'You know what pisses me off?" asks Andy Irvine. "This is the kind of thing that pisses me off."
This â00kind of thingâ00 the former international great is talking about is the criticism he has had to ship for absenting himself from the recent Melrose Sevens.
The Melrose Sevens by the way for those of you, who donâ00t know, just happens to be the oldest rugby sevens and according to Wikipedia, Melrose is the birthplace of Rugby Sevens.
But the SRU President has been accused of â00snubbingâ00 the event and, this is the kind of thing that pisses him off. Explaining his absence "I was on holiday with my family, pre-arranged from way back,â0 seems, on the face of things, perfectly reasonable given the sort of schedule he must have as President of the Union. Mind you the Melrose Sevens has been pre-arranged since 1883, and has been taking place on the same weekend near enough ever since.
So it wasnâ00t as if the occasion just crept up on the busy busy Irvine. Its more likely that a vacation seems much more preferable than a visit to what could be considered the rugby heartbeat of Scottish rugby, aka the Border Region.In terms of spectator support this season, the comparison between Glasgow and Borders is interesting. Glasgowâ00s biggest crowd of the season was 2,799 for the visit of top of the table Ulster in January but when Ulster visited Netherdale 3252 turned up. Munsterâ00s visit to Hughenden as European champions attracted a crowd of just over 2,200.
When they last competed in the Heineken Cup Glasgow managed a best crowd of 1907 (v Leinster), for their part Bordersâ00 best attendance in this yearâ00s competition was the 1,403 who turned up watch them play Parma!
Last season in the Magners, Bordersâ00 best attendance was the 3879 who watched them play Cardiff Blues and their second best crowd of the season, 2,646 was four hundred more than Glasgowâ00s highest attendance.
But the real world according to Andy Irvine, is not the one occupied by those who created an almighty fuss over the death of the Borders.
The real world is where the Scottish pro sides - and we have to assume he includes the Borders - â00have not had a fair chance up to now.â0 And why?
Because Irvine admits, â00the marketing and other things we've done have been garbageâ0.
Well fair play to you Andy. At least youâ00ve put your hand up.
Oh and by the way. The real world of Glasgow footy just happens to include two incidental clubs called Celtic and Rangers. So what.
Anyway farewell ye Border laddies. And oops, Sorry about you losing your livelihoods. Sure thatâ00s life.
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