Cherry Jam - A Gloucester Rugby Supporter Podcast

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By: Ed Price

The totally unofficial Gloucester Rugby supporter podcast, or a few mates sharing their mutual suffering with the wider world.

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
#20
01/20/2023

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?
#19
01/17/2023

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
#18
01/11/2023

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.

Ed Price

Jim Harley

Lawrence Landray


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?
#17
01/06/2023

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.

Ed P...


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
#16
12/31/2022

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.

Ed Price

Lawrence Landray

Russ Brookes


Series 4 - Episode 15: Gloucester beat Northampton with an excellent attacking display; Who was better Val or Santi; Looking forward to European Cup
#15
12/22/2022

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.

Ed Price

Russ Brookes


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
#14
12/10/2022

***DISCLAIMER***

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.
#13
12/01/2022

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.

Ed Price

Lawrence Landray

Russ Brookes

Jim Harley


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
#12
11/17/2022

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.

Ed Price

Jim Harley

Russ Brookes


Series 4 - Episode 11: England lose, Gloucester lose - but loads of other rugby to keep us occupied; plus TV for toddlers!
#11
11/10/2022

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
#10
11/03/2022

Ed chats with the former Wasps and England Captain, World Cup Winner, Lawrence Dallaglio about England, Wasps, Gloucester and much more.

Ed Price

Lawrence Dallaglio


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?!
#9
11/02/2022

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.

Ed Price

Jim Harley

Russ...


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
#8
10/26/2022

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.

Ed Price

Jim Harley

Lawrence Landray


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
#7
10/20/2022

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.

E...


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
#6
10/12/2022

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.

Ed Price

Jim Harley

James Eastwood (Snowy)<...


Series 4 - Episode 5: With the Worcester game cancelled we look ahead to the crucial fixtures coming up for Gloucester
#5
10/05/2022

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.

Ed Price

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
#4
09/28/2022

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
#3
09/22/2022

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...


Season 4 - Episode 2: Gloucester's greatest league comeback to beat Wasps; Disappointing crowd sizes, Worcester worries and the end of the App.
#2
09/14/2022

An unbelievable comeback (a record for Gloucester in the league) by the Cherry and Whites means we start the season with a bonus point win over Wasps. The lads compare the first 40 and what went wrong, with the second 40 and what went right! We also discuss the disappointing crowd sizes over the weekend, the continued worries for Worcester and the demise of the Gloucester app.

Ed Price

James Eastwood (Snowy)

Jim Harley


Series 4 - Episode 1: Our thoughts on Ed Slater plus a review of the pre-season fixtures; Discussion on the Worcester and Wasps debacle plus our reasons why Gloucester will finish in the top four!
#1
09/07/2022

Well after a long break, we are finally back with the first pod episode of a new season and a new series. We discuss the horrible and desperate news surrounding Ed Slater but look to the positives and the way the Gloucester and Rugby communities have rallied to help. We also chat through the pre-season fixtures for Gloucester and the debacles at Wasps and Worcester respectively. 

Finally the lads give their reasons why we are going to finish in the top four this season!

Ed Price

Russ Brookes

Jim Harley


Series 3 - Episode 40: Coaching and Players Departures, plus two re-signings; International round-up including England v Australia; European fixtures announced and general chit-chat
#40
07/08/2022

Incredibly we have hit 40 episodes this season (only one left!) and the guys chat about the announcement this week that Alex King is leaving the coaching team. We also discuss the recent players departures and re-signings as well as the future for Jake Polledri. 

Then we discuss the weekend's International Rugby action and another disappointing England performance (apart from the last 5 minutes) before a run through of Gloucester's Champions Cup opponents and general nonsense that we like to engage in.

However we do think we may have come up with a brilliant idea to start n...


Series 3 - Episode 39: An exciting set of announcements by Gloucester-Hartpury, we review the Premiership Final and Freddie Burns' redemption plus the England v Barbarian game
#39
06/30/2022

****Really sorry for the delay but we have managed to salvage the bulk of this weeks pod!****

The guys chat about Gloucester-Hartpury's exciting announcements of new and retained players and wonder whether the ladies have a real shot at glory next year. We also discuss the Premiership Final, Freddie Burns' redemption and how nice it was to see Saracens lose!

Finally we run through the England squad for Australia and what exactly went wrong in the England v Barbarian game?!

Ed Price 

Russ Brookes

Lawrence Landray


Series 3 - Episode 38: A tribute to Phil Bennett -- Gloucester beat Saracens; End of Season Review and Cherry Jam awards; Semi final review plus general wittering and nonsense
#38
06/13/2022

We would like to pay tribute to one of the all time greats of Rugby Union, Phil Bennett who passed away on Monday 12th June. RIP

A bumper episode!

This week we discuss Gloucester's final game and win of the season over a much changed Saracens side. The lads review the season and give out the Cherry Jam end of season awards. We also chat through the two Premiership Semi finals and how we see the final going.

