The Churchdown Male Voice Choir represented their team in the pre-match entertainment at the EDF Cup final and sang a rendition of "We are Gloucester Boys".
It's an old Kingsholm favourite – black-and-white old – and includes the line "we are respected wherever we may go."
By the time the post-match deliberations came around there was little respect for a Gloucester team that had been utterly thumped by Cardiff Blues 50-12.
Were there any positives? Well, the Welsh side's Gloucester-bound fly-half Nicky Robinson looked pretty good, although behind a pack that dominant even Anne Robinson would look good.
Ryan has seen his team lose big matches to the extent that it has almost become a ritual. But this was ritual humiliation and players are set to be sacrificed.
So who are Gloucester's weakest links?
"Previous encounters have been about learning, today was about reality. We deserve credit for reaching finals year-in year-out, but I don’t want to keep losing them," said Ryan, hunched over the microphone at a top table with his arms crossed rigid.
"You have got to recognise when the learning process is over and I think everyone at this club is at that point.
"We will look at taking the club in a different direction with a different group of people in the next year. We must address the problem with recruitment."
Captain Gareth Delve told BBC Sport the blame for defeat fell squarely on the players, but surely Ryan has to shoulder some of the blame for this one.
On the pitch against the Blues tactics around the breakdown looked as threadbare as Gloucester's tackles. Off it, recruitment alone seems to be a major problem.
Take fly-half as an example. The club are collecting them with all the apparent forethought that a supporter at Twickenham gathers pints at the bar: "Cheers love. Give me one of those trays and I’ll take four."
Robinson is the third playmaker Ryan has signed in less than a year which seems to suggest there is no coherent plan?
If there is it is hard to see how it involved Olly Barkley, last summer's big-name signing. He had been in barnstorming form for Bath but looks bewildered at Gloucester this term and is set to head back to The Rec in the summer.
If that was a one-off you could put it down as one of those things. But he is the second international to go down that path in two years following Chris Paterson's now you see him, now you don't stay at Kingsholm in the 2007/08 season.
How do you manage to sell a club to two internationals but then fail to incorporate them so miserably?
As well as Barkley, Willie Walker, Carlos Spencer and Ryan Lamb have played in the number 10 shirt this season.
Walker was loaned to Worcester to make way for Spencer after the mercurial former All Black arrived in February on a 17-month contract.
Ryan hailed Spencer, who took the number of internationals on the books to 25, as a man who could change the team "dynamic".
But for the seven games he has played the winning percentage is exactly the same as it was for the seven games before his arrival - 43%.
And that supposed 17-month contract is actually for five months. More mixed messages and muddled thinking.
"I've said to Gloucester I just want to finish up the five months and see where it takes me," Spencer recently announced.
"My wife's missing home and nagging me every day that she wants to go home. We'll see what happens. I've not made decisions. I'm happy cruising along."
Which leaves us with Lamb. His performances through the winter led Ryan to lure Spencer, but because the New Zealander was cup-tied Lamb came back into the fold in recent weeks.
After his efforts at Twickenham it can safely be assumed he will be leaving that fold in the summer if clubs have not been put off following a performance that included the usual sprinkling of panache, petulance and plain poor rugby.
When Ryan said he had "kept faith with individuals hoping they'd improve", you could not help but think of Lamb. And his midfield colleagues Anthony Allen and James Simpson-Daniel.
Three exciting players who have long-been hailed as future England stars and three players who have embodied Gloucester's failings in the biggest games.
This was the first time they had been selected as a unit in midfield this term, but they have previous having lined up and lost together in the 10, 12 and 13 shirts against Leicester in the Premiership play-offs and Munster in the Heineken Cup last season and the Tigers in the Premiership final two years ago.
"This side will get better," Ryan promised after that last embarrassing trip to Twickenham when they lost 44-16.
"This is not the end of the journey for this side," he added, and as if to prove it, nine players who started two years ago also ran out against the Blues.
On that day they could not cope with Alesana Tuilagi and this time they struggled with the all-round physicality of a Blues side that included a host of potential Lions tourists.
On both occasions injury forced Ryan's hand, but he must surely have sent out his Lilliputians one last time, with Worcester and London Irish reportedly interested in Lamb and Leicester linked with Allen.
Elsewhere, Barkley’s Bath return is an open secret, Carlos Nieto is off to Saracens, Spencer's wife's plans remain a mystery and scrum-half Gareth Cooper is joining the Blues in exchange for Robinson.
The journey's most definitely over now, but who else should be heading for the exit and what will the Gloucester team look like next season?
And more significantly, is Ryan the man to shape that new-look Gloucester?