All good ideas and some have already been implemented (Facebook targeted advertising, free tickets for schools etc.). The trouble is, there just isn't the manpower (or marketing budget) to put them into action.
If anyone would like to volunteer their services then please get in touch with the club.
I've not been going up too often recently, or posting on here - my mental health really doesn't need the weekly injection of crisis from Moseley. Still, I have to get some use out of the season ticket so I was there on Saturday. To be honest, much like John Cleese in Clockwise, it's not the despair that's the problem - you can price despair in relatively easily. It's the hope.
not for the first time this season I was left thinking that they're really not a bad side. The first half they contained Blackheath well and I looked forward to turning the screw a bit down the slope after the break. Well that didn't happen did it? For whatever reason they're not gelling as a side, haven't really gelled all season, and we're reaping the consequences. Where we go from here is unclear. Well, beyond National 2 North that is.
There is money in Birmingham rugby - witness the spending that is going on at Bourneville. I hope to God the longstanding rumours that those investors originally wanted to put money into Moseley aren't true. There is something wrong with how we play, and presumably therefore how we're coached and how we're run as a club. No one wants to be anything other than grateful to those still around at the top of the club who saved us from the clutches of Mr Kassam, and yes we've still got a club to go and watch, but something's not been right for a long time.
I don't think it's fair to go back and reopen the debate about whether we moved to the right ground- pretty well everyone will know where they stand on that one and no one's going to have their mind changed. You might just as profitably argue that we shouldn't have lost the Reddings in the first place...
Finally, a plea, can we all stick together and try and work out how we reclaim the club and start moving in the right direction? Right now I can only speculate as to what's going to be in the season ticket renewal letter and I don't envy Dave Warren in having to come up with the words for it. At best he's going to be looking back on the great escape and at worse trying to spin positively a fall down yet another rabbit hole.
On a selfish personal note as some of you knowI live really close to Chinnor and next season they may well be playing a higher standard of rugby. To get to the Common I have to turn down shorter journeys from my front door to Worcester, Gloucester, Chinnor, London Irish, Coventry, Northampton and Wasps. Of course I don't want to go to any of those because they're not my club, but every time I drive up the M40 (and more importantly when, like on Saturday night, I'm driving home again) I do ask myself the question what on earth I'm doing.
Onwards and Upwards isn't going to happen for a while is it?
You sound so sad southernmost and I do really feel for you. And yes we should all stick together and try and work out what each of us can do to help the club, as much as the team, through this difficult time. I have suggested we engage a professional rugby coach or annalist NOT to replace our current coaching set up, far from it, but to carry out an impartial root and branch investigation into every aspect of how we do what we do in terms of playing rugby.
That examination should be all enveloping and encompass every aspect of the actual playing and coaching staff at Moseley Rugby Club and should include ALL the players and coaches - both one to one AND collectively.
That investigation should be undertaken NOT with the view to identify indifferent players or coaches and get rid of them, far from it but to find out precisely what is wrong at Moseley Rugby Club and make a constructive case to address that / those problems. We all have our different opinions on what needs to be done and I know some of us feel we are experts in everything rugby but none of us are - certainly not I - but once the problem/s is/are identified we can then MOSELEY RUGBY CLUB can begin to prioritise exactly how MOSELEY RUGBY CLUB can move forward.
Let me float a blue sky suggestion and suggest that we engage Eddie Jones to give us his honest view. But it should not stop it Eddies view. If he feels it is a game management problem then we should dip into our pockets to engage an expert in game management - short term, we cannot obviously fund full time - not for the purpose of replacing our incumbent game management set up but to COACH our incumbent game management set up, our incumbent fitness set up and our incumbent coaching set up.
In other words coach ALL the incumbent 'coaching set up' at MOSELEY so that we, MOSELEY can help ourselves to succeed.
It might cost a few quid and we should all be prepared to dig deep into our pockets but if we, MOSELEY, do not do something drastic, sooner than later, then our once great club may languish forever in the rugby wilderness.
Miracles can and do happen but they sometimes need an element of mortal intervention.
Come on Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose
I agree nobby,but if you are going to do an independant review shouldn't it start at the top, as others have mentioned earlier on this is not just this season, but has been going on for years resulting in the last three years being abysmal. so how has it been allowed to happen, anybody can see the decline so why has nothing been done about.
Marketing was mentioned earlier on then the brackets little finance. gates are dwindling if it had not been for the coach of lads from Swansea on Saturday and a few supporters from Blackheath it would have been another bad day.
What have we done to JLR and Cadburys, no sponsorship anywhere yet every other club in the region seems to have sponsorship. to cap it all Mr Kraft who owns Cadburys his team just won the Superbowl, New England Patriots.
Have we not got radio stations, tv and newspapers yet I never hear or see anything about our matches.
You would think that we would even get dates right, but one of our greatest players and we can't even get the dates right.
if we do fall through the trap door I sincerely hope we don't, hopefully it would be south not north more away games better locations.
Finally it was mentioned about the players and the contact with the supporters, not everyone likes corporate, a lot of supporters do frequent the old club house but all we ever see are the players walking past and going home, as if no one exists outside the new building. my group who frequent the clubhouse have seen, lewis one night really enjoying himself doing some karaoke and probably a couple of fleeting appearances sometimes adam.
I only want the best for Moseley Rugby but we just seem to be in freefall, fingers crossed the run of the ball bounces in our favour over the next 8 games or so
re: Petespan earlier notes re publicity in pubs etc. Most established pubs and some other businesses stretching along Alcester Road B13 and B14 have taken in hand-out flyers and/or posters on their billboards since August 2017, subject to print capacity avaiability. FREE tickets to me are no answer to getting ladies, gentlemen, youngsters through the gate on a REGULAR BASIS. £15 is fair price to pay for an afternoon out with friends. The posters promote free entry for 0-15 and £6 for 16-17, hospitality availability, and bus routes along with the forthcoming months home fixtures.
Other than sending out 'press gangs' for every home game along with other well intended attempts at luring bodies through the turnstiles and getting bums on seats, might a run of polished, winning performance be a good starting point?
Get that right and we may be in with a chance of success.
Come on Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooose
re: Petespan earlier notes re publicity in pubs etc. Most established pubs and some other businesses stretching along Alcester Road B13 and B14 have taken in hand-out flyers and/or posters on their billboards since August 2017, subject to print capacity avaiability. FREE tickets to me are no answer to getting ladies, gentlemen, youngsters through the gate on a REGULAR BASIS. £15 is fair price to pay for an afternoon out with friends. The posters promote free entry for 0-15 and £6 for 16-17, hospitality availability, and bus routes along with the forthcoming months home fixtures. [
£15 will not be acceptable in the event of relegation to Nat 2 , Stourbridge who will be opponents charge £10 as do most of that division./quote]
SEASON TICKET 18+ 175 (£11.60) 120 STD MEMBER + 1 M & J FREE IN GRANDSTAND 170 STD MEMBER + 2 M & J MATCH DAY 15 FREE 0- 15 0 220 STD MEMBER + 3 M & J 16-17 6 195 FULL MEMBER SENIOR SEASON 125 350 2 ADS + 2 M & J WITH M & J MEMBERSHIP SENIOR X 2 220 10 MATCH DAY
+ FOUR MATCH FREE VOUCHERS
MOSELEY OAK FREE 5 LIONS
+ PETROL/RAIL/BUS TO STOURBRIDGE
Take your choice jonnoisgod but mainly we'll avoid having to play Stourbridge in any case.
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