Stoke City

It was a cold snowy Ewood morning as the hardy 100 Club members boarded the coach to Stoke. The morning news told of Storm Arwen and blizzards to come but luckily these were avoided and we made our way to Alsager and the Wilbraham Arms for a really good lunch. Mel and Andy took the wagers on the way and the expectation was for a close game as Stoke were one point above us in the table and a draw would be the more likely result. This year is the 50th anniversary of the 100 club and  new ties had been woven and badged to celebrate this and  were proudly worn by us all. It was also a day to celebrate another milestone as Jim Alcock a club member of 16 years reached the grand age of 70 and a round of appplause was given to this well liked man.
 
Stoke is probably the coldest ground to visit and I am sure the wind was directed purposely at the area of the stand we occupied but this seemed a little secondary as the Rovers tore into Stoke. It was as expected a tight game but fantastic team performance with John Buckley outstanding in midfield led us to a 1-0 victory with Khadra scoring the goal. Our current talisman striker Brereton Diaz was unlucky not to add to the score. Phones were out as we got on the coach to check other results and to our delight we finished the day in 4th place in the league. Could we now be dreaming of a play off place at the end of the season?
 
First Scorer: M Holgate £14: G Harris: £14: P Bateman £7.
 
Guess the gate: ( 21739 ) D Walton 40 off £15: G Craig 42 off £10: D Hornby 81 off £5: Dave Walton has asked for no publicity for his magnificent win as he doesn't want begging letters !!!!
 
Takings: £139: Payouts: £55: Profit for club £84