THE crowds made it a very happy new year for Glasgow Warriors as they turned out in force to see the team.
The Warriors paid tribute to the “magnificent response” from supporter which saw the a club record, sell-out home crowd attend the 1872 Cup derby against Edinburgh Rugby at Firhill on new year’s day.
The turnout of 8,852 was the biggest ever for a Warriors home match — beating the 8,830 recorded for the same fixture two years ago.
And it was a day of celebration as Glasgow took the 1872 Cup, which marks one of the oldest sporting rivalries in the world, winning it for the fourth time in five seasons and extending their club record unbeaten run in the RaboDirect PRO12 to eight games in the process.
Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys said: “On behalf of everyone at the club, I’d like to offer sincere thanks and appreciation to the fans who came along to Firhill and made the 1872 Cup derby such a special occasion.
“The atmosphere inside the stadium was absolutely tremendous and I know from speaking to the players that it gave them a massive lift.
“Attracting a sell-out crowd underlines the appetite and passion for rugby that exists in Glasgow and the west of Scotland.
“With the move to Scotstoun stadium on the horizon — and a healthy number signings and re-signings already secured — 2012 promises to be a truly exciting year for the Warriors and we want to take our people with us.
“Since taking on my new role just over a month ago, I’ve been blown away by the goodwill and enthusiasm that the public have for the Warriors right now.
“On and off the pitch, we’re determined to keep giving our supporters a team and club to be proud of”.