Coach transport to South Wales

Date published: Monday, March 22, 2010

Roughyeds fan John Davies, a supporter for 30 years, is hoping to fill a 48-seat coach for our historic game against new club South Wales Scorpions at the Gnoll in Neath on Sunday, April 11 (2.00pm kick off).

The Scorpions, owned by a consortium of business men, have made a cracking start to life in Co-operative Championship 1 with two wins and a narrow defeat at York from their first three games. They currently lie second in the table to York on scoring difference, although both have played a game more than third-placed Roughyeds, who have the maximum six points from two games played.

Scorpions have dual-registration players from Celtic Crusaders on their books, but most of their players qualify for Wales and a large percentage of them were born in Wales.

Making a guest appearance at the Scorpions next home game against London Skolars will be the famous Welsh folk singer and entertainer Max Boyce, a further indication that the management of the new club are striving to make it a genuine Welsh club in every sense of the word.

Said John: “After our superb win at Hunslet, Tony Benson (Roughyeds coach) pointed out publicly that the vocal backing of the Roughyeds fans had inspired the players and had played a significant part in the victory.

“It set me thinking about what I could do to encourage fans to make the trip to South Wales so I am hoping to run a coach and the club is going to help me as much as it possibly can.

“The trip will be run independently by me, but the club is being very supportive and I would like to publicly thank the commercial manager Rachael Marsters and the staff for their assistance.”

For anyone seeking further information John can be contacted by email at but to book seats and to pay in advance fans are asked to contact the club on 0161 628 3677 as soon as possible and by April 1 at the latest.

“The club and I are working in partnership to fill the bus,” added John, “and the club are taking bookings on 0161 628 3677 and accepting payments as well as taking names and contact numbers or email addresses of fans who are interested.

“Price per seat is £18, but if I can’t fill the bus with 48 supporters the trip will have to be cancelled because the price per head would be too expensive if there were empty seats.

“Time of departure is 8am, but pick up points will confirmed later and publicised as soon as we get them.

“I would ask that payment is made in full in advance and by April 1 at the latest to enable me to pay for the bus, confirm the booking and sort out the pick-up points so that everyone knows exactly what is happening with plenty of time to spare.

“Payment in advance is required because I can’t afford to stand losses if people were to book a place and then not turn up on the day.

“I would like to add that I will not be making money from the trip, I just thought it would be a good idea to encourage as many fans as I can to go to South Wales to follow our team.

“They have done us proud so far and if I can do my little bit to help to whip up support I am only too pleased to do so.”

Roughyeds wish to thank John for his enthusiasm, initiative and desire to help and hope that supporters will give him their backing.