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Who are you really?
« on: December 08, 2018, 08:29:07 AM »
One of the issues I have with forums is not really knowing anything about the people I am friends with.  So here is your chance to tell us a little about yourself if you want.

I'm Oz, I've been a Wasps supporter for somewhere in the region of 15 years.  I live in a small village in Hampshire with thousands (three at home, one grown up and moved out) of children and rarely get to the Ricoh.  I used to live in Herts and so got to Adams Park a lot more.  To be honest I kinda miss that place (am I allowed to say that?).

I'm the guy in the middle in the pic (not Charles).
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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2018, 09:37:25 AM »
Pic below. I am on the right, my daughter, Sarah, is on the left. My name is Trevor, although, a long time ago, when I played (#12) my teammates called me Nelly. I live in Wellesbourne and have done for about 30 years, but I was born a few miles away, in Long Itchington. Both are in Warwickshire.

I went to school at Leamington College for Boys (a rugby playing boys only grammar school), the school at which old boys are known as Old Leamingtonians (and thus the rugby club with which Wasps are getting involved). I 'retired' from rugby when I had a serious Achilles tendon injury (in the days before decent treatment was available on the NHS), at the tender age of 18. There is a photo of me and my two brothers when we were very young (circa 1974/75 I think). Me on the right, 'BG' in the middle.

I write software, and do technical support, for WordPress related themes and plugins.

I have recently taken to riding a motorbike, but my choice of bike is somewhat limited by needing a relatively low saddle height (very short legs). I currently ride a red 2018 Honda CB1100RS (pic below). Anybody fancies a ride out, send me your mobile by PM, and we can meet up somewhere). I don't ride fast (as my brother - known on this and the other place as BG - will attest to).

For reasonably local away games, I tend to go on my bike (been to Worcester and Northampton this year, Leicester soon).

I do photography, but don't get much time lately. I have four cats (Mario, Luigi, Daisy and Peach). Married (38 years), with one daughter, Sarah (20).

Been following Wasps pretty much since they came up to Coventry. I used to live in Egham a long time ago (when I worked for Citroen in Slough) , and went to a few matches in the mid to late eighties also (in Sudbury, was it?).

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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2018, 09:42:08 AM »
Nice to meet you Trevor!
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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2018, 09:56:11 AM »
I'm a Scot (Ross) born in Glasgow but bred in London. Had my fourth birthday in Harrogate in 1951 heading South. I lived in London for most of my life but moved to Hastings permanently nearly 3 years ago. I've worked in bookselling, publishing, been a croupier (Playboy club) and have been an antique picture dealer since the late seventies. I've been married for 28 years. No kids of my own but acquired two step sons who were part of the deal :) They've long flown the coop now. I am supposed to be retired but still lurk around auction rooms and antique shops. Can't resist it.

I've supported Wasps (STH) since the Loftus Road days - I lived in Hammersmith, so used to walk to games. I went to Adams Park a few times but as I grew older the distance seemed to lengthen however I did get to the final game at High Wycombe. I rather liked the ground but access through the light industrial estate was truly awful.  I've never made it to the Ricoh as, when Wasps went North, I went South. I would like to visit Coventry at least once but to be realistic I probably won't be able to. Old age, bad knees and dodgy eyes make traveling  difficult. I watch every Wasps' game now, with Rugbypass and a VPN on my desktop computer. Money well spent. Particularly as I've cancelled Sky and BT Sport (don't much fancy anything other than rugby).

I used to play all across the front and back rows (you could then, late sixties, early seventies) for London Scottish junior teams. I actually played against a Wasps XV at Sudbury (we lost)! We were in dark blue and Wasps were in black, not a problem. It was a very different game then and I loved it. High point of the week was the postcard arriving to tell you where you were playing the following Saturday. I suppose it's all email and texts now - not the same, just mixed in with everything else.

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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2018, 10:26:54 AM »
Hey, nice idea.

I'm Steve. I used to live in Ilford, so became a "London" Wasps supporter when I got tickets for the first premiership final against Gloucester.
That was essentially the start of the golden era so it was good timing.

