“We love the Rowdies, we do! We love the Rowdies, we do! We love the Rowdies, we do! Oh the Rowdies we love you!"
Lately, that chant and many more have resonated distances far from Al Lang Stadium. You might have heard it at JELD-WEN Field in Portland or maybe at Atlanta Silverbacks Park this past weekend. Without a doubt Ralph’s Mob, the Rowdies supporter group makes sure that no matter where they are they are heard loud and clear.
“We really enjoy traveling to different stadium to support the Rowdies,” commented Ralph’s Mob’s President Charlie Cole. “Where ever we go to support the club, we know that if we are there it will help the team on the field. Hearing us in the stands the full ninety is our way of being the 12th man and helping the team get the win.”
In recent times, you may have seen the Mob in Ft. Lauderdale, when the Rowdies defeated the Strikers in April of this year. There they were, having travelled over 500 miles round trip, chanting and singing their favorite songs. This has been the most popular trip since the Rowdies returned to professional soccer with many fans from the Tampa Bay area hopping on the bus and heading down to enjoy one of soccer’s great rivalries.
“Going to Ft. Lauderdale is definitely a great time,” said Charlie “We always have a great group go down every year and every time it seems to grow.”
With the Rowdies reaching the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup this year, the Mob had a special opportunity to travel to one of the strongest U.S. soccer markets, Portland. Charlie commented on the recent trip to Portland, highlighting how unique of an experience it was.
“The road match in Portland was an excellent way to showcase our supporters group. While we were there, people recognized us and would acknowledge us for flying cross-country for the game against the Timbers. After beating Seattle at home, we knew going to Portland would be an opportunity that wouldn’t come often.”
Ralph’s Mob has been growing steadily this year and there is no doubt that the players can hear them on the pitch. Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill had nothing but accolades for the Mob.
“They are fantastic. I know each player on the team enjoys the effort they make to support the team and it speaks about the passion our fans have. Arriving to Portland and seeing over 20 of them in the stands was a true sign of their dedication. Every year they stick with us through thick and thin and they are truly our 12th man.”
Having travelled thousands of miles this year, Ralph’s Mob has truly shown how passionate and committed they are to this club.
“We are not done yet,” mentioned Charlie. “We believe we can continue to grow at a steady rate and this year is a great example of that. The experience is truly unique in this country, as no other sport in the U.S. offers this.”
Whether home or away, when Ralph’s Mob is present you will have no problem finding them. There is no doubt that on the traditional Fourth of July match against the Strikers, they will be out in full force at Al Lang Stadium. To learn more about the passion of Ralph’s Mob, visit www.ralphsmob.com.
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