'The problem with Solihull is that it has no sports team to identify with, it's either Blues or Villa.'
It's a common complaint, but one that is fast becoming outdated. The reason? The Bees, Birmingham and Solihull RFC to those not in the know, who are carving their way to promotion to England's rugby First Division.
Like Solihull itself they're an upwardly mobile outfit, fully professional, and a club that's playing an ever increasing role in its community.
They look the part too. To see them trot out onto the pitch last Saturday to face London's Westcombe Park their sheer chiselled physical presence and athleticism meant the result was all but a foregone conclusion.
True to form, they ran the legs off the opposition notching up seven tries to one in the process - no wonder crowd numbers are swelling, as this was entertainment of the highest kind.
The bar's open too so you can also enjoy a post match pint to discuss the finer points of the game.
Next week Bees play Forest of Dean rivals Cinderford in a 12.45pm kick off at Sharmans Cross Road giving fans the option of Christmas shopping in Touchwood afterwards or watching England play rugby on the telly.
At £10 a ticket for adults, it's sure to be the best sport you'll watch all week...SUPL: