Supporter Memories | Volume Three
From bearing the flags on famous Scotstoun nights, to sharing experiences with those closest to you - the Warrior Nation has followed the club through thick and thin.
With just a week to go until rugby and Glasgow Warriors make their return to competitive action, hear stories told by those who were there in Volume Three of our Supporter Memories series…
So many memories!
The home play-off semi-finals that got us to our two
Guinness PRO12 finals. Scotstoun was rocking with flags covering every corner
of the stands. My dad and I had the chance to hold the pitch flags as the teams
came out for our first home semi-final and atmosphere on the pitch was amazing.
Then there was that day in Belfast! Possibly the best of my
life, shared with my Dad and a proud day for all of the Warrior Nation. It was
hard to believe after watching the team from Hughenden and Firhill – a league
win seemed so far away in those days.
In between I’ve been fortunate to give my Dad a few wee
surprises as well, with his season tickets being delivered by the players at
his house after him being very frustrated at having to wait in for a parcel for
me. As he was going out with a friend, he was forced to apologise when a few
players turned up to present him in person with his season ticket! He also
enjoyed a car ride with Alex Dunbar as part of a competition that I was lucky
enough to win and gave to him.
So many memories and hopefully more to come!
I met Jonny Gray for the first time on January 6 2018 in
Parma for the Zebre v Glasgow Warriors game. I was so full of emotions as he is
my favourite of favourites and when he told me “you speak very good English”
my heart nearly exploded!
I’ll never forget that moment, and you can see from my face
how happy I was!
My favourite memory of being a Glasgow Warriors supporter is
definitely being selected to be a flag bearer during the Guinness PRO14 final,
at Celtic Park. We may not have won the game, but being front and centre of the
Warriors flag and being on the pitch whilst the players ran out was phenomenal!
So many to pick from, but I have had the privilege to be
able to organise the adult flag bearers at Scotstoun, including for home semi-finals.
The atmosphere when you walk onto the pitch and hear Scotstoun giving it laldy
is something that will stay with me for a long time. The feedback from the flag-bearers gives me
goosebumps thinking about them. Wonderful memories and hope for more to come.
We’ve been following the Warriors for a few years from the
Firhill days, thanks to complimentary tickets from our friend’s flatmates (who
happened to be players at the time!).
Having been lucky enough to be front row in the West Stand
when Finn slotted the kick to put us in the final, we made a last minute
decision to go to Belfast for the final. Our awesome friend who worked for
Guinness at the time surprised us with hospitality and it still ranks as one of
the best weekends.
It was amazing to see our old friend Welshie outside after
the game, too!
Our best memory of the Warriors was when we met the team
during the Harlequins pre-season friendly in Perth. My son got his Glasgow
Warriors rugby ball and top signed from the players.
October 2004 – I was a 14-year-old boy, attending my first
Glasgow game. I’m a son of a proud Glaswegian and even though I was born south
of the border my ties have always been to the north.
We strolled down to Hughenden the day before the game to try
and get tickets. Sean Lineen greeted us and willingly sorted the tickets for
Match day. We arrive at the ground and my father hears
someone announce that “we’re short of ball boys”. Instinctively as any good
father would, he volunteers me.
One hour later, I’m pitchside as a ball-boy, a special match
as I also had ties to Northampton…
From a 14 year-old boy at Hughenden to watching Glasgow win
the PRO14 and following them away on many occasions, noticeably an amazing away
trip to La Rochelle back in December.
How far this great club has come…