Worcester Warriors skipper Jonathan Thomas calls for away day support

Worcester News: Thomas calls for away day support Thomas calls for away day support

WARRIORS skipper Jonathan Thomas has issued a rallying cry for the Sixways club’s fans to flock to the Madejski Stadium in their droves this weekend.

Rock-bottom Worcester travel to London Irish — the side one place and 10 points above them in the table — on Saturday (3pm) and desperately need to pick up their first Aviva Premiership win of the season.

Dean Ryan’s men are without a victory away from Sixways in two years, but former Wales international Thomas, who is refusing to contemplate losing to their relegation rivals, believes the Warriors faithful can make the difference against the Exiles.

Worcester’s captain said: “Our fans have been outstanding all season — I have always said that — and it would be great if we could get a large number making the trip down to Reading to support the lads.

“Playing your home games at a place like the Madejski Stadium can work against you and it was a similar situation when I was with the Ospreys.

“The playing surfaces at these football stadiums are so good that the away teams really enjoy playing at them and it hands them an extra incentive.

“Also, these 25,000-seater stadiums often have a pretty soulless atmosphere when they are not very full and that can work to our advantage if we can get loads of vocal Worcester supporters to the game.

“Hopefully, there will be plenty of Warriors fans making the trip and giving us the usual great support.”

Worcester lost 26-8 to league leaders Saracens at Sixways on Saturday, putting on a stubborn display during a pointless second-half. Second-from-bottom Irish suffered a disappointing 22-19 home defeat to fellow strugglers Gloucester the next day.

Thomas added: “Saturday is a massive game for us.

“People talk about games being ‘eight-pointers’ and this is, without doubt, one of those. If we can win then, all of a sudden, we will only be five or six points behind Irish and that is nothing.

“It is not worth talking about losing the game as that would put us in a really difficult situation going forward.

“We just need to focus on winning — we are certainly capable of doing that and are full of confidence.

“We have to make it about us and not London Irish, but they are a proud side and the game will matter a lot to them too. I am certain it will be a real humdinger of a match.

“I missed out on playing against Saracens because I didn’t pass the concussion protocols after getting a knock to my head against Gloucester, but hopefully I should be back fit for Irish.”

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11:59am Tue 31 Dec 13

welshpricey says...

Well if we had anything to cheer and support perhaps we would be happier parting with our hard earned and making the journey. As it is, we haven't, so we're not.

Lets be realistic and start preparing for another season in the Championship and some great away games (Cornish pasties anyone!!). It will be what the club needs to sort itself out and get itself back together. I'm sure a number of our international members will have clauses in their contracts allowing them to leave when we drop. If we start planning for that now and scouring the Championship for good quality replacements we have a realistic chance of bouncing straight back up.

Victory Loves the Prepared
Well if we had anything to cheer and support perhaps we would be happier parting with our hard earned and making the journey. As it is, we haven't, so we're not. Lets be realistic and start preparing for another season in the Championship and some great away games (Cornish pasties anyone!!). It will be what the club needs to sort itself out and get itself back together. I'm sure a number of our international members will have clauses in their contracts allowing them to leave when we drop. If we start planning for that now and scouring the Championship for good quality replacements we have a realistic chance of bouncing straight back up. Victory Loves the Prepared welshpricey

12:10pm Tue 31 Dec 13

GreerG says...

Have no intention to attend Mad Stad. In my opinion the worst ground in the prem. Soulless concrete mass, as per previous post if we had something to cheer about fans may attend. Speaks volumes that the club cannot fill a coach to travel to this match. Call away JT. I hope that the few travelling fans can be heard. I will listen in comfort. Good luck warriors
Have no intention to attend Mad Stad. In my opinion the worst ground in the prem. Soulless concrete mass, as per previous post if we had something to cheer about fans may attend. Speaks volumes that the club cannot fill a coach to travel to this match. Call away JT. I hope that the few travelling fans can be heard. I will listen in comfort. Good luck warriors GreerG

12:32pm Tue 31 Dec 13

bobnohope says...

Hey, how about the club putting on free travel to the game ? that should boost the numbers up quite significantly.
Put me down for two seats!
Hey, how about the club putting on free travel to the game ? that should boost the numbers up quite significantly. Put me down for two seats! bobnohope

1:01pm Tue 31 Dec 13

welshpricey says...

So long as it's not the team coach. Their transport arrangements have not had a good history this season ;-)
So long as it's not the team coach. Their transport arrangements have not had a good history this season ;-) welshpricey

2:50pm Tue 31 Dec 13

zx12r says...

That stadium has a job to be soulless even when it's near full for a football match.

With regard to Cornish Pirates Welshpricey, I am one of seven distant fans from Worcester who make more than a few visits down there to watch them, my last being V Bristol. It's a wonderful place to visit & watch rugby, great atmosphere, great people & of course great pasties.
Be there again 16th feb' V London Welsh.

PS' The Cornish Tribute bitter at around £2.50 a pint knocks the rubbish served at Sadways into a cocked hat too.
We also need to hope that Jersey remain in the Championship, cos' that will also be a good un'.
That stadium has a job to be soulless even when it's near full for a football match. With regard to Cornish Pirates Welshpricey, I am one of seven distant fans from Worcester who make more than a few visits down there to watch them, my last being V Bristol. It's a wonderful place to visit & watch rugby, great atmosphere, great people & of course great pasties. Be there again 16th feb' V London Welsh. PS' The Cornish Tribute bitter at around £2.50 a pint knocks the rubbish served at Sadways into a cocked hat too. We also need to hope that Jersey remain in the Championship, cos' that will also be a good un'. zx12r

5:23pm Tue 31 Dec 13

dulon says...

I would consider turning up to support a TEAM that turned up too !
However despite the media noise there is little to inspire at the moment . The support that they are currently receiving is more than some of the players deserve so, the prospect of spending yet more in the vain hope that they might play for 80 minutes is very slim indeed .
Considering the alternatives closer to home ,,, thanks but no thanks .
I would consider turning up to support a TEAM that turned up too ! However despite the media noise there is little to inspire at the moment . The support that they are currently receiving is more than some of the players deserve so, the prospect of spending yet more in the vain hope that they might play for 80 minutes is very slim indeed . Considering the alternatives closer to home ,,, thanks but no thanks . dulon

9:04pm Tue 31 Dec 13

zx12r says...

Well Captain Thomas, it appears that your call to arms has fell on a few deaf ears. Serves you & your deluded boss right.
Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers, including Bertie.
Well Captain Thomas, it appears that your call to arms has fell on a few deaf ears. Serves you & your deluded boss right. Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers, including Bertie. zx12r

9:17am Mon 6 Jan 14

Officer Nordburg says...

Well I will be there supporting the team and hoping for a win.
Well I will be there supporting the team and hoping for a win. Officer Nordburg

10:29am Mon 6 Jan 14

zx12r says...

A lot of time and energy wasted then Officer..
As you so often put it, 'you will turn up when they do', you did and once again they didn't.
A lot of time and energy wasted then Officer.. As you so often put it, 'you will turn up when they do', you did and once again they didn't. zx12r
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