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‘Twickenham’s not a public bar’: Clive Woodward hits out at drinking culture

  • England fans at Twickenham remain keen to make their way to the bar during the game, says Woodward
  • The former head coach thinks the stream to the bars and toilets has got out of control in recent games
Clive Woodward has shone a light on one of rugby’s biggest issues – but it has nothing to do with the on-field product.

The World-Cup-winning coach used his Daily Mail column to chide Twickenham fans who consistently leave their seats during games to go to the bar, producing a never-ending visual obstruction for stationery supporters.

“Twickenham is not primarily a public bar, it’s a wonderful ground where rugby must come first, second and third and where members of the public of all ages must feel completely comfortable and welcome,” he said in the Mail.

“I seemed to touch on a very raw nerve the other day when I mentioned how irritating the constant procession of fans to and from the bars and lavatories at Twickenham is getting during the game.

“It has got out of control recently and is fast becoming a real issue.

“I would seriously think about shutting the drinks outlets 10-15 minutes before kick-off and not opening them again until the final whistle is blown.

“Guys — and girls — it’s only an hour and 20 minutes with a 15-minute half-time break for essential calls of nature. Surely we can manage that? You wouldn’t think of behaving like this at a theatre or cinema.”

2 Responses

  1. Barry O'Neill

    Thank heavens for Sir Clive. It’s about time someone with a high profile spoke out on this issue. If people want to pay £80+ for a ticket only to constantly get up and down for drinks and food and have a non-stop Mexican wave, I’m sure there’s a soulless money-grabbing venue that would love to have them. Maybe then the people who go to Twickenham first and foremost to WATCH RUGBY can do so in the way it was always intended at one of the great rugby venues.