10th November 2012 Chesterfield
November 12, 2012
Pirate volunteer – Sue Dry
MANY OF YOU WILL HAVE SEEN THE PETITION SHEETS IN SUPPORT OF THE SAINSBURY’S PLANNING APPLICATION TO BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL IN THE ENTRANCE TO THE CLUBHOUSE AT LAST SATURDAY’S GAME AND AGAIN ON TUESDAY. Up until last Saturday 1,500 people had signed the petition either online or hard copy and the more we can get to sign the better the case for the application. Paul at 199 has devoted a lot of hard work and time to this and to also to gauging the views of local residents who live within a one mile radius of the Memorial Stadium.
Please add your name either online or by signing the hard copy. We would like as many as 5,000 or so over the coming days leading up to the planning meeting. Thank you for your support.
THE SUPPORTERS CLUB BRANCHES HAVE BEEN VERY ACTIVE OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, WITH MEET UPS IN THE EASTERN AREA, LONDON, GLOUCESTER, NORTON RADSTOCK AND THE AGM AT WESTON SUPER MARE.
Please keep at look out on the official websites and notices in this column of ‘The Pirate’ of all future meeting dates and times. Organisers will be very pleased to see you there and you will be sure of a warm welcome. Branch contact details and venues can be found on the Supporters Club website. You will also find organisers around the Memorial and Bristol rooms in the clubhouse before games on matchdays.
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
WE HAVE OUR THIRD HOME GAME INSIDE JUST EIGHT DAYS • A TOUGH CALL ON EVERY SUPPORTER’S WALLET, ESPECIALLY WHEN RESULTS ARE GOING AGAINST US!
I am writing before the visit of Southend United, and on the back of Rovers’ defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of high flying Sheffield United. Whilst there was no disgrace in going out at the hands of the Football League’s only unbeaten team, the same cannot be said of the previous two setbacks at Wimbledon and Accrington; performances that we could not have seen coming after a string of good showings that seemed to pointing to a turning of the corner.
At least we took the game to the ‘Blades’with a great goal from David Clarkson and fully deserved our narrow interval lead. We did not look quite the same in the second half, when United eventually struck an unstoppable equaliser before capitalising on what now seems to be a regular Rover’s trait of giving away a daft goal, albeit with the suspicion of foul play, to present them with a place in the second round.
We are now faced with a blank Cup Saturday to start December that is unless the powers that be will permit the rearranged Wycombe game to be played that day instead of on the previous Tuesday night.
Perhaps we supporters might just be considered paramount this time, not perhaps as we were treated when the original game was abandoned with Rovers well on top back in August?
Today’s visitors are just one of several clubs to have benefited from the building of a new stadium, even if things did not turn out too well with relegation last season. Just look at some of the others who rose from the depths with new grounds such as Hull, Swansea, Cardiff and Brighton – all clubs of a similar status as Rovers, two of whom have been or are now in the Premiership and the other two riding high in the Championship. Please sign the on line petition.
Chesterfield will prove very difficult opponents today, as we try to climb the table whilst still dealing with a horrendous injury list. A couple of the lads are likely to be out for some considerable time and manager McGhee has not yet been able to field a first choice settled team. However, all the squad must be capable of putting in the sort of gutsy display we supporters need in order to get behind them for ninety odd minutes. Let everyone in blue and white put on a great show this afternoon!
SHARE SCHEME MEALS
TODAY WE FEATURE SUE DRY, WHO LIVES IN HANHAM AND HAS BEEN SERVING BRISTOL ROVERS AS A VOLUNTEER FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS.
You will find Sue on matchdays around the Memorial Gates where she sells 50/50 matchday draw tickets to supporters and visitors entering the ground through the gates and to those walking towards the west side, stand and boxes.
Sue first started supporting Rovers in 1966 and well remembers her first game on Saturday September 17th that year down at Eastville. Rovers were playing West Country rivals Swindon Town in a Division Three fixture that afternoon and ran out winners by three goals to nil. A crowd of 10,907 were at the game and saw goals from full back Doug Hillard, free scoring Ian Hamilton and the legend that is Harold Jarman; well enough to get Sue hooked for life.
Apart from Sue’s first game she remembers the Watney Cup Final with great affection and would rate this as her best memory down the years. At this time, though, it’s all about winning football matches and Sue is looking to see the current squad of player make progress and to move up the table over the coming weeks and months between now and the end of the season.
Sue will be pleased to sell you the winning 50/50 ticket today, with all of the proceeds going to Bristol Rovers Youth Development; many thanks Sue.
FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS FEDERATION EGM
THE FSF HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT EVERY NOW AND THEN AN ORGANISATION NEEDS TO SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT HOW IT DOES THINGS. WELL, IT’S THAT TIME FOR THE FEDERATION AND THE NATIONAL
Council has decided to call an Extraordinary General Meeting on Sunday 18th November 2012 at the National Football Centre,
St George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent; that’s the Sunday before our next home game against Rochdale. To register just email your name and club link to [email protected] . You can read more about the EGM via this link. A free tour of the National Football Centre will be available at 12.30pm for early arrivals. The EGM is scheduled to run from 2.30pm-4.30pm.
BRISTOL ROVERS SUPPORTERS CLUB WARMLY WELCOMES TOM CURTIS TO THE FOOTBALL CLUB AS MANAGER OF OUR YOUTH ACADEMY.
Tom believes that working hard is the key and not just being born with talent. Like the Supporters Club, Tom wants to see our promising youth players’ progress to represent Bristol Rovers at first team level. The Supporters Club are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth Development and we wish Tom well in his new post and offer him all the support and help that we can give him.
The main reason for this is so that we can quickly contact members with any important news (such as ticket information, shop offers etc). If you would like to provide your email details please send an email to us Bristol Rovers Supporters Club [email protected] and we will add it to our lists.
QUIZ NIGHT NEXT THURSDAY