7th December 2013 Crawley Town
December 8, 2013
WHAT a relief it was to gain a first home win in three months last Saturday.
The atmosphere was great and the players more than responded by despatching Wimbledon 3-0. A good day’s work then with three points and a clean sheet with a very depleted squad. It was a disappointment that we made no progress up the table thanks to other results not going our way.
However, you can look at it the way by imagining the position we wouid be in today had Rovers not got back to winning ways at home. Good to see yet another former youth player step up to the plate alongside Elliot Richards, Ellis Harrison, Ollie Clarke and Tom Lockyer on the day, well done Mitch Harding.
Today of course our attention is turned to the FA Cup and a home tie against League One Crawley Town. Rovers’ fans here today will have memories of the Pirates reaching the quarter finals just five years ago, defeating Premiership Fulham and Southampton on the way. Those of us who are much older can remember the world famous ‘Busby Babes’ being trounced in the mud at Eastville and later a string of top flight clubs being put to the cutlass.
As well as having a fine win last Saturday, Supporters Club volunteers continued collecting signatures for Charlotte Leslie’s petition calling on TRASHHorfield to withdraw their opposition to Sainsburys’ purchase of the Memorial Stadium. And very successful they were with almost 900 names being added to the list, 126 of them being Wimbledon supporters. No doubt the ‘Wombles’ own reformation and ground problems meant they were sympathetic to our cause once it had been explained to them but it was a great effort all round and my thanks to everyone who helped with the petition.
Such support led me to thinking how well lower league supporters get on with each other by generally keeping their rivalries to the various songs and chanting whilst otherwise happily mingling with each other in and around the grounds and in the motorway services all over the country.
This is of course In stark contrast to the disgusting activities that surrounded the big Bristol ‘derby’ at Ashton Gate back in September. With our fine city on show to the nation on live TV that night the morons who attach themselves to the two clubs, seemingly only for the big games, just could not behave themselves and many have appeared in court over the last couple of weeks. With the massive pitch invasion by City fans at the end of a gripping cup tie I was surprised to see how many of the felons appearing in court were alleged to be Rovers supporters because it is simply not representative of the many true fans who, like me, follow the club all over the country. I can’t remember the last time we had any crowd trouble here or at any of the many grounds we have visited and I’ve not missed a game home or away for four years.
The sad exceptions would be our early season visits to Newport and Ashton where, I have to say, I did not recognise many of the faces who wore no colours, paid little attention to what was happening on the pitch and spent all the game hurling abuse at the opposition. I question the very poor stewarding at both games where neither ground has the best of facilities for the visiting supporter but, at the end of the day, we do have a problem with those who attach themselves to our club for these local derbies and they get their tickets from somewhere. There were plenty on general sale for the City game but that was not the case at Newport where it was category 1 only, except that I didn’t know them!
Hopefully the Football Banning Orders being handed out by the courts may do the trick but we cannot be complacent and must keep our own house in order to prevent any re occurrence.
I’m sure there will be no such problems here today and let’s hope we see a great cup tie with Rovers progressing to meet the big boys in round three.
IS it you? Well done to someone.
The 50/50 ticket drawn out of the hat at half time last Saturday 30th November was number 09417. The prize was a stomping £890 and the seller was Ray Exon from his station in the main car park area. The holder of the ticket has yet to come forward to claim the notes. Ray normaBy sells tickets to those entering the east side of the ground, the Dribuild Stand or Dribuild Terrace, Please check your ticket number, the winner could be you. All proceeds to our continuingly successful Youth and Academy set up. BRSC are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth.
THE race night after the recent Bury game was well attended.
With no Premiership games on the big screen, a good crowd stayed on and spent their winnings over the bar. The highlight for many (other than backing their own winners) was when SC Social Chairman and Bookie for the night Dave Hewett turned a shade of green having to pay out after a rank outsider raced home at 50-1 and when the ‘table syndicate’ put a tenner on the winner in the last race; good shout!
Special thanks go to the donation from Chris, Ron, Derek, Phil, John, Errol and Simon who made sure a small profit was made. The profits from the social events and the Social bar 50/50 draws are split between Marcus Stewart’s Development squad and any costs for future social events such as the live duo appearing after the Portsmouth game on 21st December.
Another Race Night will be held later in the season, so check out the usual mediums for more information in the New Year.
KIDS FOR A QUIZ
DESPITE the horrendous traffic chaos caused by accidents on the M32 and north Bristol, ten teams eventually managed to make it to the Mem to take part in the recent quiz. Once again, the ‘Committee for Public Safety’ won the cash prize as the top team.
The next quiz will be held on Thursday 13 February 2014 and we will be actively encouraging more new teams to take part. If you are a young brainbox why not take a note of the date and raise a team of friends, family or workmates and see how you get on against our resident egg heads. The quiz is open to everyone and all profits help raise funds for the Share Scheme.
WELL, almost, and it will certainly feel like it when we entertain Portsmouth at the Mem on Saturday 21st December in just two weeks time.
Appearing in the Memorial Room following the game are live musical duo BAK2BAK with Linda on vocals and John on guitar and vocals. BAK2BAK have been booked to give us a really good Christmas do. We hope that as many possible will stay with us for live music, a late bar and party atmosphere. Please find posters around the Bristol and Memorial rooms. Your support for this event would be very much appreciated. Non members are welcome so please bring a friend or three. A win in the afternoon would be nice but we will dance the evening away anyway; see you there.
The Weston-super-Mare Christmas dinner will take place on Saturday 21st December at the Windsor Castle. Look out for a booking form and menu. Bookings are also being taken for the away trip to Torquay on Boxing Day; a wonderful Christmas with Weston Gas, a mix of seaside social and festive football with family and Gashead friends.
SHARE SCHEME HOSPITALITY
THE following games have been allocated for our Share Scheme members to take advantage of their Complimentary Carvery Meal entitlement in the New Year.
Accrington Stanley – 28th January 2014
Oxford United – 8th February 2014.
Please contact Clare McDonagh on 0117 9524001 to book and enjoy.