Please excuse this little bit of self-indulgence…
I’ve been more than a little concerned of late about just how old the crowds at The Butts appear these days.
With youngsters attracted to the razzmatazz of the our Premiership neighbours, it seems as if the average age of the gate on a Saturday is somewhat greater than the total points we’ve accumulated so far this season…
Heeding my worries, our 5 children have been busy trying to redress the balance. As of last Thursday, I was blessed with 5 grandchildren, all beautiful and all wonderful in their own right.
Please now welcome the 6th – Jessica Elaine Burden.
And what a munchkin she is, too.
I’m delighted to say that her mum and dad, Charlie and Brad, have already begun to indoctrinate her into the ways of the Cov and, as you can see from the picture, she is sporting the latest in Cov babygrows.
Bedtime stories consist of the Chairman’s notes from past programmes and she falls asleep (as we all do) to Paul Ingleston’s commentary of Newcastle v Coventry, the video of which is projected on to the ceiling above her cot.
Charlie mashes us the chips and pie from the previous home game into a lovely paste which she freezes, ready for stage 2 of Jessica’s conversion (pun intended) in a few months time.
Whilst there is no women’s team at the moment, in my head she will begin her training aged 5 in the knowledge that somewhere in Jon Sharp’s vision of the club there is one.
And when she becomes captain, shortly before her international call-up, Coventry Godivas will have become the most successful women’s rugby team in the country…
Wishing her a long, successful and, above all, happy life.