I now live in Norwich, so it's about 3 hours each way to the Ricoh. We tend to try to make a weekend of it by staying overnight.
Short stay this time so we can pick the kids up tomorrow

I've got 2 year old twins who pretty much stop me doing anything that I used to do. I'm going that they'll soon get some kind of attention span so I can start taking them to games.

I work in IT specialising in certain finance ERP systems
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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2018, 11:06:39 AM »
Good idea.

Neils is actually Neil surprise surprise. I too am from North of the border but from a far better place!! Actually an Edinburgh fan and find myself strangely cheering on Cockers after years of him being the devil. Lovely man now. Rarely get to see them live these days. Wasps STH from Adams Park days. Started out in the glory days taking my two boys to the family stand and good to say both still go to watch live when their jobs allow. Was sold on Coventry by talking to Nick (and cheekily asking for dog kennels) at Marlow and decided to give it a go. Been enjoyable so far!
Our journey from Essex's Capital City is generally only half an hour more than Wycombe but constant roadworks always knacker us - currently A14 and M6. Been down here for nearly 33 years.
Played rugby for a number of years up there and realised my limitations when facing a coming back from injury Andy Irvine - couldn't get anywhere near the B#%$&#d.
I worked in security for the government based in Whitehall and am glad to be rid of it.
We happily sit in the West Stand in A under the press seats which can be interesting. My wife has twice told Farrell junior to shut up and sit down.
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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2018, 10:23:11 PM »
I'm Karl. Spent 11 years in Israel, now back in the UK, whilst there started watching more rugby, decided to start following club rugby and picked a club that had some fun exciting players and played an attractive style. That was 2012 I believe. Been supporting Wasps since.

Been to the Ricoh a few times, and hope to keep making visits, but it's a bit of a journey, and fairly costly, especially as it really does need to be accompanied with a night in a hotel. Doubly so when I was in Israel!

Work from home now. Loving working from home, normally start around 7.30/8am, and do a clearout at around 10/11pm, but that gives me a huge amount of flexibility during the day itself, which really suits me.

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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2018, 10:45:41 PM »
I'm David, and started watching Wasps at Sudbury in 1964. I'd play my school rugby match on a Saturday morning, then get on the tube to Sudbury Town, then home to Harrow from there. After leaving school at 18, I played for Wasps colts and then the senior sides, once making the Second XV during a flu epidemic.

After a bad leg break, I gave up playing for a few years, got married, moved to High Wycombe, and took up playing again when my son started in Mini Rugby and I attended RFU coaching courses. He went to the RGS, and played at Twickenham in the Daily Mail Schools Cup U15 final in 1998, a proud moment for me.

I didn't go to many games at the soulless Loftus Road, but when they moved to Adams Park, went to most home games there. The Ricoh is a big chunk of time commitment including travelling time, so I now only do 2 or 3 home games a season, and go to the away games at Sarries and Quins, and TW2 if we're playing there. Subscribing to BT Sport is generally much easier and cheaper.

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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2018, 10:52:58 PM »
I'm Martin and live in Knowle. I grew up in Molesey and lived in Twickenham and then Hersham before moving to Knowle about ten years ago. I knew several Wasps supporters when I lived in the London area so perhaps that's where my interest started, but my first game was a loss to Cardiff Blues in the Anglo Welsh Cup at the Ricoh.

I first went with my lad and some friends from Round Table, all of us were  new to rugby at he time. Went to the next game with my whole family and we all just kept going back and then became season ticket holders. My lad started playing not long after we started watching and I think watching it has helped him a lot.

I mostly work from home writing chemical safety data sheets. I have a german shepherd dog and recently I have placed a deposit on a Street Twin motorbike, but collect it in a week or so and look forward to going for a bumble around and a coffee with Trevor / Nelly at some point.

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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2018, 09:27:35 AM »
I'm Spartacus and so is my wife.
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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2018, 09:34:06 AM »
I'm Steve 49 years old and from Banbury, I chose Wasps as my team when they started playing at Loftus Road as that's where my dad used to take me to watch football. Used to have a season ticket at Adams Park but now either cherry pick games at the Ricoh or go for the half season ticket.

