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Army v Navy Rugby - 2019

Discussion in 'Military News and Clips' started by News, May 10, 2019.

  1. News

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    Richmond Council has expressed severe concern regarding the behaviour of fans attending the Army and Navy match at the RFU Stadium last Saturday.

    It follows many reports over the long weekend from residents expressing outrage at witnessing scenes of drunken behaviour, urination in gardens, fans passed out in the streets, attempted theft and, in one instance, a woman being hospitalised after being struck by a bottle thrown by fans in St Margarets.

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  2. Chelonian

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    Match attendees now see this event primarily as a drunken, al fresco fancy dress party with the rugby match itself being of secondary importance.

    It's a fair point. I haven't been to one in years. Too many braying Hooray Henrys for my liking.

    While not condoning public disorder I'm hoping for a repeat of what RT described as:

    Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Mark Carleton-Smith, standing with his hands on his hips in what looks like a computer generated British Army television studio as he delivers a stern talking-to to members of the British Army.
     
  3. westy

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    I was there and saw nothing of the sort!! Even when they shut the bars 30 mins before the match, there wasn’t a problem!!
     
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  4. dodgyknees

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    Total garbage! I go every year and have never seen anything but good natured banter and at worst a few blokes who may have had one too many shandies!

    Can’t believe they have moved the girls and vets games from Kneller Hall to try and curb the drinking. What must be remembered by the chain of command is that a good proportion of the crowd are not military, my cousin is in the Met and goes every year with his mates.

    I am sure Richmond Council are happy to collect their share of the proceeds from the event. If they don’t like it, let’s move the game to Cardiff, they know how to host a piss up!
     
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  5. Chelonian

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    Yep. Army v Navy has a reputation for being a beer fest. Must admit though that it's not my cup of tea nor glass of beer. Several young women of my acquaintance with zero interest in rugby attend because the Army v Navy RFU match apparently guarantees the attendance of "fit blokes". :confused:

    I agree that some elements of Richmond Council apparently haven't quite figured out the balance between very lucrative sporting events and local inconvenience.
     
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  6. ex killick

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    I saw westy urinating!

    Safeguard.
     
  7. westy

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    That was meant to be our little secret!!
     
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    Tut
     
  9. 777-200

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    Would not be surprised if they do change the venue of this beer-fest. They could actually turn it into a Minecraft stadium tournament and ditch the rugby.
    Every year there are more complaints. They have brought the game forward to reduce the drinking (ho ho), stopped the coach park barbecues and closed the bars 30 minutes before the game. They seem to be missing the point that it has got nothing to do with the rugby, it is all to do with the socialising.
     
  10. Thomo

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    Never been to one but everyone I know who goes doesn't seem to bother about who won and looking at the Facebook pages, it seems to be more about camraderie than competition. Most people seem to make it a weekend-long reunion rather than worry about the sport itself, in fact I think half of those going wouldn't know the difference between League and Union.