Season 1952-53

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1st XV 1952-53 1st XV 1952-53

At the annual meeting Leslie Paul by reason of his many other commitments retired as President, to take of the post of Senior Vice President, succeeded as President by Tom Blackburn who had been most actively associated with the Club for several seasons and whose son Peter was still propping the front row.

Bill Farren continued as captain completing, unusually, a hat-trick of full season’s captaincies and indeed one should add most of the 1949-50 season also, Jack Douglas again Vice Captain, Wiggy Bennett captaining the A side. A somewhat uneven balance of results for the first 5 matches after which - following a long interval - acquaintances were renewed with Crediton at Estover, when the Club for its pains were soundly beaten 3-27 and doubtless, suffering from this aftermath, Salcombe were, once again, successful 8-9. However, in the New Year this was reversed, at Salcombe, 8-6. The season’s record read W18, L11, D5, 339-190.

Excluding one notorious game against a team from the Welsh valleys rejoicing(?) in the name of Ystradgynlais - maybe the name should have been a warning - for whom Easter Saturday had been reserved and for whose benefit, thanks to the generosity of the President and the hard work of the Club ladies, a truly wonderful after-game spread had been laid on at Glenholt Club. Conditions for play were, admittedly, un-Easter like with intermittent heavy hail/snow showers. The game - refereed by a naval padre appointed by the Devon Union - made its start and at half time the Club had established a narrow 3-0 lead; the break was fateful (or fatal) the visitors held a conference amongst themselves whereupon without reference to the referee or the home side, they unilaterally withdrew and returned to the Club where they lost no time in falling on the refreshments supplied and decided the Club was the place to spend the rest of the night, somewhat to the distress of regular club members who were unacquainted with Welsh rugby songs - or at any rate these particular lyrics. Taking into account this half fixture the club finished the season with a string of six wins in the course of which they scored 75 points without a point being registered against them. Plymouth Civil Service 27-O, S E Essex Technical College 25-0, Plymouth Albion United 19-0 and finally OPMs 11-0 in the course of which they deprived the old Boys of their unbeaten home record for the season. The A side figures W20 L8 D2, 368-183 and the Extra A won 5 L9, 83-131.

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  • 1st XV Captain: Bill Farren
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