By Sue Holmes
March 18 2012
As we are nearing the end of yet another season, it is time to send me your nomination for this award please ..................... ................... See Sue's Post: Travelling Supporters' Cup - votes needed
Those of you who know Dave and myself well will know that we have followed the Pirates for a long time – 40 years for me, but over 50 years for Dave!
Once we had returned from university to work back home, we started to follow the Pirates to all their games, including the away games.
We were sometimes the only Pirates supporters at away matches!
Two friends then joined us on a regular basis going to away games. We started only having to drive to Cornwall and Devon; then we had to go to Somerset and Gloucester; then the south-east of the country and Norfolk, and soon overnight stops were often needed, or mini-holidays!
There was no supporters’ cup in existence then, so we asked the club if it would be possible to start one. The club said they had no plans to give one, but they suggested that we should award a supporters' cup ourselves on the basis that the 4 of us always went to the away games (in those days, when we were in much lower leagues, hardly anyone else went on a regular basis).
We purchased the trophy - called the Travelling Supporters' Cup - and chose the recipient ourselves each year.
Many more fans now go to the away games than just the 4 of us !
Coupled with the fact that our 2 friends stopped travelling to away games, we decided a few years ago that it was time for a change.
We decided the cup should retain the name "Travelling Supporters' Cup". As the Roger Pascoe Cup is voted for at a home match, we thought it would be good to give those Pirates fans who don't have the opportunity to vote at the home game, a chance to be able to nominate a player for this cup instead.
Hence it is for the exiles mainly, and each year I post a message on the unofficial forum inviting supporters to e-mail me with their vote.
My e-Mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past winners are
I will be asking for your votes again nearer to the end of the season.
Come on you Pirates!