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By Vespula Vulgaris
September 6 2015

I for one have been amazed at the attendance figures since the move to Coventry. I know it is a much more densely populated area than High Wycombe, but for pre-season friendlies to have more in attendance than the biggest and best games at Adams Park still takes a bit of getting your head round. It an amazing thing to see so many people wearing Wasps tops, hats and scarves, waving Wasps flags, and to know the club is now financially secure is a huge relief.

A lot of the new supporters are new to supporting rugby, and it's a real joy to bring a love of the best game out there to so many more people, but if you're new to watching Rugby live there are a few things you should know.

1) It's a family event. Going to a match isn't a thing just adults do. You'll see whole families there with children from teenagers down to babes in arms. Because of that the language people use is important. Please try not to swear. We all do it sometimes, but it's only going to cause bad feeling if people are repeatedly using bad language in front of children. It's f***ing rude.

2) Rugby comes before the team. We're all passionate about our team, but first and foremost we're fans of the game. That tends to mean that there is little antagonism between supporters of different teams. There is no segregation, and fans of opposing teams mingle and sit together throughout the ground. You'll even see people applauding when the other team does something well. Try to respect the other team, even if it is Tigers.

3) Trying to put the kicker off is very much frowned upon. Lets be honest, it isn't going to make a blind bit of difference to them, they are a professional and are fully used to blanking out the noise from the crowd when they are concentrating, but if you're busy shouting and screaming you might not see when he slices it wildly into the stands, and you don't want that.

4) We all know the referee is half blind and completely biased towards the other team, but even so, in rugby there is a tradition of utmost respect towards him. Players refer to him as “Sir” and only the Captain is supposed to talk directly to him without being spoken to first. If you want to shout ans scream about how ridiculous the ref is, then that is what this forum is for.

5) We all drink. Well not all of us, but having a few pints is part of the experience. Just remember that you have to drink real ale and not lager, and it will either be too warm, or too cold. You get to pick.

6) Rugby is famous for it's lewd songs, but as a rule they're supposed to be sung by the players on the team bus. Try not to sing them in front of children or nuns.

7) Racism is completely unacceptable. It doesn't matter what colour someone's skin is or where they are from. Racist behaviour is never acceptable. Unless you're from one of the other Home Nations and insulting the English. Then it's just fine.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Thanks for choosing to come along and support Wasps, the team has a long and proud heritage, and with any luck that will continue in our new home.

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Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
DrunkenWasps.com (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 10:18
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Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Stevothewasp (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 10:33
Excellent - very well put - I hope it lands, but I think we have all got responsibility when we go to uphold these points too and politely educate some new waspies that may not be aware of them - no. 7 is my favourite and so true, but I always console myself that it's balanced abuse that we tend to get ( due to the chips being on both shoulders ....)

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
brandnewtorugby (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 10:41
Thanks for that, well put.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Lord grumpy (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 11:07
Excellant post! Balanced serious advice with humour- I never abuse the ref, just offer him advice. It doesn't matter the colour of the skin but if other fans are wearing kilts, carrying wilted leaks or shamrock that is a differant scenario & not judged as racism!

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
RossM (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 11:08
Didn't Kenny Logan say that he preferred noise to silence when he was taking a kick?

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Lord grumpy (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 11:10
P S I love the French!

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
MojoSaliva (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 11:38
Also, it's Allez, not Oggy. Personal gripe there.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Wilberforce (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 12:14
Never forget that visiting players and supporters are our guests and should be treated as such....

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
coddy (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 13:21
And no Mexican bl00dy waving!!!!

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
chunky24 (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 13:34
The Mexican wave yesterday was started by a group of young people from disadvantaged areas of France, Brazil, USA and Uganda visiting as guests of engage coventry to experience the great sport and its values we all love as I posted yesterday (link below again).I think we should value the enthusiasm they showed at the game yesterday and having spent time with some of them this morning they are great ambassadors and are really enjoying their adventure.

engage coventry

Also feel this article should be headed new rugby supporters as you are intimating that people of Coventry, such as myself, have never seen rugby before and all don't know how to behave! I of course agree with sentiment of the article for any rugby ground anywhere in the world.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Lord grumpy (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 13:35
Coddy for King - you are absbloomiing right!

