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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

18 October 2012

I must say I was disappointed to come away from Burton on Saturday with only one point, as I felt it was a game we dominated and should have won. However, Burton have been on a good run of form lately, and taking a point from them on their home turf was still a good result.

I believe we are starting to build momentum now, and I hope to see us pushing up the table in the coming weeks.

I am sure you all saw yesterday that the club are offering a Christmas Cracker ticket offer to all fans for our last home game before Christmas.

This was an idea we had been throwing around for a while now, but we also had input from a supporter via the fans forum. I would like to thank ‘Roadman’ for his excellent suggestions, which have been incorporated into the Gas Gift initiative.

We are always keen to hear suggestions and ideas from supporters, and will take these on board whenever possible. I hope this ticket offer encourages plenty of you down to the Memorial Stadium to kick off the festive season in style.

I have received a number of complaints about our new website that launched in the summer, and I would like to assure you that the club are well aware of the problems; however they are out of our hands.

As I am sure you are aware the club websites are designed and implemented by Football League interactive, which we are contracted to until 2017. The Football League have now accepted responsibility for the shortcomings in the new sites, and have assured us they will be doing all they can to rectify these issues.

Time is speeding by now, and it is just under six weeks until the planning committee meeting that will decide on the Sainsburys planning application.

As you all know this is vitally important to the future of Bristol Rovers, and we will all be desperately hoping for the right result.

It will be fantastic to go into Christmas knowing that 2013 will be the year when work on the new stadium can begin. I would urge you all to sign up to the various online petitions that are now available in support of the application.

We have now lost only one of our last six games, and we will be looking to keep that run going when we face up against Torquay United at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

We are keen to replicate the kind of performance we saw against Northampton, which saw us pick up all three points and rediscover our scoring boots. Mark is working hard with the squad, and although we still have a few injury worries, we are confident of putting out a team more than capable of collecting all three points.

Saturday’s game is also part of the One Game, One Community Week of Action, and we are proud to be able to support such a great initiative. This year our activities will be focussed around celebrating disability, and we hope to capture some of the spirit of the Paralympic games.

So please come on down to the Mem on Saturday and continue the fantastic support which has helped us to turn our form around.


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