20th October 2012 Torquay United
October 21, 2012
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n SITTING AS WE ARE, JUST FOUR PLACES ABOVE THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE, IS NOT A POSITION MOST ROVERS’ SUPPORTERS THOUGHT WE WOULD BE IN AT THIS STAGE OF THE SEASON AND IT IS CERTAINLY NOT A POSITION THAT A CLUB OF OUR SIZE AND STATURE SHOULD BE IN!
It is true that we have not had the best of fortune so far during this campaign with our top performance to date having been simply written off the record books and no less than four first choice players being sidelined with long term injuries, one at least expected to be season long!
Can the rematch at Wycombe on November 27th possibly go as well as the original game that saw Rovers score three fine goals, all to be erased from history? I doubt it and we certainly aren’t likely to have such a large following as witnessed the bizarre happenings that August Saturday afternoon when the rearranged game takes place on a winter’s night.
However, I have to say that I have been very pleased and impressed with the way that the team has been responding of late with only one defeat, and that by a rather fortunate solitary goal, in the last six matches.
At Burton last Saturday I thought Rovers were the better side but a lack of firepower, brought about partly due to forward injuries, and the seemingly inevitable one mistake at the back meant we had to share the points instead of taking all three as at Exeter two weeks previously. Nevertheless, it was a battling display as indeed it had to be to cope with the Brewer’s ‘blood and thunder’ tactics and the home side’s inability to stay on their feet whenever challenged! It still irks me that we have to ‘look up’ to clubs such as Burton Albion but that is where we are and it is what we have to deal with.
This afternoon we welcome our old west country rivals Torquay United who are flying high again this term and so Rovers will face another tough challenge on and off the pitch. The Gulls, like so many in this division, are likely to feature yet another former Pirate in their team and I sincerely hope that Rene Howe does not suffer the sort of abuse meted out to Chris Zebroski recently. It was pathetic and really beneath how ‘supporters’ of a club such as Rovers should be acting. I can only support what the Football Club have said about obscene chanting and reiterate that the Supporters Club will expel any member who is convicted of an offence, (and that is what obscene chanting is), during matches.
The Supporters Club’s Annual General Meeting took place a week last Thursday and a full report will be published on the website and in our column in the next ‘Pirate’ against Southend.
Everyone who attended should have been impressed with what Chairman Nick Higgs and Manager Mark McGhee had to say about the club’s future and now is the time to get right behind the team as Rovers look to climb back up the League. Make it noisy and make it hostile here but, keep it clean otherwise you may not be able to be a part of an exciting future for this great old club.
Up the Pirates!
SHARE SCHEME MEALS
NEXT UP FOR SHARE SCHEME PRE MATCH MEALS:
The Rotherham United game is likely to be very popular with members taking the opportunity to take a table close to Christmas time so please book early for this one.
In order to claim your entitlement, please contact Clare McDonagh (Share Scheme Administrator) on 0117 9524001 or email [email protected]
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.
Jim Chappell hands over 50/50 winnings of £783 to Mike Cole of Northampton at our last home game. Mike purchased the winning ticket number 09465 from Jacki Hawkins.
All proceeds go to support Bristol Rovers Youth. Our youth set up is now regarded as one of the best in the region and all those that attend youth fixtures will tell you that there is some very exciting talent coming through the ranks. In the past a small number of winning numbers have gone unclaimed, so please check your ticker numbers soon after the draw is made at half time. Winning ticket numbers and winners are posted on the official Supporters Club web site and in the next following copy of ‘The Pirate’.
ANNUAL SUPPORTERS CLUB DRAW
Don’t forget that this year the annual Supporters Club draw is being held early at half time of today’s game with Torquay United. Please have your draw tickets to hand and all the very best. The winning ticket numbers will be posted on the official Supporters Club web site and in the in the next copy of ‘The Pirate’.
The venue is well placed for Leics, Lincs, Northamptonshire, Notts, Rutland and Peterborough. Organiser Alan Nelder will be pleased to see you and to discuss all things Rovers. Good pub food and real ale at very reasonable prices awaits. Mine hosts are Leicester City Fans and very Rovers friendly. Come along to meet Sue and Colin who are keen to know of the progress of Tom Parkes, Ollie Norburn and Cian Bolger.