31st August 2013 Northampton Town
August 31, 2013
It was great to see 90 year old Gordon Bryant at the York game.
Gordon is pictured here with:
Barry Bradshaw, Lindsay Parsons, Tom Stanton, Peter Aitken and Harold Jarman.
IT was a relief to gain our first win of the campaign here last Saturday as York City proved to be as awkward and resilient with ten players as they had with a full complement last season!kward and resilient with ten players as they had with a full complement last season!
It was also good to have Ryan Brunt back to lead the attack and to see Matt Gill make an appearance from the bench where Gary Kenneth was available as well. The first three long term injury victims are therefore back to first team action and although yet one more in the shape of Eliot Richards has joined the list hopefully his loss can be made up for by Matt Harrold returning today.
Nobody can say, though, that any of the youngsters to have filled the many big gaps so far this season have let us down. Alefe Santos was the latest to make his full debut last Saturday and Tom Lockyer starred yet again. Ken and I have been watching these Supporters Club sponsored Academy players for several years now and it was always obvious that they would make the grade. There are more to come judging from the start made by the current crop of U-18’s in defence of the trophies won by Tom, Josh, Pat, Aiefe and ‘Shaqs’ last season, so long may it continue.
I always try to accede to requests for interviews from the local media despite oft being told by others not to bother. I just feel that it is part of my job as Chairman to put over my/our views when asked, otherwise who is to do so? Sometimes this policy can backfire as it seemed to last week when various forum users took the view that i was trying to dissuade Rovers’ supporters from attending the JPT Cup tie next Wednesday. Nothing could be further from the truth and I’m sorry if anyone gained that impression from the way that the interview was portrayed on the ‘Post’s website.
I have not missed a Bristol ‘derby’, home or away, since 1964 and I certainly would never exalt others to stay at home. What happened was that I was asked by a now obviously inexperienced, (in football/Rovers terms at least), reporter if I thought Rovers had been given enough tickets for the game, (2,250), and I replied in the affirmative as I was reminded we had only soid 1,800 when we drew at Ashton in the JPT back in 2007. That match was of course the first leg of the Area Final for a place in the Millennium Stadium National Final and was not on TV, whereas this time it is live on Sky, and is only a first round game.
I was then asked why I thougnt we would not sell all our allocation and 1 gave the above reasons along with the perceived crowd trouble, poor view, relatively high ticket prices allied to schools being back. The game ‘live’ here at the ‘Mem’ seems to justify that explanation. I never suggested that Rovers’ fans should stay away and I never would.
I am retired and in the happy position of being able to go to every game. I feel able to contribute in some small way. You can cheer and shout as loud as you want in front of the telly but the players will never hear you so watching ‘on the box’ is not an option for me. ‘Sod’s Law’ will no doubt prove me wrong on the ‘sell out’ issue and ticket sales are going very well at the time of writing so 1 may yet have to eat ‘humble pie’. Well, I’ll be quite happy to do so if it means Rovers going through with a jam packed East End behind them next Wednesday!
Meantime, three more valuable points are on offer in another difficult game today so get behind those quarters and let’s make it a ‘hat trick’ of wins in Bristol!
HANNAH Rudman lives in Filton and sells copies of ‘The Pirate’ and 50/50 half time draw tickets from her station at the main gates.
Hannah has been working as a volunteer for the past three seasons and first started supporting Rovers in 2007.
Swansea City away was Hannahs first game and it was a bit special for her; Hannah met her husband to be at the game.
The trip to Wembley for the play off final also stands out in the memory.
Hannah rates Michael Smith as her current favourite player not least because she thinks ‘Smudge’ has come on well since his first game for the club. I think we would all agree with Hannah on that one.
Hannah thinks the only way is up and she is dreaming of a finish to this season at the top of the League Two table.
Thank you Hannah for your hard work on matchdays and here’s hoping your dream comes true.
AT our home game last week against York City last Saturday the winning ticket number 42077 was held by Kevin Ford from Sharpness.
Kevin picked up a very healthy looking £821. Very well done Kevin and many thanks to Sandra Jaques who sold Kevin his ticket in the West Stand. BRSC are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth. Thank you to all SC members, Branch members, Share Scheme members and all who contribute though the 50/50 ticket half time draw; your support is very much appreciated.
PAST players and firm Rovers favourites will be signing the latest book by Keith Brookman and will be guests of BRSC at the game today.
AndyTillson, Frankie Bennett, and, hopefully, Brian Parkin will be signing copies in the clubhouse before the game, along with some surprise guests and afterwards Frankie and Brian will be staying on to enjoy the game with us.
Frankie will be remembered as a crowd pleasing flank player who never failed to excite with his speedy and skilful displays. Brian was part of the deal that took Nigel Martyn to Crystal Palace and went on to become a long serving keeper in Rovers successful period at Twerton in the nineties.
We extend a warm welcome to our guests today. Frankie and Brian will help us with the 50/50 draw and will be introduced to our supporters at half time.
Our guests will be invited to meet with us in the Supporters Club bar after the game.
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ DATES
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.
The next quiz will take place on Thursday 21st November,
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
THE Supporters Clubs AGM will take place in the Clubhouse on Thursday 10th October at 7.30pm.
Following the meeting non members are invited to an open forum session with Football Club Directors and members of the Football Management Team. Please come along to support this event and to take the opportunity to meet with the Chairman and the Manager and to put your burning questions to them.
SHARE SCHEME HOSPITALITY
WE extend a warm welcome and appreciation to members who are enjoying the hospitality before the game today.
Thank you to all members past and present for your loyalty and support for the scheme. The following games have been allocated for our Share Scheme members to take advantage of their Complimentary Carvery Meal entitlement.
Hartlepool – 21st September
Fleetwood Town – 5th October
Wycombe Wanderers -19th October
AFC Wimbledon-30th November
Accrinqton Stanley -28th January 2014
Oxford United – 8th February
Please contact Clare McDonagh on 0117 9524001 to book.