22nd September 2012 Fleetwood Town
September 22, 2012
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
I HAVE PENNED THIS COLUMN BEFORE ROVERS’ DIFFICULT AWAY TRIPS TO GILLINGHAM AND PLYMOUTH RESPECTIVELY.
Hard as those games are certain to have been, (away to the early League leaders at the time of writing and a West Country ‘derby’ within four days) I sincerely hope that we have been able to pick up a first win of the new season as we really do need to start climbing the table soon!
Whist our last match here against Aldershot proved to be another home disappointment, there was at least some improvement in play, a couple of goals and a point at last.
I was also cheered by another large prize money sum in the Supporters Club’s 50/50 half time draw; £680 unclaimed at the time of writing, very unusually, from a gate of only just over 5,000. This was an excellent tally and followed on from £813 handed out at the Morecambe game and 2979 on the opening day against Oxford. The trend is down a little and is commensurate with the attendances at games as the team struggle to get going at home, but overall they are far better than most clubs in this division and will continue to provide a great boost for Youth Academy Funding.
Ken Masters and I always attend the U-1 8’s games at Friends Life, Cribbs Causeway, whenever Rovers first team fixtures allow and on the morning of the Aldershot game we witnessed another fine performance by a side comprising a majority of first year and schoolboy players against a Plymouth side looking that little bit older and bigger. It was pleasing to welcome back Kevin Hodges, who was in charge of the Plymouth team, back to Bristol.
No less than five of last season’s Youth team were taken on full time professional contracts by the club during the summer and you will have seen most of them in action if you watched any of our first team squad pre season games. I can tell you that going by performances so far there should be a few more to follow in the footsteps next summer. The 50/50 Draw makes all this possible so please keep buying the tickets and get behind the boys in blue and white this afternoon.
Garry Kenneth and his daughter did the Helpline draw at the Aldershot game
Brian Seymour-Smith presents Beverley Dewey with the shirt she won in the Share Scheme draw
THIS IS FOR OUR VERY FIRST MEETING WITH FLEETWOOD TOWN. We extend a warm hand of friendship to all who have travelled with the Lancashire club to be with us today. Although the Trawlermen have been around since 1908, Fleetwood have made a remarkable start to the season and even more remarkable since it was only in 1997 that they became an established football club.
Some of you will have seen that I posted a note on the Forums last week suggesting that there were several issues I am looking to raise on your behalf. These include bar prices in the Supporters Club and a TV in the bar in the Dribuild stand. I wanted to reassure you that I am doing everything I can on your behalf to try reach a successful conclusion on these issues, but I make no promises. To me, football is not just about what goes on out on the pitch, although clearly that is why we are all here. Nevertheless, it is also about your matchday experience. It’s about making the whole day, not just the 90 minutes a highly enjoyable occasion. That’s why I am delighted that there has been a tremendous positive response from supporters about bringing former players back to meet you. I am extremely hopeful that more former players will be returning soon, including two more for the Northampton game in October and I shall confirm this nearer the time.
Our former players are our pride in our past. It’s equally important to have pride in our future. So let’s get behind the lads to get our first home win of the season today and get our season going!
Yours in friendship UTG.
MEMBERS ARE REMINDED THAT A PROPOSED SUBSCRIPTION INCREASES TO £8.00 ADULTS AND £4.00 FOR SENIORS WILL TAKE EFFECT AFTER THE AGM ON 11TH OCTOBER 2012 IF THE MOTION IS CARRIED.
To take advantage of the current membership fee of £7.00 for Adults and £3.50 for seniors aged 65 and over, please renew before that date. You can renew in the Bristol Room before today’s game, at Pirate Leisure, 199 Two Mile Hill, Kingswood or locally at any of the Supporters Club branches. Members are the core of our activity and we looking at at ways of bridging the gap between the Young Pirates and adult members of the Supporters Club.
SHARE SCHEME MEALS
A NUMBER OF SHARE SCHEME MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THEIR COMPLIMENTARY PRE MATCH HOSPITALITY CARVERY LUNCH THIS SEASON SO FAR.
For those who have yet to claim their meal, please note there are dates still available for 2012.
These are dates and games available to book in each of the coming three months.
Northampton Town (6th)
In order to claim your entitlement, please contact Clare McDonagh (Share Scheme Administrator) on 0117 9524001 or email [email protected] co.uk
Thank you to all Share Scheme Members, past and present for much appreciated subscriptions and support. We are very proud of our Share Scheme and all of those who have joined over the duration.