Big Shout of thanks to Dave White (Landlubber) for putting pen to paper and sending in a story
So who else made the journey to Twickenham Stoop on a bitterly cold and frosty November evening in 2005? I did and my backside was frozen by the end of the game from the frosty seat I had at the very end of the Lexus stand!
After a pleasant but uneventful journey, up from Kernow on the supporters coach, we debarked once parked up in the Chertsey road parking area. From there we could see the stadium well illuminated by the brilliant floodlights and, as we walked to the stadium, we could see that the Sky Sports team were there to cover the match. I was carrying my St Pirran Flag with me and, owing to this, was asked to give an interview for the cameras by a very pretty Sky reporter (might have been Jackie Beltreo nee Leavy) and was asked who was a Pirate player to watch out for. I answered that for his speed and tenacity Rhodri Mcatee – imagine my thoughts when I discovered he wasn’t on the teamsheet that night! Didn’t need to worry though as there wasn’t even a mention of the match, apart from the score, when the programme went out so my error went un-noticed, ha ha!
The result is well known but the main memories I have (apart from the bum-numbing cold) were the amount of Pirates fans there out cheering the Quins fans, a stretcher being used to carry off a badly injured Quins player and Heino being yellow carded seconds after coming on for a scrummaging infringement! Oh and the astronomically priced burgers, bleddy hell they were some pricey!
Despite the drubbing we received we still more than held our own for the first 60 odd minutes and it was only fitness (plus Heinos 10 minutes enforced rest) that meant we conceded so many Quin flattering points towards the end and we all went home happy that the difference in standard wasn’t that much.
In March 2006 we had the return game at Kenwyn Park and once again the difference in standards showed as we lost yet again but, going by the way the Quins players celebrated by diving and sliding in the mud by the entrance to the pitch showed to me that they were relieved to have beaten us. A glowing tribute to the effort put in by our guys (an ethos that remains even today). I know it was the 26th March as that is my (and Laurie McGlone’s) birthday and I left having enjoyed another great game of rugby.
Oh, and a couple more memories of my trip to London – having a chat with World Cup Winner Will Greenwood after the game, a lovely man who took time to chat and said how impressed he was with the Pirates fans and our cheering non-stop and, secondly, being present in the Stoops record crowd – surpassing that of even when they were in the Premiership. Makes me proud to be a Pirate!
Didnt get to the Stoop but was at Kenwyn. I was mightily impressed with Will Greenwood. He did a load of dog. Caught every kick off it seemed to me. Yes the class did show, but when you can bring Andrew Mertens off the bench after 60 mins it says something. But we had them upfront that day, its just that they looked like they might score every time they got the ball
We had a very strong squad in those days and still couldn't live with Quins. The problem with the demise of the playoffs is that the relegated Premiership team are going to be too strong over the season. For anyone to compete with them will demand that a massive amount of money is used to recruit a Premiership class squad.
At least with the play offs there was an outside chance of turning over the big boys in a two leg final.
Wasn't at the Stoop but was at Kenwyn having caught an early train from Liskeard with my brother. Pasties for breakfast, a hip flask of something strong and a good match made it a memorable day. Greenwood was a class above.
Was living and working in Spain at the time. Told my wife that we should have a weekend in London. Didn't tell her that we would be going to the Stoop!!! Also Dickie very kindly got me tickets for the England and All Blacks game that was on at the same weekend. The Boss watched two games of rugby and I kept her out of the shops. She wasn't a happy bunny.
Great day at Kenwyn and as for Will Greenwood - recent World Cup winner at the time, a true Gentleman. In the marquee after the game as he settled down to eat his well earned food a child approached hm for his autograph down went the knife and fork, and he talked to the lad for ages, up came the knife and fork closely followed by another youngster, Will talked to every single one of them, his dinner must have been cold if he ever got to eat it. Couldn't imagine any overpaid football player even giving anybody the time of day let alone one of the bestplayers in the World at the time.Great guy and a great ambassador for rugby
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