Nick on Secretary of State and recent form
I have made the decision to pull my report forward a day again this week, as I wanted to clear up the issue of the Secretary of State’s comments on the Memorial Stadium site after being asked by a number of supporters.
The Sainsbury’s planning application was referred to the SOS following Bristol City Council’s decision to approve the development, and the Secretary then has 21 days to comment on the application if he has any objections.
As the planning meeting was three weeks ago today, I am sure many of you are expecting today to be the deadline. However, the application was not sent to the SOS by the council immediately after the meeting. Therefore the actual deadline for comments is February 15th.
We are also aware that many of you have questions and ideas concerning the new stadium, and I am planning to set up a forum for you to put these queries and suggestions to me through the official channels. I will then set about answering as many as I can.
I was absolutely delighted with every aspect of Friday night football at the Memorial Stadium last week. On the pitch we played some fantastic football and displayed a never say die attitude, popping up with the vital winning goal in the final seconds of the match.
Off the pitch we filled the Memorial Stadium with a bumper crowd, and you produced one of the best atmospheres I can remember in a very long time. I would like to thank each and everyone of you who came along to the game, and helped cheer the team on to another vital three points.
You really are the 12th man, and Bristol Rovers are very lucky to have some of the best fans in the entire country. To have so many fans packing the Mem and travelling to away games, when we find ourselves near the bottom of the entire football league is incredible.
It was amazing to witness the scenes in the away end last night as once again we displayed our fantastic spirit and refusal to give in, scoring with the last kick of the game to keep our impressive run going and earn another vital point.
Oliver Norburn scored a stunning strike which sent the travelling Gasheads wild, and the atmosphere within the ground will stay with me a long time. It has been a great start to 2013 under John Ward, and although there is still a long way to go, we are finally showing this league what we are capable of.
It was fantastic to see the old Bristol Rovers spirit both on the field and on the terraces in the last two games, and from a personal point of view I must say I enjoyed coming into the bar after the game to have a good chat with some of you on Friday.
On the back of such a fantastic evening, we have decided to roll out the Meal Deal offer for every remaining home game this season. We would also like to extend the “Happy Hour” offer to run between 12pm and 1.30pm on a Saturday and after the game.
I would also like to take the opportunity to apologise for the delays that some of you faced trying to get into the ground on Friday night. Although we were anticipating a good crowd, we were slightly caught out by the number of fans who turned up for the game.