Offseason Is Just a Countdown

Winter Wonderland (not *that* Winter)

The winter months of the offseason can be tough. But it’s all just a countdown to a new campaign!

Season Kickoff

The TFC season kickoff is March 6th away at NYRB. The start of a new campaign (and start of a long road stretch) has more than a few of us fired up. Maybe you fancy a bit of travel and a day out in enemy territory?  You can join the RPB Road Warriors travelling to Red Bull Arena too. Away supporter ticket arrangements have been made and to help with the cause, we’ve arranged bus transportation as well. If you are interested in getting on the road and representing for the Reds, look for ticket info and bus info on the forum threads here. Stand with your fellow supporters and celebrate the new season!  More info on our kickoff party at home later!

Beat the January Blues

In the meantime, beat the January blues by catching up with the latest chatter in these forum threads (where everything is always red):

Player & Draft Watch: old and new squad member activities, moves and speculation from the front office & our dreams

What else is going on around MLS – it’s SuperDraft & Combine season

Regular BMO Field construction watch

Member? Check in with Ramblings and Rumblings in the Lounge: friendly banter, hype and upcoming season planning to get involved in.

Stay tuned for our next news update!

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RPB Continue Support of Terry Fox Foundation With Donation

Terry Fox Tribute statue in Richmond Hill x Red Patch Boys

Tradition & Community for the Cause

Furthering an RPB goal of connecting with the community beyond the stands and the pitch, we had another successful charity fundraising effort recently.  Our relationship with the Terry Fox Foundation continues to be strong.  With a contribution in each year of the group’s existence, 2015′s participation came in the form of a Terry Fox Run team as well as a fundraising raffle event for members.

The annual Terry Fox Run is an event that we’ve had members involved in for 9 straight years now.  Championed by team captain and RPB Vice-President Rob Wagner, the team ran from various race locations around the city and was supported by friends and family with donations.

That joined the other element of our efforts, a raffle for prizes with tickets being sold on recent match days.  Items were donated by various members and even included a new foosball table, capping the fundraising drive off nicely.

Contributions combined to about $1600 and will help the foundation continue funding cancer research efforts and work that started 35 years ago when Terry Fox began his iconic cross-Canada run, the Marathon of Hope.

RPB are proud to continue helping out the cause. With the addition of this year’s achievements, contributions from the group over its existence now total over $22,000! Thanks to those the donated, our determined running team and organizing efforts from RPB members.

RPB Terry Fox Tradition Continues


The Red Patch Boys have had a continuous connection to the Terry Fox Foundation since our inception.  In each year of our existence we have made a contribution.  Participation has come in the form of annual Terry Fox Run teams and also “Head Shave” teams over the years. Members, friends and family have graciously donated over $20,000 over the years!

In 2015, the tradition continues. We have an RPB Run Team for the event on September 20th.  To join the team, support the team, or sponsor the team, please go to www.TerryFox.ca/RPB to learn more and get involved!

Video: MLS along for ride with RPB during TFC home opener

 

Homegrown talent and MLS media star Rachel Bonnetta joined us during home opener festivities back in May.  She has been travelling around the league doing feature videos on supporter culture in various cities and put together this feature on TFC supporter culture in Toronto and Red Patch Boys match day vibes!  On the occasion of our much anticipated home opener we were happy to have the camera crew and her along with us doing what we love.  Home openers are always a spectacle: old and new faces coming together, membership sign-ups, marching, flags, tifos, and chanting. Check out this great glimpse of the action, passion and smiles on the day. (We didn’t get a result on the pitch though, thanks for the reminder!)  Catch interview highlights with RPB Vice-President Rob Wagner, a cameo from former Toronto Mayor David Miller and a whole slew of match day supporters.

Supporters Tifo for Dwayne De Rosario Making-Of

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Shaking & Baking a Tifo for DeRo

As a group of supporters our core objective is to show support for our team at all times. During matches our passion manifests itself audibly through our voices in the stands and visually, showing the team we’re behind them, in the form of displays like banners, signs and the most elaborate efforts affectionately known as ‘tifos’. Expressing love for your team in a creative way is a tradition shared across football supporter culture – but it hinges on one thing: inspiration.

Inspiration to get creative juices flowing and put energy into producing a display can come from all around: the team, the local city, a desire to send an intimidating message to an opponent, the spirit of supporters coming together, popular players or significant player milestones and achievements. A milestone like a player retirement is something we definitely take note of. So when it was announced in June that Dwayne De Rosario (“DeRo”) was officially calling it a career and a special testimonial match was to be played in his honour, we were inspired.

Anyone who has followed the team over the years would get the feeling that this was a bigger deal than usual. DeRo had a long, successful career in MLS, had a strong role in the early years of TFC, played for Canada’s Men’s National Team for many campaigns and being a homegrown talent has been a source of local pride. Whether he was a favourite of yours over the years or not, a player with that level of involvement, record and impact doesn’t come around that often. Along with other fellow supporter groups we had the notion that rising to the occasion was in order. Inspired, the word went out to start organizing a collaboration for DeRo’s big day.

Here are some making-of pics as we met the challenge before us: bringing creative minds, experience and hands together on short notice for a tribute to DeRo. The design phase rapidly went thru a number of iterations of ideas but something more started to bubble up to the surface. DeRo has a goal celebration move – why not implement some sort of animated moving part to our banner/tifo display? Nothing short of next level, with this new vision, we set out to bring fabric, paint, pipes and puppet-like movement to the realization of a DeRo signature: The Shake & Bake. It took multiple evenings in a space secured with help of team front office and also taking the work-in-progress to various parts of the city by vehicle to bring it all together. With people getting involved at all stages, an hour or two one session, a day or two later, or finishing touches in the hours before the match, supporters came together to make their mark on the project. After seeing the project’s complexity go up and up, and design and ‘engineering’ debates raging late into the night, the final product rose right on schedule in the South Stands as DeRo and a whole squad of past teammates & footy friends took to the pitch. While endless rounds of DeRo chants (“There was a boy from Scarborough….“) echoed across the field and the man of the afternoon showed appreciation, we said goodbye to a legend in our own way. Well done to all that contributed!

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Members! Visit the lounge on the RPB forums for more pics.

If you want to read more about banner activities, check our recent  post about this year’s home opener tifo.

If you want to get involved with supporting TFC on a project like this, seeing hard work come to life and making new friends as we come together for the Reds – be sure to check the RPB forum and get connected for our next project! (All welcome but easiest way is join up to be a member!)