May 09, 2017
Supporter Gatherings For Champions Cup Final
With the Champions Cup final only a few days away the SSA will once again be joining forces with their Scottish equivalents to arrange supporter meet ups across Scotland.
It all started when Saracens faced Glasgow Warriors at Allianz Park in the quarter finals. A couple of days before the game the SSA put out a message across their social media channels
Before battle commences and the next few days will rush by we wanted to take a moment to thank Glasgow Warriors, their supporters and particularly the XVI Warrior.
Since the moment this match became set they have been open, appreciative, knowledgeable, fun and so excited it's rubbed off on us. The more we've communicated the more similarities we've seen between our great clubs and supporters.
We are lucky to have made some great friendships during our European adventures particularly in Fadas Toulon and Toulouse and we hope and believe we have the start of something similar here.
Lastly 5,500 supporters is just phenomenal it takes our breath away we cannot wait to welcome you to our home. It's going to be very busy so we'd advise get to the ground early, be patient there will be security measures in place, there will be plenty of places to eat and drink and please come and see us on the grass bank by Gate A.
That message was picked up, liked, and re-tweeted a multitude times including by the likes of Scottish Rugby who tweeted:
- Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) Very classy from Saracens fans as they look forward to welcoming over 5,000 Glasgow Warrior supporters on Sunday #rugbyvalues
The night before the game, the SSA welcomed the official Warriors Supporters Club, XVIthWarrior, to a Beer and Curry evening in the Fez Club, to watch the televised game between Munster and Toulouse, followed by a ‘Question of Sport’ quiz. The following day, the SSA had an area on the grassy knoll set aside as a gathering point, and again the two groups of fans were able to come together and share a truly special rugby occasions that was defined by a sense of camaraderie and friendship.
Over the next few days, despite their defeat, the SSA and Saracens were overwhelmed with messages from Glasgow:
- Unforgettable, day- you spoiled us rotten we're going to ruin you next time we meet. We've definitely found a new Sister club, thank you all.
- Special thanks the magnificent help and generosity over the w/e. You guys were unbelievable Friends for life!
- We really appreciate the love from our new pals. Not the result we wanted but it's been a blast!
- Will be supporting Sarries for the rest of the competition, you're a great side with great supporters and you even play "Werewolves of London" over the PA.
The following weekend, Glasgow Warriors were home to Zebre in the Guinness Pro12, and the match day programme carried a feature on the SSA/XVIthWarrior evening in the Fez Club.
Saracens’ victory over the Warriors sent them to Dublin for a tough semi-final against Munster, but as Sarries supporters travelled to the Emerald Isle, they were accompanied by numerous good luck messages from XVIth Warrior.
Following Sarries’ victory, and a place in the European Final in Edinburgh, the floodgates opened again with more messages, offering help and advice regarding travel and accommodation, plans to meet up, and to top it all, a request for flags and fezzes so that the Warriors can become Fez Boys for the day.
That in turn has helped the SSA plan two great gatherings up in Scotland on finals weekend where they will be welcoming both members of the SSA and non –members and hope you can join them!
Friday Night in Glasgow
For any supporters staying Glasgow over the weekend the SSA and the XVIth Warrior have combined to organise an evening at The Old Schoolhouse, Woodlands Road where our friends from the XVIth Warrior have reserved the Snug area. The pub is just a short 5 min walk from Kelvinbridge Subway or 13 mins walk from Charing Cross.
Match Day in Edinburgh
Join the SSA at the The Three Sisters, Cowgate for a pre-match drink. The Three Sisters is a well known rugby pub with a range of beers and food which comes highly recommended by the Glasgow supporters. The SSA will convene there from 11H00 and the pub is a short stroll from the tram to Murrayfield.