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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billesleyexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2017 at 16:03
Originally posted by Kimbo Kimbo wrote:

Cynics. Quite amusing though. 

In the nicest possible way, I'm not sorry to have lost Hartpury to better things (suspect the Champ clubs are in for a culture shock though). 
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Are they married?

(You started it).

Funnily enough, most of them did seem to be the parents of players.
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I'm looking forward to going to Hartpury. I love that beautifull part of the country and we've not had anyone in our league in that area for many years. Not bothered of the ground isn't top notch - I'm sure we've been to a lot worse in 50 years of following The Pirates around the country.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billesleyexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2017 at 16:44
Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

I'm looking forward to going to Hartpury. I love that beautifull part of the country and we've not had anyone in our league in that area for many years. Not bothered of the ground isn't top notch - I'm sure we've been to a lot worse in 50 years of following The Pirates around the country.

I get that - everyone should look forward to going to every new ground the first time. 


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Jul 2017 at 17:04
Many fans throughout the league are parents and nothing wrong with that.
There are more than two travelling fans and they were very pleasant.
I got the impression some of them were staff rather than parents.
What they do not have is cadre of former players.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote corporalcarrot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 08:26
Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

I'm looking forward to going to Hartpury. I love that beautifull part of the country and we've not had anyone in our league in that area for many years. Not bothered of the ground isn't top notch - I'm sure we've been to a lot worse in 50 years of following The Pirates around the country.

I get that - everyone should look forward to going to every new ground the first time. 
I'm going to Hartpury's home match against Jersey on 9th September so any guidance on travel to and from the ground from Gloucester railway station would be appreciated as I have to catch a train back to Southampton that evening. Hartpury had a few Jersey lads in their squad last year and it will be great to see them in action again. Notes on good pie shops near Gloucester railway station also appreciated.

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Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

I'm looking forward to going to Hartpury. I love that beautifull part of the country and we've not had anyone in our league in that area for many years. Not bothered of the ground isn't top notch - I'm sure we've been to a lot worse in 50 years of following The Pirates around the country.


I get that - everyone should look forward to going to every new ground the first time. 


I'm going to Hartpury's home match against Jersey on 9th September so any guidance on travel to and from the ground from Gloucester railway station would be appreciated as I have to catch a train back to Southampton that evening. Hartpury had a few Jersey lads in their squad last year and it will be great to see them in action again.
Notes on good pie shops near Gloucester railway station also appreciated.


I went to our game there by car last year so can't give you tips on public transport but it is quite rural so you might be better off to get a taxi from station.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Camquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 09:01
The college website recommends the 351 bus or a taxi

http://swanbrook.co.uk/gloucestershire-services/1296287

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Hi Corp...

Not the easiest ground to get to if you are not in a car.  A taxi from Gloucester station is probably your best bet - it's around a 10-minute drive.  There are buses from a company called Swanbrook, but they are pretty few and far between on a Saturday.

There's a good pub in Hartpury village - The Royal Exchange - which does excellent food but is about 10-15 minutes walk from the campus.  The ground itself is extremely pleasant and you'll receive a warm welcome.  If you are not booked in for lunch, however, the food option at the ground comes from behind the bar (very limited) or from Lloyd's trusty burger van.  I'm sure there will be other options close to the station at Gloucester.

We obviously don't get the crowds that many Champ teams will be getting as we've only been in existence, as a club, for 13 seasons.  Many, perhaps most, of our former players are still playing rugby somewhere, so don't often get a chance to turn up for matches either - this will change over the years ahead.  Helpfully, the fixture schedulers try to ensure that we and Gloucester play at home on the same days throughout the season...

We are very excited about the coming season and looking forward to Jersey being our first ever Championship visitors on 9th September...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Member728 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 11:36
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Would not recommend the bus they are only every 2 hours going there
the problem is the last buses are 16.25 17.53 18.30
also it a bit of a trek to get to the stop as it quite a way from the campus
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 18:41
Originally posted by corporalcarrot corporalcarrot wrote:

Originally posted by billesleyexile billesleyexile wrote:

Originally posted by Stalwart Stalwart wrote:

I'm looking forward to going to Hartpury. I love that beautifull part of the country and we've not had anyone in our league in that area for many years. Not bothered of the ground isn't top notch - I'm sure we've been to a lot worse in 50 years of following The Pirates around the country.


