21st December 2013 Portsmouth
December 16, 2013
BRSC NEWS compiled by KEN MASTERS
Pictured left, 50/50 winner Martin Davis collected
£765 from Jim Chappell at the Crawley game
If you were with us on the wet and windy Lancashire coast last Saturday then you won’t need me or the Manager to tell you that Rovers let Morecambe off the hook and gave away three points that were ours for the taking.
Goals win games and we just don’t score enough at the moment so let’s all hope that the boys in blue can put things right this afternoon. Meantime, well done to all who braved the long trek and outshouted the home fans, drummer and all, on a terrible afternoon!
Today we welcome Portsmouth on their first ever visit to the Memorial Stadium – a very big club with a large following no doubt enhanced by the novelty of a ‘new’ ground for their ‘collection’! The last time we welcomed ‘Pompey’ was of course during our decade-long sojourn at Twerton Park so there is lots of added interest for everyone here today and I hope you all enjoy a great game. I think it’s fair to say that both clubs have endured some very mixed fortunes since we last came together, both having been victorious at the new Wembley only then to suffer the ignominy of relegation into the basement of English League football. So hosts and visitors alike will be looking upwards in the hope of regaining their previous status as soon as possible and let’s look forward to entertaining Portsmouth again in a spanking new stadium in only a couple of years time.
Rebuilding both clubs is never going to be easy and in Rovers’ case I’m so very pleased that we are taking the correct long-term view in investing in a youth policy that is already beginning to bear fruit after only four years. Our first-team squad this afternoon should contain at least half-a-dozen products of Rovers’ highly successful Academy and that has to be the way forward for clubs in our position. Today the Supporters Club will be handing-over a cheque in the sum of £20,000 to Rovers’ Chairman Nick Higgs as the sum total of the proceeds from last season’s 50/50 half-time draws. This fantastic sum, especially so considering that we are currently performing in the bottom division, is thanks to the great efforts of our small army of match-day sellers and of course you, the punters, who buy the tickets week in, week out.
The cheque itself is actually just symbolic as the funds from the Draw are passed over through the season as and when it is required by the Academy and it helps to cover all manner of expenses incurred by our teams of youngsters. Last season of course we incurred extra expenses as Rovers not only won the South West under-18’s League but also the National Cup as well and that involved a long trip to Carlisle with an overnight stay. It was more than worth it though and this season’s team is still undefeated, except for an unfortunate penalty shoot-out, at the time of writing. So the need for funding continues with pitches, transport and all sorts of other quite mundane items needing to be paid for if our teams are remain successful and, more importantly, providing quality players for the first team. We can only continue to provide the money if you good people carry on buying the tickets and our helpers continue to volunteer in all winds and weathers.
It has been suggested to the Committee that we should offer more than one prize and we have decided to give that a try. So this afternoon is the last time we are just handing-over one money-filled envelope to a single lucky winner as from the Cheltenham game on New Year’s Day we will also be drawing out a regular 2nd prize of £100, provided that we have a minimum of £400 to hand-out. That should be no problem as every League game to date has produced well over £500 and, with a big gate expected today, I am hoping we can close the single prize ‘era’ with another £1,000 as we have not quite made it so far this season! That would be a great way to end the year and three points to go along with it would be just fantastic. Thanks for your great support, have a good Christmas and let’s hope for a very happy 2014!
Martin Davis travelled up from Frome for the Crawley Cup Tie on December 7th , enjoyed a good game and went back with a televised 2nd round replay and a packet of crispies; not a prawn sandwich flavour in site, just a tasty rap adding up to a delish £765.
Who say’s Christmas shopping cannot be fun? Not Martin I reckon, well done mate.
Martin was the lucky 50/50 draw winner with the number 10729. Volunteer seller Jackie Chapple was pleased too, just the ticket. You can find Jackie today at her station at the clubhouse turnstiles; thank you Jackie and thank you and a happy Christmas to all of our SC volunteers. Your contribution to match days at the Mem is so very much appreciated.
Unclaimed Womble Winner
We ask again, is it you? Please check your 50/50 Wombles ticket.
The winning ticket drawn out of the hat at half time on 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 normally 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. Mitch Harding is yet another former youth player to come up through the ranks and to experience a full ninety minutes of first team football; very well done Mitch and may your progress continue. Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket so far this season and a very happy Christmas to you all.
May I wish you, together with all our supporters, board, manager, players, coaching staff, sponsors and everyone associated with our club, a very happy Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year.
You can read more from Brian in the Cheltenham Match Day Programme on New Years Day.
Live Music Tonight
Appearing in the Memorial Room following the game tonight 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. . And there’s more – the Happy Hour at the bar will be extended until 8 pm with mince pies on the house at 7. 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 way be begin the festive fun; come on Rovers, come on you Blues
Tonight at Weston-super-Mare
The Weston-super-Mare Christmas dinner will take place later tonight at the Windsor Castle.
Happy Christmas Weston and enjoy your evening. Remember, follow the Rovers at Torquay on Boxing day with Weston Gas.
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; thank you to S.S members for your continuing contributions which are so very much appreciated; a very happy Christmas to you all.