Last Friday’s Coventry-Bedford match, at the Ricoh Arena, had a slightly surreal feel to it.
Not only was it strange that the match was going ahead at all, the marble walkways and bright lights of the casino made it all the more incongruous.
It was rather like modern India with wealth and poverty in such close juxtaposition.
The opulence extended beneath the exterior and into the bowels of the stadium with the changing rooms the model of well-heeled privilege.
Cov had use of a large warm-up area, changing areas the size of the Butts Park bar, panelled lockers and an enormous shower area replete with four free-standing ice baths.
“It’s a bit like Sharmans Cross Road,” noted Cov and former Bees DOR Phil Maynard. “At least a quarter of it is.”
* Speaking of Coventry we should all applaud Exeter’s offer to pay their travel expenses to Sandy Park this weekend.
The Chiefs’ chief executive Tony Rowe is keen for the Championship match to go ahead and has stumped up in the region of £700 to try and make sure the lambs arrive in time for the slaughter.
Now, I say again, this is a laudable gesture at what is an awful time for Maynard’s men. But let’s also be realistic Exeter have every reason to want to the fixture to go ahead.
Even at a reduced rate of £10 a head, the Championship leaders stand to make more than £50,000 from Saturday’s game. How Cov could do with that sort of income.
* Finally, as we prepare to spend a peaceful festive season in the loving bosoms of our families, Charlie Simpson Daniel has lifted the lid on Christmas in the Sinbad house.
The Moseley wing is one of four rugby-playing brothers who have each made their way in the game.
However, as much as they wish each other well with their careers, when it comes to seasonal parlour games there is no love lost.
“We are childishly competitive,” he says. “Monopoly at Christmas is a dangerous place to be. My eldest brother Chris is by far the worst of all of us. He’s got to be nearly 30 and he starts all the problems.”