to the match.Details are: http://www.vintageinn.co.uk/theredkitewakefield/gallery/

On the day, a menu with prices will be available. Food orders will be taken once we have arrived at the pub. This coach will leave 1 hour earlier then the normal coaches. Supporters Club members can now book seats for Coach 4 (Pub Stop).

Coach fare: £19.50 members: Depart Kingswood  7.15am, Eastville 7.30am and The Memorial stadium 7.45am

Share Scheme News

 

The current membership at the end of March 2010 stands at:-

 

Level

Number

Bronze

241

Silver

  74

Gold

  7

Platinum

    2

Total

324

  • Contributions received totaled £4,678 from 324 members

  • Cumulative members’ contributions received from commencement of the Scheme totalled £836,624

  • The Supporters Club total holding at 31st March 2010 was 375,820

  • Percentage holding by the Supporters Club was 7.65%

The Share Scheme runs through to December 2010 and joining information can be found here:-

http://www.bristolroverssc.co.uk/Share-Scheme/4/Share-Scheme-Membership-Forms.html

 

Share Scheme Signed Shirt Draw

 Today we will be presenting John Edwards with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Southend game and Stephen Taylor with the signed shirt he won in the draw at the Milton Keynes Dons match.

 

Organised Juniors Matchday Parties

 Today we welcome St Nicholas U13 B Girls side who recently won the U13 Girls Bristol ‘B’ league although really an under 12’s side but playing up a year to further develop and challenge their girls. St Nicholas U13 B Girls responded brilliantly by winning the league with 2 games left of the season. St Nicholas football club was founded in 1974 to provide football in the Yate and Chipping Sodbury areas for boys from the ages of nine to eighteen years old. The club now runs over 26 boys and girls teams and a Ladies team representing the club.

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