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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Old Elizabethan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 17:45
Sorry Corporalcarrot, I had plain forgotten that Jersey had a "franchise" name, but now thinking about it, it does sound more like potatoes (I'm not deliberately trying to offend, just point out the risk of unintended consequences).
I'm sure you are right and it is not something to lose sleep over, and in 20 years, if it hasn't been changed, and we are still here to have an opinion about it, it will all be fine.
More worrying is the idea that we have to have a name change to market the club and attract a wider audience. I think this is just muddled thinking.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cannon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 18:13
Originally posted by Mark W-J Mark W-J wrote:

Oh dear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43784221

"Bristol, the city itself, has no history of being home to any bears."

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Why can’t they call themselves any name they want?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote southerngit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 18:36
Slippery slope

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43783325
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 18:52
I imagine it'll be a bit like the Jersey re-brand two years ago: quite a few people getting hot under the collar about it, and then realising that actually it's more the way of the world than the end of the world, and they aren't obliged to adopt the new name, and that life continues without any seismic change...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldExile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 19:30
Originally posted by Old Elizabethan Old Elizabethan wrote:

Sorry Corporalcarrot, I had plain forgotten that Jersey had a "franchise" name, but now thinking about it, it does sound more like potatoes (I'm not deliberately trying to offend, just point out the risk of unintended consequences).
I'm sure you are right and it is not something to lose sleep over, and in 20 years, if it hasn't been changed, and we are still here to have an opinion about it, it will all be fine.
More worrying is the idea that we have to have a name change to market the club and attract a wider audience. I think this is just muddled thinking.



Quite, Yorkshire Carnegie’s rebranding didn’t do too much for them. Still, if that’s what Bristol want to call themselves....let them get on with it. As long as we don’t mess about with LS Pipers or any other such nonsense,. 🥃🥃
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Capt Sparrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 19:55
Should be fun when Bristol play Quins next season with their bear mascots.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Dan Gleebles Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 20:27
Bedford have a bear mascot for the following season. Gets coat.
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Have you seen the kit??? FFS.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rich Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 21:56
I can't find any evidence of it at the moment but I'm pretty certain we aspired to be Moseley Bears for a while in the mid-90s when we were spending money we didn't have.  We had a similarly daft badge/crest with a bear head on it (in profile I believe).

Thankfully there was no internet to record it in its horrific glory back then.

Or was it just a nightmare I had?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote billesleyexile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 22:23
Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

I knew I hadn't invented it (honest!)

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1998-2Moseley-Programmes-V-Fylde-London-Scottish/222925448613?hash=item33e76465a5:g:5UYAAOSw9N1VtL8w

I've spent over 2 decades trying to forget.....hopefully, quite apart from anything else, Bris aren't about to become the new Moseley. One is more than enough!
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also  not one of our better shirts....although (IMO) better than this season's effort...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Westcoaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 Apr 2018 at 23:45
It doesn't bother me too much, but I doubt all Bristol supporters are laid back about the new name. 
Its certainly not as bad as Yorkshire Carnegie which is the worst rebrand name in the Championship by some way. Be prepared for some banter.... I'd love to be an opposition announcer next year when Bristol bring on three subs at once next year.....
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A lot of clubs have done a lot of pointless rebrands in recent years (Moseley, London Irish Amateur, Jersey, Leeds, etc.) yet what does it actually gain them beyond annoying their loyal traditionalist supporters? Honestly I'm asking. Why would you throw away a historic name of your club in the hope that attaching some animal to the end of it will be a good thing? 
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Originally posted by Robb Robb wrote:

A lot of clubs have done a lot of pointless rebrands in recent years (Moseley, London Irish Amateur, Jersey, Leeds, etc.) yet what does it actually gain them beyond annoying their loyal traditionalist supporters? Honestly I'm asking. Why would you throw away a historic name of your club in the hope that attaching some animal to the end of it will be a good thing? 

If you look at the county cricket teams, most keep their traditional name for 4 day cricket but use nicknames for one day and 20-20 games. I suppose it's an attempt to attract kids, as frankly most adults don't give a lazy throw. My team (Surrey) tried a few lamentable ones (brown caps) but now just use Surrey across all formats and have the biggest 20-20 crowds in the competition.

Now Bedford Blues, there's a historical name, with meaning, which is also superb. Clap
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Looks like someone beat them to it:

www.bristolbears.co.uk/

The Bristol Bear Bar (known locally as The BBB and ‘The home of the bears’) which is at the heart of the Greengage Village, at the crossroads where West Street meets Old Market Street and currently still the UK’s only bespoke bear bar.

https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/features/15-bears-of-bristol/

15 bears of Bristol you may not know about………..

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Loo fighters Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Apr 2018 at 06:45
Originally posted by Bill Sley Bill Sley wrote:

<p style="margin: 0px 0px 10.66px;"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Looks like someone beat them to it:

<p style="margin: 0px 0px 10.66px;"><font face="Calibri">[URL=http://www.bristolbears.co.uk/]www.bristolbears.co.uk/[/URL]

<p style="margin: 0px 0px 10.66px;"><font face="Calibri" size="3">The Bristol Bear Bar (known locally as The BBB and ‘The homeof the bears’) which is at the heart of the Greengage Village, at the crossroadswhere West Street meets Old Market Street and currently still the UK’s onlybespoke bear bar.

<p style="margin: 0px 0px 10.66px;"><font face="Calibri">[URL=https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/features/15-bears-of-bristol/]https://www.bristol247.com/news-and-features/features/15-bears-of-bristol/[/URL]

<p style="margin: 0px 0px 10.66px;"><font face="Calibri" size="3">15 bears of Bristol you may not know about………..



They look a close knit bunch!!! Do they play???
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Originally posted by Mark W-J Mark W-J wrote:

Oh dear.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/43784221

"Bristol, the city itself, has no history of being home to any bears."

No history of bears??!
I reckon Steve Lansdown had an 'entertaining' evening in Bristol one night and it was his bleary eyes in the morning when he woke up that registered the 'Bears' in lights above the bar counter that inspired this change. "BRISTOL BEARS!!" he thought as he left the bar and staggered his weary way home..... "I had a great night.... loads of big blokes in there with beards. I bet they enjoy rugby. Let's change the name!",

And he wandered off leaving the lights of the Bristol Bears Bar behind him...

http://www.oldmarketquarter.co.uk/bristolbearbar/

Are you a 'Bear'? (In the G A Y community it refers to big hairy men) then the Bristol Bear Bar is for you and maybe the Bristol Bears is where you should hang out on a Saturday afternoon...

EDIT - DAMMIT! BEATEN TO IT! DIDN'T SEE BILL'S ENTRY ABOVE

Edited by Dobber - 17 Apr 2018 at 07:58
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Originally posted by Old Elizabethan Old Elizabethan wrote:

Any thoughts on other marketing makeovers? Perhaps:
 - Leeds Terriers (oops I mean Yorkshire),
 - Jersey Royals
 - London Irish Leprechauns
 - London Scottish Haggises
 - Nottingham Outlaws

Shouldn't that be London Scottish Haggii   LOL


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Originally posted by Robb Robb wrote:

A lot of clubs have done a lot of pointless rebrands in recent years (Moseley, London Irish Amateur, Jersey, Leeds, etc.) yet what does it actually gain them beyond annoying their loyal traditionalist supporters? Honestly I'm asking. Why would you throw away a historic name of your club in the hope that attaching some animal to the end of it will be a good thing? 


With Moseley`s name change it was to give the club identity to the city. I certainly believe it has brought in use to our new stand in corporate bookings,weddings and boxing.
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