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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

28 November 2013

Nick on results and the JR

I was hugely disappointed with the manner of our defeat against Burton on Saturday.

Whilst the majority of our team worked hard to try take some points home from the Pirelli Stadium, we were let down by two senior professionals, who picked up reckless red cards and left us to finish the game with nine men.

At a time when we are crying out for experience to compliment our enthusiastic and passionate youngsters, these two players have let themselves down, their team mates down, and most importantly they have let the supporters down.

However, Tuesday night was much more positive, even though we did not secure the three points we would have liked to move us away from the bottom of the table.

It was a hard fought draw, and we secured a point in the face of adversity, after only being able to field five substitutes through a mixture of suspension and injury.

It was committed all-round team performance, but particular credit must go to our two full-backs Michael Smith and Lee Brown who were our best creative outlets.

As you might have read in my statement to the Bristol Post earlier this week, I am extremely frustrated with TRASHorfield’s decision not to take part in a public debate, with myself and Charlotte Leslie.

To be dismissed as irrelevant, was hugely insulting, and highly inaccurate, as we are one of the four affected parties, and as such have a right to be a part of the legal process.

Despite our continued frustrations with this minority group who are refusing to respect the wishes of the majority, we are pleased that the High Court hearing will be heard here in Bristol in the New Year.

We are confident that this will speed the process up, and we are still confident that we can proceed as planned. Although the delays are obviously costing the club money, we remain committed to providing the stadium that Bristol Rovers, and the wider community in the South West really deserve.

We were all deeply disappointed to not to win a People’s Millions award this week. A lot of work went in to the fantastic Fans4Life project, which could have helped 10,000 sports fans and their families to change their lives through fitness and education.

As I write these notes, there is still a chance we could claim the runner up grant, so hopefully by the time you read these notes, our community department will have been rewarded for their efforts.

This weekend we have another chance to claim three league points and move up the table, before we head into the FA Cup game against Crawley next weekend.

Hopefully we will be boosted by the return of a few players from injury on Saturday, and we can start turning draws into wins. 


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