John Ryan: Let’s all celebrate & have a good time

Action from the Rovers v Coventry match. Picture: Steve Uttley
Action from the Rovers v Coventry match. Picture: Steve Uttley

If we have to leave the Championship, then let us go out in style!

Let’s make Saturday’s game against Ipswich one that will stick in the memory for years to come.

John Ryan

John Ryan

It will be painful but I hope that we see a performance to match the one at Coventry.

The players played superbly well to produce a convincing 2-0 win and there was a lot to be admired in the way they went about ensuring a victory when there was nothing at stake.

The fans who travelled to Coventry were absolutely magnificent.

Many dressed in fancy dress and they kept on singing for the team.

It was greatly appreciated by Dean Saunders, myself and the players, who provided plenty to cheer about on the pitch.

I must mention the full debut of full back James Husband who looked like a player in the making.

It just shows players can come through the academy. Both Dean and I hope he will be the first of many.

This Saturday will not be a wake but a celebration of our time in the Championship.

Marketing executive Shaun Lockwood has put together a programme of events and he also wants fans to come decked out in their red and white colours.

Rovers’ farewell to the Championship will be a Red & White party.

Fans are invited to come in fancy dress, take on a red and white theme and bring their flags out for Rovers’ final game of the season.

Donny Dog will be out pre-match giving away hundreds of Rovers banners.

The players will be chipping signed footballs into the stands before the game.

And the club will be offering a special welcome to dozens of fans as we put their names on the scoreboard pre-match.

I also understand Shaun and his colleagues have some more surprises up their sleeves too. Don’t forget it is a 12.30 kick off.

Reflecting on our four-year tenure in the Championship, I have to say it’s a great league, with some great clubs and players in it, and it has been a real pleasure to be part of it.

I hope we can bounce back. It will not be for the want of trying.

In the meantime we do need to increase our fan base and generally tighten up as a club in order to survive at our level.

I have mentioned before it is ironic that when we left the old Division One back in 1958 we played Ipswich so we have come full circle.

I hope you all stick with us for next season and encourage more people to join us.

We intend to have a major board meeting in early June to put forward our plans and then you will all know where the club is heading.

I am staying with the club for my fifteenth season as chairman.

I am pleased with the support that I have been getting from my colleagues, and more will unfold in the coming weeks once we have had that major meeting.

Please encourage all your friends to back the club.

There are many ways to do that: the Alliance lottery, the Rovers Lottery, the Leeds Building Society Affinity account and the club shop.

Don’t forget the club’s end of season dinner is at the Dome on Saturday evening.

I understand it is almost a sell-out but there are still a few tickets left.