6th October 2012 Northampton Town
October 6, 2012
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
WELCOME BACK TO THE ‘MEM’ FOR THE SECOND HOME MATCH INSIDE FOUR DAYS AND THE RETURN OF THE ‘COBBLERS’ FROM NORTHAMPTON.
Jim Chappell hands over Wednesday night’s 50/50 winnings of £749 to Jason Hulbert
This afternoon’s column has been written before last Wednesday’s visit from local rivals Cheltenham — a game in which I hope Rovers were able to have built on the back of last Saturday’s fine win at high flying Exeter City.
It was great to see such a big following at St. James’ Park, especially considering that the team had not won a single game previously and, it has to be said, had not been on the receiving end of much good fortune in recent weeks!
Perhaps, though, the luck is changing after our old mate Jamie Cureton missed a golden chance to put the ‘Grecians’ in front and it was the hosts this time who finished with only ten men leaving Rovers in control at the final whistle.
I thought that all three of Manager McGhee’s recent signings had good games at Exeter and things seem to be looking up at last. Let’s hope that was also the case in midweek!
Don’t forget that the Supporters Club’s Annual General Meeting takes place here in the stadium next Thursday, 11th. As usual we have invited the Chairman, Directors and Manager to attend and to hold a ‘question and answer’ forum after the business part of the evening has been completed. This is always a popular feature and I hope that plenty of members will make the effort to turn out and ask a few questions.
I’m sure that there will be lots of interest in playing affairs and of course in issues surrounding the new stadium, with Bristol
City Council’s planning meeting to discuss the proposed Sainsbury’s development looming in just a few weeks time.</p>
So, get yourself along but don’t forget your current Supporters Club membership card or you will not be allowed to participate in the AGM. Non members are, however, welcome into the forum so I look forward to seeing lots of you then.
Our visitors this afternoon are bound to provide Rovers with another stiff test, but they are the sort of team we will have to overcome in order to make serious progress this season. The support at Exeter was fantastic and the team will need the crowd behind them again to be victorious today, so let’s hear it for the boys in blue right from the start.
Up the Pirates!
THE COBBLERS ARE A TEAM WE HAD MIXED FORTUNES AGAINST LAST SEASON, WITH A WIN AT HOME AND THEN A DEFEAT MANY OF YOU WILL REMEMBER ON A COLD NIGHT IN MARCH AWAY.
So, with that in mind, there’s everything to play for this afternoon.
In my last programme notes, I mentioned that I would be presenting many more of your ideas to the board meeting this last Monday. Following that meeting I am delighted to inform you that several more ideas have been approved by the club. These include a Geoff Bradford Day at the Bradford Match in which there will be a display of Geoff Bradford memorabilia and a great new book about the life of Geoff, which will be available in the Executive bar behind the Supporters Club bar prior to the game with Bradford City on 24th November.
As an addition, we are delighted to announce that we understand Geoff Bradford’s daughters Linda and Nichola will be also be hoping to attend. With Christmas just around the corner Keith Brookman’s excellent book the Bristol Rovers Archive 1951 – 1991, with photos by Alan Marshall. will also be on sale at this event.
In addition, we are also hoping to be joined by two former players for the Chesterfield game in early November. More details will follow once arrangements are confirmed.
Supporters who use the Dribuild Stand bar, will no doubt have noticed that there is now a new large screen TV in the bar as requested. I’m delighted we have been able to help. Many thanks to Louise in commercial, Ian Holtby and our friends from Tesco’s who all played their part in providing the TV.
Several supporters have asked me about collections in buckets on matchdays. As you will appreciate, we try to ensure fairness all round and there is an ongoing list of requests for these collections. If your charity is seeking to add their name to an allocated matchday collection, then please contact Clare McDonagh directly at the club and Clare will advise you if and when a collection date may be possible. Please note, if all the dates are gone this season, then future collections are carried over to the following season.
Enjoy the match and UTG
THROUGHOUT THE SEASON WE WILL BE GIVING A MENTION AND PAYING TRIBUTE TO OUR HARD WORKING VOLUNTEERS WHO PERFORM A GOOD NUMBER OF TASKS ON MATCHDAYS HERE AT THE MEM.
Without them the operation would not be possible; first up is Ron Thorne.
Ron Thorne selling programmes to Fleetwood supporters
Ron travels in from Paulton and has been selling our award winning matchday programmes for over 40 years. Ron is happy to take up any spot around the ground, but you will find him mostly at his usual place in Filton Avenue.
Ron first started to support the Rovers in 1971 and recalls his first game at home to Bradford City at Eastville. Rovers ran out winners 7-1 that day with goals from Godfrey (3), Jarman (2) and Jones (2); interesting to note that Bruce Bannister was playing for the visitors that day.
Ron recalls his best Pirate memories as winning the Watney Cup at Eastville against Sheffield United and gaining promotion at Wembley ley in the play off final against Shrewsbury Town. Ron’s lifelong dream is to see Rovers playing in The Premier League alongside the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
Very many thanks to Ron for all of his hard work on behalf of Bristol Rovers on matchdays.
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.
NORTON RADSTOCK MEMBERS HAVE BEEN HITTING THE ROAD AGAIN; THIS TIME WITH A TRIP DOWN TO EXETER CITY FOR THE GAME LAST SATURDAY AT ST JAMES PARK.
The branch took a 46 seater Berkeley Coach and organisers Sally and Carolyn said; “Just like the First Team” Well done to them and to Berkeley Coaches.
A reminder to all Weston super Mare members that the Branch AGM will take place at the Windsor Castle on Thursday November 8th. After the formal business a question and answer session will take place.
Football Club Directors and Staff have been invited to attend and U-18’s coach Alan Walsh and Development Coach Marcus Stewart have the date in their diaries. Trouble is, it’s Marcus’s birthday that day!
Weston super Mare members are massive supporters of Bristol Rovers Youth and a little seagull has told us that yet another healthy donation to the cause is on its way this year.
For all you Eastern Exiles; The Blue Dog, Sewstern (Leics/Lincs border), just off the Al at Colsterworth on Thursday evening 25th October.
Brian Seymour-Smith presents a signed shirt to the latest winner in the Share Scheme Draw.