Call to Wiltshire Gasheads by Neston writer

Neston writer Martin Bull

Neston writer Martin Bull

First published in News

After a miserable season which saw his beloved Bristol Rovers relegated from the Football League, a long-suffering Neston-based fan is looking back to better days.

Writer Martin Bull, 43, of Moor Green, is calling on other Wiltshire Gasheads – Bristol Rovers fans – to contribute stories to his project, Away the Gas, a book of fans’ adventures on the road.

He said: “Home games are often routine; you leave home at the same time and you go to the same spot, but away games are completely different. Things always go wrong, and they tend to give you better stories.

“There was a really good story back in the '70s about the police telling people to take their shoes off if they had steel toecaps, so there were all these fans on the terrace wearing their socks.”

The deadline for submissions is July 31, with the book due for completion by October.

The father-of-two said: “I was born in Colerne and I started supporting Bath Rugby, but then a friend at university was a Bristol Rovers fan and slowly I wanted something a bit more raucous.

"Rovers were playing in Bath and I loved it. I’ve been a fan since.”

Send submissions for the book to hello@awaythegas.org.uk

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6:27pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Blanche Terraine says...

Excellent idea! Get other people to provide material and write your book for you. Going to away games will be a whole new experience now that Rovers are in the Conference. Who knows? You could meet Sid and Doris Bonkers.
Excellent idea! Get other people to provide material and write your book for you. Going to away games will be a whole new experience now that Rovers are in the Conference. Who knows? You could meet Sid and Doris Bonkers. Blanche Terraine
  • Score: -7

4:10pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

“There was a really good story back in the '70s about the police telling people to take their shoes off if they had steel toecaps, so there were all these fans on the terrace wearing their socks.”

What's good about that? If that's what constitutes a "really good story", then it doesn't bode well for the rest of the book.
“There was a really good story back in the '70s about the police telling people to take their shoes off if they had steel toecaps, so there were all these fans on the terrace wearing their socks.” What's good about that? If that's what constitutes a "really good story", then it doesn't bode well for the rest of the book. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -6

11:17am Mon 23 Jun 14

martin bull says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
“There was a really good story back in the '70s about the police telling people to take their shoes off if they had steel toecaps, so there were all these fans on the terrace wearing their socks.”

What's good about that? If that's what constitutes a "really good story", then it doesn't bode well for the rest of the book.
Have you ever got off your computer Mrs Donnyfly and done anything in life? It's easy to be dismissive when you aren't creating anything in life. This book is a physical entity, unlike your fatuous negativity in cyber space.

I don't suppose you know that journalists don't actually write the full story down?
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: “There was a really good story back in the '70s about the police telling people to take their shoes off if they had steel toecaps, so there were all these fans on the terrace wearing their socks.” What's good about that? If that's what constitutes a "really good story", then it doesn't bode well for the rest of the book.[/p][/quote]Have you ever got off your computer Mrs Donnyfly and done anything in life? It's easy to be dismissive when you aren't creating anything in life. This book is a physical entity, unlike your fatuous negativity in cyber space. I don't suppose you know that journalists don't actually write the full story down? martin bull
  • Score: 12

11:35am Mon 23 Jun 14

martin bull says...

All the details, including submission guidelines, are also available on a special website - www.awaythegas.org.u
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All the details, including submission guidelines, are also available on a special website - www.awaythegas.org.u k martin bull
  • Score: 2

3:45pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

"Have you ever got off your computer Mrs Donnyfly and done anything in life?"

Yes. Last Tuesday I made a lovely upside-down cake.
"Have you ever got off your computer Mrs Donnyfly and done anything in life?" Yes. Last Tuesday I made a lovely upside-down cake. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -5

3:54pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Martin, do you consider all comments on your published work fatuous, or just the negative ones?
Martin, do you consider all comments on your published work fatuous, or just the negative ones? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: -4

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