If you are coming along to The Memorial Stadium for our game against Oxford United tomorrow, we hope you will purchase a copy of our matchday programme, The Pirate.
Having undergone a major revamp in the summer, our matchday magazine for the game will consist of 72 pages and will cost you just £3. For those of you who don’t always buy a programme because you think that you have seen all of the articles and features on our website, you might be pleasantly surprised. Much of the content is exclusive to the programme and won’t have been published elsewhere.
In this issue manager Darrell Clarke and Chairman Nick Higgs both pen their own columns and we carry interviews with Jermaine Easter, former Oxford United player Matty Taylor and Tuesday’s new signing Adam Drury.
Our four page Academy section includes match reports from two U-18 games, an interview with Tyler Lyttle, who made his senior debut against Leyton Orient, a feature on our Academy U-12’s as well as a profile of U-18 striker Blake Davies.
We’re sure that those of you who have supported the club for a number of years will enjoy our extended history section and in this issue we bring you the second of a series of articles by David Woods on the history of Bristol newspapers. Our feature titled the Great and the Good, about players who have turned out for the club over the years features World Cup winner Alan Ball, who ended his playing career with Rovers.
Can you remember who has worn squad number 30 since 2000? We jog your memory in this issue’s centre spread – do the names Scott Jones and Chris Plummer ring any bells?
Alongside all of the official club news, we also bring you an eclectic mix of articles from a number of contributors, all of whom have one thing in common; they are all Gasheads!
The latest commercial news and thoughts from the Supporters Club and Young Pirates are also included and we hope that if you haven’t previously purchased a copy of our programme you will make a point of buying one on Sunday.
A number of supporters have asked about the possibility of receiving a digital copy of the programme and we are currently exploring the possibility of making this happen.
However we would like to know how many supporters would be interested in subscribing, on an annual basis, to a digital copy. There are cost implications involved in producing a digital issue, in spite of some supporters believing that there are no costs involved.
It could be as much as £99 per month, which means we would be looking for quite a large number of subscribers.
We would be interested to know how many supporters are interested in digital issues, so please contact our Programme Editor, Keith Brookman on firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know your thoughts.