News From BRFC Chair

November 14, 2015

The latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs.

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After a very long wait we were delighted to learn, on Wednesday, the news that the Court of Appeal has granted the clubs application for an expedited trial regarding our ongoing legal dispute with Sainsbury’s.

We are very pleased that the Court of Appeal has accepted our arguments and delighted to hear that the proceedings will commence on either the 26th or 27th of January 2016.

The news came as quite a tonic coming, as it did, in the wake of our FA Cup defeat at the hands of Chesham United last Sunday. We often talk about the romance and magic of the FA Cup and all neutral supporters, not to mention the various media outlets, always look for shock results which almost certainly means lower league sides beating higher league opponents.

However when it’s your side on the end of such a result, the magic and romance of the competition quickly disappears. Losing last Sunday was not only a disappointment, it hurt everyone connected with the club, from Directors to management, staff and players and, of course, supporters. We have come through worse things than this in recent times and I’m sure that we can bounce back and go on to achieve success in the league.

The Chesham game fell on Remembrance Sunday and we were privileged that representatives of 21st Signal Regiment, Colerne, were on hand to help us remember those killed, or injured, in the service of their country in a very moving ceremony prior to kick off.

On behalf of the football club, I was delighted to receive, from the regiment, a memento of the occasion in the form of a replica of their emblem, a Bristol Beaufighter aeroplane first used in 1940, which will take pride of place in the Denis Dunford Lounge at The Memorial Stadium.

My thanks go to Paul Hughes, Lead Foundation Phase U-16 coach in our Academy, in particular  for arranging for the regiment to help us commemorate such a significant event.

On Wednesday, staff, management and players representatives took part in the Remembrance Service at The Memorial Gates before many of us headed off to Southend for our Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against League One opposition.

In spite of playing some excellent football, especially in the second half of the match at Roots Hall, we were beaten 1-0 to exit our second cup competition in a matter of days.

However I felt that the players put in a very positive performance following Sunday’s disappointment and look forward to seeing them in action again this afternoon as we return to league action.

Your continued support is appreciated and I hope you all enjoy this afternoon’s match.

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