If you are coming to The Memorial Stadium for our game against Northampton Town, 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 Daniel Leadbitter (who reckons it’s about time he scored his first Football League goal!) and Ollie Clarke.
Our centre spread is given over to a poster of Cristian Montano, ideal for the younger members of the family to get signed as a keepsake.
This weekend’s opponents finished last season as League Two champions, while we finished two places below them and in this issue we look back to our game against them in August 2015, our first match back in the Football League following our brief sojourn in The Conference. The Cobblers won 1-0 on that occasion, with former Rovers midfielder John-Joe O’Toole scoring the game’s only goal.
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 January 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 up to date information on our U-12 side, who will be introduced to everyone at half time.
We also carry a double page spread with your thoughts and comments on former Rovers centre half Stuart Taylor, now suffering from a rare form of dementia. Stuart and some of his family will be at the game and they have been touched by the affection shown to Stuart by so many Rovers supporters.
The Name’s the Same, an article by Stephen Byrne, looks at two players by the name of White, Jamie, who briefly appeared for us in 2014 and William Walter, who appeared in eight games for The gas in 1928/29.
Our ‘Famous Against The Gas’ series of photos features current England and Spurs defender Kyle Walker in action against The Gas in December 2008 and we also publish five photos taken in the winter of 1962/63 when Rovers players and staff were pictured clearing snow from the Eastville pitch.
And there’s more! 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!
Unable to make it to the Mem tomorrow? Why not pick up a copy of our matchday programme online by clicking here.