September 8, 2015
The latest from the BRFC Chairman.
(This article was first published on Page 5 of the Oxford United Pirate programme.)
Our proud unbeaten away record in league games came to an end at Leyton Orient last Saturday, just one week short of a calendar year.
That run took in 21 league games as well as a play off semi final and a Promotion Final and I would like to congratulate Darrell and his team on achieving such an amazing run of results on their travels.
Whilst it was disappointing the run ended last week, I still believe there were encouraging signs for the future. We were playing a side who maintained their 100% start to the season and who have a playing budget much larger than many clubs in this division and yet we competed with them all over the pitch. Whilst they looked to be a good side, on another day we might well have taken something from the game.
The game also saw the debut of Tyler Lyttle, the second of our Academy graduates, after Ryan Broom, to make his senior debut this season. I know that Tyler’s parents were at Brisbane Road to see Tyler in action and I’m sure that his Dad, a former professional footballer himself, will have been both delighted and proud that his son is following in his footsteps.
Looking at the makeup of the squad that travelled to the east end of London for the game, no fewer than five of them have spent time in our Academy, namely Tyler, Tom Lockyer, Chris Lines, Ollie Clarke and Ellis Harrison.
Ryan Broom is waiting for another opportunity while Jamie Lucas, Danny Greenslade, Jay Malpas and Dominic Thomas have all come through our Academy which highlights the sterling work being carried out by Academy Manager Jonny Henderson and his staff.
Our club used to have a reputation of bringing players through from the ranks and into the first team and, on the evidence of the list of players I have named above, it would appear that we are once again producing players who are capable of becoming first team regulars, something I know that all of our supporters appreciate.
As always, I would like to thank you for your support so far this season. Over 7,000 were at our last home game and more than 1,000 Rovers supporters made the trip to see us play Leyton Orient last week, which is truly amazing.