As far as Wasps super fans go, you’d be hard pushed to find anybody who can beat the dedication shown by south coast natives Stevie and Dave Dowson.
The married couple were bitten by the Wasps bug in 2000 and have been Season Members ever since, making an epic 300-mile round-trip from their Worthing home to Ricoh Arena for every home game.
They also follow Dai Young’s side across Europe – so much so that they’ve only ever missed two European away games since the 2004 European Champions Cup final.
“We caught the rugby experience bug three days after we got married when we went to Twickenham to watch the Barbarians take on Leicester Tigers,” revealed Stevie.
“We were hooked on the atmosphere and it was then we agreed that we needed a rugby team near us to support, and at the time, that was Wasps.
“My husband Dave is a long-term member of Worthing Raiders RFC which is where Joe Launchbury used to play before he joined Wasps - so we sometimes head down there to watch when we aren’t getting our Wasps fix!”
Every Wasps match is a big day out for IT workers Stevie and Dave, as they use public transport to get to each game. For mid-afternoon kick-offs the pair begin their journeys at 7.30am in the morning, and arrive home at around 10.30pm in the evening.
“We’ve made a lot of friends in the stands through following Wasps – it’s just a really inclusive experience which is why we keep coming back,” added Stevie.
“We’ve seen Wasps pick up their fair share of silverware but the real highlight for us has been the trips to Italy – particularly against Treviso – purely because of the friendly welcome you get.”
As for the future, Stevie is optimistic about what the new season holds for the team.
She added: “I think it’ll take some time for the new signings to settle in, but if they can all stay fit then I think we stand a really strong chance of a play-off place and a return to the European Champions Cup.
“We’ll be there together cheering the boys on regardless!”
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