Finally, a lot of wittering and general nonsense plus congratulations to Longlevens Griffins for their...


Series 3 - Episode 37: Quins comeback at Twickenham dents Gloucester's top four hopes; European final review; Saracens Preview
#37
06/02/2022

After an entertaining and excellent first 40 minutes at Twickenham, Gloucester were eventually pegged back and then beaten by the reigning Champions, Quins, severely denting any remaining hopes of a top four finish. We discuss the game, what went right, what went wrong and how we need to use these experiences going into next season. 

We also chat about the European finals and how the English clubs try to bridge the gap to the French teams and Leinster.

Finally we go over the recent announcement of the departures from the squad and look ahead to this w...


Series 3 - Episode 36: An honest review of the defeat to Sarries plus your ideas on how to improve the Kingsholm Match Day Experience; Quins Preview
#36
05/16/2022

The lads are back to discuss the disappointing defeat to an excellent and far superior Saracens side in the Challenge Cup. After an honest review on what is a good wake up call and indication on how much further the Cherry and White squad has to go, we chat about the various ideas you kindly sent in on how to improve the Match Day Experience at Kingsholm.

Finally we run through a short preview on our all important game at Twickenham this Saturday.

Ed Price

Jim Harley

Lawrence Landray

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Series 3 - Episode 35: Gloucester 64 - 0 Bath...plus reviews of the Bristol and Worcester games, The Red Roses secure another Grand Slam and do we need relegation back?
#35
05/03/2022

One of the greatest days at Kingsholm as Gloucester defeat their biggest rivals 64-0. Yes the Cherry and Whites really did nil Bath and scored 10 tries in the process. We review the game, the crowd, the atmosphere and the utter delirium of the day. We do have to balance it out with the late defeat to Bristol and the loss to Worcester in the Premiership Cup Semi Final. But this pod is all about that record win and why it means so much.

Ed Price

Lawrence Landray

Russ Brookes 

Jim Harley


Series 3 - Episode 34: Gloucester beat Northampton to reach the Challenge Cup QF's; Should we reassess our end of season targets?; Red cards galore and Marcus Smith misses! plus European review
#34
04/20/2022

A really enjoyable and entertaining performance (especially in the first half) led Gloucester into the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup. The lads discuss the game, try to work out what our end of season goals should be and whether this is different to a few weeks ago. We also chat about the numerous red cards over the past few weeks across the European game.

Ed Price

Lawrence Landray

James Eastwood (Snowy)

Jim Harley

Russ Brookes


Series 3 - Episode 33: Gloucester secure 4th seed (and a possible run of home games) with a win over Dragons; A great day at Kingsholm; 20 minute red cards; Chance to win a signed Gloucester shirt
#33
04/14/2022

After a hard fought and difficult game, Gloucester's superiority finally told as they secured a bonus point win and 4th Seed in the European Challenge Cup. We discuss the game, overall performance and whether the continued lack of attacking threat from the backs matters when our pack and rolling maul is still able to generate 2 or 3 tries a game.

Ed chats about the very different and encouraging experience as Kingsholm hosted the Womens' Six Nation match between England and Wales. 

We talk through the consequences and challenges of a 20 minute Red Card.

Finally w...


Series 3 - Episode 32: Gloucester fall to a disappointing defeat to Wasps, Worcester cancellation, Premiership Cup success and International Rugby at Kingsholm
#32
04/06/2022

Firstly we pay tribute to Lions, Scotland and former Northampton prop, Tom Smith who sadly passed away at the age of 50 following a brave battle with Cancer.

After an enforced and unexpected break last week due to Worcester cancelling at the last minute, we have a packed pod with the team discussing Gloucester's disappointing defeat to Wasps, why ticket sales are so poor and whether it is Covid or the price that is the problem. We also chat about the debacle of Worcester Warriors cancellation, the importance of being awarded the full 5 points and the impact on...


Series 3 - Episode 31: Dave Sims Tribute. Italy get a win at the expense of Wales while France win the Grand Slam. Our review of Gloucester's defeat to Sale and our weekend away plus Worcester preview
#31
03/22/2022

We pay tribute to Dave Sims who sadly passed away this weekend at the age of 52. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP.

The lads review the Six Nations, from France's Grand Chelem to Italy's marvellous late win in Cardiff. We also discuss the previous weekend's action which mainly involved Curry, beer, large hills and Gloucester somehow salvaging two losing bonus points away to Sale.

Ed Price

Russ Brookes

James Eastwood (Snowy)

Jim Harley


Series 3 - Episode 30: Gloucester comeback to beat Northampton while Glos-Hartpury beat Worcester. Tigers defeat, England v Wales; Promotion on hold again and plans for Manchester
#30
03/08/2022

Gloucester produce a sensational comeback performance in the final 20 minutes to beat Northampton. We discuss the game, the positives and the negatives plus what it could mean for the rest of the season. Then guys also chat about last weekends action including another couple of rants about Eddie Jones. 

