IF YOU have ever wanted to become a part of Gloucester's history - quite literally - then the Guinness Premiership table toppers are ready to launch a scheme that will guarantee the most passionate supporter a unique place alongside the South Stand development.
The 'Walk of Legends' will help Gloucester celebrate their glorious past while also providing an opportunity for supporters to be a part of the future.
Supporters will be asked to nominate the 10 greatest Gloucester legends who will sit pride of place at the front of the new stand. They can then have their name and message printed on a brick to sit on the walkway to the ground as a permanent reminder of their loyalty to the club.
A trio of top Gloucester players - including skipper Marco Bortolami and James Simpson-Daniel - have already signed up for the scheme and their bricks will sit in the new development.
Gloucester, in conjunction with the Citizen Newspaper, will run a 10-week feature profiling 10 legends down the ages at Kingsholm and will then ask readers and supporters to nominate the heroes they would like included.
An independent panel of judges will make the final selection to launch the scheme.
"I think it is a truly wonderful idea and will not only commemorate the development of the South Stand but to also honour great players in Gloucester's history," said managing director Ken Nottage.
"Schemes like these have worked brilliantly at Twickenham and football stadiums around the country and I am positive this is something our supporters will cherish as an opportunity to become living memorials around the new stand.
"We want to offer something that is unique to our club and our supporters and think this idea is perfect."
Bricks will be provided on a first come, first served basis into the South Stand walkway. Supporters will be able to choose from either single (two lines) or double (four lines) stones, engraved with your name and personal message in black or gold lettering.
Inscriptions could include name, support for Gloucester Rugby, celebration of an anniversary, birthday or a birth. When an order is placed it is essential the inscription is checked and is why the club will issue a verification certificate.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.