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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

15 November 2012

Nick on youth team and Sainsburys

I was delighted to see the team get back to winning ways on Saturday after a couple of disappointing results.

Although I think we have played much better and lost, it was gratifying to see the team show some fighting spirit and keep plugging away despite twice being pegged back during the game.

After a tough game in midweek Tom Eaves bounced back to show everyone just what a talented young player he is, scoring one goal and setting up the other two.

Hopefully we can now build on this result and take the confidence that comes with a win into two difficult away games in the next week.

Last night the youth team made it through to the third round of the FA Youth Cup by beating Staines here at the Memorial Stadium. It was an entertaining encounter, and I would encourage as many as you as possible to get down and watch are youngsters if you get the chance.

Bristol City Council have now informed us that the planning meeting to decide whether or not Sainsbury’s will be allowed to redevelop the current Memorial Stadium land, allowing us to build the new UWE Stadium, has been put back until December 5th.

Although I can imagine that this is frustrating news for you all, we have consulted with Sainsbury’s, and we believe that it is a positive step. As I have said before, I cannot emphasise enough how important this is to the future of Bristol Rovers Football Club.

There are still a number of ways you can register your support for Sainsbury’s application. Firstly you can leave a comment on the Bristol City Council website registering your support at http://planningonline.bristol.gov.uk/online-applications/ application 12/02090/F.

Alternatively you can sign the e-petition, set up by a local resident in support of the plans http://epetitions.bristol.gov.uk/epetition_core/view/sainsburysatmem Your backing is vitally important to the scheme, and really can make a difference.

I would like to thank everyone who has already taken the time to register their support, especially those supporters who have been gathering signatures at our last few home matches, and would urge the rest of you to just take a couple of minutes out of your day to try and help make the new UWE Stadium the future of Bristol Rovers.

I must finish by making a comment on your support over the last few weeks. Mark and his players have commented on how fantastic you have all been through this difficult period.

It would have been easy for you to get on their backs, but you have continued to cheer on the boys, and we all hope that we can start to repay you for all your amazing support.

As a small thank you we are running a Christmas Cracker ticket offer to try and reward you all for your continued backing. To find out more about the offer click here



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