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Monday May 13, 2024

Gloucester fans rally after record defeat

On Saturday Gloucester Rugby faced their worst-ever Premiership defeat when they were dismantled 90 – 0 by a full-strength, top of the table, Northampton Saints.

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The penultimate match in Gloucester’s woeful season was the icing on the extremely stale cake their supporters have been forced to indulge in. With just 4 wins from 17 matches and currently sitting 13 points behind their nearest rivals Leicester, the shed faithful will not remember this season with fondness.

It will be a season the club will be remembered for losing Louis Rees-Zammit to an entirely different sport, a season in which they finished above only a winless (to be confirmed) Newcastle Falcons and a season in which they endured their record premiership defeat.

So if your club was going through all this in a season, how would you expect your fans to react?

Well, on social media the Gloucester faithful have been just that…faithful. A terrific set of supporters, the cherry and white public have been incredible in their response.

After captain Lewis Ludlow sent out an apology message to the fans following their rollover at the weekend – nothing but support flew back.

Messages from Gloucester fans read:

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“Always appreciate your honesty and integrity Skip.“

“No one wanted that score but life goes on…… if I’ve learnt anything in these last few weeks it’s that life is too short specially for negativity! Move on to next week and know true supporters have your backs”

As with the respect and integrity that comes with the sport, even the opposition joined in to support the beaten side during this difficult time.

“As a saints fan, I feel gutted for you & the boys. Far from the Gloucester we were expecting. You put up a fight, but unfortunately just not strong enough today. Hold your heads up high and prepare for the next couple of weeks. You have silverware within your grasp. Go get it”

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Gloucester head into the final round of matches next week with a bottom of the table clash against the winless Newcastle Falcons. Although the result will have no bearing on their final standings, it will prove important to rebuild optimism within their fan bases.

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