They laugh at me, these fellas,
Just because I am small
They laugh at me because I’m not hundred feet tall!
I tell ’em there’s a lot to learn down here on the ground
The world is big, but little people turn it around!
Les Miserables – Little People
In a week where good news is at something of a premium, I thought I’d share with you details of how to obtain a memento of the current 2019/20 season which would make an ideal present for any supporter of Coventry Rugby, big or small.
Purely by chance , I happened to come across a similar design for the Coventry City strip on Twitter a few weeks ago, so I took a punt and got in touch with a lovely chap called Martin and asked whether it would be possible to have something similar done – only for Cov Rugby.
A kind of one off commission.
He asked me to forward some photos of the two strips, together with any other requests I might have and to leave the rest with him. I guess if I’d wanted it, I could have had the home strip, back and front rather than the home and away, for instance.
And this is what he came up with, although I should add Martin is the one who oversees the orders and not the person who actually creates them as far as I understand it.
The replicas of the current home and away kit (2019/20) are incredibly detailed, even down to the Cov badge which has been painstakenly recreated. The boots would come in black as standard, but I asked for two different colours as that seems to be the way in the modern game.
The frame measures just 19 cms by 19 cms, so it is relatively small and it comes with a hook attached to the reverse should you want to hand it on a wall, as I have mine.
And to say I’m delighted with the end result would be an understatement.
It looks great and everyone who has seen it has, without exception, made extremely positive comments.
The more eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that the ‘K’ of ‘Skins’ isn’t quite as it should be in this prototype, but this is something of a test sample – any future purchases will see that corrected. (I love the uniqueness of mine – a collector’s collector’s item so-to-speak.)
And yes, the person who created this is more than happy to take more orders should there be any demand.
At £35, I thought it was really good value given the work that has gone in to it. It takes about 6 weeks from the placing of the order, but with Father’s Day in June and presumably the odd birthday in between, it might be something that would appeal as a gift to anyone who regards themselves as a genuine Cov supporter.
UPDATE: I have spoken to Martin since writing this – he confirms he can post to anywhere in the UK for £4. However, the cost for the display unit is £38; I bought 3 but sadly my maths wasn’t up to the challenge.
Delivery is by hand direct from Martin – he lives in the Eastern Green area of Coventry, so he’ll be local to most. If there is a problem, I could pick them up and post them on should you live further afield and not want to miss out.
If you would like to know more, just direct message me via twitter (@Cowshedtim) or via email (email@example.com) and I’ll forward to you Martin’s contact details.
And before anyone asks, no I’m not taking any sort of cut!!!
I just a) think it’s a lovely looking thing and b) want to support someone locally who is showing a bit of enterprise.
It’s also something that I imagine would sell well in the club shop…had I seen it them I’m sure would have bought at least one as a Christmas gift, probably more (and dropped a fair few hints about wanting one for myself ;)).
I know a number of people collect Cov memorabilia so this might be something that one or two might want to add to their collections.
And there you have it – I just thought I share it with you and test the waters, as it were.
Up the Cov.
I’ve actually read Les Miserables (under duress I have to say) and the stage production is the only West End musical I’ve ever seen – and stunning it was too.
In some respects, stuck in National One a couple of years back, Coventry Rugby was one of the little people…
…which does indeed show what the little people can do.
Goliath was a bruiser who was tall as the sky.
But David threw a right and gave him one in the eye.
I never read the Bible but I know that it’s true
It only goes to show what little people can do!