1st September 2012 Morecambe
September 1, 2012
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
AFTER THE EXCITEMENT SURROUNDING SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNCIL’S DECISION TO PERMIT ROVERS TO GO AHEAD WITH THE SUPERB NEW STADIUM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND ON THE PITCH, THE START OF THE SEASON TURNED OUT TO BE A BIT OF A DAMP SQUIB.
There was an unsurprising elimination from the League Cup at Championship Ipswich Town, followed by defeat here at the hands of expected promotion rivals Oxford United. A hard fought draw at Barnet gave the travelling army hope of improvement as the new players settled in, but nothing could have prepared us for an incredible afternoon at Adams Park last Saturday.Three superb strikes, each of which would have been worthy of winning any match, were all for nothing as the most fantastic thunderstorm washed out what looked certain victory and a much deserved three points. The Wycombe officials, (the Wanderers are now owned by their Supporters Trust), were quick to try and arrange refunds for our travelling fans and details are available on Rovers’ website.Hopefully Rovers can repeat what was a great performance when we eventually return to Adams Park but we all know how things invariably turnout when, as in this case, the home club definitely ‘got out of jail’. Very frustrating for us supporters but just think howEliot, Lee and the rest of lads feel today!It was good to host some great old friends in the shape of Rovers’ 1972 Watney Cup winning squad two weeksago. Everyone seemed tohave a great time and I hope you all enjoyed meeting-upagain with a great team from yesteryear.The start has not gone as well as it could have done, but there is a very long way to go. Just look back at how Swindon struggled at the start of last season! However, anyone who was at Wycombe would have seen three great goals and all the signs that Mark McGhee is beginning to blend together a side more than capable of challenging at the top of the division.Today presents another difficult challenge in the shape of Morecambe, but with it the chance to get Rovers’ season properly underway. Get behind the boys in blue and let’s start that climb up the table.
Up the Pirates!
WELL DONE TO NORTON RADSTOCK FOR FILLING A 30 SEATER COACH FOR THE GAME LAST SATURDAY.
It was pleasing to see so many young people and children in the party. Look out for notices of more trips to away games from North Somerset. Severn Vale (RATS) continue to run transport to all away games. See Ivan (Badger) in the Bristol Room for more information before the game today. Weston super Mare will be holding their AGM during November. The date and time will be posted in this column as soon as it is known. Keep a check on the branch website for all that is going on at Weston.’Gloster’ Gas have released all of their meeting dates for the season. David Miller tells us how it all got started. He read an article on the club website about a supporters group meeting upin the Midlands and thought that it sounded like a good evening so he dropped the club an email to ask if there were any groups in the Gloucester area.Ken Masters replied saying; “Let’s meet up at a local pub and set a group up” and that’s just what he did. A few days later Ken went to Gloucester and introduced David to Ralph Gilling. another Supporters Club member in the area, and so ‘Gloster’ Gas was born. “The branch get together every month for a drink and a chat about all things Gas. The evenings are informal, no agendas, just lots of good football chat and a chance to meet up with fellow Gasheads and make some new friends. Ken seldom misses and often Brian Seymour-Smith joins us too. The Directors are always happy to answer as many of our questions that they can. Members are given a low down of what is happening at The Mem, a source of information a lot more reliable than some websites!”As ‘Gloster’ grow the aim is to start to organise some away transport and already some members are sharing lifts to home games.
It’s surprising how many Gasheads live in the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Forest of Dean area. Hopefully a few more will be tempted to join members at The Double Gloucester in Longlevens. Meeting dates are published on the Club Website and on the branches own Facebook page. Next get together Wednesday 19th September from 7.30pm. It would be great to see you. If you would like any more details please drop an email to [email protected] or DCMGlos if you are on Twitter.
■ LIKE YOU, I AM GUTTED FOR ELIOT, LEE AND ALL THE LADS WHO PLAYED SO WELL AT WYCOMBE LAST WEEK.
The outcome due to the weather was extremely difficult to take. I would also like to offer special praise to our supporters who travelled and were magnificent and I sincerely hope you all get your money back. If there are any issues, then please email me on [email protected].
As Jim mentioned, at our last home game we were delighted to welcome back a number of our former Rovers stars to celebrate 40 years since Rovers won the Watney Cup . I would like to pay tribute to Don and the lads and family members who came along to meet you again after all these years. I know for many, it was a heart warming return and the ovation you gave everyone whocame on the pitch at half time was brilliant! Today, I am equally delighted in welcoming back former Rovers favourites Martin Thomas and Vaughan Jones. Martin joined Rovers as a goalkeeper in the youth side. He made his first team debut on 3rd January 1977 as a substitute for Jim Eadie at Charlton Athletic, and turned professional in September to go on to rightly become Rovers’ first choice goalkeeper, making 162 appearances. He faced competition for his jersey with England youth goalkeeper and our physic Phil Kite, before going on loan in spells at Cardiff, Spurs and Southend. He left Rovers in 1983 to join Newcastle United for £50,000. Martin won two U-21 caps and one full cap for Wales. He was also a member of the England U-21 coaching staff which took the team to the semi-finals of UEFA U-21 Championship in 2007. Vaughan was an outstanding defender who played for Rovers in two different spells. Firstly, between 1977-1982 when he made 101 appearances and scored three goals. He then returned on loan in 1984. Then again between 1985 and 1993, when he made a further 280 appearances and scored nine goals.Vaughan went on to play for Cardiff, Newport and Bath City before finishing his playing career at Cheltenham. Hewent on to become Rovers youth coach before becoming Assistant Manager at Bath in November 2003. Vaughan was Welsh youth international and also attained two U-21 caps for Wales. Martin and Vaughan will be in the Dribuild Stand at lunchtime. They will come on to the pitch to make the half time 50-50 draw and a Q and A with Nick Day. They will then come into the Supporters Club bar to meet you and sign autographs after the match.I know you will make them very welcome.So let’s put last week behind us. The signs were extremely promising and with your support we can carry that on again and get the first win under our belt today! Enjoy the match and UTG!
The 50/50 winning number at the Oxford game was 73802 and the winning ticket, worth £979, was sold by Hannah Hawkins at the Main Gate.
SHARE SCHEME MEALS
■ A NUMBER OF SHARE SCHEME MEMBERS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THEIR COMPLIMENTARY CARVERY MEAL
For those who have yet to claim their meal, please note these dates are still available for 2012:
Aldershot Town (1st September),
Fleetwood Town (22nd September),
Cheltenham Town (3rd October),
Northampton Town (6th October),
Southend United (6th November),
Chesterfield (10th November),
Bradford City (24th November),
Dagenham & Redbridge (8th December),
Rotherham United (22nd December).
In order to claim your entitlement, please contact Clare McDonagh (Share Scheme Administrator) on 0117 9524001 or email [email protected]