8th December 2012 Dagenham & Redbridge
December 9, 2012
Pirate volunteer – Pete Collins
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
WHEN ROVERS’ MATCH AT WYCOMBE WAS ABANDONED IN CONTROVERSIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN AUGUST, I WONDERED WHETHER WE WOULD BE ABLE TO REPRODUCE SUCH AN OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AGAIN.
Subsequent matches, especially away from home, (and I’ve seen every game), made a repeat seem increasingly unlikely and so it turned out to be last Saturday as our desperately disappointing season took another downturn.
Yet again we started quite brightly but the ‘Chairboys’ first serious attack produced the now familiar goal against and little more was forthcoming from our boys. Harsh words must have been exchanged during the interval as Rovers tore into their hosts for the opening ten minutes of the second half. Just as it seemed impossible for us not to score, Wycombe broke away and did just that and it was ‘game over’ as we fell away in the now usual manner.
Some average teams from smaller clubs have recorded comfortable wins over Rovers so far this season and we surely now face a battle to stay in the League. True, we have had terrible injury problems this term but clearly the squad/ leadership/tactics/effort have not been good enough. We must all pull together if Rovers are to get out of this mess so the sort of foul mouthed abuse to and retorts from players at Wycombe must cease. Something can yet be retrieved from the rest of the campaign but we all need to get behind the ‘Pirates’ on parade this afternoon. Jeering and abuse will not help players’ confidence although I realise, (and feel), the frustrations of every supporter!
POSSIBLY, LIKE ME, YOU HAVE MEMORIES OF OUR LAST GAME OF THE SEASON AT DAGENHAM, AND IF EVER THERE WAS A TIME TO MAKE UP FOR A RESULT THEN TODAY’S THE DAY!
In relation to results, may I thank all of you who have taken the trouble to contact me, either through our official forum, or on twitter or by other social media outlets, in addition to personal approaches, regarding results at the club. As I mentioned on the forum, I will continue to respond as often as I can and both Ken and I always try to make ourselves available to take on board both your suggestions and your concerns.
To all of you who managed to get along to Mike and Ian’s Geoff Bradford Day exhibition, I hope you enjoyed it. Many thanks to the Chairman, our guests and all our staff at Bristol Rovers, whose contribution ensured the day was a considerable success.
As part of your entertainment, I am delighted to inform you that Bobby ‘Shadow’ Williams’ has kindly agreed to be our guest for the Rotherham game on 22nd December.
Bobby played for us between 1967-1969 and I hope you get the opportunity to meet him on the day.
At the same time, we welcome back former Rovers goalkeeper Martin Thomas, who will be along to sign copies of his new book – with all the proceeds going to charity. Martin and perhaps several other former players, will be supporting Keith Brookman, whose book ‘The Bristol Rovers Archive’ covering the years 1951-1991, written in collaboration with former club photographer Alan Marshall, will also be on sale.
Following a request from supporters, I am also delighted to inform you that Ian Holtby is arranging post match entertainment in the Supporters Club after the Rotherham game, to bring some extra Christmas cheer!
Enjoy the match – UTG
THE POST MATCH HAPPY HOUR IS PROVING VERY SUCCESSFUL WITH A GOOD NUMBER OF MEMBERS STAYING ON TO ENJOY DRINKS AT HAPPY PRICES IN THE SUPPORTERS CLUBS.
After the Rotherham game on December 22nd, we have requested entertainment in addition. This will take place after match highlights on the Big Screen courtesy of Screen Soccer. Make a date for your diary so you can join in the fun and sing along to those Christmas tunes in our impromptu Xmas Party!
PETE COLLINS FIRST STARTED SUPPORTING ROVERS WAY BACK. IN 1960 WHEN HE WAS JUST ONE YEAR OLD. PETE’S DAD TOOK HIM ON THE TOTE END AT EASTVILLE BUT HE CAN’T REMEMBER THE GAME!
He does remember Eastville from around three years later when he was still only four but that first game is still a mystery. Perhaps we can help Pete out a little by assuming the game was in warm summer weather at the beginning of the season.
Pete would certainly have started with some goals. First up was Middlesbrough in a Division Two encounter and an attendance of 20,302. Home defeat by the odd goal in five with Peter Hooper on the scoresheet or perhaps it was the next game at home to Leeds; 4-4 draw with Hooper again amongst the goals, two this time. Pete was a born Rovers fan and has remained a lifelong supporter, Supporters Club Committee member in the past and match day volunteer to this day.
Pete has many great memories but rates the away wins at Liverpool 2-1, Derby 3-1, Reading 6-0 and Brighton 8-2, as being up there along with the Watney Cup final against Sheffield United. Pete is reluctant to comment on this season so far but dreams of the new stadium and playing in a higher division very soon.
You will find Pete on match days selling 50/50 tickets along Filton Avenue. Many thanks Pete for your much valued work and support down the years.
50/50 DRAW WINNER
At the Bradford City game two weeks ago on November 24th the winning ticket number was 12095. The prize money was a very decent £675.
The ticket seller was Sandra Jaques in the West Stand and the prize was claimed by Carolyn Simmonds of Midsomer Norton. Carolyn is co-organiser of Norton Radstock Gas and very active in support of the members there.
50/50 winner Carolyn Simmonds collects her cash from Jim Chappell
Mike Jay and Ian Haddrell with Chairman Nick Higgs following the successful launch of their book about Geoff Bradford