16th February 2013 Wycombe Wanderers

February 17, 2013

 

BRSC NEWS

 


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!

 

Jim Chappell

UNBELIEVABLE SUPPORT

 

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.

BRANCH LINES

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.

 

Compiled by

KEN MASTERS

 


BILL ROOST

 

ROVERS’ SUPPORTERS ARE SAD TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF BILL ROOST.

 

Sixty years ago this season Bill was a member of our famous Division Three (South) Champions and promotion team. Those who do not remember those great days will remember Bill as a fine man, a special friend and one of us, a Bristol Rovers supporter to the end. God bless Bill Roost.

<span style=”font-family: Verdana, sans-serif;”>WINNERS

WELL DONE TO SHANE DALE, WHOSE LUCKY TICKET NUMBER WAS DRAWN OUT OF THE 50/50 HAT DURING HALF TIME AT OUR LAST HOME GAME AGAINST BARNET ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1ST.

 

Shane collected a handsome £873 with the equivalent sum being contributed to Bristol Rovers Youth. Shane’s ticket number was 27774 and was sold to him by Dave Hewett at the Blackthorn End of the ground.

Shane Dale collects his 50/50 winnings from Matt Harrold and Jim Chappell

 

Also on the list of winners are Ray Batholomew and Andre Ledbury who collected their Share Scheme signed home shirts at the Gillingham and Barnet games respectively. We sincerely thank all members of the Share Scheme past and present for your vital monthly contributions. Thank you.

 

Andre Lidbury collects his signed shirt from Matt Harrold at the Barnet game

 

BRIAN’S BLOG

 

WHAT A TIME IT’S BEEN SINCE I WROTE LAST. Our dreams of a new stadium are at last becoming a reality and John has done a brilliant job with the lads on the pitch by completely transforming our fortunes.

Nevertheless, he could not do that alone. 1,932 Gasheads travelled to Oxford last week, which was absolutely tremendous. To say you as supporters are our 12th man is an understatement and I would personally like to say ‘thank you’ for your support. However, there is still a long way to go and we need you to continue to keep that support going.

We all appreciate that we are living in difficult financial times and that is why I am delighted that the board has extended the ‘Happy Hour’ to before the game for a period as well as after it. I am also delighted that we continue to offer ticket incentives, particularly the ‘Kids for a Quid’ for certain games. I firmly believe the kids are our future and 1 know many parents want to bring their youngsters along with them. I hope the ticket deals the club are offering will help you do that (please look on the official website for full ticketing offers).

I know Nick paid tribute to Jon the Stripe and all our fans on our forum who have been raising money to support our younger players, in addition to sponsoring the Burton match. May I add my personal thanks. This, together with money which continues to be raised through the Share Scheme and other fund raising opportunities, is a clear sign of just how passionately we all feel about our club and want to do all we can to ensure a long term successful future for Bristol Rovers FC.

Going back to the stadium, if you have any suggestions which you would like to see incorporated, then please email these to kirstypugh@ bristolrovers.co.uk. Should you wish to contact me at any time then please either leave a message on our forum, or contact me at br467@ btinternet.com or on twitter @BriSeymourSmith.

 

I will always try to get back as soon as I can.

Enjoy the match and UTG!

Brian Seymour-Smith

 

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