Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rugby Football - A New Game at the School in 1960

The following article was taken from The Boarder No 4 1961.

RUGBY FOOTBALL
(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
The first matches resulted in in our under fifteen side losing heavily, but the under thirteen team reversed the situation and won quite comfortably. The next two matches were arranged for the first X1 and under fourteen teams. They had the doubtful pleasure of playing against King Charles Grammar School on the opponents home ground at Kidderminster. Our first XV showed their total inexperience against players from a school where Rugby is a long standing tradition. They fought well and in the first half managed to keep their opponents score to one try. the second half brought disaster: the King Charles boys dominated the play and our team was unable to recover. the under fourteen team suffered in a similar way.


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

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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. "

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  1. 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.

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