It started with such promise but the Kingsholm faithful were left wondering about what might have been after a woefully disappointing season for Gloucester Rugby.
Saturday’s defeat to relegated Worcester summed up Gloucester’s season as the Cherry and White’s somehow managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory at Sixways.
It will be a season to forget for many fans who already have one eye on a brighter season ahead, culminating in a World Cup year.
Bob Rumble from the Kingsholm Supporters Mutual, said: “It is pretty obvious to everyone that this season has been a major disappointment for Gloucester fans. It was such a promising start but it soon fizzled out.”
Bob Silk from Maisemore, who has been supporting Gloucester for 40 years agreed it has been a bitterly disappointing season.
“I have walked away from so many matches this season and been embarrassed with how we have played,” he said.
“It is the worst season I have know for 40 years and it does not fill me with much hope for next year. The choice of captain was all wrong, Billy Twelvetrees would have been a much better option. Losing Akapusi Qera who had been our best forward for five years was a big blow and there has been no replacement in the pack or as a leader for Jim Hamilton. We have not reinforced in the right areas and our back row has been poor all season, Morgan is not worth his place in the team at the moment. “Nigel Davies plays exciting rugby and we have seen some great tries this season but we have not had the results. Jonny May’s try at Worcester was worth the admission fee alone. “There is something not quite right with the players, their body language has been all wrong at times.”
Wyn Morgan added: “To lose against Worcester after implosion again is unacceptable. The coaching set up has to be sorted now. “No more time should be wasted in appointing a defence coach. Moriarty has to go now.
“The board have to surely now consider their position and make some tough decisions. “We can't be expected to keep listening to the same old excuses week in and out. Surely enough is enough. It has been a dreadful season . One of the worst ever.”
Andre Wise said: "The only consistent thing about the season was inconsistency.
"One or two great away wins, particularly in Europe, but too many disappointments at Kingsholm.
"Gloucester were undone by an understrength tight five and ill-discipline.
"Bright spots: the emergence of Elliott Stooke, the continued excellence of Charlie Sharples and the work of Trevor Woodman in improving the scrum.
"Hoping for better next year."
One impressive tale to emerge from Kingsholm was the remarkable success rate of predictive pig Star.
The Gloucester Old Spot 'mystic' at St James City Farm successfully forecast almost 70 per cent of Gloucester's results this season.