|7 Feb, 2012 18:23||Report|
Letter from Bristol
Last Summer I suffered a stroke which has left me, alas, no longer able to work but I still like to get up early, and when I stumped into the freezing cold, pitch dark hallway and heard the morning paper tumble through the letter box, quietly thanking the young invisible paper boy or girl, I know not which, as I picked up the paper and automatically turned to the headlines on the back page, as you do, my eyeballs almost popped out on stalks. It was like being told you'd won the lottery. In fact, Bristol Rugby Club have!
Sugar daddies are never a good idea......unless you've got one! I think Mr Lansdown neither wants nor wishes to be seen to be, a sugar daddy. What is more sensible is that he combines his undoubted acumen as a successful businessman with that other essential component of any business and that is exceptional knowledge, judgement and skill in the field of rugby.
One without the other just wouldn't work. And we owe a huge debt of thanks to a long line of men of Bristol who have wrestled with the intractable challenges of making a rugby club, let alone a football club, pay, or at least survive.
Most have had either fatal heart attacks (2 in Bristol's case), near nervous breakdowns (1), no names!, or simple retirement with exhaustion in seeming disgrace and dishonour, alas.
Messrs Chris Booy as previous majority shareholder and his Chief Executive, Mr Steve Gorvett, along with the Board that emerged from the Consortium, including the evergreen Mr Malcolm Pearce, bless him, are therefore to be thanked and congratulated for their fortitude and valour on the Road to Damascus (substitute for Damascus either Ashton Vale or the University of the West of England, (UWE) Sports Complex, Stoke Gifford, three miles north of the Memorial Ground, Bristol or even our present home.
They are gentlemen of both distinction and honour and deserve our thanks, applause and continued support, each as best we can. Myself I couldn't run a sweet shop.
Perhaps instead I might be able to express as eloquently as I can on behalf of everyone at Bristol Rugby Club our heartfelt thanks to all who have served and continue to serve our great club and a great big welcome to Mr Steve Lansdown our new owner.
Proud Men of Bristol and Bristol Rugby Club.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 18/04/2013 05:23 by WilliamBlessing.
|6 May, 2012 07:30||Report|
Re: Letter from Bristol
So finally the Day of Judgement arrives for the four teams that have qualified for the play offs to the RFU Championship season 2011 to 2012.
On Monday at 12.05, mid day, Cornish Pirates take on Bristol in front of the SKY cameras in the first leg of the second semi final. Already Bedford have played their home leg game against London Welsh having lost 3-13.
Next Sunday Sky will cover the game at Bristol at 12.45 pm.
Sunday, 13 May 2012
The Championship semi final
Bristol v Cornish Pirates, Play Off, 12:45
London Welsh v Bedford, Play Off, 15:00
If that's already too much information to consume, have pity on the administrators and officials who have to arrange and coordinate these games.
For me, all I have to do is stump my way downstairs and up next doors, get into my sleeping bag in which I keep warm whilst watching TV and prepare to suffer a thousand pains as Fate takes it's course.
But I just can't wait. It will soon be all over, bar the two legs of the Final, to be broadcast. I just wish I could be there in the crowd, on the touch line.....raving!
Let's hope we provide the many and varied viewers some drama. I think we will.
|17 Sep, 2012 14:15||Report|
Re: Letter from Bristol
've finally cancelled my TV license, turned off the radio and put the Sunday Times and Bristol Evening Post, now known as simply "The Post", straight through next doors letter box.
The "White Dot Society" has a new recruit along with the Green Party. The reason is that I want to get out more. When I suffered a stroke on Monday 18th. July 2011, awakening at 3a.m. semi paralysed, my life changed and after much heartache and struggle I wouldn't change a thing.
When "The Stroke Foundation" noticed I was or try to be "a writer", they suggested I "write about it."
So I am, but my advice might not be for everyone. It's safe to say no two people and their strokes are the same. And from an early age I have declined medication for any ailment. But for the stroke, being employed ironically by TV Licensing's agent Capita, I was duty bound to give it a go. Now I am no longer their employee and at 64 living off savings of which I have accrued enough to see me through the gates of the fiery furnace, I have binned the NHS drugs and instead drink booze at lunchtime, sober up with coffee and smoke ten a day.
Of course these well tested drugs have more than a side effect, but one just desists if one feels unwell or tired and emotional in journalese speak.
And don't over do it!
After a lovely day the Memorial Ground watching a splendid game between Bristol and the Cornish Pirates I feel lucky to be alive and interested to know how you spent your weekend. If you feel like it write about on this thread. And dull is good to me. Looking forward to reading about it here.
|10 Apr, 2013 07:32||Report|
Re: Letter from Bristol
think it would be a good idea to play in bright red and white if, and when, we relocate to Ashton Gate.
It would show a degree of gratitude to the fans of Bristol City and help in their acceptance of us as their new acquaintances. We could always keep our navy and white hoops for away games. That would really boost our away supporter morale and keep the memory alive for the day when we stand once again on our own two feet, without a begging bowl in front of us playing in our own dedicated rugby ground and not a football stadium.
Personally, looking into my crystal ball, in fifty years time (or less) and long after I am gone, I believe we will one day return to our spiritual home of North Bristol and once again, have our own ground, specifically devoted to rugby. That's what I dream of for future generations.
Shared Stadiums do not in the long run work for either the rugby or football team.
Just look at the evidence. Quins, Saracens, Gloucester, Northampton, Leicester, Bath, Exeter, Worcester, all successful teams with their own ground with vibrant matches and pulsating crowds
London Irish, Sale, London Welsh, Wasps, shared with football clubs and failing and with dismal atmospheres
But in the meantime let's just make the best of it and adopt a positive, flexible approach and recognise our indebtedness to our new owner and show our appreciation that the football fans of Bristol City are having to accommodate us.
And playing in their colours would be a good way of showing it.
We could start by getting off our own very high horses and stop trumpeting on about us being so wonderful. So wonderful that we went bust and lost the ground which was never ours to lose in the first place but the people of Bristol's, including those who live in Ashton Gate who because of our own folly now have to accommodate us, for which we should be most grateful.
People knock Arthur Holloway but remember the seeds of our own destruction were first sown by Jim Bryan of Bryan Bros and the Committee who proceeded with the construction of the Centenary Stand without first obtaining planning permission for it's intended use as an entertainment centre and bowls club generating essential revenue.
The residents reasonably objected to a "night club" on their back door.
We lost the appeal and lost the heart and soul of our ground which was the Shed where the monstrosity of a new stand was built with the angle of sight lines erroneous and which had to be corrected at huge cost thus sending us down the slippery slope of indebtedness and insolvency.
So yes, let's start by swallowing our pride. Stop thinking just how great we are and play in Red and White until if and when we can one day go through the gates our own ground. And then on the field of play do something to be proud of.
On Sunday the team, the coach, the Chairman, the Board, the opposition of Plymouth RFC and the magnificent crowd put on a splendid show that entertained any lover of rugby. I am unable to attend now due to infirmity so I watched with a gleam of happiness in my eye on next door's Sky TV. For that I thank them. It was indeed something to be proud of.
But sad that our ground and all that has taken place will be but a memory. A picture in a History book. A heritage lost for ever.
Mr Lansdown's pockets will eventually one day run dry. A new owner in future might have new ideas and take us away to a brand new ground. Mr Lansdown might even concentrate his losses on financing just the Rugby Club and someone else take over from him the financing of Bristol City. We at Bristol Rugby Club embrace him as a true supporter. Yes we are not tenants. He owns us. And rightly so. But things can change.
Who knows? If Rovers go bust and history says it's only a matter of time before they do, perhaps Mr Lansdown could buy the proposed new Stoke Gifford stadium, if it ever gets built and have his rugby team, Bristol playing there with Bath RFC as his tenants? Fanciful? But after all who could have predicted in 1983 what has actually happened so far?
But we always have to think ahead, of the next move as in a gigantic chess game that goes on forever. And who will be there, if any to finance it? Mr Lansdown or some other new White Knight waiting in the wings?
And they may have their own ideas! If only I could look down from Heaven and read the back page of The Post in 50 years time.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/04/2013 06:12 by WilliamBlessing.