21st September 2013 Hartlepool United
September 22, 2013
IN the last ‘Pirate’ column for the Northampton match I mentioned what a relief it was to (jain our first win of the season the previous Saturday against York, and we followed that up wfth another three points courtesy of the ‘Cobblers’.
I think we were all optimistic that Rovers’ season was truly up and ruling. Unfortunately the subsequent ten days on the road were a big disappointment with a hat trick of defeats seeming to put us back to square one from the dizzy heights of a week spent in the top half of the League Two table!
We stiii have injury problems of course but with several first teamers back from long speiis In the treatment room I guess that Rovers troubles in this area are now probably not much worse than many other clubs. Defeat in the big JPT derby at Ashton was certainly no disgrace and I thought we turned in a good second half display that was well worthy of at least a penalty shootout. The local flavour of all our away fixtures to date continued with a trip to Home Park where i thought we. were the better team in the first half and fuily expected Rovers to kick on in the second period. However, it was not to be as Argyle improved arid got Just about their reward with a late winner from a badly marked set piece.
Away to Dagenham & Redbricfge always seems to produce goals and . more or less the same Rovers’ team struck three inside the opening fifteen minutes of an exciting 4-2 win last season but this time the only goals were snatched by the Daggers with a second half clincher from yet another set piece. The Management came in for a lot of stick from our band of followers at the final whistle. Quite what has gone wrong on our travels is a mystery to me. A large percentage of the team that swept ail before them last season alter Christmas is now available but we
have a 100% record of defeats on the road and I can understand fans fearing a repeat of the iast two campaigns when new management had saved, us – from relegation, promised much for the new season only to lapse into trouble by the end of the year.
I don’t think that will happen under ‘JW’ and I guess it is just a confidence issue at the moment as the same players showed us what they could achieve iast term and are unbeaten at home so far this time round. It is essential that all the supporters stay right behind the team both home and away. We must Be looking for all the points against Hartlepool this afternoon before the trip to Southend. Quite why it has to be that much harder by battling round the M25 in the Friday evening rush hour is beyond me.
Give ail the boys your support today; it does make all the difference.
PLEASE return your draw tlcKets by 19th October, Wycombe home game.
The first prize is a guaranteed £1,000 and there are other money prizes too. More tickets to sell can be had from 199, or the matchday portacabin.
THE next quiz will be held on Thursday 26 September with a 7.45 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.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
THE Supporters Club 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 guestioris to them. Weston Gas AGM will be held on Thursday 14th November at the Windsor Castle, Milton, WsM.
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.
Wycombe Wanderers -19th October
AFC Wimbledon 30th November
Accrington Stanley 8th January 2014
Oxford United -8th February 2014.
50/50 DRAW WINNER
Tina Denning collects her 50/50 winnings from Jim Chappell, with Vaughan Jones and Frankie Bennett looking on.
LUCKY winner at the Northampton game on August 31st was Tina Denning from Filton.
The ticket number was 44366 and the prize was a very tidy £813, Very well done Tina and well done to Pete Collins for selling the licket from his station on Filton Avenue. Thank you to all who bought a ticket at the game.
THE Supporters Club is Introducing a 50/50 draw after games in the SC bar. As always, 50% goes to the person with the winning ticket 25% will be added to the youth and development sponsorship and 25% will go to the BRSC entertainment fund. More details on the entertainment fund in due course, but it is being brought in to help cover some of the costs of providing post match entertainment in the SC bar on Saturday evenings following selected games.
The first Social Club 50/50 draw winner was Jake Dance from Henbury who won £58.50 at the JPT game live at the Mem. The winning ticket was number was 48558. Well done Jake.
THE Supporters Club match day bar In the Memorial Room now operates the Happy Hour before and after games; 12 noon to 1.30pm and after the match until 7.00pm. For evening games, the reduced bar prices apply from 5.30pm to 7,00pm and after the match to 11.OOpm;
You are kidding me! 0f course you are, Phil Draper does not even realise there is such a place as Bristol Soulh, less that there is another football club there,
Phil gives a lot to BRSC and to BRFC, He is a committee member, responsible for ail of our match day operations, coordinates all 50/50 tickets and ‘Pirate’ sales, works in the SC cabin before all home games and hardly ever, if never, misses an away game. Bit of a Bristol Rovers nut then Phil! Our man ‘Drapes’ goes back a long way, first selling Golden Goal tickets near His Majesty’s down at Eastville in 1966; right royal beginnings. Since 1976 he has been the man behind all programme exchanges from BRSC’s large back catalogue; about time then that Phil featured in one himself.
He first came to a game in 1966 with Stephen King but it was his sister Yvonne who firs! recruited him to Jane Browne’s selling team. Over the past 45 years Phil has some great memories but our visitors today reminds him of 5th May 2007. Leaving the Pools ground on that day he recalls so many people wishing us good luck in the play offs even though we had dented their promotion party a just little bit. Phil is pleased to give a special and warm welcome to Pools fans at the Mem today.
Coming up to date Phil has never Known a start to a season with ten injured players in the treatment room and he gives a lot of credit to the youngsters that have come in and impressed; makes all the selling of the 50/50 tickets so worthwhile.
Phil is rightly proud of all of our volunteers who stand out in all weathers fo work for BRFC and looks forward to continuing with the good work at the UWE and in much more congenial and sheltered surroundings. His dream is to be Bristol’s premier football club, a dream shared by us all.
On behalf of the Football Club and the Supporters Club, thank you Phil Draper, a proper Bristol Rovers supporter.