Like any rugby club, we’re as good as family to each other. Bodies on the line and socialise in equal measure. We want to share how various club members found BAC and more importantly why they stayed!
This one is by: The legend that is.....our old first team coach that took pride in beasting us at every opportunity in training on the 'do as I say not as I do' approach. Coupled by throwing his cap on the floor at least 10 times per half and the language on the sideline would make our current coach blush....
Over to you mate:
When I moved to Bristol I joined another rugby club and found out it was a local rugby club for local people.
2nd season in Bristol I decided to join what could be classed as the works team, thankful its wasn't a team full of plane spotters. It just a group of amazingly welcoming lads.
It was fantastic how quickly you become part of the club, first season I end up organising the tour. A tour that was a trip into magical and wizardly world of derby.
I was lucky enough to play and coach the club, and now retired and moved away I look back at my time with BAC with pride and happiness.
Personally for me I wasn't too bother about winning or loosing games it was about mates and team effort. (However as coach we finish the highest we ever have 3rd in glos 2). Now as I am long time retired the memories are those that matter the most.
Simple things like a young Sam Shep's wonder try vs Frampton which included jimmy Watson passing the ball after a wonderful kick and dummy from a wizardly talent in our own 22. Or the push over scrum up the hill at Ashley down with jimmer and jutty in the last 5mins to win a game. The afternoon on tour funneling Rolls Royce rugby club out of beer and us all wanting to be mitcham men.
As a coach helping the midget front row of gibbons, welly and Ed to scrumage the Kingswood lumps off the park or witnessing Stu Bowker (finger hanging off) put in a performance of such guts to inspire the team in the battle against newet away was wonderful. Or just simply dealing with the child like enthusiasm of Robbie Wilton at training on any dark and cold Tuesday and Thursday night were all such great events and experiences.
Its things likes these and memories made that make BAC a truly great rugby club.
These experience mean on any visit back to Bristol I always try to pop up the BAWA to catch up with my mates, share a beer just to catch up with old friends.
Anyone who plays for BAC is lucky as they will always have mates for life and that is all you should ask for from any rugby club.