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    Posted: 21 Mar 2019 at 12:54
Saturday will be a first for me. I am going to Rotherham on Barry's Champagne coach trip to support the Caldy Ravers.

This special coach is leaving Caldy at 8 .30 a.m. to enable us to enjoy Degsy's early morning hospitality before then continuing on to Rotherham. The planning for this big day out got under way pretty much at the start of this season with a discussion as to the best venue for a Champagne Style Saturday celebrating the joie de vivre of National 1 rugby. There were a few clubs in contention.

Bishop's Stortford because they had tremendous Totty. However there was a concern that our ageing supporters may not quite be able to rise to the occasion

Cambridge because one of their patrons 'Lord Archer' was well know for his shepherd's pie and champagne parties and Barry thought most of us would all fit in rather well. In the end Cambridge was discounted because it was too early in the season.

Old Elthamians was considered first among the London clubs on account of their propensity to drink and be merry. Taking a detour via Degsy's for a liquid breakfast was always going to be the highlight of the first leg of the trip and we worked out that for the London clubs we would need to set off at 5 a.m. with the first glass of Champagne at the latest 6.30 a.m. Barry considered that to be rather uncouth.

On paper Darlington Mowden Park have the setting to fit in with a celebration but their stadium is a bit like drinking Champagne out of a saucer glass rather than a fluted glass.............the atmosphere can get a flat very quickly

Birmingham Mosley provoked a lot of debate .........south of Caldy but near enough to allow us to spend good time at Degsy's bar, a proper rugby club with good people and possibly something riding on the result of the game. It was Degsy who spotted the problem..................it was the last game of the season which would not allow a repeat performance for months.

So it is ROTHERHAM  (we didn't consider Plymouth too far or Sale too near)

I am excited. I have never been to Rotherham and I do not know what to expect. Mrs Bolognese says it will be lovely, a bit like York she thinks. She knows we are leaving early. If I have time she wants me to go around those little quaint shops and pick her out some trinkets.

I am not sure we will be able to fit a shopping trip in.........
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Roth was my favourite away trip in the Championship in recent seasons - terrific bunch of supporters and a great community rugby atmosphere in the clubhouse. Iron & Steel beer is a fine drop and the pie belongs in the top drawer alongside Doncaster's.

It's exactly a year since the Roth 'Shed-on-Tour' posse came to Jersey for the game that confirmed they'd be heading for Nat 1. They were determined to enjoy the trip, tho' there were also fears about the future. It's great to see they've had a good season.

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Clifton Lane won’t know what’s hit it.

Is this the day the curtains fall on Caldy?
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Originally posted by Monkey Boy Monkey Boy wrote:

Clifton Lane won’t know what’s hit it.

Is this the day the curtains fall on Caldy?

The curtain will never fall on Caldy......'Win or lose we are on the Booze'

Caldy may not be able to maintain its level 3 status but the players and the back room staff have given their all and will continue to do so until the end of the season and then go again next season in whatever level they find themselves in.

Caldy is a proper rugby club and will continue to be so...........last weekend was a rest weekend for level 3 with the only home fixture Caldy's 3rd xv v Ormskirk in a friendly. One of Caldy's best ever players who is still one of the first names on the 1st xv team sheet every week turned out for Caldy and then to even things up  in the 2nd half turned out for Ormskirk.

Not many players at level 3 would do that.............proper rugby club


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Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Saturday will be a first for me. I am going to Rotherham on Barry's Champagne coach trip to support the Caldy Ravers.

This special coach is leaving Caldy at 8 .30 a.m. to enable us to enjoy Degsy's early morning hospitality before then continuing on to Rotherham. The planning for this big day out got under way pretty much at the start of this season with a discussion as to the best venue for a Champagne Style Saturday celebrating the joie de vivre of National 1 rugby. There were a few clubs in contention.

Bishop's Stortford because they had tremendous Totty. However there was a concern that our ageing supporters may not quite be able to rise to the occasion

Cambridge because one of their patrons 'Lord Archer' was well know for his shepherd's pie and champagne parties and Barry thought most of us would all fit in rather well. In the end Cambridge was discounted because it was too early in the season.

Old Elthamians was considered first among the London clubs on account of their propensity to drink and be merry. Taking a detour via Degsy's for a liquid breakfast was always going to be the highlight of the first leg of the trip and we worked out that for the London clubs we would need to set off at 5 a.m. with the first glass of Champagne at the latest 6.30 a.m. Barry considered that to be rather uncouth.

On paper Darlington Mowden Park have the setting to fit in with a celebration but their stadium is a bit like drinking Champagne out of a saucer glass rather than a fluted glass.............the atmosphere can get a flat very quickly

Birmingham Mosley provoked a lot of debate .........south of Caldy but near enough to allow us to spend good time at Degsy's bar, a proper rugby club with good people and possibly something riding on the result of the game. It was Degsy who spotted the problem..................it was the last game of the season which would not allow a repeat performance for months.

So it is ROTHERHAM  (we didn't consider Plymouth too far or Sale too near)

I am excited. I have never been to Rotherham and I do not know what to expect. Mrs Bolognese says it will be lovely, a bit like York she thinks. She knows we are leaving early. If I have time she wants me to go around those little quaint shops and pick her out some trinkets.

