Thanks to all supporters who have already taken out a sponsorship of a cap of one of the members of the Watney Cup squad, and to those who have expressed an interest in sponsoring other players at a future date.

For now, though, we are concentrating on the members of the Watney Cup squad, who lifted the trophy fifty years ago when they beat Sheffield United 7-6 in a penalty shootout at Eastville.

If you have considered sponsoring a cap for any member of that squad, it’s not too late; you have until 23rd August to confirm your sponsorship.

Although only 12 players featured in the three Watney Cup fixtures 50 years ago, all members of the squad appeared in the Football League for Rovers and are therefore eligible to receive a cap under this unique initiative devised by Bristol Rovers Supporters Club.

We will be reminding you, quite often, who is available for sponsorship, and remember that there is no exclusivity in this; there is no limit to how many supporters can sponsor one player and the cost is £50 for Supporters Club members and £60 for non members.

If you are interested, please contact the Supporters Club secretary with the name of the player you would like to sponsor and you will then be sent details of how to pay for your sponsorship. Contact details are as follows;

Here’s a reminder of four members of that squad.

Manager Don Megson appeared in 31 league games for Rovers prior to his managerial appointment and made his debut on 28th March 1970 (debut number 408).

Goalkeeper Dick Sheppard was the hero of the final, as he saved Ted Hemsley’s spot kick to make sure that Rovers claimed victory. His Rovers debut came on 9th August 1969 against Southport (debut number 401).

Sadly, Dick passed away in October 1998 and his cap will be presented to his family.

Defender Phil Roberts made 175 league appearances for Rovers following his debut, against Reading, on 23rd August 1969 (debut number 403)

We understand that Phil suffered a stroke three months ago and is currently on the road to recovery. We wish him well and will make sure that he receives his cap.

Defender Mike Green, who would later skipper both Rovers and Plymouth Argyle to promotion from the Third Division, made his debut on 14th August 1971, against York City (debut number 412).

Keith Brookman