8th March 2014 Plymouth Argyle
March 9, 2014
ROVERS are currently in a run of playing against the most in form opponents at the present time and that is most certainly the case today with the visit of our old west country rivals, the Pilgrims from Plymouth.
After tough away trips to high flying Scunthorpe and fast improving Northampton, we could not have asked for a more demanding return home than to host a team who are scoring goals for fun and making a reai challenge for a play off place. However, our defence is also on top form and we are proving very hard to break down, so a really tense encounter could be on the cards this afternoon!
A small band of around 140 of us made the long trip north for the rearranged game at Glanford Park but! guess none of us were disappointed with the point most definitely gained from the Iron, Yet again we looked the better side in the opening period but found ourselves a goal down at the interval and faced the added disadvantage of having new signing Alan Gow stretchered off and young Tom Lockyer suffering a broken nose. Both substitutes, though, Steve Giilespie and Ollie Clarke, proved more than adequate as for the second consecutive game ‘Smudger’ produced another superb cross into the box and Steve smashed home a deserved equaliser.
With things starting to look up we packed out the away end at Sixfields last Saturday but again had to settle for a share of the points as Rovers and the Cobblers cancelled each other out. It was a disappointing game but one that preserved our unbeaten record and sets things up nicely for the arduous task ahead this afternoon!
Last Wednesday I was scheduled to join a group making the trip up to the Houses of Parliament in order to present Charlotte Leslie’s ‘anti Trash’ petition to the Prime Ministerin support of our sale of the Memorial Stadium to Sainsburys.
This presentation is, of course, timed to coincide with the Judicial Review that is taking place at the end of this week when, hopefully, a High Court judge, sitting in Bristol, will finally decide that the Planning Agreement can go ahead and we can start building the long awaited UWE Stadium.
All I want to say is that 1 want everyone to stay calm, whatever the outcome of the review, and be guided by Chairman Nick Higgs, should any further coyrse of action be required. Rovers fans, forever awaiting a new home it seems, have shown great restraint so far and it is essential that we remain so with the winning line in sight. Enjoy a great game with a great result this afternoon and let’s hope for great news in the next week or so!
Up the Pirates
AWAY TRAVEL TICKETS
SUBJECT to availability, tickets for Supporters Club coaches can still be purchased on matchdays from Pat Newport in the Bristol Room of the Clubhouse Bars before the game.
This is the same place where our late friend Ralph Shaw operated Away Travel from on a rnatchday, and his wife Jean still comes and sits with the group here whenever possible,
Please remember to bring your BRSC membership card with you, or you can buy membership if required from Pat at the same time. Please note that BRSC are unable to take non members but in the event of postponement or abandonment of any game you have travelled to, BRSC members can obtain a refund or claim free travel to the rearranged fixture.
OLD COINS/ FOREIGN CURRENCY
A reminder that BRSC accepts any donations of foreign or old coins and notes as part of its fund raising operations.
Dollars and Euros are good, but we also ake defunct currencies (eg Pesetas, Francs, Marks, Lira) in coin, including the
old UK £sd. Please bag these up in small and large amounts and hand into the matchday shop, or into 199 Two Mile Hill Road.
IT was great to see Jason Roberts back here for the game against Burton Albion a couple of weeks ago.
He was out on the pitch at half time, handing over the prize monev to our 50/50 winners who were Nick Rechter and Jim Washbourne. Nick collected the first prize of £703 with ticket number 15918 purchased from Hannah Hawkins at the main gate. Jim collected his £100 prize thanks to purchasing ticket number 22813 from Sue Dry at the Memorial Gate.
Nick Rechter (left) collects his 50/50 winnings from Jason Roberts and Jim Chappell while Jim Washbourne (right) collects his £100 from the duo.
CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Foord, who collected the signed shirt he won in the Share Scheme Draw, at the Burton game.
Bill Foord collects his signed shirt from Brian Seymour-Smith