3rd October 2012 Cheltenham Town
October 4, 2012
MANY OF YOU WILL RECALL LAST SEASON, THAT IT WAS AT CHELTENHAM THAT IT BECAME CLEAR THAT OUR SEASON HAD FINALLY TURNED AROUND AFTER THE TURMOIL WHICH PRECEDED THE GAME.
We will keep our fingers crossed that the same happens tonight.
Thank you to all supporters who came along and supported the Happy Hour in the Supporters Club bar after the Fleetwood game. Not only was there a great turnout, but I was also delighted that the catering staff kindly provided free of charge, some slices of pasties as well, which all added to a very positive atmosphere.
I know many of you want this to continue (and the free pasties) and as long as we continue to have a good turnout with a trial period until the end of October, then I have every hope that it will do so.
More of your ideas were put to the Board at Monday’s meeting and I shall be posting the outcomes of those where possible on Facebook and the Forums as soon as I have responses. Please keep the ideas coming and a reminder that if there are any particular issues you wish to raise
with me, then email me on [email protected] and I will come back as soon as I can. As an addition, several people have emailed me with suggestions over potential player targets. Just to let you know, I pass these on directly to the management as soon as I receive them. It is then for them to act upon your information accordingly, so many thanks.
We had hoped to have several former players along for the Northampton game. Because of commitments that has not been possible. However, we are confident that several former players will be along for the Chesterfield game
instead and I’ll notify you of who they are well in advance. Finally, may I give a warm welcome tonight to a friend of mine Adrian Bailey who is MP for West Bromwich West. Adrian is a lifelong loyal Cheltenham supporter who has come down from the Midlands with me tonight to watch the game. We wind each other up about our football meetings. Of course, after our last meeting at Whaddon Road it was a long journey back home for Adrian. In the nicest possible way, Adrian I hope it’s an even longer journey home for you tonight!
Enjoy the match. UTG
Brian Seymour Smith, Director
Mandy Cheeseley receives her 50/50 winnings from Brian Seymour Smith and Jim Chappell at the Fleetwood game. Mandy’s winning ticket number was 06340, purchased from Jackie Chapple on the Blackthorn Terrace
THE SHOP AT 199 TWO MILE HILL IS OPEN MONDAY TO FRIDAY 9.00AM TILL 5.00PM AND ON SATURDAY MORNINGS 9.00AM TILL 1.00PM.
All replica home and away kits are in stock together with a range of leisure wear with tops in navy blue with white trim and tracky bottoms for the kids. Also for the kids we are stocking hoodies in two designs; available with zips at £24.99 and with pull over heads at £19.99.
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
WELCOME ALL TO THE MEMORIAL STADIUM FOR WHAT NOW HAS BECOME OUR MOST LOCAL ‘DERBY’ WITH THE VISIT OF CHELTENHAM TOWN.
The ‘Robins’ provided Mark McGhee with his first victory in charge of Rovers at Whaddon Road last season and I guess most ‘Pirates’ present that day thought that it would be the start of great things for us. It has not so far turned out to be that easy and a run of bad luck, especially with injuries to some key players, has combined with a few indifferent performances to put us in a position that a club of Rovers’ stature should not really be in.
We are finding out, again, that League Two is a very hard division to get out of and that only by everyone, (players, management and supporters), pulling together that Rovers can start climbing the table. Hopefully we will have got that elusive first win at Exeter last’Saturday but, if not, then let’s make it tonight. A decent crowd can produce a fantastic atmosphere, especially in evening games here so get behind the lads and roar them to another ‘derby’ win!
Since Ken Masters has taken on the task of editing this Supporters Club column, in the League’s best matchday programme, we have been looking at ways to involve others than just the two Directors and the Chairman airing our views. Ken has already started this process with ‘Branch Lines’, (we both sadly share a common railway interest as well as Rovers!), and we hope that you, dear readers, notice and enjoy what we are trying to do.
In the next ‘Pirate’ we will start to introduce the Club’s volunteer ‘army’ who undertake a variety of duties before, during and after every Rovers’ game, all unpaid and not a single one of them take a penny in commission with everything going to the club.
We’ll be starting in the Northampton programme by featuring Ron Thorne, who many will know as a programme seller on Filton Avenue. However, Ron is more than that as he counts and sorts the programmes and then loads all the trolleys long before the rest of the sellers arrive.
We could not do without him, so Ron is the right man to start the new feature with and I hope you will all enjoy learning about those who do so much to keep this football club running!
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 11TH STARTING AT 7.30 IN THE BRISTOL ROOM.
Once the business has been completed we will take a short break for drinks before the customary question and answer session. The Chairman’s and Football Club Directors reports can be found posted on the Supporters Club Official Web site and the accounts will be available and posted on the site from 1st October. Members only will be allowed to attend the business session. Non members are welcome to attend for the Q and A. Football Club Chairman, Directors, Management and Coaches will be invited to attend and to take your questions.
Paper copies of the reports can be obtained from 199, Two Mile Hill, Kingswood, Bristol. BS15 1AZ. Tel: 0117 9611772, Fax: 0117 9611773. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.