Our derby day tifo
02.08.17 - Article
Our group started work on our tifo for the visit of O*ford in November. This gave us roughly three months to get everything sorted and hopefully have time to spare.
It started with rough design ideas, sourcing funding, practical ideas of what we physically wanted to do and in what stand, where we could source materials, where we could work on it, and opening a dialogue with the club making sure they knew we wanted to do something.
We knew we wanted to do something special and we've already toyed with the idea of suspending a giant banner that covered the front of the stand top-to-bottom like those we have become familiar with seeing in Eastern Europe, so we thought we'd give it a crack and possibly create the first tifo where a banner reaches from the top of a stand to the ground on this scale in The Football League.
Roughly 30 hours of work later carried out by our group, two trial runs at the ground, many discussions with many stewards, maintenance team members and safety officers, we had a tifo ready to go on the Friday night before Sunday's fixture.
Fantastic effort from @GWReds pic.twitter.com/9MyEqar1g9
— Brendan Hobbs (@MrBraindown) February 5, 2017
We were overwhelmed by the response from the supporters on the day, and we are happy to have been able to put on something like this to make our match-days more special. Hopefully the result can follow for future tifos...
Despite today being throughly crap all-round, @GWReds deserve huge credit for the immense Town End display, did the club proud. 👏👏👏 #STFC pic.twitter.com/V1YVMPa4YP
— Dan Johnson ن (@danwjonson) February 5, 2017
One special mention to James Brophy. Who took the time in the evening after the game to send us a private message on Twitter:
"Would just like to thank you guys for the display today and support. Don't think right time to tweet it thought the display was unbelievable and do apologise that the effort that went into that wasn't matched on the pitch."
Everyone was angry with the way the football went on the day, but we appreciated to get some direct feedback about the tifo and a personal message regarding the performance on the day.
We felt we should share this with the fans as the message is to all of us.*
Also, thanks to Matt from the maintenance team at the ground for letting us in on his days off to give us the chance to carry out our trial runs.
But most of all we would like to thank the Swindon Town Supporter's Club and the Swindon Town Supporter's Trust for their generous financial contributions to Great Western Reds. Without these supporter-focussed groups that have Swindon Town fans at the front of their minds we wouldn't have been able to pull it off.
*We checked with him first.