Living The Dream
May 16, 2015
Scores upon scores of Bristol Rovers Supporters have followed our team over the Autumn, Winter and Spring months since we started our Conference campaign last August.
We were hurt, very hurt, but we have kept the faith and continued to live the dream.
We opened our account against Grimsby Town and it felt like a League game. Grimsby is a well supported club with a long tradition and like their own supporters, many feel that their place is in the Football League.
It was ironic that I travelled to Grimsby only a few weeks before to share their experience of running Community and Education as a non League club only to face them in the opening game at the Mem.
A clean sheet against a team tipped at least for a play off spot seemed like a fair start on the day until the realisation of turning out at non League venues the likes of Altrincham and Braintree sunk in.
I felt a lonely figure at Braintree; the only Director able to attend the game that day and, hurting very badly, I took a load of stick from our own; in retrospect not surprising.
With strong arms around my shoulder from those close to me knew there was a lot of football to come and together we could do this; you’ve just got to stay together, believe and to live the dream.
At the business end we met Grimsby at their place. It was a defining moment for me. I saw a team and mixed with a group of supporters who were building momentum, still believing and still living the dream.
It was a professional performance at Blundell Park and it was so good to see our ex-U 18’s skipper nicking the goal to win the game. Bristol Rovers Supporters Club are proud sponsors of Bristol Rovers Youth.
Grimsby have had a good season and finished well in third place. It looked like they could take the Conference title until they well away a bit in the run in.
A play off final between our two clubs would seem just. Like us, all connected with Grimsby Town want this so we can expect a closely fought contest between two good teams at this level.
We are going to Wembley in our thousands yet again; whole families making up one big Bristol Rovers family. There will be twelve of my family there, Masters and Hill.
The oldest of us is 90 and the youngest 15, all casting an eye at Swansea and Bournemouth and all living the dream.
Thank you once again for Supporting Bristol Rovers Football Club. The support for our team this season, home and away has been quite superb; it is appreciated very much indeed.
Take very good care on your journey to Wembley on Sunday, enjoy the day and a safe journey home to Bristol and to many other parts after the game; one big family, together, living the dream.
Come on Rovers. Come on you Blues.