12th March 2013 Port Vale
March 13, 2013
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
WITH ROVERS INVOLVED IN SO MANY GAMES THIS MONTH, WE ARE ONCE AGAIN IN A SITUATION WHERE THIS COLUMN IS WRITTEN BEFORE
OUR LAST MATCH AND I ONLY HOPE THAT THE FANTASTIC IMPROVEMENT WE HAVE SEEN
UNDER JOHN WARD’S MANAGEMENT CONTINUED AT CHESTERFIELD LAST SATURDAY.
Certainly the two previous home games here, both against the top ‘form’ teams in consecutive matches were highly impressive performances as neither Burton Albion or Exeter City produced a single worthwhile shot between them as the Pirates put both to the sword and kept another couple of clean sheets. It was not just the immaculate back five doing the job either as both our high flying visitors were chased and harried all over the pitch by forwards and midfield alike. Very impressive indeed and not at all like our timid pre Christmas efforts such as at Vale Park last November when this evening’s visitors ran out easy winners. I am confidently expecting John Ward’s charges to prove much sterner opposition tonight and, with the backing of another decent Memorial crowd, to have a great chance of turning over yet one more top League Two side. It should be another great game! For the travelling faithful the one highlight of that aforementioned miserable night out in the
Potteries was little Alefe Santos’s brief cameo appearance when Rovers were already four goals adrift of the then League leaders. ‘Alfie’ was a revelation compared to what had gone on before and many of you may be wondering why the little winger has not featured since, especially when Mr. Ward is more than happy to play the likes of Ellis Harrison and other youngsters who have proved to be more than capable. The reason is that Alefe of course is a major player in our highly successful U-18 (Youth) team, (sponsored by the Supporters Club’s equally successful 50/50 Draw), which is still chasing honours on two fronts this season. The lads are currently third in the South West Youth Alliance and have now reached the Southern Area Final of the Alliance Cup where we will face Watford here at the Mem on April 3rd. The victors that night, (and there must be a result), will face the winners of the Northern Area Final similar in style to the JPT first team competition. I know that all the lads really appreciate the backing they receive and love playing here on the big stage so I hope we will see a large crowd here to cheer them to victory. Make it a date and come and see some real Rovers’ stars of the future. It is another very tough game this evening but the current Rovers have proved they are more than up to the task so get behind the boys in blue and white and let’s get across that safety line tonight!
FOREIGN COINS FOR THE SHARE SCHEME
WE HAD A GREAT RESPONSE TO OUR REQUEST FOR FOREIGN COINS EARLIER IN THE YEAR, BUT AS WE APPROACH THE SUMMER HOLIDAY PERIOD, HERE IS A LITTLE REMINDER THAT ANY UNUSED FOREIGN COINS CAN BE A GREAT HELP TO THE ROVERS.
Even old coins that are now out of circulation can still be donated, as they have a smelting value when done in bulk. Who knows, your donated euro, franc, cent or farthing could be changed up into the actual £millionth pound raised for the Share scheme. Again, we thank all members of the Share Scheme past and present for for invaluable contributions.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ NIGHT
THE LAST QUIZ WAS WELL SUPPORTED AND IT WOULD BE GREAT TO END THE SEASON WITH THE LARGEST ENTRY YET.
The biggest turnout for a SC General Knowledge quiz at the Mem so far has been 18 teams, so it would be great to break the 20 team barrier. The next quiz will be held on Thursday 25 April with a 7.45 start. Entry only costs £1 and all profits go to the Share Scheme. The maximum number of players in each team is five and there are cash prizes available to the top teams in addition to the chance to win some fabulous prizes in the raffle.
Russ Pratt won the 50/50 prize of £785 at the Exeter game with ticket number 30077 and is seen here collecting his winnings from Jim Chappell and Rod Wesson
BRISTOL ROVERS SUPPORTERS WERE VERY SAD TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF ‘WEE’ GEORGIE PETHERBRIDGE AT THE AGE OF 85.
The applause given at the Exeter City game was testament to a true Rovers legend. Some of us had the pleasure of watching George play. All others will have been told about him by their Rovers forbears, all will have seen pictures of him in his playing days. Others as much, but surely no one has graced the blue and white quarters with as much pride, dignity and footballing talent as George Petherbridge; God bless him.
EMMA BRADSHAW HAS BEEN SELLING OUR AWARD WINNING MATCH DAY PROGRAMMES AT THE BLACKTHORN END AND AROUND THE PITCH SIDE FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS.
Emma lives in Pilning and has been an avid Rovers supporter for over eight years now and just in time for the good times which saw a Trophy final at Cardiff, a Play Off final at the new Wembley and an a FA Cup Quarter Final tie at the Memorial Stadium.
Emma rates the Sammy Igoe goal at Wembley as her best memory of the Gas so far, followed by Andy Williams’ last gasp strike to win the game down at Southampton’s St. Mary’s stadium in the League One fixture there.
Emma’s current comments are “Sing up and support the team” as we strive even harder to climb to safety this season. Emma’s dream is keep going on up the Leagues to where we should be. We extend a big thank you to you Emma for your very much appreciated and very hard work on match days.
SPECIAL THANK YOU
THANK YOU TO ALL SPONSORS GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS FOR WORKING HARD TO RAISE FUNDS TO SPONSOR FIRST TEAM FIXTURES HERE AT THE MEMORIAL STADIUM.
Thank you to the Fan’s Forum Sponsor Club for sponsoring the game with Burton Albion. We hope you enjoyed your corporate event and importantly the fine 3-0 victory. Thank you very much indeed and very well done. Thank you too Norton Radstock Gas and to the Weston super Mare Branch for raising funds to sponsor the coming up Rochdale and York City games respectively. Let’s hope your sponsorship delivers equally important wins and three point hauls. Your sterling efforts are very much appreciated.
WELL DONE TO ANDREW MOSS WHO EMERGED FROM THE BLACKTHORN END AT HALF TIME DURING THE HOME GAME AGAINST BURTON ALBION ON MARCH 2ND TO CLAIM A MASSIVE £918 PRIZE.
Burton Albion 50/50 winner Andrew Moss collects his winnings
Andrew lives in Bradley Stoke and went home very happy with three more vital League Two points and an envelope full of lovely crispy ones. Andrew bought the winning ticket, number 21761, from Dave Bean whose station is at the Dribuild approach to the East turnstiles; well done Dave. Andrew is photographed pitch side with yours truly and Jim Chappell.
Buy your ticket before tonight’s game from Dave or any other If our volunteer sellers of 50/50 tickets from stations around the ground. All proceeds are donated to our highly successful Youth Development programme.
Congratulations to former scholar Ellis Harrison, not only for coming up through the programme but also for his maiden first team goal up at Rotherham and for his full home debut against Burton Albion. Bristol Rovers Supporters Club and its Branches are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth.