I’m really not under-estimating the effect of a sports club moving. The switch to Sixfields had a massive impact on me and my family, and broke a tradition and a feeling which we haven’t really managed to get back. In an ideal world every club would stay close to its roots, and every fan who sees their team move away is a small tragedy to be avoided if at all possible. I totally get the people objecting to the Wasps move on principle, but I genuinely feel it’s not clear-cut. Not every move is the same. CCFC – had a perfectly good (indeed superb) home stadium, and moved to something utterly unsuitable as part of an attempt to gain business advantage Wasps – had a stadium which couldn’t support their status as major side hosting big European matches, and moved to venue which meets that need perfectly CCFC – unequivocally represents the city of Coventry Wasps – historically had its roots in London, but moved out well over a decade ago. Many people have quite happily advocated going 30 miles (or more) back, which apparently would not trouble their conscience regarding the people in Wycombe. When it’s pointed out that Wasps tried and failed for years to find a site in London, some people say they should have gone to Upton Park in the East End – try telling that to the Buckinghamshire brigade. Let’s face it, “the London area” is pretty meaningless in this context. CCFC – met with fury and vociferous opposition from at least 80% of fans when the move was announced, and suffered a disastrous loss of fan base with large numbers still alienated Wasps – attracted a lot of criticism, and petitions from a proportion of supporters. But large numbers of fans (I’m not in a position to say the majority, but it could easily be) have embraced the move with enthusiasm and excitement. A quick read of the Wasps forum reveals a lot of genuine support for the move and a liking for the new venue. What’s more, the move appears to have generated a lot of interest and support from people in the Midlands including kids who already count themselves as Wasps supporters. Are we going to be sanctimonious enough to tell them that their enjoyment is all wrong? Obviously CRFC are affected too, but they seem to have taken it quite philosophically and they are looking to pick up increased interest and support because of the new high profile of the sport in the area. It’s a moral minefield, and if (say) Northampton RFC had moved to the Ricoh just to get a bigger venue that would have been a disgrace. But the bottom line is that Coventry didn’t pinch another town’s club – a major club with a big problem chose Coventry as its home and is prospering and giving pleasure to a lot of rugby fans as a result. It’s a fact whether you like it or not, and yes I welcome it despite my discomfort about the innocent people who have lost out.