Cherry Jam - A Gloucester Rugby Supporter Podcast
The totally unofficial Gloucester Rugby supporter podcast, or a few mates sharing their mutual suffering with the wider world.
Series 5 - Episode 6: An interview with former player and newly appointed Gloucester Rugby CEO, Alex Brown.
Ed speaks to former Gloucester Rugby player and candidate for the Hall of Fame Alex Brown. They chat about Alex's playing career and his move into the administrative side, plus his newly appointed role as CEO.
Series 5 - Episode 5: World Cup Week 1 including an improbable win for England; Wales sneak past Fiji and Gloucester start their Cup campaign with a win
An exciting first weekend of World Cup action culminated with an all-time classic between Fiji and Wales, with the boys from the wrong side of the Severn sneaking over the line thanks to a dropped pass by Semi Radrada. We discuss all the big games affecting the Home Nations plus France's opening night win over the All Blacks.
We also chat through Gloucester's opening game win over Nottingham and some encouraging performances by a number of the young guns hoping to make an impact this season. Finally, why not chime in and add to the debate...
Series 5 - Episode 4: Our Gloucester Rugby Hall of Fame Selections - The Backs
Following on from our previous pod, here are selections and general musings for our Hall of Fame selections for Gloucester's Backs.
Series 5 - Episode 3: Our Gloucester Rugby Hall of Fame Selections - The Forwards; Plus Jim and Ed played a bit of rugby!
This week we have a special double episode where the lads choose the Cherry Jam selections for the Gloucester Hall of Fame. This episode focuses on the forwards.
We also discuss Jim and Ed's return to the rugby field and exactly how Ed managed to injure himself in the warm-up!
Series 5 - Episode 2: A new low for English Rugby as they lose to Fiji in their final World Cup Warm-up; plus Gloucester have a new Away shirt and it's a cracker!
English Rugby is in a bit of a mess at the moment, but none of us really thought it would get this bad. A defeat at home to the Fijians leaves England 8th in the World rankings and in utter turmoil ahead of the World Cup in two weeks time. We chat through how bad it really was, were there any positives and how much worse it could get?
We also discuss the new Gloucester away shirt which is a bit of a cracker, plus the other World Cup warm up games including South Africa's demolition of...
Season 5 - Episode 1: Gloucester Open Day and New Kit; England, Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola
We are back once again (like a renegade master) to serve up some badly thought out hot takes on all things Gloucester, but also rugby in general. This week the lads chat through the new home kit, the Summer party at Kingsholm and some of the positivity that seems to emanating from the club. Then we discuss the awful rugby and decision making by England in their pre World Cup warm up games. With a particular focus on a certain Owen Farrell.
Russ Brookes <...
Series 4 - Episode 36: Glos-Hartpury make it to their first Premiership final to face Exeter Chiefs; London Irish become the third club to fail plus World Cup squad updates
Gloucester-Hartpury overcame their West Country rivals Bristol to make it to their first Premiership final. We discuss the performance, what it means for Gloucester Rugby generally and why you just have to get a ticket! Meanwhile, London Irish have unfortunately become the third club to fail and disappear this season. We chat through the implications and where our sympathies lie.
Finally, as the first squads are announced for the World Cup, we discuss Zach Mercer's inclusion. (Note, we did have a good 15 min rant about the ridiculous decision to exclude Val - then he ended up being...
Series 4 - Episode 35: Interview with Karl Dickson, The Sarries/Farrell Incident; Journey into reffing; Social Media and abuse, Aspirations and World Cup plans
Probably our most anticipated interview as Ed and Jim chat to Karl Dickson all about THAT game and incident, his journey into refereeing, the good and bad of Social Media and the scrutiny he finds himself under, plus his aspirations for the future and World Cup plans.
Massive thanks to Karl for agreeing to come on and answering some tough questions.
Series 4 - Episode 34: Review of Premiership Semi's, London Irish struggles continue; Final ticket pricing; Gloucester Season review part 2 and Glos-Hartpury can secure a Home Semi
We review the two Premiership Semi's and discuss whether we can hope to see Gloucester match the intensity required next season. The lads also chat through the cost of the final tickets - are they an unnecessary barrier to supporters attending the show piece event. All this as London Irish are edging ever closer to oblivion as the RFU give a deadline of 30th May for their takeover to be completed.
Finally, we do bite the bullet and discuss the second half of the season review, before we preview the Glos-Hartpury game against Quins Ladies and next...
Series 4 - Episode 33: Gloucester end their dreadful season with a defeat to Bristol; Our Season Review (Part One); Local success for the Junior clubs and London Irish in financial trouble
Gloucester ended a pretty disastrous season with another defeat, this time away to Bristol Bears. The guys chat through another disappointing performance and where the issues and problems lie. We also look at the season as a whole in Part one of our Season review (Honestly we try to be positive).
Elsewhere London Irish, despite positive results on the pitch look increasingly in trouble off it as another side is having financial issues. Worcester Wasps looks increasingly likely (We did tell you this would happen) and we talk about great successes for our local Junior sides and...
Series 4 - Episode 32: Gloucester suffer defeat again in their final home game of the season; A thank you to Billy and Ben (and Jordi); Jersey heading to Championship title and Social media fall out
Another week, unfortunately another home defeat - although again a much improved performance and some definite positives we can look to. Sale secured a home semi-final but the gap on the pitch was not that noticeable. Hopefully pointing the coaches to a better way to play rugby. We talk through the game, the key moments and also thank Billy Twelvetrees and Ben Morgan for their incredible efforts over the last decade or so.
The lads also talk through the punishment handed down to Jack Nowell and whether he can feel a little aggrieved. Plus why we think...
Series 4 - Episode 31: Gloucester suffer defeat against Bath; Red Cards, Yellow Cards and Twitter; Wasps Resurrection; Red Roses thrash Wales plus THANK YOU FOR VOTING!!!
Firstly, thanks to everyone who voted for us in the Best Rugby Podcase category at the Sports Podcast Awards. Remarkably you managed to get us to third place overall (2nd in the Rugby Union podcasts) which is just ridiculous. We really appreciate every single one of you who listen, voted and give us such great feedback.
Unfortunately we couldn't spend the whole podcast talking about us and had to mention Gloucester defeat to Bath. We also chat through the controversy around the Yellow Car/Red Card between Exeter and Leicester and the fall out from players commenting...
Series 4 - Episode 30: An all-time great Gloucester performance nearly was enough to beat the reigning European Champions (but not quite); European round-up; Improvements to the TMO; Chat GPT coach?
So so so close but not quite enough to pull off one of the all-time great victories and Champions Cup shocks. A rejuvenated and re-energised Gloucester side played some scintillating rugby but feel just short away to La Rochelle. We discuss the game and how we hope that Skivs and the coaching team do try to play more like we did on Saturday rather than (as promised) a return to the dross and box-kick heavy stuff we have seen recently.
The lads also discuss the other European games, whether the TMO system needs to be improved or...
Series 4 - Episode 29: A shocking result away to the Falcons as Gloucester lose to 14 men; What can we expect from the La Rochelle game and more problems in the English Professional game
This was probably the hardest pod we have had to do so far. Trying to find positives in a performance and result that left even the most supportive and optimistic Gloucester fan struggling. We discuss Gloucester's woeful defeat away to Newcastle, what went wrong, were there any positives to take and why the next couple of games (including La Rochelle) are going to be crucial for George Skivington and the rest of the coaching team.
Also as news broke today (29th March) of more problems facing Professional rugby in England, we also chat through...
Series 4 - Episode 28: England get hammered by an impressive France; Gloucester lose to Leicester in the return leg of the Slater Cup; Jake Polledri to leave and we have been shortlisted for an award
A weekend to forget for England and Gloucester supporters as we saw the Cherry and Whites put in a horrible second half display to lose to Leicester, while England were on the wrong side of a hammering by France - ending in their heaviest ever Twickenham defeat. We discuss both games, what went wrong, look for the positives (believe us, there were some!) and focus on what happens next, especially for Gloucester.
The lads also chat about Jake Polledri's departure for Italy at the end of the season and how we have been shortlisted for an award!
