The Blue Diamond Club’s eighth luncheon was held on Thursday 5th March 2020 at the Memorial Stadium. Our Guest Speaker was Steve White.
All 86 guests were thoroughly entertained by Steve, who spoke for some forty minutes. From being brought up in Chipping Sodbury to the eventual return to the town of his birth, his stories entertained everyone present, taking us on a trip down memory lane with anecdotes from all the clubs he played for and the players he turned out with, especially those during his two spells with Bristol Rovers. There were many nodding heads as he recalled and mentioned players and managers familiar to the guests.
The proceeds from the raffle (£520) went towards supporting the Bristol Rovers Community Trust’s new ‘Powerchair’ football project.
The Blue Diamond Club’s seventh luncheon, and third Christmas programme, was held on Thursday 5th December 2019 at the Memorial Stadium.
Our Guest Speaker was the then Gas manager Graham Coughlan.
Proceeds from the raffle went towards supporting the Bristol Rovers Community Trust ‘GasGirls’ Womens’ football teams. The first team are doing extremely well in their first season in the Gloucestershire County Women’s League Division One. Our particular donation will enable the Trust to pay a Coach for a specific group coming through the ranks.
The Blue Diamond Club’s sixth luncheon was held on Thursday 7th March 2019 at the Memorial Stadium.
Our Guest Speaker was Lee Mansell, who not only reminisced on his playing days at The Memorial Stadium but also spoke about his current role within the Football Club. Lee also touched on his involvement with the Bristol Rovers Community Trust project “Mental Health – Recovery through Sport”.
Proceeds from the raffle went towards supporting the Bristol Rovers Community Trust initiative to run Inclusive Football sessions for young people with disabilities.
The Blue Diamond Club’s fifth ever luncheon, and second Christmas programme, was held on Thursday 6th December 2018 at the Memorial Stadium.
Our Guest Speakers were Adam Tutton (Bristol Rovers Community Trust Chief Executive) and Anwar Uddin.
You will remember Anwar as our central defender for a couple of seasons from 2002 to 2004 before sustaining a serious groin injury. He is now the Diversity and Campaigns Manager for the Football Supporters Federation and both he and Adam spoke about their work in the community, both locally and nationally.
From the proceeds of the lunch a substantial donation was made to the ‘Mental Health – Recovery Through Sport’ project recently launched by the Community Trust.
The Blue Diamond Club’s fourth ever luncheon, and first to have been visited by an FA Cup winner, was held on Thursday 20th September 2018 at the Memorial Stadium.
Our Guest Speaker was none other than football legend and former Rovers player AND manager, Bobby Gould. The Gouldfather reminisced on his three periods with the Pirates (once as a player and twice as a manager), including Eastville and the shock departure to Twerton Park, and gave an insight on his career elsewhere, including holding the FA Cup aloft in 1988 after his Wimbledon team turned the record books upside down.
The Blue Diamond Club’s third ever luncheon, and first to have been postponed by snow in March (!), was eventually held on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at the Memorial Stadium.
Our Guest Speaker was none other than Gas Legend and Radio Bristol Sports Editor, Geoff Twentyman, who reminisced on his time with the Gas and the Twerton years, and also gave an insight on his career under the radio spotlight.
The Blue Diamond Club’s second ever luncheon, and first Christmas programme, was held on Thursday 7th December 2017 at the Memorial Stadium.
In a convivial atmosphere, 112 Gasheads enjoyed an excellent lunch provided by the Club’s catering staff.
Rovers Chairman, Steve Hamer, then entertained guests with some footballing anecdotes, and concluded with a Q&A session hosted by match day PA legend Nick Day.
A host of prizes were dished out in the raffle, and proceeds enabled the Blue Diamond Club to donate funds to provide refreshment equipment for the match-day spectator first aid personnel.
The whole afternoon was rounded off with everyone joining in with a selection of carols before a somewhat chaotic rendering of “On the first day of Christmas” left many guests wondering whether they should be standing up or sitting down!
The Blue Diamond Club’s first ever luncheon was held on Thursday 21st September 2017 at the Memorial Stadium.
BRFC Manager Darrell Clarke had star billing at a question and answer session.
He was also joined by Rovers Chairman, Steve Hamer, and the Head of Bristol Rovers Community Trust, Adam Tutton, who spoke about the tremendous and rewarding work which is being performed in the locality by the football club.
The Committee will donate part of the raffle proceeds from each Luncheon to a specific Rovers related cause. From the September lunch a donation was made to the Bristol Rovers Community Trust so that they could take their “Extra Time” group out for a trip, a project for which the Trust do not receive external funding.
Thank you for your generosity
We very much appreciate your extraordinary generosity in purchasing raffle tickets in the draws. Over the three Luncheons in the 2017/18 season, you raised a staggering £1,625, all of which has been donated causes close to Bristol Rovers and their connections.
This means we have been able to pass on:
- £400 to Bristol Rovers Community Trust for their ‘Extra Time’ project
- £500 to Bristol Rovers Academy for educational purposes
- £500 to Myotonic Dystrophy Research
- £200 to provide refreshment facilities in the Bristol Ambulance Medical Room
- £25 to St Augustine’s Church, Downend for letting us ‘borrow’ their Organist for the Christmas Carols