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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

11 August 2015

The latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman, Nick Higgs

I would like begin my notes this evening by thanking each and every one of you who came along to the Memorial Stadium last Saturday for our opening fixture of the new season, against Northampton Town.

The attendance of 8,712, was bettered only by Portsmouth in our division and if we can maintain that support like that then I feel sure that we can enjoy another successful season.

The result on Saturday was very disappointing, but promotions and championships are never won on the first day of the season and I don't think we should be worrying unnecessarily over defeat in our first game of the campaign.

After an opening flurry that saw us cause Northampton a few problems, the tempo of the game slowed and I really thought that we might be heading for a goalless draw before we conceded the only goal of the game four minutes into the second half.

Looking back at our opening day results since 2005, I guess we shouldn't be too surprised that we didn't win as the only time we have taken all three points on the first day of the season in that time was against AFC Wimbledon, back in 2011.

I'm not making light of the situation because I know that Darrell and the team go out to win every game. It simply didn't happen for them on Saturday, but I have every confidence in Darrell, his management team and the players and feel that it won't be too long before things settle down and we start winning games.

One of the great things about being back in the Football League is that we have the chance to play teams from higher up the league standings in cup competitions such as the Capital One Cup which sees us take on Championship opposition in the form of Birmingham City tonight.

Our record against this evening's visitors doesn't make for good reading as we have only registered two wins in the 19 games between the two sides to date. The last time we met was in the FA Cup, at St Andrews in January 2014, when Gasheads made up almost one third of the attendance.

We lost that match 3-0 but I think we are a much different proposition now and I look forward to an enthralling encounter tonight.

Thank you, once again, for your support on Saturday; I hope that as many of you as possible will come along tonight and get behind Darrell and the team.

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