Pride & Passion with P&P: Ian Wallace
In a new content series, we bring supporters' stories to life and hear their Pride & Passion in choosing to #BackYourBurgh.
This week, we spoke with longtime supporter Ian Wallace who discussed the 1872 Cup and what it means to the Edinburgh Rugby fanbase. Pride & Passion is brought to you by Main Club Sponsor Principal & Prosper - find out how you can receive impartial financial advice today.
Where do you live and support the club from?
What year did you first start supporting the club and what was the first match you attended?
I started supporting the club in 2014 and saw my first match (vs Connacht) in September that year.
Do you attend Edinburgh Rugby matches with friends or family?
I always meet up with my friends at the ground.
What does the 1872 Cup and facing Glasgow Warriors mean to you?
It's a brilliant chance to see the very best of Scottish Rugby and meet friends who support our rivals.
Richard Cockerill’s side are looking to retain the trophy for the fourth straight season – what have been some of your highlights of the 1872 Cup derbies the last three seasons?
Duhan's two interception scores in 2018 and most recently, Charlie Shiel's match-sealing try in September - it was just a piece of individual brilliance.
In your opinion, what one piece of skill, highlight or even tackle sums up the 1872 Cup?
For me, it's a single match. Our home derby against Glasgow in December 2017.
Simon Berghan was sent off after just eight minutes and the boys dug deeper than was humanly possible to hang in there and with a minute to go Chris Dean crossed the line to score the winning try.
It ended 18-17 to Edinburgh and that match even eclipsed beating Toulon home and away.
The club has been on a journey the last three seasons – as a supporter, do you feel you’ve been connected and part of that ascendancy?
The club have taken all the supporters on the journey. We are a pro rugby team with that clubland feel... It is awesome!
How excited are you to move into our new stadium and how important will having our own home be to supporters?
I get really emotional thinking about moving in to the new stadium. Finally it feels like we have our own identity.
How special will it be for fans to get back into grounds and watch live rugby when it is safe to do so?
Watching rugby on TV is good but actually being in the stadium makes you feel alive.
Finally, if you were to sum up: what does supporting Edinburgh Rugby mean to you?
Following our club means everything to me. It gives me a sense of belonging like being with your family.
I work for a living but I live for my rugby and meeting the most amazing people within our club and our support.