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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

24 January 2013

Nick on postponements and stadium progress

We were hugely disappointed that we had to call off last Saturday’s game against Exeter City.

Everyone at the club was on a high following a fantastic away win at Fleetwood and the Sainsbury’s planning approval, so we were very keen to keep momentum going and pick up another important three points. 

However, the weather is something that is out of our control, and we had to put the safety of supporters first. We made the decision to call the game off early to make sure that people suffered as little inconvenience as possible.

After missing out on a celebration at the Exeter game, we would like to try and fill the Memorial Stadium and create a fantastic atmosphere to celebrate the future of Bristol Rovers at our next game.

As stated on the website yesterday we are running a quid a kid ticket offer, as well as other food and drink promotions for the Barnet match.

We also need you to get behind John and the team as they continue to try and improve our current league position. Hopefully we can continue where we left off at Fleetwood when we travel to Rotherham this weekend, setting us up nicely for the massive six-pointer against Barnet.

Saturday’s postponement was not anything to do with the state of the pitch, and I must spare a moment to mention the Grounds-man who has worked so hard to get the pitch up to an excellent standard, after the disappointing playing surface we were left with last season.

For the first time in a very long time our pitch was actually given a higher than average rating from our opponents. After every league game managers are asked to rate the playing surface, and so far this season we have been scoring very well. So I would like to thank all the ground staff for their hard work.

It was great to end last week by signing off the section 106 agreements on the UWE Stadium. The legal agreements have now been signed by Bristol Rovers, the University of the West of England, South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council.

This brings us another massive step closer to seeing our new stadium being built. The next step is to get all the similar agreements signed by Sainsbury’s on the Memorial Stadium site.

We go into Saturday’s game with two new faces in the squad. Clatyton McDonald is a big, strong lad, with experience at this level, who offers us options at the heart of defence.

While Ryan Brunt is another big guy who can give us a different dimension up front to compliment the strikers we already have here. Ryan has already picked up experience in the lower levels of the Football League and we hope he can come in and score some vital goals for us. We are still hoping to bring in at least one more new face before the window closes, so watch this space.

Finally I would like to say a big thank you to all the fans who made the trip to Fleetwood for our last away game, and I hope that those making the journey to Rotherham will be rewarded with a similar result and performance.


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