16th March 2013 Rochdale
March 16, 2013
Ten Rovers’ supporters dressed as penguins for the game at Chesterfield. Most of them are pictured here. The rest had gone fishing!
FROM SC CHAIRMAN
ONCE AGAIN THIS COLUMN IS PENNED BEFORE ROVERS’ LAST GAME – TUESDAY NIGHT’S HOME FIXTURE AGAINST HIGH FLYING PORT VALE.
Hopefully that evening the lads got back to winning ways again after a somewhat lacklustre performance at Chesterfield last Saturday. The travelling Gas could not have faulted a lack of effort but we seemed a bit ‘off the pace’ compared to other recent performances and this is unusual for us when we visit a new ground for the first time. Great support as always but apart from a terrific strike by Eliot Richards, who had another good game, there was not an awful lot to cheer about. Perhaps Vale suffered a ‘backlash’ in midweek and we are set up to take another step towards safety this afternoon! The half time 50/50 Draw has produced some big winners thanks to increased attendances on the back of much improved performances recently and we should be up around the £17,000 mark raised for the season to date by tonight. All this money is of course being pumped into Rovers’ Youth Scheme and I mentioned in my last article that our highly successful U-18 team had reached the Southern Area Final of the Youth Alliance Cup. This takes place here at the Memorial Stadium on April 3rd and I hope you will all turn out to give our lads your support against Watford. On the same evening the Northern Area Final also takes place between Carlisle United and Walsall, at Brunton Park, and the two winners will meet in the national final with date and venue to be decided, the latter by the toss of a coin! This could possibly mean a very long overnight trip to the Scottish border for our boys if things work out that way so you can see that would be a very expensive item, and one not budgeted for at the start of the campaign.
This is just the sort of thing we have to cover for and indeed we are delighted to do so as it means the Youth Academy is being successful so please keep buying the tickets! The average prize over the whole season to date is £750 per draw so it is well worth winning and, in Rovers’ terms, it is in a very worthwhile cause!
Up the Pirates!
NORTON RADSTOCK GAS MEMBERS ARE PROUD TO BE THE OFFICIAL SPONSORS OF THE GAME TODAY.
Many thanks to branch organisers Carolyn and Sally for working so hard to raise the funds and for putting the package together; enjoy the pre match hospitality, the game and all that goes with it. Best of luck with selecting the man of the match and remember as much as you go weak kneed at the very sight of Phil Kite, it must be a player! Weston super Mare members are doing the honours at the York City in just two weeks time, March 30th. Thank you to Wilf and the Weston Committee for your hard work sponsoring the game and raising funds to support Bristol Rovers Youth development.
Weston Gas has been sponsoring a match for a number of seasons now. 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 at a social event and skittles night tonight starting at 8.30 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.
TODAY PROMISES TO BE A VERY KEENLY CONTESTED MATCH, AS BOTH ROCHDALE AND ROVERS SIDES LOOK TO CEMENT THEIR LEAGUE STATUS AND LOOK FORWARD TO A NEW START NEXT SEASON.
As supporters of the club, that means getting behind our team and ensuring we do all we can to cheer the lads to another victory and another three points!
You may be aware that prior to my appointment to the Rovers board, I was heavily involved in broadcasting. My broadcasting career began over 30 years ago on Birmingham Hospital Radio. Hospital Radio is where most broadcasters begin their careers. No one should underestimate how hard these volunteers work. It isn’t just a question of pretending to be a DJ and having a laugh by playing a few records, although it is fun! These guys work exceptionally hard both on the frontline and behind the scenes. It’s all done in their own time and their own expense. Getting requests, producing programmes, repairing often aging equipment and fundraising. They are all volunteers and I have the greatest respect for them. At Bristol Rovers, we are blessed with a team of Hospital Radio reporters such as the two John’s, Robin and Damien and friends. These guys don’t get paid and yet they are there in all winds and weathers, making sure people in hospital don’t miss a single Rovers games at the Mem. Don’t underestimate the quality of their reporting either. They are Rovers fans through and through and their reports are knowledge based, accurate and entertaining. But to provide a service like this costs money! Doesn’t everything? So in the summer I have pledged to raise £1,000 for Bristol Hospital Radio. This is over and above anything I do for Bristol Rovers. Any support would be welcome and I will fill you in on details later although I want to make it clear that I don’t wish to do is take funds away from Bristol Rovers FC. Thank you everyone who contribute on the forums. Please watch out for my updates and a reminder that should you wish to contact me, 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. I am also happy to pass on my number if you would like to chat!
Enjoy the match and UTG!
IF YOU HAVE ANY UNWANTED FOOTBALL RELATED ITEMS LYING AROUND IN THE ATTIC SUCH AS DVDS, BOOKS, CDS OR UNIQUE MERCHANDISE OF ANY CLUB, WE WILL GRATEFULLY RECEIVE A DONATION FOR THE TOMBOLA AT THE SUMMER PRE SEASON FUN DAY.
Any items can be handed in at 199, or the match day Supporter’s Club Cabin at the corner of the Dribulid East Side of the ground and the Blackthorn End.
PENNIES FOR THE GAS
HAVE YOU ANY SPARE COPPERS TOO MUCH FOR YOUR POCKETS OR CRAMMING YOUR PURSES?
Please save them up for the Gas. Collection tins can be found at 199 Two Mile Hill Road, Pirate Leisure, Supporters Club match, day cabin and with the programme sellers at the Mem gates.
No spare change is too small and this will save you walking around the Stadium with those heavy copper coins weighing you down! Thank you very much; any contributions are very much appreciated.