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Red and Black are the colors of the RCT. Their origin remains uncertain, probably borrowed from the Toulouse team, the Stade Toulousain.

When rugby reached the shores of the Mediterranean, clubs bloomed on the coast. In Toulon, the team was formed with soldiers from all over France, including Toulouse. In 1908, the Stade Toulousain sponsored the RCT, making it an official rugby team. From this relationship stemmed the colors of the RCT jersey but versions diverge. Some attribute it to a generous gesture of Toulouse that would have offered a set of jerseys; others see the willingness of Toulon to pay tribute to their sponsor. The fact remains however that these two great teams, both playing in red and black, are rivals and their matchups are major events in each sports season.

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As for the emblem of the RCT, the Lily of the Valley, it is in honor of Felix Mayol, a famous French singer and patron of the team from the beginning. Mayol always wore a lily of the valley in his lapel for good luck since his Parisian friend had handed him a bouquet of lily of the valley before he successfully premiered in Paris. It is then, in 1921, that the Lily of the Valley of “Godfather” Felix became the emblem of the RCT.

The Pilou-Pilou

The RCT has its own anthem, a battle cry chanted by packed stadiums called “Pilou-Pilou”. It was first sung by Marcel Bodredo in the 1940s and then adopted by youth teams. During the demotion of the team to the second division in the summer of 2000, the association of supporters “Les Fadas”, boasting three hundred members, manages to make all the Mayol Stadium chant the Pilou-Pilou before each game. The Pilou became the anthem of the club and is has been part of the team’s Protocol since 2005. Cedric Abellon, a tattoo artist in everyday life, launches the war cry from the edge of the pitch at the beginning of each game to encourage the Red & Black team.

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Félix Mayol

Born in 1872, Félix Mayol was a born-and-bred Toulonnese . Gone to Paris to try his luck, he quickly became a renowned pop singer, very famous for his songs “La Paimpolaise”, ” Mains de femmes,” or ” A la cabane Bambou.” In 1909, the singer with a quiff, bought the concert hall Concert Parisien and renamed it Concert Mayol where great music hall singers performed such as Lucienne Boyer, Fernandel or Tino Rossi. According to legend, Félix Mayol was first drawn into the sport after a rugby ball made his hat tip over as he passed near a field. From there, he became a benefactor for the Toulon Rugby Club to which he gave a large sum of money to purchase a plot of land to build the stadium. He also gave the club copyrights on songs to finance sports facilities. Thus was inaugurated on March 28, 1920 the Mayol Stadium. In his “Memoirs,” published in 1929, “Godfather” Felix spoke of his protégés in these words: “Then, in Toulon, where youth was particularly active and vigorous, we did not have any usable field … Only a disused velodrome, where no one ever went, that no longer was of use and that seemed as bored as our aspiring sportsmen … So, my God, it was simple, I bought the old velodrome ! And laid the first brick myself on July 26, 1920. {…} They (the players) promised, through the voice of their captain Borréani, to win, in order to show me their gratitude. ”

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