19th October 2013 Wycombe Wanderers
October 20, 2013
compiled by Ken Masters
First of all, a very warm thank you to the travelling supporters who made the journey to Mansfield for the game last Saturday. Considering the weather and the ticketing arrangements for the game, the turnout was top drawer, the level of support was quite superb and the togetherness was a joy to be part of.
The team were excellent in their energy and desire; the shape, passing to feet and movement off the ball showed us who we are, what we are about and who we can be over time. With injuries and international call ups the Manager had to pick yet another starting line up and bench; the young boys played like men in a man’s game and fully deserved the standing ovation at the end of the game. A special well done to Porishead born Ollie Clarke for putting in a terrific 90 minutes of first team football following a young career held back by so many long term injuries, to Patchway boy Pat Keary for a very mature performance after coming on for injured Lee Brown and to Southmead’s Alfie Santos for his impact showing and for first League goal for the club.
Get behind the team again today and on our home turf this time out; it makes a massive difference. Come on Rovers; we can do this.
Annual General Meeting
The Supporters Clubs AGM took place in the Clubhouse on Thursday 10th October. Following the formal meeting, non members were invited to an open forum session with John Ward and Toni Watola. Up to date and straight forward answers were given to questions about the new stadium and the playing side respectively. Tom Curtis, pictured left, gave us an excellent presentation about the Academy and Youth set up and about the progress that is being made with our young players. Thank you to our guests and to all who attended the meeting.
Weston super Mare
Weston Gas AGM will be held on Thursday 14th November at the Windsor Castle, Milton, Weston super Mare at 7.30 pm. Nick Higgs has promised that he will do his very best to attend depending on other commitments. Under 18,s coach, Alan Walsh and development coach, Marcus Stewart have agreed to attend as guests. Alan and Marcus will be pleased to take questions after the formal business has been completed
On behalf of Bristol Rovers Supporters Club, I am delighted to welcome you all for what is a very special occasion for us today. Because today, we celebrate Bristol Rovers Supporters Club reaching the staggering £1million mark of the Bristol Rovers FC Share Scheme. It is thanks to your efforts and many other Bristol Rovers supporters like you, some who are no longer with us, that the Share Scheme was launched in December 2002. I don’t need to remind you that at that time Rovers were bottom of League Two.
Thanks to the Share Scheme, Bristol Rovers were able to purchase striker Andy Rammell, pictured right in action for Rovers, from Wycombe Wanderers in March 2003. This makes today’s match even more poignant. Andy’s contribution was magnificent. He went on to score four vital goals in Rovers’ last three games to help us avoid relegation and the Conference by 3 points. Today we are delighted to welcome Andy or RAMBO as he was affectionately known by us all, back to the Mem, together with his wife Wendy, to help us celebrate this very historic event.
To further mark this occasion, we wanted to say a very big ‘thank you’ to you as Share Scheme members to recognise the fantastic efforts you made on the Club’s behalf. That is why Andy and his wife Wendy will join Platinum and Gold Members in boxes 17 and 18 for some special corporate hospitality. We have provided a lovely buffet for silver members in the Executive Suite of the Supporters Club; and some worthy refreshment vouchers for bronze members to exchange at the bars and the food outlets around the stadium.
Every contribution is fully recognised and greatly appreciated. That is why every past and present Share Scheme member will receive a signed certificate signed with thanks by Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs and Supporters Club Chairman Jim Chappell to mark their individual your contributions.
As you will appreciate a great deal of work has taken place behind the scenes into making this event happen. On a personal note, may I therefore thank in particular Ken Masters, Clare McDonagh, Helen Wigmore and Dave Sams for their outstanding work leading up to today. May I also thank Ian Holtby and fellow staff at Bristol Rovers FC for sorting out the catering and other arrangements for this special day.
I know today you will give Andy, Chairman Nick Higgs and all the Platinum and Gold Share Scheme members a very warm reception when they come on the pitch at half time for a photo opportunity. Andy and Nick will carry out the 50-50 draw and a chat with Nick Day. Andy will then walk around the pitch to wave to supporters and after the game meet supporters in the Supporters Club bar after the match.
I sincerely hope you enjoy the game and feel appreciated for all your contributions however great or small. They all mean so much for this football club!
Best wishes and many thanks.
The Share Scheme Today:
What a very different climate we are in today. No one in 2002 could have imagined the progress that would be made thanks to the efforts of everyone involved in the Share Scheme when it was first launched.
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club now hold 3.83% of allocated shares with Bristol Rovers FC. This has enabled our Supporters Club to obtain full two members on the Bristol Rovers FC Board. These current members are of course Ken and myself. Ken and I serve a three-year term after which directors then seek re-election or otherwise at the Supporters Club AGM.
Under the Share Scheme agreement, the Supporters Club can purchase two shares for £5.50.
Fans can contribute to the Share Scheme via one of 4 options:-
Bronze at £10.83 per month
Silver at £21.67 per month
Gold at £43.34 per month
Platinum at £83.34 per month
Your benefits include discounts on leisurewear, complimentary match tickets with meals and season ticket discounts as well as free membership to the Supporters Club.
In recent years, the money you have raised has been used to help develop the Youth Scheme at Bristol Rovers which is reaping the benefits with so many youngsters now playing a key role in the 1st Team. It’s because of your contribution that Bristol Rovers FC can now look to the future with excitement and anticipation of greater things ahead.
50/50 Ticket Winner
Congratulations to Keith Gwinnell, pictured left receiving his winnings from Jim Chappell, who comes from Westbury-on-Trym. Keith was the lucky winner of a very healthy Saturday night out sum of £881 during the half time draw at the home game here at the Mem against Fleetwood Town last time out on 5th October. Keith bought his winning ticket number 00742 from Sue Dry at the Memorial Gates on his way in to the ground before the match. Thanks Sue and well done Keith.