This morning, in what i thought was at first a terrible dream, I awoke to find crazy news about Bristol Rugby- after 130 years of history ,we are being rebranded as…
Less than a week after celebrating promotion back to the Premiership, us fans have been slapped in the face.
Steve Lansdown ,the billionaire owner of Bristol Rugby, Bristol City FC and Bristol Flyers Basketball has made a personal decision to re-brand the club ,without any consultation with us the fans. I guess the sheer joy of having massive unaccountable personal wealth means you can do what the hell you like and screw everyone else.
Don’t get me wrong, Bristol Rugby needs to modernize and some re-branding and kit change is to be expected. No problem there.
Lansdown has stated that the Bears are a brand new rugby club. So, the previous 130 years of Bristol Rugby count for nothing now do they? Its as if the club has never existed.
This is our current badge- the coat of arms of the city of Bristol. Heritage and meaning.
This is our kit- blue and white hoops- with some minor variations, its been that way since 1888. Classic, timeless.
This will be our new club badge and kits.
This makes me so angry. I spent years on the Terraces at The Mem supporting my team and even thought i live on the other side of the world, i keep track of them and watch games when i can.
Im grateful Steve Lansdown stepped in to save Bristol Rugby but that does not mean he gets to remove the heart and meaning of our great club. His tenure at the club may continue but my support of it won’t any longer.