1st January 2013 Plymouth Argyle
January 2, 2013
BRSC NEWS Compiled by KEN MASTERS
I SINCERELY HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND THAT YOU ARE NOW ON THE WAY TO RECOVERING FROM ALL THE JOYS OF LAST NIGHT’S FESTIVE NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATIONS.
So therefore its now back to the football and all the challenges that comes with it. To say that 2013 promises to be the most critical year in the history of our football club is an understatement. On the field, our new manager John Ward is doing everything he can to ensure our League Two survival and create the basis for a solid and sound foundation from here on. Needless to say the January transfer windows are critical and we intend to take full advantage of them.
Meanwhile, in two weeks time, we sincerely hope that the Sainsbury’s planning application goes ahead and is successful. If so, after all the traumas of 2012, then perhaps this year might therefore offer us the opportunity to see our club at last heading in a direction in which can all be proud with the start of the building of a new Bristol Rovers stadium.
And so if ever this club needed you to get behind the team then it’s now. Your support has been magnificent and I know it will continue throughout this season and years to come. The most important thing is that we build a team in which you can be proud and a team that wants to wear the blue and white quarters with pride. I know John will build a team for us all to do just that! You may have read on the official forum about the launch of our scheme to offer tickets for schools throughout the Bristol area. This has gone exceptionally well. At the time of writing 15 schools have already taken advantage of the offer – and so we are now booked until the end of the season with between 60-100 youngsters and staff attending any one particular game.
This offer is now being extended to next season. Furthermore. following a request from a supporter. I have asked Adam in our Study Centre if he will kindly extend that offer to schools in North Somerset to which he has agreed. We are also extending the age range criteria to attract even more youngsters. Therefore if you are connected to a North Somerset school or Youth Club in our area then please email Adam Tutton at
With a New Year in mind. today, I would like to give a very warm welcome and happy 2013 to the officials. players and
supporters of Plymouth Argyle. They, like us, they have a proud tradition and have witnessed another difficult season. We wish them well for the future with today being the exception. Thank you for coming and have a very safe journey home.
On behalf of everyone at Bristol Rovers FC, may I extend our best wishes to you all for a very Happy and Prosperous New Year and may this year be a great year!
Enjoy the match – UTG
Brian Seymour-Smith, Director
LEANNE HAWKINS FROM SHIREHAMPTON HAS BEEN SUPPORTING BRISTOL ROVERS SINCE SHE ATTENDED HER FIRST GAME IN 2006.
So inspired was Leanne that she has been working as a volunteer for the past three seasons in all wind and weathers and with no complaints. You can find Leanne on matchdays selling 50/50 tickets in and around the clubhouse at the Blackthorne End of the stadium and by so doing contributing significantly to the Youth Development programme at the football club.
Leanne’s early years as a Rovers fan were very decent for any football supporter, with a trip to Cardiff for the Johnstone’s Paint Final against Doncaster Rovers. a trip to the new Wembley for the successful play off final against Shrewsbury Town and a FA Cup Quarter Final tie against West Bromwich Albion. Leanne follows the Rovers home and away in good times and bad and can be seen at York last Saturday for our game up there, having taken advantage of the Supporters Club away travel service.
Best memories can be difficult to recollect for Leanne when you consider the successful period that she enjoyed as new Rovers supporter in 2006, but she rates going to Wembley to take in the 3-1 defeat of Shrewsbury Town as her best moment to date especially when Sammy Igoe ran the whole length of the pitch to slot in the third and decisive goal. Let’s hope that this moment is overtaken by events in the not too distant future.
Leanne has a big hero at the football club and for a very good reason. Leanne gave a massive hug to Lee Brown in the Memorial Stadium car park before a recent home game; a moment she will not forget for a very
long time; neither, I suspect, will Lee!
Along with many other Rovers fans Leanne shares the ambition to climb above our closest neighbours and to claim all the bragging rights. May your dream come true Leanne and thank you very much indeed for all of the hard work that you do on match days.
FIRST TEAM AND U18’S
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE U18’S FOR WINNING THROUGH TO THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE FA YOUTH CUP.
The away win at Coventry in round three was excellent and we can look forward to the away tie at Birmingham City with great anticipation.
Members are interested to know when the First Team and U-18’s are at home on the same day. This happens far too infrequently for those who enjoy taking in the Youth games in the morning at Cribbs Causeway and the First Team at the Mem in the afternoon.
The next date for this to happen is Saturday 2nd February when the Youth are at home to Yeovil Town in a Youth Alliance U-18 South Wes: game, KO 10.30am and the First Team are at home to Barnet in a League 2 fixture, KO 3.00pm. Enjoy; let’s go for a double win on the day.