Nick on finances, postponements and FA Cup
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a belated Happy New Year.
I must respond to the media speculation surrounding the publishing of our annual results over Christmas. I should like to reassure the supporters of Bristol Rovers Football Club that the Club retains the full support of its Board of Directors.
The Board are totally focused on the Club and will provide the necessary resources for it to achieve its aim of sustainability which is contained in the business plan for the new stadium. I would point out that the these losses were anticipated, and the failure of a decent Cup run in any of the competitions did not help the overall picture.
It has been a hugely frustrating period, with the adverse weather conditions leading to our first two games of 2014 being called off. It meant that we found ourselves in the draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup, before we had even finished playing our second round tie.
It was fantastic to see us come from behind last night to beat Crawley and make it through to the third round of the Cup against Birmingham.
It was a positive, resilient performance from the boys, who showed a never say die attitude, that will serve us well throughout the rest of the season. Hopefully this can be a launching point to motivate us for the rest of the season, and give us all a huge lift.
Having to postpone the New Year’s Day game against Cheltenham was hugely disappointing, as we were looking to build on the good home form we had shown against Portsmouth just before Christmas.
We also find ourselves with a squad that is fit and raring to go, so it is annoying not to have any football for them to play. Despite that excellent result against Portsmouth, it was very disheartening to find ourselves so close to the bottom of the league at the turn of the year.
We have to remember that we have two games in hand over some teams, but this is still not the position we want to find ourselves in.
We are all aware where the problem currently lies, and we will be looking to bring in another attacking option during the transfer window. We look considerably better in defence than we did this time last year, but if you don’t score goals, you cannot win games!
We have strikers here who are more than capable of scoring goals, and hopefully a new face will also spur them on to rediscover their form. I don’t think we are far away from having what it takes to be very successful in this league, and if we can strengthen this month, then I believe our fortunes can start to turn around.
We are aware that January is often a tough month financially, and with so many home games this month, we have taken the decision to slash prices across the ground for our game against Accrington Stanley.
The popular Quid a Kid offer is back, as well as discounted seats and cheap tickets for adults and concessions. We hope that will encourage as many as possible of you to come along and help to push the team in the right direction. For the full details of the offer, please click here
So this weekend we are back to concentrating on league action, and I hope we can claim three points to help us start to create a gap between us and the bottom two. Finally I would like to thank you for your support in 2013, and I hope that 2014 is full of health and happiness for you all.