Until we reached the Super Bowl, when Halling begrudgingly said “…and they (the Ravens) had nailed ‘em all!” I watched SB XXV on my own; as the match progressed I just kept thinking that there MUST be Ravens fans out there!
I wrote to Touchdown Magazine primarily to slag off the coverage of the Ravens during the Super Bowl but also to publish my contact details. They did and also published a letter from another fan – Paul Baddock. There was hope that the Ravens solid D would allow them to repeat their win the next season. The omens were not good when, for the first time the SB Champions did not open on TV, then the season was delayed due to ‘9/11’.
An injury ravaged season saw the Ravens limp into the playoffs as a wildcard. Paul and I exchanged letters and phone calls for a while.
A good example is that SKY Sports had only once shown the Ravens live in their previous four seasons.
Even when they eventually showed them live, it was as the opposition to the Vikings in the ‘99 season.
Are you the Dave Cressey who played rugby for Hull Ionians? After a pleasant chat, mainly about rugby, we agreed to modify our name by removing the space and that they would pass on my details should anyone come looking for us. The ‘holy grail’ was to get to live games in Baltimore.
Thanks to Paul and Gordon’s work on the Ravens chat rooms and message boards we made contact with the ‘Ravensnest’ organisation led by Doug Phillips.
Other than the win I had backed the Ravens to win the SB at 80/1 – netting me the best part of £600.
I said to my wife that most of the money would go on memorabilia but some I would put towards setting up a fan club.
Paul was very diligent on going onto US based Ravens chat rooms.
He had played for a UK team and was very knowledgeable about the game.
It was there invitation to come over that led to my first trip in October 2004. I met a lot of people who knew of the fledgling UKRavens, many offered genuine help and support.