Thanks to Geoff

August 18, 2014

I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank Geoff Dunford for all he has done for our football club over nearly 30 years. The majority of the supporters will never know or believe how much he has done for our beloved Rovers.

I know that Geoff has been seriously ill in recent years but never discussed it or ever wanted anyone else to know about it – typical of the man in my view. He has borne totally unwarranted criticism whilst striving quietly behind the scenes to put this club to rights again, as he and his late father Denis did in the 1980’s.

Eastville stadium images

I was Vice Chairman of the Supporters Club at that time and well remember the dire state Rovers were in when both Directors and the Supporters Club were operating from our 467 Stapleton Road headquarters. Before our eviction from the run-down Eastville Stadium, Denis and Geoff Dunford, with their boardroom colleagues at the time, took some radical decisions, in order to save our great club. There was no going into administration for them and we even became Champions of Division 3 during our 10 year stay at Twerton Park.

Twerton Park

We were forced to live hand-to-mouth until our return to Bristol and the long-term security that came with the purchase of the Memorial Stadium. As the Chairmen of our respective groups, Geoff and I were later joint signatories on the Share Scheme Agreement that was to save Bristol Rovers from financial meltdown in 2002. I am proud to have shared that honour with a true Rovers legend.

Memorial Stadium

I am sure that I speak for the whole supporters club membership when I say many thanks for all you have done for Bristol Rovers over nearly 3 decades and our best wishes for the future, Geoff.

Jim Chappell

Chair

Bristol Rovers Supporters Club

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