On the eve of the DRSG’s second AGM, we take a look at what will be on offer for our beautiful members…
1. A Rovers themed quiz
Facebook, Twitter and the forums have long shown that football fans love a quiz. I recently spent an infuriating day at work trying to list 5 England players since 2000 with a Z in their name for example…
For this reason we have put together a quiz on all things Rovers, written and delivered by our glorious chair Lee Croft. Who doesn’t want to spend their Wednesday nights arguing about whether Mark Barnard or Dean Barrick played the most number of games?
2. Five people that hate public speaking being forced to speak in public
As you can imagine, people that volunteer to run a supporters group for a league 2 football team are not famed for their social skills. We have spent a lifetime being dangerously overweight/skinny as an 8 year old girl/shaped like an Earthworm as well as having a God complex/drowning in a pit of our own lack of self-esteem/being nothing (delete as applicable).
When you remove the safety veil of a bunch of 15 year old virgins, you are left with a selection of unhealthy, ugly men who find themselves in various stages of a midlife crisis, stuttering into a squeaky microphone whilst trying not to cry. I can’t wait.
3. A lot of moaning
Rovers fans bloody love moaning. We have moaned our way up to the championship and complained back down to League 2. Only in non league were we truly happy (cries of ‘get Duerdan on’ aside).
Many of us will be downright excited at the opportunity to collect in one place and pick apart last season as only a horde of disgruntled Yorkshire folk can. I’m not sure what the collective noun for Yorkshire men is? A shambles of Yorkshiremen perhaps?
4. An appearance from Rovers CEO Gavin Baldwin
Gavin Baldwin has kindly agreed to field a Q & A from Rovers fans at our AGM for the second year running. Last year, our AGM took place straight after a 5-2 victory over Scunthorpe so it was an easy ride, not so this year I imagine. To be fair to Gavin, it takes a certain constitution to open yourself up to the fans following such a rotten season. Good on him but rather him than me.
5. The new look Staff of Life
A lot of us have been regulars in the Staff since it rebranded itself as a Rovers pub, but for many it could be a chance to take it in for the first time. Free taxis to home games has been a successful initiative and all the Rovers memorabilia helps to make the Staff feel like home. Rovers themed beer is always a welcome addition and we are looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces and then getting leathered and inevitably brawling.
6. More information about the Eve’s Trust ‘Legends’ game
We started our relationship with Eve’s Trust before the Legends game last year and are hoping to strengthen this relationship in the coming months. With various charity events, including a tough mudder, on the horizon, we hope the DRSG and Eve’s Trust will continue to work together closely. The Legends game is the biggest event of the year for Eve’s Trust and we will be running through the details and various competitions at our AGM.
7. New signing evaluations
Fergie has moved quickly in the transfer market with Tommy Rowe, Matty Blair, Ross Etheridge and almost certainly Gary McSheffrey already snapped up. Obviously every Rovers fan will have totally and unwaveringly made a judgement on each signing despite the fact they have either never seen them play (Etheridge and Blair) or slagged them off to high heaven last season (Rowe and McSheffrey).
8. A special guest speaker
We can’t confirm who this is yet (and no, not because we have no idea who it will be ourselves thank you very much) but we can confirm it will be someone worth listening to. On a serious note we want to give our AGM as much of an ‘event’ feel as we can, to say thank you for your support since our humble beginnings.
9. Discussions on the future of the Black Bank
The Black Bank is synonymous with the DRSG and I’m sure we can all agree how successful it has been in improving the atmosphere this season. The Black Bank is always an open forum but the best chance to have your voice heard is to come down to the AGM. The changes in the South Stand have not gone completely without a hitch so it will be cathartic to get some stuff out in the open perhaps.
10. A chance to see Neil Taylor’s Curtis Main tattoo in the flesh
The daft bastard…