8th September 2012 Aldershot Town
September 8, 2012
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
TODAY’S COLUMN IS WRITTEN BEFORE ROVERS’ HOME JPT TIE LAST TUESDAY AGAINST LEAGUE ONE TABLE TOPPERS YEOVIL TOWN. That was a game when I hope some pride will have been restored after a dismal failure here last Saturday at the hands of ‘mighty’ Morecambe. I must admit to being quite shocked at a three goal home defeat to the ‘Shrimpers’, especially following our performance in the washed out game at Wycombe the previous Saturday.
Quite how the very same team could produce such differing performances is beyond me, but I guess that is why we are in League Two and not playing in the Championship! Mark McGhee thinks it might be because some of the team are nervous about playing here at the ‘Mem’ where the average of our two attendances to date, around 6,000, is probably three times the norm for many of the clubs in this division, today’s visitors included! This could be the case but we certainly don’t want the crowds to reduce but, of course, to increase as Rovers mount a sustained promotion challenge.
As supporters all we can do is to get behind our boys and encourage their every good move without deriding any mistakes. Bellowed criticism is not going to help any player, especially one who might be suffering from nerves! This stadium, for all its faults, can certainly produce a fantastic atmosphere when the Rovers are ‘on song’ but we need that sort of vocal support all the time in order to frighten the opposition, not our own players!
There were some positives last Saturday, particularly ‘off pitch’ when the Supporters Club hosted two more guests in the shape of former players Martin Thomas and Vaughan Jones. One of the ‘duties’ we always ask our guests to perform is making the various half time draws and Vaughan certainly picked out a big prize from our 50/50 Draw with last Saturday’s winner, Henry Moden from Bath, picking up no less than £813 from a gate of only 5,200 (winning ticket number 02366).
Martin and Vaughan assisted with the Helpline draw
Henry told me that he started watching Rovers during our decade long sojourn in his home city so it was most appropriate that our Championship winning captain from that great era should draw his ticket.
Welcome back Cian Bolger, who returns on another loan spell and will hopefully help us gain a first ‘clean sheet’ of the season today. A first goal or two at the other end won’t go amiss either!
Get behind the boys in blue and white today.
Up the table, Up the Pirates!
For those who have yet to claim their meal, please note these dates are still available for 2012.
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]
OUR VISITORS TODAY HAD THE BETTER OF US BY A SINGLE GOAL IN BOTH LEAGUE GAMES LAST SEASON.
Not only do we need to get our league season kick started, but we have every reason to do it today and get three vital points on the board.
Last week, we were delighted to welcome back former Rovers favourites Vaughan Jones and Martin Thomas. Thank you to you all who made them feel extremely welcome on their return. I know they both enjoyed the occasion immensely. I will let you know shortly who our next guests are and what match they will be attending. Please let me know who you would like to see come back.
With the new season underway I wanted to reassure you that our Fans on Board Facebook page is back up and running. Clearly, until the planning permission decision is taken by Bristol City Council in relation to the Sainsbury’s application then it is difficult at this stage to advance your ideas regarding the new stadium. However, as I have mentioned before, once this decision is taken, and I sincerely hope is successful, then we shall be calling upon you to offer your ideas then.
In regard to other ideas i.e. better TV in the bar under the Dribuild Stand or the club website, please keep them coming. If for any reason you can’t access either the Facebook Page or the Fans Forum and wish to email me directly, then my email is [email protected]
I will try to get back to you as soon as I can! Alternatively, you can always contact me or Ken on matchdays. As you will be aware we are almost always in the Bristol Room and Supporters Club bar both before and after the game. Enjoy the match and UTG!
SPARES FOR SHARES
Please donate them to the Share Scheme. The Share Scheme is edging ever closer to the magical £lm mark and, who knows, your donated euro, cent or rupee could be changed up into the actual Emillionth pound raised. If you have any old coins such as francs or pesetas, half pennies or shillings we can make use of these too.
Of course, we still want your English pennies as well, so any spare change can be donated to the Share Scheme via the collection tins in the shops at 199 and Pirate Leisure. On matchdays, the donation tins can be found at the Supporters Club shop and with the programme sellers at the Memorial Gates.
This includes Share Scheme members who are automatically renewed if their Share Scheme membership subscription is active. The Supporters Club Membership Cards for Share Scheme members has been sent out with the pre season magazine, along with a thank you letter from Brian Seymour-Smith.
Supporters are reminded that a membership price increase to £8.00 Adults and £4.00 Seniors will take effect after the AGM on 11th October if carried. To take advantage of the current membership fee of £7.00 Adults, and £3.50 65+, please renew before that date.
The Supporters Coach away travel is insured against matches called off when on the way to the match or if the match is abandoned after it has started.
Jean Drake won £371 in the 50/50 draw with ticket number 05110