July 27, 2015
It was a truly horrible day in Horfield, wet, windy and cold.
It was a lovely day too with the warmth and friendship that binds us and makes us so special. We are unique in so many ways, a multitude of clubs wear plain red or even blue, other colours too but only Gasheads sport the famous blue and white quarters that sets us apart.
The away kit chosen by supporters proves it; we have just got to put a hint of those quarters in there, spot on.
We came from all quarters today, from Bristol of course but young children were there with mums, dads and grandparents from all around the patch; Gloucester, Bath, Norton Radstock, Somerset Coast, Severn Vale.
Our future is looking good but we must nurture and treasure that because the future counts. This is our time. This is our time because those that have gone before us have made it so. Win, draw or lose we must not fail in our duty; we must leave our legacy so that those to come can take pride in the quarters in the way that we have done today.
The players were terrific, even helping out in the club shop. It was so good to see the younger guns enjoying the moment too. I went to The Lawns at Cribbs on Friday evening to lend my support to our development players.
Less than 24 hours later one of them, who did very well on the night, started the game up at Cheltenham and in a different position. I take little notice of the results of pre season friendly fixtures. Bristol Rovers Supporters Club are proud sponsors of the Bristol Rovers Youth Academy.
We look to the future but we are mindful of the past. I so enjoyed watching Bobby Jones.
He was lightening quick and always had a goal in him. I was there for that famous Newcastle game at Eastville, probably Bobby’s finest hour in those famous blue and white quarters; unforgettable.
Over four hundred games and over one hundred goals; simply a legend.
Bobby was a local boy who went on to serve our football community with total distinction; player, coach and manager.
Thank you Bobby Jones. God bless you and take you into His care.