Season 1973-74

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Mrs Maude Blackburn & Mr Paddy Mahoney receive tankard presentations from President George Cross, 1973. Mrs Maude Blackburn & Mr Paddy Mahoney receive tankard presentations from President George Cross, 1973.

The additional changing accommodation was formally opened. Former player Peter Blackburn - an extremely successful entrepreneur - had been invited to perform the opening ceremony but unfortunately, his plane to Plymouth was grounded by weather conditions.

In the circumstances his mother Maud Blackburn - widow of the former president Tom Blackburn - stepped graciously into the breach and performed the opening ceremony, thereafter, receiving quite unpurturbed - the beer tankard intended for Peter. Records do not reveal the quantity of liquid contained in the tankard!

Peter Green, a long serving prop forward was captain, Norman Joyce in charge of the Wanderers and Chris Gray the Drifters. The 1st XV W17, L13, D3, 460-409. It was noticeable that some of the stronger opposition and particularly Newquay Hornets - encouraged doubtless by the support of their County Union in their senior status - inflicted heavy defeats, whilst 1974 produced but two wins and a draw in thirteen games.

The Wanderers managed 16 wins, a draw and 18 defeats, 557-498. The Drifters had little success W7, D1, L15, 163-489. In the Devon Cup the club disposed of Paignton at Paignton 17-11, but went out at Barnstaple in the next round 9-25. The Floaters barely operated, playing but one game and the Colts W12, D1, L10, 300-296.

Additional Info

  • 1st XV Captain: Peter Green
  • 2nd XV Captain: Norman Joyce
  • Captain's Trophy: F.Rogers
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