AGM and the Port

September 30, 2014

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Saturday’s long trip was my first visit to Haig Avenue since 1967 and the old place hasn’t changed much since then. They have added a cover over the home end. The result was much better this time!


It was a fortunate three points this time round I thought. Rovers were in complete control at the start, scoring a fine goal courtesy of a brilliant Jake Gosling strike, then falling away until another late flurry of substitutions saw us through a very ‘hairy’ last half-hour.

Neil Trotman was the star of another solid performance by the back line and the late introduction of Ellis Harrison again gave the Southport defence a little more to worry about just as they had got on top.

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As Darrell Clarke says, some results have to be dug out and this was clearly one of those but it is so much better than the domination we often had on our travels last season only to drop all the points by the close of play.

We supporters could not have asked for a better response from the players since the defeat at Braintree and let’s hope it continues at Eastleigh!

Just a couple of days before visiting Merseyside the Supporters Club held our Annual General Meeting in the Bristol Room.

There was very little actual SC business discussed and all the various reports were passed leaving the election of a club Director onto the Board of the Football Club as the most important item.

Brian Seymour Smith duly retained his position at the expense of his challenger Rod Chapman by around a three to one majority. Both candidates spoke well of each other in short speeches after the election and generally the meeting went well.

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As is now customary a forum was held with representatives of the Football Club for the second part of the evening and some challenging and interesting questions were posed to our guests.

Unfortunately Chairman Nick Higgs was away attending the graduation of his son from University but Darrell Clarke was on good form as usual and was well supported by Directors Barry Bradshaw and Ed Ware and Finance Director, Toni Watola.

On behalf of all the members I would like to publicly thank them all for their participation.

Up The Pirates

Jim Chappell

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