Season 1961-62

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75th ANNIVERSARY MATCH v DEVON COUNTY 12th APRIL 1962     G. Finnie, B. Rees, B. Browning, G. Bryan, C. Burrows, P. Green, M. Dodd, A. Stidwell, N. Haddon,  G. Kirby, R. Friend, J. Keating (Capt.), M. Perkins, K. Beake,  R. Wright, J. Bresher 75th ANNIVERSARY MATCH v DEVON COUNTY 12th APRIL 1962 G. Finnie, B. Rees, B. Browning, G. Bryan, C. Burrows, P. Green, M. Dodd, A. Stidwell, N. Haddon, G. Kirby, R. Friend, J. Keating (Capt.), M. Perkins, K. Beake, R. Wright, J. Bresher

The Club’s 75th Anniversary and the Devon R.F.U. promised to field a County side at Bickleigh in the course of the season. John Keating - a great extrovert - fortunately continued as captain. Roy Friend - having emigrated from the South Hams somewhat previously - his vice.

 

Appropriately a very busy playing season with no less than 43 completed fixtures, 19 wins, 19, losses and 5 draws - and but one cancellation - 343-323. Kingsbridge, Albion United and Salcombe inflicted the double, whilst Hayle won the opening fixture on their ground comfortably enough. On the credit side, St. Columba, OPOs and Old Suttonians provided the Club with its doubles. Easter was particularly busy. Ealing 14-17, Blackwood (once again) 11-11, Bristol Hospitals 11-6 and C Division 0-18. The A XV W16, L18, 290-299 and the Extra A W11, L11, D2, 175-264. The Colts, captained by Johnny Johnson, W23, L8, D2, 487-314, experiencing a purple patch in the New Year when they won 12, lost 1 and drew 2.

Devon, as promised, sent a strongish side and in a somewhat one sided contest won comfortably 39-12. The Argaum team for the occasion R Wright, G Bryan, M Perkins, J Bresher, M Dodd, A Kirby, C Burrows, R Friend, A Stidwell, P Green, B Rees, R Browning, N Haddon, J Keating and K Beake.

The County also produced a Devon Colts side for the occasion, who had a far harder struggle against the enthusiastic Argaum youngsters, the County eventually winning 14-6. This season a start was made with a 2nd Colts XV, raising the number of Saturday Sides to 5. The side was entitled (possibly with some justification) the 'B' Colts whose figures in its inaugural season read W1, L10, D1.

Although not necessarily part of the 75th celebrations, the press recorded the wedding of John Keating and Miss M T Sparks - daughter of the well known English international hooker.



Dingles in the City Centre was the venue of the 75th anniversary dinner in February, attended by some 150 members and guests. Ray Hole President of Devon RFU was the principal guest and Leslie Paul, wearing his hat as a member of the City Council responded to the toast of the City of Plymouth. Plans were also in hand to run a midweek civilian XV the following season and that great club stalwart Ken Pooley, whose current activities allowed him leisure midweek but not Saturdays, was prepared to run the side backed up by Bob Earl, a member of the Western Morning news staff, whose talents extended not only to reporting rugby but the musical world also.

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  • 1st XV Captain: John Keating
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