Series 4 - Episode 27: An Interview with James Forrester
Ed's interview with James Forrester - including our chat about the event at Kingsholm this Saturday into Sunday involving Gloucester and Leicester legends.
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Series 4 - Episode 26: An interview with Andy Wyman
Ed speaks to Gloucester Rugby stadium announcer, Radio Gloucestershire summariser, former teacher and Rugby coach - Andy Wyman.
Series 4 - Episode 25: Gloucester lose to Northampton but fight to secure two bonus points; Glos-Hartpury lose their first league game of the season; Six Nations Review including England beating Wales
Gloucester scored six tries to secure two losing bonus points in a disappointing defeat away to top four challengers Northampton. We discuss the game, the positives and the ongoing issues with our kicking game plan (particularly when contrasted to our play when we don't kick it!).
The lads also chat through Gloucester-Hartpury's first league defeat of the season to Saracens Women and the review of Round 3 of the Six Nations - including England beating Wales and why we were a little underwhelmed.
Series 4 - Episode 24: Gloucester beat Quins in a must win game; Review of the other weekends Premiership fixtures and the Welsh players are considering Strike action!
Gloucester beat Quins in an exciting, tense and topsy-turvy game that was an absolute must win. We discuss the match, the result and whether it's fair to be disappointed with the final two minutes and giving Quins the two bonus points. Just how good is Val? Should Santi stay at 10? Would LRZ beat a Cheetah in a race? These are just a few of the questions we don't really answer.
The lads also discuss the other weekend results and the continuing drama and mess that is Welsh Rugby. Now at a point where the players are considering...
Series 4 - Episode 23: Gloucester release Season Tickets for 2023/24; No promotion from the Championship (again); England u20 action at Kingsholm and Six Nations review plus the latest on Worcester
A rather longer podcast than normal this week as we discuss the new Season Ticket prices and deal offered to supporters, plus the news from Premier Rugby and the RFU that once again there is unlikely to be any Promotion to the Premiership this season.
The lads also chat about the u20 International between England and Italy at Kingsholm, plus the Six Nations action including the incredible Ireland v France match and England's win over Italy at Twickenham.
Finally Ed chats to Worcester News' Sports Editor, Marcello Cossali-Francis, about the latest at Worcester and whether t...
Series 4 - Episode 22: Six Nations Week 1 Review
England put in an improved performance but were beaten by two World class finishes from Van der Merwe. The guys chat through the positives, the negatives and the individual performances. We also discuss the other two matches and why banning Delilah is probably not going to help Wales too much.
Series 4 - Episode 21: A double bubble pod; Gloucester secure a last 16 tie away to La Rochelle with a great win in Bordeaux; Defeat at Sandy Park and our thoughts on the Tackle height plans
After a great weekend and result in Bordeaux the Cherry and Whites have secured knockout rugby in the Champions Cup for only the second time in 15 years. We discuss the game, performance and our hopes for the next round. Unfortunately Gloucester weren't able to back up the win at Exeter and fell to a disappointing defeat at Sandy Park.
The guys chat through what went wrong and the need to regroup over the Six Nations break. Finally we add our thoughts to the ongoing and furious debate around tackle height and how badly the RFU have handled i...
Series 4 - Episode 20: An interview with Alix Popham and Tom Morris of Progressive Rugby - Concussion, TBIs, Head injuries and tackling - The future of Rugby and what needs to change
When we started this pod back in 2020, the main aim was to chat nonsense about our favourite Rugby Club. As the years have gone on, we have managed to speak to Gloucester and England legends about their playing days; fans about their memories and plenty of frivolous and unimportant aspects of the game we all love.
This special pod is different. Ed speaks to former Wales, Newport, Leeds, Llanelli and Brive player, Alix Popham who in late 2020 announced he was suffering from early onset dementia. A disease caused by the game he played professionally for 14 years. As...
Series 4 - Episode 19: Gloucester well beaten by an impressive Ireland, we mean Leinster side; the return of Snowy and all our questions answered; Billy Twelvetrees and Jordy Reid to leave?
Gloucester put out their strongest possible side against Leinster and were given a rugby lesson. Basically playing an Ireland XV (without a couple of their better players too) the Cherry and Whites were swept aside by a ruthless and excellent Leinster team.
