The significant increase in leisurewear sales has, in no small part, been due to the success of the popular blue and white quartered home shirt and this season’s away strip of yellow with black trim.
Our average home attendance is now significantly higher than when we were last in League Two, which accounts for the increase in ticket sales.
“The sales of our replica shirts has taken us by surprise,” said Barry, “but we are very pleased that the designs have proved to be popular with our supporters.
“In fact, both came top of a recent survey on the Football League’s Facebook page to find out the most popular shirts in League Two. As well as being best in our league, the home kit ranked seventh in the national standings and the away kit was close behind in ninth place.
“It’s particularly pleasing that the away kit is thought of so highly as it came about following consultation with our own supporters.”
The club has also introduced a monthly competition for supporters to design their own T-Shirt, to run from this month.
Supporters are asked to submit a design for a T-shirt and the best, in the opinion of a panel of judges, will be printed and sold in the club shop as official Bristol Rovers merchandise.
The supporter who comes up with the winning design will be presented with one of his/her T-Shirts, signed by the Bristol Rovers squad, on the pitch at a future home game.
Speaking of this new innovation, Barry said; “We are aware that we have a number of very talented supporters and would like to harness those talents.
“We felt that this simple idea would be a good way of beginning the process and we hope that, in time, we will work with supporters on a number of other projects. We see this initiative as a starting point and trust that it will be embraced by those gifted designers amongst our fan base.”
The winner will also receive two complimentary tickets for the game against Wycombe Wanderers on 1st December and all designs not selected for November will be carried over into December and full details can be found on our website.
A new range of personalised merchandise will be available online in the next two weeks as we enter into a partnership with Personalised Football Gifts and details of this exciting new venture will be revealed shortly.
“We are looking to expand our commercial activities,” said Barry, “and the new range of available items will include jewellery, posters, T-Shirts, prints, newspapers, hip flasks, wallets, key rings, mugs, water bottles, and a great deal more.
“The online service will run alongside our commercial operation at The Memorial Stadium, not instead of it, and will offer our supporters a wider range of Rovers related items.”
Barry also praised the work of the current staff who have seen an increased workload in recent months; “I can’t thank the staff enough for their efforts, in particular Retail Shop Manager Kay Monks, Ticket Office manager Clare McDonagh and their loyal team of volunteers.”
Barry is pictured above with Kay, Zoe Paramore, Sheila Gulwell, Ann Paramore and Alison Gibson.