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Vespulavulgaris (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 14:05
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chunky24
Also feel this article should be headed new rugby supporters as you are intimating that people of Coventry, such as myself, have never seen rugby before and all don't know how to behave! I of course agree with sentiment of the article for any rugby ground anywhere in the world.

I did try and make that clear with the line - "if you're new to watching Rugby live there are a few things you should know."

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
midlander5 (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 15:22
Excellent article . I could not have said it better myself !

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

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
avispa (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 19:54
Allez, allez, allez, for sure. But oggie, oggie, oggie, is better than silence.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
H@wasps (IP Logged)
06/09/2015 20:14
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MojoSaliva
Also, it's Allez, not Oggy. Personal gripe there.

This!

I also agree re the Mexican Wave.

This marvellous game we love is all about respect & discipline, and that goes for the supporters as well as the players.

H@Wasps
A very cruel woman indeed!
And a pompous snob, apparently.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
doog (IP Logged)
07/09/2015 16:04
Excellent work VV, can't argue with any of that, which is frankly quite disappointing....


And insulting the Welsh, Irish and Scottish is not only acceptable, it is obligatory.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Vespulavulgaris (IP Logged)
07/09/2015 16:23
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doog
Excellent work VV, can't argue with any of that, which is frankly quite disappointing....

You could always point out the typos? grinning smiley

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Atomic Wasp (IP Logged)
07/09/2015 19:48
I'll do some more persuading of the club to get a new Allez Wasps banner made up later in the season. smiling smiley

Cheers

Rick


@W2APS on twitter, the chap with the banners and flags.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Ken Ilworth (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 10:32
Excellent piece of work, gets the message and doesn't feel like a sanctimonious sermon. Just another line to add
8) Don't forget Coventry has it's own rugby club, they're called Coventry. Perhaps go and see them occasionally too!

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
cb@wasps (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 11:11
A great piece can it somehow get in to a program. Can't imagine too many of the newbies read this site.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Nigel Med (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 12:53
Totally agree with cb, get this in a match program so it gets the more widespread circulation than we could ever hope for on this forum.

Regarding Mexican waves, I think we all get that it's a bit of fun and pre-match or during half time I don't have a problem, just don't do it during a match when your fellow supporters want to watch the action not the back of some muppet in front of them with their arms in the air.

Also love point 7, I should however point out that the French, Scottish, Welsh and Irish are nationalities they are not a "race" so friendly banter regarding their attire, diet or national obsession with the sexual abuse of livestock is not racist and should be encouraged, after all, we are certainly going to get it back from them in spades...

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
brandnewtorugby (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 13:12
It seems that some on the Sky Blues Talk forum find these points and some of the comments in the feedback very amusing and some take it as a criticism of football supporters.

I had started to take an interest in CCFC, until reading their forum!

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Raggs (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 13:15
It's being taken well enough on the other rugby forums here, and shedweb, a few suggesting that it get included in programs etc.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
cb@wasps (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 13:21
As long as it is done in a lighthearted way, which this article is, and it doesn't sound instructional or as a criticism I don't see a problem.

Much of what has been highlighted is why I started down the rugby line anyway rather than simply the game on the pitch.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Vespulavulgaris (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 15:01
Well as both the author, and one of the admins here, if anyone wants to take these and use them for any purpose at all they are completely free to do so. It'd be nice however if an attribution was given to this forum.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Vespulavulgaris (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 16:18
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Raggs
It's being taken well enough on the other rugby forums here, and shedweb, a few suggesting that it get included in programs etc.

Got any links? It's always interesting to see what people say about things I've written.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Raggs (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 17:29

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Vespulavulgaris (IP Logged)
15/09/2015 18:21
Thanks Raggs.

 
Re: Some Advice For New Wasps Supporters
Skippy (IP Logged)
19/09/2015 06:51
Of course, when one is requested to place one's chariot way from sunlight, it is only fair to request in return that the bread-of-heaven or flower-of-Scotland is treated in a similar fashion.

It's also worth reminding Australians that Matilda has been around a bit, after a rendition of God Save Your Queen.

Just remember to follow rule one before embarking on the above.

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