The lads chat through the game, what went well (Val and the Scrum); what went wrong (pretty much everything else) and whether the format and the competition can genuinely continue with this level of disparity.
With the return of Snowy after a few weeks absence, we ask him all the questions he's being d...
Series 4 - Episode 18: Gloucester lose to Saracens in last gasp controversial heartbreak
We know you wanted to hear our thoughts on this and considering everything we are pretty calm and collected. The lads discuss the game, the positives, the negatives, the heartbreak and the controversies Are we just salty, bitter and over-reacting? Do Gloucester Fans deserve the criticism from some for the booing? Just how useless is Karl Dickson? Ok, we may be a little salty and bitter.
Series 4 - Episode 17: Gloucester sneak a last kick win over London Irish but attacking concerns still persist; Joe Marler incident (week 2) and how bad would Cherry Jam Live! be?
Gloucester won with the last kick of the match in a hard fought and tight encounter with London Irish. The weather and the reluctance to attack from either side meant a sell out crowd got a little restless, but ultimately a win is a win. We discuss the game, the positives and the persistent concerns around the lack of any attacking structure.
We also chat through the latest in the Joe Marler incident and whether an ex-player should ref their old club. Finally we consider how bad a Cherry Jam Live! event would be.
Series 4 - Episode 16: A review of European weeks 1 and 2 (and the stupid format); Gloucester's disappointing defeat away to Tigers; Joe Marler, Max Brito and Pele
The lads are back to run through the first couple of rounds of European action, from the late and big win over Bordeaux to the inevitable defeat to Leinster. We also chat about the really stupid format and why Gloucester's decision to send an 'inexperienced' side over to Dublin was always going to happen with how the competition is run.
Finally, we talk about the disappointing defeat away to Leicester, the issues surrounding Joe Marler and the sad loss of Max Brito and Pele.
Series 4 - Episode 15: Gloucester beat Northampton with an excellent attacking display; Who was better Val or Santi; Looking forward to European Cup
A reduced line-up again this week as Ed and Russ run the rule over Gloucester's excellent win over Northampton. We chat about who really was Player of the Match - Val or Santi and look forward to the European Cup fixtures.
Series 4 - Episode 14: Gloucester lose to Quins but the performance is more worrying; England continue to disappoint; RIP Doddie; New ideas for Rugby and a New European shirt
We are really sorry for the delay in getting our last couple of pods out - unfortunately work and life has got in the way so we have been limited in numbers and time. Hopefully this is now all sorted and we are back up and running as normal now!
Gloucester lose away to Quins, but the performance was the worrying aspect. England lose to South Africa and its now surely time to call it quits with Eddie Jones? Ed and Jim chat about the rugby but also pay tribute to the wonderful Doddie...
Series 4 - Episode 13: A win for Gloucester's young guns against Bristol in the Premiership Cup; England recover to tie with the All Blacks, Wales lose to Georgia.
A game that only Jim managed to get to (and couldn't remember) we are a little light on detail covering Gloucester's win over Bristol in the Premiership Cup. However we did all manage to watch the International action including England's incredible recovery to draw with New Zealand and Wales' shock defeat to Georgia.
Series 4 - Episode 12: Heartbreak for the Red Roses; Red cards, Rassie and an International Round-up; Gloucester lose to the Falcons in a disappointing performance
Another bumper weekend of rugby with plenty of action, controversy and unfortunately disappointment for Gloucester supporters, particularly those who got up early to watch the Red Roses in the World Cup Final. The guys discuss all the results, the red cards and Rassie's latest outburst before turning their attention to a frustrating and disappointing defeat for a much changed Gloucester side to Newcastle Falcons.
Series 4 - Episode 11: England lose, Gloucester lose - but loads of other rugby to keep us occupied; plus TV for toddlers!
A much changed Gloucester side weren't able to maintain their winning run as Sale got the better of them last weekend. We discuss the game, the performance and find the positives (plus the frustrations). Away from club rugby it was an incredibly busy weekend of International action with England losing a close game to Argentina - but it was the selection and style of play that is the biggest talking point. The lads run through all the results and key moments before an unexpected discussion around the best TV for toddlers and getting up early for the Women's World...
