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An appeal to Wasps


Empty Seats at the Ricoh

By Greenwood
February 18 2015

This is a copy of a letter sent to Jeremy Wilton at Wasps in order to try to organise travel to Home games for perviously loyal fans.  It is published here to try to raisde awareness with fans in the South East who would benefit from organised travel to the Ricoh Arena.  

Sir

 

Your contact name has been given to me by the main Wasps office and I hope you'll allow me to crave an indulgence.

 

My name is Ian Edmed , I am a Kent RFU Society Referee, Level II RFU coach and I have been solely responsible for the organisationof about 30 or so coach trips from Old Gravesendians RFC and friends from the surrounding area to watch and supportWasps both at home (Sudbury, Loftus Road and Adams Park) and away,  at Harlequins, London Irish and Saracens,​​ along with trips to the 2 European Cup triumphs at HQ, the Championship wins and the Anglo Welsh success. Numerous London D/Hs, The Help for Heroes games  and the knock-out cup final wins at HQetc.;all these being over the last 20 years..

 

We have filled ​as many as 3 coaches (150+) to a couple of games, but usually 2 (100+) and always obtained our home tickets through The Community Team and have been well looked after by them, and on two occasions have been invited to form the guard of honour at the Help for Heroes games as the players entered the field. 

Some of the youth players who came along in those early years are now old enough to bring along their own children on the excursions nowadays.

 

I now come to my main point. The move to Coventry has been a severe blow to somebody like myself, impeding on my ability to encourage enough people to make it worthwhile to travel by coach from our area,​​ with their cost and time being relevant (£650 for a 52 seated coach). People are fickle I know.

 

I had advertised my intention to have at least 2 trips to Coventry during the remainder of this season on the Waspies.Net site under my pen name of greenwwod, but I cannot, much to my chagrin, get enough support from SE London and Kent based supporters to supplement my numbers......Result No trip (The first was the Harlequins home game in Feb)

 

I have been met with so much disappointment from that small amount of interested people that I am determined to try again in the near future with the intent to attend a later game.(Leicester perhaps?)  Ultimately I do not want to admit defeat on this situation.

 

Is there any way that the Club can help me by posting an advertisement or my number and contact details on the mail web site for these ventures?

 

As I've said to others who have shown interest, if my contact and details were published, I'd be more than willing and able to arrange, as was done in the past, coach trips at some point for away games next season at venues such asNorthampton, Leicester or perhapsLondon Irish for all London and Kentbased Wasps fans who'd like to travel with a like-minded set of people. (Don Fowler, now deceased, arranged these trips many ​yearsago and an absolute success they were and certainly gave people like myselfa wonderful chance to watch top class rugby at places I’d never have dreamt of. These consisted of both coach and train parties)

All it needs is 35-40 people to break even and for themto turn up at a certain place at a certain time and off we go!

Without this break-even number, all I am creating is disappointing supporters who cannot go.

 

All that is required is for me to be able to contact unknown Wasps fans in my surrounding area. I would do all the donkey work, I'm well used to it and even though I say it myself, an accomplished hand. I’d arrange any required tickets through the host club,be it Wasps or the opposition.

 

The way the team is playing and shaping up, I just feel by taking 40 or 50 extra persons to some home and away games would be a real bonus, not only for us, but the team and players as well.

 

I'm sure there are still a number of people in this area who would travel for the odd game in Coventry, but my problem is finding them and tooffer them theservice that I’m prepared to give.

 

I am also sending a copy of this to Steve Henderson at the Fans Forum.

 

I'd appreciate any help or pointersthe club can give me.

 

Regards

 

Ian Edmed

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An appeal to Wasps
DrunkenWasps.com (IP Logged)
18/02/2015 10:53
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Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 13:45
Any person or persons interested can PM me..

loosehead, VespulaV.Chillham,Dazthelion,Waspontour, Rifleman H & Peter Brown I have all your details and hopefully this may encourage others and we can get at least 1 trip in this year.

greenwood (Ian)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2015:02:20:13:49:49 by greenwood.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
RossM (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 14:05
No interest from the Beckenham area?

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 14:29
Could be...Under another nom de whotsit....

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
RossM (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 14:47
That makes sense. I doubt if anyone would want to sit beside him all the way to the Ricoh and back.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
waspymatt (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 14:53
Good luck Greenwood.

http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/file/s96.htm?98,file=4917

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 15:07
Whaddya mean and BACK !

