24th August 2013 York City
August 25, 2013
Compiled by KEN MASTERS</p>
Home and Away
Ken Masters and Jim Chappell pictured with our Youth Team, who are sponsored by the Supporters’ Club
LAST Saturday had started well with a visit to Cribbs Causeway to witness the first half of our U-18’s opening home league game against Bournemouth.turday had started l with a visit to Cribbs witness the
It was ‘job done’ as Rovers’ latest crop of youngsters maintained their 100% start to the defence of their title with a hard fought 3-1 win. And so on to Newport! The well forecast heavy rain had only just started after we had parked up and it was just a light drizzle that greeted the news of a possible return to action for three of our many long term injury victims when Gill, Kenneth and Brunt were listed on the bench. Unfortunately, as the wind and rain increased so too did Rovers’ problems on the pitch as County tore into us with a vengeance! The ‘Exiles’ former ‘Pirates’ were quite obviously more than ‘up’ for the task and when a weak referee awarded County a penalty for what seemed to be a superb tackle.
I sensed the afternoon was to become a lot worse, as,indeed it did! Defeat is something the avid fans of most clubs soon get used to but sometimes the manner of it can be really painful. Let’s just say that League newcomers Newport only scraped victory thanks to a hotly disputed penalty and they had to weather a late flurry of Pirate attacks to achieve the three points.
Whilst it was no fun to have the likes of Pipe, Sandell and Zebroski turning us over at Rodney Parade it was also a great shame to see Byron Anthony paraded on crutches to receive the Freedom of the City as Newport’s Captain. I know that Byron would have loved to play in the game and he got a great reception from the travelling ‘Gas’. His double leg fracture was a stark contrast to the fortunes of his erstwhile Rovers’ team mate Rickie Lambert who sensationally capped his England debut with a brilliant header that reminded me of his late winner at Hartlepool to rocket Paul Trollope’s charges on to Wembley glory back in 2007. charges on to Wembley glory back in 2007.
!t wasn’t just Wembley of course in 2007, Rovers also appearing that spring in the JPT Final at the Millennium Stadium and we are reminded of that with a return to our dear old friends, south of the river, when we face City at Ashton in the JPT on Wednesday, 4th September. What a pity we no longer have ‘Lambo’ to finish them off as we did in the area final six years ago. Hopefully ‘Brunty’ or Matty Harrold will be back to do it again this time! Whatever, the Supporters Club will be organising travel to the ‘Gate’ and fuii details should be available by the time this programme goes to print.
We need a win, with or without any of the injured players, so get behind the boys in blue and let’s get climbing that tabie.
Enjoy the game!
WE are under no illusions now important this game is and I know John Ward will be heartened by the ongoing return of some of our more experienced players as we quickly seek to move up the league.
As you will be aware over the past twelve months the Supporters Club has regularly invited former players back to the Mem to come and meet you and re-live great memories. I am delighted to inform you that Harold Jarman and Tommy Stanton have kindly agreed to be our guests today.
One of Rovers greatest wingers and players, Harold joined Rovers in 1959 making his debut in a 3-1 victory over Swansea Town on Boxing Day. He played 440 (plus 12 as sub) times for the club scoring 127 goals – making him the third highest scorer in the club’s history. He left on 14th May 1973 transferring to Newport County. In 1974 he joined the famous New York Cosmos before being released a year later. Despite performing heroics, he was manager for Rovers for a short spell from December 1979 to April 1980.
Superb defender and midfielder, Tommy began his playing career at Liverpool before turning professional in 1965. He joined Rovers from Mansfield in June 1968. In eight seasons he made 168 League appearances, (plus 11 as a sub), and scored seven times, before joining Weymouth in 1976. He then joined Forest Green as a player coach, and in 1980 returned to Rovers as reserve team coach. Another stint as a player coach followed in 1982, this time with Clevedon Town and he was later appointed their manager. He returned for a third spell in 1983, where he coached our schoolboy teams.
Please give them a very warm reception at half time for the 50/50 draw. Harold and Tom will then a walk around the pitch and visit to the Supporters Club Bar after the match.
Enjoy the game today.
Brian Seymour-Smith, BRFC Director
SHARE SCHEME MEALS
THE following games have been allocated for our Share Scheme members to take advantage of their Complimentary Carvery Meal entitlement.
Northampton Town – 31st August
Hartlepool • 21st September
Fleetwood Town – 5th October
Wycombe Wanderers • 19th October
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.
AT our last home game, against Scunthorpe, the winning ticket number 45076 was held by Robert Davies from Little Stoke.
Robert, seen here receiving his winnings from Jim Chappell, went home with a very tidy £999 (I would have given him the quid myself!) Top man Robert and to Alan Williams who sold Robert the ticket at the Civil Service Ciub on Filton Avenue.BRSC are proud sponsors of title winning Bristol Rovers Youth.
WE had a great response to our request for foreign coins over the summer; many thanks to the fans who have passed on their donations.
If you have recently returned from an overseas holiday, or if you have some foreign coins, or even some out of circulation English coins left in a cupboard somewhere, then why not donate them to the Supporters Club?
Old coins still 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.
Collection tins can be found at 199 Two Mile Hill Road, Pirate Leisure, at the SC’s match day cabin and with the programme sellers at the Memorial gates. We will grateful accept your shrapnel in the form of current 1,2 and 5ps! No spare change is too small and all the coins donated help to raise valuable funds for the football club.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ
THE next quiz will be held on Thursday 26th September with a 7.45pm 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 prizes in the raffle. All welcome.
As an early date for your diary, the next quiz (after September) will take place on Thursday 21st November.