Here at the official Bristol Rovers Former Players Association (BRFPA) we don’t just promote the history and heritage of BRFC and foster the spirit of fellowship, sportsmanship and goodwill among former players and supporters. We will also help former players and first team staff in practical and financial ways when possible, as well as voluntary organisations doing great work.
We also believe in paying it forward.
That means we don’t wait for someone to do us a favour before we help them, but we actively go out and try to help former players and first team staff, and donate to numerous causes and relevant organisations.
Since we were set up in 2017 we have been able to make important purchases or give donations to charities totalling over £8,000. We have also used £1,050 to help those families of former players who accepted help with funeral costs. More information can be found below.
We will continue to fundraise so we can help other players and organisations.
2017 to 2019 and onwards into the future – We fulfilled a promise to make life more comfortable and dignified for a Rovers legend, Stuart Taylor. Stuart not only played his entire League career with Rovers (1965-1980) but also holds our club record for both League appearances (546) and senior appearances overall (635). He was such a lynchpin in the side he never once made a substitute appearance – he was too busy being on the pitch! The full story can be read HERE.
November 2018 – Ourselves and the Bristol Rovers Community Trust jointly hosted ‘Feeling Blue? & White’ a mental health awareness evening at the Memorial Stadium.
December 2018 – We were proud to help Dave Fletcher’s fundraising efforts for a registered charity, the Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group. Read Dave’s full story HERE, with a stunning photo of Dave and ‘Irene’ on the beautiful Utah salt flats.
2018 onwards – Supporting the Survivors – Sadly, Joe Davis and Kevin Austin passed away in November 2018 and during 2019 we also lost Lindsay Parsons, Junior Agogo and Stuart Taylor. As a result of our fundraising events we have been able to help or commemorate the lives of all five former players and aid with funeral costs for those that accepted
2019 onwards – We set up an annual award entitled the Joe Davis Achievement Award in memory of the Rovers defender and with the blessing of his widow, Alma. This will be awarded to a person nominated by the Bristol Rovers Community Trust.
The inaugural award went to Luke Bayliss for his excellent attitude, attainment and progress on his educational studies on his BTEC Level 3 in Sport, studied for at the Memorial Stadium. Luke is pictured below with his award.
2020 – In March 2020 BRFPA donated £250 to help fund the Bristol Rovers Community Trust’s response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The situation is still fluid but in early April they were helping to distribute food parcels and driving NHS staff to and from work, whilst in the longer run looking to work in conjunction with other local charities.
Adam Tutton, BRCT’s CEO, told us that the donation has “…been hugely appreciated by us all.”