Thanks Waspymatt.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
andy lee (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 16:02
I may be interested, I'm in the Sidcup area myself.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
ukms (IP Logged)
20/02/2015 16:09
Quote:
RossM
No interest from the Beckenham area?

He already attends every home game .... sits behind me in Block 20 judging by the running commentary we get each and every minute of each and every game smiling smiley

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 08:58
You can't be a true Wasps fan until you've seen 'em

At an away fixture
Lose
Win a trophy
Have a man sent off
Get beaten in a final
Publish a thread on this site
Upset people on this site

Anything else ?

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
DGPWasp (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 09:50
Quote:
greenwood
You can't be a true Wasps fan until you've seen 'em
Get beaten in a final

Blimey that's going back a hell of a long way!

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 09:53
I've seen 2
Saracens & Bath. The Saracens loss was a gut wrencher...

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
DGPWasp (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 09:59
Just Sarries for me. Followed by so many final wins on the bounce I've lost count.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
21/02/2015 10:54
Can the coach pick me up in Marbella??

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 11:00
Why have you fallen over ?

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
tobywasp (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 11:03
Quote:
DGPWasp
Quote:
greenwood
You can't be a true Wasps fan until you've seen 'em
Get beaten in a final

Blimey that's going back a hell of a long way!

Would mean that even people who'd supported for 17 years are real fans! Also forget any minors being real fans!!!

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
RossM (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 11:23
Bloody hell, the Sarries final. What a nightmare. That's the only game I've ever left early.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
andy lee (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 11:47
I think that was the first time I'd been to Twickenham and we were in the East stand right up in the gods with barely anyone around us if I remember rightly. I was very young at the time.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 12:12
seen a Wasps player sent off

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
RossM (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 13:17
I was at Loftus Road when Paul Volley saw red for getting into a fight with a Gloucester player (name escapes me).

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
NotTheVicarage (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 16:57
Lee Adamson (I think that's right, policeman I believe) at Sudbury vs Bristol. Played no.8, Bristol 8 was all over him every time we threw the ball long. Eventually he laid the bloke out with a right, but chose the time that the ref came to the back of the line to see what was going on. Took one look at the ref and started walking before the ref could get his whistle to his mouth.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
Slaav1 (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 17:35
Quote:
RossM
I was at Loftus Road when Paul Volley saw red for getting into a fight with a Gloucester player (name escapes me).

But Volls was often in scraps.... Narrow it down even more! After all, we play them at home at least twice per season (well it seems like it!)

:beer:

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
arquero (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 18:02
Good initiative, Greenwood. I hope you are successful with this.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
RossM (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 18:10
I don't include Tim Payne's red as that was actually for two yellows smiling smiley

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
21/02/2015 19:16
Thanks arquero I can only hope my message gets thru to enough like interested people.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
23/02/2015 07:59
I'm willing to accept both Kentish Men & Men of Kent !!

I'll just separate 'em on the coach..

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
Puzzled (IP Logged)
23/02/2015 08:15
It was Robert Todd who was sent off with Volley, in April 2002.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
waspymatt (IP Logged)
23/02/2015 11:25
I think it was Mr Rowden that sent them both off if I recall correctly?

http://www.rugbynetwork.net/boards/file/s96.htm?98,file=4917

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
23/02/2015 11:46
Midweek Game as I recall.

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
24/02/2015 19:04
Thanks for the contacts I'm still trying to get in touch with Old Geezer & strawbug...

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
midlander5 (IP Logged)
25/02/2015 08:21
I wish you every success with this appeal Greenwood . We now live in West Wales but fortunately still have relatives in the West Midlands for the purpose of overnight stays . We will be attending the upcoming home matches against Sarries and Tigers . Is there anyone else travelling from Wales?

Keith Johnson
Camra Member 224855.
PS BRING BACK BARNEY WE NEED MORE ARGUMENTS!!!!

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
greenwood (IP Logged)
25/02/2015 10:13
Thanks for the kind words midlander5.

Could we park the coach in your relatives drive and deposit the Timothy Taylor empties in their bin !

 
Re: An appeal to Wasps
arquero (IP Logged)
25/02/2015 13:42
Quote:
greenwood
Thanks for the kind words midlander5.
Could we park the coach in your relatives drive and deposit the Timothy Taylor empties in their bin !

Brilliant! (Sm128)

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