Thanks To Phil

August 2, 2015

It seems strange not to have ‘Physio’ Phil Kite around.

Phill Kite speaks with Ian Holloway - Mandatory byline: Dougie Allward/JMP - 07966386802 - 31/07/2015 - FOOTBALL - Memorial Stadium -Bristol,England - Bristol Rovers v West Brom - Phil Kite Testimonial Match

‘Kitey’ has been a feature of life at the Memorial Stadium ever since we have been here.

We all miss his unobtrusive presence and cheery wave to fans when they call out Phil’s name as he wends his way around the pitch to and from the dug-out.

One good thing about his decision to bring down the curtain on his long Rovers career is his testimonial match and the huge turn-out of ‘Gas Legends’ who are attending to honour Phil’s last game as a ‘Pirate’.

Phil Kite - Mandatory by-line: Neil Brookman/JMP - 07966386802 - 31/07/2015 - SPORT - FOOTBALL - Bristol,England - Memorial Stadium - Bristol Rovers v West Brom - Pre-Season Friendly

His former team-mate Tony Pulis, is bringing his Premier League charges to the ‘Mem’ for this match and that serves a double purpose in providing Darrell’s boys with a¬†tough and useful pre-season workout.

The game has changed immensely, particularly in the top division, since ‘Tone’ made his Eastville debut all those years ago along with Phil and that host of stars in the making from Rovers’ then ‘South Wales Nursery’.

As well as being a great player for Rovers in the 2nd and 3rd Divisions in those heady days at the ‘Ville’, Tony has gone on to become a highly successful if somewhat unlikely manager in toughest league in the world.

He has saved a string of clubs from the ‘drop’, never suffered a relegation and has made the ‘Baggies’ a real force.

West Brom Manager Tony Pulis greets retiring Bristol Rovers physio Phil Kite who he played alongside at the club earlier in his career - Mandatory byline: Rogan Thomson/JMP - 07966 386802 - 31/07/2015 - FOOTBALL - Memorial Stadium - Bristol, England - Bristol Rovers v West Bromwich Albion - Phil Kite Testimonial Match.

Every ‘Gashead’ here this evening will be grateful to Tony for putting out what will be a very strong Premiership team so we should have a true test for ‘DC’s League 2 squad. (How great to be able to say that).

Virtually all of Phil’s other guests tonight are Rovers’ Legends. They all come providing us fans with the happiest of memories from the past and I’m sure you will give them a great welcome.

So, it’s a big thanks to Phil Kite.

Our thanks not only for his many long years of service as both a brilliant goalkeeper and physio but also for providing us with an evening to remember.

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Jim Chappell.

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