(New Game introduced)
For the first time in the school's history the present school year saw the winter sporting activities divided into two major sports - Rugby Football and Association Football. The school has started on a new venture in training for Rugby.
Organisation was in the hands of Mr Thorne and Mr Cox. The new game was received by the majority of the boys with keen interest and many settled down to learn how to play - although the weather seemed determined to prevent all practice matches. however, from those matches which were played star performers began to appear and the various teams started to take shape.
|Rugby team c 1966 / 67|
As the school pitches were unplayable at times which coincided with home matches the teams were unable to play on the home ground. Consequently the school did not have the pleasure of seeing their own teams pitted against other schools and doing battle in their own environment.
D. Hazelewood. Form V
From Coventry Standard 1964 - the Scrum
In this photo Rowsell and Malc Carrol
Photo c 1966
Photo c 1966
Mr Thorne - Lauri Lindsay - Biff center holding the pigskin.
by Mike O'Donoghue c 1977?
Uploaded by Warren Stevens
In this photo: David Wilson, Cardwell, David Harris, Warren Stevens, ? Wheldon, Mr Burcher, Dave Meacham, John Cyfko, Eddie Nelson, Riggs
Inter-house Rugby -Dudley vs Mortimer 1980 - Dudley trounce Mortimer. Warren Stevens in the middle of the shot as a third year playing for the seniors (4th and 5th years). Mr Burcher is the ref!
Dexter Lacey - its Dave Meacham Eddie Nelson Ronnie Furguson
This is a comment by Dave Irish
" Rugby became an important sport within the school starting in the sixties. Mr Thorne usually organised the matches there being regular games against local teams. These included secondary schools who played rugby and independent boarding schools such as Wrekin College and Tetenhall. Games would either take place on a Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning. If you wanted to check whether you had been included in the school team it was always displayed on the wooden school notice board opposite the staffroom. The team would be written in pen in rugby formation by Mr Thorne. The particular year team I played for never lost a game apart from when we were pitted against a sixth form side. Having beaten everyone including the mighty Wrekin College (the real Harry Potter boarding school) it was decided to see if we could take on a team two years older than ourselves. Unfortunately we lost the match which still hurts today after all these years, I call for a rematch. Quite a number of us continued playing after we left school, firstly for Earlsdon and then Old Wheatleyans, Bablake old boys. These included such luminaries as Steve spud Taylor, Terry Hudson, Simon Weclawek, Tony Kemp, Alan Bolstridge and Dave Irish. Happy Days. "