If you are going to our Boxing Day match against Coventry City, then we hope you will pick up a matchday programme.
In this issue Manager Darrell Clarke pens his own notes and we carry interviews with Matty Taylor and Tom Lockyer, who isn’t happy with a lack of clean sheets this season!
Our centre spread is given over to photos of members of the squad out and about in the run up to Christmas, which included visits to The Children’s Hospital, The Salvation Army and The Young Pirates Christmas Party.
Believe it or not, we haven’t played a competitive match against Coventry since 1964 but our look back at a previous encounter takes in a pre-season friendly against The Sky Blues in 2014.
Amazingly, it’s 20 years since we played our first game at The Memorial Stadium and that fact is celebrated by historian Leigh Edwards, who looks back at key moments for the club in the month of December over the course of those 20 years.
We also bring you news and views from our support organisations, namely The Supporters Club, Helpline, The Presidents Club and The Young Pirates.
Our Academy section brings you an U-18 match report, a report on the Gloucester Cup Tie against Slimbridge, and pen pics on the staff behind the scenes in the Academy, while we profile second-year scholar Sam Iles.
The Name’s the Same, an article by Stephen Byrne, looks at two players by the name of Richards, Eliot who I’m sure many of you remember and William Edward who made just four appearances for the club back in 1937.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg! With 84 pages to get through, we believe there is something for everyone in this season’s programme and hope that as many of you as possible will purchase a copy on Saturday and for the rest of the season.
Priced at only £3.00 it really is a bargain!
The Pirate is available from the club shop, online, or from sellers around the ground…don’t forget to buy yours!