By Dragons' Den
October 24 2011
The main talking point after Friday night’s game at Bristol has not been the last minute defeat but the colour of the players’ socks. This is the most shocking incident to hit the club since one of the choir members was outed as teetotal and once again Dragons’ Den has the exclusive inside story.
It was an unseasonably warm afternoon when Dragons’ Den and a squad insider met at a secret location for a quick energy drink and a slice of carrot cake. The water lapped gently at the sloping banks of the Thames and the true story of the green socks was about to be revealed.
“You’ve got to remember that these are a bunch of highly trained athletes” he begins. “The players are like coiled springs, they never switch off and rarely relax. Sitting down in a confined space on a coach for a couple of hours is almost impossible for them and the recent trip to Moseley highlighted this problem. As always Lyn [Jones] was quick to react and come up with a solution.
“He realised that the two hour journey to Bristol would be a struggle for many of the squad and that something would be needed to pass the time. Obviously there are the usual pranks and japes but they can be too disruptive to the preparations when the focus needs to be on the match itself. That’s why he decided to have an 80s theme for the day.
“Fortunately when Gerald retired [as Team Manager] he left behind his Wham Gold CD so we could listen to that on the way down – you may have heard it in the background when Sky did the interview on the team bus. The top deck of the coach was taken over by Forwards practising yo-yo skills and the Backs perfecting their Rubik’s Cube techniques – [Simon] Whatling set a new club record.
“We’d planned this for a week or so and a few of the lads took the theme a bit more seriously than others. Some of the reserves wore leg-warmers in homage to The Kids from Fame and the Bristol supporters looked baffled when Hudson [Tonga’uiha] shouted ‘Lunch is for wimps’ as he touched down for the try. Fortunately Millsy had banned him from wearing the braces!”
All this background detail was fascinating but we had nearly finished our pints of Lucozade and there was still no explanation for the choice of socks.
“It was Gordon’s idea, he thought we should go the whole hog and wear luminous socks. Apparently they are still quite fashionable in Scotland. Luckily Lyn got on the phone, pulled a few strings and ClimateCars stepped in with a set that were absolutely perfect”.
Time was up and just as we were about to slip away, hopefully still unnoticed, into the shadows caused by the late afternoon sun his phone beeped as a text message came through. It was from Mike Powell. “He heard that we had Arctic Roll on the journey back to London and he's a bit #%*~@# off at missing out!”. 1980s theme food. Clearly it is this attention to detail that makes Lyn Jones the great coach that he is.