Programme Notes | Peterhead 11 August 2018

Programme Notes | Peterhead 11 August 2018

Today we will hold a minute’s applause for life long fan Jim Brown who died a few months ago. We extend a warm welcome to members of Jim’s family to today’s match and offer the condolences of the club at this difficult time. Jim had been a supporter of the club for over 75 years and was one of the last few of our fans to have memories of the Rovers stretching back to the Second World War and Jock Stein’s time at Cliftonhill. Jim, like many fans, had his favourite spot to watch the match. His was to the left of the tunnel looking across to the dugouts. Jim will be missed by the group who call that part of the ground their own. Jim’s loyalty to the wee Rovers was not only shown in his buying of a season ticket year on year but he was also often one of a small band of fans who attended away matches at all parts of Scotland from his home in Denny. I clearly remember Jim getting out his car at many points on the Scotland lower leagues football map. Like all Rovers fans, Jim left many games frustrated by performances and/or results but next week he was there again travelling miles to places like Forfar, Arbroath or Berwick to cheer on the team. One of Jim’s main points was that the manager should be making sure that our forwards should get extra shooting practice. This statement was often said just after one of our forward line had burst through on an attack only to launch the ball towards the roundabout at Coatdyke. When I became chairman Jim would often ask me for assurance I had passed on this piece of wise advice to the management team. Jim will be missed and sadly another link with the club’s past has gone.

I think Jim would have something to say on our lack of goals so far this season and a fitting tribute would be for the team to score today and kick start our league campaign with a good performance and result against Peterhead who are the bookies favourites to win League Two. It takes time for an almost new team to gel together and I’m sure results will improve soon. Thanks to the fans who helped get the stadium ready for the new season and to the members of the Thursday Club who work hard every week to keep the ground in shape. Of the many strengths the club has, our great volunteers are one of the best.

Ronnie Boyd