Finally we add our thoughts to the Promotion/Relegation debate.

Ed Price

James Eastwood (Snowy)

Russ Brookes

Jim Harley


Series 3 - Episode 29: An interview with Natasha 'Mo' Hunt
#27
03/03/2022

Ed speaks to Natasha 'Mo' Hunt about Women's Rugby with Gloucester-Hartpury, England and Team GB at the Olympics. They discuss the upcoming game at Kingsholm against Worcester Warriors (March 5th) and the Six Nations clash between England and Wales. What are the chances for the Red Roses at this years' World Cup in New Zealand, what can the Mens game learn from the Womens? Training with the age group teams at Gloucester and the importance of concussion protocols. We also explore Mo's burgeoning Media career and getting crowds down to watch on Saturday.

A massive thanks to...


Series 3 - Episode 28: Ed interviews former USA Rugby 7's star and now World Rugby Commentator Dallen Stanford
#28
02/21/2022

A special episode while Gloucester have a bye week. Ed chats to Dallen Stanford, former USA Rugby 7's star and now commentator for the MLR and World Rugby. They discuss the growth of rugby in the USA, 7's and its inclusivity and opportunities for new players.

We hope you enjoy this really interesting discussion.

Ed Price

Dallen Stanford


Series 3 - Episode 27: Double bubble as we review Gloucester's win against Irish and defeat against Exeter; Six Nations review; Concussion protocols
#27
02/15/2022

After a week off, the lads return to review Gloucester's defeat to Exeter and their hard fought win against London Irish. We also chat about the first two weekends of the Six Nations, including a particularly irate Russ looking back on the Calcutta Cup defeat. Finally we discuss the concerning failures around the concussion protocols.

Ed Price

Russ Brookes

Jim Harley

James Eastwood (Snowy)


Series 3 - Episode 26: Another week, another away win! Despite a late kick-off and blustery conditions Glaws thump the Falcons; MLR team debate; Social Media and Mark Atkinson's England chances
#26
02/02/2022

Gloucester win away AGAIN! This time at Newcastle, despite a re-arranged later kick-off and very strong winds. The lads chat through another great win and performance and try to keep our feet on the ground. Elsewhere results conspired for the Cherry and Whites to leave them 1 point off second. We also discuss which team we should follow in the latest season of the MLR (Major League Rugby), Mark Atkinson's increasingly good chances of starting against Scotland and the perils of Social Media.

Ed Price

James Eastwood (Snowy)

Russ Brookes


Series 3 - Episode 25: Gloucester's good form continues with a win against Perpignan, European review, a new signing and Six Nations squads
#29
01/28/2022

Another big win in Europe means Gloucester have qualified for the last 16 of the Challenge Cup. We discuss the game and the continued improvements in style of play and form. The lads also chat about the rest of the European action and the Champions Cup draw before turning their attention to Gloucester's new signing and the impact of International call-ups on the squad during the Six Nations.

Ed Price

Russ Brookes

Lawrence Landray (Loz)


Series 3 - Episode 24: Listener Questions and a European Review!
#22
01/22/2022

With no Gloucester game this week, we discuss the other matches in the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup before answering some of your Listener questions.

Ed Price

James Eastwood (Snowy)

Russ Brookes



Series 3 - Episode 23: Gloucester beat Saracens away for the first time since 2008; Glos-Hartpury Women win away at top of the table Bristol; Review of the weekends games
#23
01/13/2022

Well none of us saw that coming. A superb victory away at Saracens (the first away win there since 2008) and probably not our best performance of the season either. The guys chat about the game, what the result means and how excited should we be all getting - a little excited, but not a lot!

We also chat about the end of two great runs in the Premiership, Leicester losing to Wasps and unfortunately Bath managing to hang on to beat 14 man Worcester. Finally, we discuss a great away win for Glos-Hartpury Women against top of the...


Series 3 - Episode 22: A review of the busy Christmas period including a record win over Bath, defeat to Worcester in the Premiership Cup and a narrow loss to the Champions, plus Salary Cup stuff
#21
01/05/2022

Happy New Year! The lads are all back to discuss the three Gloucester games over the Christmas period. Starting with the superb record away victory over Bath at The Wreck, the guys wonder if it is a really good sign to be slightly underwhelmed. Snowy and Ed talk about the atmosphere (or lack of) at Worcester and the young guns putting up a fight to grab a late losing bonus point. Finally we all run the rule over the defeat to Quins and why we can see far more positives than negatives.

Ed Price

Lawrence...


Series 3 - Episode 21: An interview with Jamal Ford Robinson
#21
12/29/2021

Recorded in between the Bristol and Lyon games, Ed sits down and chats with Jamal Ford-Robinson. They discuss rugby memories, the pros and cons of modern rugby, engagement with the supporters, scrummaging techniques (that was mostly JFR!) and outside interests.

Ed Price

Jamal Ford-Robinson*

*A massive thank you to Jamal for his time, a genuinely top bloke!