I also ride motorbikes and as well as my trusty Vespa scooter I'm the proud owner of a new Triumph Tiger XRT of which I plan to tour Western Europe on in the next few years.

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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2018, 11:22:48 AM »
I'm Steve 49 years old and from Banbury, I chose Wasps as my team when they started playing at Loftus Road as that's where my dad used to take me to watch football. Used to have a season ticket at Adams Park but now either cherry pick games at the Ricoh or go for the half season ticket.

I also ride motorbikes and as well as my trusty Vespa scooter I'm the proud owner of a new Triumph Tiger XRT of which I plan to tour Western Europe on in the next few years.

My first 'bike' was a white Vespa 200 Rally, which I bought (very used) in 1978 from Frettons in Leamington. Such fun, but very uncomfortable at speed (not that I could tell from the speedo what speed I was doing, except when a policeman would pull me over) or rides longer than 20-30 miles. Great around town (Manchester at the time).

EDIT: In those days, you didn't need to take a test to ride one of these, all you needed was a car license. Should have taken the test then, as it was easy compared to nowadays (very hard now). I took the full test earlier this year.
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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 11:42:22 AM »
I'm Bryan, 48, live in Leamington. Played rugby from the age of 6 to 18.. stopped for about 6 yrs then started again for a local club (Old Warwickians) in my mid 20's, stopped at about 30. I still meet people around town or at the ricoch that I played with and there is still a bond there.

Before the Wasps move to Cov I occasionally went to Tigers or Wuss.

Work in IT.. a generally broad spectrum of expertise from Servers, network design and firewalls to fixing friends laptops.

I ride motorbikes and almost fell off my chair when my older brother, NWW, told me this year that he'd bought a motorbike.. before he passed his test! There's confidence and ambition for you.

My dream - to ride the Pan-american highway from Alaska to Argentina (having read a book by Dan Walsh)

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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2018, 11:49:19 AM »
I'm Bryan, 48, live in Leamington. Played rugby from the age of 6 to 18.. stopped for about 6 yrs then started again for a local club (Old Warwickians) in my mid 20's, stopped at about 30. I still meet people around town or at the ricoch that I played with and there is still a bond there.

Before the Wasps move to Cov I occasionally went to Tigers or Wuss.

Work in IT.. a generally broad spectrum of expertise from Servers, network design and firewalls to fixing friends laptops.

I ride motorbikes and almost fell off my chair when my older brother, NWW, told me this year that he'd bought a motorbike.. before he passed his test! There's confidence and ambition for you.

My dream - to ride the Pan-american highway from Alaska to Argentina (having read a book by Dan Walsh)

Do I know you? hehe. Bryan is the little guy in this photo:

EDIT: Bryan is right, I only took my test this year (and passed, just). Since then I have clocked up over 6000 miles on three different bikes. He said I was mad to: 1. even start riding, 2. to try and take the test at my age, 3. Buy a bike BEFORE I even took the test. Turns out, he was right. I AM mad. Who knew?
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Re: Who are you really?
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2018, 09:58:50 AM »
I hated football as a kid, but loved watching Rugby on the box (ok it was usually Bath or Leicester matches that were shown).

I was taken to watch Wasps as a birthday treat on my 10th birthday, and with the exception of the Loftus Road era when I only got there a couple of times, I have been supporting them ever since, and have been a ST holder since they moved to Adams Park. I'm now into my 70s.

Started playing Rugby at school, when the, then, captain of Wales arrived as a chemistry teacher and introduced the game to what had previously been a soccer only school. Played a few matches for London Welsh and Wasps (not saying which team, doesn't sound as impressive as just saying the club names).

Moving to deepest Bucks, meant a change to Chiltern Rugby Club, but I also took up Stock Car Racing, resulting with a shattered leg that ended my playing career.

Took up coaching Gymnastics, which, although now officially retired, I still do.