Cherry Jam Episode 100!!! - Series 4 - Episode 10: Ed chats with former England Captain, World Cup Winner and Wasps legend, Lawrence Dallaglio
Ed chats with the former Wasps and England Captain, World Cup Winner, Lawrence Dallaglio about England, Wasps, Gloucester and much more.
Series 4 - Episode 9: Gloucester see off Exeter with an excellent bonus point win; controversy elsewhere in the Premiership (and beyond); England Women reach the Semi Final and Scarborough RFC?!
A superb Gloucester performance means a hat-trick of West Country derby wins. The lads discuss the game, the performance and how many Man of the Match options we had to choose from. We also chat about the other weekend games and some of the non-decisions and controversy, not only in England but also in one of the worst Yellow Cards ever!
Finally we discuss the Red Roses securing their semi final place against Canada and how we can only really see a England v France final.
Series 4 - Episode 8: Gloucester sneak another tight away win (against London Irish); The Red Roses qualify for the World Cup Quarter Finals; Glaws sign three Worcester young talents
Gloucester sneak another tight affair away to London Irish thanks to a worldy of a drop goal by Adam Hastings. The lads discuss the win and our increasing ability to close out wins, although are slightly worried about the lack of structure in the backs.
We also chat about the Red Roses qualification for the Quarter Finals at the Women's World Cup, the Rugby League World Cup and the 'differing' interpretation around high tackles plus the three new young talents joining Glaws from Worcester.
Series 4 - Episode 7: Gloucester beat Bristol Bears in an epic; England beat France in a crunch game at World Cup; Wasps enter administration and how not to engage with players on Social Media
A bumper podcast as Gloucester beat Bristol in a thrilling and epic Westcountry derby. We discuss the game, the importance of holding out and our improvements in managing the last 5 minutes of matches. We also chat through England's hard fought win over France at the Women's World Cup before unpicking the news that Wasps are entering administration, possible changes to the structure of Professional rugby in England and whether the other clubs do need to keep fighting for Warriors and Wasps respectively.
Finally the guys discuss how not to engage with players on Social media.
Series 4 - Episode 6: Gloucester win at the Rec for the second time in just over a week; The Women's World Cup begins; Why is the league so bonkers and Bristol Bears preview
Honestly some of you must think we are just miserable at times! We discuss why Gloucester beating Bath away was fantastic but also frustrating and whether the lads could spare the supporters from massive heart attacks for a few weeks.
The guys also run through the opening weekend of the Women's World Cup thanks to Jim's dedication and excessive caffeine in-take. Finally we ask the question: Why is the league so bonkers at the moment and preview this weekends West Country derby against Bristol.
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Series 4 - Episode 5: With the Worcester game cancelled we look ahead to the crucial fixtures coming up for Gloucester
A nice short, sharp pod this week as Ed and Snowy discuss the upcoming Gloucester fixtures against Bath, Bristol, Exeter and London Irish. We also chat through the Open Day and Premiership Cup victory over Bath.
James Eastwood (Snowy)
Series 4 - Episode 4: Gloucester can't hold on against a resurgent Saracens side; Controversial TMO decisions and Worcester are suspended and placed into admin
The full gang are back for the first time this season. Unfortunately although it looked like we would be celebrating a huge win away at the StoneX, Saracens managed to haul their way back and finally overcome the Cherry and Whites in the final play. We discuss the game, the positives and the same old concerns around game management.
While there were plenty of exciting games, we did see a few bits of controversy as Exeter were awarded a try (despite it being set up by a forward pass). We chat through how the TMO decision making c...
Series 4 - Episode 3: The double pod in one! Controversy down under; Gloucester beat Worcester, while Worcester and Wasps teeter on the edge of oblivion
A week is a long time so it appears. Our original pod which was supposed to be a relaxed chat about the past weekends action got swept aside and required an emergency follow-up pod just to cover the events of the last two days! Ed and Jim discuss the controversial decisions and actions during the Australia - New Zealand match before moving on to Gloucester's Premiership Cup victory over Worcester. But the main part of the pod this week is about the largest crisis to hit English Rugby in over 20 years as both Worcester and Wasps are now fighting...