FROM SC CHAIRMAN
WHAT A TURNAROUND IN OUR FORTUNES SINCE THE RETURN OF JOHN WARD TO ROVERS’ `HOT SEAT’ AT THE TURN OF THE YEAR!
I must admit to spending a lot of the Christmas holiday period thinking that we were performing so badly only a near miracle could keep us in the Football League!
Here we are, just one defeat and a host of impressive victories later, and things look a whole lot better. The supporters have bought into John’s methods, with fantastic turnouts at Cheltenham and Oxford following on from large contingents witnessing comprehensive wins at Fleetwood and Rotherham.
Late goals in the last three matches have been testament to the team’s ‘never say die’ attitude and the new signings have all played a major part although Clayton McDonald has yet to kick a ball in anger for us. The calmness of Steve Mildenhall and Mark McChrystal at the back seems to me to be the platform on which the defence has been completely transformed since Ward took the reigns. Long may it continue!
This afternoon, though, will prove a very tough test for the revitalised Rovers with the visit of a club that seems to have the ‘Indian sign’ over us this season! The ridiculous abandonment of our game at Adams Park back in August, when the safest place for supporters seemed to be in the very place that the Safety Officer wanted us out of, went on to cost Rovers a virtually certain three points as our subsequent poor form was well entrenched by the time we played the rearranged game in the
final weeks of Mark McGhee’s management. Wycombe, perhaps,
showed us the way by appointing a manager in Gareth Ainsworth
who knows everything about his club and someone who is greatly respected by the Chairboys’ supporters.
It promises to be a great game in prospect this afternoon and the boys in quarters will need all the incredible vocal support that you fans have given them so far this year if we are to pick up all the points again. We are not out of trouble yet, but we will be if things continue as they have since Christmas, so please get behind the lads again and let’s get this great club back up to where it should be.
Up the Pirates!
THE AWAY SUPPORT AT CHELTENHAM TOWN AND OXFORD UNITED WAS TRULY UNBELIEVABLE.
We supported the team in numbers and with great heart and voice as we have done at all away games this season. Once again we have demonstrated the size and potential of Bristol Rovers Football Club: a Football League Club with a massive fan base. Be in no doubt, your support on the road and here at the Mem makes a big difference and is very much appreciated.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR BRANCHES FOR ORGANISING LOCAL TRANSPORT TO THE GAME AT OXFORD UNITED LAST SATURDAY.
Berkeley Coaches were on hand to pick up 41 Norton Radstock Gas from Paulton, Radstock and Misdsomer Norton. The trip provided the final opportunity for branch members to buy their draw tickets for the four hospitality lunch places up for grabs for the home fixture against Rochdale on March 16th.
Norton Radstock will be the official match sponsors at the game and in addition to the four representative places the branch organisers have booked a further 20 places, with a seat in the Dribuild Stand and full hospitality. The draw for the four official matchday sponsors will take place pitchside at half time today.
Weston Gas has been sponsoring a match for a number of seasons now. and are doing so again this season. Branch organisers have chosen the York City game on March 30th.
Like Norton Radstock, Weston members will be drawn out of a hat to represent the branch as official sponsors at the game and a further table will be booked for members not so lucky in the draw. The draw will take place at the Boro Sports and Social Club in the town on March 16th. The Boro Club will host a Skittles Night on the same evening, starting at 8.30pm for Branch members and friends. You will find the Boro Club in the centre of the town, not far from the railway station along Locking Road.