Celebrating 20 years on The East Terrace

A lot has changed in the oval world in the winters that have come and gone since 2004 when the digital East Terrace was first opened to the rugby public.

The website was named as a tribute to the famous old terrace of the National Stadium, Cardiff Arms Park. Fittingly, nowhere in the rugby world reflects the evolution and development of the professional game since 2004 than Wales. How different things were back then when Wales were in disarray as their somewhat arrogant Kiwi coach struggled to rise above domestic troubles, WRU incompetence, a largely toothless media and a lack of national strategy and cohesion.

Oh, hang on.

THE FIRST EVER EAST TERRACE FRONT PAGE (2004)

THE FIRST EVER EAST TERRACE FRONT PAGE (2004).

To celebrate 20 years online, The East Terrace will be posting a series of archive articles from the site’s days as rugby’s attempted answer to The Onion (you can read more about the early days and successes of the East Terrace here). We will also be naming a very special rugby team (in a very special format) to mark the occasion.

Who will make all-time The East Terrace XV? And how can you, Dear Terrace Dweller, get to ‘control’ them in action on the field? Keep your eyes peeled to find out more.

¬†THIS MATT DAWSON STORY FROM THE SITE’S EARLY DAYS FOOLED FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE.

Feel free to get in touch on Twitter (@theeastterrace) with any old articles you would like to see reuploaded. It’s always fascinating to see what people remember from distant days.

Thanks to everyone who has stood on the Terrace with us over the years. It is much appreciated. And a huge thank you to Marc Stafford for all his invaluable tech support since day one.

A JERSEY FOREVER CONNECTED TO THE EAST TERRACE

If you’ve enjoyed spending time on The East Terrace over the years, please do consider buying one of editor James Stafford’s books. Thanks to all those who continue to support these books on social media, it is hugely appreciated.

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