28th January 2014 Accrington Stanley
January 29, 2014
After taking just a couple of hundred of fans on the long trips to the York and Crawley FA Cup replays I expected a much better following to St. Andrews for Round 3 but, along with the Birmingham officials it seems, I didn’t really expect the thousands who actually turned up. That said I was amazed a Championship club with such a fine stadium that had been in the Premiership only a couple of years ago could fail so badly in accommodating the numbers of Rovers’ fans. Surely with the prepared away section already jam-packed and many more pouring through the turnstiles other alleyways and sections could have been more readily opened-up than they were.
The ‘away’ attendance has already been amended upwards since the initial figure given and I reckon it was upwards of 3,000 so thanks to all who braved the rain and the terrible crowd control both into and out of the ground. Unfortunately the team could not match the support on this occasion as Birmingham carried enough class to defeat Rovers despite a plucky performance that justified a scoreline better than that which flattered ‘Brum’.
The following day I happened to meet up separately with Kit-Manager Steve Yates and Development Coach Marcus Stewart who both said that the Rovers’ support was the highlight of the previous night but then they have both played for us at Wembley and so will be well aware of the potential if this great club of ours can get back to winning ways again.
That same afternoon I turned up late, thanks to the terrible A38 traffic, at the GFA Headquarters at Almondsbury where Rovers’ Youth team were playing a friendly against Australia on the 3G artificial pitch and a hard-fought contest it was too. Our lads were 2-0 up when I arrived just before half time and only conceded a late penalty to run out winners in pouring rain to continue their highly successful season. A pity there were not more to witness a very unusual fixture but then it was arranged at very late notice.
Jim Chappell. Before each of those last three home games and at Crawley a small band of helpers have been out around the ground obtaining signatures for Bristol West MP Charlotte Leslie’s protest against TRASHorfield’s campaign to try and stop the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium. The TRASH campaign is the only hurdle now standing between Rovers and the building of our new stadium at the University of the West of England and the ensuing delay whilst we await the Judicial Review scheduled for March is costing us money that could now be invested in the team. The UWE Stadium, when built, is bound to boost Rovers’ future prospects and the sooner construction work can start the greater those prospects will be. Thanks then to all those who are helping Ms Leslie get things moving and to all of you who have signed-up to her petition – we need all the friends we can get at this present time!
Could you have won £890 or even £1,094 and not yet claimed your winnings? Did you attend the home victories against Portsmouth and Wimbledon? In both of those games the winning ticket in the 50/50 draw is yet to be claimed. The £890 winning ticket for the Wimbledon game is Number 09417 and for the Portsmouth game the £1,094 winning ticket is Number 10475.
These prizes will remain available for collection until the end of the season so if you have the wining ticket it is not too late to claim your prize. Although the prize money is available to be collected at half time on the pitch you can always collect it after the match from the supporters club cabin or from the supporters club shop, by arrangement, at a later date.
You can contact the supporters club on 0117 9611772 or by email at [email protected].
The winning prize number for all the 50/50 draws is found on the opening page of the BRSC website at www.bristolroverssc.co.uk. You will find it on the right hand side of the page. Winners are also to be found in subsequent copies of the Pirate.
New Second Prize in Draw
There is now a 50/50 second prize of £100 for all major games. So do not throw your ticket down after you hear the half time news of the first winning number in the future. For lower profile games such as youth team matches and pre-season friendlies the previous system of just one prize will continue.
All proceeds are donated to the Football Club’s Youth Development budget. BRSC are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth. Congratulations to the under 18’s for the recent win over the Aussie representative side. The boys from down under had not been previously beaten on their tour.
Half Way to Target
The supporters club has set itself the challenging task of increasing its contributions to the youth team by 15%. The demanding target is to increase the donations by the Supporters Club to £23,000 this season whereas it was £20,000 previously. So far, a total of £11,880 has been raised towards this target. There are now twelve home games left so the target is within sight. Achieving this target in these tough economic times will be a real achievement. When it is achieved it will be down to all those supporters who dig deep in their pockets each game and buy a ticket or two. The supporters club and the youth team staff really appreciate the willingness of all those supporters who find the bottom of their pockets and regularly buy a ticket. As well as cheering up fans on match days the 50/50 draw is making a massive difference to the youth team structure at the club. Please keep buying those half time draw tickets.
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 eggheads. The quiz is open to everyone and all profits help raise funds for the sharescheme.
Norton Radstock were out in force yet again after filling a 43 seater coach for the FA Cup 3rd round away game at Birmingham City. Well done and thank you to Sally and Carolyn for the organisation.
Weston-super-Mare will be setting up the Skittles Night and Match Sponsor Raffle on 22nd March at the Boro Sports and Social Club, 8.30 start; further news of this event coming soon.
We Need It!
The support up the Midlands was superb from all around the support base, thank you so very much for the support that you gave to the players on the night. Over 3000 is twice as many as some clubs at this level attract for their home League fixtures and yet again underlines the potential of our club to be up there with the Swanseas and the Hulls of this world. The turnout demonstrates once more the need for the new UWE stadium. When are they going to believe us? We need it, Bristol needs it, the West Country needs it!
Share Scheme Hospitality
The following game has been allocated for our Share Scheme members to take advantage of their Complimentary Carvery Meal entitlement.
Oxford United – 8th February 2014.
Many of the Share Scheme members have enjoyed hospitality this season so far. The scheme is very important to us and members past are present are very special people. We thank you most sincerely.
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