10th August 2013 Scunthorpe United

August 11, 2013

BRSC NEWS compiled by Ken Masters

WELCOME all to our opening League home game of the new season.

I am writing this before last Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Watford, a club whose priorities probably lie elsewhere so it will have been interesting to see what sort of team they put out. Let’s hope the ‘Pirates’ were able to win through anyway!

Whilst John Ward is right to say that we have enough quality in the squad to get through our present injury crisis, there can be no doubt that having no less than TEN players sitting out the start of the season and likely to continue doing so for a few more weeks to come, is bound to have a telling effect on what had promised to be an exciting new campaign. I thought we were desperately unlucKy not to take at least a point at Exeter, especially after a frantic finish in front of over 1,200 ‘Gasheads’ packed into the away end at St. James’ Park.

Having a ‘bench’ consisting of only six young players does leave us short of playing experience but, as the manager says, there is no point in moaning and we just have to qet on with what we have. Certainly the lads are learning fast and none of our former youth team players let us down when called on last Saturday.

Exeter fans were screaming for the final whistle, such was the pressure, and little Alefe Santos had their right bach ‘on toast’ but we could not just force the equaliser and so we have to go again today in search of our first points. Our support down in Devon was magnificent, as always, and I’m sure it will be again for the tough short trip over the bridge to Newport next Saturday.

The ‘Exiles’ will be well up for the chance to turn us over, especially as half the team consist of former Rovers players. One thinq for sure is that the boys in blue will have plenty of vocal support in the Principality and we’ll need plenty of that today if we are to take our first points courtesy of the ‘iron’ this afternoon. Get behind them!

All Supporters Club members should by now have received their annual “Newsletter” through the post and I hope you enjoy a very interesting read. As well as details of and directions to every ground we travel to in League Two this season, there are contributions by Keith Brookman, Chris Walker, Brian Seymour-Smith, Ken Masters, Adam Tutton, Paul, ‘Yours truly’ and a very interesting ar informative one from Youth Academy Manager Tom Curtis outlining the wor., of his department and on the prospects for Rovers’ youth programme in general. The latter is of course of the greatest importance to a club like ours, especially as the scheme is sponsored by the Supporters Club’s 50/50 half-time draw.

If you are a member but have not yet received your Newsletter then call into our cabin today or Kingswood shop during the week. Meantime, all our 50/50 sellers wiii be out around the ground today as usua! so please keep buying the tickets and we can help the club continue to produce such exciting young talent as Alefe. Our injury predicament today would be ten times worse were it not for the products of Rovers’ highly successful youth scheme!

Get the ‘Mem’ rocking this afternoon, and let’s hear it for the boys in blue!

Jim Chappell



THE great support we have at this level means that we are able to put up 50/50 half time ticket prizes for friendly games that most teams in this League manage to boast for League matches.

Picking up a nice little £150 envelope at the Derby County game on July 19th was Stuart Thomsett for Melksham. Dave Bean sold the lucky ticket, number 40944, on the Dribulid ramp. Well done Dave and congratulations Stuart.

The Reading, game a week later, was just as good with Mervyn Harris from Olveston ( pictured below right) collecting a prize of £155 in return for his winning ticket number 41560. Phil Draper was the seller from the Supporters Club Match Day cabin. Enjoy Mervyn and keep up the good work Phil.

On Tuesday evening, Mike Ogborne (pictured left) picked up the sum of £466 with winning ticket number 38434, which he bought from Sandra Jacques in the West Stand.

BRSC are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth; the Youth Academy works. Please keep buying the tickets and good luck.







THE following games have been allocated for our Share Scheme members to take advantage of their Complimentary Carvery Meal entitlement.

York City-24th August

Northampton Town – 31st Auqust

Hartlepool – 21st September

Fleetwood Town – 5th October

Wycombe Wanderers -19th October

Chesterfield – 26th October Bury-16th November

AFC Wimbledon -30th November

Accrington Stanley -28th January 2014

Oxford United – 8th February 2014

Entitlements are as follows;

Bronze 1, Silver 2, Gold and Platinum 4.

Please contact Clare

McDonagh, Share Scheme

Administrator, on 0117

9524001 to book your meal.


CTEUTZFELT-JAKOB (CJD) is a rare and fatal condition that affects the brain. It causes brain damage that worsens over time.Most people die within a year of the symptoms starting. London Gas started fundraising for the CJD Network in 2010 following the death of long time member, Julian Bailey from the disease, February 2010.

This year ‘Julian’s Team’ decided to walk the London Marathon route to raise funds for the Network. It seemed appropriate to do this because Julian was himself a marathon runner who raised good amounts for charity over the years. London Gas organiser Paul Davis and fellow member Kevin MacKenzie decided to set up the team web page ‘Julian’s Rovers’ on the ‘Just Giving’ site.

Supporters Club member from Bristol Steve Forbes, a lifetime friend of Julian from student days together in London, soon joined up to make a team of three. Director Ken Masters made it four and plans were put in place to take up the challenge on Saturday 27th July. Practice walks varying between 10 and 22 miles trained the legs up and a lot of emailiing, tweeting and facebooking took place before the team met up at Blackheath for the day long hike.

The team was given a good send off by Julian’s wife Jenny and son Tom, daughter Lucy and family friends. The walk was duly completed in eight and a half hours and a London pub was the choice to remedy the sore feet and aching legs at the finish.

Julian was a top bloke, husband, father, friend and ardent Bristol Rovers Supporter.

The CJD Network carry out really important work and rely solely on charitable donations. In the name of Julian, a true and proper Gashead, please give.


From Jenny, Tom, Lucy, Paul, Kevin, Steve and Ken, thank you.


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