CHUCK your buckets and spades (unless your stopping in Brighton), get your glad rags on and let’s get ourselves down to the Amex stadium for the first game of the Championship season.
It’s like being an expectant father again, pacing up and down the room and looking at your watch until the big moment arrives and we kick off at 3pm.
The sceptics amongst us think that the Football League computer was fixed for this fixture as we were the last team to play at the Goldstone Ground many years ago - a day which will stick in the memories of both sets of fans.
Rovers and Brighton both suffered at the hands of unscrupulous owners and this created a bond and mutual respect between the two sets of supporters.
Hopefully the bond is still there, but this time both teams will be celebrating new eras, as Brighton have been without a proper home for 12 years as the Withdean was just a sports complex.
There should be a great atmosphere down there. We will have nearly 1,700 fans with nine coaches already going.
Brighton have sold out, and but for the ‘will-we-won’t-we get more tickets allocated’ I think we would have sold near on 2.000.
Although a lot of the Southern-based media have already written us off, and we are favourites for the drop, hopefully this will give us a bigger incentive to do well.
Pre-season has been quitelow key. I have never seen us have so many trialists in during a pre-season campaign, but with clubs cutting back more players have become available.
Yesterday we signed Giles Barnes who could ensure the club shop will be able to sell the 100 or so Jason Price wigs they had left .
Bouherra and Baxendale look good prospects and hopefully with the management and the teams’ guidance, will become even better players.
Injuries still blight us with Brian Stock, Martin Woods, Shelton Martis, James Chambers and Adam Lockwood all being long term injuries, I’ve been getting blamed, alongside my fellow Inca Trekkers, for the injuries to Mark Wilson and Jimmy O Connor. But they were fine when we got back.
This season more than. let’s get behind the team. Bring friends down to the Keepmoat Stadium and let us show the big guns and big spenders that we are not going to roll over and die.
Enjoy the trip if you are travelling, if not why not subscribe to Rovers Player for commentary from all the games?
The bus list will be posted up for most matches in the bike sheds at car park 1 this season, to cut down on confusion as to what coaches you are on.
A full bus time list and fares is on the Home and Away travel section of the VSC forum. Supporters Club renewals will be available on all coaches this weekend.
Coach times to Brighton: Retford 7.30, Harworth 7.35, Bawtry/Rossington Styrupp 7.45, Hare and Tortoise 7.50, Sprotbrough Ivanhoe 7.50, Infirmary 8.00 and Keepmoat car park 1 8.15.
Sad news last week, was the death of life-long Rovers fan Bryan Vaughan from Armthorpe, a regular on the away coaches for over 25 years.
He managed to get to the Carlisle away friendly, but sadly that was to be his last game.
His flame coloured hair and colourful language made him a terrace legend. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.