Jim’s Jottings

December 13, 2015

Change In Fortune?


(This is an edited version of notes in the York City Pirate programme.)

Our last Supporters Club column was written before the short trip to Exeter where we were hoping for a change in fortunes following two narrow defeats.

Well, we certainly had a big improvement from the team after a somewhat lacklustre display here against Stevenage but ‘lady luck’ was not on our side at St. James’s.

The opposition goalkeeper was the ‘Man-of-the-Match’ to deny Rovers until the ‘Bearded Wonder’s late strike seemed to have won us all three points. It was not to be though as the ‘Grecians’ denied us with a last-kick equaliser and the away following had to suffer further with yet another downpour as we left the ground.

So, more frustration was the order of the day although it was magnanimous of the Exeter City fans and management to describe Rovers as the best team they had seen for a long time.

Three days later a brilliant Matty Taylor ‘hat-trick’ sent Wycombe Wanderers home pointless and there are thoughts of ‘can we play you every week’ after the ‘Chairboys’ were again unable to crack Rovers defence, in which Tom Parkes was outstanding.

The aggregate goal tally against Wycombe from the two matches played against them is 5-0 and I am now more confident of a successful trip to Bucks at the end of February.

Let’s hope there are no thunderstorms about in the Thames Valley area that day.

The Exeter game was preceded by the rearranged Supporters Club’s Annual General Meeting which generally went smoothly and was well attended. An open forum followed with members of the Football Club Board and Management.

Chairman Nick Higgs was joined on the top table by Director Barry Bradshaw and Manager Darrell Clarke along with Supporters Club Directors Ken Masters and Brian Seymour Smith.

A lot of pointed questions were put to Nick and Darrell regarding investment rumours in the Football Club and team matters and all were answered positively. We will give a brief report on it in the next ‘Pirate’.

Meantime all the current Committee members standing for re-election were returned unopposed and I thank everyone for their support over the last year – twelve months that have seen Rovers’ fortunes take an upward turn for a change.

As I write work continues to complete improvements to the Supporters Club’s sales outlets with the new match-day cabin now fully up and running in the car park and signage on our shop at 199 Two Mile Hill now completed.

There is much work still to be done in the latter premises to convert the upper floors into flats. Paul and Bernie, are having to continue working in very difficult conditions whilst the shop is open and they are trying to serve customers.

Eventually we should have a shop fit for purpose. Meantime I would ask all our customers to continue to bear with us and also to thank Paul and Bernie for their efforts during what is sure to be a busy Christmas period.

Please pay us a visit and grab those stocking-fillers and support our football club.

This afternoon sees the visit of York City who will be desperate for points as they battle against the drop into somewhere I never want our club to go again.

Get behind those boys in blue and white and roar them on to another home win.

Up the ‘Pirates’!

Bristol Rovers v Welling 291114

Jim Chappell.

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