I get that - everyone should look forward to going to every new ground the first time. 


I'm going to Hartpury's home match against Jersey on 9th September so any guidance on travel to and from the ground from Gloucester railway station would be appreciated as I have to catch a train back to Southampton that evening. Hartpury had a few Jersey lads in their squad last year and it will be great to see them in action again.
Notes on good pie shops near Gloucester railway station also appreciated.


Train to Gloucester then a long taxi fare (approx £25 each way) - you could investigate the bus routes (bus station is close to railway station)

Hartpury really is in the middle of nowhere hence lack of fans.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 21:53
Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

 

Train to Gloucester then a long taxi fare (approx £25 each way) - you could investigate the bus routes (bus station is close to railway station)

Hartpury really is in the middle of nowhere hence lack of fans.

bit puzzled by all the comments about Hartpury's location/access. G-maps tells me it's 5.2 miles from Gloucester Station, and estimates a 14-minute journey time. Personally I wouldn't describe that as a 'long' taxi ride or 'the middle of nowhere'… 

As before, I'm really looking forward to experiencing a new ground! Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Pappashanga Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Jul 2017 at 21:58
From previous experience taxi is best. More than one person makes it cheap. It's getting to Gloucester that can be a bind from where I am.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2017 at 07:58
Well I will travel on the supporters coach to Hartpury so shouldn't have any issues - looking forward to visiting a new ground.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote castleparknight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Jul 2017 at 08:06
Oh and then they can come an play on possibly the newest laid pitch in the championship

https://www.drfc.co.uk/news/article/dktv-pitch-renovation-weeks-two-week-five


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I have been to Hartpury several times from West London to see both Ealing Trailfinders and Loughborough students ( National League 1 side and their Wednesday BUCS team ) play. The bar / club house is towards one end of the seating/ stand. The covered seating is part of the entrance fee and no further charge to sit like some Championship grounds. The rest of the pitch is open to the elements.

There is a mobile burger, pie, sausage bar on the same side as the stand. We have stopped at a pub and had lunch very close to the ground.

The Gloucester rugby club training ground is adjacent and visible from the stand. There was a particularly good prop from Ealing who joined Hartpury and had a job at the college, Tim Brockett , originally from Dings Crusaders. 

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On a nice day, it's fun to be there.I found everyone very pleasant.For some reason Mond do better there than at home -one big win a few seasons ago  then a crucial promotion victory at the end of the season before last.
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http://www.bristolrugby.co.uk/news/festive-clash-selected-for-sky-sports-coverage/

Just when you thought you had a nice Saturday afternoon festive fixture, good old SKY go and f**k it up for you. Feel really sorry for Pirates supporters, can't see many now coming up on the Friday night before Christmas.
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Originally posted by Bartman Bartman wrote:

http://www.bristolrugby.co.uk/news/festive-clash-selected-for-sky-sports-coverage/

Just when you thought you had a nice Saturday afternoon festive fixture, good old SKY go and f**k it up for you. Feel really sorry for Pirates supporters, can't see many now coming up on the Friday night before Christmas.
Is it really worth all the fuss having SKY show matches when this happens Angry


I don't want to sound rude and I am not criticising Bristol in any way so Bris fans don't be offended by this but I have to say the focus from Sky on Bristol is rather irritating for the fans of the other Championship Clubs. that's 4 games which have been announced by Sky now and 3 of them feature Bristol. does sky realise that there are 11 other teams in this league who deserve some air time. the focus on Bristol this season is really bugging me. I know Briz are the best team in this league but it would be nice if the TV exposure was shared about more equally.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Donnyknightsfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Sep 2017 at 17:27
i'm surprised that Briz v Pirates has been selected. if Sky wanted to show a festive fixture they could do worse than visit Clifton Lane on 23rd December to screen Roth v Donny. Actually i'm curious why hasn't Sky televised from Clifton Lane more often? the only game I can remember being televised from there was Roth v Bris in 2014. if I remember correctly the other Roth home games that have been picked for TV have had to be played at Abbeydale.

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