April 22, 2015
The final game of our first ever season in non-League football for the best part of a century and I guess we are, more or less, where we expected to be before the first ball was kicked last August.
However, the massed ranks of ‘Gas’ filing out the oddly-named and equally oddly-sited ‘Crabble’ stadium last Saturday will I’m sure be feeling a little disappointed and frustrated, just as the Rovers players clearly were as they left the concrete-hard pitch.
If you look at Dover’s recent results against play-off contenders then a draw on their pitch was a creditable performance but of course, for just twenty glorious minutes, we held our destiny in our own hands as yet another crucial Ellis Harrison goal had put Rovers in the ‘driving seat’.
Before the game against Alfreton Town, just as the players are leaving the pitch from their warm-up, we will be presenting the Supporters Club’s Player of the Year trophies, the Goal of The Season Award , the Youth Player of the Year and the Committee’s choice as Clubman of the Year.
The temporary closure of our shop at 199 Two Mile Hill in Kingswood for redevelopment work that was out of our control has caused us, a whole lot of grief at a very busy time of the season and I can only apologise for the protracted delay in reopening. This is because, although the structural work was completed on time, the telecoms system could not be restarted due to a mystery fault.
That left us without phone lines, credit card facilities and access to the ticketing system so there was little point in reopening although in fact the door has been open for people to come in.
The phone lines, e-mail and card lines have now been sorted and the final fixing of the ticket line was being done as I write. So, all going well, we will be up and running well in time for the play-offs and Wembley – if we need them. Let’s hope not. Thanks again for your forbearance.
Up the Pirates!
(This is a section of the BRSC article you can read in the Alfreton Town Pirate Programme.)