A charter bus full of Tampa Bay Rowdies supporters raced down I-75 and across Alligator Alley on Saturday headed to Fort Lauderdale. For the seventh time in four season's Ralph's Mob the supporters group of the reigning NASL Champion Tampa Bay Rowdies organized a bus trip down to Lockhart Stadium. Ralph's Mob is so committed to supporting the Rowdies away from home that they organize watch parties for every away match and have sat through lightning delays and other inclement weather on their travels while cheering on the team.
The mission of Ralph's Mob , according to the group’s official website, is to: “Become the largest and most effective supporter group outside of Major League Soccer, and to provide an unrivaled home field advantage and in-stadium experience at Rowdies matches.” Be it at Al Lang Stadium, Silverbacks Park, Lockhart Stadium, the Florida Citrus Bowl or Disney Wide World of Sports, the group is sure to be found in full voice whenever the Rowdies play.
Saturday's 2-1 victory in Fort Lauderdale was the third victory for the Rowdies at Lockhart Stadium in as many years and the team warmly embraced the fans who had made the trip across the state with well earned applause after the win. As has often been the case when the group travels they can be heard on the webcast with creative songs and other chants.
"We are very happy with our efforts to create a traveling supporter mentality here in Tampa Bay. This latest showing in Ft Lauderdale is just another great example that proves we are making progress. Earlier this year we had good away support for multiple games at the Disney tournament and we are already planning trips to Atlanta, Cary and New York City for later this season. That will be in addition to a second trip to Lockhart as well as trips for the U.S. Open Cup games," said group President Charlie Cole. "We know our presence lifts the team and we strive to make that happen as often as we can."
Photo credit: Chris Arnold
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