5th October 2013 Fleetwood Town
October 5, 2013
IT made a pleasant change to drive back from an away game in the early hours of last Saturday morning without the depression of another defeat to sour the rest of the weekend.
Unfortunately it was only a point gained at Roots Hall instead of all three, as at one time looked likely, but I have to say that a draw was a fair result in the end. On a more positive note we saw a battling performance against a ‘Shrimpers’ side who werr clearly desperate to improve their own fortunes after a run of defeats and they gave Rovers a severe test after Matt Harrold’s opening goal.
With more players returning from ) injury things are starting to look up and an appearance from the bench by Seaman Clucas after such a long spefl out was as big a boost as the hard earned point. After a long drive home, (with a motorway ‘near miss’ -to break the monotony!), it was a few hours sleep before making my way, up to Cribbs Causeway for our U-18’s latest defence of their League title
The first 45 minutes were not very encouraging as the lads ‘huffed and puffed’ their way in front of a hard working Newport County side but, the second half was a much different story with three more goats added and the visitors were swept aside for Rovers to maintain their unbeaten record this stason. A cfean sheet’with four goals scored must have pleased Alan Walsh and it certainly seems that your 50/50 half-time Draw contributions are being well spent again this term. Please keep buying the tickets – it really does make a difference.
Talking of contributions, the Supporters Club’s Share Scheme passed a fantastic milestone in recent days with no less than ONE MILLION POUNDS having been raised for the Football Club since the Scheme’s inception 11 years ago. Such a significant figure could not be ignored and so we are sending every Scheme member a certificate to mark the occasion with matchday food and drink offers for everyone involved. Gold and Platinum members have been invited tto hospitality at the next home game against Wycombe when our principle guest will be none other than Andy Rammell, whose goals saved Rovers from dropping out of the Footbalf League, thanks to the early Shire Scheme payments a decade ago.
Andy will be in the Supporters Club Bar befdre and after the game and will be carrying out toe usual half time draws on the pitch. Let’s hope his goal touch works out for Rovers again! I don’t know of any other supporters’ scheme at our level of the game to raised so much money and our thanks go to everyone who has contributed over the years.
Fleetwood have come from nowhere to be a major force in our division and Rovers will have their work cut out to take all the points this afternoon but, with the fantastic support that we can generate here they can do it.
So get behind the boys in blue and let’s get this great club back where we should be.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
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. Weston Gas AGM will be held on Thursday 14th November at the Windsor Castle, Milton, W-s-M. Arrangements are being made for guests from the football club to attend for a question and answer session after the formal business has taken place.
SHARE SCHEME HOSPITALITY
THE following games have been allocated for our Share Scheme members to take advantage of their Complimentary Carvery Meal entitlement.
Wycombe Wanderers – 19th October
Chesterfield – 26th October
Bury – 16th October
AFC Wimbledon – 30th November
Accrington Stanley – 28th January 2014
Oxford United – 8th February 2014.
Please contact Clare McDonagh on 0117 9524001 to book and enjoy.
DO you remember Boxing Day 1973?
We were playing at Eastville that day against our traditional Christmas time rivals Plymouth Argyle. No less than 22,353 were at the game and SC Treasurer and Accountant Sandra Jaques was there for her very first Rovers football match. Sandra got really lucky that day. The then team won handsomely by four goals to two with a brace from Alan Warboys, one from strike partner Bruce Bannister and one from centre half Stuart Taylor.
Sandra, who comes from Downend, became a proper Rovers fan through the seventies and by 1980 had started helping out as a pirate volunteer down at Eastville. These days Sandra can be found selling 50/50 half time draw pj tickets on the West side of the ground including ‘* hospitality and bars where she has the task of persuading club and visiting directors to part with a pound or five; something they do with pleasure it has to be said. Not forgetting of course that Sandra serves on the SC Exec Committee and has the arduous job of keeping all the books in order.
We all have our best memories and Sandra rates the celebrations at Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road to win the Division Three (now League 1) championship; three nil that day with Mehew, Purnell and Nixon on the scoresheet. May 5th 1990, what a day to remember and no surprise it is Sandra’s favourite.
Sandra is expecting Rovers to make progress this season with at least a top half finish and then to progress to the highest level at the new stadium whilst maintaining a family atmosphere. Thank you Sandra for all of your volunteer work down the years and for what you still do to this day, it is so very much appreciated.
50/50 DRAW TICKET WINNERS
ELLEN Rogers was the lucky winner of the half time draw at the Hartlepool United game on September 21st.
Ellen comes from Kingswood and bought the winning ticket number 49172 from Sue Dry at the Memorial gates entrance to the ground. Ellen picked an envelope with a lovely sum of £809. Many thanks Ellen for buying the ticket and to Sue for her much valued volunteer work on matchdays. BRSC are proud sponsors of our unbeaten Bristol Rovers Youth Team.
The winner of Social Bar 50/50 draw after the Hartlepooi game was Matt Jukes from Filton. Matt won £32.50 with ticket numbered 00126. Well done Matt.
Look out for news of an extended bar Memorial Room Christmas Party Night following the Portsmouth game on Saturday December 21st.
BRING A FRIEND
ENTRY to the SC bar is free for Supporters Club members, but you must produce your current SC membership card.
If you would like to bring along a friend, who is a non member, they can purchase a day pass for only 50p. This is refundable, if they join the Supporters Club within the next month.
The day pass, full SC membership and coach tickets for the next away game, can be purchased from Leanne or Pat Newport in the Bristol Room before the game. Drinks are at reduced prices at specified times before and after games; be happy. Re-live the goals and talking points courtesy of Screen Soccer’s highlights on the Big Screen
WHO’S GOT THE BOTTLE?
DOES anyone have a spare large bottle that the SC can borrow? Following the receipt of many foreign coins, it was thought thatperhaps the foreign coins could be kept in the bottle and put on display until it is filled. Your help would be kindly appreciated.