Season 1951-52

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1st XV 1951-52 1st XV 1951-52

Bill Farren continued as captain, Jack Douglas again deputising. Hugh Stone captained the A side with Ken Pooley its manager. Tom Hitchins stepped down as Secretary and Bill Sugden took over from him, Wreford as team Secretary. Tom was very properly elected a life member (in which capacity he joined Peter Matthews) but, happily, Tom’s was no honorary appointment and he continued as all things to all people.

This year had seen the opening of the Glenholt Country Club at Estover, the Country Club was reasonably close to the Club’s ground as the crow flies, but not having this means of propulsion it was, by road, equally distant as the George Hotel, nevertheless the facilities available were so in advance of those then currently being used that when the Glenholt Club’s Director Ken Powell offered the Club a block membership with the resultant facilities there was never any hesitation but to gratefully accept. Furthermore, as a members club there was a certain flexibility as to opening times - which added to the attraction.

A particular piece of unimaginative fixture making - clearly the secretary was unfamiliar with the previous record - brought Salcombe to Estover for the opening fixture in early September and the visitors rejoiced in the occasion to the tune of 3-19, thereafter matters settled on a fairly even keel save that on 29th December the secretary with a rush of "Leslie Paul" to the head accepted at short notice - a fixture against Newton Abbot 1st XV - at the time one of the more prominent Devon sides - with the not surprising result defeat 3-29. This side also featured the one and only Spencer Thomas at fullback. The one other defeat of consequence was by Devonport Services A 3-19, the only doubles were at the expense of St Columba, HMS Benbow and Dartmouth; the seasons figures being 17W 8L 4D, 241-142 Jack Douglas being top scorer. The A side had a good season with but two defeats to the end of the year and those by margins of 5-6 and 6-8 and W19 L5 D4, 270-96 with "Ches" Magill top scorer, the Extra A side completed 11 fixtures, winning but 3.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Bill Farren
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