30th March 2013 York City
March 30, 2013
Pirate volunteer – Ian Brain
• TODAY’S GAME IS OBVIOUSLY CRITICAL TO YORK’S HOPES FOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE SURVIVAL.
However, I have no doubt that you will instantly recall our visit to York in December. It was following this game that we found ourselves trapped at the bottom of League Two. To say that the future at that stage looked difficult is an understatement. The board therefore with great regret, immediately took measures to seek a new managerial direction.
John Ward’s appointment has not only transformed our fortunes on the pitch which, at the time of writing, sees us in 14th position in the league, but it has also transformed the confidence of staff and supporters and given us all the opportunity to once again enjoy the excitement of watching our team in action.
Nevertheless, it’s a chicken and egg situation. A good team needs good support and it’s very difficult to be the perfect supporter week after week if your team isn’t playing well.
But this is Bristol Rovers, a family, and we support our team through thick and thin. We must therefore, as a club, offer a massive ‘thank you’ to you for your outstanding loyalty and continuing support throughout what has been a difficult two years.
And now, with the fantastic news of the new stadium and a dramatic improvement on the pitch, we all look to the future with tremendous optimism. However, we never take your support for granted and that’s why we shall continue to offer discounts such as ‘Kids for a Quid’ and season tickets at some of the lowest prices in the league. We appreciate we are still living in a very difficult economic climate and our prices reflect that.
In regard to the new stadium, please keep your suggestions coming in to
Over the coming weeks and months, the Chairman will keep you updated on developments. I shall also be informing you shortly, on how the Bristol Rovers Supporters Club will be asking for your support to help us raise funds for the new Supporters Club facility at the new ground.
Meanwhile, many supporters have asked if there will be a webcam for fans to watch the development of the ground as it develops. As you may have seen on the Forum I am delighted to inform you there will be one linked to our website. Further details will be issued by the club as we move along with the project.
I’m delighted to inform you that the Supporters Club Player of the Year Awards will take place at 6.00pm in the Supporters Club Bar after the final home game of the season against Accrington Stanley. I sincerely hope i can join the Supporters Club Executive, Directors, John Ward and the players for that event! Voting slips will be available at the game today.
Your votes will be very much appreciated.
Thank you to everyone who contributes on the forums. If you wish to contact me, then please either leave a message on our forum, or contact me at
Enjoy the match and UTG!
Brian Seymour-Smith Director
THE NEXT QUIZ WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY 25 APRIL WITH A 7.45 START.
Entry only costs £1. Teams up to five, cash prizes and raffle.
WESTON GAS MEMBERS HAVE BEEN SPONSORING A HOME GAME IN EACH AND EVERY SEASON FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS NOW.
This is a fantastic effort and all credit goes to the officers, committee and members for this remarkable achievement. Locally organised transport is hitting the M5 again today as members have raised funds to sponsor the York City game. No less than 12 members will be representing the Branch for pre match hospitality in the Dribuild Suite. Adie Clark will be leading the way to select the Man of the Match with the hope that no single player will score a brace or a hat trick late into the game; but if they do we’ll take it! Defenders are worth their salt as well without doubt, lest we forget, it’s very much a team game.
The skittles night two weeks ago was well attended with over 40 members turning up to join in. Weston members meet at the Windsor Castle in the Milton area of the town. Landlord Dave Gough will be in the Dribuild today and so will James Carter, the Bar Manager at the pub. Many thanks, Gents, and enjoy the hospitality and the game.
IAN BRAIN HAS BEEN SELLING 50/50 HALF TIME DRAW TICKETS FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.
You will find Ian at his stations at the Blackthorn entrance to the ground and in the Dribuild East Stand hospitality area. Ian lives in Corsham and has been a Rovers supporter from minus nine months old, a mere tadpole as he (sort of) puts it and it was all down to his Dad. Ian can’t quite remember his first game, but counts his first memorable fixture as that against Charlton Athletic in 1978 which ended in a 5-5 draw.
Ian’s best memory of supporting Rovers is very simply put; 2nd May 1990. For the record the occasion was a Football League Division Three fixture at Twerton Park against another team in front of a capacity crowd of 9,831.
Two goals from Devon White and an Ian Holloway penalty secured the victory to send Rovers fans mental and to leave the supporters of the other football club totally desperate: Happy Days! At this time Ian is feeling very positive with the new stadium on course and John Ward and the present Rovers squad moving the club forward again.
Top flight football at the UWE, Europe and the best team in Bristol all add up to Ian’s dream of the future; so say all of us. Thank you very much Ian for all of your sterling efforts on behalf of Bristol Rovers Football Club. Between football matches Ian is the landlord at The Royal Oak, in Corsham, cheers Ian.
CONGRATULATIONS AND VERY WELL DONE TO BRIAN MOON WHO LIVES IN KEYNSHAM.
Brian bought a 50/50 half time draw ticket from volunteer seller Pete Collins at Pete’s station in Filton Avenue; well done, Pete. The game was the midweek fixture against Port Vale on 12th March and the winning ticket was Number 33042. Brian was able to pocket a handsome looking £653, which is an excellent prize for a Tuesday Night game.
Just a few days later and Chris Todd was the lucky ticket holder. Chris, from Emerson’s Green, bought the winning ticket from Pirate Volunteer Sam Parsons at the Clubhouse End of the ground. Congratulations to Chris and well done to Sam. The game was against Rochdale on 16th March and the lucky ticket was number 33675. Fabian Broghammer was on hand at half time to draw out the ticket and to send Chris home happy with another three League points in the bag and a very generous £881.
Fabian Broghammer with Nick Day at half time in the Rochdale game – ready to make someone a little richer!
…the beneficiary being Chris Todd, to the tune of £881
Thank you to all for buying 50/50 tickets and to our very many Pirate Volunteers for giving up their time before games to sell them. All proceed are donated to the highly successful Bristol Rovers Youth Development programme.
Please come along on Wednesday next to support our young U-18 players in the Southern Final of the Youth Alliance Cup (KO 7.00pm). Our South West Area League table toppers face Watford in the one game final. The winners will play either Carlisle United or Walsall in the National Final before the end of the season. Could a League and Cup double be on the cards? We would like to think so, and there is a very good chance; all the very best of luck to the boys.