3rd November 2012 Sheffield United
November 3, 2012
Pirate volunteer Sarah Hedges
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
WELCOME ALL TO WHAT IS, ON PAPER AT LEAST, THE TOUGHEST TASK THAT COULD FACE ROVERS IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE F.A. CUP – A VISIT FROM UNBEATEN, (AT THE TIME OF WRITING), LEAGUE ONE PROMOTION CHASING SHEFFIELD UNITED.
That the ‘Blades’ should been drawn out of the hat forty years on from our Watney Cup Final victory over the same opponents is typical of the games that the world’s greatest cup competition regularly throws up. Matches made up from some great memories of the past, coupled, in this case, with a rare visit from one of the few truly big clubs in the lower divisions.
Hopefully the Supporters Club’s 50/50 Draw can be made today by one of the heroes of that brilliant August afternoon at dear old Eastville back in 1972 when the late lamented Brian Godfrey lifted Rovers only national knockout trophy.
United’s supporters must feel a bit like we do at the moment in wondering just what their side is doing playing at the level they currently are, being in direct competition with the likes of Stevenage and Crawley and playing in tiny grounds with minimal support in stark contrast to that enjoyed at Bramall Lane. Still, class will show in the end and I’m sure that the ‘Blades’ will soon follow their neighbours Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, Southampton, Norwich, Leicester etc in climbing back up the Football League.
Meantime let us enjoy the day and, just perhaps, a good ‘giant killing’ to kickstart this troubled season in the basement division!
I have penned these notes before our long trip up to Accrington last Saturday and on the back of Rovers’ latest fall from grace at Wimbledon where, I’m afraid to say, our first half performance was as bad as the opening ’45’ had been good here in the previous game against Torquay.
The massive injury list is clearly not helping with ten first team squad members out of action but the ease with which the lowly ‘Dons’ scored three goals in less than 30 minutes was extremely worrying.
The previous half-dozen games had seen us make some real progress, so let’s hope things improved again at Stanley, a team unfortunately overdue a win after five consecutive defeats.
Fingers crossed as to which Rovers turned up!
Now, if Sheffield United want to see a small ground then pop over to the Crown Field and be impressed. How these little clubs survive in the Football League when the likes of Luton, Wrexham, Grimsby, Lincoln and Stockport struggle down in the Conference is not far short of a miracle.
However, we are all where we are in football’s great ‘pyramid’ on merit and, be we United, Rovers or Luton, we have to deal with it. Get behind the boys in blue this afternoon and let’s start getting this club back up the League in readiness for a super new stadium in the years to come.
Up the Pirates!
SHARE SCHEME SHIRT WINNERS
Cheltenham Town: Michael Powell
Northampton Town: Paul Prescott
Torquay United: Clive Petry
Congratulations to our winners and many thanks to all members for your much appreciated and continuing support for the Share Scheme.
Share Scheme member Clive Petry receives his signed shirt from Brian Seymour-Smith at the Torquay game
Jim Chappell hands over the 50/50 winnings at the Torquay game to Nigel Bence, who picked up £876 with ticket number 10176 sold by Sue Dry at the Memorial Gates
SARAH HEDGES FROM PUCKLECHURCH, NEAR BRISTOL, HAS BEEN AN AWARD WINNING PROGRAMME SELLER FOR 25 YEARS.
You will find Sarah on match days at her spot close to the Memorial Gate. Sarah has been supporting Rovers from the tender age of just six; she won’t tell us her age but she admits that this is 35 years ago this season!
Sarah remembers her first game as though it was yesterday and in any case she will have her powers of recall nudged a little today as it was against Sheffield United in 1977, down at Eastville. Sarah’s best memory was a game at Twerton Park in 1990. We would not be surprised if she didn’t share this one, as it was the 3-0 demolishment of a team close by. A weekend trip to Blackpool the following week also stands out in the memory when Rovers overcame Blackpool to clinch the then Third Division Championship.
Sarah is joined at the stadium on match days by her husband Simon and by her two sons Jamie and Robbie. Jamie is aged 12 and a ball boy and Robbie aged just 7 is a proud season ticket holder. Sounds like a real family affair, just as it should be. Sarah’s dream is to see Rovers in the top flight and playing week in and week out against the very best.
Dreams do come true, Sarah, and we all hope that yours does and that we can share the day with you and your family. Many thanks, Sarah, for all of your hard work and great support over the years.
Phil reached the big Five 0 last week and is still chasing players and footballs all over the training ground like a good ‘un. Many congratulations Kitey and here’s to the next 50; well played mate.
WESTON SUPER MARE MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE THE DATE AND VENUE OF THE WESTON SUPER MARE BRANCH AGM. The meeting will take place on Thursday 8th November at the Windsor Castle. That is this coming Thursday at 8.00pm. The formal business will be followed by a forum and a good number of the Football Club’s Directors and Management team will be there to take your questions. This is another opportunity to meet with the Board Members and football staff face to face. Light refreshments will be available and a good Gas night is expected. Please come along to support this active and hard working Supporters Club Branch.
Stuart Heels, a member from Yatton near Chippenham, would very much appreciate shared transport to home games here at the Memorial Stadium. If you can help please call the Football Club on 0117 9096648 Option 1 and we will pass your name and number on to Stuart.
We are selling the DVD for just £2 with all profits going to the Share Scheme. Don’t forget the cabin is open two hours before kick off on Saturdays and is open for half an hour after games. Why not come in for a browse of all our Rovers related items for sale on matchdays. You will find the cabin opposite the main gate to the right of the clubhouse.