I am not sure we will be able to fit a shopping trip in.........
 

I am excited. I have never been to Rotherham and I do not know what to expect. Mrs Bolognese says it will be lovely, a bit like York she thinks.  <<<<< Rotherham is as much like York. as West Kirby is to Kirkby LOL
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A very warm welcome awaits all from Caldy, its our pleasure to be able to host your awayday this weekend. Absolutely bowled over by the welcome we were given earlier in the season, its our turn to reciprocate. Very pleased your young uns are coming as well!
Champagne flutes might have to be dusted down as they have not been used since the Bedford chairman's wife's last visit. Still we can fill them with 'Iron and Steel' on draught, Proper Yorkshire champers!

Slight problem might be Rotherham's no York. Its far far better than that but alas we don't do trinkets.

Looking forward to seeing you all and hope you have a great time.

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Everything I have read about Rotherham on various rugby websites over the last 15 years or so points to the tremendous rugby spirit that exists in the club. 

Degsy was the main advocate for Caldy's Rat Pack having its Champagne Celebration on the Rotherham Saturday and he is going to ensure that the Caldy Rat Pack will be enthused with sufficient spirit on arrival at Clifton Lane so as to ensure they are anaesthetised against any adverse result later in the day .

Seagoon appears to suggest that Rotherham hasn't quite the same array of boutique shops as York's Shambles but I am sure it will have those little curiosities and cobbled streets that delight new visitors. 

Southerngit, Mrs Bolognese will be happy with some silk or perfume if trinkets are not readily available


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Rotherham like York love that.
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Watched roth a few times as a neutral a few years ago. The meat pie and musicals were of a standard rarely reached before or since and beautifully served by the ladies of the parish.

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Originally posted by yorky10000 yorky10000 wrote:

Watched roth a few times as a neutral a few years ago. The meat pie and musicals were of a standard rarely reached before or since and beautifully served by the ladies of the parish.


Ladies? Are we talking Bishop's Stortford standard of Totty?

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You lucky, lucky boy - Saturday is Ladies Day at Clifton Lane.

If you introduce yourself, will try and get you in as the pre-match entertainment!!!!
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Originally posted by southerngit southerngit wrote:

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You lucky, lucky boy - Saturday is Ladies Day at Clifton Lane.

If you introduce yourself, will try and get you in as the pre-match entertainment!!!!

I just knew that Rotherham was going to be a classy place, so happy we didn't settle on Cambridge . 

Barry has advised that we should all be dressed to impress and he will be resplendently attired like rugby's very own Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen to fit in with Rotherham's fashionistas. Hopefully the weather will be kind and your Ladies will be able to show Rotherham's elegance and sophistication at its very best.

It feels our trip to Clifton Lane could be like Gold Cup Day at Ascot. Barry will love it
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With it being late March will there also be a cricket game in action?
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Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

On paper Darlington Mowden Park have the setting to fit in with a celebration but their stadium is a bit like drinking Champagne out of a saucer glass rather than a fluted glass.............the atmosphere can get a flat very quickly
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Originally posted by Big Eddie Big Eddie wrote:

Originally posted by yorky10000 yorky10000 wrote:

Watched roth a few times as a neutral a few years ago. The meat pie and musicals were of a standard rarely reached before or since and beautifully served by the ladies of the parish.


Ladies? Are we talking Bishop's Stortford standard of Totty?

I think you may be pushing the bounds of PC with that question even though PC does not feature greatly in all matters Yorkshire!!!
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Originally posted by yorky10000 yorky10000 wrote:

[QUOTE=Big Eddie] I think you may be pushing the bounds of PC with that question even though PC does not feature greatly in all matters Yorkshire!!!

Totty is an archaic term for being fuddled, which is in itself a term .for being Huckleberryly Pear - no mention of blond, arm candy or bimbo although unfortunately there is also a collective reference from the 1850s to "sexually attractive women usually of the upper class"
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Yorky,

I am a great believer in standards and if upholding the standards of all aspects of this league (including on the totty front) is non PC I am happy to be considered so.

I expect the Ladies at Rotherham will be at least the equal of their southern counterparts and will be thrilled to make Barry's acquaintance, if only to enjoy some of his Champagne lifestyle for the briefest of moments


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He will have to bring his A game, as on our Ladies Day a couple of seasons ago, a certain Mr Gavin Henson heard about the event as he came off the pitch at the end of the match. He went straight off to join the Ladies in their celebrations, still in his kit, with added Rotherham mud. He was finally dragged out, when their bus was ready to leave, and the pictures are still on many phones, as well as being seen as THE best Ladies Day entertainment!
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LJ from Roth,

Rotherham's Ladies Day may have been too much for the bronzed Gavin Henson but our Barry has prospered during decades spent toiling in the bowels of Birkenhead. Rotherham's gracious ladies will be putty in his hands
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Rotherham drinking the champagne tonight. Not because of the win but probably down to all the cash they have taken off the Caldy minis!

Surely it’s standard practice to let the kids in free especially when they are on tour and playing?

Poor form Titans and I hope you spend all that money wisely or better still reimburse the kids of Caldy
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