That'll please Parma Jack.
Thanks for the thought Tigergeezer but I have to say that sadly it doesn't. My mates and I have been (i.e. "were") Aironi Rugby STHs since they came into existence (past two years).
Before the entry of two Italian teams in the Celtic League we were Rugby Parma STHs. I used to follow Rugby Parma all over Italy (and to London, Leeds, Newcastle etc.). After the ML-entry decision Parma ran out of money and joined with another local club (Noceto) to put a new team (Crociati) in the now downgraded Italian top flight while at the same time 'resurrecting' the Parma team as an amateur team of mainly kids in Serie C (5th level). So we had 3 teams to follow (and did) which is a bit wearing. Rugby Parma originally had a 10% stake in Aironi who also represented our region, which is why we followed them. What had happened to Rugby Parma was already distressing enough and it took a fair amount of emotional effort to follow Aironi and Crociati (but we did).
The new team to replace Aironi (new team, not Aironi rebranded) will be based in Parma sure, but I ask myself two questions:
Will it be/can we consider it as our old Rugby Parma team? (IMO no)
How do we know how long it will last?
Many people have invested emotionally in Aironi Rugby and followed them faithfully despite the rarity of victories and now (seemingly overnight), it feels like the door's been slammed in our faces. I for one, have no intention of 'purchasing' the new 'product' and I think that many Aironi supporters feel the same. I've had enough really, though I'll still mean to to Crociati and Rugby Parma matches,I have no intention of attending any more PRO12 games.
Sorry to go on so long. Just finish by saying thanks again for the thought and I have to say that being welcomed into the #Tigersfamily thing has been a very positive thing for me personally amid all this turbulent stuff going on in Italy, so thanks for that too.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/06/2012 07:33 by Parma Jack.