8th November 2013 York City
November 11, 2013
compiled by Ken Masters
What a relief it was to gain our first win in ten matches last Saturday at Oxford.
Typical Rovers in that ten days after becoming the first team to lose to bottom club Accrington we gained our first away win at the home of the league leaders! Not that there was any fluke about it as our boys fully deserved the victory and controlled the game for most of the time.
I was particularly impressed with three of our former youth squad as Alefe Santos caused no end of problems for the ‘U’s defence, Ollie Clarke was great in midfield and Tom Lockyer gave another fine display at left back. As for loanee Will Packwood, can we keep him please? Most unlikely I guess but another fantastic performance from the young centre-back makes you wonder how good the first-teamers are at St.Andrews!
New loan signing Chris Beardsley played well up front on his Rovers debut and is maybe a more realistic long-term target. There really was not a weak link in the team against very tough opponents and I thought that John-Joe had his best game of the season.
The F.A. Cup remains vitally important to the lower division clubs no matter how it is treated by our Premiership ‘masters’ these days. To make it a financial success though we have to progress at least to Round 3 where some rich pickings can be had if the draw is kind. I’m sure that York will feel the same but will be wishing that they had been first ‘out of the hat’ when they were paired with a club around 200 miles away, only to find that we have to play on a Friday night instead of the traditional Saturday afternoon! Needless to say I am hoping not to have to make a return trip although a draw will be better than a defeat and that’s for sure! Whatever, I hope York’s supporters have a safe trip home tonight but not necessarily a happy one!
Two of Saturday’s ‘stars’ will definitely be missing from the team this evening and I’m sure that York are going to be very difficult opponents, equally intent as we are to make it into the draw for round 2.
The support at Oxford was brilliant as always and we need the same sort of noise backing the blues tonight so please get the Mem rocking. It’s way back to the heady days of ‘Lambo’ and co since we had any cup success and we need some now!
Up the Pirates!
Ken Masters is hitting the Road again and this time in support of the Bristol Rovers Community Trust.
Training has been hard but good with a decent amount of time in the gym as well as many hours on the tarmac. Ken’s latest challenge is to walk 20 miles in consecutive days next Friday and Saturday. He will be setting out from The Park in Cheltenham on the Friday to walk the 40 miles to Horfield taking in Longlevens, Gloucester, Hardwick, Whitminster, Cambridge (Glos), Falfield, Almonsbury, Patchway and Filton before arriving at the Mem for the Bury Game on the Saturday. Look out on the Bristol Rovers website and on the community pages in “The Pirate” for the very good reasons for this November walking test. Check out the route and expected times if you fancy walking part of the way with him. He will welcome your company, especially on the second day as he battles to make the Stadium in time for kick off.
POST MATCH ENTERTAINMENT
Many members have asked for evening entertainment in the Memorial Room on Saturday nights after home games.
We have a Race Nite on Sat 16 November after the Bury game. The event will start after the Screen Soccer highlights finish in the Memorial Room match day SC social bar. Check out our web site, and that of the football club, for full details.That’s followed by a Christmas Party Live Music Nite. Appearing in the Memorial Room on the evening following the Portsmouth game on Saturday 21st December are BAK2BAK, a musical duo that has been established for over ten years with Linda on vocals and John on guitar and vocals. Please find posters around the Bristol and Memorial rooms.Two great evening entertainment events arranged for your diaries.
50/50 DRAW v CHESTERFIELD
Faye Gearing from Yate was our lucky winner with ticket number 04493 at the Chesterfield game on 26th October. She is pictured left collecting her winnings from Jim Chappell and Charlotte Leslie.
Faye picked up £781. Well done to Jackie Chapple who sold Faye the winning ticket from the station near the clubhouse turnstiles. With Christmas coming, a 50/50 win is very welcome indeed.
We see yet another healthy sum into the kitty to support our young student professional footballers. BRSC are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth. Thank you to you all for taking part in the draw.
This year’s AGM will take place this coming Thursday 14th November in the function room at the Windsor Castle at 7.45pm.
After the formal business Head of Academy Tom Curtis will give members an in depth insight into the Bristol Rovers Academy and Youth Scholars programmes. Marcus Stewart and Alan Walsh will also be attending what promises to be a highly informative and entertaining evening. Members will find an agenda in the post shortly before the event.
The Christmas dinner will take place on Saturday 21st December at the Windsor Castle. A booking form and menu will be sent out to all members shortly. Bookings are also being taken for the away trips to Oxford, Cheltenham and Torquay. A trip to Portsmouth is also in the pipe line. Find Weston-super-Mare Gas on Facebook.
Organisers Carolyn and Sally are working very hard to organise local transport from North East Somerset to away games this season.
Please support them to raise the numbers to fill a coach and to support our very young first team squad on the road. Your support is very much appreciated.
SHARE SCHEME HOSPITALITY
The following games have been allocated for our Share Scheme members to take advantage of their Complimentary Carvery Meal entitlement.
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.
Chairman Nick Higgs
with Charlotte Leslie –
Make sure you sign the petition!
YORK won’t need reminding that their last visit here brought us our first win of the season and a repeat tonight would be just what I know Dr John would order.
Our ambitions are enhanced by the last two matches in which we have seen a remarkable improvement in performances. I know, from chatting with supporters, that confidence is returning both on and off the field and a win tonight will really help get our season going at long last. To do that, the team needs every Gashead getting behind the team for the entire 90 minutes, just as you did at Oxford last Saturday.
What a result that was. League leaders Oxford must have been oozing with confidence. But cheered on by over 860 Rovers supporters, the noise was deafening and I know you had as much to do with that victory as the outstanding performance of the players.
On an entirely different subject, again, may I pay tribute to Paul from the Supporters Club and all the volunteers who were out in force again, this time for the Chesterfield game, collecting signatures for Charlotte Leslie MP’s petition re plans for the Sainsbury’s redevelopment of the Mem. The numbers are going up week by week and yes, every name counts! If you haven’t already signed, then please do so today or go online and urge others, such as family members and friends, to do exactly the same.
It was way back in November 1871 when the first FA Cup matches were played. The magic of this competition has never died.
Have a wonderful evening and enjoy the match.
Brian Seymour-Smith, Director