Season 1964-65

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v C Division Met Police 22-4-65 Back row: G.Bryan, J.Price, R.Wright, J.Siely, J.Johnson, N.Haddon, J.Clarke, P.Green; Front Row: D.Waterworth, C.Sutton, J.Ellis, I.Cooper, A.Kirby, S.Morrow, D.Easter. v C Division Met Police 22-4-65 Back row: G.Bryan, J.Price, R.Wright, J.Siely, J.Johnson, N.Haddon, J.Clarke, P.Green; Front Row: D.Waterworth, C.Sutton, J.Ellis, I.Cooper, A.Kirby, S.Morrow, D.Easter.

Ian Cooper, a very solid scrummaging prop forward became captain, Geoff Bryan, Nigel Hadden, Peter Green, John Ellis and Rip Kirby in support, from the previous year Stuart Morrow full back, vice captain, Geoff Johnstone and John Price adding strength and mobility to the pack.

The season’s record: W23, L10, D4, 486-227, and starting with a bang 12 wins and a draw in the first fourteen games, Salcombe, C Division and a good Easter touring side Stafford (11-8) being included in the victims. The A side, led by former club captain Roy Friend, were even more successful, with 29 wins and 3 losses, gaining the double over Old Technicians, Kingsbridge A, Plymouth Albion Nomads and Truro II, an overall gratifying points record of 463-130.

Nevertheless, in a highly successful club season, pride of place probably belongs to Bill Farren’s A Colts, who in winning 28 games and losing 3, set up the almost incredible point scoring record of 945-89. It is perhaps worth recording the names of the lads who participated in this remarkable record, the majority of whom continued with the Club after reaching 18. J Perring, P Picken, M Allen, P Sargeant, J Oliver, C Pascoe, B Hambly, D Martin, F Rogers, P Burgom, C Cooms, P Clarke, E Hill, R Bowden, F Lavis (Capt.), C Tucker, I Kirkpatrick and K Renshaw.

Of one of their few defeats at the hands of a Plymouth Combination (adult) side, Old Suttonians 6-8, the press report reads "Old Suttonians were surprised to find themselves facing the A Colts side instead of the Extra A, but they never had a chance to judge the difference because they were hurried from pillar to post by the younger lighter team. Heavily outweighed and manoeuvred in the pack, the Colts took every advantage in the line out and went into the lead when Burgom crossed - much to the delight of their supporters. Oliver, who with Lavis, was outstanding in the pack, scored a brilliant try to give the visitors a 6 point lead at the interval. The Old Boys came crashing back in the second half, tries by Crowden and Burns levelling and David Johns conversion winning this very exciting game".

Finally, to cap the season’s scores, Argaum Barbarians W14, L10, D1, 281-240 and the B Colts, W10, L11, D1.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Ian Cooper
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